Written answers

Wednesday, 26 May 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help is given to the Exmoor area to secure the highest possible payments in respect of EU funding for farmers.

    • Anton Dohrn and Rosemary Bank Seamounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect the Anton Dohrn and Rosemary Bank Seamounts.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will set a timetable for coming to a conclusion about the issue of TB in badgers; and if she will make a...

      Barnet Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the decision of Barnet council to terminate its LA21 partnership scheme.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement section 307 (Enforcement of Legislation on endangered...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Fallen Stock Company to be up and running; and if she will make a statement.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what EU rules apply to Common Agricultural Policy funds held by member states which choose to (a) place a ceiling on payments...

      Greenhouse Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she will take to ensure that the EU involves developing countries in future allocations of greenhouse gas...

      Health and Pesticide Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the report on the Survey of Health and Pesticide Exposure, being carried out by the London School of Hygiene and...

      Seasonal Fruit Pickers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring takes place to ensure that seasonal fruit pickers are not paid below the minimum wage.

  • Transport

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the mobile phones and walkie-talkie communications units issued to emergency personnel who would be called upon to deal with a terrorist...

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to provide training for all public transport workers in case of a serious emergency.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his assessment is of the ability of bus operators to maintain current service levels following the increase in the price of oil.

      Crime (Public Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many assaults and attacks where knives or firearms were used were committed on London Underground in each year since 1997.

      Crime (Public Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes involving firearms or knives were committed on (a) buses and (b) the railways in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed in the Department to work in the communications field, and what the total expenditure on communications for the Department...

      Disabled Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2004, Official Report, column 513W, on disabled parking, what progress has been made on (a) taking forward the...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list visits made by each Minister in the Department between December 2003 and April 2004, broken down by (a) date, (b) constituency visited...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Parliamentary Questions to his Department in the last year took (a) two to four weeks and (b) over four weeks to answer.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the performance of train operating companies to date in complying with their duties under the Disability...

      Road Traffic Accidents (A49)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries in road traffic accidents there were on the A49 between Shrewsbury and Ludlow in each of the last five years.

      South Hampshire Rapid Transit Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 1 April 2004, Official Report, column 1576W, on South Hampshire Rapid Transit Project, if he will ensure that a decision on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abu Ghraib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Administration, and with whom, on the cases of abuse that have taken place...

    • Abu Ghraib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Commander of the United States forces in Iraq has had with (a) the current British representative or his...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Belgian counterpart concerning Belgium's decision to double its military commitment to...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the number of EU troops stationed in Afghanistan; and if he will...

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent guidance he has produced for diplomatic posts on the issue of overseas bribery; and what plans he has to update that...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individual cases were included in the list provided by the EU to the Chinese Government during the EU and China Human...

      Coalition Provisional Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place for (a) information sharing and (b) joint decisions between Paul Bremer and his American staff at...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, column 872W, on Colombia, if he will list the projects (a) currently run...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he expects the changes made to the draft Constitutional Treaty to give the Commission strategic control over oil...

      Ferry Accident (West Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Government is providing to the search for the ferry stranded off the West African coast since 18 May...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the United States concerning the disapplication of the Geneva...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who within the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority has responsibility to monitor and ensure that Geneva Convention...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the oral and written concerns made by the International Committee of the Red Cross Coalition forces during 2003 were...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was informed that the International Committee of the Red Cross report of February 2004 had been received by his...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action has been taken by the Coalition Provisional Authority to investigate the allegations of brutality and illegality by...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Secretary of State, Mr.Colin Powell, concerning the International Committee...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions took place, upon receipt of the International Committee of the Red Cross report of February 2004, between...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason Sir Jeremy Greenstock's Office did not immediately forward to his Department the International Committee of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) instruction and (b) guidance his (i) officials and (ii) Ministers were following prior to the decision not to make the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) written and (b) oral briefing was provided by officials in his Department to inform (i) him and (ii) his Ministers of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which member of the Government was first informed of the International Committee of the Red Cross Report on the treatment by...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral answers of 11 May 2004, on Iraq, when the International Committee of the Red Cross Report was received at...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his letter placed in the Library on 11 May concerning the handling of the International Committee of the Red Cross...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his United States counterpart and (b) the United States Secretary of Defence in respect of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether funds generated from oil assets in Iraq are ring-fenced for that country's domestic use; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 11 May 2004, Official Report, column 199W, on Iraq, how many Iraqis are being consulted through the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from what source of funds the money for bounties for the capture of wanted individuals in Iraq comes; and if he will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) between what dates the September 2002 source upon which the Government based its claim that Iraq sought to procure uranium...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Intelligence and Security Committee (a) requested and (b) saw the intelligence (i) upon which the Government based...

