Written answers

Thursday, 17 June 2004

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) the number of council housing stock option appraisals signed off by the Government to date and (b) the number of these which have involved (i)...

    • Coverage Care

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answers of 15 March 2004, Official Report, columns 59–60W and 29 April 2004, Official Report, column 1227W, on Coverage Care...

      Economic Regeneration Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what financial support was given by his Department to each of the areas designated as a priority area for economic regeneration as defined by Regional Planning...

      Fire Service (Recruitment)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many recruits there were to each fire authority in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnicity.

      Housing Stock Transfer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what receipts there were from stock transfer of council housing, broken down by local authority and giving the number of homes involved, the unit transfer price,...

      Lone Parents (Accommodation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many lone parents aged 16 and 17 years are resident in local authority accommodation with (a) on-site support, (b) floating support and (c) no specialist support.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will examine whether there is a conflict of interest in the Government's adviser on geographic information being Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 April, Official Report, column 1141W, on the Advisory Group on Home Buying, how much the minimal cost was which he refers to for...

      Planning Decisions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of planning decisions were delayed by more than eight weeks in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the recommendations of the Stewart Report on the Precautionary Approach on the placement of masts near schools have not been carried forward,...

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the comprehensive spending review with regard to a timetable to reach the 0.7 per cent. of gross national income target for...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the comprehensive spending review with regard to the timetable to reach the overseas development assistance target of 0.7...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of Exchequer, what progress has been made on the international finance facility.

      Poor Countries (Debt Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in persuading the G8 to support his plans for further debt relief for the poorest countries.

      Consumer Price Index

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the current level of the consumer price index.

      Efficiency Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the efficiency review being conducted by Sir Peter Gershon.

      House Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to moderate the rise in house prices.

      Fuel Efficiency (Vehicles)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to use the tax system to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to set a timetable to reach the 0.7 per cent. of gross national income target for overseas aid by 2008.

      Better Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 27 May 2004, Official Report, column 1727W, on Regulation, (1) what assessment he made of the recommendation of the Mandelkern...

      Burmese Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of imports of (a) marine products, (b) shrimp and prawns and (c) timber from Burma has been in the past five financial years; and which...

      Burmese Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of imports from Burma was in 2003, broken down by import.

      Compensation Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensation payments were made to members of the public by his Department and its agencies in each year since 1997–98, broken down by the...

      Developing Countries (Poverty)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on UK investment in tackling poverty in developing countries.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) men, (b) women and (c) men and women in total of working age were in employment in each quarter since 1984.

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about Equitable Life.

      EU Unemployment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest Eurostat figures for state unemployment rates among young people in each EU country are.

      G8 Summit (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to make specific funding available for security arrangements for the G8 summit in Scotland next year.

      Housing Stock Transfer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what stamp duty is payable on large-scale voluntary stock transfer of council housing.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what life expectancy in the UK was in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region, (b) sex and (c) social class.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have left employment in his Department because of (a) anxiety, (b) stress, (c) depression and (d) other mental health reasons in each year...

      National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to launch the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship.

      Penalty Notices (Tax Returns)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cheques were encashed from penalty notices incorrectly issued by the Inland Revenue for filing late tax returns in each of the past five years; and...

      Property Taxation (Indexation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the linking of stamp duty and inheritance tax thresholds to house price growth indices; and if he will make a statement on homeowners'...

      Redundancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies were notified, broken down by nation and region, in each year since 2002; what these figures represent as a percentage of the total...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 10 December 2003, Official Report, column 1064, on the Pre-Budget Report, how many regulatory impact assessments produced by...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Travel Office

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the arrangements are for the future of the Travel Office; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • "O" Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the minimum number of hours per month is that a CPC-qualified transport manager has to work to qualify for the "O" Licence.

    • Bus Subsidy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the (a) completion and (b) publication of the Government's bus subsidy review.

      Donaldson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many recommendations from the May 1994 Donaldson Inquiry have been implemented; and which recommendations have yet to be implemented.

      Irish-registered Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the number of Irish-registered vehicles on the roads of the United Kingdom; and how many of these vehicles have...

      London Underground (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 284W, on crime (public transport), how many crimes were committed on each London...

      Mobile Phones (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries have been caused in each of the last five years by people using mobile phones while driving.

      ONS Reports (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Ministers or officials have made representations to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) regarding the omission of figures relating to...

      Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will require train operating companies and bus companies to consult each other in advance of making changes to timetables.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by the Strategic Rail Authority in each year since its creation, broken down by department.

