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Written answers

Thursday, 27 May 2004

  • Treasury

    • Analogue Wave Band

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) estimate he has made and (b) research he has (i) commissioned and (ii) evaluated on the value of the sale of the analogue wave band to public funds.

    • Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the Inland Revenue Avoidance Intelligence Unit will commence work; and how many staff it will employ; (2) what the total costs, including...

      Civil Registration (Consultation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the origins of the responses to the document Civil Registration: Delivering Vital Change; and how many were received from (a)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter of 24 March 2004 from Stewart Stevenson MSP regarding World Vision.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter dated 9 March from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding whisky strip stamps.

      Employment (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Employment (Blackpool, North and Fleetwood)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new jobs have been created in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood since 1997.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in each year since 1979, broken down by constituency within each region.

      Football (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the overall liability from the Premier League and football league clubs to the Treasury in unpaid taxes, deferred taxes and business rates is.

      Fuel Sales (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was raised from fuel sales in April.

      Honours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much time his Department spent dealing with honours in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by Civil Service grade.

      Industrial Wages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average industrial wage in Great Britain is.

      International Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received in the past 12 months in relation to the target for spending 0.7 per cent. of gross national income on development,...

      International Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in drawing up spending plans in the 2004 Comprehensive Spending Review, he will treat funds committed through the International Finance Facility as...

      National Minimum Wage (Manchester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workers in Manchester, Central have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      Official Vehicles

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

      Petrol and Diesel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the revenue which would be raised from petrol and diesel duty if pump prices rose to 90 pence a litre on average in the...

      Plastic Carrier Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of a tax on disposable plastic carrier bags.

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the impact assessments described in the joint initiative on regulatory reform statement of 26 January will be applied to existing EU...

      Retained Firefighters (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to give tax relief to businesses that employ retained firefighters.

      Statutory Paternity Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to help businesses administer the statutory paid paternity leave introduced on 6 April 2003; what targets have been set...

      Statutory Paternity Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, column 150W, on statutory paternity pay, when the statistics will become available.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether migrants from the EU accession countries are entitled to (a) the child tax credit and (b) the working tax credit; and on what conditions.

      Unemployment (Manchester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment in Manchester, Central over the last seven years.

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many long-term youth unemployed there were in each year since 1979, broken down by constituency within each region.

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will next publish the full membership and terms of reference of Cabinet Committees.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the letter reported in The Times of 21 May regarding the time taken to reply to letters from hon. Members, peers and MEPs.

      Czech Republic

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he took to secure the export of Gripen aircraft to the Czech Republic.

      Hunting Bill

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received about reintroducing the Hunting Bill in this Session; and if he will make a statement.

      Lockerbie Bombing

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the outcome of his meeting with the Lockerbie relatives on Monday 24 May.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the financial viability of UK Sport's elite athletes programme; whether she intends to draw more funds...

    • Legal Deposits Libraries Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department has allocated for (a) the long-term storage of the British Library's newspaper collection and (b) the...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects responsibility for licensing to be transferred to local authorities.

      Regional Tourist Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the membership of each regional tourist board has been in the last three years.

      Regional Tourist Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expenditure of each regional tourist board has been in the last three years, broken down by main budget heading.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bisham Footpath 9

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government office for the south-east intends to issue its decision on Bisham footpath 9, following the public...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current status of the gamma interferon trials being conducted by her Department is; what the total cost so far...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average number of cattle involved in a herd TB breakdown was over the last five years; what the average was in herds...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many herd breakdowns in 2003 only one reactor was detected; and in how many of those herds there had been no cattle...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tuberculin positive reactor cattle were slaughtered in the UK in each year from 1999 to 2003 inclusive; and in how...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further research she proposes to undertake to investigate TB in wildlife; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extra costs, beyond the cost of the test itself, to farmers of using a TB test; and if...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on behalf of the UK (a) off-shore oil and gas operators, (b) electricity generators and...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the area of traditional apple orchards that is not currently covered by the countryside...

      Dairy Calves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many male dairy calves have been (a) shot and (b) disposed of on UK farms in each of the last three years as being...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many buildings in England owned by her Department are used at less than 25 per cent. capacity for more than three months...

      Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about the impact the cost of egg stamping is likely to have on small-scale egg...

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage the European Commission to take a robust line with EU members who produce over-generous...