      International Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the International Cricket Council regarding the rules operated by the ICC in...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the report by Amnesty International, "Israel and the Occupied Territories—Under the rubble:...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the new Kenyan Government since the general election in Kenya in December 2002; and what...

      Victor Bout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the freezing of assets owned by Mr. Victor Bout; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for the UK...

      Victor Bout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations the Department has carried out into the activities of Victor Bout.

      Qualified Majority Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions when the UK has been outvoted when Qualified Majority Voting in the European Council has applied...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the UK Government and the Government of Sudan regarding reports of ethnic cleansing in...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the travel costs incurred (a) by his Department and (b) by each Minister within his Department, for each of the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 12 May, Official Report, column 385W, on Iraq, whether the employment of civilian contractors and interpreters in Abu Ghraib prison was (a)...

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the travel costs incurred by his Office for each of the last 10 years; (2) how much his Office spent on ministerial travel by (a) car, (b) train,...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister how many journeys he made by helicopter in each of the last 10 years; and what the journey length was in each case.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Irish Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the amount of public money spent by his Department since 1998 on the promotion of (a) Irish culture and language...

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to tackle organised crime in Northern Ireland.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many representations he has received since January 2002 concerning the trafficking of people in Northern Ireland.

      Prisoners (Early Release)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had recently with the Irish Government on the provisions of the Belfast agreement on the early release of prisoners.

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle racism in Northern Ireland.

      Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the peace process.

      Good Friday Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on changes in the Northern Ireland economy since the Good Friday Agreement.

      Good Friday Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with political parties in Northern Ireland on restoring the Good Friday Agreement institutions.

      Sinn Fein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further action he intends to take against Sinn Féin in the light of the Independent Monitoring Commission's finding that Sinn Fein has...

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average earnings in Northern Ireland are; and if he will make a statement.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of beef sold in Northern Ireland in 2003 was (a) locally produced and (b) imported from Great Britain.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average waiting time and (b) longest time an individual has been waiting for a mammogram is at each of the Province's cancer units.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dentists commenced practice in the province in each year since 1990; how many were full-time in each case; and if he will make a statement.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of the Crest recommendations on diabetes care (a) have been implemented and (b) will be implemented within the next 12 months.

      Equal Opportunity Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many equal opportunity complaints have been lodged with industrial tribunals in Northern Ireland in the last five years; and how many of...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to fund alternative treatment of fibromyalgia in the national health service in Northern Ireland.

      Private Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of Agenda for Change on the private sector in health care in Northern Ireland.

      Private Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people on Northern Ireland waiting lists have had medical treatment in other parts of the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Private Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many trained nursing staff from outside the United Kingdom are working in Northern Ireland's hospitals.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on (a) the frequency of epidural use in deliveries in Northern Ireland and (b) changes in that frequency in the last...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on neighbourhood renewal; what the timescale is for each stage of the process; and when money will be...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in Northern Ireland during the last three years to reach Government recycling targets.

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on changes in the cost of care at residential homes.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the costs of educating every child currently in a special school in Northern Ireland in a mainstream school.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has for youth development programmes to reduce teenage pregnancy rates; (2) if he will introduce a young people's...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many females aged between 11 and 19 years were fitted with contraceptive implants in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000, broken down...

      Transmitter Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has collated in relation to health risks associated with the provision of transmitter masts in residential areas.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Computer File Formats

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff were employed in the Department to work in the communications field and what the total expenditure on communications for the Department was, broken...

      Extra Care Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition of extra care housing his Department uses in collecting Supporting People mapping data.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the findings of the public consultation in England on the measures in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 dealing with high hedges will be published.