      Oxford-East Anglia Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress of the proposed East West railway link between Oxford and East Anglia.

      Ship-to-ship Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department first started reviewing draft proposals concerning the regulation of ship-to-ship transfer activities within UK waters; and when...

  • Education and Skills

    • Attainment Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to decrease the gap in attainment between children from higher and lower socio-economic groups.

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition the Government use of a child care place; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what quality standards have to be met for privately-run children's homes to operate and to accommodate children placed by local authorities.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work his Department has undertaken on the potential for domestic violence work to be done via the new children's centres.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skill (1) what assessment he has made of the availability of materials to educate children and young people about domestic violence; how many...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work the Minister for Children has undertaken to ensure that information sharing systems provide adequate protection for children whose...

      Education Bodies (Staffing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the full-time equivalent headcount of the (a) Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, (b) Learning and Teaching...

      Education Costs (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of educating a child to age 16 was in each London borough in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent per pupil in Crosby in each of the last seven years.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent in Crosby from the (a) Connexions Programme, (b) the Positive Activities for Young People Programme,...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent per pupil in (a) Kent and (b) Liverpool in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent per pupil in Stoke-on-Trent North in each of the last seven years.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent per pupil in 2003–04 for each school in the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change in the average amount spent (a) per primary school pupil and (b) per secondary school pupil has been in Warrington, North...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment his Department has made of future (a) demand and (b) supply of educational psychologists across local education...

      Excellence in Cities (Leyton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how Leyton schools have benefited from the Excellence in Cities initiative.

      Implementation Review Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many members of staff are employed by the Implementation Review Unit, broken down by (a) civil servants including grade, (b) advisers...

      Muslim Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy to encourage the setting up of single-sex Muslim schools.

      Nursery Day Care (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery day care places there are in the London borough of Wandsworth; and what contribution towards the cost of these places is...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 26 May 2004, Official Report, column 1690W, on test and examination costs, if he will make a statement on the...

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding was made available through private finance initiative projects for (a) primary school and (b) secondary school...

      Probationary Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what monitoring he has carried out of the support for probationary teachers; and what evidence he has collated on the effect probationary...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people of working age in (a) Merseyside and (b) the UK had no qualifications in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      Schools (Use Outside School Hours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings are used outside of school hours, broken down by region; and if he will...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) of 27 May 2004, Official Report, column 1699, if he will list the...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many sector skills councils are (a) operational and (b) planned for the next three years.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department is taking to support disadvantaged children who do not live in wards targeted by the Sure Start programme.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of Sure Start programmes.

      Teaching Posts (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on recruitment and retention of primary and secondary school teachers at schools in the Greater London area.

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been given for the training of people in Stoke-on-Trent, North constituency since 1997; under what projects; and if he will...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets his Department has set in relation to reducing truancy in each year up to 2006; and what levels of funding will be made...

  • Prime Minister

    • Lockerbie

      To ask the Prime Minister what action he has taken as a result of his meeting with Lockerbie relatives on 24 May; and what next steps he proposes to take.

  • Defence

    • Airfield Support Services Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what opportunities have been given, and what further opportunities are planned, to allow bidders for the Airfield Support Services Project to explain...

    • Army Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff have been employed at the Army Medal Office to assist in the issuing of the Iraq medal since the beginning of the year; and how many are...

      Army Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for the Suez Canal Zone (a) medal and (b) clasp have been (i) received and (ii) processed by the Army Medal Office in Droitwich Spa.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he first became aware of a letter from the then director of the Serious Fraud Office written on 8 March 2001 to Sir Kevin Tebbit, the...

      Baha Musa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the investigation into the death of Baha Musa.

      Detainee Interviewing Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any members of the British armed forces have (a) received training and (b) been involved in providing training at the United States army training...

      Detainees (Hooding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the issue of the hooding of detainees was raised by officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross during meetings with British Army...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he first made representations to his US counterpart regarding the International Committee of the Red Cross report on maltreatment of Iraqi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department provided the classified examples on targets chosen in the war to which reference is made at paragraph 30 of the Government's...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2004, Official Report, columns 4–5WS, on Iraq, what the average time between an allegation...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 663W, on Iraq, on what date in March 2003 Mr. Zaher died.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) the names of the individuals and (b) the (i) date and (ii) nature of the incident concerned is in each of the 75 cases of civilian deaths that...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the families of Iraqi individuals whose deaths are or have been the subject of Special Investigation Branch inquiries have been given copies of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which independent observer groups are given permission to visit British-run military and civilian prisons in Iraq; to whom their reports have been made...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the findings were of the review referred to in his Department's press statement of 17 May relating to the award of an Arctic medal.