      Environmental Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much she expects the Government to spend on environmental campaigns in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the new Fallen Stock Scheme is expected to commence; and what level of support it has achieved.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the oral answer of 20 May 2004, Official Report, columns 1079–80, on fallen stock, if she will give...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of farms in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland which would be...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average subsidy payment in Cumbria was in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) discussions she has had and (b) assessment she has made of future agricultural support payments in (i) uplands and...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the report on foot and mouth disease at the Waugh's farm by Mr. Jim Dring was (a) first received by her Ministers; and...

      GM Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the labelling requirements for (a) milk and (b) meat produced from animals fed on genetically...

      Heddon View Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will define the extent of the processing premises at Heddon View; (2) whether the premises designated for...

      IACS Payments

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

      Psittacosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the cases of psittacosis confirmed in Sway in Hampshire in each year since 2000 and the actions taken by her...

      Swill Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department carried out risk assessment on the feeding of swill to pigs prior to the outbreak of foot and mouth...

      Water Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many products have been approved for inclusion in the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for Water Technologies.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accident Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department maintains the (a) Home Accidents Deaths Database, (b) the Home Accident Surveillance System and (c) the Leisure...

    • Coal Compensation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many coal compensation scheme claims have resulted in full and final settlements of less than (a) £1,000 and (b) £500.

      Coal Compensation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many coal compensation scheme claims have resulted in solicitors being paid more than claimants.

      Coal Compensation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been made to her since Easter about the possibility of minimum payments for coal compensation schemes.

      Nutritional Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations to EU Commission officials she has made on behalf of UK businesses in relation to plans for a draft Directive on...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received in respect of the manner in which Post Office Ltd. is approaching the Urban Network Reinvention...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2004, Official Report, column 1781W, on radioactive waste, for what reason the review of Nirex is not yet...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what share of the overall energy supply in mainland Great Britain she expects will be supplied by renewable energy sources by the end of...

      Retail Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will ask the Competition Commission to reopen its investigation into competition in the retail industry conducted in 2000; (2)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • EU Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Mr. O'Brien) on 30 April 2004, Official Report, column 1319W, on gold-plating, if he will list...

    • EU Regulation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Mr. O'Brien) of 30 April 2004, Official Report, column 1319W, on gold-plating, if he will list...

      Iraq

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what date the International Committee of the Red Cross report on the treatment by Coalition forces of prisoners of war and other persons protected by...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Internet Access

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission when the House authorities expect to install wireless internet access on the Parliamentary Estate.

    • Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission who vouched for the person who, from the front of the security screen, threw a substance into...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what analysis was carried out to ensure the non-toxicity of the substance thrown into the...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on contingency plans for evacuating hon. Members from the House in...

  • International Development

    • Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance is being given to Namibia by the European Union in 2004–05.

    • Administration Cost Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what administration cost savings were achieved by his Department in each year since 1997, expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) as a...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to (a) the Government of Chad and (b) non-governmental organisations operating in Chad in...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what correspondence he has had in the last three months with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) setting a firm timetable for...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many secondees there are from his Department in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan, (c) India and (d) Tanzania; and what their (i) host...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policies he intends to pursue to (a) halt and (b) reverse the decline in population on St. Helena.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the cost of maintaining St. Helena over the next 10 years.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance is being given to Sudan by the European Union in 2004–05.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department (a) has taken in the past month and (b) plans to take in June in relation to the situation in Darfur,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department is giving to alleviate the situation in (a) Sudan and (b) Chad.

      Sudan

      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.

  • Home Department

    • Active Communities Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total budget for expenditure by the Active Communities Unit on the voluntary sector (a) was for 2003–04 and (b) is for...

    • Anti-crime Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04.

      Anti-crime Initiatives

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

      Anti-crime Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public funds were spent on tackling drugs misuse in Bootle in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04.

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many anti-social behaviour orders have been used in Lancashire, broken down by district; (2) how many anti-social behaviour orders...

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children and young people who have broken anti-social behaviour orders are in (a) local authority secure units, (b) secure training...

      Bribery/Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) legislative and (b) administrative arrangements need to be made by the United Kingdom Government in order to meet its obligations...

      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 26 January 2004, with regard to Mosamma...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 29 March 2004, with regard to Henry Morgan Crowe.

      Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 14 April with regard to Muhammad Rafique.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported cases involving domestic violence there were in England and Wales in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      E-crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding has been spent on the e-crime strategy since it was introduced.

