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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 June 2004

  • Health

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were carried out (a) in NHS facilities and (b) in private facilities on residents of South Gloucestershire in the most recent year for...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks in each of the last...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients with suspected cancer in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood saw an NHS consultant within two weeks in each of the...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women in Manchester, Gorton with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks in each of the last five years.

      Cancer

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

      Children (Common Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 most common conditions in children are.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered with an NHS dentist in Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are on waiting lists for secondary dermatology treatment in the North West of England.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the nearest diagnostic and treatment centre available for use by residents in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood is located.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to introduce a system of food labelling which is more easily understood by consumers.

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health last met Consumers for Health Choice and other stakeholders to discuss their...

      Free Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood have access to free eye tests.

      GM Micro-organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 May, Official Report, column 25, on GM micro-organisms, (1) whether a date has been set for the proposed Working Group of...

      Health Service Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health clinics have been modernised in (a) Chorley South Ribble Primary Care Trust and (b) Lancashire since 1997

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been allocated to health in Manchester, Blackley in each of the last seven years.

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens in Manchester, Blackley have access to free eye tests.

      Heart Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents of Blackpool, North and Fleetwood awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment...

      Heart Disease/Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on (a) heart disease and (b) cancer care in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood in each of the last five years.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will publish his Department's strategy on hepatitis C; (2) when he will launch his Department's awareness campaign on hepatitis C; at what...

      Immigrant Medical Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what authority Hillingdon Primary Care Trust has to use NHS resources for the medical inspection of immigrants.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, column 168W, on malnutrition (1) what measures and strategies are in place to manage, monitor...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide (a) mortality and (b) morbidity statistics for (i) normal vaginal deliveries, (ii) Caesarean sections and (iii) other deliveries in the...

      Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to help ME sufferers in Lancashire.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are available to his Department relating to the numbers of (a) primary school age children and (b) secondary school age children assessed as...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason numbers of (a) emergency ambulances, (b) rapid response vehicles and (c) treat and refer vehicles in the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans a treatment package for mesothelioma sufferers; and if he will make a statement.

      Mortality Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the standardised mortality ratios of each hospital trust were in the last year for which figures are available, listed in descending order; what the...

      NHS Equality Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what powers the NHS Equality Adviser will have to promote greater equality throughout the service; (2) whether the NHS Equality Adviser will have...

      NHS Land (Sale Profits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will receive the profits of sale of NHS land for housing where a foundation trust is in existence.

      NHS Staff (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary for NHS administrative and clerical staff was in each year since 1997.

      NHS Waiting Lists

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

      Obesity Awareness and Solutions Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's recent rejection of a Section 64 Grant Application by the Obesity Awareness and Solutions Trust.

      Playing Safe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research has been carried out into the effectiveness of www.playingsafe.co.uk in altering the sexual behaviour of young people; (2) what the...

      Public Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the guidance given to NHS organisations concerning arrangements for holding meetings in public.

      School Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills on the implications for healthy eating of the use of vending machines in...

      Sexual Health

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

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances at family planning clinics by people aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 years there were...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government have made of the impact of people smoking on television and in films upon young people's decision on whether or not to...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact the NHS smoking cessation services have had on the number of people who have stopped smoking in each year since 1999.

      Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the time taken for Criminal Records Bureau checks to be completed in respect of social care workers; and what...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent statistics are for teenage pregnancy.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many electors were on the electoral roll for the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey in each year since 1997.

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many constituents were on the electoral roll for Chesham and Amersham in each year since 1992.

      Honorary QCs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will end the practice of awarding honorary QCs.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the combined electorate of the four all-postal regions for the purpose of the European Parliamentary election on 10...

      Public Defenders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost to the Legal Services Commission of employing its own lawyers through the Public Defenders Pilot Scheme was...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Tourism (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the work of regional development agencies in developing tourism in Bootle.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Coalminers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to solicitors under the Claims Handling Agreement involved in the compensation claims for (a) chronic bronchitis and...

    • Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights will have the (a) capacity and (b) competence to (i)...

      Container Terminals (Southampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect upon trade of recent decisions on container terminals at Southampton.

      Crown Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff have been transferred or made redundant from Crown post offices in each of the last 12 months; and of the former how many have...

      Economic Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on each Priority Area for Economic Regeneration in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04 by (i) her...

      Farm Export Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what date she expects EU export subsidies on farm products to end.

      Farnborough Airshow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support her Department is giving to the organisers of the Farnborough Airshow taking place from 19 to 25 July; and whether this includes...

      Ministerial Visits

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

      Post Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with (a) Royal Mail and (b) Postwatch on quality of service.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to reduce the administrative load on regional development agencies.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to help United Kingdom firms supply the Chinese market for renewable energy.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many applications for research and development grants there have been under (a) the Smart scheme, (b) the grant scheme and (c)...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department takes to help small UK businesses recover money which is owed to them by large multi-national companies.

  • Defence

    • Absence without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks have been reported absent without leave in each of the last five years; of those, how many served in Iraq; and...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his current estimate is of the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan by the activities of (a) UK, (b) United States and (c) other military...

      Astute Submarine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the anticipated order is for the Astute Class Submarine programme; and what the anticipated phasing of the order is.

      Departmental Administration Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards the 5 per cent. reduction in real terms in his Department's administration budget by 2008, announced by the...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom has transferred persons detained in custody in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq to Diego Garcia since October 2001; and whether...

      Fast Jet Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the RAF's future requirement for fast jet pilots.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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)...

      Harriers GR9

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish all or part of the investment appraisal upon which he decided to roll forward the Harriers GR9 to RAF Cottesmore.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued to military personnel on the application to them of the Human Rights Act 1998 (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad.

      International Committee of the Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was informed by his officials at their meeting in April that the concerns raised by the ICRC...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which provisions of the Geneva Conventions will cease to apply in Iraq following the handover of sovereignty on 30 June.

      Military Personnel (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the incidence of (a) rape and (b) other sexual abuse of Afghan women by international military personnel serving in...

      Osama Bin Laden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK forces in Afghanistan have been given the authority to kill Osama bin Laden.

      Recruitment (Army)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new recruits have applied to join the Army in the past year; and how many of those have been (a) judged suitable, (b) accepted for training and...

      Road Traffic Accidents (Service Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the circumstances were of the death of Major James Stenner and Sergeant Norman Patterson in a road traffic accident in Baghdad on 1 January; what...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total (a) capital and (b) running costs to the department of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are in 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Personnel (Suicides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in each of the three Services have committed suicide in each of the last three years; how many of those who died served in Iraq; and...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the current naval shipbuilding programme is phased to allow stable levels of employment particularly in the key design engineering...

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has given to British forces in Iraq to ensure that they (a) fully abide by international law enforcement standards and (b) only use...

  • Home Department

    • All Saints Churchyard, Brightlingsea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the application to close All Saints Churchyard, Brightlingsea, in Essex.

    • Asylum and Immigration Applications (Sudan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum and (b) immigration applications he has received from residents of Sudan in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Asylum Intake Reduction Sub-committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who the members of the Asylum Intake Reduction sub-committee are; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will publish the minutes...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on returning failed asylum seekers to Iraq.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the number of asylum seekers who have failed the appeal process (a) in the UK and (b) in Leeds.

      Bichard Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Bichard Inquiry is expected to report.

      Bribery/Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mutual legal assistance requests have been made to other jurisdictions with respect to allegations of overseas bribery; to which...

      Cannabis Seeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the purposes for which cultivation of cannabis seeds is licensed by his Department; (2) if he will make it his policy...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received on assistance to small voluntary organisations with obtaining Criminal Records Bureau checks on...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted in each of the last 10 years for driving (a) under age, (b) without a licence, (c) while excluded and...

      Date Rape Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the (a) types and (b) effects of date rape drugs; (2) what advice he has given to (a) police forces and (b) club...

      Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many potential witnesses were (a) contacted and (b) interviewed by MoD police detective constables seconded to the Surrey police for the...

      Deportee Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportees remained in English prisons after completing their sentences for a period of more than three months on the most recent...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been convicted of domestic violence during the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Dr. Harold Shipman

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 April 2004, Official Report, column 1298W, on Dr. Harold Shipman, whether the entire body was disposed of; who...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 24 May, Official Report, column 1413W, on Guantanamo Bay, on how many occasions officers carrying out interviews...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate (Staffing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff employed in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have (a) resigned and (b) requested a transfer to another department...

      Mayor of London (Meetings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates (a) he and (b) his predecessor held official meetings with the Mayor of London since July 2000; and what the subject of each...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilians were employed by the Metropolitan police in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by borough; and...

      Minors (Heathrow Airport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accompanied minors have arrived at London Heathrow Airport in each year from 1997 to 2003 inclusive without a passport or identity...

      Minors (Heathrow Airport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors have arrived at London Heathrow airport in each year from 1997 to 2003 inclusive seeking admission to the UK...

      Minors (Heathrow Airport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors have arrived at London Heathrow airport in each year from 1997 to 2003 inclusive seeking refugee status in the UK.

      New Hall Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged under 18 were in custody at New Hall Prison on each (a) visit date and (b) publication date relating to the Chief...

      New Hall Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners were mentally ill during their detention in New Hall women's prison during (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Parenting Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is available for parenting education courses within the prison system.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Stoke-on-Trent North has been since 1997.

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison Governors in England and Wales are women; and if he will list the prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners (a) were dyslexic, (b) autistic and (c) had eating disorders on the latest date for which figures...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many basic skills (a) entry level, (b) level 2 and (c) level 3 places are available to prisoners at each (i) Prison Service establishment...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Prison Service definition is of purposeful activity for prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed and by whom in the delivery of Counselling Assessment, Referral, Advice and Through-care services in each (a)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Northern Irish prisoners held in prisons in England and Wales have been transferred to prisons in Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the open prisons in England and Wales for (a) males inmates and (b) female inmates.

      Probation Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of places in probation hostels in England and Wales were occupied by persons on bail in (a) 1991 and (b) 2003.

      Racial Harassment (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times powers preventing racial harassment introduced since 1997 have been used in Manchester, Central.

      Recidivism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of detention and training orders in preventing recidivism among young offenders.

      RESPECT and the National Black Police Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding (a) went last year and (b) will go (i) this year and (ii) next year to (A) RESPECT in the Prison Service and (B) the...

      Section 44 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the racial equality councils that have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in securing section 44 funding; and which...

      Secure Estate (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children from (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales reside in the secure estate in Wales.

      Surrey Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future role of the Surrey police service in undertaking the coroner's assistant duty; and what estimate he...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the asset value of council housing stock transferred to registered social landlords in each of the last three years.

    • New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) job title and (b) annual salary is of each employee of each New Deal for Communities partnership.

      Planning (Crime and Disorder Assessments)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when crime and disorder impact assessments under planning regulations will begin.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the number of rough sleepers in (a) London and (b) England for each year since 1997.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aquaculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from Norwegian companies and operators engaged in aquaculture in the UK as to the...

    • Bananas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what pressure the Department has brought to seek a positive outcome in the World Trade Organisation discussions on bananas in...

      Dog Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the merits of introducing a life ban on dog ownership for people convicted of serious cruelty to dogs; and...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland received agricultural support payments...

      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 received total...

      Flora and Fauna Extinctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of species of (a) plants and (b) animals that have become extinct in the...

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the reasons for the delay in announcing the future responsibilities of Nirex.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of approved pesticides in the United Kingdom are known to use possible (a) carcinogens, (b)...

      Pigswill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which membership-based organisations responded to the consultation document that preceded the ban on swill feeding to pigs;...

