Written answers

Thursday, 10 June 2004

  • Treasury

    • Citizen Information Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the Citizen Information Project will cover the whole of the UK; (2) whether an independent statutory body will be established to administer...

    • Historic Houses (Pre-owned Assets Tax)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has commissioned on the effect upon historic houses of the tax on pre-owned assets.

      Child Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis he intends not to extend tax credits for employing nannies providing child care to parents who use grandparents and other family members to...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future role of HM Customs and Excise at UK sea and airports after its investigation and intelligence work is brought...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) estimated and (b) outturn set-up costs of the Financial Services Authority were, expressed in (i) capital expenditure and (ii) revenue...

      HIPC Process

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to assist those countries which are predicted to exit the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries process with unsustainable debt.

      Income Tax (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior citizens in Stoke-on-Trent, North qualified for the 10p rate of income tax in each year since its introduction.

      Income Tax (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many senior citizens in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale qualified for the 10 pence rate of income tax in each year since its introduction;...

      Large Business Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) full and (b) part-time staff have been employed by the Large Business Office in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total gross national insurance contributions by (a) employers, (b) employees and (c) the self-employed as a proportion of GDP for...

      Population (UK)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total projected population of the UK is for each of the next 10 years.

      Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sums have been paid to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in each of the last five years.

      Sefton

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on population levels in Sefton over the last 10 years.

      Taxation (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was raised through taxes in Wales in each of the last 10 years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total costs of grants to Arm's Length Management Organisations, and the amount paid to each, has been since 1999.

    • Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the evidence he has collated on the benefits that arise from (a) separating housing management from housing strategy and (b) the...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much investment to fund stock improvements has been secured via transfer, private finance initiative and Arm's Length Management Organisations since the...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much was paid per home to each local authority by the organisation taking over responsibility for housing where a large-scale voluntary transfer has...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been paid in dowry and gap funding to local authorities to undertake large-scale voluntary stock transfers since 1999.

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines he gives to registered social landlords taking over council property in large-scale voluntary transfers; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the costs of (a) consultation, (b) publicity material and (c) surveys connected with (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful tenant ballots on...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total cost to central Government of transferring council housing to registered social landlords and Arm's Length Management Organisations...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ancient Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what action her Department is taking to ensure that ancient trees are identified for inclusion in biodiversity action...

    • Animal By-products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the cost to retailers of the Animal By-products Regulation 2003.

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2004, Official Report, column 1486W, on cattle, how much of the total cost of running the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons she has not replied to the letter of 27 November 2003 from Mr. Jim Morrison, President of the Aluminium...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Master of Fox Hounds Association about whether hunt kennels will continue to collect...

      Grain Stockpiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much grain was held on world stockpiles in each of the last 30 years; (2) how many days' worth of global...

      Public Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to develop a strategy for establishing connected-up networks of public rights of way in the North...

  • Transport

    • Middle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what survey work has been undertaken to gauge how often the middle lane is used on three-lane roads and motorways when not overtaking a vehicle in the...

    • Middle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will run a campaign to educate motorists when using multi-lane roads and motorways to use the left lane and only to use other lanes...

      Transport (Manchester, Central)

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

      Transport (Manchester, Central)

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

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Magistrates Courts (Totnes)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost to public funds was of replacing two doors to the cells at Totnes magistrates court; and when these cells...

    • Corporate Legal Expenses Insurance

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he has had with the Bar over the proposal for mandatory corporate legal expenses insurance; and if he...

  • Scotland

    • Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) on which dates in 1999 the former Secretary of State met Mr. George Simpson of GEC; if he will publish minutes of the meetings; and if he will...

    • Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what his Department's involvement was in the negotiations over the future of Govan shipyard in 1999; (2) what the involvement was of (a) the...

      Govan Shipyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) who chaired the press briefing on 16 April 2004 at the Scottish Office at which it was suggested that GEC would be transferring some of its...