      Sensory Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what directives are in force in the armed forces on the use of sensory deprivation techniques.

      Special Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the freedom of information rules are governing access to completed reports of the Special Investigation Branch in which no further action is recommended.

      Special Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of Special Investigations Branch investigations was in the last five years; and in what proportion of cases action was taken.

  • International Development

    • Children Victims of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what requests he has received from the organisation, Children Victims of War for a meeting to discuss the current situation in (a) Iraq...

    • Unesco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings the British ambassador to UNESCO has attended since 1 January in his official capacity.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will introduce legislation that will enable the Government to ban investment in countries where investment...

    • Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the medical records of United Kingdom citizens who were detained in Guantanamo Bay were made available to the...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the United Kingdom Government first received reports of acts of genocide being carried out in Rwanda; what action the...

      Working Holidaymaker Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people applied in 2003 for a visa under the Commonwealth working holidaymaker scheme; and from which countries they came.

      Working Holidaymaker Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications under the working holidaymaker scheme from (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Sri Lanka, (d) Nigeria, (e) Ghana,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what percentage of cases relating to Child Support the Child Support Agency has made an error in (a) January 1997, (b) January 2000 and (c)...

    • Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to what date he has instructed his Department to work for the publication of draft regulations for the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      New Deal for 50 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the New Deal 50 Plus Training Grant will be retained after the changes to the New Deal announced on 19 May.

      Objectives' Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much public funding has been spent from the (a) Objective 1, (b) Objective 2 and (c) Objective 3 programmes in Crosby, since the...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact which the UK National Allocation Plan will have on the competitiveness of UK industry.

    • Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on UK competitiveness of the national allocation plans of other EU member states; and if she will...

      Departmental Budgets

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

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will urge the European Commission to delay the start of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme until it has approved the National Allocation...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what level of reliance other EU member states are placing on project credits available from the Kyoto project mechanism to meet their national...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to enable UK companies fully to utilise the Joint Implementation and the Clean Development Mechanism components of the...

      Fur Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated value in sales was of the fur farming industry in the final year of production.

      Northern Cyprus (Trade)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of (a) imports from and (b) exports to the Turkish Cypriot regime in Northern Cyprus was in the last three years.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of nuclear waste held at approved storage centres in the United Kingdom is from the nuclear weapons programme.

      Offshore Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place between her Department and the offshore renewables industry in the last 12 months.

      Post Office Reinvention Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she intends to take to ensure that most people in Birmingham will be within half a mile of a post office at the completion of the...

      Post Office Reinvention Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from Post Office Ltd. on the Post Office urban reinvention programme since 18 May; and if she will make...

  • Home Department

    • Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies spent on external consultants and advisers in each of the last...

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum decisions on average over the last five years were initially rejected and subsequently accepted on appeal; and what...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many potential immigrants were refused admission to the UK following advice from medical inspectors on a Port Form 104 for each of the...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers were refused entry at port and subsequently removed in each year since 1992, broken down by ports of entry; and to what...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions have arisen from the use of CCTV in (a) South Road, Waterloo and (b) Crosby in each of the last five years.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to extend CCTV schemes in the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central of (a) 27 January regarding Mrs. FAW, reference A1065094, (b)...

      Crime Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences were recorded in Greater London in each of the last 10 years; and how many successful prosecutions were...

      Dedicated Security Posts Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been provided by central Government for the Dedicated Security Posts Scheme in each year since its inception.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given in the last 12 months to Crime and Disorder Partnerships on improving good practice in reducing domestic violence.

      Fixed-penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions a Merseyside local authority officer, community support officer or person accredited by the chief constable has issued...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time his Department spent dealing with honours in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by civil service grade.

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees and people granted exceptional leave to remain have been granted settlement since 1979, broken down by nationality.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on discussions he has held with the National Neighbourhood Watch Association regarding the Neighbourhood Watch logo.

      Police (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of Metropolitan police officers per 100,000 of population is within the Greater London area.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether, during the security firm authorisation pilot in Hampshire, security personnel employed by firms from outside Hampshire will be...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities have applied for approval to introduce an allowance for special constables under the Special Constables (Amendment)...

