Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2004

  • Advocate-General

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate General what devolution issues have been raised with her since 27 April.

  • Scotland

    • Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the security of energy supplies in Scotland.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) Glasgow city council with regard to support for asylum seekers.

      Ferry Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last discussed with (a) representatives of the Scottish Executive and (b) ministerial colleagues subsidies to ferry services.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Post Offices have closed in Scotland over the last three years.

      Economic Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the performance of the Scottish economy.

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the independent commission on electoral systems in Scotland (a) to begin and (b) to report on its work.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on levels of public spending per capita in Scotland.

      Regional Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Scottish Executive to discuss the provision of public service obligations on regional air services.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received regarding transport issues in Scotland.

  • Leader of the House

    • Draft Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Bills have been introduced as draft Bills.

    • Visitors

      To ask the Leader of the House what proposals he is putting to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons to help schools outside of London and the South East of England...

      Participation (Debates)

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to make proposals to enable more hon. Members to participate in debates.

      Sitting Hours

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations he has received on the working hours of the House of Commons.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress the Secretary of State has made in identifying a site for the proposed Supreme Court.

    • Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on proposals for reform of the legal professions.

      Courthouse (Colchester)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if the Lord Chancellor will attend the official start of building of the new courthouse in Colchester.

      Justices of the Peace

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary Department of Constitutional Affairs how many justices of the peace there are in England and Wales; and what the corresponding figure was for 1990.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on legal aid for immigration and nationality cases in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have received legal aid in Greater London in the last seven years; and what the criteria...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the availability of legal aid in domestic violence cases.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs by what date all the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will be in force; and if he will...

      House of Lords Reform

      Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs when he expects to bring forward further proposals to reform the second Chamber.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Bribery

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, column 1W, which were the other two countries referred to in her answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, ...

    • Criminal Cases Review (Angela Cannings Judgment)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what arrangements for expedition have been made with the Criminal Cases Review Commission in respect of convictions reviewed following the Angela Cannings case and...

      Criminal Cases Review (Angela Cannings Judgment)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many defendants whose cases are yet to be reviewed following the Angela Cannings case are serving custodial sentences.

      Criminal Cases Review (Angela Cannings Judgment)

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she expects the review process following the Angela Cannings case to be completed.

      Illegal Arms Trade (Nuclear Weapons)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made towards the prosecution of individuals and companies for the offence of assisting or inducing weapons-related acts overseas, in particular...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with local authorities on improving energy efficiency measures pursuant to the Sustainable...

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the target for energy efficiency savings to 2010 from households has been lowered in the energy efficiency...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Manchester have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front Schemes.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Blackpool, South have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front Schemes.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in the constituency of Huntingdon have benefited from the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what predictive modelling has been applied to the possible application of the Bovigam gamma interferon test to control bovine...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what protocol her Department is using to examine post mortem cattle that are slaughtered in the Bovigam gamma interferon...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response her Department made to the proposal of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB to undertake a field trial...

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what cost there will be to farmers from the cattle passports scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) the effectiveness of the British Cattle Movement Service and (b) delays in processing...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the renegotiation of agreed energy saving targets contained in the climate change levy; and...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had in the last six months with (a) the National Farmers Union, (b) the Country Land and Business...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had in the last six months with (a) English Heritage, (b) the National Trust and (c) the Council for...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that the new schemes set up under Common Agricultural Policy reform will be simpler to...

      Dredging (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sediment has been dredged as a result of licences issued for (a) foreshore dredging and (b) estuary dredging from...

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on behalf of the UK motor industry regarding the energy costs of Government policy on...

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of greenhouse gas emissions from aviation in (a) 2008, (b) 2012, (c) 2020, (d) 2030 and...

      Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the steps necessary to comply with the EU Environmental Liability Directive.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the farm income levels for farmers in Cambridgeshire in the last five years.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned to examine alternatives to the use of plastic sheeting used to cover fields and crops in...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was given in farm subsidies to each region of the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the rate of take-up of training of farmers at entry level under the modulation scheme.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initial consideration the Government are giving to agricultural support and subsidies for farmers beyond 2012; and if...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in Cumbria will be classified as being in a severely disadvantaged area when the single farm payment is introduced.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she estimates the difference in average payment in Cumbria would be if the lower rate of subsidy for land currently...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of livestock in Cumbria will be classed as being in a severely disadvantaged area from 2005.

      Fertilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to make the regulations for (a) the manufacture and (b) the supply of ammonium nitrate fertiliser...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the revenue from landfill tax as a result of the diversion of catering waste from pig swill to...

      Water Quality Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Environment Agency has made of the impact on water quality in Aylesbury of the draft Milton Keynes and...