      Low Sulphur Petrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the provision of low sulphur petrol in the north-east of Scotland and the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • E-Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the Government will be improving its e-Government Metadata Standard to ensure that the websites of (a) Government departments and (b) agencies and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he first became aware of allegations of abuse of Iraqi detainees by British service personnel in Iraq; and from...

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and what discussions he has had...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on attacks upon UN personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and if he will make a...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of abuse of women, including rape and other sexual offences, by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the new Indian Government on the legacy of the Amritsar attacks on the Sikh shrine.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent shooting of a Serb teenager in Gracanica, Kosovo; and what discussions he has had with...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the United Nations on preventing crimes against humanity in Sudan.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Zimbabwean residents have left Zimbabwe and sought residency in the United Kingdom during the last 12 months.

  • Minister for Women

    • Transitional Government (Iraq)

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on the representation of women in positions of power in the transitional Government of Iraq.

    • Women's Entrepreneurship

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on the progress of the strategic framework for women's entrepreneurship launched in May 2003.

  • Home Department

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of risk the Government considers is involved in the national roll-out of Airwave.

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, what reports he has received from the Defence Science and...

      Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, whether the research by Imperial College includes research into the...

      Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, what health issues are being researched by the University of...

      Littering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been made for littering since the Environmental Protection Act 1990 came into force.

      Crime Statistics (Bootle)

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

      Crime Statistics (Bootle)

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

      Asset Recovery Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the 10 most successful asset recovery operations.

      Child Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied children arrived in the United Kingdom, broken down by (a) port of entry to the United Kingdom and (b) originating...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the organisations with which the Home Office is negotiating to run the proposed accommodation centre for asylum seekers at...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, column 754W, on asylum and immigration, when he expects the exercise in respect of...

      Child Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were killed by their (a) mother or father and (b) a member of the extended family in each of the last 20 years.

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the largest number of new candidates present at a single citizenship ceremony has been.

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what knowledge of (a) life in the UK and (b) the English language is a pre requisite for receiving citizenship.

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timetable he has set for the rolling out of citizenship ceremonies throughout the UK.

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have had an offer of citizenship revoked because of refusal to attend a citizenship ceremony.

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizenship ceremonies have been held to date in (a) town halls, (b) registry offices and (c) other places; and in how many...

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private citizenship ceremonies have been held for one candidate or one family.

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizenship ceremonies have been held to date; and how many (a) adults and (b) children have been awarded citizenship at these...

      Citizenship Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have had an application for citizenship turned down because of insufficient knowledge of (a) the English language and (b)...

      Domestic/Child Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps his Department is taking to (a) identify and (b) prosecute agencies offering staff for domestic and child care duties who...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug related offences there were in the Easington constituency in the last three years; and what the success rate for prosecution was.

      Durham Jail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths have taken place in Durham jail in each year since 1 January 1997; and how many of these were due to (a) suicide and (b)...

      Durham Jail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the refurbishment programme at Durham jail.

      EU Accession Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate how many (a) workers and (b) others from the new EU states have arrived in the UK since 1 May.

      Fruit Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign fruit pickers and agricultural workers he estimates came to work in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Fruit Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has in place to monitor the work of agencies that provide foreign fruit pickers to farming businesses in the UK.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Irish Government about his proposal to introduce identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further assessment he has made of the implications of his plans to introduce identity cards for the common travel area between the...

      Judicial Review Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the defence of judicial review cases which the Government (a) won and (b) lost in each year since 1997.

      National Minorities Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the representations he has received from representatives of national minorities for consideration in the...

      Ncis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have left the National Criminal Intelligence Service before the end of their secondment (a) at their own request and...

      Operation Cyclamen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at how many UK (a) airports and (b) border points Operation Cyclamen is being implemented.

      Operation Cyclamen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has discussed the technology used in Operation Cyclamen with his counterparts in (a) other EU and (b) other countries.

      Operation Cyclamen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the first use of the technology of Operation Cyclamen took place in the UK.

      Operation Cyclamen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to those using Cyclamen chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear technology.

      Operation Cyclamen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether those using Cyclamen technology are (a) customs officials and (b) private security officers.