      Housing Stock Transfer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department (a) expects to spend in this financial year and (b) spend in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04 on writing off overhanging debt for...

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his budget is for staff training in information and communication technology in this financial year.

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his targets are for improving the information and communication technology (ICT) skills base of staff within (a) his Department and (b) its agencies; and...

      Local Authority Planning Enforcement Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether local authority planning enforcement officers have sufficient (a) manpower resources and (b) funding adequately to control...

      Rail Freight Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the proposed siting of rail freight interchanges and freight villages in St. Albans and Park Street village green belt areas.

      Telecommunications Installations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he next intends to meet the Mobile Phone Operators Association to discuss the workings of their voluntary code in relation to the T-Mobile installation at...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in her Department and its agencies were seconded from the (a) private and (b) academic sector in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have left employment in her Department because of (a) anxiety, (b) stress, (c) depression and (d) other mental health...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the New Opportunities Fund was allocated to Blackpool, North and Fleetwood in each year since 1997.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-crime Initiatives (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

      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 theft in Blackpool,...

    • Bribery/Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Crime Squad has (a) been involved in investigations and (b) conducted investigations of its own into bribery of foreign...

      Car Parking/Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether car park operators are to be licensed by the Security Industry Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Car Parking/Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Security Industry Authority plans to set up a system (a) to license individual wheel clampers and (b) to license the land...

      Car Parking/Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the towing away of vehicles will be brought into the licensing remit of the Security Industry Authority.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 5 April 2004, with regard to Iqbal...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East's letter to his Department of 26 September 2003, relating to Mr.Ronald...

      Crime (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates were of (a) recorded offences, (b) detected offences and (c) cases brought to justice for burglaries in North Yorkshire in (i)...

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the disposal of computers formerly used by his Department.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of Fujitsu in providing computer services for the Home Office.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Early Retirement (Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the costs of early retirement of police officers for each force in England and Wales in 2003–04.

      Gas Cartridge Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the advice he received on the feasibility of converting self-contained gas cartridge weapons to use...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet representatives of the (a) National Black Police Association and (b) Police Federation.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage change there has been in the number of full-time police officers in Bootle since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Manchester, Central has been since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he expects police radios to work while on the London Underground.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood has been since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of suspension of police officers was in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the average...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has made to Customs and Excise regarding the VAT status of Centrex.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much in grant was paid to National Police Training and the Central Police Training and Development Authority in each year from...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what throughput of police recruits he expects at Stage 2 training during 2004–05; and what throughputs were achieved in each of the...

      Pre-charge Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he sets for the police on the publication of pre-charge photographs of alleged criminals taken at the time of arrest where...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) members, (b) reports produced by and (c) dates of meetings in 2003 of (i) the National Crime Reduction Task Force,...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) administration costs in 2003 were of (i) the National Crime Reduction Task Force, (ii) the Advisory Council on...

      Royal Society (Decontamination Report)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his response is to the recommendations made in the recent Royal Society report on the detection and decontamination of chemical and...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) staffing levels of the Security Industry Authority are.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work the Security Industry Authority has carried out since 1 April 2003.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecutors

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the average total cost was of employing each grade of Crown Prosecutor, including pension and holiday provision, and other benefits associated with such...

    • Crown Prosecutors

      To ask the Solicitor-General what arrangements are made for each grade of Crown Prosecutor to qualify for high court advocacy rights; and how much time has been spent on average by each qualified...

  • International Development

    • Bedouins (Negev)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assistance his Department provides to the Bedouins in the Negev; (2) what discussions he has held with the Israeli...

    • Belize/Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the projects his Department has supported in Belize over the past 20 years that have been classed as successful.

      Belize/Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role the UK Government have played in resolving the border disputes between Belize and Guatemala.

      Computer File Formats

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

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action he has taken to secure access to Darfur for humanitarian relief; and if he will make a statement.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) monetary aid, (b) aid in kind and (c) logistical aid his Department has (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to the Child...

      Gaza Strip

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the (a) nutritional needs of and (b) the supply of clean water to residents in the Gaza Strip.

