Written answers

Thursday, 1 July 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Canoeists (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public funds are available to pay land and river owners to improve access for recreational canoeing; and if she will...

    • Egg Stamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the Government's policy on the stamping of ungraded eggs (a) at the farm gate and (b) at...

      Firearms Consultation Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2004, to questions 179195, 179196 and 179197, on what date (a) she and (b) her officials...

      GM Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list GM products which may be imported into the UK; and in which countries each is grown prior to export.

      GM Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the GM crops with part C product approval contain antibiotic markers; and what those markers are.

  • International Development

    • Aid Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the UK's arrangements for payment of each element of the aid budget channelled through the European Union.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount paid by his Department to employment agencies for the supply of temporary staff was in financial year 2003–04.

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on poverty in East Timor; and what assistance the UK is providing.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will undertake an in-depth review of the development needs of Haiti; and if he will open a bilateral programme in the country at...

      Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether a performance indicator which compares the effectiveness with which the Department operates in different partner countries has...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether non-Sudanese trucks are being used for the distribution of humanitarian aid in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent information he has received about the length of time taken to receive customs clearance for the distribution of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the World Food Programme about the extent of the use of the rail line to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what multi lateral aid is available to deal with the crisis in Sudan; and what strategy he is pursuing to try to persuade the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions the Law Officers have used the power to refer a sentence to the Court of Appeal on the basis that it is unduly lenient.

    • Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations she has received from small business organisations regarding the Government's initiatives to tackle fraudulent schemes targeting the small...

      Football Violence (Convictions)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what contact representatives of the Crown Prosecution Service have had with their Portuguese counterparts for the purpose of ensuring the validity of convictions and...

      Investigation Legal Advisers

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many investigation legal advisers there (a) were immediately prior to July 2003 and (b) have been since July 2003.

      Investigation Legal Advisers

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans there are to transfer responsibility for investigation legal advisers to HM Treasury.

      Investigation Legal Advisers

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans the Law Officers have to increase the number of investigation legal advisers.

  • Transport

    • Irish-registered Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions there were of drivers of Irish-registered vehicles that did not have current Irish road tax in (a) 2002–03 and (b)...

    • Civil Service Relocation

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

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Departmental budget was allocated to cycling in each of the last 10 years.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how long it has taken on average for the DVLA to (a) update its register following notification of a change of address and (b) issue a new document...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the travel costs incurred by (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) each Minister within his Department, for each of the...

      Ministerial Visits

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

      MOT Test Pad Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the reasons were for the increase in the MOT test pad fee; (2) when the increase in MOT test pad fees became effective; and what the...

      Motor Insurance Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the location and number of all exits from motorways in England and Wales that are controlled (a) full and (b) part-time by traffic lights.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings his Department has held with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister concerning the powers of elected regional assemblies.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of road accidents in 2003 occurred (a) at road junctions, (b) on roads where lanes had been closed off, (c) on motorways, (d) on dual...

      Ryde Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to retain the flexibility of Ryde Tunnel to take standard railway gauge and light railway tramcar stock.

      Vehicle Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs of the Vehicle Operator Services Agency's IT provision was at the end of the previous contract with EDS as a percentage of turnover; and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on provision of non-vocational adult education.

    • School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the financial provision for schools in 2004–05.

      Protocol System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Protocol system.

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his policy on bullying in schools.

      Playing for Success

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Playing for Success programme.

      Reading Attainment

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

      Children's Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with organisations representing school governors on improving children's diets.

      Infant Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average infant class size was in the (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) north-east in each year since 1997.

      Mathematics Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to help improve the teaching of mathematics following the publication of the Adrian Smith Report.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will list the travel costs incurred (a) by his Department and its predecessors and (b) by each Minister within his Department,...

      Pfi/PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) book value of the stakeholding, (b) onward sale price and (c) arrangements for sharing any windfall gain from subsequent...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to retain school playing fields.

      Specialist Comprehensive Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist comprehensive schools there are, broken down by type.