      Operation Cyclamen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what implications the Madrid bombings of 11 March have for Operation Cyclamen.

      Overseas Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the allegations of overseas bribery on the national register held by the National Criminal Intelligence Service relate to...

      Mr. Yalcin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the letter to the hon. Member for Totnes dated 11 May 2004 concerning Mr. Fahettin Yalcin, formerly of Brixham, Devon, when...

      Police (Data Sharing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data sharing system each police force is operating or proposing to operate; whether the systems are compatible; what he is doing to...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the Lancashire Constabulary in (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2002 and (d) the latest year for which figures...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of probation officers required over the next five years.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions there have been for breaching a designated public place order in each year since 2001.

      Recordable Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made to the list of recordable offences since 1997.

      Seasonal Fruit Pickers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age is of seasonal fruit pickers who came to work in the UK in the last three years.

      Seasonal Fruit Pickers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time a contracted seasonal fruit picker spent working in the UK in the last three years.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the dialogue between the Judicial Studies Board and the Sentencing Advisory Council.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, what further work has been carried out by the National...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, what research has been carried out by the Radiocommunications...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, what research is being carried out by King's College, London...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, when he expects each of the research projects he refers to in...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 352W, on Tetra, if he will list the people carrying out the research by...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons from the new EU states have made an application under the Worker Registration Scheme since 1 May.

  • Health

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions were performed on women aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 in England and Wales in...

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the circumstances under which a girl under 16 years of age may obtain an abortion without parental consent.

      Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions among women aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15, (f) 16, (g) 17, (h) 18 and (i) 19 there were in West Cumbria Strategic...

      Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions there were in women aged 11 to 19 years in each year since 2000 in the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon Strategic Health Authority,...

      Acupuncture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of medical acupuncturists who practise the traditional acupuncture service.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the therapeutic benefits of adult education.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adult deaths as a result of air pollution there were in the last year for which figures are available.

      Care Records Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether additional resources will be made available to general practitioners using the EMIS system to migrate to the new Care Records Service.

      Children's Hospital (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the date on which work will start on the site for the construction of the new children's hospital in Manchester.

      Clinical Advisers (IT Forum)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to involve (a) clinicians and (b) end users in the development of the NHS IT system; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects a reply to be made to the letter to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, dated 7 April, from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a letter will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford concerning Olympus and his constituent, Mr. Dyckhoff, following the meeting which the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there have been in Pendle in each year since 1994.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS dentistry in the Vale of York.

      Departmental IT Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the Department's IT budget will be assigned to the roll-out of picture archiving and communications systems; and if he will make...

      Dermatology Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the impact of the two-week wait rule on dermatology waiting times.

      Doctors (EU Member States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors from other EU member states were employed in the NHS in the last year for which data is available.

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which licensed fertility clinics are involved in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority pilot scheme on embryo donation; and if he will make a...

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received from members of the public regarding the code of practice for the United Kingdom stem cell bank; and if...

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the code of practice for the new United Kingdom stem cell bank; and if he will make a statement.

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the peer reviewers are, appointed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to consider the application to the HFEA by Professor...

      Entitlement Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Scottish Executive on the NHS in England and Wales requiring entitlement cards when the Scottish...

      Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the training issues for maternity services that would apply to a demerger of the Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust.

      EU Council Resolution 92/C172/01

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the implementation of EU Council Resolution 92/C172/01.

      Family Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many attendances at family 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 in...

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs were incurred by the Government in opposing the application of the Health Food Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Health...

      Foreign Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts were treating foreign patients on the latest date for which figures are available.

      GP Waiting Times

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

      Health Expenditure

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

      Health Services (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Manchester, Blackley.

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research the Department has commissioned into coronary heart disease, with particular reference to the incidence of the disease in Asian...

      Heart Surgery (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for heart surgery in Warrington hospital (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to reduce the number of people contracting HIV each year in England.

      Hospital Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on recent hospital developments taking place within the Greater London area; and if he will list them.

