Written answers

Monday, 28 June 2004

  • Solicitor-General

    • Archaeological Objects

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance she issues to the Crown Prosecution Service in respect of calculating the value of archaeological objects that form part of a prosecution under heritage...

    • Bribery

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 29 March 2004, Official Report, column 1145W, on overseas bribery, how many cases of overseas bribery were referred to CPS Casework...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Energy Efficiency Commitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what terrawatt hour savings she estimates would accrue from the first phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment...

    • Global Food Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the future growth of global consumption of food.

      Salmon Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many salmon were caught by (a) net and (b) rod in Lancashire rivers in each of the last five years.

      Water Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the water leakage rates were for each water company in England in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures were...

      Water Resources Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to amend the Water Resources Act 1991 to implement Recommendation 7 in Lord Donaldson's Review,...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Postal Ballot Pilots

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Commission has made of the all-postal voting system, following the pilots...

    • Postal Ballot Pilots

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the postal ballot pilots.

      Postal Ballot Pilots

      To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment (a) has been made and (b) is planned of the all-postal ballot pilot...

      Postal Ballot Pilots

      To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what plans the Commission has to assess the integrity of the voting system, with...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Activity Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in assessing the likelihood of achieving its activity target to get 70 per cent. of the population...

    • Horse Racing (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the consequences for horse racing in Scotland of the Office of Fair Trading Report on the Modernisation...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to discourage gambling.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the fee structure for licence applications under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had in the last six months on the likely impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on the level of binge drinking.

      Tourism (England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the promotion of tourism in England.

      Art Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) museum directors, (b) the Society of London Art Dealers and (c) auction houses about the export of...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury regarding her...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) current and (b) projected level of spending by her Department is on (i) Stonehenge and (ii) digital broadcasting.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many television viewers in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber she estimates are unable to receive digital broadcasts.

      Dorney Lake Rowing Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the funding required to complete the Dorney Lake Rowing Facility to the standard required by the Fédération...

      Dorney Lake Rowing Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements have been made to ensure that the Dorney Lake Rowing Facility facilities will be completed to the standard required by...

      Entertainment Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will use her powers under the Licensing Act 2003 to include sporting events shown on large screens in bars, public houses and...

      Libraries (Digitisation)

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

      Lottery (Good Causes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been raised for charitable purposes through National Lottery funding since its establishment.

      Museums Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her museums policy.

      Ormai Portrait

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what checks her Department has carried out to ensure that Sir Joshua Reynold's portrait of Ormai has not been exported.

      Publicly Owned/Funded Collections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives the Government has introduced to improve public access to the publicly-owned collections of museums, galleries and...

      Publicly Owned/Funded Collections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the (a) value and (b) number of objects held in publicly-funded collections in (i) museums, (ii) galleries...

      Royal Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who audits the accuracy of the inventory of items in the Royal Collection; and what assessment she has made of whether the inventory is...

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been spent on Stonehenge in each year since 1990.

      Television Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held with Ofcom on regulation of advertisements on television.

      Television Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment has been made of standards in advertising on television.

      Working Time Directive

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Health Services (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has responded to the consultation paper Shaping Health Services—Creating Better Healthcare for Buckinghamshire.

    • Lord Birt/Lord Levy

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to paragraph 51 of the Ministerial Code, on what dates letters of appointment were issued by him to (a) Lord Birt and (b) Lord Levy, in their capacity as unpaid...

  • House of Commons

    • Computer Services

      To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee if the Parliamentary Communications Directorate will (a) provide information to hon. Members about services available and (b) update computers to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Communications Directorate

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his Answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, column 850W, on House employees, what...

    • Communications Directorate

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 18 May 2004, to the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mrs....

      Early-day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of printing and administering early-day motions was in each of the last three...

      Environmental Policy

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, column 850W, who has responsibility for...

  • Home Department

    • Active Communities Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses he estimates have allowed employees at least one day off for voluntary action in the local community as a result of the...

    • Airwave Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he estimates the (a) cost of implementing and (b) number of masts in implementing the Airwave scheme nationwide will be.