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from EU accession countries arrived at UK international (a) airports and (b) bus stations on the first week of May.

      Air Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the level of enforcement of penalties in cases of air gun misuse.

      Leyhill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2004, Official Report, column 435W, if he will make a statement on the conclusions and recommendations...

      Neighbourhood Watch Logo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who owns the Neighbourhood Watch logo.

      Number Plate Recognition Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the 10 prosecutions that have resulted from automatic number plate recognition technology that have led to the highest...

      Police Patrols (Bicycles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 May to the hon. Member for Southend, West, reference 172570, which police forces use bicycles while patrolling;...

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect the planned reduction of posts at Centrex will have on the provision of Stage 2 probationer training.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has for the Crown Prosecution Service to improve public awareness of its work.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 20 May 2004, Official Report, columns 1140–41W, on council tax, what public consultation will take place on council tax...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce council tax for (a) static holiday caravans and (b) touring caravans.

      Housing Pathfinder Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) in total and (b) per council property is to be made available to Hull under his Pathfinder scheme (i) this year and (ii) in each of the next three...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 the local authorities for which a funding (i) ceiling and (ii) floor has been imposed; (2) if...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 19 May 2004, Official Report, columns 968–69, on regional assemblies, what the evidential basis was for the figure given for...

      Retained Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many retained firefighters have been in service during each of the last four years.

      Retained Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to help in the recruitment of more retained firefighters.

      Retained Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will extend the key worker definition to include (a) firefighters and (b) retained firefighters for the purposes of the affordable housing initiative.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the navigability of rights of way; and what measures he plans to improve it.

  • Transport

    • Transport (Serious Emergency)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how well developed Government plans are to deal with a serious emergency in the London Underground.

    • Transport (Serious Emergency)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of whether London Underground lines could be evacuated successfully in the event of a serious disruption to the...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport Police officers there were in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy that part of the capital cost of the proposed guided bus scheme should be paid by way of loan money raised by Cambridgeshire...

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the total reduction in vehicle kilometres that would result from a (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. increase...

      Child Cyclist Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children were (a) injured and (b) killed while riding their bicycles in 2003 in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) England.

      Container Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors he takes into account when considering applications for future container port development.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed ventilation duct due to be built at Stamford Brook Common as part of the Crossrail...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the Crossrail development.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many of the new vehicles that came into service on the railways as described on page 10 of The Department of Transport Annual Report 2004...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licence applications were returned in 2003 for being incorrectly completed; and what proportion of the total number of applications...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the pay gap between men and women employed by his Department and its agencies in (a) Southampton, (b) Eastleigh, (c)...

      Import/Export Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the annual cost of transhipment of (a) consumer goods and raw materials imported into the UK and (b) manufactured goods...

      Light Rail (Blackpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the need for social inclusion benefits in the criteria for assessment of the Blackpool Light Rail bid in the light of...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles his Department estimates will be using liquefied petroleum gas fuel by 2008; and what estimate he has made of the contribution these...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) cars, (b) vans and (c) lorries on average use the M6 toll road each day.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost of constructing the M6 toll road was.

      Management Consultants (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much has been paid by his Department and its predecessors to management consultants in respect of the national railways in each year since...

      Management Consultants (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has paid to management consultants in respect of the national railways in each year since the SRA was...

      Management Consultants (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much Network Rail has paid to management consultants for work in connection with the national railways in each year since its creation; (2) ...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has had with Mr. Alan Osborne over the last 12 months.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has met Mr. Alan Osborne to discuss the rail review.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has met the Health and Safety Commission to discuss the rail review.

      Official Vehicles

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

      Piracy Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) who from his Department will attend the International Maritime Bureau's piracy conference in June; (2) what (a) meetings he has had and (b)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding and subsidy arrangements are available from (a) central Government and (b) other national and European-based agencies to companies who...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on improving line speeds on the track between Holyhead and Chester.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used by the Strategic Rail Authority in determining its policy of giving priority to long-distance services over local services when...

      Regional Assemblies Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is planned that the draft Regional Assemblies Bill should specify the circumstances in which decisions relating to transport and transport...

      Rescue Operations (Morecambe Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rescue operations have taken place of people caught in the rising tides in Morecambe Bay since 5 February.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Safer City Project in reducing (a) road accidents and (b) road casualties in Gloucester.

      Sea Ports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is towards port developments.

      Sea Ports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department is promoting the UK ports industry.