      Illegal Drug Users

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates were illegal drug users in the last year for which figures are available; and what the Government's plans are for reducing...

      Independent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the contract price of treatments provided by independent treatment centres is expressed as a proportion of the relevant NHS tariff for that treatment.

      Infertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have benefited from infertility treatment in (a) Shropshire and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Lumbar Punctures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he has satisfied himself that lumbar punctures carried out on children at the Royal Free Hospital by the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group since...

      Manchester Children's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) monthly and (b) total cost of the delay in building the new Manchester Children's hospital.

      Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people his Department estimates had myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in Greater London in the last year for which figures are available, broken...

      Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) health visitors (i) were in post in 1997 and (ii) are in post; what plans there are for the future numbers of...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to reduce sickness absence in the Mersey Regional Ambulance Service; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the travel costs incurred by (a) his Department and (b) each Minister within his Department, for each of the last 10 years.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what scientific assessment he has made of the paper published in The Lancet in 1998 by Dr. Andrew Wakefield on the possible links between the MMR vaccine...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in hospitals in Liverpool in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

      Overseas Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been sent abroad for medical treatment during the last 12 months.

      Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines govern the use of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy on patients with (a) cerebral palsy, (b) multiple sclerosis, (c) spina bifida, (d)...

      Peripheral Vascular Disease

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

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Port Health Authority officials were employed at UK (a) seaports and (b) airports in each of the last five years.

      Private Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the last review of (a) registration and (b) inspection procedures for privately-run nursing homes took place.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often the (a) independent group on teenage pregnancy, (b) joint committee on vaccination and immunisation, (c) patient information advisory group and...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS training places for (a) diagnostic and (b) therapeutic radiographers there were in each year since 1997.

      Rheumatological/Musculoskeletal Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners hold a specialist interest in (a) rheumatological conditions, (b) musculoskeletal conditions and (c) orthopaedics; and what...

      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 (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 (1) how many attendances at family 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 in...

      Trastuzumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of breast cancer patients diagnosed in the past 12 months received treatment with Trastuzumab; (2) what percentage of patients...

      Trust Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis his Department has made of the composition of trust boards in England, with particular reference to the (a) age, (b) nationality and (c)...

      United Healthcare Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the scoping report on implementation of the Evercare model of care, completed in February 2003 by United...

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the latest scientific evidence on infection rates for vCJD, with particular reference to links with BSE.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are awaiting (a) admission and (b) out-patient assessment in each national health service trust in Greater London.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients were assessed by a specialist within two weeks of emergency referral in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Rights Extremism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to combat the threat of animal rights extremism.

    • UK Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that the talent pool of UK directors is sufficiently diverse.

      Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on low-paid workers.

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of future employment prospects in the call centre industry in (a) the North West and (b) the UK.

      A50-A514 Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been made to the East Midlands Regional Development Agency concerning the funding for completing the road linking...

      Business (Blackpool and Fleetwood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses have started up in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood since 1997.

      Centres of Vocational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether regional development agencies have contributed (a) funds and (b) resources to centres of vocational excellence.

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average payment made in respect of (i) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (ii) vibration white...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when minimum payment for compensation claims under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme was last discussed with their representatives.

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claimants have had final settlement through each of the top 10 claims handlers involved in the compensation claims for (a) chronic...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to claimants through each of the top 10 claims handlers involved in the compensation claims for (a) chronic bronchitis...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claimants have had interim payments to date through each of the top 10 claims handlers involved in the compensation claims for (a)...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to date to each of the top 10 claims handlers involved in the compensation claims for (a) chronic bronchitis and...

      Combustion Plant Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the meetings that she has held with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss the large...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress made in investigating issues raised by the UN Panel of Experts on the illegal exploitation of the...

      Election Literature (Postal Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the refusal by some postal workers to deliver election literature from (a) the British National Party and (b)...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the negative balance in trade in goods was with the EU (a) in the most recent annual period for which figures are...

