Written answers

Thursday, 20 May 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fruit Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government support for fruit farming.

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government measures to protect fish stocks in UK waters.

      Egg Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from small-scale egg producers about recent changes to regulations, including those...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) urban and (b) rural air quality in 2003.

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the safety of imported chickens from South East Asia since the recent outbreaks of avian...

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps she will take to promote the export of beef.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received on the hazards that can be caused by beekeeping.

      Bioremediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been conducted by or for her Department on bioremediation using genetically modified organisms.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of repeated intradermal skin tests on the ability of the test to detect bovine TB...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has evaluated on the specificity and sensitivity of the Bovigam gamma interferon test; and what conclusions...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of specificity and sensitivity she has concluded might be applied to control bovine TB in cattle herds which (a)...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the predictive models used in other countries to assess the feasibility of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the maximum (a) specificity and (b) sensitivity achieved by the Bovigam gammas interferon test in experiments conducted...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum (i) sensitivity and (ii) specificity is of the comparative intradermal tuberculin test...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many studies the Government have funded in the last 15 years into the specificity and sensitivity of the Bovigam gamma...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of combinations of specificity and sensitivity applied in countries which have a bovine TB...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has undertaken a cost and benefit analysis of the use of the Bovigam gamma interferon test.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what advice the Central Scientific Laboratory has provided to her Department on the (a) specificity and (b) sensitivity...

      British Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the procurement of British-produced food by public bodies.

      Coastal Defence Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Coastal Defence Strategy.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the final draft of the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy; how long farmers will have to...

      Departmental Expenditure (Entertainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her latest estimate is of the amount spent by her Department on official entertainment in each year from 1996–97...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Government funding was allocated to the protection and welfare of animals in 2003–04, broken down by budget...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the contribution made by hunt kennels to the disposal of farm animal carcases.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of liquid milk were imported into the UK from EU countries in each of the last five years, broken down by...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Fitness Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been (a) allocated to and (b) spent on advertising fitness and exercise initiatives in each year since 1997.

    • National Lottery Disbursements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery money has been distributed in each year from 1997 to date to the (a) Arts Council England, (b) Arts Council of Northern...

      Public Bodies (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant in aid funding was given to the (a) Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites, (b) Advisory Committee on the Government...

  • Transport

    • Civil Contingencies Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) port facility security officers and (b) airport security officers would be counted as category 2 responders under the Civil Contingencies Bill.

    • Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in his Department and associated agencies have initially withheld their salaries from official departmental and parliamentary...

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many overseas visits have been made by management at the Driving Standards Agency in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of these visits is.

      Electronic Vehicle Licensing Channels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on Post Offices of setting up electronic vehicle licensing channels.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average period of the maintenance and renewals contracts let by Network Rail is; (2) what criteria are used by Network Rail to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the rail projects which have involved the establishment of enhanced Companies (EnCos) since the publication of the Strategic Rail...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the impact on his target to increase passenger volumes on the railway of the policy adopted by the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the economic impact of (a) regular commuter journeys on the railways and (b) long-distance non-commuter journeys.

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents took place in bus lanes in the last year for which figures are available.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many legacy cameras have been removed in each year since 2001.

  • Prime Minister

    • Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an announcement about the re-appointment of His Honour Viscount Colville of Culross QC, His Honour Colin Kolbert and His Honour John Jeremy Fordham as...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will use the British Presidency of the UN Security Council in October to ensure that the Security Council has a detailed discussion on climate change as a...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to his letter of 31 March.

    • End of Life Vehicles Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress of the consultation on the implementation of the End of Life Vehicles Directive.

      Exports (Gambia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the number and types of UK companies (a) exporting goods to, (b) exporting services to and (c)...

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Post Office is taking to minimise identity thefts within its areas of responsibility.

      Oil Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current strategic reserve of (a) crude oil and (b) oil products is in the UK.

      Oil Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the current position on UK stocks of (a) crude oil and (b) main oil products in relation to average daily...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what commercial training or experience is required for each grade of staff of UK Trade and Investment.

      VAT Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many registered businesses were registered for VAT in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) England in each...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the effect on bird life of additional wind turbines under construction and planned.