      Airwave Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Airwave has video technology; and whether it is utilised by police forces.

      Airwave Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Airwave; and whether the scheme is on course to deliver the technology promised at its...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 760W, on asylum detainees (children), if he will break down the figures by...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent change in the proportion of asylum seekers who claim asylum in this country.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers who were denied access to asylum support under section 55 of the Nationality,...

      Bristol Airport (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budgeted cost to be borne by Avon and Somerset Constabulary for policing Bristol Airport in 2004–05 is; and what the direct...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to conduct further research into the link between cannabis smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Departmental Communications

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

      Departmental IT Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has received about (a) attempts to sell former Home Office servers on E-bay and (b) police investigations into these attempts.

      Empty Houses

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

      Forcible Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been removed from the UK as a result of enforcement action in each year since 1979, broken down by nationality.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates representatives of his Department visited British nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay; whether he has received adverse reports...

      Illegal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal workers have been reported through the Working in the UK website; and what action was taken as a result.

      Illegal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all employers will need biometric readers to establish whether a potential employee is attempting to work illegally.

      Ministerial Visits

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

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish the business case for the establishment of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the National Offender Management Service implementation teams will present him with an outline of how they believe the new service will...

      Overturned Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were convicted by a criminal court in (a) 1985, (b) 1990, (c) 1995 and (d) 2000; and how many and what percentage of...

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been convicted on charges related to paedophilia in each of the last 10 years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of passports in circulation which are (a) forged and (b) modified in order to serve as false...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have escaped from (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners (Slopping Out)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any prisoners in England and Wales are having to adopt the practice of slopping out.

      Prisons (Assaults on Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been assaulted in (a) privately and (b) publicly run prisons in each of the last three years.

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Government will ensure that there is no fall in standards as a result of the privatisation of probation services.

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultative process has taken place with regard to the privatisation of probation services.

      Psychological Coercive Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether chartered psychologists (a) have assisted in the past and (b) are assisting (i) the security services, (ii) the police and...

      Seaports/Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) seaports and (b) airports have a dedicated Special Branch presence.

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to facilitate the processing of seasonal agricultural workers scheme visas from (a) Romania, (b) Bulgaria and (c)...

      Secondments to the Home Office and Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days were lost in his Department through sickness absence in each of the three latest years for which figures are available.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether individuals removed from the UK with the intention of returning them to Somalia (a) have reached Somalia and (b) are being held in...

      Substance Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners received (a) methadone, (b) subutex and (c) naltraxone for substance misuse in the last month for which figures are available.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to tackle the problem of terrorism.

      UK Citizens (Marriage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK citizens married a foreigner where the couple settled in the UK in each year since 1994.

  • Treasury

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 18 February, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Withington, on behalf of his constituent Ms Dawn Thomas.

    • Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will implement the findings of the Gershon Review in full; (2) when the Gershon Review will be published in full.

      Research and Development (Tax Incentives)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Treasury allocated to the marketing of (a) research and development tax credits and (b) research and development tax allowances for each year...

      STEPS Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 835W, to the hon. Member for Llanelli (Denzil Davies), on the STEPS Agreement, if he will...

      UK Foreign Direct Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of (a) outward and (b) inward UK foreign direct investment was in each year since 1996.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much (a) monetary aid and (b) aid in kind has been pledged unilaterally and through the EU by (i) the UK Government and (ii)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on assistance and support to Afghanistan in preparation for the September elections.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced people in the eastern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether his Department provides funding to GM-related initiatives under the auspices of the (a) World Food Programme and (b) UN...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who will be representing the British Government at the International Donors' Conference for Haiti in July.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policies the United Kingdom will be advocating at the July International Donors' Conference for Haiti.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to urge the World Bank to support the Haitian Government in implementing economic policies that...

      Multilateral Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms are used to monitor the efficiency of departmental aid channelled through multilateral institutions; and if he will...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact on food security in Zimbabwe next year of the lack of planting of wheat in the...

  • Wales

    • NHS Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the (a) health expenditure, (b) hospital activity and (c) finished consultant episodes in the NHS in Wales in each year since 1999.