      Protected Bird Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which protected species of bird may be taken under licence in England; how many licences were issued by her Department in the...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is Government policy that the disposal of all (a) intermediate-level waste and (b) high-level waste should be the...

      Water Voles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she intends to take to extend full protection to the water vole under section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the tonnage of the forthcoming opium harvest in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Afghanistan about the reform of the country's criminal justice system.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resources are provided by (a) his Department and (b) the European Union to reconstruct and rehabilitate detention and...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of East Timor about the rights of opposition parties.

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's financial contribution to the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor is.

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the United Nations to continue to monitor security in East Timor, with particular reference to the activities of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was informed of President Bush's plan to demolish Abu Ghraib prison.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether British companies have bid for contracts to build prisons in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the appointees to the Interim Iraqi Government, with their (a) designations and (b) gender.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether under the proposed EU constitution the NHS would be subject to competition directives.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the treatment of Christians in Pakistan; and what recent discussions he has had with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being provided to the Nuba people from the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Gunpowder Plot

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans he has made for the House to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.

    • House Staff (Mental Health)

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many people have left employment in the House of Commons Service because of (a) stress, (b)...

  • Prime Minister

    • British Olympic Hockey Team

      To ask the Prime Minister how many members of the British Olympic hockey team of 1988 have received honours.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what role the British Government will play in helping the Iraqi people to establish security and policing institutions.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister whether a Harm Test was carried out by the Openness Team on the policy of citing exemptions 2 and 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information in not...

      Water Action Plan

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress in relation to the Water Action Plan agreed at last year's G8 summit in Evian he expects to report at the forthcoming Sea Island summit, with particular...

  • Northern Ireland

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the levels of criminal activity in areas of Northern Ireland that are now covered by CCTV compared to the levels...

    • Electoral Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been made available, and from what sources, to the Electoral Office for the production and distribution of Electoral Identity Cards.

      Electoral Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Electoral Office is taking to ensure that those in residential care in Northern Ireland are not disenfranchised through the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the £1.5 million set aside for the Cod Recovery Programme Transitional Aid (Tie-Up) Scheme 2004 has been allocated to vessel...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vessel owners have accepted grants under the terms of the Northern Ireland Fishing Vessel Decommissioning Scheme 2003; how many have...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of expenditure resulting from litter, in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by council area.

      MOT Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drivers are awaiting MOT test appointments, broken down by area.

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Planning Service has taken over the past five years to ensure that planning permissions are adhered to during the construction of...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for planning permission have been submitted to the Planning Service in Northern Ireland in each local government district...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many enforcement actions have been undertaken by the Planning Service in Northern Ireland over the past five years in each local government...

      Playgroups (South Down)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effects of the withdrawal of funding from the Special European Union Programmes Body on playgroups in the...

      Police Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the conditions of employment are for members of the (a) full-time and (b) part-time Reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Police Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hours per month members of the part-time Reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are required to work to qualify for...

      Police Trophies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether an official record exists of (a) competition trophies and (b) other items belonging to the Ulster Special Constabulary at the time of...

      Power-Sharing Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has discussed with representatives of Lisburn district council power-sharing agreements.

      River Mourne/River Foyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the daily fish counts for (a) June and (b) July 2003 were at Sion Mills on the River Mourne in West Tyrone.

      River Mourne/River Foyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the daily river height for (a) June and (b) July 2003 was at Sion Mills on the River Mourne in West Tyrone.

      River Mourne/River Foyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what progress has been made with regard to the buy-out of salmon net licences in the Foyle Estuary; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Veterinary Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the funding of Veterinary Nursing NVQ training levels 2 and 3 in Northern Ireland.

      Veterinary Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how further education training courses for veterinary nursing are funded in Northern Ireland.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Learning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what responsibility the Adult Learning Inspectorate has to report on the exercise of the duty of care; what care standards inspectors will...

    • Adult Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people achieved (a) a Certificate in Adult Literacy (Entry Level), (b) a Certificate in Adult Literacy (level 1) and (c) a...