      Gaza Strip

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds are being made available to send aid to Gaza Strip following recent Israeli action.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes he has made to international aid budgets since the decision to take military action in Iraq.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by Israel's demolition policy.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by how much she estimates prices of (a) gas and (b) electricity for (i) domestic consumers and (ii) industry have changed as a result of...

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimants medically examined so far have also been diagnosed to be suffering with (a)...

      Clean Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department spent on Clean Coal projects in each year since 2000 broken down by project; and what the estimated spending for 2004 is.

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights' budget will be spent on financial grants to supporting organisations; and...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures will be taken to ensure effective liaison between existing advisers to small businesses and the Commission for Equality and...

      Convenience Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings she has had with independent and small retailers or their representatives to discuss the implications of consolidation in the...

      Domestic Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the annual cost of heating an average domestic property in Great Britain by (a) electricity, (b) solid fuel and...

      Liquefied Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reserve storage facilities for liquefied natural gas the Government have for use during emergency interruptions of gas supplies.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers have benefited from the national minimum wage in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood.

      Oil and Gas Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the quarterly totals of (a) oil and (b) gas produced in the British sector of the North Sea were in the last 10 years.

      Paid Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Blackpool, North and Fleetwood qualify for paid leave entitlement.

      Post Office (Election Materials)

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the ability of the Post Office to provide a satisfactory service for the delivery of election...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by the (a) Commission for Racial Equality, (b) Equal Opportunities Commission and (c) Disability Rights Commission.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current annual budget is of the (a) Commission for Racial Equality, (b) Equal Opportunities Commission and (c) Disability Rights...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of the regional development agencies have established a science council; and what the annual budget for 2004–05 is of each.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what has been the research and development spending per capita in each UK region in each of the last six years.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money (a) the Government, (b) the private sector and (c) higher education establishments has spent on research and development in...

      Research and Development Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on steps she has taken to encourage small businesses to take up research and development grants in the United Kingdom.

      Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the energy consumption is per unit of aluminium produced from (a) raw materials and (b) scrap.

      Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the price of scrap aluminium per tonne is; and what the average price was in 1997.

      Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are taken to ensure that scrap aluminium exported from the UK is sent to Integrated Pollution Preventative and Control Directive...

      Spending Review 2002 Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the progress her Department has made towards meeting the Spending Review 2002 targets (a) to increase the...

      Unfair Commercial Practice Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress was made at the Competitiveness Council held on 17 to 18 May on the Unfair Commercial Practice Directive and the Irish...

      Victor Bout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investigations her Department has carried out into the activities of Victor Bout.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Government have made of the (a) energy and (b) carbon costs of wind farms including (i) the concrete content of...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how the Government's energy policy takes account of the problems of grid security and stability caused by large-scale remote wind...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miles of new power lines will be needed in (a) Yorkshire and (b) other parts of England to accommodate the grid development...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the extent to which impartial advice and guidance about learning and work is available to adults over 19 in...

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he plans to ensure that in all 47 learning and skills council local areas adults over 19 seeking a career change or a skills update will...

      Bacs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress his Department has made to manage the changeover from the Bank Automated Clearing System to the new BACSTEL-IP system for...

      Education Building Development Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library the presentation made by Mr. Robert Osborne at the Conference for the Education Building Development Officer...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time places there were for 16 to 19-year-olds in London further education colleges in each of the past...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in (a) Taunton and (b) Somerset he expects to stay on in education as a result of the introduction of the Education...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in Ryedale that he expects to remain in full-time education as a result of the...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will bring levels of funding for 16 to 19-year-old students at further education colleges in North Yorkshire up to the level of...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide extra funding to further education colleges in North Yorkshire to support increases in student numbers resulting from the...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to provide funding to further education colleges in North Yorkshire to help them to refurbish and rebuild college buildings.

      School Access Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the School Access Fund was spent on improving (a) physical access to school buildings and (b) access to the curriculum in the...

      School Access Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued to (a) local education authorities and (b) schools on the use of the School Access Fund.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his policy is on the most appropriate size of a secondary school to deliver an acceptable level of subject choice to pupils; and what...

      Student Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answers of 1 April 2004, Official Report, columns 1549–50W, to the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight, if he will list...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have retired over the last four years.