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken (a) to protect orchards and (b) to ensure that fruit varieties do not become extinct.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy not to despatch one page parliamentary answers in large heavy-duty envelopes.

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 19 April, Official Report, column 152W, on secondees from outside organisations working in her...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date she expects to make her announcement of pesticide buffer zones.

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what role her Department has played in ensuring that private finance initiative projects create the minimum of...

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the contracts awarded to W.S. Atkins by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental...

      Product Recalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with EU Ministers on compulsory insurance for product recall costs; and if she will make a statement.

      Rat Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs further to her answer of 5 May 2004, to the hon. Member for Romford (Mr. Rosindell), Official Report, column 1497W, on rats,...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) industrial refuse was recycled in (i) Brent, (ii) London and (iii)...

      Salt Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposed abolition of the product mix output algorithms in 2008; and what assessment she...

      Salt Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the publication of the National Allocation Plan in respect of the European Union Emissions...

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of Scottish Power plc; who was present; and what was on the agenda for discussion.

      Severely Disadvantaged Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2004, to the hon. Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key), Official Report, column 1025W, on...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the future profitability of farms following the introduction of the single farm payments scheme.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to provide more assistance to (a) owner-occupiers and (b) tenants of small intensive livestock farms after...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that the Office of Fair Trading continues to monitor the economic relationships between...

      UK Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of honey produced in the UK was for the UK market in the last year for which figures are available.

      UK Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) apples, (b) pears, (c) strawberries and (d) raspberries grown in the UK was for the UK market in the...

      Underground Fuel Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what action has been taken to reduce the (a) number and (b) severity of pollution incidents from underground tanks at...

      Water Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners who would reduce their water bills if they switched to a metered supply.

      Water Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners who would reduce their water bills if they switched to a metered...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • CBRN Substances

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the costs that may arise from carrying out the decontamination procedures set out in the Strategic National Guidance for the...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from (a) clergy and (b) others whose jobs require them to maintain more than one property in relation to (i) exemption from...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what valid reason local councils may reject proposals made by Government inspectors under PPG10 for major housing development sites; and if he will make a...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to make developers liable for a greater share of the costs of planning inquiries and tribunals.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) in revenue support grant and (b) in specific grants was provided to City of York in each year since 1997–98.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the value is of each of the specific grants received by City of York in 2004–05.

  • Treasury

    • Abortion

      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 years there were in Bedfordshire and...

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the present member states of the European Union are expected to be (a) net contributors to and (b) net beneficiaries of the European Union budget...

      Aggregates Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised in tax and licence revenue from the dredging of aggregates off the East Anglian coast in each of the last 10 years.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the Elmet constituency are receiving child tax credit.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the constituency of Huntingdon have received child tax credit.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many buildings in England owned by his Department are used at less than 25 per cent. capacity for more than three months of the year.

      E-Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from what date staff were employed by the Inland Revenue's e-Government programme; how many staff are assigned to the programme; and when planning began for...

      Farming

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will revise the tax treatment of losses made by farmers on holdings of production quotas so as to allow losses to be written off against trading...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of x-ray technology in detecting illegal meat imports; (2) what use Customs and Excise make of x-ray...

      Large Business Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hours' training each Large Business Office caseworker has received in tax compliance performance in each year since 1997.

      Large Business Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which IT software systems have been procured by the Large Business Office since 1997; and how many hours' training each Large Business Office caseworker has...

      Large Business Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been in each year since 1997 of IT software systems procured by the Large Business Office.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many lone parents were employed in each of the last 25 years, broken down by constituency within each region.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of mis-sold pensions in each of the last 25 years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the value of the Exchequer's liabilities to (a) the basic state pension, (b) SERPS and (c) the state second pension; and if...

      Scrap Aluminium

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to tax export of scrap aluminium to sources outside the EU.

      Transport Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the paper, "Reforming Transport Taxes", published by the European Conference of Ministers of Transport.

      Labour Statistics (East Riding)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire were not working, studying or in training in 2003.

  • International Development

    • Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what targets exist for the achievement of savings in administration costs within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the programmes aimed at institution building in Chad (a) run by his Department, (b) fully financed by his Department,...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the (a) scale and (b) nature of corruption within the public institutions of Chad; what...

      Far East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid projects his Department plans to develop in the Far East during the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has (a) pledged and (b) delivered to help in the ongoing humanitarian and reconstruction work in Bam, Iran;...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when (a) he and (b) members of his Department last met the UN Secretary-General's special representative for Liberia to discuss (i) the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assurances his Department has (a) sought and (b) received from the Government of Nigeria concerning the effect of unrest in the...

      Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the switching of resources from corporate service divisions to frontline operational divisions, stating...

      Shared Scholarships Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to develop the Shared Scholarships Scheme; and if he will introduce support for talented youngsters from developing...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there is a minimum population of St. Helena below which the Government considers the island to be unsustainable; and if he will...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what has been the cost to the UK taxpayer of maintaining St. Helena over the past 25 years for which figures are available.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the annual (a) saving to the UK and (b) benefit to the economy of St. Helena of providing air access for St. Helena.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates he has made of the number of refugees from Darfur in Chad; when these figures were last revised; and if he will make a...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe about its stockpiling of food in the run-up to national elections.

  • Prime Minister

    • Sudan

      To ask the Prime Minister what action he is taking to (a) bring about an end to the killing of the black Muslim Sudanese of Darfur and (b) secure access for humanitarian assistance to relieve...

    • Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials held with the management of Govan/Kvaerner to discuss the future of the Govan shipyard; (2) what role he played in...

      Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what (a) his and (b) his officials' involvement was in the negotiations over the future of Govan shipyard; (2) what meetings took place between Mr. Ed Miliband...

      Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) his, (b) his officials and (c) his advisers involvement was in approving the GEC-BAE merger.

      Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Prime Minister what the name was of the task force chaired by Sir Gavin Laird set up by the Government to look for potential buyers for the Govan shipyard; who was on the task force;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, columns 748–49W, on Iraq, prior to the Prime Minister reading the International Committee of the Red Cross...

      People's Peers Road Shows

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the practice of people's peers road shows to solicit applications has been discontinued.

      World Environment Day

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will take steps to mark World Environment Day on 5 June; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Flight Security (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a senior citizen's pass with photographic image is an acceptable form of identity for security purposes when flying between Great Britain and...

    • Blue Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of people in Great Britain are in receipt of a Blue Badge for disabled drivers.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department are employed to deal with local transport plans and annual progress reports submitted to his Department by...

      Computer File Formats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is in respect of the computer file formats used for the (a) distribution and (b) archiving of publicly available documents.

      Crime (Public Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many assaults were committed on buses in each year since 1997; (2) how many bus drivers were assaulted on duty in each year since 1997.

      Crime (Public Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes of a sexual nature were committed (a) on buses and (b) at bus stops in each year since 1997.

      Crime (Public Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many acts of vandalism were committed on buses in each year since 1997.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many coach journeys Ministers have taken on departmental business in each year since 1997.

      Nuclear Installations (Air Exclusion Zones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions since 2000 the Civil Aviation Authority has investigated alleged breaches of the air exclusion zones around nuclear installations.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the level of subsidy (a) per rail mile travelled and (b) per passenger for each train operator for each year since 1997; (2) if...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of rail journeys were made by freight trains in the last year for which figures are available.

      Road Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for road charging; whether charges would apply to all roads; whether charges will vary by (a) time of day and (b) level of traffic;...

      Sea ports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the contribution of the (a) seaports and (b) airports industry to the UK economy.

      Sea ports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the social and economic consequences of constraints on port capacity.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has reviewed the suitability of locations of all speed cameras in Shrewsbury and Atcham.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his review of the location of speed cameras.

      Transport (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in Bootle since 1997.

      Transport (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided in Bootle using public funds since 1997.

      Transport (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects upon residents of Bootle of investment in railway improvements over the next 10 years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans there are to provide national guidance for schools and care homes in the case of a serious civil emergency.

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places were created in each of the past 15 years, broken down by constituency within each region.

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) free nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four-year-olds in Wirral South in each of the last...

      Education Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many instances of truancy there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Brent in each year since 1997; and what the average...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in the Worthing area he expects to stay in education as a result of the introduction of education maintenance allowances;...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria have been applied since 2000 to higher education colleges applying to move from the private sector to Higher Education Funding...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public money has been spent on information and communications technology in schools in the last five years in the London borough of...

      Information, Advice and Guidance Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people holding above-level 2 educational attainment contacted information, advice and guidance partnerships for assistance in the...

      Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills from what date students living in North Thanet will be eligible to receive funding under the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme.

      Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the impact of education maintenance allowances on benefits.

      Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence (a) he and (b) the Department of Trade and Industry have collated on the impact of education maintenance allowances on the...

      Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make education maintenance allowances available to young people whose birthdays do not fall within the defined boundaries solely...

      Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he made of the Education Maintenance Allowance pilot schemes before rolling them out nationally; and what changes were...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, columns 37–8W, on medical students, if he will list the factors taken into...

      Post-16 Education/Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress he has made in talks with (a) the Learning and Skills Council and (b) the Association of Colleges about the respective roles,...