      Sea Ports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what authority the provision of port facilities elsewhere in Europe may be taken into account when considering whether new or expanded port...

      Sea Ports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last discussed the impact of the EU Habitats Directive on the ports industry with (a) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his oral answer of 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 616, if he will list the sites where there are cameras in the Christchurch...

      Transport (Borrowings Liability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what liability the Government have in respect of the borrowings of (a) Network Rail and (b) Transport for London.

      Vehicle Activated Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenues raised from speed cameras can be used for the erection of Vehicle Activated Signs under the terms governing speed camera partnerships.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training provision is provided for clerks to magistrates courts in the use and application of anti-social...

    • Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what consultations he has undertaken on (a) placing duties on local government to participate in Community Legal Service...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proposals he has to tackle, through the Community Legal Service, the unmet need and unresolved legal problems...

      Computer File Formats

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his Department's policy is in respect of the computer file formats used for the (a) distribution and (b) archiving...

      Departmental Logo

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent in (a) creating and (b) providing name plates for the outside of Government buildings bearing his...

      Attachment of Earnings Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the (a) upward and (b) downward payroll adjustments an employer may have to make as a result of the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff were employed in the Department to work in the communications field, and what the total expenditure on...

      Minority Languages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the meeting of the British-Irish Council held in November 2003 identified areas for enhanced inter-governmental...

      Mental Incapacity Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what protection there is in the draft Mental Incapacity Bill for a person who lacks mental capacity because they have...

      Official Vehicles

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of official vehicles used by the Department are run on (a) petrol, (b) diesel, (c) liquid petroleum gas...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many (a) ordinary written and (b) named day questions his Department received in (i) 2002–03 and (ii)...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many statutory reviews under section 101 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 have resulted in the...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many applications to the Legal Services Commission for certificates of public funding for statutory review under...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many statutory reviews under section 101 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 have been heard by the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobseeker's Allowance (Liverpool, Walton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Liverpool, Walton were receiving jobseeker's allowance in each year from its inception to 2003.

    • Benefit Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming key benefits in (a) the Edinburgh, West constituency and (b) the City of Edinburgh local authority area in each...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 April, Official Report, column 1633W, on pension payment, what the arrangements will be for cashing the cheques.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many and what percentage of those (a) of working age and (b) not of working age who receive (i) attendance allowance,...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many people in Newcastle upon Tyne, Central constituency receive (a) attendance allowance, (b) each (i) level and (ii)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of those claiming (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance for (i)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who are entitled to (a) income support, (b) attendance allowance, (c) disability living allowance, (d) pension credit, (e)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged from 16 years to 64 years received (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) severe disablement allowance...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what access to benefits British nationals entering this country who are destitute are entitled.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what prioritisation criteria will be used in the process of transferring existing Child Support Agency cases to the new assessment system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 11 February to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, on the Child Support Agency reforms, if he will list...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason a non-resident father's Child Support Agency payment stops when a child is born to that father in a new relationship.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child Support Agency's powers (a) to obtain sufficient information to make an...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances separated parents may (a) seek a court order for the assessment of child support and (b) register with the Child Support...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons of data protection the Child Support Agency may withhold from a client information about a change of circumstances of the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child Support Agency's new computer system provided by EDS.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances the income of the household of a person liable to pay child support rather than solely the liable person's income can be...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends that child support cases under the old Child Support Agency system will be migrated to the new system.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the proposed timetable for transferring the child elements of jobseeker's allowance and income support to...

      Compensation Recovery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases (a) were registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit and (b) resulted in repayment of benefits to the CRU in each of the last...

      Payroll Adjustments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many of his Department's employees are working in Strathkelvin and Bearsden; (2) how many of his Department's employees are working...

      Disabled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the measures introduced to improve the working conditions of disabled workers in Bootle over the last seven years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people in Great Britain are in receipt of disability living allowance.

      Early Retirement

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

      Filestore (Nelson)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the filestore in Nelson, Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Safety Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many health and safety inspectors there are, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) languages other than English spoken by inspectors; what...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cumulative additional cost to his Department has been of housing benefit paid where council housing is transferred from councils to...

      Income Support

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

      Industrial Injuries (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's target time is from application to hearing for appeals concerning industrial injuries disablement benefit diseases; and...

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his budget is for staff training in information and communication technology in this financial year.