      Spray Paint Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions a person has received a level 4 fine for selling spray paints to someone under the age of 16 years on Merseyside since...

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stowaways were detected at border controls in mainland Europe in (a) vehicles and (b) cargo bound for the UK in each of the last...

      UK Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers were given leave to enter the United Kingdom in each year since 1979 (a) as visitors, (b) as people returning after a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal By-products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the requirements upon retailers are for the intermediate handling and disposal of category 1 and category 3 animal...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) in what circumstances shooting carried out under licence or other authority is a permitted means of killing badgers;...

      Cement and Lime Kilns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) start and (b) end dates are for the consultation by the Environment Agency on proposals to revise the Substitute...

      Cement and Lime Kilns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list those who have been sent the document in relation to the consultation to revise the Substitute Fuels...

      British Waterways Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the British Waterways Board acquired a shareholding in Easynet plc; for what reasons; and what the size of the...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why she has set stricter carbon dioxide reduction targets for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme than other member states.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statistically valid and peer-reviewed studies her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the safety of...

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the rotational period is of (a) traditional English apple orchards and (b) modern commercial apple orchards.

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the (a) apple growing and (b) cider industry under the mid-term review of the Common...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish her Department's annual report on progress made in implementing the programme set out in the...

      River Stour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to maintain the quality of water in the River Stour as the population of Ashford grows; and if...

      Soil Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on support available to help the introduction of the recently announced Soil Action Plan for England.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to expand the Warm Front grant scheme; and if she will make a statement; (2) what plans she has to...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Icelandic Government regarding its recent decision to re-start the hunting of minke whales.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the UK will submit to the International Whaling Commission meeting in Sorrento in connection with (a) the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast Inner-city Ring Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the inner-city ring road in Belfast.

    • Circuit of Ireland Rally

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Government intends to provide financial assistance for the Circuit of Ireland Rally.

      Columba Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) annual and (b) other reports have been published in respect of the Columba initiative.

      Cultural Venues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money in capital terms has been allocated for cultural venues (a) in Belfast and (b) outside Belfast in each of the last five years.

      Cultural Venues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated for cultural venues in Belfast in the current financial year, broken down by venue.

      Demilitarisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the demilitarisation measures that have been taken in the past year.

      Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on emergency planning arrangements in the event of an attack linked to international terrorism.

      HMS Caroline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the costs involved in retaining HMS Caroline in Belfast as a visitor attraction at the Museum of Sky and Sea.

      Ice Hockey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated to promote the development of ice hockey in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      Irish Republican Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) charged for being members of the IRA since the signing of the Belfast Agreement; and if he will...

      Lyric Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the estimated cost of the redevelopment of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast will be met from Government funding.

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources are made available from (a) the Safety at Sports Grounds Fund and (b) other public funding sources for organisers to carry out...

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals his Department has for taking forward the development of a motorsports facility for Northern Ireland which meets international...

      Patrick Kelly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers are involved in the investigation of the murder of Mr. Patrick Kelly, at Trillick, Co. Tyrone, on 10 August 1974.

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) local authorities and (b) Government Departments and agencies paid in claims for personal injury or liability, as a proportion of...

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the stocking plan is for salmon in the rivers (a) Bush, (b) Bann and (c) Lagan for the current year; and what the plans were in each of the...

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards the re-establishment of the Lough Erne salmon run; and what plans are in place to deal with the physical...

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated count was for the salmon run in the rivers (a) Bush, (b) Bann and (c) Lagan in each of the last five years.

      Salmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his assessment is of the existing threats to salmon runs in the rivers (a) Bush, (b) Bann and (c) Lagan; and what steps are being taken by...

      Ulster Canal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with regard to the establishment of the Ulster Canal.

  • Health

    • Food Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government spent on research and development relating to food, with particular reference to (a) agriculture, (b) fishing, (c) processing, (d)...

    • Acupuncture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether general practitioners who are members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society will be subject to dual registration when the new statutory...

      Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffer from Alzheimer's in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley; and what help and support is given to Alzheimer's (i)...

      Anti-depressant Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items of (a) individual benzodiazepine drugs and (b) individual antidepressants were dispensed in the community in England in 2003.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the participation of surgeons in clinical trials.

      Depression (Under-18s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the causes of depression in those aged under 18.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what audit and performance evaluation of first wave foundation trusts and their impact on local health services, including neighbouring trusts, will be...

      Genito-urinary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were in genito-urinary medicine clinics for patients referred by general practitioners in the latest period for which...