      School Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines he has issued to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities about levels of (i) authorised and (ii) unauthorised absence.

      School Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the causal links between absence from school and attainment at the level of (a) individual pupils, (b)...

      School Budgets (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school budgets in Greater London, broken down by local education authority, were in deficit in each of the last seven years.

      Student Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance his Department offers to students from low income backgrounds who are embarking on further or higher education before their...

      Sure Start Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people the Sure Start Unit employs; and what the Unit's expected budget is in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      University Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire are attending university; and how many (i) pay no tuition fees and (ii) pay partial...

      University Students (Huntingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) the constituency of Huntingdon are attending university; and how many of these students...

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost of (a) a GCSE, (b) an intermediate GNVQ, (c) an AS-level and (d) an NVQ level-2 or equivalent vocational qualification...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergency Communications Network

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how it is planned that senior Government figures will remain in contact in the event of a terrorist attack that eliminated the London telephone network.

    • Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many non-departmental public bodies have been (a) created and (b) abolished since July 2003.

      Official Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of official vehicles used by the Department are run on (a) petrol, (b) diesel, (c) liquid petroleum gas and (d) compressed natural gas.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many public bodies sponsored by other Departments have been (a) merged and (b) abolished since 1997 as a result of a quinquennial review by...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the amount of imported beef which is processed in local factories and sold in Northern Ireland with a produce of...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage of households in Northern Ireland who have broadband access.

      Business Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in securing European Commission approval for a three year subsidy scheme to reduce tariffs for business customers at...

      Creative Writing Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money was granted by (a) the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, (b) the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, (c) the Ultach...

      Disabled Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of people in Northern Ireland are in receipt of a blue badge for disabled drivers.

      Heart Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate how many individuals in Northern Ireland have implantable defibrillators; and how many procedures to implant these devices...

      Homeless Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the 21st Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2003–04, "Housing the Homeless".

      Iraq (Public Sector Employees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) allied health professionals and (d) others employed in the NHS in Northern Ireland are providing...

      Livestock Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the national collection scheme to assist livestock farmers in disposing of fallen stock will apply to Northern Ireland.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by district council area the (a) total amount of debt owed by each of the 26 local authorities and (b) the amount of debt per...

      Love for Life Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reason is for the Department of Education's decision to refuse funding for the Love for Life programme in schools.

      Professional Qualifications Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the proposed European Directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, with particular...

      Queen's University Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs were of (a) setting up and (b) maintaining in each year since establishment the (i) Omagh and (ii) Armagh campuses of Queen's...

      Sean O'Cealleogh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has made to the US Administration about the decision of a US court not to deport Sean O'Cealleogh.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ban smoking in public places in Northern Ireland.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many conceptions there were in females aged 11 to 19 years in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000, broken down by age.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attendances at sexual health clinics there were by those aged 11 to 19 years in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000, broken down...

      Ulster Hospital (Shuttle Bus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of a shuttle bus service between the Ulster hospital and Belfast city centre.

      Unmanned Railway Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the safety risks associated with unmanned railway crossings in Northern Ireland since the accident at Woodtown...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioner households in the Elmet constituency receive a free TV licence.

    • Audio-description Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she is working with interested parties to encourage the development of audio-description technology adapted for (a) museum and...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the permitted areas where casinos may be established under the Gaming Act 1968; and in which of those areas casinos are...

      Cricket Tours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the International Cricket Council regarding the rules operated by the ICC in respect of...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many buildings in England owned by her Department are used at less than 25 per cent. capacity for more than three months of the year.

      Electronic Programme Guides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will request that Ofcom include a requirement for a periodic review of the ordering of channels on electronic programme...

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members are of the forum on intellectual property rights being established jointly by her right hon. Friends the Minister for...

      Sports Spectators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people watched professional (a) rugby league, (b) football, (c) rugby union and (d) cricket in the last 12 months for which...

  • Home Department

    • Speed Cameras (West Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was raised in fines from speed cameras in the last year for which records are available in (a) West Sussex and (b) the East...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Wrexham of 23 October 2003 in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to his letter of 7 April 2004, reference PO4301/4.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on reform of the criminal justice system.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for each local criminal justice board in 2004–05; and what the proposed budget is for 2005–06.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the criminal justice boards where representatives of Victim Support are (a) full members of the Board and (b) attend board...

      Drugs Testing/Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drugs testing and treatment orders were issued in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of fines was collected by each local criminal justice board in the last year for which figures are available.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued to police regarding the use of informants in cases of gun crime.

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were recalled for failing to adhere to home detention conditions during January and February in each prison region.

      Illegal Arms Trade (Nuclear Weapons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether investigations by the police authorities have been undertaken in respect of individuals and companies for the offence of assisting or...