      Heat Pumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to encourage the development of (a) ground source and (b) air source heat pumps.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) migration of information technology work overseas and (b) steps her Department is taking to reverse...

      Contractual Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 431W, on leave, if she will place in the Library the surveys on the provision...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action she is taking to help small and medium-sized UK manufacturing companies.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of women in Wirral, South have taken 26 weeks' maternity leave since 1997.

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of women in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have taken 26 weeks' maternity leave since 1997; and what...

      Minor Titles Consortium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received from the Minor Titles Consortium on the Royal Mail and distribution of their newspapers in Scotland.

      Night Shift Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the benefits to residents of Wirral, South of new rights for night shift workers.

      Night Shift Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect on residents of Bootle of new rights for night-shift workers.

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the future of NIREX.

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the involvement of NIREX in drafting the Energy Bill.

      Nirex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the intended relationship between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and NIREX.

      Oil and Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she has taken to investigate reports that speculation in oil and gas is helping to drive up prices.

      Paid Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Wirral, South qualify for paid leave entitlements.

      Paid Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Bootle qualify for paid leave entitlements.

      Post Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the factors that determine the size of a post box available at a particular location.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what projections her Department has made of (a) the amount and (b) the percentage of electricity the UK will be obtaining from renewable...

      Steel

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of steel (a) price increases and (b) supply problems on manufacturing industry; and...

      VAT-registered Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many VAT-registered enterprises there were in each (a) region and (b) London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many residents of Wirral, South have benefited from a reduction in the working week to 48 hours.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland have applied for attendance allowance since February 2002, broken down by (a) disability benefit centre and (b) quarter.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when those Child Support Agency cases enrolled under the old rules will be converted to the new rules system.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of council tax benefit in the City of Edinburgh local authority area.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to local authorities of administering council tax benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering council tax benefit payments in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the value was of council tax benefit payments made in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each of the last five years;...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to change the upper age limit for eligibility for the Disability Living Allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many businesses have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for operating without employers' liability compulsory insurance in...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made since his Department's report in June 2003 on employer liability insurance on proposals to reduce the numbers of...

      Football Supporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many football supporters who have travelled abroad to football championships (a) have been investigated for possible infringement of...

      Health and Safety (Corporate Responsibility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Health and Safety Commission's report on the effectiveness of the current strategy to promote...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Health and Safety Executive is financing the revenue costs of the 12 extra Band Five posts it is internally recruiting for in the North...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes have been made to housing benefit to support the policy that 16 to 17-year-old lone parents should be housed in semi-independent...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason income support recipients are not automatically transferred to pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit when...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber are eligible for pension credit; and what the take-up rate is.

  • Education and Skills

    • British Students (Overseas Courses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many British students undertook (a) part of their British undergraduate degree programme, (b) their whole undergraduate degree, and (c)...

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools have installed CCTV systems.

      Education (Over-40s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding will be made available in each year up to 2007–08 to provide those over the age of 40 years with a first Level 2...

      Education Authority Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each local education authority the (a) number and (b) proportion of residents of (i) primary school and (ii) secondary...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the £1.2 billion provided to further education colleges for the period 2003 to 2006 has been allocated to (a)...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 years were studying at further education colleges, excluding A-level and GCSE...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent students have been educated at each of the further education colleges on Merseyside in each year.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what he expects the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges to be in (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to equalise funding between schools and colleges for 16–19 years olds in Weston-Super-Mare.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to provide funding to help further education colleges in Weston-Super-Mare to refurbish and rebuild their estates.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to equalise funding between schools and colleges for 16 to 19-year-olds in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital expenditure has been allocated to each further education college on Merseyside since 1995.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding each further education college on Merseyside received in each year since 1997; what budget they have been allocated from the...

      Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will publish his assessment of the impact of the Education Maintenance Allowance pilots on participation in work-based training.

      Irish Language (Pharmacy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether pharmacy is taught in the Irish language at tertiary level at institutions in the UK.

  • Defence

    • Armando Nuclear Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made arrangements under the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement on atomic energy matters, as amended, to obtain the test results from the...