  • Transport

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been spent on British Transport Police for the North West in each of the last five years.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many police officers were employed by the British Transport Police on (a) overground policing and (b) underground policing on 31 March; and how...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the December 2002 revaluation of the British Transport Police Pension Fund was announced; when it was communicated to his Department; and...

      Bus Quality Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to publish for consultation new guidance on the process for applying for bus quality contracts.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Drivers' Hours Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers of foreign heavy goods vehicles were found to be breaking the Drivers' Hours Regulations in the UK in (a) 2002–03 and (b)...

      Drivers' Hours Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign heavy goods vehicles committed tachograph offences in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04; and what penalties...

      Operation Mermaid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were checked by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency examiners in the Operation Mermaid exercise on 15 June; what significant...

      Railway Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received from UK small and medium enterprises about the ability to tender for removal of railway sleepers; (2) how...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2004, Official Report, column 1047W, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department...

      Speed Cameras (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the revenue raised from speed cameras in Essex has been (a) allocated to road safety projects and (b) returned to Exchequer funds.

      Vehicle Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding limited liability for insurers under motor insurance contracts.

      Vehicle Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Vehicle Operator Services Agency apprenticeship scheme has been withdrawn.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Blind/Visually Impaired People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the availability of reading material in formats accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

    • Businesses (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in the constituency of Tamworth since 1997.

      Defence Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Export Credits Guarantee Department cover was (a) requested and (b) offered for the export of Hawk aircraft to India.

      East Midlands Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the running costs, including staff salaries, of the East Midlands Development Agency were in each year since 2001; and what the projected...

      Economic Statistics (Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the rate of growth in (a) business activities and (b) financial sectors in Merseyside.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money her Department and the agencies for which it is responsible spent (a) settling and (b) contesting claims registered at...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims have been made against her Department in relation to (a) equal pay, (b) sex discrimination, (c) race discrimination, (d)...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects the new resource centre to promote women in science, engineering and technology to begin its work.

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2004, Official Report, column 720W, on EU legislation, where the information sought is held.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the evidential basis was for the comments by the Minister for Energy, on 15 June, on removing vulnerable households from fuel poverty by...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of (a) imports from and (b) exports to Israel under the Israel/EU Association Agreement has been.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her intention to wait until the passage into law of the Energy Bill before appointing the Chairman of the Nuclear...

      Petroleum Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set up a Government strategic petroleum reserve within the terms set by the International Energy Authority, independent of the oil...

      Playgrounds (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents have occurred in British playgrounds in each year since 1984.

      Radioactive Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the occasions since 1 May 1997 when radioactive material has been unaccounted for, broken down by (a) location, (b) volume...

      Social Enterprise Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the (a) turnover and (b) profit of the social enterprise sector was in each of the last 20 years; and if she will make a statement;...

      Soft Drink Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of changes which have occurred in the industry since publication of the Department's Soft Drinks National...

      SPC 2888

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether (a) the Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) her Department were informed by BP, BTC Co. or members of BTC Co. of...

      SPC 2888

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment has been made into the use of SPC 2888 by major pipelines other than the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline where the pipeline...

      SPC 2888

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what percentage of the unburied pipes in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline coated with SPC 2888 have developed cracks in (a) Azerbaijan...

      SPC 2888

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of construction delays resulting from having to rectify the faulty pipeline coating on the...

      Consumer Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes there have been in consumer knowledge and access to information since the launch of the website The Consumer Gateway.

      UK Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what help, advice and assistance she has given to UK Aerospace to retain the Farnborough Air Show as a shop window for the industry; and if...

      University Business Spin-out

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of HM Treasury about encouraging the spin-out of private firms from UK universities.

  • Minister for Women

    • Directorships (FTSE 100)

      To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of the trends in the percentage of women in directorships of FTSE 100 companies.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a)...

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his Answer of 25 May 2004, Official Report, column 1538W, on public bodies, how many reviews of public bodies according to detailed...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much is estimated to have been fraudulently claimed in social security benefits in each of the past three financial years; and what the...

