Written answers

Thursday, 24 June 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental impact of dredging in the Dee estuary.

    • Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks around the UK.

      Wild Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to simplify the legislation relating to the keeping of wild animals.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is planning to take to mitigate the impact of building new homes upon underground aquifers.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations she has received this year on the welfare of racing greyhounds; and if she will make a statement.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been prosecuted under the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960 with regard to greyhounds in each of the last...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the implications of the Gershon Review for levels of staffing in her Department.

      Coastal Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the priority score criteria used in assessing coastal defence schemes.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the proposed cross-compliance conditions for the single farm payment.

      Aluminium Powder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the trends have been since 1997 in respect of the concentration of aluminium powder in air.

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met officials from the European Commission to discuss beef exports.

      Cetacean By-catch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions she has drawn from this season's monitoring of cetacean by-catch.

      Cod Recovery Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of multi-rig trawls on the cod recovery programme.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on payments for orchards under Common Agricultural Policy reform, with particular reference to...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer from the Minister for Public Health of 11 December 2003, Official Report, columns 596–7W, on GM...

      Orchards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the position will be under the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy of orchards which are returned to...

  • Wales

    • Euro Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much money has been spent by the Wales Euro Task Force on preparing Welsh firms for the introduction of the euro; how that money was spent; and what...

    • Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in...

  • Treasury

    • Cigarette Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government earned in revenue from tobacco duty and VAT on cigarettes in financial years (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford in response to his letter of 11 March to the Inland Revenue concerning his constituents,...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost of his Department's websites, including those of its agencies, was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Employment Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the effect of employment levels on the economy.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the way statistics related to (a) cancer, (b) neurology, (c) ophthalmology, (d) nursing and (e) midwifery are recorded by the...

      Smoking-related Illness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of smoking-related illnesses and fatalities.

      Unemployment (Tamworth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment rates were in Tamworth constituency in each of the last 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the fields of the (a) Estates and Lands database and (b) his Department's Service personnel databases.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Empty Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many empty houses his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.

      Land Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, if he decides to relocate HQ Land away from Wilton, the Crichel Down rules will apply to the sale of the site.

      Medals (Arctic Convoys)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who and which Government offices were involved in the recent review of the award of medals to Arctic convoy veterans.

      Medals (Arctic Convoys)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the up-to-date position is on the award of medals to the Arctic convoy veterans.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicle drivers have been stopped by the police for speeding on (a) the A303 and (b) the M3 in the past 12 months.

      MOD Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many prospective purchasers have (a) made initial enquiries and (b) negotiated in respect of the Dean Hill site; when he expects to conclude a sale;...

      RAF Boulmer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the land occupied by RAF Boulmer other than for married quarters is (a) publicly owned and (b) rented; and whether any of it is governed by...

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ongoing British involvement there will be in Iraq after the 30 June 2004 transfer of power.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Fire Brigades Union

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what part he has played in mediating a settlement between the Fire Brigades Union and the fire authorities.

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many housing units were built in 2003–04 in the Pathfinder areas of Merseyside; and how many are expected to be built in 2004–05.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities in England have chosen (a) stock transfer, (b) Arms Length Management and (c) Private Finance Initiative.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from local authorities in England seeking direct Government investment options to improve standards in their housing stock.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of empty homes in each local authority in England in the last year for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) large scale voluntary stock transfers of council housing and (b) Arms Length Management Organisations on the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what policy on investment in decent homes standards is followed by his Department for council homes where the tenants and residents have voted neither to transfer...

      India

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his official visit to India.

      Planning (Fees)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities in England have introduced fees for pre-planning application consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the impact of European standards (a) BS EN 1176 and (b) BS EN 1177 on (i) the number of playgrounds in the UK and (ii)...

      Rental Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Department's current estimate is of the shortage of houses for affordable rent in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.

      Rental Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) council and (b) housing association new dwellings for rent he expects to be completed in the current year in each London borough; and what his...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees in his Department have (a) signed a formal opt out from and (b) are exempt from the Working Time Directive; and how many employees in his...

  • International Development

    • Darfur (Sudan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government in Khartoum have (i)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes are supported by his Department to expand and strengthen civil society in Afghanistan.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

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

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with representatives of non-governmental organisations...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on aid the UK is sending (a) unilaterally and (b) as part of the EU to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Departmental Staff

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

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) his Department and (b) the EU are spending in 2004–05 to counter HIV/AIDS in the Russian Federation.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who decided upon the payments from the Development Fund for Iraq to the US Army Corps of Engineers; what it was for; who the principal...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list those who have had sole-sourced contracts funded by the Development Fund for Iraq; which contracts are of a value of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been purchased under the wheat purchase programme funded by the Development Fund for Iraq; at what cost; who was...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what dates the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority Program Review Board has met; which meetings were attended by the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 14 June 2004, Official Report, columns 668–69W, on Iraq, if his Department will obtain a copy of the US...

