Written answers

Tuesday, 13 July 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Crop Spraying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals she has to ensure that there is adequate advance notice and on-site warning of crop-spraying adjacent to...

  • International Development

    • Essential Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had internationally on increasing access to essential medicine in the developing world.

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the implications of the spread of AIDS in India.

      Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress the Government have made towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal on reproductive health by 2015; and if he will...

  • Treasury

    • Blind and Partially Sighted People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of blind and partially sighted people of working age were in employment in each of the last six years.

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the public service agreements contain, for all departments, targets for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions; and if he will make a statement,...

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 5 July; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he...

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will undertake (a) not to increase taxes on petrol for the lifetime of this Parliament and (b) to scrap plans to increase petrol tax this autumn.

      Lloyd's Immunity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to remove immunity from prosecution for negligence and misrepresentations from Lloyd's; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are estimated to have received working tax credit overpayments in 2003–04; what the estimated average working tax credit overpayment...

      Voting Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 16 and 17-year-olds live in the Weston-super-Mare constituency.

      Unemployment (Warrington)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment in Warrington was in each year since 1997.

  • Transport

    • Drivers' Hours Regulations (HGVs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers of heavy goods vehicles were found to be breaking the drivers' hours regulations in 2002–03; how many were prosecuted; and what...

    • Empty Houses

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

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total value was of (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants...

      Ministerial Speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the speeches made by Ministers with responsibility for transport issues to external organisations since 1 June 2003.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department recommends that county councils issuing consultation documents for road improvements should include traffic projection figures.

      Speed Cameras

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what common speed thresholds for penalties and prosecutions speed camera partnerships apply.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned on the effects of high levels of speed enforcement.

      Transport Strategy (South Coast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what priority is being given to the south coast corridor in his draft Transport Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the capital value is of each trust port which is defined as a public corporation.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 1 July 2004, Official Report, column 388W, on animal experiments, when the National Centre for the Replacement,...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria formed the basis of the EU's recent decision that China is not a market economy.

      Fur Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much fur, broken down by species, was imported into the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Higher Education Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been spent on the (a) Higher Education Innovation Fund and (b) Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund in each quarter...

      International Nuclear Waste Repository

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information her Department has received in respect of the decision of the International Atomic Energy Agency to construct an...

      Mary Lyon Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the (a) originally estimated and (b) actual cost of construction of the Medical Research Council's Mary Lyon Centre were; and if...

      Post Offices (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what account the Post Office Ltd's proposals to close Accrington Road Post Office in Burnley took of (a) the alternative provision and...

      Russian Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what potential markets in Russia for British business were discussed during her recent talks with Russia.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Regulatory Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office to what extent current guidance issued by the Cabinet Office to regulatory offices permits them to be proactive in making policy.

  • House of Commons

    • Recycling

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will for environmental reasons replace the sturdy plastic bags provided with purchases in the Debate cafeteria, with paper bags.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Procurement Policies

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps are taken by the Central Procurement Office to ensure that procurement policies apply...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which representatives of the alcohol industry she met on 28 June; what topics were discussed; what plans she has for further meetings;...

    • Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the cricket academies in England she has provided funding to.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the coverage of digital television services (a) now and (b) in two years' time; and if...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for each museum or gallery that contains a national collection (a) the grant in aid the Government has provided in each...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the salary costs to the Department were for employees working in public relations and publicity in each year since 1997.

      Regional Arts Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed by each regional arts council in each year since 1997; what the budget of each council was in each year;...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the travel costs were of civil servants in (a) her Department and (b) its related agencies in each year since 1997.

  • Defence

    • Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the award of medals to those who served on the Arctic convoys.

    • Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether records have been kept of armed forces personnel who served on the convoys to Russia during the Second World War.

      Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were recruited to the (a) Green Howards and (b) Prince of Wales's Own Regiment from the Calderdale area in each of the last five years.

      Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were recruited to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment from the (a) Calderdale and (b) West Yorkshire area in each of the last five years.

      Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of soldiers in the Scottish infantry regiments were recruited outside Scotland.

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the wreckage of flight ZD 576 was put into storage at Fleetlands.

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps were taken before the final flight of ZD 576 to ensure that the aircraft was airworthy.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the total floor space area of buildings owned or leased by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies for each year since 1997.