  • Treasury

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many men (a) have been diagnosed with and (b) have died from breast cancer in each of the last five years.

    • Child Benefits (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Wales are benefiting from (a) the child tax credit and (b) the child benefit.

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) children and (b) adults have been diagnosed as suffering from a brain tumour in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

      Heathrow Customs Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reason was for the recent reduction in opening hours of the Heathrow Customs Office for passengers arriving to clear unaccompanied baggage.

      Heathrow Customs Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration was given to the costs to Heathrow passengers needing to use cargo agents to clear unaccompanied baggage due to the reduction in opening...

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether military equipment sent from the United Kingdom to be used by British forces serving overseas is included in statistics relating to the value of...

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of total public sector pension liabilities, broken down by major employers; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish in full the responses to the Treasury's December 2003 consultation paper on the taxation of pensions.

      Retirement Annuities (Tax Refunds)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many United Kingdom recipients of retirement annuities are eligible for refunds of any part of the basic rate tax deducted at source from such payments.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Rural Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the projected demand for rural housing is in the East Riding of Yorkshire for the next 10 years; and how he intends to meet that demand.

    • Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects a third commencement order to bring into force the various remaining leasehold provisions in the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 to be made.

      Exploding Fuel Tanks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire service personnel were (a) injured and (b) fatally injured during the course of their duties as a result of exploding fuel tanks in each of the last...

      Fire Service (Radio Procurement)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what conclusions relevant to the procurement of a digital radio system for the Fire Service he has drawn from the performance of the Airwave police radio network.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list by local authority area (a) the amount of local authority social housing grant paid in the year 2002–03, (b) the amount of housing capital...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the assessment of the backlog of housing need used in Chapter 5 of the Barker Review of Housing Supply in the UK.

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much neighbourhood renewal money has been spent in Leyton in each financial year since the inception of the allocation; how much has been allocated to the...

      New Buildings (Regulations)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he gives to planning authorities regarding the design and construction of new buildings and the capacity to withstand earthquakes.

      Referendums (Leaflets)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he will be taking to ensure that the content of leaflets distributed to households in regions due to hold a referendum on an elected regional assembly...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Administration Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total amount paid by his Department to employment agencies for the supply of temporary staff was in financial year 2003–04.

      Ministerial Visits

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

      Ministerial Visits

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

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress has been made in merging the Royal Parks Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police; and if she will make a statement;...

    • Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance is issued by her Department to amateur sports clubs on the facility to register with the Inland Revenue as a Community...

      British Museum Trustees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) procedure and (b) criteria applied for the appointment of British Museum trustees are; and what role she has in assessing...

      Cabe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision is made for public access to decisions made by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment design reviews;...

      Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to enhance the playing of cricket at state schools.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to make the Government's Art Collection viewable online.

      Television Access Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made by Ofcom towards finalising its code on television access services.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research will begin its operations.

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for statutory review of a refusal to grant asylum have been submitted; how many such applications have been granted;...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office's findings on the relative value of spending on immigration case work and on...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are for an awareness campaign to educate young people of the risk of pulmonary infections and respiratory cancer associated...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his interim reply of 10 June 2004, ref. 177874, when a response will be sent to the letter of 4 May 2004 from the hon. Member for...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the findings were of the psychologist's report to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on the subject of historical sex abuse; and what...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred a case to the Court of Appeal owing to an error in a police method or...

      DNA Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 317W, on DNA evidence, if he will undertake a study into the number of...

      Drug Rehabilitation Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to reduce waiting times for drug rehabilitation treatment in South Somerset.

      Green Burials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken by the Government to encourage the use of ecologically-friendly burials, with particular reference to the...

      Illegal Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal firearms were (a) found and (b) confiscated by Lancashire police in each of the last three years.

      Illegal Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were found by police to be carrying knives in public areas in Lancashire in each of the last three years.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget for the National Offender Management Service for (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 is; and what proportion will be...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the employing body is for prison staff under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will be responsible for commissioning new prison establishments under the National Offender Management Service.