      Morocco (Earthquake)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the assistance his Department has offered to the Moroccan Government for the victims of the 24 February...

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people employed by his Department have worked on harm reduction programmes (a) for and (b) in the Russian Federation.

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact on harm reduction programmes supported by his Department in the Russian Federation of the (a)...

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account has been taken by (a) his Department and (b) the European Union of Article 15 (4) of the 1993 Constitution of the Russian...

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the HIV/Aids projects in the Russian Federation that received financial support from his Department in 2003–04.

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the harm reduction projects in the Russian Federation that received financial support from his Department in each of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the Government of Sudan, (b) the UN and (c) non-governmental organisation on barriers preventing...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the recent statements by the UN that the Sudan Government is stopping aid reaching western Darfur.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he is giving to the World Food Programme support to the Saharan refugee camps.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 25 May 2004, Official Report, column 1561W, on departmental publications, what body or organisation is responsible...

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost of her Department's websites, including those of its agencies, was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the effect, in the event of the loss of the British Grand Prix, on (a) revenues in the motorsport...

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many motorsport companies use Business Links; and how many motorsport companies have applied for research and development tax credits.

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives her Department has undertaken to promote inward investment in the British motorsport industry.

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department has taken to develop the Motorsport Valley brand for promoting (a) the motorsport industry and (b)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2004, Official Report, column 959W, on deregulation, what formal assessment her Department has made of the...

      Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of UK steel production and US tariffs on UK steel.

      Western Sahara (Oil Exploration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the granting of a licence to Wessex Exploration to survey for oil in the occupied land of the Western Sahara;...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what policy is in place in respect of returning to Zimbabwe persons residing in Northern Ireland who have had their application for...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Zimbabwean nationals are residing in Northern Ireland; how many Zimbabwean asylum seekers have been successful on their initial...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what practical means, with particular reference to air transport, has been arranged for failed asylum seekers to return to (a) Iraq and (b)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of successful asylum applications were made in this country in 2003; and what proportion of those were denied asylum support...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers denied support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will grant asylum applicants from Zimbabwe the right to work while they remain in the United Kingdom.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful asylum applicants from Zimbabwe, residing in Northern Ireland, have exhausted all appeal rights but have not been...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average current applicants have had to wait to receive their papers after an asylum application has been granted at (a) initial...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what length of time assessors allow for the scrutiny of an application for asylum.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used in assessing asylum applications.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has held with (a) the Government of Bahrain and (b) governments of other states in the Gulf region concerning Somali...

      Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meeting of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs...

      Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been promoted by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in each of the last five years.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total budget of the Assets Recovery Agency has been since January 2003; and how many staff have been employed.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been recovered by the Assets Recovery Agency since January 2003 through civil recovery orders.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil recovery orders have been successfully prosecuted by the Assets Recovery Agency since January 2003.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has received regarding (a) the extent of injury sustained by a person wearing body armour to specification (i) HGIA and (ii)...

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken with or on behalf of police forces to obtain compensation for forces provided with body armour to specification HGIA...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for a review of the effect of the reclassification of cannabis.

      Coroner's Court (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the coroner's court in North Yorkshire.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what role the Government have in setting limits or determining the appropriate charge to be levied by Her Majesty's Coroners upon...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter of 4 May from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, ref 5120/4.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to letters from the hon. Member for Vauxhall dated 25 March and 20...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to a letter from the hon. Member for Vauxhall dated 4 March about a...

      Criminal Prosecutions (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful criminal prosecutions were brought for crimes perpetrated in each Merseyside constituency in...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given by his Department to police forces in England and Wales about the enforcement of legislation which prohibits cycling on...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will encourage pedestrians who are knocked over by cyclists on footpaths and pavements to report the incident to the police.

      Departmental Press Officers

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what review has been made of his Department's definition of domestic violence as promised in the Summary of responses to Safety and Justice:...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department expects to complete its research into the links between domestic violence and substance misuse.

      Drug Dealers (Assets Seized)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total of assets seized from convicted drug dealers was in each of the last three years.