      Departmental Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many volumes of military publications previously held in his Department's library at New Scotland Yard are held at Chicksands; and to whom it is his...

      Departmental Water Consumption/Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department and (b) agencies of the Department have spent on water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Water Consumption/Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes there has been in water consumption by his Department in each year from 1997 to date.

      Departmental Water Consumption/Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the non-office sites within his Department's estates which have been identified as being likely to provide opportunities for significant...

      Edinburgh Military Tattoo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the nature was of the consultation between the organising board of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and his Department; what response his Department...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases against his Department, the agencies for which it is responsible and its predecessor organisations have been brought to employment...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the outcome of the negotiations concerning tranche 2 of the Eurofighter; and if he will make a statement.

      European Defence Collaboration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new agreements have been negotiated to augment the Six Nation Framework Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what co-operation there has been between Spain and British forces stationed in Gibraltar on the illegal trafficking of people across the straits of Gibraltar.

      International Traffic in Arms Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the progress his Department has made in obtaining an International Traffic in Arms Regulations waiver for the UK...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed of investigations into activities of US personnel at Abu Ghraib prison; and what response he has made.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2004, Official Report, columns 4–5WS, on Iraq, when he received the correct number of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals have served in the UK armed forces in the Second Gulf War.

      Future Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects the Future Joint Combat Aircraft to be delivered (a) on time and (b) within budget.

      Llanbedr Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Llanbedr airfield will be closed; and what will happen to its staff when it closes.

      Llanbedr Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the range at Aberporth will be viable without the pilotless target drones from Llanbedr.

      Llanbedr Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use he plans will be made of the long runway at Llanbedr; and whether it will be used by commercial traffic.

      Management Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Personnel Director, (b) Pay and Personnel Agency, (c) Defence Vetting Agency, (d) Defence Export Services...

      Management Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's top level budget holders and their related management groupings for financial year 2004–05.

      Ministerial Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for each year since 1997 the number of miles flown by each minister on official departmental business.

      Operation Harangue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantity of arms, ammunition and other materials have been recovered in the course of Operation Harangue; from which barracks the stolen items...

      Pay Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the most recent review of (a) his Department's pay systems, (b) the pay systems of the non-departmental public bodies for...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what have been identified as the most significant sustainable development impacts in relation to the operation of the estate of his Department's Estate...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps have been taken by his Department following the issue of the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate to review...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes there have been in (a) road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and (b) single occupancy car commuting by his Department's staff...

      Watermark Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has joined the Watermark project.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representatives of the alcohol industry he met on 28 June; what topics were discussed; what plans he has for further meetings; what...

    • Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has investigated the role played by off-licences in levels of antisocial behaviour in urban communities; what plans he...

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to introduce additional measures to tackle underage street drinking in residential areas; and if he will make a...

      Alcohol Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are to be introduced to tackle the problem of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders have been imposed by the courts at the same time that they have passed a sentence for a criminal...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested by the police for immigration offences in each of the last five years.

      Bichard Inquiry Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the legal costs relating to action to suspend the Chief Constable of Humberside from office; and if he will make...

      Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the consequences of the recent suspension of all immigration claims from Bulgaria in terms of freedom of...

      CCTV (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public money has been spent on CCTV cameras in (a) Warrington as a whole and (b) Warrington, North constituency since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 29 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Geoff Schofield,...

      Crime Reduction Projects (Warrington, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding has been spent on crime reduction projects in Warrington, North in each year since 1997.

      Deaths in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have died in custody since 1974; in which institution each person was being held, and for what mental health condition or...

      Departmental Properties/Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many properties are rented by his Department; and at what annual cost.

      Departmental Properties/Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the accommodation of departmental staff who cannot be housed in the Marsham street building, with reference to...

      Drug Treatment (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) medical and (b) policy advice his Department gave to HM Inspector of Prisons in advance of her statement on drugs treatment in UK...

      Drug Treatment (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings have taken place between the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the National Treatment Agency to discuss drugs treatment in prison.

      Drug Treatment (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings have taken place between the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Royal College of General Practitioners to discuss drugs treatment.

      Drug Treatment (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings have taken place between the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has come from renewable sources for each year...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in tackling the issue of noisy night-time fireworks.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources are being provided to tackle graffiti in Bath and North East Somerset.

      Mobile Phone Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance the Department has issued to mobile telephone retailers on making customers aware of the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a risk assessment has been carried out into the implications of the National Offender Management Service.