      Apprenticeship Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on apprenticeship schemes supported by the Department.

      Apprenticeship Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many residents of Blackpool North and Fleetwood have undertaken apprenticeships in each of the last five years.

      Apprenticeship Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional funding will be earmarked for apprenticeships for people aged over 25 years in financial year 2005–06; and if he will...

      Armed Forces Training Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the inspection charge to be levied upon the Ministry of Defence under section 56(4) of the Learning and...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the level of bullying in schools in the Vale of York, with particular reference to those within the City of York.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to tackle bullying in schools; what guidance his Department has issued to teachers and schools about the...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on the level of bullying in the Vale of York.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much central funding was available to schools in the Vale of York in each of the past three years for programmes to combat bullying.

      Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action has been taken in response to each recommendation in the report "Trust in the Future"—Bureaucracy Busting Task Force...

      Centres of Vocational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on Centres of Vocational Excellence has been in each year since 1997.

      Centres of Vocational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what cross-departmental coordination there has been between the Learning Skills Council and the regional development agencies in the...

      Computer File Formats

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

      Drug and Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of pupils being caught with (a) drugs and (b) alcohol on school premises were recorded in each year since 1997.

      Education Funding (Brighton and Hove)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per pupil was in the Brighton and Hove Local Education Authority in each year since 1997–98.

      Language Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that non-English speaking spouses of UK citizens are given access to language training; and if he will...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has received in each of the last three years on Merseyside; how much funding the LSC will...

      Non-vocational Adult Learning Courses (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was made available to support non-vocational adult learning courses (a) in this financial year and (b) in each of the past four...

      School Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were classified as failing in each year since 1996–97 in (i) Greater London and (ii)...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools are located in the 2000 most deprived local authority wards; and how many of these have specialist school status.

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) set up and (b) estimated running costs in the first year of operation are of each sector skills council.

      Teachers' TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether further education lecturers will be included in Teachers' TV at its launch; and if he will make a statement.

      Truancy (Penalty Notices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times head teachers and education welfare officers have enforced their right to issue on-the-spot fines to parents of pupils who...

      Veterinary Nursing Training (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) for what reasons some learning and skills councils decline to fund veterinary nursing NVQ training; (2) which local learning and...

  • Transport

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the traffic volumes at (a) the A1 Tyne crossing Newcastle, (b) the West Road A1 Interchange, (c) the Stainfordham Road A1 Interchange, (d) the...

    • A595

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in the preparation and design of the Lillyhall to Parton improvement on the A595 in West Cumbria; when comments on the...

      Bus/Cycle Lanes (Bury, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the total number of (a) bus lanes and (b) cycle lanes designated on roads in Bury, North constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Freshford Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) his ministerial colleagues and officials (i) have held and (ii) plan to hold with representatives of (A) Network...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many parking attendants (a) are employed and (b) were employed in 1999–2000 by local authorities (i) directly and (ii) indirectly through...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) health visitors and (b) general practitioners are subject to parking restrictions while undertaking their professional duties; what...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effects of decriminalisation of illegal parking, with particular reference to the use of private contractors by...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the total number of (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Bury, North constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on the roads of Manchester, Central has been since 1997.

      Traffic Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the projected growth by 2010 from the 1990 base level of (a) car, (b) freight and (c) total traffic for the EU, broken down by country.

      Transport (Manchester, Central)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the expected effect of investment railway improvements over the next 10 years upon residents in Manchester, Central.

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the common carcinogens emitted from petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK; and what tonnage of each was emitted in each year since 1997.

  • Treasury

    • Departmental Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department issues on the content of departmental annual reports.

    • Labour Statistics

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

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in each year since 1997 in Stoke-on-Trent, North.

      Tax Returns (Penalty Notices)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalty notices have been issued by the Inland Revenue to taxpayers for filing late tax returns which have subsequently been found to have been...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the unemployment rates for the 55-plus age group in (a) Greater London and (b) each Greater London borough in each of the...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what amount of funding his Department has budgeted to cover the childcare element of working tax credit in 2003–04 and 2004–05; and if he...

  • Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers (a) have been issued in each year since 1992, (b) have been extinguished in each year since 1992 and (c)...

    • Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the Health and Safety Executive's employees based in offices outside London travel to work by car; and how many HSE offices...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the capital cost is of the new headquarters of the Health and Safety Executive in Bootle; what the anticipated revenue costs in its first...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Health and Safety Executive North West region spent on casual staff in the region in financial year 2003–04.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals the Health and Safety Executive will be bringing forward to introduce workplace-based parking charges.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make the Health and Safety Executive deputising allowance and day subsistence allowances inflation-proof; and what these allowances...

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of median income (a) before and (b) after...

      Pensioners (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners not claiming each means-tested benefit for which they are eligible,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many schemes with insufficient assets to secure their guaranteed minimum pensions have expressed an interest to (a) his Department and (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority expects to have in place a fully developed risk model that targets schemes where funds may...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's progress in reviewing the Road Traffic Accident Fixed Costs Scheme in order to consider its...

      Work-focused Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have (a) been invited to attend work-focused interviews and (b) attended work-focused interviews in each year for...

      Lorry Loader Cranes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what health and safety regulations and guidance are in place governing the operation of lorry loader cranes.

      Lorry Loader Cranes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents there were in each of the last five years involving lorry loader cranes.

      Lorry Loader Cranes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government plan to increase the current health and safety requirements for those who operate lorry loader cranes; and if he will...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the official meetings his predecessor had with the Mayor of London since July 2000 to discuss pension issues in London; and...

      Public Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to introduce legislation to improve health and safety standards at public swimming pools.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses with more than five employees that are complying with legislation to provide...

      Vulnerable Customers (Payments by Cheque)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 11 May 2004, Official Report, columns 6–7WS, on vulnerable customers (payments by cheque), whether...

  • Wales

    • Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Secretaries on funding for dentistry in Wales.

    • Tax Credits

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the take-up of tax credits in Wales.

      NHS Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales about progress in reducing NHS waiting times.

      Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department were seconded from the (a) private and (b) academic sector in each of the last three years.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many journeys were made by helicopter by each Minister in his Department and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years; and what the journey length...

      National Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of the Welsh Assembly to the public purse was estimated to be at the commencement of the project.

      Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Health Secretary in the National Assembly for Wales on introducing a ban on smoking in public places in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether it is his policy to propose that Welsh be awarded official language status within the European Union.

  • Minister for Women

    • Directorships (FTSE 100)

      To ask the Minister for Women what plans she has for introducing (a) legislation and (b) other initiatives to encourage the appointment of more women as (a) executive directors and (b)...

  • House of Lords

    • Right-to-Buy Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many properties have been acquired through the right-to-buy scheme in England and Wales in each of the past seven years.

    • Fire and Rescue Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the total start-up costs for each regional fire and rescue management board in England.

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the estimated annual operating costs for each regional fire and rescue authority in England.

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the financial costs of rebilling for local authorities and fire authorities as a result of in-year capping.

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration in Afghanistan; and whether this process can be completed by September.

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the intention of NATO with regard to the tribal militias in Afghanistan which are outside the DDR process, and in particular, the militias in the Gardez area.

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What agencies control the heavy weapons depots in Afghanistan, established under the cantonment process; what proportion of these weapons have so far been placed...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to persuade or induce Ismail Khan, who controls Heart in Afghanistan, to co-operate with the DDR process.

      Eritrea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the refusal of the Government of Eritrea to release over 380 Christians from prison, the Government and the European Union will impose...

      Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they last raised concerns with the Burmese Government regarding atrocities against the Karen, Karenni and Shan people; and whether, in future, they will raise...

      Indonesia: Reverend Damanik

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of Indonesia regarding the Reverend Rinaldy Damanik, who is being held as a prisoner of conscience.

      Côte d'Ivoire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What actions they are taking to promote the implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement in Côte d'Ivoire.

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