      Immigration Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding was provided to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to provide immigration training for voluntary sector workers...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police would be authorised to access data stored on the National Identity Register.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the investigatory report referred to in the letter to the hon. Member for Totnes from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 29 January 2004, reference 152236.

      Police (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether radios used by Lancashire police work in adjoining police areas; and whether they are compatible with radios used by (a) Cumbria, (b)...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget was set for the National Probation Directorate at the commencement of the financial year 2003–04; what the change in gross...

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Commission for Racial Equality's section 44 funding is for 2004–05, broken down by region.

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the panel members who decided Commission for Racial Equality section 44 funding for 2004–05.

      Security Cameras

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Illegal Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many websites regulatory bodies have closed down because of the presence of illegal images and content in each of the last two years.

    • Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff were employed in a press office or public relations capacity (a) by Advantage West Midlands and (b) by each regional...

      Beagle Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to publish the inquiry into the Beagle project.

      Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of (a) imports and (b) exports to Belize in each of the past 25 years in real terms.

      Competitiveness Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Competitiveness Council of 17 to 18 May; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its...

      Computer File Formats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is in respect of the computer file formats used for the (a) distribution and (b) archiving of publicly available...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken in response to the report entitled Unanswered Questions, Companies, Conflict, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reasons were for the increase in the total net administration costs of her Department between 2002–03 and 2003–04 as set...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, column 79W, on departmental publications, if she will provide the information her...

      Discrimination Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many proceedings were brought by employees under discrimination law in each year since 1997 concerning (a) sexual orientation and (b)...

      Domestic Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of domestic properties in Great Britain are heated by (a) electricity, (b) solid fuel and (c) natural gas.

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place research conducted on the competitive environment of the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the Library.

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance is given by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to UK companies wishing to trade with Russia.

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the costs that will be incurred by businesses in dealing with the guidance of the Equality and Human Rights...

      EU Social Chapter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effects of the EU Social Chapter on the residents of Blackpool North and Fleetwood.

      Fuel Crisis (Emergency Powers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the legal basis is for the use of emergency powers to secure energy supplies during a fuel crisis; and what parliamentary scrutiny there...

      Invest-UK Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the numbers of jobs that were (a) created and (b) safeguarded as a result of Invest-UK activities in each year...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is for retaining a skill base for the nuclear industry in the UK.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many instances of theft of (a) nuclear waste and (b) spent fuel rods from nuclear plants in the UK were reported to the police in (i)...

      Petrol Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions the Government has had with oil producers on reducing the price of petrol.

      Productivity

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

      Remote Wind Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Government's energy policy takes account of the cost estimated by Ofgem of reinforcing the transmission grid in order to cope with the...

      Remote Wind Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Government's energy policy for large-scale intermittent wind power generation addresses the diseconomy of part-time operation thereby...

      Renewable Energy (Oldham, West and Royton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of recent trends in investment in renewable energy on residents of Oldham West and Royton.

      Software Patents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Council of Ministers will next discuss the proposed European Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions; and...

      Trade Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the benefits provided by Government-selected sponsors to UK firms that receive grants to help co-ordinate...

      Trade Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department has paid to small firms for help in co-ordinating trade fairs abroad in each of the last five years; and of that...

      Trade Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the role of sponsors in helping UK firms co-ordinate trade shows abroad and their cost to (a) UK businesses...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many wind turbines in Wales have (a) been erected and (b) not been erected despite being given planning permission.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Israel over the effect of Israeli military action on (a) homes, (b) water...

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US on Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning current activity in the Gaza Strip.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad's claim of having captured the Slafist...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his counterpart in Chad, (b) other representatives of the Government of Chad and (c) United...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) national and (b) regional security impact of the army mutiny which took place...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment of the security impact of the army mutiny which took place in Chad on the night of 16 to 17 May he has received...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to his letter of 29 March, reference 175680/04.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's (a) policy on and (b) relationship with Cuba.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is in relation to the crisis in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Eritrean Government about the Christians imprisoned for their faith.

      Hutu Militia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Rwanda in connection with the gangs of Hutu militia operating in the Congo.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which private security companies the UK has contracts for services in Iraq; how much was paid to each in the financial year...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the financial extent of the alleged corruption in the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what fee income was earned by the UN Security Council for administering the UN Oil for Food programme in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the amount of money made by Saddam Hussein's regime as a result of the alleged...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which banks were used to administer the UN Oil for Food programme in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Coalition Provisional Authority's response to the Iraqi Governing Council's...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers of the present government have visited Kenya in an official capacity.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what travel advice his Department is issuing to NGOs and humanitarian organisations about the safety of travel to (a) Gmice and...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the current security situation (a) in Gmice and (b) elsewhere in the region of Kamenia in Kosovo;...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) efficiency of the UN disarmament programme in Liberia;...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contributions the UK Government has (a) pledged and (b) delivered to the UN disarmament programme in Liberia; and if he...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) he and (b) members of his Department last met the UN Secretary-General's special representative for Liberia to discuss...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Nigerian Government to curb the sectarian violence in (a) the city of Kano, (b) the town...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of people killed in Nigeria as a result of (a) political, (b) religious and...