      Drugs Misuse (Rochdale)

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

      Drugs Misuse

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

      Durham Jail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he last visited Durham jail; (2) when Durham jail was last inspected; (3) how many governors there have been at Durham jail...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce proposals on the entry of (a) priests and (b) imams to the UK.

      Everim Ciftci

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to process Mrs. Everim Ciftci's application, reference 21004974, for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes in Lancashire have been investigated by (a) the Forensic Science Services and (b) a private company in the last 12 months.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Home Office will be responsible for security arrangements at the G8 Summit in 2005.

      Green Burials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial incentives exist to encourage the use of ecologically-friendly green burials involving the use of freeze-drying human remains...

      High Speed Pursuits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent guidance he has issued to chief constables concerning high speed pursuits.

      Holloway Prison (Suicides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) self-harm, (b) suicide and (c) attempted suicide have been recorded at HM Prison Holloway in each of the past five...

      Illegal Immigrants (Employers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have been fined for employing illegal immigrants under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since...

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 8 June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime clear-up rates in the Metropolitan Police Force area were in each of the last six years, broken down by London borough.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who would be responsible, in the event of the closure of the National Neighbourhood Watch Association, for running a national support network...

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are planned for the data used by local neighbourhood watch associations held by the National Neighbourhood Watch...

      North London Mosque

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 351W, on North London Mosque, what arrangements were in place to ensure that...

      Operation Hartley (South-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Operation Hartley on the bearing down on illegal raves and festivals in the south west; and what action has so...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will grant overseas doctors in training working in the NHS permit-free postgraduate training status for a minimum period of one year,...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question of the hon. Member for Woking, reference 177009.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were assaulted while on duty in Lincolnshire in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the proposals (a) to remove the requirement for an inspector to be in charge of searches under code B of the Police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the number of day visitors used in the calculation of the Police Grant (England and Wales) 2004–05 for Avon and Somerset...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how police numbers in Crosby have changed in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what audit of privately designed, constructed, managed and financed prisons run under private finance initiatives has been carried out in the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of (a) Garth and (b) Wymott Prisons in Chorley; and whether these prisons will remain in-house.

      Probation Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on the completion rates on probation-accredited programmes where case management and programme work is integrated.

      Probation Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether approval for enhanced community punishment accredited programmes was given on the basis that case management and programme work were...

      Road Fund Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether constabularies in England and Wales have the authority to instigate prosecution against foreign nationals who are driving vehicles...

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times restraint has been used on children in each of the secure training centres in each of the last five years.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the rule 39 order made by the European Court of Human Rights to suspend removals from the Netherlands to...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received regarding the fate of Maxamed Yahye Ahmed following his removal to Mogadishu by the Danish authorities.

      Special Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Special Branch officers were employed in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

      UK Passport Service Pilot Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the UK Passport Service pilot project was postponed; whether an independent assessment of the project's results will be...

      UK Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been admitted to the UK as (a) husbands and (b) wives in each year since 1979, broken down by country of origin.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals were determined by (a) the Immigration Appellate Authority and (b) the Immigration Appeals Tribunal in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation his Department has made of the effect of benefit sanctions.

    • Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have lost benefit as a result of breaching their community service orders; and what the average loss of benefit has been,...

      Lone Parents (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents are in receipt of income support; and how many of these lone parents are also in receipt of a disability benefit in...

      Sure Start Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale have taken up the Sure Start maternity grant; and what percentage of those were...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what income of the British Indian Ocean Territories is disbursed (a) as administrative costs, (b) to support the security of US...

    • British Indian Ocean Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the recognised population of the British Indian Ocean Territories is; and what information he holds on where they are domiciled.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Burmese Government, citing Common Article 3 of the Geneva conventions, on its treatment...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will recognise as genocide the actions of the Burmese Government against the Karen, Karenni and Shan peoples.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances civilians are allowed to visit the Chagos Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 6 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mohammed Shafi.

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what charges his Department makes for issuing death certificates for individuals who die abroad; what plans he has to review...

      Honours List

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those individuals who are not UK citizens who since 1 May 1997 have been awarded honours, giving in each case...

      Indian Foreign Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his meeting with the Indian Foreign Minister.

      OSCE Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conclusions were reached at the OSCE conference on racism and anti-semitism on 16–17 June in Paris; what practical...

      Rwanda/Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the Government have had with (i) members and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he will be making to the Sudanese authorities concerning the seizure on 20 May of the guesthouse in...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he will be making to the Government of Vietnam concerning the arrest of Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang in Ho Chi...