      Police Intelligence Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what safeguards will be in place to ensure that information in the proposed police national intelligence database is confidential and...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is authorised (a) to input and (b) to amend information on the Police National Computer; what procedures and arrangements are in place...

      Prison Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many doctors work at Wymott and Garth prisons (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) contracted to the Prison Service and (ii) work as...

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government measures to tackle racism; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers (Sexual Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the number of sexual abuse cases against teachers that reach court with flawed evidence on the part of the...

      Teachers (Sexual Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications of allowing teachers accused of sex abuse anonymity until conviction.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK companies have gone bankrupt in each quarter of the last five years.

    • Bogus Traders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office on increasing co-operation between the police and trading standards departments to...

      Doorstep Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to consult on the recent report on doorstep selling by the Office of Fair Trading.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many registered applications are outstanding in employment tribunals; how many of these are part-time worker pension cases; and how many...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications have been registered in employment tribunals relating to flexible working regulations in each region; how many costs...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases concerned with (a) equal pay, (b) sex discrimination, (c) race discrimination, (d) disability discrimination and (e) unfair...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures her Department has put in place to (a) provide advice and (b) share best practice with employers with respect to increasing the...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures her Department has taken to raise the profile of women in science, engineering and technology.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage employers to provide support for women in the science, engineering and technology sector.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the work of the Promoting Science, Engineering and Technology for Women Unit in encouraging implementation of...

      Miners (Co-morbid Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners found to have a co-morbid condition other than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were (a) informed to seek further medical...

      Pirate Broadcasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many active pirate broadcasting stations the Radiocommunications Agency has identified as operating in the UK in each year since 1997; how...

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received from (a) employers' organisations, (b) pensioners' organisations and (c) unions on the retirement age.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been saved by Royal Mail Group plc as a result of the decision to abolish the second daily postal delivery.

      Statutory Paternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 7 June 2004, Official Report, column 105W, on Maternity/Paternity Leave, what information she has (a) requested and...

      Trade Union Political Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average amount trade unions have spent through their political funds in each of the last five years.

      Trade Union Political Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK trade unions have political funds.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency matrons (a) are eligible to claim £10,000 from the Accident and Emergency Patient Experience Fund, (b) have claimed...

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency attendances he estimates there are per month by people of no fixed abode.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Royal College of Physicians report, "Allergy: the Unmet Need"; (2) how many people have...

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much public money his Department spent on allergy care in the NHS in the last year for which figures are available; (2) what plans his...

      Anti-depressant Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis he recommended an optimal dose for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and related anti-depressant drugs.

      Anti-depressant Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the results of clinical trials of paroxetine (Seroxat) which showed that patients treated with placebos experienced...

      Anti-depressant Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request the Medicines and Health Care Regulatory Agency to undertake a full, detailed, and publicly available review of the evidence on the...

      Anti-TNF Alpha Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the funding of anti-TNF alpha therapy in the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust area.

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to increase the number of hospitals with facilities to treat brain tumour patients, with particular reference to...

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce treatment waiting times for (a) children suffering from brain tumours and (b) all brain tumour patients; and if he will...

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to provide a central information resource on brain tumours, for use by patients and carers; (2) what steps his...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what campaigns his Department has undertaken to raise the awareness of male breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on annual mammogram screenings for women of 40 to 49 years of age who are assessed as having an increased risk of breast cancer.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the occupancy rates were for care homes, broken down by region, in each of the last three years.

      Carer's Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carer's assessments have been conducted under the Carer and Disabled Children Act 2000 in each year since the Act came into force.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was received by each children's hospice from the public sector (a) as a proportion of its total funding and (b) in cash terms in the last...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representation he has received from diabetes sufferers regarding choice in the provision of insulin; and if he will make a statement;...

      East Lancashire Healthcare Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Hospitals National Health Service Trust to return to normal duties.

      Employment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS expenditure was spent on employment costs in each of the last three years.

      Fall/Osteoporosis Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what sanctions will be imposed on those primary care trusts that fail to deliver properly structured falls and osteoporosis services; (2) what...