  • International Development

    • Aid (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial aid and (b) aid in kind his Department has delivered to (i) Africa, (ii) Central Africa, (iii) Uganda, (iv)...

    • Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the Department's high-risk bilateral projects, referred to on page 189 of the 2004 Departmental Report, which are...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will publish his assessment of the reasons for the decline referred to on page 190 of the 2004 Departmental Report on the...

      Efficiency Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will publish the outcome of the rolling programme of efficiency reviews referred to on page 190 of the Departmental Report 2004.

      Electronic Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reasons the Service Delivery Agreement target to provide 100 per cent. capacity to receive and process electronic applications...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the trauma caused to children in Iraq from (a) the coalition invasion and (b) the continuing violence;...

      Trade Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will publish the evidence base referred to on page 189 of the 2004 Departmental Report that aims to underpin pro-poor UK/EU...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to Yemen in each of the last five years; and what plans he has to increase such aid.

  • Home Department

    • Emergency Services' Communication Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how far advanced Government plans are to ensure that police, ambulance and fire services communications systems are able to be used underground.

    • Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was raised from speed cameras located at motorway construction and repair sites during 2002–03.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from (a) police authorities, (b) fire and rescue authorities and (c) health service trusts...

      Animal Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department collects on assaults on those working in animal research during the course of their work.

      Animal Rights Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to meet the members of Victims of Animal Rights Extremism.

      Animal Rights Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to establish a specific police unit for dealing with criminal activity connected to animal rights protesters.

      Animal Rights Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions there have been for criminal activity connected to animal rights protesters in each year since...

      Animal Rights Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list visits made by each Minister in the Department to animal rights groups since 1997.

      Animal Rights Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans there are to make (a) harassment, (b) intimidation and (c) terrorism against companies, or conspiracy to carry out these...

      Animal Rights Protesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to provide funds for the protection of businesses targeted by animal rights protesters.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries per 1,000 households there have been in the Metropolitan Police Authority area in each year since 1999; and what the...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding has been spent on CCTV cameras in Blackpool, South since 1997.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role officials from (a) his Department, (b) the Home Security Services and (c) members of the Joint Terrorism Control Unit played in the...

      Crime (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Manchester,...

      Crime (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Manchester,...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Sittingbourne...

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice the Government offers (a) the police and (b) transport authorities about cyclists cycling on pavements.

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to require drivers to display (a) insurance and (b) MOT documentation on their car windscreens; and if he will make a statement.

      Diesel Spillages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers of diesel vehicles have been prosecuted for overfilling fuel tanks not fitted with non-spill fuel caps, which then caused...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answers of 4 May 2004, Official Report, column 1398W, and 12 May 2004, Official Report, columns 351–52W, on driving...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 10 May, reference 169445, how many people lost their driving licence under section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 279WH, on drug testing, which organisation trained the Drug Action Team...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK heroin market of changes in poppy production in Afghanistan over the past two years; and...

      Emergency Services (Insurance Cover)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what insurance cover is provided, and by whom, for members of the emergency services who are called out to terrorist incidents.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 531W, on firearms legislation, when his Department intends to publish the...

      Internet Auction Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Hi Tech Crime Unit will investigate cases of fraud associated with internet auction sites.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change he has made in the police grant to take account of the enforcement of the ban on using mobile phones while driving.

      North London Mosque

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of policing the meetings outside the North London Mosque on Fridays (a) on average per meeting and (b) in total.

      North London Mosque

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the Friday meetings outside the North London mosque are (a) political demonstrations and (b) religious...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target time period is for entering records on the police national computer in relation to (a) arrests and summonses and (b) outcome...

      Policing (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are operating in the North Wales police force.

      Positive Futures Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Positive Futures initiative in (a) reducing the number of young people not in...

      Positive Futures Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the Positive Futures initiative has been in each year since its launch.

      Positive Futures Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been provided to voluntary youth organisations through the Positive Futures initiative in each year since its launch.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to repeat the Spiked initiative.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has commissioned into the extent of solvent abuse by children.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who would be responsible for meeting the cost of temporary mortuaries in the event of a large-scale terrorist attack.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy, in the event of a large-scale terrorist attack that affected several counties, to establish a helpline for...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Fine Collection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve collection rates of fines.