  • Transport

    • Motability Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars receive road tax exemption through the Motability scheme; how much this exemption costs; what the financial value is of the exemption;...

    • Air Transport White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Sustainable Development Commission's report on the Air Transport White Paper.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the relative (a) cost-effectiveness, (b) value for money and (c) regeneration effect of the building of Crossrail with...

      Emergency Vehicles (Speeding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been spent, broken down by local authority, in dealing with speeding tickets issued to (a) fire service vehicles and (b) police vehicles.

      Haulage Sector (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the emission levels of pollutants from the haulage sector were in each year since 1997, broken down by pollutant.

      IT Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how often since 1997 (a) his Department and (b) its associated public sector organisations have undergone portable appliance testing of IT equipment;...

      PFI/PPP Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the private finance initiative/public private partnership schemes his Department has entered into that have been subject to refinancing...

      Secure Stations Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes have been committed at stations that meet secure station status in each year since the scheme's inception.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2004, Official Report, columns 936–37W, on travel costs, if he will provide analogous data for air travel costs...

      Vehicle Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in relation to the monitoring mechanisms for pay harmonisation and pay equalisation referred to in the business case...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget for the Arts Council for 2004–05 is; how much of this budget has been committed this year, and to what projects...

  • Education and Skills

    • Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the most recent rate of teenage pregnancies per thousand population was in (a) Longbridge ward, Birmingham, (b) Birmingham and (c)...

    • Departmental Secondments

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

      Free School Meals (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the number of secondary school pupils in Surrey taking free school meals in January 2002 was higher than the number eligible for free...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there are systematic checks on eligibility for post-16 education.

      Student Loan Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will publish the results of the pilot project for the Student Loan Company protocol computer system conducted in 2003, including...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what further steps he proposes to tackle truancy.

      Wirral Metropolitan College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will inform Wirral Metropolitan College of its budget allocation for 2004–05.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Car Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1569W, on Government cars, if he will list each occasion when Government whips have,...

    • Government Online Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the oral answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, column 822, on e-Government, if he will break down by Department the £1 billion...

      Government Websites

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures he proposes to take to rectify problems with (a) missing files, (b) management of website structures, (c) the use of illegal characters in...

      Government Websites

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the compliance of Government websites with Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines.

  • Health

    • Health Services (Rochdale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the parliamentary constituency of Rochdale are receiving treatment for drug dependency; and what percentage are (a) women, (b) under 20...

    • Health Services (Rochdale)

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

      Health Services (Rochdale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Rochdale awaiting heart surgery have had the option of choosing an alternative hospital for quicker treatment in the last 12 months.

      A and E Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time at accident and emergency departments at the (a) Royal Free, (b) North Middlesex, (c) Whittington, (d) Homerton and (e)...

      Acute Mental Illness Beds (Sefton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute mental illness beds were available for (a) the elderly, (b) children and (c) other age groups in Sefton in each of the last three years;...

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to curb teenage alcohol consumption.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust have been treated for alcohol-related illness in each of the last five years.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many working days were spent between June 2003 and May 2004 on the review of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors and related antidepressants...

      Arm's Length Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many employees of his Department are to be transferred to a departmental arm's length body as part of the Change programme.

      Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what surveys of public perceptions of (a) his Department, (b) the NHS and (c) other areas of responsibility of the Department have taken place over the...

      Breakfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for promoting the benefits of eating breakfast to children.

      Deaf-Blind People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure health staff have the relevant training to provide an effective service to deaf-blind people.

      Delayed Discharge Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chargeable days NHS trusts in England have reported since liability for delayed discharge charging came into effect; and what the total charging...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish his Department's vacancies survey for March.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make domestic violence training mandatory for all health professionals.

      Drug Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the average (a) amount and (b) proportion of working days spent on scrutiny of new drug applications that is accounted for...

      Drug Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the fees charged for the licensing of a new drug is typically earmarked for post-marketing surveillance; and what his estimate is of...

      Drug Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what agreements exist between the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and pharmaceutical companies that define (a) the basis on which drug...

      Drug Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's fee income is allocated to post-marketing surveillance.

      Drug Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the licensing authority has conducted an audit of the reliability of summaries of clinical data provided by pharmaceutical companies applying for...

      Drug Rehabilitation (Crosby)

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

      Drug Treatment (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the spending in Chorley on drug treatment was in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) gender and (b) whether the patients were under...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost to an NHS trust is of developing an application for foundation trust status.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost has been of setting up a foundation trust.

      Free Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens from the Tamworth constituency have taken up free eye tests.