      Fenland Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what annual financial resources were calculated according to his formula for and paid to the Fenland Primary Care Trust (a) in the years before...

      Health Services (Derby, North)

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

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many homeless families in temporary accommodation with one or more children aged 0 to 5 were visited by a health visitor within one week of moving in...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reducing inequalities in infant mortality.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were recorded as having mental health problems in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been prescribed methadone in each of the last five years for which records are available; what quantity of methadone has been...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the value of using methadone as a treatment for heroin addiction; and if he will make a...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether every hospital has appointed a director of infection control.

      National IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely effects on numbers of (a) managerial and (b) clerical and administrative staff resulting from the full...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money his Department has given to charities who offer support and provide information regarding obesity (a) under section 64 grants and (b)...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent per head of population on health services in each primary care trust in the eastern area.

      Screening Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to date is of the pilots and roll out of (a) the chlamydia screening programme and (b) the bowel cancer screening programme; (2) how...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it cost the national health service to treat patients suffering from smoking-related illnesses in the last year for which figures are available.

      Smoking Cessation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to replace the four-week follow-up for smoking cessation services with the longer term review of success rates recommended...

      Synthetic Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned from drug companies into the (a) safety and (b) suitability of synthetic insulin; and if he will make a...

      Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C Action Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he (a) commissioned, (b) received and (c) plans to publish (i) the Tuberculosis Action Plan and (ii) the Hepatitis C Action Plan; and if he will make...

      Prosthetic Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated cost of a full-length active prosthetic arm is within the NHS; (2) if he will make a statement on NHS procedures for fitting...

  • Defence

    • Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the cost to his Department of advertising in each year since 1997.

    • Cadet Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the budget available to each cadet force in each of the last 10 years.

      Civilian Internees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British passport-holders have been excluded from the compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese; and for what reasons.

      Civilian Internees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the eligibility for compensation for civilian detainees of the Japanese was changed between the Prime Minister's account of the scheme and the...

      Civilian Internees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who carried out the research on the basis of which people were excluded from the compensation scheme for civilian internees of the Japanese; (2)...

      Commonwealth Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are from the Commonwealth in the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force personnel worked on Diego Garcia in each of the last five years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action coalition authorities are taking to compensate victims of mistreatment at the hands of UK or US forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Geneva conventions will apply in full to all foreign forces in Iraq after 30 June; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the arrangements are regarding charges for post and parcels sent by relatives in Northern Ireland to serving soldiers on active duty in Iraq; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2004, Official Report, column 1446W on Iraq, what the origin was of the foreign technology and technical assistance...

      Royal Anglian Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future form of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of The Royal Anglian Regiment.

      UN Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he plans to make to the command structure of British forces serving in Iraq after the handover of power on 30 June 2004.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) average and (b) maximum time taken by his Department to assess claimants for attendance allowance in the...

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) individuals, (b) men and (c) women have claimed (i) housing benefit, (ii) disability living allowance, (iii) income support and...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of housing benefit in Scotland, broken down by local authority.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers are estimated to be eligible for the carer's allowance; and how many carers are claiming carer's allowance.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many parents have faced criminal sanctions under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 because they have (a)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases which have been moved from the old to the new system have been followed up with a new complaint.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been attributed to the (a) old and (b) new Child Support Agency systems.

      Easy to Read Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to increase the number of books, magazines and newspapers available in large print, audio, Braille and electronic formats...

      Household Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of families containing one or more children have incomes below 60 per cent. of median contemporary incomes (a) before and (b)...

      Incapacity Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the profile is of claimants who (a) have had their incapacity benefit withdrawn and (b) have had a 20 per cent. reduction imposed upon...

      Jobcentre/Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed (a) in the UK and (b) in each region in Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus.

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in the Tamworth constituency have benefited from (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departmental Training Programmes

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training programmes have taken place for staff in his Department in (a) substance misuse and (b) drugs treatment in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those areas of Government activity which will remain wholly and exclusively the responsibility of the British...

    • EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) where the wording for the new EU constitution will be made available; (2) where the wording for the European Constitution...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the URL is for the site where the European Constitution Treaty may be accessed; and where printed copies of the treaty will...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role (a) UK courts and (b) European courts will play in the UK in interpretation of the wording of the European...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will set out the contents of the articles of the EU Constitution on (a) energy and (b) public health.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what access the International Committee of the Red Cross has to prisoners detained in Afghanistan; and how many...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many prisons and detention camps in Afghanistan are under United Kingdom authority.

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Croatia to join the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Foreign Minister of Croatia.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the expenditure by his Department on refurbishment of property in each year since 1997.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under which legal jurisdiction (a) civilian contractors and (b) his staff working in Iraq will fall from 1 July.

      Polisario Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Polisario Front about proposals to seek prisoner release.

  • House of Lords

    • South-east Europe: Parliamentary Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways they are supporting the proposal to create a parliamentary assembly for south-east Europe.

    • Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the finding by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Execution that summary executions have been carried out in Darfur, they...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of alleged attacks by Sudanese Janjaweed militia on Chadian territory, they consider the situation in Darfur to be a threat to peace within the...

      Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make any further efforts, either bilaterally or through the European Union, to persuade the government of Ethiopia to accept the decision of the...

      Iraq: Status of Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who decides whether a prisoner taken by either the United States, the United Kingdom or other member of the coalition occupying force in Iraq is classified as a...

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the date of their last discussions with the government of the Russian Federation concerning human rights in that country.

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in the last 12 months they have discussed judicial issues with the government of the Russian Federation.

      Iraq: Kurdish Entity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What undertakings were given to Kurdish representatives in the administrative area, Coalition Provisional Authority North, in Iraq by the head of that authority...

      Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What decisions on export subsidies the leaders of the G8 countries have called for to be taken by July, and by whom; whether any of these fall to the United States...

      Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What issues will be discussed at the European Union and United States summit on 25 and 26 June; and whether these include the ending of agricultural export subsidies.

      Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the forthcoming agendas of COREPER (European Union Committee of Permanent Representatives) and the Agriculture and Fisheries Council include the ending of...

      Low-lying Islands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose a scheme to the General Assembly of the United Nations that would allow people living in low-lying islands and coastal areas to claim...

      Criminal Justice Act 1988: Section 134

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13 November (WA 216) and in light of recent correspondence with Home Office Ministers, how many...

      Iraq: Human Rights Guidance to UK Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions and guidance have been given to members of the Armed Forces and other United Kingdom personnel and contractors in Iraq as to the obligations...

      Iraq: Treatment of Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 12 May (HL Deb, col. 378), when and in what circumstances Ministers were first informed of the practice of hooding;...

      Iraq: UK Detention Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 13 May (HC Deb, cols. 513–515), whether they will seek the permission of the...

      War Pensioners: Alexander Izett

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further representations the Ministry of Defence has received about the case of war pensioner Alexander Izett, on which Lieutenant-Colonel Graham Howell of the...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: EU Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of co-ordination there will be between the European Union planning cell and NATO in the forthcoming European Union peacekeeping deployment to...

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many electors on average there will be per parliamentary constituency in: (a) England (b) Wales (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland after the number of...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 14 June (WA 55), on what evidence the Food Standards Agency's Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Food Standards Agency will consider evidence of the testing and sampling of illegal meat imports for infectious diseases before deciding on further...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What feedback has been received on the value of the Food Standards Agency's training course for local authority enforcement officers on illegal imports; and what...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who administers the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; and whether they have made a payment to a resident of Northern Ireland.

      Working at Height Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What extra requirements paid and volunteer instructors in outdoor and adventurous activities will have to undertake as a result of the proposals for Work at Height...

      Nappies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the volume of disposable nappies entering the waste stream in the United Kingdom per year; and what resources they have allocated to...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether rail franchises are subject to European Union public procurement rules.

      Heathrow Airport: Terminal One Lifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For how long the lift in Heathrow Terminal One has been out of action; and whether they will estimate when it will be back in full working order.

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