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, columns 936–37W, on civil partnerships, what assessment he has made of the...

      Civil Service Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to meet the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance to resolve the civil service pay dispute; and if he will make a statement.

      European Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many voters were turned away from polling stations in Northern Ireland at the recent European parliamentary elections for not having valid...

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many payments in respect of each category of farm payment, and of what total value, are due to be paid to farmers in Northern Ireland by 30 June.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the inspection of the Juvenile Justice Centre by the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice will take place.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many assaults there have been on staff by young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre in each month since its opening.

      Loughbrickland Lake

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to restore Loughbrickland Lake as a prime location for brown trout and rainbow trout fishing.

      Museum of Sea and Sky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what progress has been made with the development of a Museum of Sea and Sky in Belfast; (2) what discussions he has held regarding...

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the number of myalgic encephalomyelitis sufferers in Northern Ireland; and what the percentage change has been in...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the implementation of the Neighbourhood Renewal strategy will begin; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made piloting the NHS Direct concept in Northern Ireland.

      Queen's Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources were allocated to the Queen's Festival in each of the past five years; and what percentage of the total arts budget this represents.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided to the sexual health advisory organisation Brook in each of the last five years.

      Traffic Volumes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what volume of traffic used the (a) A2 Bangor to Belfast road and (b) Bangor ring road, County Down (i) in the last period for which figures are...

      West Belfast Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding has been allocated through Northern Ireland Departments to the West Belfast Festival in each of the last three years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Secretary of State for Work and Pension's answer of 15 March 2004, Official Report, column 12, on child poverty, what extra...

    • Teachers (Abuse Allegations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what recent assessment he has made of the change in the number of sexual abuse allegations against teachers; (2) what assessment he...

      Adoption Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the operation of the Adoption Register.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many childcare places were available for children aged under eight years old in each region in each year since 1997.

      Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of regulation in the provision of children's services.

      Children's Homes (Privately-run)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places for children in privately-run children's homes there were in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each of the...

      Schools Expenditure (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure was on schools in Warrington, South in each year since 1997.

      Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching posts were vacant in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each London borough in each year since 1997; and...

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will give foster carers official recognition as part of the social care workforce.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the case for a national system of allowances for foster carers based on recommended minimum levels.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to increase the number of foster carers.

      Latin and Greek

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what correspondence he and his Ministers have had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on the decision of the Assessment and...

      Local Authority Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his assessment is of unmet need for local authority secure unit beds.

      Mathematics (Multiplication Tables)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the teaching of multiplication tables in primary schools.

      Parenting Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons work to support adult relationships was not included in funding allocations from the Parenting Fund.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged three to five years had access to education in West Bromwich East in each of the last eight years.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps he has taken to ensure consistency in the decisions of different school admissions appeal panels; (2) what guidance he has...

      Schools (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will ensure that Kent schools receive funding in an early phase of Building Schools for the Future.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what systems are in place to ensure that children with learning difficulties are identified at an early age; and how many were identified in...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the number of students in higher education from (a) south west Surrey, (b) Surrey and (c) England; and what the...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many erroneous letters the Student Loans Company Ltd. has sent to Miss Laura Morley of Chippenham, Wiltshire; how much each letter...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with Mr. Seymour-Jackson of the Student Loans Company Ltd. about its IT systems.

      Summer Holiday Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of funding is to be made available to support young people during the summer holiday period; and how the funding will be allocated.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families made contact with their local Sure Start programme within the first two months after a birth in the last year...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Administrative Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the administrative costs of the Department and its predecessors were in each financial year since 1996–97.

    • Lords Reform

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions the Department has had with the (a) Welsh Assembly and (b) Scottish Executive on Lords reform.

      MERIT Programme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates, judges and magistrates clerks have been sent to see at first hand the Australian MERIT programme...