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his targets are for improving the information and communication technology (ICT) skills base of staff within (a) his Department and (b)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment made under the provisions of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 of the proposal...

      EU Worker Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the fee for registering under the EU workers registration scheme (a) on Jobcentre Plus...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent estimate is of the number of (a) deaths from mesothelioma, (b) cases of lung cancer attributable to asbestos, (c) deaths...

      Mr. F.A. Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the decision of the appeal tribunal on 23 April to pay income support to Mr. F A Street of Kingsbridge, Devon from 31 October 2003 will be...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Manchester, Central have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Bootle have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Bootle have gained work through the New Deal programme.

      Parental Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the net effect has been of income tax, national insurance and benefits in each year since 1997 on the income of (a) two non-working...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer questions (a) 152844, (b) 152845 and (c) 152855, tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon on 30 January.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) ordinary written questions to his Department were answered within five sitting days of tabling and (b) questions for...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual cost of running the Pension Protection Fund, broken down by (a) direct costs of employing staff, (b) costs paid...

      Pension/Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he has taken to eliminate (a) pension and (b) housing benefit fraud.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Scotland receive council tax benefit.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of over-payments to pensioners in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place to enable pensioners who have been over-paid to pay sums back to the Department.

      Seasonal Fruit Pickers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what standards his Department has in place to cover regimes of temporary accommodation sites housing seasonal fruit pickers.

      Shanklin Jobcentre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent in the last 12 months, and how much is planned to be spent in the next 12 months, on upgrading premises and equipment...

      Part-time Workers (State Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what state assistance is available to people without health impediments or caring responsibilities who only work between 17 and 19 hours a week.

      Sure Start (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Manchester, Central have made use of the Sure Start maternity grant.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the provisional government of Afghanistan on the (i)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of developments over the last 12 months of the security situation in (a) central, (b)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the provisional Government of Afghanistan concerning the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the Israeli Government about the situation of the Bedouins in the Negev.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many buildings in England owned by his Department are used at less than 25 per cent. capacity for more than three months of...

      EU Enlargement (Benefit Restriction)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors underlay the decision of the Government to restrict benefit opportunities for nationals of EU accession states; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who is responsible for deciding on the use of oil assets in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many barrels of oil have been exported from Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein; what value this represents; and what use...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Israeli Government regarding its refusal to register children born in the occupied...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution his Department is making to the monitoring of the ceasefire in southern Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will consult other members of the United Nations Security Council with a view to securing an emergency session of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supported the addition of Sudan to the UN's Human Rights Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the attacks on civilians and displacement of communities in the Shilluk Kingdom in Sudan.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the United States Supreme Court concerning the Alien Torts Act.

  • Education and Skills

    • Student Loan Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will alter the rules governing the Student Loan Company Ltd. so that interest on loans is not charged when a former student is engaged...

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on further education funding.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which further education colleges are participating in the (a) learning communities, (b) adult learners' grant and (c) employer training...

      Skill-based Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to develop flexible skill-based qualifications.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the annual number of overseas students coming to study in the UK after 2006.

      Deferred University Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people applied for deferred entry to university in 2003–04.

      Adult Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Blackpool North and Fleetwood in each of the last five years.

      Adult Learning and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that young people and their families are being prepared through the 13 to 19 curriculum for the effects of...

      Adult Learning and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how his Department is (a) balancing the targeted social welfare agenda and the skills agenda and (b) taking into account (i) the OECD review...

      Adult Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the number of economically inactive adults without a level 2 qualification; and if he will make a statement.

      Adult Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the number of economically inactive adults with a level 3 qualification; and if he will make a statement.

      Adult Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to maintain adult skills provision at (a) basic, (b) level 2 and (c) level 3 in the Worthing area.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2004, Official Report, column 1715W, on asbestos, what monitoring procedures are in place to ensure...

      Building Schools for the Future Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's commitment, including private finance initiative credits, is for each successful wave one bid in the Building Schools...

      Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) consultation documents, (b) regulations, (c) revised and corrected regulations, (d) guidance notes, (e) requests for...

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that 13 to 19-year-olds in schools, colleges and in the workplace have access to impartial career advice...

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who has been invited to serve on the end to end review of careers education and guidance in England; and what the timetable is.

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the future of the private sector in providing careers guidance for young people.

      Care Workers (Hygiene Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many care workers working in private sector care homes were trained in basic hygiene through Learning and Skills Council funding in the...