      Police Crime Recording Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist for the internal auditing of crime recording practices in the police to ensure that crimes are assigned to the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • DNA Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used to determine which applicants for entry clearance are required to undertake a DNA test.

    • Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights in Nepal.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his assessment of the political situation in Hong Kong.

      Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in the Horn of Africa.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the effect of the Constitutional Treaty on trade unions.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2004, Official Report, column 429W, on the EU Constitution, if he will list those other areas...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the trial of Saddam Hussein.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Iran.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to secure the speedy return of Mr. Feroz Abbasi from Guantanamo Bay; and if he will make a statement...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Solicitor-General's oral answer of 1 July 2004, Official Report, column 434, if the UK Government will seek the...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts are being made to encourage the development of democracy in Saudi Arabia.

      Africa (Great Lakes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Article III 157(3) of the proposed European Constitution will apply to Diego Garcia.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 25 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ask UKvisas to reply to the letter dated 26 May from the hon. Member for Aylesbury about Mr. M of Zimbabwe (case...

      Corruption Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has (a) to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption and (b) to seek to join the Conference of State Parties;...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Eritrea on promoting a dialogue with Ethiopia on the distribution of land following the...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the account the Boundary Commission of Ethiopia and Eritrea took of the human geography of the...

      Hague Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the depositing by all EU states at the same time of their instruments of ratification of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Baronetcy

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy not to recommend to Her Majesty the Queen the creation of hereditary baronetcies.

    • Youth Parliament

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to meet representatives of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), of 23 June 2004, Official Report, columns 1438–40W, on...

    • Child Support (Driving Licence Removal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of enforcing the removal of driving licences from non-compliant non-resident parents under...

      Filestore (Nelson)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people working at the Department's filestore in Nelson have indicated a preference for redeployment within the civil service rather...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government plans to remove the limit on hours for education and unwaged training in income support.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government plans to remove the distinction between education and unwaged training in the eligibility for income support.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of developing Jobcentre Plus in Cumbria.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the initial start-up costs and (b) ongoing administration costs, broken down by (i) paybill and (ii) other at...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of recipients of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) severe disablement allowance who...

      Ministerial Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for each year since 1997 the number of miles flown by each Minister on official departmental business.

      Ministerial Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of air travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain was for (a) Ministers and (b) staff in his Department in the...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on issuing national insurance numbers to people who have (a) entered the country illegally, (b) overstayed their permitted...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of inaccurate national insurance numbers in the NINO database; (2) if he will make a...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers on the Departmental Central Index related to people (a) now deceased, (b) who live abroad and receive no...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have benefited from the (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) New Deal 50 plus, (d) New Deal for...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in (a) Copeland and (b) Cumbria have benefited from the New Deal for Lone Parents since its introduction; what the rate of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the rate of take-up of pension credit is in (a) Copeland, (b) Cumbria and (c) the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Sanctions Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the total cost to his Department of establishing the Sanctions Database; (2) if he will make a statement on...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding was made available by his Department for the care of asylum seekers in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are...

    • Chief Constable

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what restrictions are placed (a) in law and (b) operationally on the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland making public...

      Civil Service (Industrial Action)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days each department, agency and non-departmental public body in Northern Ireland has been affected by industrial action since the...

      Foreign Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent reports he has received of foreign criminal groups and organisations operating in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to the...

      Government Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government spending has been in Northern Ireland, broken down by (a) Department and (b) district council over the past 10 years.

      Murder Investigation (Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the investigation into the murders of Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine near Tandragee, County Armagh, on 19...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • "Planning for Housing"

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place the responses to the consultation paper "Planning for Housing" in the Library; and if he will make a statement.

    • Car Parking

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many off-street car parking spaces have been provided in (a) new housing developments, (b) new office developments and (c) other commercial developments in...

      Commercial/Industrial Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what process the protections afforded to land that has been identified as possessing a possible commercial or industrial use can be overturned; and what his...

      Commercial/Industrial Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what protections are afforded to land that has been earmarked as possessing potential (a) industrial, (b) commercial and (c) other use; (2) what process...

      Development Fund Bids

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the identity of (a) villages, (b) towns and (c) cities which have had a bid for development funds (i) turned down and (ii) granted by the Housing...

      Government Estate (Renewable Energy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has come from renewable sources for each year since 1997.