      Test and Examination Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the initial total cost was, including production, printing, marking and moderation of (a) KS1 SATS, (b) KS2 SATS, (c) KS3 SATS, (d)...

  • Defence

    • Air-Sea Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the UK Air-Sea Rescue Service.

    • Defence Analytical Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role and performance of the Defence Analytical Services Agency.

      Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory plans to increase its revenue from sources other than Government departments.

      Departmental Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) operating cost statement, (b) statement of recognised gains and losses, (c) balance sheet, (d)...

      Departmental Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) resource provision and (b) outturn for his Department's executive agencies was for financial years (i) 1999–2000, (ii) 2000–01,...

      Interrogation Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps were taken following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Ireland v. United Kingdom (1978) to outlaw the use of the five...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role was played by the (a) SAS and (b) SBS in restoring stability to Fallujah.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 663W, on Iraq, if he will give the cause of death entered on the death certificates of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the discovery of a shell filled with sarin nerve agent in Iraq by United States forces.

      Marchwood Military Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on Marchwood Military Port of the decision to reject the proposed new container terminal at Dibden Bay.

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy Merlin helicopters have been involved in accidents which were (a) insufficient and (b) sufficient to put them out of service.

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the lessons learned from the accident investigations and other inquiries into (a) operational failures, (b) accidents and...

      Non-human Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 13 May 2004, Official Report, column 539W, on experiments on non-human primates, if he will list the primate type and number of...

      Osama Bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the balance of benefits and detriments arising from the sale of QinetiQ.

      Sarin Nerve Agent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom retains quantities of sarin nerve agent for use in prophylactic research purposes.

      Typhoon Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent to date by the United Kingdom on the Typhoon programme, including the Experimental Aircraft Programme; and what expenditure is...

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received on the number of Iraqi civilians killed since the United States coalition forces began their attack on Falluja this month.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he plans to the number of British Forces in Iraq following the handover of power on 30 June 2004.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women Iraqi prisoners were being held by UK military forces in Iraq on 10 May.

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to increase his Department's budget allocation to genetic research into the causes of Alzheimer's in the current financial...

    • Ashford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the deadline is for concluding contractual negotiations with Capio for the creation of an independent sector treatment centre at Ashford hospital,...

      Bowel Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reduce the waiting time from four to two weeks for bowel cancer screening for symptomatic patients, as recommended in the pilot report of the...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to develop a breastfeeding strategy.

      Bronzefield Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected cost is to the North Surrey Primary Care Trust of providing health services to Bronzefield Prison, Ashford, Middlesex during...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the parameters used for clinical trials.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of dentists in England.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce free dental care for persons in receipt of incapacity benefit.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists ceased providing treatment for patients on the NHS in each year since 1997, broken down by month; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to recruit dentists from abroad; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation treatment in Chorley; what the budget is for the drug action team in Chorley; how...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Bootle are receiving drug treatment.

      Eye Tests (Blackpool, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents of Blackpool, South aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for eye operations in Liverpool was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been in NHS waiting list times for the residents of (a) Manchester, Blackley and (b) the City of Manchester in the last seven years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS patients waited for more than six months for operations within Nottinghamshire health authorities areas in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Missed Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients failed to attend (a) hospital appointments and (b) general practitioner appointments in Chorley in each year since 2000; and what the...

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timescale his Department has set for the implementation of the national programme for IT in general practice.

      NHS Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest estimated annual costs incurred by the NHS as the result of (a) alcohol, (b) tobacco and (c) other drug use are.

      Patient Involvement Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each year since 1997 the amount of money spent on (a) community health councils, (b) the Commission for Public Patient Involvement,...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation intends to republish its Green Book; and whether it will be made available online.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the Patient Information Advisory Group in the last financial year for which figures are available; how many times a year this group...

      Sativex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Sativex will be licensed; and what restrictions will be placed on its prescription.

  • Treasury

    • Gun Trafficking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the level of priority given to gun trafficking by HM Customs.

    • Stroke Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many deaths occurred in the last year due to stroke in (a) Rugby and Kenilworth and (b) England; (2) how many deaths occurred in the last year...

      Airport Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much airport tax was raised by passengers using Northern Ireland's three main airports in the latest financial year for which figures are available.