      Rejected Votes (General Elections)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many votes have been rejected for want of the official mark in each general election since 1979.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Laryngectomy (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he offers to adjudication for the assessment of disability caused by laryngectomy in the award of (a) attendance and (b)...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of benefit fraud were detected in Greater London in each of the last six years; and how many of these have resulted in (a)...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed (a) council tax benefit, (b) housing benefit and (c) housing benefit and council tax benefit in the City of Newcastle...

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what organisations have received grants from his Department to promote British Sign Language in the last three years; (2) how much has...

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years...

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on schemes to reduce the benefits of people who breach their community service orders; and how much benefit...

      Departmental Administration Budgets

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

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Pension Service, (b) Jobcentre Plus and (c) Social Security offices there are in the United Kingdom.

      Injuries Advisory Council Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish his response to the Injuries Advisory Council Report on Prescribed Disease A11.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners have an income below the mean net income.

      Pensioners (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners his Department estimates (a) were eligible for means-tested benefits and (b) were claiming means-tested benefits...

      Potters Bar Rail Accident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Health and Safety Executive to conclude its investigations into the Potters Bar rail accident; and if he will make a...

      Self-storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive has received representations concerning the storage of hazards in self-storage sites; and if he will...

      Social Security Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social security appeal decisions have not been implemented by executive agencies linked to his Department in each of the last three years.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Tamworth have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

      Work Incentives (Homeless Households)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he plans to introduce to increase work incentives for statutorily homeless households placed in temporary accommodation.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Disadvantaged Children

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of disadvantaged children live in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards in England.

    • Advisers (North-east Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the advisers seconded to North East Lincolnshire are able to (a) accept and (b) propose cuts in spending on education.

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants and what percentage of the total Civil Service workforce in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside the M25,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter of 19 February, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Withington, on behalf of his constituent, Mr. Alan Gellion.

      Council House Waiting Lists

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the waiting lists were for council housing in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley, broken down by (i) houses, (ii) flats and (iii) old age...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Birkenhead since 1997.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effect of changes in the level of council funding for housing upon residents of Wirral South since 1997.

      Decent Homes Standard (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his latest estimate is of the number of council dwellings in London that reach the Decent Homes Standard, broken down by London borough.

      Deprived Wards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the 20 per cent. most deprived wards in the country.

      Election Turnout

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the turnout was as a percentage of eligible voters at the local elections on (a) 10 June and (b) the previous comparable local election date, broken down by...

      Homeless Households

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless households in priority need were in temporary accommodation on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 May 2004, broken down by Government Office Region.

      Homeless Households

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the local authorities that failed to submit a P1E return with the number of homeless households in priority need placed in temporary...

      Homeless Households

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average length of time a homeless household in temporary accommodation in each Government Office Region had to wait before being made an offer of a...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people have been homeless in (a) Lancashire, broken down by district and (b) the North West in each of the last three years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Crosby since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Wigan since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Bootle since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Heywood and Middleton since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the change in the level of council funding for housing on the residents of Manchester, Gorton since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Oldham, West and Royton since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his assessment of how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of West Lancashire since 1997.

      London Housing Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the expenditure of the London Housing Board has been since its foundation; and if he will list the projects which it has funded.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money Ordnance Survey has received in the last four financial years in Government (a) grants and (b) mapping contracts; and whether Ordnance Survey had...

      Land Prices (Essex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average price was of land per hectare with planning permission to build housing in each district council area in Essex in 2003.

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of the financial viability of the applicant in planning appeals considered by his Department.

      Postal Ballots

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who will meet the costs of reprinting postal ballot papers for the elections on 10 June.

      Postal Ballots

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total cost of the all-postal ballots for the elections to be held on 10 June.

      Rural Exceptions Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he expects to make an announcement on new PPG3, with particular reference to rural exceptions sites; (2) what discussions he has had with the (a)...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the planning guidelines on mobile phone masts laid down by the Government in PPG8—Telecommunications 2001 state that authorities should...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the planning guidelines on mobile phone masts laid down by the Government in PPG8—Telecommunications 2001 state that provided a proposal...

  • Health

    • Suicide Attempts (Adolescents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of attempted suicides of adolescent (a) males and (b) females in each year since 1997.

    • Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been treated for alcohol-related accidents or illnesses at Chorley Hospital in each of the last five years.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1612W, on chlamydia, if he will publish the advice of the National Screening Committee...

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants and what percentage of the total civil service work force in his Department will be relocated over the next five years (a) outside...

      Cluster Headaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the impact of the recommendations of the Royal College of Physicians on domiciliary oxygen services on cluster...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists per 10,000 head of population there have been in each of the past 25 years; and what the projection is for the next five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce free dental care for pensioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Policy (Stroud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Stroud constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people with diabetes require animal insulin; and if he will make a statement; (2) what research his Department has evaluated on the...

      Embryology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority are directly involved in embryonic stemcell research; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with farmers about food labelling requirements.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has received on the number of dossiers being prepared by industry for submission to the European Food Safety Authority in relation to...

      Health Care Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare on the decision to cap forum membership at an...

      Health Expenditure (Kent and Medway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the expenditure per weighted head of population was in the Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority area in each year since 1997; (2) what...

      Health Services (Rochdale)

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

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been detained in hospital and given compulsory treatment under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year that it has...

      Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research the Government has undertaken on the causes of myeloma.

      Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in the UK diagnosed with myeloma entered clinical trials in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS (Language Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what security arrangements have been made in relation to NHS language provision; and whether all NHS Direct translators and interpreters will be subject...

      NHS (Language Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to support the role that language services play in facilitating access to NHS services.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much on average was paid per dentist for NHS dental services in each year since 1992.

      NHS Funding (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been allocated to the NHS in Warrington in each year since 1997.

      NHS Statistics (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time midwives are employed in the NHS in Greater London, broken down by national health service trust; and how many were employed (a) five...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the status is of (a) raloxifene and (b) teriparatide in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's review of pharmacological treatments for...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the Chair of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the second part of the National Service Framework on renal services will be published; and if he will make a statement; (2) how the...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions for teenagers for sexually transmitted diseases there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each...

      Stroke Pathways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to encourage (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts to work together to establish stroke pathways.

      Treatment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of treating (a) those injured in road traffic accidents and (b) head injuries received in cycling accidents is in the last year...

      Visually Impaired People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that visually impaired people receive a high standard of service from the NHS, with particular reference to (a) the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals were put forward by the United Kingdom during the negotiations on the European Constitution in respect of the...

    • Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the British Government's agreement in principle to cede the Chagos Islands to...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, column 872W, on Colombia, how his Department assessed the causal link...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2004, Official Report, column 872W, on Colombia, what his Department (a) plans to do and (b) is...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Colombia regarding the treatment of international human rights...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the hon. Member for West Chelmsford will receive a response to his letter of 6 February to Mr. Jonathan Powell, transferred...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) representatives of EU institutions and (b) counterparts in other EU member states regarding...

      EU Policy (Voting Method)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's statements of 21 June 2004, Official Report, columns 1091 and 1094, in answer to the hon....

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guarantees he has obtained from the Spanish Government that cruise ships will not be denied entry to Spanish ports if they...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the Government have received from the EU Commission to its representations about the denial of entry of cruise...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of Israeli civilians killed since the beginning of the intifada in September...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of the Quartet on sanctions against Israel to encourage compliance with the road map.

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel regarding the plans they recently announced to build more homes in...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning targeted assassinations of Palestinians in Ariel...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel concerning the construction of the security wall east of Ariel in...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions the Government have applied to (a) the state of Israel and (b) Palestine for breaches of international law since...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much aid the Government have given (a) directly and (b) through non-governmental organisations to Palestine in each year...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of Palestinian civilians killed since September 2000; and how many were under 18.

      Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2004, Official Report, column 64W, on leaflet production (costs), what the purpose of the...

      MKO (Iran/Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the MKO organisation and its aims for Iran; and what estimate he has made of the number of...

      MKO (Iran/Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many persons he estimates are resident in the MKO training camp in Iraq; what protection is being given to the camp by the...