      Government Estate (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what have been identified as the most significant sustainable development impacts in relation to the operation of his Department's estate pursuant to the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements are in place for the replacement of buildings within the green belt that are removed due to safety reasons.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) by what process it is determined that an area of land (a) should be taken within the green belt and (b) no longer constitutes part of the green belt; (2)...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what statutory protection is provided to land that is located within the green belt.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what statutory obligations are placed upon local authorities to ensure that their provision of land capable of development is not at the expense of the...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities had fewer statutorily homeless households placed in temporary accommodation on 31 March 2004 than they did on 1 May 1997.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what factors other than the extension of the categories of priority need have been assessed as contributing to (a) the change in the numbers of statutorily...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of households accepted as being homeless in London between March 2003 and March 2004 were of black or minority ethnic origin.

      Homes above Shops

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate how many under-used or vacant spaces above shops have been converted or renovated as a rented dwelling since May 2001.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his decision not to introduce the duty of care on owners of houses in multiple occupation proposed in Licensing of...

      Housing (Victims of Domestic Violence)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the status is of women who are living in a women's refuge in order to escape violence or abuse in respect of (a) homelessness and (b) council housing waiting...

      Housing Stocks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities in England have an incidence of more than 5 per cent. of their dwelling stock empty; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce...

      Land Use

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements are in place for the monitoring of land use.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the means-tested benefits available through his Department and the agencies for which it is responsible (a) in May 1997 and (b) now.

      Ministerial Air Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each year since 1997 the number of miles flown by each Minister on official departmental business.

      Pay Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the most recent review of (a) his Department's pay systems, (b) the pay systems of the non-departmental public bodies for which he...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total change in costs will be of conducting all-postal pilots at the elections in June, broken down by main budget heading.

      Regional Affairs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to allow the people of Herefordshire to decide the region that they wish to belong to.

      Speculative Land Plots

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases involving speculative land plots have been disposed of by courts in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Urban Sprawl

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Green Belt in preventing urban sprawl since 1997.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Legal Services Partnership (Newcastle)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what debt, money and welfare benefits advice is provided by the Community Legal Services Partnership in the City of...

    • Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether he will implement the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction Applicable Law Recognition Enforcement and...

  • Health

    • Alcohol (National Harm Reduction Strategy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in carrying out the national audit of alcohol treatment services recommended in the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy...

    • Alcohol (National Harm Reduction Strategy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in setting up the Alcohol Communication Group recommended in the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England; and if...

      Allergy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of allergy doctors per head of population is in England.

      Ambulance Response Times (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the latest average response time is of ambulances to 999 calls in London boroughs; (2) what the latest average response time is of ambulances...

      Birth Defects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into rates of birth defects in communities located near to waste incinerators.

      Breast Milk Substitutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusions have been drawn following discussions with the Food Standards Agency with regard to ensuring the best possible alignment of UK...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used when selecting primary care trusts for the extension of the chlamydia screening programme.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria were used in selecting pilot areas for chlamydia testing; (2) for what reasons Barking, Havering and Redbridge was not selected as a...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the (a) abolition and (b) transfer of responsibilities of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health; and if he...

      Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths from (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) hepatitis C and (c) co-infection from AIDS and hepatitis C as a result of using NHS-supplied contaminated blood...

      Deaths During Operations (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died during operations in the hospitals in the London borough of Havering in (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003.

      Deaths while on a Waiting List

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died while on a waiting list for an operation in (a) each of London's NHS hospitals and (b) the London borough of Havering in (i) 1995,...

      Dental Provision (Homeless People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) the homelessness unit at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) homeless charities...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have applied to become NHS dentists since 2000 in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; how many dentists in (i) England and (ii)...

      Drug Misuse Indicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many changes have been made to his Department's drug misuse indicator during 2004; what the reasons were for those changes; and if he will make a...

      European Services in the Internal Market Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he will put in place in relation to the proposed EU Directive, European Services in the Internal Market, to ensure patients are protected...

      European Services in the Internal Market Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received the response of the Royal College of Nursing to the Department of Trade and Industry's consultation on the European Union...

      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received about the dangers of drinking in pregnant women and its links to foetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and...

      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the need for warnings on alcoholic drinks concerning the risks of brain damage to the unborn child from...