      Hospital Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the capacity of (a) the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and (b) the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch to respond to an increase in...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the guide to good services commissioned by the National Institute for Mental Health in England to address the mental health...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether examples of good practice in the provision of clothing to long-stay patients in mental health in-patient units collected from NHS trusts...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the level of support available from local authorities to people with mental health problems since the Social Exclusion...

      Modernisation Board Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of producing the Modernisation Board annual report for 2004; how many copies have been printed; and how copies are being made...

      Official Meetings (Mayor of London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what dates (a) he and (b) his predecessors have held official meetings with the Mayor of London since July 2000; and what the subject of each...

      Private Healthcare (NHS Patients)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on buying private healthcare for NHS patients in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available; and what proportion...

      Residential Care Homes (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are available in residential care homes in the Greater London area.

      Rubber Ferrules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2004, Official Report, column 1391W on rubber ferrules, who his Department's supplier of rubber ferrules is; and in what...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) disease and (b) strategic health authority; and if he...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients were admitted to hospital within nine months of referral for admission in the last year for which figures are available.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a policy for Northern Ireland departments to discourage racism; if so, what is that policy; how does such a policy operate; and whether it...

    • Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6 May (WA 125) concerning the 2004 budgets for Cross Border bodies, whether in purchasing terms the Irish...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6 May (WA 125) what impact the decision not to allow expenditure of £600,000 by the Ulster-Scots Agency...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

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

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which political parties will be officially consulted about the appointment of the chairman of the Ulster Scots Agency.

      Ulster-Scots Culture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From 2003 to date, whether officials of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have attended events illustrating Ulster-Scots culture,...

      Northern Ireland: Funding of Newspaper Publishing Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any newspaper publishing companies have been granted aid in Belfast in the past five years; if so, which companies; when such aid was granted; and for what...

      Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since October 2002 whether any discussions concerning cross-border implementation bodies have been referred to political advisers; if so, to whom; and for what reason.

      Northern Ireland: Electoral Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference for the current Electoral Office inquiry in Northern Ireland; who is conducting that inquiry; by whom the appointment was made; who...

      Official Languages Act: Government Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any meetings between their officials and those of the Eire Government on issues relating to the Official Languages Act 2003; and, if so,...

      North/South Language Implementation Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the written Answer by the Lord President on 25 May (WA 117), what operational arrangements have been made for the decision-making process relating to...

      House of Lords: Moses Room Grand Committee Sitting, 15 June

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether the temperature and air quality in the Moses Room during the Grand Committee on the Employment Relations Bill at 6 p.m. on 15 June complied with the...

      UK Military Commitments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present United Kingdom military commitment in Kosovo, in terms of numbers, units and roles; whether any future changes in this commitment have taken...

      UK Military Commitments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present United Kingdom military commitment in Sierra Leone, in terms of numbers, units and roles; whether any future changes in this commitment have...

      UK Military Commitments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present United Kingdom military commitment in Afghanistan, in terms of numbers, units and roles; whether any future changes in this commitment have...

      Northern Ireland Judiciary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is required to nominate to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission judicial members who reflect...

      Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a senior judiciary "reflective of the community in Northern Ireland" in accordance with the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 will be appointed on the...

      Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 will lead to an increase, or a diminution, in the involvement of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs...

      Taxation: Publication of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25 May (WA 125) regarding taxation, whether they will publish this information in the Official Report.

      Inland Revenue: Corruption and Fraud Cases Involving Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Inland Revenue staff have been (a) prosecuted, and (b) otherwise disciplined for corruption, fraud or misconduct of a similar nature in each of the past...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27 May (WA 160), how the pension for survivors of marriage is taken into account in public...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to propose legislation to provide security of tenure for Gypsies and Travellers living on local authority sites, following the ruling on 27 May of...

      Health Impact Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Government departments have required, or currently require, health impact assessments, as advocated by the BSE inquiry report 2000; and in respect of which...

      Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research they have commissioned into the incidence of pre-cancerous skin lesions in England.

      Obesity: Food Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by the Lord Warner on 5 May (Hansard, cols. 1204–10) on misleading food labelling, what decision the Department of Health has taken with...

      Chief Nursing Officer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to replace the Chief Nursing Officer for England.

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many grants have been given for the establishment of traditional orchards over the past three years by (a) the Countryside Agency and (b) local authorities.

      Fallen Stock Disposal Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of farmers have now signed up to the new fallen stock disposal scheme to be run by the National Fallen Stock Company.

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