      Public Diplomacy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the current staffing level of the Public Diplomacy Unit is.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make representations to the Sri Lankan authorities about the attack on the house of Pastor Kumarasira of Peniel...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the United Nations about Sudan's membership of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when the N'Djamena Ceasefire Agreement was signed; when it was originally set to expire; when it was renewed; and if he...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) US, (b) European and (c) African counterparts with regard to submitting a resolution on...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the mandate is of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees monitors in Darfur; and how they will spread across...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role he proposes for the UN in peace talks in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the UN special rapporteur on executions' statement of 13 June regarding the...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the activities of the Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey since 1 June; and if he will...

      Turkey

      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 UK Government have had with (i) members...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Uganda concerning the protection of civilians from the Lord's...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to facilitate fraternal visits from Uganda to churches in England.

      US Navy Visit (St. Helena)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what permission was (a) sought and (b) granted for US Navy personnel to visit St. Helena in December 2003.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa refusals he has overturned in the last 12 months.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas were granted in (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria in each month in 2003.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the refusal of visitors' visas to the group from Uganda who were due to visit the Deanery of...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's position in relation to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the steps his Department has taken in the past year to facilitate the return of Zimbabwe to the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's policy with regard to Zimbabwe's membership of the (a) International Monetary...

  • Defence

    • Al-Yamamah Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether irregularities have been discovered among the claims for payment to his Department by BAE Systems under the Al-Yamamah project since 1999;...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) the Permanent Secretary in his Department has held with members of the United States...

      Ballykinler Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the incident at Ballykinler Barracks on 16 May.

      Cadet Force (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the strength of the cadet force based at Chorley under the responsibility of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy; and...

      Chemical and Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2004, to question 178707, whether he permits US forces based in the UK to hold chemical and biological material...

      Deaths and Injuries in Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel have been (a) killed in action, (b) injured in action, (c) killed in vehicle accidents, (d) injured in vehicle accidents, (e)...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list defence contracts (a) awaiting decision and (b) signed off in the last 12 months.

      Departmental IT Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what savings he expects to make following the privatisation of the Ministry's IT infrastructure; (2) when he expects to make a decision on the...

      Fire Study 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to begin the implementation of Fire Study 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fisheries protection vessels are in operation; and where they operate.

      Gaul

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investigation has been made into the claim by former Chief Petty Officer Derek Barron regarding the sinking of the fishing vessel The Gaul in the...

      Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Gibraltar Regiment.

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Government's expenditure plans 2004–05 to 2005–06 will be published.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to assist the Royal British Legion with the independent inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome.

      Interrogation Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed that UK forces in Iraq were practising the banned interrogation technique of hooding prisoners; if he will list the regiments...

      Interrogation Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account he took of (a) the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Ireland v. United Kingdom to outlaw the use of the five techniques of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Coalition military operations have damaged the remains of ancient Babylon; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) civilians, (b) coalition forces and (c) terrorists killed in Iraq since the end of the war; and what the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 6 January 2004, Official Report, column 235W, on Iraq, if he will name the Iraqi gunman killed in self-defence.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the senior officer of the First Regiment Royal Highland Fusiliers responsible for the running of the United Kingdom detention facility in Shaibah,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the medical records of those Iraqis held in detention by British forces in Southern Iraq have been provided to those interrogating them.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the line of command is that reports directly to him from persons who have direct responsibility for the running of British military and civilian...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women working in British-run military and civilian prisons in Iraq are employed by private contractors; to whom they are...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been during the last 12 months to the Government of the running of British military and civilian prisons in Iraq; and if he will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that conditions of detention in Iraq fully comply with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has been made of the number of off duty members of the Iraqi Security forces among the killed and wounded of the Iraqi insurgents.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of private contractors in the (a) administration, (b) interrogation and (c) handling of prisoners under UK...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the employment of civilian (a) contractors and (b) interrogators in Iraqi jails is part of the Coalition Provisional Authority's military strategy.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum length of time is that Iraqi (a) civilians, (b) former military persons and (c) others can be detained without charge; what procedures...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions the Department issued in the last year concerning (a) the handling of Iraqi prisoners and (b) methods for extracting information from...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many hours of training on average British troops have received in Iraqi culture and customs prior to deployment in Iraq; (2) whether there is...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he will use to decide whether more troops are to be deployed to Iraq after 30 June.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether (a) UN and (b) NATO military personnel have been involved in Kosovo in illegal activities relating to sex...