      Bribery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Inland Revenue has taken to identify economic sectors with a high incidence of trading with developing countries in which there would be an...

      Bribery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether overseas bribery is one of the risk factors taken into account when the Inland Revenue considers which tax returns to examine in detail.

      Bribery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Inland Revenue has taken to ensure that (a) UK companies do not claim bribes paid overseas as tax deductible and (b) its staff are trained to...

      Bribery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many instances of overseas bribery the Inland Revenue has detected since February 2002; and what action it has taken.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects a reply to be made to the letter to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, dated 6 April 2004, from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan,...

      E-Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many management consultants have been employed on the Inland Revenue e-Government programme; from what dates they were employed; and what the cost to...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Budget Statement of 17 March 2004, if he will make a statement regarding the 2005–06 payment to headteachers of secondary schools and...

      Income Tax (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of pensioners aged over 80 years pay income tax.

      Museums

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the VAT Refund Scheme to include private museums that hold national designated collections, for the purpose of recovering VAT on...

      Payroll Adjustments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) upward and (b) downward payroll adjustments an employer may have to make as a result of the policies of his Department.

      Portable Appliance Testing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how often his Department and its associated public bodies undergo portable appliance testing; and what the cost of testing is.

      Science and Innovation Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the membership of the cross-departmental committee on the 10-year investment framework on science and innovation is; on what dates it has met; if he...

      Secondments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department and its agencies were seconded from the (a) private and (b) academic sector in each of the last three years.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days' sick leave were taken by employees of (a) Customs and Excise and (b) the Inland Revenue in each year since 2000; and what the estimated cost...

      Tax Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised in (a) business rates, (b) corporation tax and (c) taxation from (i) the renewable sector, (ii) the creative arts sector, (iii) the...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conceptions there were for women aged between 11 and 19 years since 2000 in the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon Strategic Health Authority,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Adult Disadvantages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will re-calculate the figures on adult disadvantages set out in the answer of 20 March 2003, Official Report, column 911W, to include...

    • Benefits (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood have gained work through the New Deal programmes.

      Benefits (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

      Careers Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he will ensure that adults in (a) temporary work and (b) work where their skills are under-utilised will be able to access expert advice...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will take steps to cease the practice in his Department of sending correspondence without a clearly identifiable signature of the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 21 April with regard to Mr. G. Forde.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has received the report of the Health and Safety Commission on the effectiveness of the current strategy to promote directors'...

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce identity theft in areas within the remit of his Department and its agencies.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the expenditure on national insurance rebates for those contracted out of SERPS or the second state pension in...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) pensioner households and (b) individual pensioners eligible for pension credit (i) this year...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what total Government financial support to the poorest 10 per cent. of pensioners was in each of the last 30 years, expressed at today's prices.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the poorest third of pensioners received in each year since 1998; and what that sum would have been in each year had the State Pension...

      Seasonal Fruit Pickers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what monitoring takes place to ensure the health and safety of seasonal fruit pickers.

      Spelthorne Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much administration grant was paid to Spelthorne borough council in 2003–04 to cover the cost of operating the council tax benefit...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the additional £100 being paid to over 70s in Northern Ireland will be included in the winter fuel allowance; and if he will make...

  • House of Lords

    • Ulster Scots Academy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6 April (WA 219) concerning consultants employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and...

    • Organised Crime Task Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What resources are available in Northern Ireland in terms of (a) personnel, and (b) funding to the Organised Crime Task Force and to the Asset Recovery Agency; and...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23 April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency, what topics cannot be disclosed under...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure removed the funding from the Ulster-Scots Agency budget for 2004, when a proportion of it was...

      North/South Implementation Bodies: Pension Arrangements for Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there has been a delay in the creation of a pension arrangement for staff of cross-border implementation bodies; what assurances have been offered to staff;...

      Northern Ireland: Gas Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of Centrica's demand that gas prices be increased by up to 20 per cent in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Gas Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What importance they place on maintaining a viable natural gas industry in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Prison Service: Corporate Plan and Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of producing the Northern Ireland Prison Service's corporate plan and business plan on CD-ROM; and how this compares with the cost of printing...

      Northern Ireland Tourist Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 May (WA 2), what are the tourist priorities identified by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for...