    • Augusta Westland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect he expects the sale of GKN's shares in Augusta Westland to Finmeccancia of Italy will have on the completion date of the assessment phase for...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether concerns over the tender procedures for the upgrading of helicopters in Bulgaria were discussed at the meeting held on 2 December 2003 between...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether officials of his Department have held meetings at which the BAE Systems bid for the upgrading of helicopters in Bulgaria was discussed which were...

      Commercial Exportation Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money was received through the commercial exportation levy in each of the last four years.

      Contaminated Land (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the letter of 24th May, on possible contaminated land in Portsmouth, what requests he has received for details of such land from Portsmouth...

      Training Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many training accidents have occurred in the Army in the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) deaths, (b)...

      Defence Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks were employed on average in the (i) Defence Storage and Distribution Agency, (ii) Defence Postal and...

      Disposal Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by the Disposal Services Agency in each of the last three years; what the staff costs were in each of those years; and what...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the Typhoon to enter service with the RAF; (2) if he will make a statement on progress on the Typhoon programme.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on problems experienced with the Typhoon's software programmes; whether he expects the software problems to delay the...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) the Typhoon's capability as a single seat fighter in all conditions and in all combat roles and (b) the need for a...

      Export and Market Access Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to establish a defence export and market access forum.

      Farnborough Air Show

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department is giving to the organisers of the Farnborough Air Show taking place from 19 to 25 July; and whether this includes assistance...

      Faslane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is mandatory for submariners and radiation workers to use the IPM7 radiation monitor when they leave the nuclear submarines at HM Naval Base,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the countries which have troops stationed in Iraq; and how many troops are deployed in each case.

      Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the total projected budget of the Future Joint Combat Aircraft was spent prior to main gate approval.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what talks have taken place with BAE Systems about the Joint Strike Fighter's ability to operate from aircraft carriers.

      Legacy Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the letter of the Under-Secretary of State D/05 of S/IC 1295/04/A of 5 April, what his policy is on UK legacy wrecks and related issues of...

      Lynx Replacement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the assessment phase for the Lynx replacement to be completed; and when he expects to make a decision on the future of this programme.

      Military Support Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce his decision on the preferred bidder for the military support vehicle contract.

      Military Support Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential for compatibility of equipment and co-operation between UK forces and US allies in the field when...

      Military Support Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investigations he has undertaken in considering his decision on preferred bidder status for the UK military support vehicle contract into the...

      Military Support Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the importance of supplier experience and track record in his consideration of preferred bidder status for the military...

      Mine Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for (1) what reasons he is holding an international competition for a Mine Disposal System; (2) what (a) research and (b) evaluation his Department...

      Missile Defence Interceptor Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the US Administration concerning the deployment of missile defence interceptor missiles in the UK.

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department received copies of a nuclear safety report by John Connor in (a) June and (b) November 2002; and what evaluation has been made of...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will furnish a substantive reply to question reference 170228 tabled by the hon. Member for New Forest, East on 28 April 2004.

      Premature Voluntary Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of premature voluntary retirement applications have been denied for (a) officers and (b) other ranks in all three services in each...

      Service Personnel Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the investigation into the deaths of (a) Sapper Luke Allsopp and (b) Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth; whether Her Majesty's...

      Signing Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks signed off in each of the three services in each of the last three years; of those, how many were tasked to...

      Stockholdings Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the fields of the three services stockholdings databases.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2004, Official Report, column 792W, on Operation Telic, when each request was filed; whether it was approved; when the...

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cluster bomb-related injuries have been recorded in the British sector of occupied Iraq for each month since the official end of the conflict.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqis he estimates have been arrested by mistake since the start of the conflict.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether US intelligence contractors have had access to prisoners under UK jurisdiction.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to ensure the safe operation of United States military unmanned air vehicles while in UK airspace; whether there have been...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Food Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had on food advertising during children's programmes; and if she will make a statement.

    • Golden Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations were included in the Golden Jubilee medal distribution; and on what date their inclusion was announced.