      Organisation of American States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) environmental and (b) economic impact of the proposed free trade pact between...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which areas of Sri Lanka (a) the British High Commissioner and (b) a member of his staff has visited during the last 12 months;...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with the Government of Sri Lanka human rights issues within that country; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role Libya has played in the situation in Darfur, Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on (a) Tibetan autonomy, (b) the level of recognition of Chinese...

      Turkey (EU Accession)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the requirements placed upon Turkey for accession to the EU; and if he will make a...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for visas have been refused at British High Commission offices in (a) Pakistan, (b) Sri Lanka and (c)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Answers (Envelopes)

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make it his policy to stop the practice of despatching one page parliamentary answers...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Age-Related Payments Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Elmet constituency receive £100 help towards the payment of council tax.

    • Age-Related Payments Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Northern Ireland Office in relation to the extension of the Age-Related Payments Bill to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Elmet constituency (a) have claimed the minimum income guarantee and (b) are claiming pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) London and (b) Brent have claimed pension credit since it was introduced; and how many people in (i) London and (ii)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit are receiving (a) less than 10p per week, (b) 10p to 19p per week, (c) 20p to 29p per week, (d) 30p to...

      Enhanced New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered the Enhanced New Deal 25 plus (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) four or more times; and if he will make...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving incapacity benefit in each of the last 25 years, broken down by constituency within each region.

      Income Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the trend in (a) average and (b) pensioner incomes as compared with (i) average and (ii) medium earnings, over...

      Job Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether clients using Jobseeker Direct services when seeking job-broking advice and assistance by telephone will have access to Language Line...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were diagnosed to be suffering from (a) asbestosis and (b) mesothelioma in the last year for which figures are available,...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) teachers and (b) office workers were diagnosed to be suffering from (a) asbestosis and (b) mesothelioma in the last year for which...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forecast his Department has made for the diagnosis of cases of (a) asbestosis and (b) mesothelioma cases in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015; and...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of each stage of (a) the New Deal for Young People and (b) the New Deal 25 plus using the unit cost model operational from...

      Online Pension Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the online national insurance retirement pension forecast to be available.

      Pension Centre Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he has for the future of pension centre offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Income (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 live in households without an occupational pension...

      Pensioner Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated total income for pensioners from (a) benefits and (b) private sources is since 1992; and what this figure is as a percentage.

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average pensioner income was for the financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Post Office Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions why post office cards have been issued which are then replaced by new cards with identification strips; and how much it is estimated to have...

      Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) solely state-financed and (b) public-private partnership and private finance initiative projects for which his Department is...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to have prepared estimates for the number of people contracted out of second tier state pension provision in (a) 2001–02,...

      State Pension Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list each item of information which may be contained in a state pension statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for North Wiltshire of 30 April 2004, Official Report, columns 1370–71W, on winter fuel...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for winter fuel payments were disallowed because of late application in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03 in each Greater...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the deadlines for applications for winter fuel payments were in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants for winter fuel payments in Scotland were disallowed because of late application in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and...

  • Health

    • Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the average (a) daily and (b) annual per capita consumption of cyclamates in each year since 1989; (2) what research...

    • Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to collect statistics on the number of patients treated each year in the NHS for injuries involving air weapons; (2)...

      Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the £145 million in 2004–05 of capital funds received for other uses is set aside to cover the borrowing freedoms of...

      Children's Hospital (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the completion date of the new children's hospital in Manchester.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the hon. Member for Southend West's letters of 26 March and 19 April regarding the Human Tissue Bill.

      Cross-border Hospital Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) English residents were referred for treatment in Welsh hospitals and (b) Welsh residents were referred for treatment in English hospitals in...

      Departmental Staff (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many shared care schemes for drug misuse include workplace occupational health specialists.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received reports of regional variations in the incidence of skin cancer in England.

      Elective Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral statement of 17 March 2004, Official Report, column 332, on the Financial Statement, how many elective...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring is being undertaken by his Department to ensure that general practitioners continue to offer routine appointments beyond 48 hours if the...

      Head Lice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on guidelines regarding the control of head lice in schools.