      Nuclear Material (Transfer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last transfer of nuclear material between the United States and the UK under the Mutual Defence Agreement took place; and if he will make a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Stafford on 21 April, ref. 168467.

      Portable Electrical Equipment

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

      R21 Technologies (Ashford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the instruction in R2I technologies at Ashford, Kent.

      Recruitment Shortfalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army regiments are not using Commonwealth troops to fill recruitment shortfalls.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the functions of the (a) Mk98 MOD 5 Fire Control System and (b) SLBM Retargeting System; (2) when the Mk 98 MOD 5...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent per annum since 1993 on modifications to the shore- based target planning system for Trident; and if he will make a...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has drawn up for the use of satellites for EHF communications with Trident nuclear submarines; which satellites his Department...

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the date of entry into service of the Typhoon aircraft.

      US Bases (UK)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether US aircraft armed with nuclear weapons seek permission from his Department for each flight they wish to make within UK airspace.

      Victor Bout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has held with Mr. Victor Bout about the role of his companies in Iraq.

      West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's land holdings in the West Midlands.

  • House of Lords

    • Guernsey: Contribution to UK Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution Guernsey makes, financial or otherwise, to the United Kingdom's defence; and how this contribution is calculated.

    • Guernsey: Contribution to UK Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom has any defence role with regard to Braye Harbour in Braye Bay behind the Alderney breakwater.

      Guernsey: Contribution to UK Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How Guernsey's maintenance of the Alderney breakwater, at an approximate cost of £450,000 per annum, contributes to the defence of the United Kingdom and to...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: EU Presence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the letter detailing the future scope of the European Union Bosnian Mission recently signed in...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: EU Presence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What NATO presence is expected in Bosnia-Herzegovina when the European Union takes over the SFOR operation there; and what will be the British contribution to it.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: War Criminals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mandate has been given to SFOR by the North Atlantic Council to assist the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; and whether this...

      Iran: Recruitment of Suicide Bombers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as participants in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, they have received reports about the recruitment of suicide bombers in Tehran and the...

      Israel and Palestine: Public Opinion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are evaluating the results of large-scale testing of public opinion in Israel and Palestine by One Voice; and what conclusions they draw from it.

      Home Office: Purchase of Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on purchasing alcohol by the Home Office in each of the financial years 1997–98 to 2002–03.

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many young people under the age of 18 were held in custody for breach of an anti-social behaviour order as their primary offence between January and March; and...

      Iraq: Treatment of Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the practice of hooding prisoners at the moment of arrest has been used in Iraq; and why it was not stopped by Ministers when it was reported on television.

      Army Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 16 June (HL Deb, col. 752) that "there is a pause on some recruits starting their phase one basic training courses....

      Water Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 31 January 2001 (WA 66), and in view of the promotional role of the British Fluoridation Society,...

      Permanent Vegetative State

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use within the National Health Service of the adjective "vegetative" to describe a long-term clinical state from which some patients recover in whole...

      Union Flag: Armagh Courthouse

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to fly the Union flag at the courthouse in Armagh City; who has responsibility to implement these arrangements; and whether the...

      Hyde Park

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What area is to be fenced off to the public for a forthcoming event in Hyde Park, London; how long the public will be excluded from the area; and how much income...

      Picketts Lock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the source of funding for plans to provide £4 million for Picketts Lock from 2003 to 2005; why the funding is being given; what the money is to be...

      Sport: Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is monitoring its 2002 public service agreement to increase significantly the take-up of sporting opportunities by...

      Public Spaces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in accordance with the local government White Paper 2001 and the spending review 2002, they have published a strategy for reviewing the powers and...

      Environment: Public Awareness Campaigns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What campaigns they or their agencies are planning to run between June and October 2004 with the aim of raising public awareness of environmental, countryside and...

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