      Libraries (Bootle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been spent on the digitisation of content in libraries in Bootle since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Ex-prisoner support groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have paid to paramilitary prisoners' support groups in each year since 1999.

    • Northern Ireland: Ex-prisoner support groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much public money has been given to ex-prisoners' welfare organisations in Northern Ireland since 10 April 1998; which such organisations have been in receipt...

      Northern Ireland: Childcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the ratio of registered childcare places to children under eight years old in Northern Ireland.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23 April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency, who calculated the budget for 2004; on...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23 April (WA 63) concerning the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency, on what date in 2001 the agency acquired...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the corporate plan and the business plans of the Ulster-Scots Agency have been agreed by the appropriate Northern Ireland departments and by the...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18 May (WA 75), whether Mr O'R-aga-n attended the Ulster Scots future search from 28 to 30 November 2002;...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made since 1 March by the Ulster Scots future search, organised by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the consultative meeting with Waterways Ireland took place, at which the 2004 budget for Waterways Ireland was considered; who attended the meeting; and...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent each year to date in restoration by Waterways Ireland of the Royal Canal and the Union Canal; what is the projection for the future; and...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What factors were taken into consideration in the decision to allocate proportionality of funding for the Irish Language Agency for each year since 2000.

      Republic of Ireland: Official Languages Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 April (WA 55), whether the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act 2003 applies to all...

      Republic of Ireland: Official Languages Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6 May (WA 125) concerning the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act 2003, when the code of practice...

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in respect of the 2004 budgets for Cross-Border Implementation Bodies, is it possible for a body to receive up to a 40 per cent increase on its 2003...

      Language Implementation Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the statement concerning the 2004 budget of the Language Implementation Body in the record of Cross-Border Decisions IP/LAN 11, with whom did the...

      Northern Ireland: Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What hospitals in Northern Ireland have a total smoking ban; which have a partial ban; and which have no ban at all.

      Northern Ireland: Long-term Care of the Elderly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to extend to Northern Ireland the provision whereby elderly people no longer have to sell their homes in their lifetime to pay for long term care.

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention that the Northern Ireland Civil Service should recruit a reasonable proportion of former offenders, subject to the usual safeguards...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure defines culture.

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Remuneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 April (WA 56), what was the percentage increase in Northern Ireland civil servants' salaries between...

      Northern Ireland: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many schools they estimate will need to close their sixth forms due to a requirement to extend provision of courses offered at A-level, if the Costello report...

      Northern Ireland: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will implement a common funding formula for all schools in Northern Ireland; and, if so, what would be the consequences for schools in Belfast,...

      North/South Language Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20 May (WA 95), whether the procedures outlined applied for the 2003 budget of the North/South Language...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Mr Frank McGuinness and Ms Patricia Kelly withdrew from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; whether they are still in receipt of salary and...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the full-time reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Olympic Advisory Group

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether David Veness, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, is chairman of the seven-nation Olympic Advisory Group.

      Afghanistan: Narcotics Production

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the amount and value of Afghan narcotics production and export in the calendar year 2004.

      Israel: Illegal Settlements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will call upon Israel to remove illegal settlement outposts in accordance with United Nations and Quartet requirements.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom passports were reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the past five years; how many were recovered; how many were replaced and what...

      Future Joint Combat Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost of the joint combat aircraft project (a) to date, and (b) to completion of the procurement cycle.

      Bilateral Defence Acquisition Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the United States-United Kingdom Bilateral Defence Acquisition Committee was established; what are its terms of reference and membership; how often it has...

      Nuclear Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 24 May (WA 110) on nuclear submarines, whether the radioactivity in the reactor compartment and the reactor...

      Right-to-Buy Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact of the restrictions to the right-to-buy scheme.

      Department for Education and Skills: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the policy of the Offenders' Learning and Skills Unit of the Department for Education and Skills towards the employment by them of ex-offenders.

      British Grand Prix

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings they have held with Formula One management and the British Racing Drivers Club on the subject of retaining the British Grand Prix.

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