      Child Care (Hull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places have been created in Hull, North since 1997.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the level and impact of reductions in the 2004–05 Connexions budget upon each of the Connexions...

      Departmental Efficiency

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

      Education Statistics (London)

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

      Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the first destination of first degree graduates was in each year since 1997; and how many and what percentage (a) found employment in...

      Headquarters Staff

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

      Healthy Eating Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) advice and (b) guidance he has issued to local education authorities regarding their implementation of healthy eating schemes.

      Level 2 Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults in work were studying for their second level 2 qualification in each year since 2001.

      Part-time Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 19-year-olds were studying part-time in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Pre-schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many registered pre-schools there are in the UK.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many press officers were employed in his Department in each year from 1990–91 to 2003–04; what the total cost was in each...

      School Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the national cohort of students were admitted to their first choice secondary school in the last year for which figures are...

      School Meals (Stroud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children received free school meals in the constituency of Stroud in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.

      Schools (Capital Investment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 710W, on schools (capital investment), whether all wave one plans will need...

      Schools (Computers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Blackpool North and Fleetwood in each of the last seven years.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 712W, on special educational needs, what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his policy on the inclusion of pupils with special needs in mainstream schools.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) representations he has received and (b) discussions he has had with representatives from the governments of (i) India, (ii)...

  • Health

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 13 May 2004, Official Report, columns 576–77W, on care homes, how many care homes were closed in (a) 2002–03 and (b)...

    • Drug Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made since the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin report of 2001 to ensure that all new drugs are labelled with a black triangle warning.

      Elderly Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of recipients of intermediate care services had mental health problems in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Food Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Minister of Health responsible for consumer affairs declined the request of the Health Food Manufacturers' Association to meet to...

      Home Care (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) monitoring, (b) evaluation and (c) review of the new system of charges for home care he is carrying out.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have (a) died and (b) been injured by hanging themselves from a ligature point in the suspended ceiling of an acute mental...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will bring forward proposals setting out a timetable for pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft mental health bill.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 and...

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sanctions will be taken against strategic health authorities that have not achieved the milestones in the national service framework for older people.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how he plans to measure the impact of the proposals in "Options for Change" for increasing the number of NHS dental registrations; and if he will...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from Mr. Geoffrey Morgan of Milford-on-Sea regarding NHS dentistry of 26 February.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary health care staff work in the Coventry area.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times a year the Board of the National Patient Safety Agency is scheduled to meet; and when it last met.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 30 April 2004, Official Report, column 1354W, if he will list those bodies which are still in existence.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often the British Pharmacopoeia Commission is scheduled to convene; and on what date it last met.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's public service agreement targets for (a) 2000 and (b) 2002 have been superseded.

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffered a stroke in the last year in (a) Rugby and Kenilworth and (b) England.

  • Defence

    • Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) Royal Military Police and (b) members of the Adjutant-General's Corps (Military Provost Staff) have been deployed on (i) Diego Garcia and...

    • Defence Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the Defence Medical Services was in (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003, broken down by (i) service, (ii) rank, (iii) specialisation and...

      Departmental Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) trading funds and (c) executive non-departmental public bodies for financial years (i)...

      International Committee of the Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) instruction and (b) guidance his (i) officials and (ii) Ministers were following prior to the decision not to make the February...

      Land Releases (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 April 2004, Official Report, column 662W on land releases (Hampshire), if he will make a statement on the consultation...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from the United States on the UK's participation in the development of missile defence in the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of Coalition forces in Iraq abusing (a) women and (b) children; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions over the last 12 months the Secretary of State has seen reports by Amnesty International relating to the treatment by the Coalition...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the International Committee of the Red Cross report on the treatment by Coalition forces of prisoners of war in Iraq was handed to the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the written reply to the International Committee of the Red Cross report on the treatment by Coalition forces of prisoners of war in Iraq was made...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he intends to object for operational flying reasons to the erection of a wind turbine at Shipdham in Norfolk.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards meeting staffing targets set out in Agenda for Change, with particular reference to (a) nurses and (b)...

    • Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recipients of (a) sickness benefit, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) disability living allowance there were in Northern Ireland in the...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of people in Northern Ireland are in receipt of disability living allowance.

      Heart Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of waiting time between diagnosis and assessment of patients requiring heart transplant was in Northern Ireland in 2003.

      Heart Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to reduce the length of time between diagnosis and assessment of patients requiring heart transplants in Northern Ireland.