    • Fine Collection

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will set targets for percentage collection rates of fines imposed by the courts for (a) the current year and (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Scottish Development International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the annual running costs of Scottish Development International were over the last three years; and how much inward investment has been attracted...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Community Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people work in his Community Housing Task Force; what their average salary is; and how many are (a) civil servants and (b) consultants.

    • Mobile Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will review the way in which the Valuation Office Agency assesses mobile homes for council tax purposes.

      Housing (North-east Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much public money per council property has been allocated to (a) Hull and (b) Grimsby in each year since 2000–01; and what the projected total is for...

      Housing (North-east Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what common design, lay-out and publicity services were provided by his Department for the literature, the formal consultation document and the videos distributed...

      Housing (North-east Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the fact that 44 per cent. of eligible tenants have voted to give away the council housing stock of north-east Lincolnshire is a...

      Renewal Areas (Physical Activity)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress his Department's Neighbourhood Renewal Unit has made on developing a toolkit for delivering sport and physical activity in renewal areas; and if he...

      Renewal Areas (Physical Activity)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department's Neighbourhood Renewal Unit has spent on sport and physical activity, and who has received grants from that spending, broken down by (a)...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people live in areas that are exempt from stamp duty on properties up to the value of £150,000, broken down by local authorities in England.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made by the Thames Gateway Strategic Executive with the Environment Agency on the production of working maps of environmental and flooding...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergency Communications Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has (a) to upgrade and (b) to modernise the Emergency Communications Network.

    • EU Regulations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the EU regulations which have taken effect in the UK since May 1997; and which such regulations have subsequently been (a) revised and...

  • Wales

    • Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department took early retirement, and at what total cost, in the last financial year.

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss with the National Assembly for Wales the procedure for applying for Education Maintenance Allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss with the National Assembly for Wales the timetable for enabling people in Wales to apply for Education Maintenance Allowance.

      Welsh Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the annual running costs of the Welsh Development Agency were over the last three years; and how much inward investment has been attracted and how...

  • Defence

    • Falklands War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether veterans of the Falklands War will be eligible for grants under the 'Hero's Return' scheme to enable them to return to the Falkland Islands to...

    • Geneva Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are taken to make service personnel aware of the provisions of the Geneva Convention.

      MOD Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Department acquired rights over land and foreshore not owned by, or leased to the Department in Scotland in the period of (a) 1980 to 1990, (b)...

      Special Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Special Investigation Branch files recommendations for proceedings have not been acted upon in the past year.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the latest strength against establishment of the Territorial Army is, broken down by (a) unit and (b) location; (2) what the size of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the activities of (a) UK and (b) Coalition forces in Iraq fully comply with the Geneva conventions; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women (a) have been detained by the UK military since the occupation of Iraq began and (b) are being detained by the UK military in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for (a) the Red Cross and (b) other aid agencies to visit Iraqi detainees held by United Kingdom military forces.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when ministers first read the International Committee of the Red Cross draft report on Iraqi prisoners delivered in February.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the age of the (a) youngest and (b) oldest Iraqi (i) man and (ii) woman being held in United Kingdom-run prisons in Iraq is.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2004, Official Report, columns 1480–81W, on Iraq, what the total cost was of all surveys conducted over the last...

  • Education and Skills

    • College Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy that funding for 16 to 18-year-olds in colleges should match that provided to schools.

    • Adult Community Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 4 May 2004, Official Report, column 1414W, on the adult community learning budget, when he will write to the hon....

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of 14 to 16-year-olds that will register for young apprenticeships in each of the next...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department will take to ensure the (a) young apprenticeship, (b) apprenticeship and (c) advanced apprenticeship schemes are...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial incentives will be available to (a) apprentices and (b) employers providing (i) young apprenticeships, (ii) apprenticeships...

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what surveys of public perceptions of (a) his Department, (b) schools and other education institutions and (c) teaching unions have taken...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how average class sizes have varied in the last 20 years in England.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Wirral, South were taught in classes of more than 30 pupils on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate dentists started university degrees in each year since 2001, broken down by university.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Stockton South were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Oldham, West and Royton were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Blackpool, South (a) in each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date for...

      Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Bootle were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary school teachers, (b) secondary school teachers and (c) education support staff there were in Tamworth constituency in...

      Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Tamworth constituency (a) in each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date...

      Education Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost per pupil of education in (a) primary school, (b) secondary school and (c) sixth form in the Borough of Havering was in the...

      Education Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistant posts there have been in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Brent in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated intake in medical schools in Great Britain is in each of the next three years.

      Postgraduate Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average expenditure per postgraduate student was in (a) the UK, (b) the US and (c) the OECD in the last year for which figures are...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the Offenders' Learning and Skills Unit cancelled the re-tendering exercise for prison education contracts due to take place this year;...

      Pupil Funding (Preston)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent per pupil in Preston in each of the last seven years.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which functions and responsibilities would be transferred from his Department to elected regional assemblies where they are established.

      Schools (South Ribble)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in South Ribble were taught in classes of more than 30 on the latest date for which...

      Selective Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils there were in years seven to 11 in (a) grammar, (b) modern and (c) comprehensive schools in each...

      Selective Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils in maintained (a) grammar and (b) non-selective schools in each local authority retaining a selective...

      Social Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) financial assistance and (b) grants his Department offers students undertaking postgraduate degrees in social sciences.

      Social Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to widen participation in postgraduate study of social sciences.

      Surplus School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under what powers local education authorities may be required to reduce the number of surplus places in schools.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the methods used to allocate initial teacher training places to each subject; (2) if he will make a...

      Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants were employed in schools in (a) Leeds and (b) Elmet constituency for each year since 1996.

      Transport Workers (Centres of Excellence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many centres of excellence for transport workers have been established since 1997.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children played truant at least once from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the rate of return on each subject studied at each university.

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults achieved an NVQ level 2 or equivalent qualification in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Youth Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 13 May 2004, ref 171718, if he will make it his policy to publish data for 16 to 18-year-olds participating in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 837W, on bribery, how many reports of concerns of bribery...

    • British Prisoners Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on behalf of how many British citizens in prison outside the United Kingdom he has discussed their cases since 1 January; and if...

      Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 541W, on the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, what...

      Investigations in Foreign Jurisdictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates in the last two years (a) his Department and (b) UK diplomatic posts abroad have given advice to law enforcement...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Iranian authorities concerning human rights, with particular reference to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what status of forces agreement is proposed for Iraq following the proposed transfer of sovereignty; whether it will be...

      Middle East Peace Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the international community will ensure that the future Palestinian Government installs democratic institutions as part of...

      Overseas Posts (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running costs were for the UK high commissions in (a) Australia, (b) Canada, (c) India and (d) Pakistan, and how many...

      Overseas Posts (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running cost was of the UK embassy in (a) Japan and (b) China in 2003–04; and how many staff were employed in...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to encourage Saudi accession to the International Covenant...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Saudi authorities regarding the rights of members of minority faiths in Saudi Arabia;

      Seal Culling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will support a pan-European ban on the clubbing of baby seals.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress being made in securing the rights of the Nuba people in the peace talks concerning...

      UK Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries where UK personnel are involved in providing training in interrogation techniques; whether the...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) other United Kingdom representatives have (i) had and (ii) sought...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) other United Kingdom representatives have (i) had and (ii) sought...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the possibility of a referendum in Venezuela this year.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed Venezuela with his United States counterpart.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the claims of cross-border activity by the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia in...

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total annual cost of his Department's websites, including those of its agencies, was in the most recent year for which...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what information he has assessed on the treatment of Mr. Simon Mann in Zimbabwe; (2) whether the authorities in Zimbabwe...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claimants (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants aged between 50 and state pension age have claimed for (a) more than one year, (b) more than...

    • Benefit Claimants (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people between the age of 50 and state pension age claimed (a) sickness and (b) disability benefits in each...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when existing Child Support Agency cases will be transferred to the new scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cumulative extra cost to the social security budget of the transfer of council housing to registered social landlords has been in each...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of his Department's annual report has been in each of the last seven years.