      General Practitioners (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest average waiting time is for an appointment with a general practitioner in the London Borough of Havering.

      HIV/AIDS (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring forward measures to counter discrimination which takes place against individuals who have HIV or AIDS; what priority he affords...

      Hospital Staff (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the staff to patient ratio is in NHS hospitals in Havering.

      Investors in Health Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on establishing an Investors in Health award to encourage employers to promote good health in the workplace; and if...

      Litigation Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the amount of NHS resources spent on (i) defending and (ii) initiating legal actions.

      Medical Training (Debt)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations have been received by the Department requesting the writing off of the debt of doctors' medical training for those who work...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include proposals for improving the mental health of older people in the White Paper on public health.

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on myasthenia gravis; and how the Government supports those diagnosed with the disease.

      New Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define hospitals in relation to the NHS Plan target of 100 new hospitals by 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Service Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the most recent figures collected by each strategic health authority showing (a) the forecast financial surplus or deficit for each NHS...

      NHS Continuing Care Criteria (Challenges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether individuals challenging NHS continuing care criteria can get help from the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (a) when considering requesting...

      NHS Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many managers were in post in the NHS in (a) 1979 and (b) 1997.

      NHS Performance Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what main criteria he uses to judge the performance of the NHS in England.

      NHS Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ascertain whether Staff and Associate Specialist doctors are invited to apply for NHS posts which go to overseas consultants...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what change in temporary staffing costs he expects for individual NHS trusts which sign up to NHS Professionals; (2) on what basis the budget for...

      NHS Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2004, Official Report, column 1554W, on NHS security, when he expects statistics to become available on the number of...

      NHS Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were working within the (i) East Leeds, (ii) North East Leeds and (iii) South Leeds Primary Care Trust between...

      Nursing Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there were available in the NHS in (a) 1979, (b) 1985 and (c) 1997.

      Waiting Lists/Times (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the latest average waiting time for patients in accident and emergency departments in Havering from first consultant to final treatment is; (2)...

      Waiting Lists/Times (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are waiting for an operation in each London borough; (2) what the latest average waiting time is to get an appointment with a...

      Waiting Lists/Times (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients are waiting for orthopaedic surgery in each London borough; (2) how many people are waiting for knee replacements in the London...

      Primary Care Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Government achieved its target of delivering 500 primary care centres by April; whether the Government are on track to achieve its...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures the Department is taking to ensure that tanning outlets are adequately staffed and supervised to supply accurate information and...

      Training Nurses (Barking, Havering and Redbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training nurses are working in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS trust.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients within the (a) East Leeds, (b) North East Leeds and (c) South Leeds Primary Care Trust have been waiting for nine months or more for an...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for MRI scans in Coventry South.

      Wakefield West Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance he will offer to the Wakefield West Primary Care Trust to help with the recruitment of general practitioners in Normanton constituency;...

      Warrington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) physiotherapists, (d) health care assistants and (e) scientists were employed at Warrington Hospital in each year...

      Women's Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what clinical guidelines are issued by the NHS for the treatment of (a) menorrhagia and (b) uterine fibroids; (2) what information the NHS makes...

      Women's Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it costs the NHS to perform a (a) hydro thermo ablation, (b) microwave ablation, (c) balloon ablation and (d) uterine fibroid embolisation and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many cases in the area of (a) Cumbria county council, (b) Durham county council, (c) North Tyneside council, (d) South Tyneside...

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis he has undertaken into bullying linked to people being young carers.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many young carer's assessments have been conducted in each year since 1997; (2) how many family assessments under the Children...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many childcare places have been (a) created and (b) lost in England in each year since 1997.

      Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the proposed Children's Commissioner will have the right to take up individual cases of children.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the effect of provisions in the Learning and Skills Act 2000 upon the freedom of private providers of the...

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work has been undertaken by his Department to benefit children with Down's syndrome since the Green Paper Excellence for all...

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the (a) availability and (b) competencies of speech and language therapists working with children with...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of young people who will receive education maintenance allowance in the...

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges have failed inspections in each of the past 10 years.

      Foreign Language Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage students to study a foreign language.

      Higher Education Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has undertaken into the attitudes of (a) parents of schoolchildren and (b) schoolchildren towards university...

      Higher Education Regulation Review Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how the members of the Higher Education Regulation Review Group were chosen; and what the terms of reference of the Group will be; (2)...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the policy to place looked-after children in family homes instead of children's homes since the...