      Heart Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision is made for counselling of parents of children under 16 in Northern Ireland who are diagnosed as being in need of a heart transplant.

      Industrial Wage Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average industrial wage in Northern Ireland is.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average financial assistance offered by Invest Northern Ireland to (a) inward investors and (b) indigenous investors was per job...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when a decision is expected to be made on the timing and location of a national stadium for Northern Ireland.

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the dates on which he has had meetings with the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland since his appointment as Secretary...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time police reservists are deployed on (a) operational duties and (b) in critical support functions in each district command unit.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when consultation proposals on sexual offences in Northern Ireland will be issued, following the announcement of a review in October 2003.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that children in Northern Ireland are afforded the same protection as those in England and Wales under the...

      Water Cannon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy that public funds should bear the cost of financial liability for injuries sustained through use of water cannon loaned...

  • House of Lords

    • Olympic Games 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the findings of the Olympic Advisory Group on security planning, intelligence exchanges and security training in Athens.

    • Regional Assemblies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of compilation, production and distribution of the booklet, A New Opportunity for the North West–Elected Regional Assembly–Your Say,...

      Regional Assemblies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the booklet, A New Opportunity for the North West–Elected Regional Assembly–Your Say, issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, is...

      Church of England: Appointment of Deans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to reform the nomination system for the deans of Church of England cathedrals.

      Cohabitation Awareness Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of marriages likely to result from the Government's information campaign about the lack of sufficient protection for unmarried...

      Food Supplements Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the telephone conversation between the Minister for Public Health and Commissioner Byrne on 12 March in relation to the Food Supplements...

      National Health Service: Cost Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish their new measures of National Health Service cost efficiency growth, as set out in paragraph 7.99 of the Department of Health's...

      Mental Health: Ethnic Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the finding of the National Association for Mental Health's new report Not Alone? Isolation and Mental Distress that people...

      Website Accessibility Guidelines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the Disability Rights Commission's finding that 81 per cent of websites do not meet the basic website accessibility...

      Sulphuric Acid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many incidents involving sulphuric acid when used as a potato haulm dessicant have been reported to the Health and Safety Executive since 31 March 2003; how...

      A23: Fatal Accident

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the accident on the A23 on 16 May, whether any of those killed or injured were "at work" as defined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; and,...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they expect the Chatsworth Settlement Estate Pension Scheme to be exempt from payment of the initial levy and the pension protection levies to the proposed...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the total annual financial cost if the Civil Partnership Bill were amended so as to backdate to 1988 (the date applicable to surviving widowers)...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion, on average, of the benefits provided to each individual by the proposed pension protection fund they expect the £400 million assistance...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether surviving spouses of marriages entered into between now and the coming into force of the Civil Partnership Act will be entitled to backdate survivor...

      Sport: Foster Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to merge United Kingdom Sport and Sport England to avoid the "duplication of effort and inconsistency" between the two bodies as highlighted by...

      Sport: Foster Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the streamlining in current sport bureaucracy analysed in the Foster report is consistent with the establishment of Regional Sports Boards.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they intend to take in view of the conclusion of the International Olympic Committee candidature acceptance working party report that in London "rail...

      Efficiency Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Pursuant to the efficiency review undertaken by Sir Peter Gershon, whether Sir Peter or the Office of Government Commerce submitted a report by 26 April on the...

      National Parks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they plan to take to investigate the adverse effects on residents, visitors and livestock from speeding by motorcyclists in the North Yorkshire Moors...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6 May (WA 134), what proportion of each of the 28 claims outstanding following the foot and mouth disease...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6 May (WA 134), who are the 28 contractors still in dispute with the department following the foot and mouth...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6 May (WA 134), whether any part of the total disputed £55.4 million following the foot and mouth disease...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6 May (WA 134), whether the disputes over the charges claimed by contractors following the foot and mouth...

      Open Access Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are confident that open access to private land will be clearly signed by September 2004 for the use of members of the public.

      Illegal Meat Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support and guidance are available from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency to enable local authorities...

      Illegal Food Imports: Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 23 February (WA 38) on laboratory testing of illegal meat, how they assess the likelihood that illegal meat...

      South Eastern Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total cost to the Strategic Rail Authority of the South Eastern Train franchise in the financial years 2003–04 and 2002–03.

      Road Haulage Modernisation Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual budget of the road freight modernisation fund; and how much was spent in each year of its existence.

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