      Departmental Policies (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in his capacity in the last three months; (2) what meetings his Department's...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the (a) crockery, (b) cutlery and (c) glassware procured by his Department over the last five years is of British manufacture.

      Employers' Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of representations from the Association of British Insurers on matters relating to employers' liability compulsory...

      Employers' Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal injury claims were made to general insurers in specific relation to employers' liability in each of the last five years,...

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners entitled to council tax benefit were non-recipients in the financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and how...

      Pensioners' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2004, Official Report, column 447W, on pensioners' benefits, how many people are projected to be on (a)...

      Poverty (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) men, (b) women and (c) children in each ethnic group are living in poverty, defined as below 60 per cent. of median...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is for (a) increasing the productivity and (b) cutting the costs of (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies and...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to contribute financially to the establishment of the second phase of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of single non-working people between the age of 50 and state pension age are in each decile of overall income...

  • Health

    • A and E/Paediatric Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have an accident and emergency department and a paediatric department which is not open for 24 hours a day.

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of his Department's budget was spent on the development of treatment and care for Alzheimer's sufferers in each of the past three...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to require health care professionals to establish a policy to reduce the number of deaths from severe asthma.

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he will take to tackle increases in workload for NHS staff working in (a) pathology, (b) radiology, (c) oncology and (d) surgery arising...

      Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many referrals to care homes there have been in each of the last five years in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Milton Keynes, (c) the Isle of Wight and (d)...

      Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Lancashire received more than £400 a week in domiciliary care packages in each of the last five years.

      Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received care in care homes in the Ribble Valley in each of the last five years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, pursuant to his letter dated 3 April to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. B. Preston, he will obtain for the right hon....

      Departmental Staff (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's employees have been dismissed for drug abuse misconduct in the last five years.

      Diabetes Mellitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of his Department's expenditure was allocated to diabetes mellitus in (a) 1984, (b) 1989, (c) 1994, (d) 1999 and (e) the latest date...

      Disposable Surgical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how frequently and for what type of surgeries disposable instruments are used in NHS hospitals; (2) what research he has commissioned on the...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of formulating the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines on the treatment of eating disorders.

      Fossetts Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when work on Fossetts Farm for the new NHS treatment centre will begin; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged over 60 in Derby, North have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests; and what percentage this represents of over...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS doctors were working within Nottinghamshire health authority areas in each year since 1997.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS patients were able to see a general practitioner within two days within Nottinghamshire health authority areas in each year since 1997.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for patients needing heart surgery in Taunton.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in Taunton in each of the last three years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times in the last seven years for the residents of Wigan.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much time his Department spent dealing with honours in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by civil service grade.

      Midland Health Consultancy Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Department will place in the Library a copy of the report by the Midland Health Consultancy Network, compiled at the time of the Griffiths Review...

      Midwives/Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed by the national health service in (a) the county of Essex in each year from 1990 to 1997 and (b) the county of Essex and the...

      Mobile Dental Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mobile dental surgeries operate in England, broken down by trust area.

      Nursing and Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to each local authority in England of nursing and residential home placements was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Nursing and Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals were placed in nursing and residential homes by each local authority in England in each of the last six years.

      Nursing and Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals are in nursing and residential placements in each local authority in England.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of how a mandatory choice scheme for organ donation (a) would operate in the UK and (b) would be enforced;...

      Residential Care/Nursing Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in numbers of (a) residential care beds and (b) nursing beds has been in (i) Dorset health authority area and (ii) Bournemouth since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the Written Questions tabled by the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale, West on 5 March.

      Professional Executive Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reviews of (a) professional executive committees (PECs) and (b) the role patients' forum representatives play on PECs has been conducted by the...

      Radiography Services (Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time for radiotherapy treatment is in (a) East Berkshire, (b) the Royal Berkshire Hospital and (c) Wexham Park Hospital;...

  • Treasury

    • Abortion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conceptions resulted in abortions in women aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 years in each year since...

    • E-Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a decision was made to proceed with the Inland Revenue's e-Government programme; and what consultation took place before the decision to proceed with...

      Export Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on EU negotiations with the World Trade Organisation on the removal of export subsidies; and...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost implication to the Treasury of all pensioners being exempt from income tax for the first £10,000 of their...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce a tax on plastic bags.