      Marriage and Relationship Support Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Marriage and Relationship Support Grant Programme provided in grants in each year between 1997 and 2004.

      Ministerial Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list for each year since 1997 the number of miles flown by each Minister on official departmental business.

      New Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which institutions have been awarded grants for developing new foundation degrees; and how much each received; (2) if he will list...

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress he has made with the London borough of Croydon in meeting the statutory obligation to provide free nursery places for all...

      Residential Bursaries (Low Income Earners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of funding previously earmarked for residential bursaries for low income earners to comply with the Care Standards Act 2000...

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 710W, on schools (capital investment), what mechanism will be used to scale...

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) new schools, (b) replacement schools and (c) refurbished schools are to be provided in each of the Pathfinder and Wave One...

      Science Learning Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many universities have been selected to be part of his Department's initiative with the Wellcome Trust to create a national...

      Secure Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of secure homes for children, with particular reference to the proposed closure of...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to regulate schools' admissions policy in relation to children with special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the proportion of appeals against admissions decisions which are made in relation to children with special...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school pupils were identified as having special educational needs as a proportion of the total school population in each...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on funding for special needs education in Coventry, South.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Northampton, North have received services from a Surestart centre.

      Youth Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his assessment is of the contribution of the Youth Service to reducing anti-social behaviour in local neighbourhoods; and if he will...

      Universities League Table

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he will compile the league table of universities based on student satisfaction survey; and what questions will be asked in the survey.

  • House of Lords

    • Judicial Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no central records are kept about judicial reviews and their cost; and Which public bodies were subject to judicial review in 2003; who were the complainants;...

    • Prison Custody: Girls Aged 15 to 18

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many girls aged between 15 and 18 are currently in prison; and what are the numbers per age group; and How many girls aged between 15 and 18 are currently held...

      Criminal Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminal offences were in existence in England and Wales in (a) May 1997 and (b) May 2004.

      Asylum Claimants: Returns to Libya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their practice at present to return unsuccessful asylum claimants to Libya.

      Learner Satisfaction Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on undertaking the Learner Satisfaction survey, produced by the Learning and Skills Council in 2003.

      Army Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 28 June (WA 5), how delaying Phase One (Basic) training after recruitment selection for (a) single service or (b)...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16 June (WA 76), whether there has been any change in the financial remuneration of Barbara...

      Internet Access: Rural Households

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many English villages have access to a community Internet resource within 1.5 miles; and how many do not.

      Neonatal Care: Pre-term Deliveries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to counter the risk of permanent developmental brain disorder, poor school performance and chronic ill health due to very pre-term...

      Sport and Physical Recreation Promotion: Department of Health Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the departmental budget allocated to the promotion of sport and physical recreation by the Department of Health and its associated agencies for each year...

      NHS: Private Finance Initiatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sums committed by public/private partnership schemes to provide facilities within the National Health Service are included in the Government's statement of...

      Potassium Chloride Concentrate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ban the supply of potassium chloride solution in vials similar to those used for the supply of water for injection.

      NHS: Retirement Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are plans to raise the retirement age in the National Health Service to 65; and whether consultations have taken place with the professions and staff...

      Actinic Keratosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of actinic keratosis in England.

      Free Eye Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners have received free eye tests in each of the past two years; and what was the cost.

      Medical Treatment Abroad: E112 forms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been treated abroad under the E112 health benefit scheme since January 2003.

      Dental Implants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering the recognition of implantology for use within the National Health Service; and How near the General Dental Council is to registering...

      Vehicle Emissions: Health Impacts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their most recent estimates of deaths and illnesses caused by vehicle emissions annually.

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they plan to increase the public's understanding of the impact of increased incidence of obesity in children on cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and...

      Cardiovascular Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase awareness among the public regarding raised cholesterol levels as cardiovascular risk factors. What plans they have to increase...

      Cardiovascular Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide clear diet and lifestyle information and advice to help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

      Smoking in Public Places

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What claims of damage to health caused by tobacco smoke in the environment have been made by the medical doctors who have recently requested a complete ban on...

What is this?

The parliamentary question is a great way for MPs and Peers to discover information which the government may not wish to reveal. Ministers reply via written answers, a list of which gets published daily.

We let you vote on whether or not the answer given is adequate.

July 2004
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Did you find what you were looking for?