      Free Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in Warrington North have benefited from free eye tests since their introduction.

      Genito-urinary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) monitoring and (b) research has been conducted by and for his Department on waiting times for genito-urinary medicine services.

      Glue Sniffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2004, Official Report, column 682W, on glue sniffing, what information is held centrally on the problem of glue sniffing...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of a primary hip replacement, undertaken on the NHS as an elective in-patient planned admission by an NHS trust, has been in each...

      Hospital Reconfigurations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reviews of contested hospital reconfigurations the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel has undertaken since its formation; and how many are...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the clinical effectiveness of (i) animal-based insulins and (ii) other insulins; and...

      Iron Deficiency Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Healthy Start Scheme will address the condition of iron deficiency anaemia in infants; and if he will make a statement.

      Iron Deficiency Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of a possible link between iron deficiency anaemia and socio-economic deprivation; (2) what percentage of children were...

      Medicines (Prescription in Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it a priority to publish data provided by IMS on the prescription of medicines in hospitals for the treatment of (a) cancer, (b)...

      Mental Health Services (Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the amount spent by each primary care trust (PCT) in Devon on mental health services (a) by percentage of total budget and (b) in cash...

      NHS (Language Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what methods and at what intervals his Department will monitor the delivery of the NHS Direct language services contract; and if he will publish future...

      NHS (Language Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether, following the recent award of the contract to supply interpreting and translation services by NHS Direct (OJEC ref: 2003/S153–139660), all...

      NHS Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the change in NHS productivity in each year since 1997; what measures he uses to calculate NHS productivity; and if he...

      NHS Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many security incidents he estimates there were in the NHS in England in each year since 1996.

      NHS Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients there were per general practitioner within greater London, broken down by borough (a) on the most recent recorded date and (b) in 1997.

      NHS Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified radiographers have been employed in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, in each of the last five years.

      NHS Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults there were on members of NHS staff during the last 12 months at hospitals in Greater London, broken down by National Health Service Trust.

      NICE Facilitators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many National Institute for Clinical Excellence facilitators have been appointed within primary care trusts.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England suffer from osteoporosis.

      PHLS Media Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to safeguard the supply of agar plates in the event of a national emergency.

      Professor Breckenridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he made of the interests held by Professor Breckenridge when appointing him to the Subcommittee on Pharmacovigilance.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of establishing 25 consultants and specialists in public health per million population.

      Registered Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of clinicians newly registered to practise in the UK who were unable to find a recognised training...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average number of days taken in sickness absence by (a) doctors and (b) nurses was in each year since 1996; (2) how many days were taken...

      Substance Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are involved in substance misuse shared care in each drug action team area.

      Tetra Mast (Dursley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to investigate changes in reported illness rates in Dursley, Gloucestershire in the vicinity of the recently installed Tetra mast.

      Zyban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has given to general practitioners regarding possible side effects of use of the drug Zyban; (2) if he will make a statement on...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Appliance Safety Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy of (a) the Department of Education and (b) each of the Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland is on appliance safety...

    • Comber High School/Bangor Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the South Eastern Education and Library Board has completed a preliminary inquiry in order to establish the need for an equality impact...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice has to inspect the Juvenile Justice Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Part-time Police Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made in implementing the Patten Report's proposal to create an enlarged part-time police reserve.

      Part-time Police Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers have been recruited to the police part-time reserve in each of the last four years.

      Part-time Police Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers have (a) resigned and (b) retired from the police part-time reserve in each of the last four years.

      Pensioners (Dental Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce free dental care for pensioners in Northern Ireland.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the Ulster-Scots Agency are; how many meetings each member has attended since their appointment; and where each meeting was held.

      Rainbow Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been provided to the Rainbow Network in each of the last five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Act 1998: Cost of Implementing Section 75

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional civil servants have been employed by which public authorities in Northern Ireland to implement Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

    • Northern Ireland Act 1998: Cost of Implementing Section 75

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of implementing Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and how this compares with any estimate given during the passage of the Bill.

      Iraq: International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have been notified by the International Criminal Court of attempts by any party to bring a case against the United Kingdom Government in respect of...

      Iraq: Civilian Deaths and Injuries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 7 June (WA 1), whether they will publish the statistics to which they have access of Iraqi...

      Gaza: Demolition of Houses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will inquire of the Government of Israel why they are proposing to demolish the houses in settlements, prior to withdrawing from the Gaza Strip,...

      Gibraltar: Tourist Boats

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What restrictions the Spanish Government have applied to tourist boats which visit Gibraltar; what representations they have made to Spain; and whether such...

      Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they have done to publicise the safe return of refugees and asylum seekers to their own countries and communities, so as to counteract any public perception...

      European Arrest Warrant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications have been made since the passing of the Extradition Act 2003 for the extradition of persons from the United Kingdom to those countries which...

      European Arrest Warrant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications have been made since the passing of the Extradition Act 2003 for the extradition of persons to the United Kingdom from those countries which...

      European Arrest Warrant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European arrest warrant is operative between the A8 countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia)...

      Deportation: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners due for deportation were held in HM prisons after the expiry of their sentences, at the most recent date.

      Deportation: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to improve co-operation between the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the Prison Service.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the International Organisation for Migration the resettlement in third countries of people trafficked for exploitation who cannot be...

      Mountain Rescue Teams

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make a grant to the mountain rescue teams of England and Wales, in view of the recent grant made by the Scottish Parliament to the Scottish...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000: Section 2

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional civil servants have been employed to implement Section 2 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and by which of the specified authorities...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000: Section 2

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have of the benefits which have resulted from the implementation of Section 2 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

      Home Office: Research Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate collects ethnic monitoring information about the research teams to whom it awards contracts.

      Home Office: Research Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office meets its obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, which covers contracts with suppliers.

      Home Office: Research Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate is taking to develop and support a diverse group of researchers who can be invited to...

      Home Office: Research Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the policy of the Home Office to ensure that procurement requirements are assessed for their impact under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

      Home Office: Research Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate will publish a list of those organisations that have been awarded Home Office research...

      Home Office: Research Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many researchers working for the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate who received contracts had previously been Home Office employees...

      Strip Searches: Under-18s

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many strip search procedures have been used on children and young people under 18 in the secure estate in the past five years; and how many required the use of...

      Immigration Detention Centres: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases involving children held in immigration detention centres for more than 28 days have been reviewed by the Minister responsible since 16 December...

      Immigration Detention Centres: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since 16 December 2003 how many families with children held at Dungavel Immigration Centre have received a welfare assessment on being held for 21 days; what were...

      Immigration Detention Centres: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why three families with children were held in immigration detention centres for respectively 143, 165 and 129 days prior to removal or release between November...

      Immigration Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to implement the overhaul of the Immigration Service as announced by the Prime Minister earlier this year; and which non-governmental...

      Yarl's Wood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in implementing the recommendations made by the Prisons Ombudsman in his investigation into allegations of racism, abuse and violence...

      Lindholme Detention Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will end the use of Lindholme, near Doncaster, as a detention and removal centre until such time as it has been fully refurbished.

      Iraq: Interrogation Techniques

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they approve of the use of sleep deprivation, disorientation techniques and other non-violent ways of putting pressure on prisoners in Iraq; whether they...

      Iraq: Prisoners Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8 July 2003 (WA 31–32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees...

      Iraq: Prisoners Captured by British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8 July 2003 (WA 31–32) concerning the arrangement for the transfer of prisoners of war, civilian internees...

      MoD and Environmental Tectonics Corporation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 26 May (WA 147), whether any compensation has been paid to Environmental Tectonics Corporation by the Ministry of...

      Iraq: Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the environmental field survey will analyse and monitor water courses for depleted uranium in Iraq.

      Skipton Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the representations about the Skipton Fund sent to the Department of Health by the Lord Morris of Manchester on behalf of the...

      Chronic Skin Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their definition of the term "chronic disease"; and Whether eczema and psoriasis are classified as "chronic diseases"; and Whether money has been allocated...

      Chronic Skin Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why skin diseases were not included in the Department of Health's recent document Improving Chronic Disease Management.

      Copper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been carried out on the effects of a high dietary intake of copper on human health.

      Copper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the level of copper permitted for use as a fungicide on organic crops is decreasing year-on-year; and what evidence there is of toxicity in copper-related...

      Hazardous Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research is available to inform their decision on whether hazardous wastes may safely be burned in incinerators.

      Hazardous Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the definition of an incinerator in which hazardous waste may be burned; whether there are different classes of incinerator; and whether the same...

      Hazardous Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether industrial processors, such as cement manufacturers, have to apply for a change of use permission and submit an environmental impact assessment if they...

      Hazardous Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what criteria the decision is made on whether waste, particularly hazardous waste, may be reclassified as fuel; and by whom such a decision is made.

      Organic Crops: Pesticide Residues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What tests are conducted to investigate the toxicity of pesticide residues in organic crops.

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