      Health Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of (a) an electro-cardiogram, (b) a blood pressure test, (c) an electron beam tomography scan, (d) a lung function test, (e)...

      Health Services (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients waited for more than 13 weeks for outpatient appointments within Nottinghamshire health authority areas in each year since 1997.

      Health Services (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a hip replacement operation in the Tamworth constituency was in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Health Services (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in the Tamworth constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners' surgeries and (b) health clinics have been (i) modernised and (ii) removed to other premises in the Tamworth...

      Mobile/Wireless Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether current research being carried out by the mobile telephone health research team at King's College London is examining mobile and wireless...

      NHS Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether new facilities monitored by NHS Estates conform to design guidance with respect to the numbers of wash-hand basins; and what action his Department...

      NHS Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the last full inventory of land owned by (a) the NHS and (b) NHS trusts was carried out; and what steps he is taking to sell off unused excess land.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 28 April 2004, Official Report, column 1092W, on NHS staff, whether locums and those on temporary contracts are included in...

      NHS Staff (Wirral, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) therapists and (b) scientists were located in Wirral South in each of the last seven years.

      NHS Staff (Wirral, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients with suspected cancer in Wirral, South saw an NHS consultant within two weeks in each of the last seven years.

      Nurses Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to ensure that nurse (a) training and (b) career pathways adequately reflect the need for specialist skills in care of...

      Nutritional Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has made to EU officials on behalf of UK businesses in relation to plans for a draft Directive on nutritional supplements for...

      Obese Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on promoting stomach stapling as a method for dealing with obesity problems in children.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice and treatment is offered to those patients who are identified as being at high risk of developing osteoporosis.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for progressing the partnership between his Department, Marie Curie Cancer Care and other voluntary organisations in the field of...

      Personal Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements are in place to review cases to ensure that individuals are not incorrectly charged for personal health care; (2) what the...

      Positron Emission Tomography Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of positron emission tomography scanners in the early diagnosis of lung cancer; and if...

      Primary Care Trusts (Non-Clinical Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-clinical staff were employed in each primary care trust in England at September 2003, broken down by grade.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times a year the board of the NHS Information Authority is scheduled to meet; and on what date it last met.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 12, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17 and (h) 18 years have suffered from each sexually transmitted infection...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of sexually transmitted infections in people aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 years...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of sexually transmitted infections in people aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 years...

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in the NHS specialise in solvent abuse among children.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Working Time Directive and its effect on (a) doctors' hours and (b) the availability of doctors...

  • Defence

    • Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to provide training for (a) helicopter pilots in the armed forces and (b) civilian helicopter pilots to assist in an...

    • Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Government expect to be able to guarantee that the Civil Contingency Reaction Force communications system is compatible with the communications...

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an Army standby unit is ready to help the emergency services immediately in the event of a serious national emergency.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many scientists have come forward voluntarily since 16 July 2003 and approached the Iraq Survey Group with evidence of weapons of mass destruction...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 663W, on Iraq, what the names are of the two individuals whose deaths have been the...

      Air Near-hit Incident (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary action has been taken in respect of the aircrew involved in the near-hit incident reported on 4 April 2002 concerning a helicopter and...

      Al Yamamah Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed of allegations of corruption involving BAE Systems in connection with the Al Yamamah arms contracts which were drawn to the...

      Army Barracks Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Minister of State for the Armed Forces received the Amnesty International Report, "Army Barracks Death: Families Demand Justice" (EUR...

      Army Medal Office (Droitwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what arrangements he has made to ensure the continued efficient operation of the Army Medal Office at Droitwich Spa in the period before its...

      Army Medal Office (Droitwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will visit the Army Medal Office in Droitwich Spa to discuss its proposed closure with the staff.

      Army Medal Office (Droitwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 13 May 2004, Official Report, column 555W, on Defence Medal Offices, over what period the closure of the Army Medal Office will...

      Army Medal Office (Droitwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 328W, on the Defence Medal Office, when he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Defence Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why his Department does not keep figures for the current number of (a) service and (b) civilian personnel based at (i) RAF Leeming, (ii) RAF Linton on...

      Emergency Evacuation (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters are available in the Greater London area for use in emergency evacuation of people who may be injured in a terrorist attack in London.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Joint Strike Fighter's ability to take off from warships, with particular reference to (a) its expected performance in...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the case for awarding an Arctic medal was last reviewed; by whom it was done; at whose request; and if he will make a statement.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 26 April 2004, Official Report, column 728W, to the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler) on the Suez Medal, what...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin helicopters have been (a) ordered, (b) purchased, (c) delivered and (d) brought into full service for the Royal Navy since the decision...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) original budget was and (b) the total cost has been of purchasing and fully commissioning the Merlin helicopter for the Royal Navy, both as...