      Prescription Drugs (Import Controls)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what controls are available to prevent individuals importing drugs that are available in the UK by prescription only.

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of granting mandatory rate relief to all sports and leisure facilities in line with that granted to community...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many conceptions in women aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 there were in each year since 2000,...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in Liverpool, West Derby constituency in each year since 1989.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public funding supported capital infrastructure improvements were carried out at each of the Northern Ireland airports during the last five...

    • Bilingual Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by whom, by what authority, and when the decision was taken to continue the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's...

      Bus Station (Lisburn)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department for Regional Development has received the economic appraisal for a new bus station in Lisburn; and when a decision will...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed, by grade, in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and if...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discretion is available to principals and governors in applying the guidance on class sizes in practical subjects in post-primary...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of health funding was spent on diabetes mellitus in (a) the last year for which figures are available, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d)...

      Integrated Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the quality of engagement between Government Departments and local agents in Derry on the marker bid under the...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the annual running costs of Invest Northern Ireland were over the last three years; and how much inward investment has been attracted and...

      Official Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of official vehicles used by his Department are run on (a) petrol, (b) diesel, (c) liquid petroleum gas and (d) compressed...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what (a) initiatives, (b) campaigns and (c) advisory bodies relating to older people his Department (i) is responsible and (ii) has provided...

      Psychiatry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on child and adolescent psychiatry services in the Northern Board area, including provision of social workers.

      Public Sector Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the decision was taken by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to develop two separate integrated sites for public sector housing; what...

      Strategic Investment Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what conflict of interest procedures are in place for board members and officials of the Strategic Investment Board.

      Teachers (Sick Leave)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teachers took long-term sick leave during each of the last five academic years.

      Tourism (Motor Cycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the tourism revenue spent in Northern Ireland as a result of the North West 200 motorcycle races this year.

      Visitor Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the visitor centres in receipt of grant aid since 1990; what the nature and level were of grant-aid sums paid; what visitor...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are awaiting (a) admission and (b) out-patient assessment at each hospital in the province; and how many have been waiting six...

  • House of Lords

    • North/South Language Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to justify the decision-making process surrounding the budget of the Language Implementation Body and including consultation with the bodies...

    • Northern Ireland Departments: Funding and Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money each Northern Ireland department spent in the year 2003–04; whether there was an underspend in any department; and, if so, what was the amount...

      Northern Ireland Departments: Funding and Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has come into Northern Ireland through the Northern Ireland block grant for children aged up to 14 years for each of the past five years; how this...

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the relocation of the headquarters of a cross-border implementation body is justified under a policy of care and maintenance.

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which activities may be undertaken by cross-Border implementation bodies under the policy of care and maintenance; and whether these include the relocation of...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 May (WA 1) concerning the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, whether the...

      Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has submitted a proposal to the local planning authority for consent to build a large facility at the Atomic Weapons Research...

      Thames Pleasure Craft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pleasure craft are licensed to operate on the Thames to carry more than 50 members of the public; what is the total passenger capacity of all such craft;...

      Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who owns Network Rail and its assets.

      National Art Galleries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the directors of the major national art galleries the purchase of works by living British artists, such as Ken Howard, Jack...

      Electoral Pilots: Electronic Counting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which electoral pilots in each of the past four calandar years have involved e-counting in whole or in part; which such pilots involved a manual count of some or...

      Sex Offending against Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children have been sexually or physically abused by: (a) a birth parent (b) a person living in the same household as the child who is not a birth parent;...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many drug treatment and testing orders (DTTOs) have been made in England and Wales in each year that figures are available; and (b) what targets they have...

      European Union: National Parliaments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6 April (WA 221), what are the residence criteria for membership of the Upper House in: (a)...

      NHS: Continence Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the integrated continence services to be established by April 2004 will include specialist services and paediatric clinicians to support children with...

      NHS: Continence Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the integrated continence services set up in April 2004 include assessment, treatment and equipment for children.

      Hip Replacements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 28 April (WA 88), how it is possible to calculate whether there is sufficient capacity in future to carry out...

      Psychotherapists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made towards achieving a unified regime of self-regulation for psychotherapists; and what efforts they have recently made towards...

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