      Belfast City Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 May (WA 126) concerning Belfast City Centre, when the business case referred to was supplied to the...

      Special European Union Programmes Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 May (WA 35–37), concerning the Special European Union Programmes Body, how much funding each...

      Northern Ireland: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the distinctive character of individual schools will be preserved if the Costello report into education is implemented in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the cost of the implementation of the Costello report into education in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the event that the Costello report into education is implemented, how parents will be able to exercise a choice if, when schools are over-subscribed, the final...

      Northern Ireland: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the event that the Costello report into education is implemented and a system of multi-institutions is established, how schools will be able to exercise...

      Sudan (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Sudan (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2004 does not prohibit the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of restricted goods.

      Cyprus: Direct flights to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the Turkish Cypriots have voted to accept the Annan plan, whether they will permit without delay direct flights between northern Cyprus and United...

      Cyprus: Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given that the Turkish Cypriots have voted to accept the Annan plan, they will extend to Turkish Cypriot students access to education in the United...

      Iraq: Police Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to train the Iraqi police in the United Kingdom zone in crowd control and the minimum use of force, especially as regards firearms.

      Iran: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will include in their critical dialogue with Iran the cases of Mr Ahmad Batebi, a student serving a 15-year sentence in Evin Prison, and of Mr Arzhang...

      Iran: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Iran following the execution of two members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, Mr Jahil Zeivai...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What weight they attach to the identification by the United Nations of Darfur as "the world's worst humanitarian crisis"; and whether they will set out their...

      Olympic Games 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Olympic Advisory Group on security planning believes the Greek Government is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and secure Olympic Games in Athens.

      Olympic Games 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How United Kingdom experts were involved in training some 2,000 Greek officials involved with the Olympic Games over the past three years.

      Olympic Games 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are confident that adequate security measures will be in place to ensure full protection to the Prime Minister and visiting dignitaries in Piraeus...

      Olympic Games 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider NATO's offer of maritime and AWACS reconnaissance, the work of the Athens Organising Committee, the priority afforded to security by the...

      Iraq: British Embassy Site

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the future of the old embassy compound in Baghdad following the completion of the new embassy; and whether they will consider its use for...

      Religious Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation to forbid religious discrimination beyond the employment field, so as to match the protection given by the Race...

      Loudhailers: Use in Public

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether human rights legislation prevents government and local authorities banning or restricting the use of loudhailers in public: what is the nature and scope of...

      Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the table on page 30 of their consultation paper Controls on Firearms, published in May 2004, how many of the recorded crimes in each year and...

      A23: Fatal Accident

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the accident on the A23 on 16 May in which eight people were killed: (a) how many people were arrested; (b) whether the scene was declared a "scene of...

      Iraq: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following recent reports concerning the radiation contamination from depleted uranium shells of United States troops serving in Iraq, what checks for radiation...

      MoD and Environmental Tectonics Corporation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 4 May (WA 97) concerning the settlement between Environmental Tectonics Corporation and the Ministry of Defence...

      Defence Industries Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms exist to communicate the deliberations of the Defence Industries Council to the rest of the defence industry, including small and medium-sized...

      Road Surfaces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date they expect (a) all of Britain's motorways, and (b) all of the dual carriageway sections of Britain's non-motorway standard trunk roads, to have been...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they antipicate that work on the East London Line extension will be completed before the 2012 Olympic Games; and, if so, what is the proposed timetable;...

      Fire Investigation Officers: Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in pursuance of their powers to investigate the causes of fires, authorised officers as defined in the Fire and Rescue Services Bill will collect data on...

      Gunpowder Plot: 400th Anniversary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Power Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many electricity power stations fuelled by coal have been constructed since 1990 or are under construction by British construction firms in overseas countries...

      Medical Research Council: Collaboration with Agrochemical Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which agrochemical companies, if any, are currently collaborating with the Medical Research Council (MRC) in any of its activities under the MRC Technology...

      DrugScope

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 11 May (WA 32) whether DrugScope had received any funding other than government grants; and if so, what were...

      Yorkshire Air Ambulance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the total costs of operating the North Yorkshire air ambulance service in the past four years; and what proportion of that cost can be attributed to the...

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