      Missile Defence Interceptor Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the US authorities about basing missile defence interceptor sites in the UK.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules govern the rights of (a) RAF and (b) US Air Force aircraft to fly over (i) nuclear power stations and (ii) residential areas; and what...

      Offshore Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to reduce the proportion of applications for planning permission for offshore wind farms to which his Department lodges...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what improvements have been made to systems for combat identification in the light of experience gained from Operation Telic.

      Radar Reflection (Aircraft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance he is offering to manufacturers of windmill blades in overcoming problems of radar reflection on military aircraft.

      Rifleman Miller

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures have been taken against those responsible for the attack upon Rifleman Miller of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Green Jackets in Ballykinler...

      Royal Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the internal process is for the Royal Military Police Special Investigations Branch to evaluate the investigation of cases in order to improve...

      Support Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has received from the United States embassy on behalf of US companies for the support vehicles contract; and if he...

      Typhoon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much he estimates it will cost the United Kingdom to convert the Typhoon for a ground attack role.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British Forces will be subject to Iraqi law following the handover of power on 30 June 2004.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which branch of the UK military are responsible for the running of prisons in Iraq; who is the head of this branch; and to whom he is responsible for...

      Young Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many 16 to 18-year-olds are serving in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy, broken down by sex.

  • House of Lords

    • Language Implementation Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to modify the decision-making process surrounding the budget and business cases for the Language Implementation Body, including consultation...

    • Prison Officers: Training in Control and Restraint Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long is the training given to prison officers in respect of control and restraint procedures for use on adults and children; and how often officers are...

      Prisoners: Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what total funding allocation for prison-based drug treatment in England and Wales has been made available for each year that figures are available; and (b)...

      Prisoners: Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the years 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 (a) how many offenders were referred to drug treatment in the community on release from...

      Custodial Sentences and Community Service Punishments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the percentage increase in the number of offenders in the UK who have been given (a) custodial sentences, and (b) community service punishment in...

      Asylum Applicants: New EU Member States

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and in what ways they intend to prevent hardship when asylum applicants from the 10 European Union accession states are required to leave temporary...

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long is the average delay from the initial application at local level to the issuing of a project licence under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986;...

      Money Laundering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individual money laundering reports were made to the National Criminal Intelligence Service in each of the past three years.

      Firearms: Injuries from Non-criminal Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the years 1998–99 to 2002–03, how many injuries were attributed to events involving handguns, rifles, shotguns, air weapons and imitation...

      State Visits: Policing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many police were allocated to the state visit of the President of Poland on Wednesday 5 May, and what was the estimated number of spectators for the processions.

      Euro 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the security vetting procedures in place for the sale of tickets for the 2004 European Championships to those resident at United Kingdom addresses by: (a)...

      Euro 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Portuguese Government and the Union of European Football Associations about the deployment of open-air big screens in...

      NHS Trusts: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What (a) public dividend capital, and (b) loans, have been advanced to National Health Service trusts in 2002–03 and 2003–04; and how much is estimated...

      NHS Trusts: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what amount of dividends, and (b) how much cash they expect to receive from National Health Service foundation trusts in respect of the financial year...

      NHS Trusts: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect to receive any repayment of public dividend capital from National Health Service foundation trusts during 2004–05; and, if so, how much.

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional revenue would have been received, in respect of the latest financial year for which figures are available, from a single percentage point rise in...

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current top rate of income tax on income in each of the member states of the European Union, indicating in sterling in each case the level of taxable...

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the top rate of direct tax on personal incomes in the United Kingdom for each year from 1970–71 to 2003–04; and whether they will provide the...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to improve their standing in the summary of results published by the International Olympic Committee on 18 May, in which London ranked...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the relevant splits in percentage weighting to the category "Government support, legal issues and public opinion" in the International Olympic Committee...

      Energy Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the United Kingdom's national energy requirement is supplied by imported French nuclear power; and at what cost, overall and per megawatt.

      Fairness For All White Paper

      asked her Majesty's Government: Why the White Paper Fairness for All was not available in formats accessible for disabled people at the same time as the publication of the original documents.

      Channel Tunnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6 May (WA 136), what was the cause of the unsatisfactory functioning of electrified grids at the Channel Tunnel...

      South Eastern Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the new control centre and upgrade of the passenger information system at South Eastern Trains stations.

      Motorcycles: Engine Noise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they plan to take to tackle motorcyclists in the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks who adapt their motocycles to increase...

      e-Envoy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent report to the effect that the status of the e-Envoy is to be downgraded is correct.

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