Written answers

Monday, 19 July 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British/Spanish Fishing Fleets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the size of the (a) British and (b) Spanish fishing fleet (i) is and (ii) was in 1997; and what estimate she has made of...

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of refurbishments to the fabric of the Department's buildings in each year since May 1997.

      Diagnostic Techniques and Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to reverse the amendments to EU Regulation 1774–2002 which prevent the import of by-products...

      English Nature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for judicial review were made against English Nature in the High Court in each year between 1997 and...

      English Nature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many judicial reviews brought against English Nature in the (a) High Court and (b) Court of Appeal between 1997 and 2003...

      Fishing Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to assist fishing families suffering hardship.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible have been (a) established and (b) abolished...

      Rural Proofing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she proposes to strengthen rural proofing at regional level.

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many hospitals there are in Iraq; and at what capacity they are running.

    • EU Development Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what percentage of the UK aid budget was committed to EU development spending in each year since 1990.

      International Aid (UN Target)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list those countries which meet the UN target of spending 0.7 per cent. of gross domestic product on international aid; if...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the travel costs were of civil servants in (a) his Department and (b) its related agencies in each year since 1997.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to meet regional planning guidance targets for affordable housing provision in the South West; and why the Housing Corporation is planning to fund...

    • Coalfield Enterprise Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress is being made in the take-up of the Coalfield Enterprise Fund, with particular reference to south Yorkshire.

      Councillors' Allowances (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount paid in allowances to councillors was in each of the London boroughs in 2003–04.

      House Prices (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage change in house prices in Portsmouth was in each of the last five years.

      Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will make an assessment of the success of the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2003.

      Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to expand into new areas the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2003.

      Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2003.

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Treasury on boosting affordable housing investment in the South West in the Comprehensive Spending Review 2004.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much additional brownfield land he expects to be used for home building as a result of his announcement of 13 July.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many lettings have been made by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in Northampton in each of the last five years, broken down by category.

      Housing Waiting Lists

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in housing waiting lists in the South West Region in the last year; and how he intends to reduce the...

      Key Workers (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many key workers have received (a) equity loans, (b) higher value loans, (c) help with shared ownership and (d) help with intermediate renting in (i) each...

      Key Workers (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) budget, (b) funding from his Department and (c) funding from other Government Departments is for the Key Worker Living scheme in the current...

      Key Workers (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on (i) administration and (ii) consultants' fees by each of the zone agents in the Key Worker Living scheme.

      Landfill (Expansion Areas)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation there is between his Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on landfill in expansion areas.

      Landfill (Expansion Areas)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government will be taking to ensure the Review of Old Mineral Permissions is not used to co-locate landfill with development of 4,500 homes at the...

      Local Authorities' Performance Indicators

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place the unaudited data from the Best Value User Satisfaction Surveys 2003–04: General Survey Initial Topline Report for the 14 best value...

      National Housing Federation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the National Housing Federation's booklet The Evidence Update; and if he will take account of it in making future housing...

      Regional Government (West Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will hold public meetings in Herefordshire to discuss proposals for a West Midlands Regional Assembly.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) affordable homes and (b) homes for rent have been built in Portsmouth in each of the last five years.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many lettings have been made by (a) the local authority and (b) housing associations in Portsmouth in each of the last five years, broken down by category.

  • Transport

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on local communities of the delays in announcing his preferred route for the upgraded A21 at Hurst Green.

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce his preferred route for the A21 at Hurst Green.

      Airport Security Act 1982

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place for the resolution of disputes between police forces and airports designated under the Airport Security Act 1982...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will issue guidance to airport operators regarding the airport master plan referred to in paragraph 8.38 of the White Paper, The Future of Air...

      Congestion Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the health impact of the implementation of traffic congestion charges in cities where there is experience of their operation.

      Dangerous Goods (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department (a) has put in place and (b) plans to put in place regarding the implementation of the Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors...

      Diabetic Retinopathy (Driving Licences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many diabetic retinopathy sufferers have had their driving licences revoked in each of the past three years; how many appealed against the...

      Diabetic Retinopathy (Driving Licences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on driving and visual disorders as they relate to people with diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

      Fishermen (Working Time Directive)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what exemptions or derogations are applicable to fishermen in respect of the Working Time Directive; whether they are (a) temporary and (b) permanent;...

      Fishermen (Working Time Directive)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Working Time Directive is in force in relation to its application to commercial sea fishing activity.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles using the UK's roads were heavy goods vehicles in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many road...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many licensed heavy goods vehicles there were in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the training being given to ship security officers will train them in all 25 of the topics given in Part B of the International Ship and Port...

      Motorcycles and Mopeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crashes involving motorcycles and mopeds resulting in death or serious injury there have been in (a) the UK, (b) East Sussex and (c)...

      Motorcycles and Mopeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the laws and regulations affecting pillion passengers of less than 16 years of age on motorcycles and mopeds.

      Motorcycles and Mopeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pillion passengers on motorcycles and mopeds have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in each of the last 10 years in (i) the UK, (ii)...

      Motorcycles and Mopeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents involving motorcycles and mopeds resulting in (a) death and (b) hospitalisation of (i) riders and (ii) pillion passengers there...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations provided (a) legal, (b) financial and (c) auditing services valued at over £25,000 to the Strategic Rail Authority in each...

      Road Traffic Accidents (Fatalities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there were from road traffic accidents in each local authority area in England and Wales in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      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...

      Transec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how often the Director of Transec reports to him.

      Transport Operator Identity Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to put in place measures to counter transport operator identity crime.

      Uninsured Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to publish the report commissioned by his Department into uninsured driving.

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Iraqi security forces will be at full operational level.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the time scale for the Iraqi security forces to reach full operational capacity.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work his Department is doing with the (a) Department for International Development and (b) non-governmental organisations to assist the post-war...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are in Iraq; and what British equipment is deployed there.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the UK's defence budget has been devoted specifically to the armed forces in Iraq over the past 15 months.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the incidents that have led to compensation being paid to Iraqi people in the sector occupied by British forces for (a) death, (b) injury...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which private companies' services have been employed by his Department in Iraq; and how much has been paid to each.

      Recruitment (Regimental Attainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account he takes of the recruitment attainment by regiments when considering the future configuration of the Army.

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reorganise the structure and recruitment areas of the Scottish regiments.

      Service Personnel (Occupational Stress)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to assist service personnel in coping with the stresses of serving in war zones.

      Departmental Agencies (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has for moving the headquarters of one of his Department's agencies to the north-east of England.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action the Department is taking to improve the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the UK contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

      RAF Bases (US Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what percentage of RAF bases RAF personnel are outnumbered by US personnel.

      Aircraft Carriers Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the aircraft carriers programme.

      Cadet Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the training objectives of each of the cadet forces.

      Arms Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his letter of 16 June to the US Defense Secretary; and what implications this has for future Government policy.

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long he expects the current fleet of Red Arrows Hawk aircraft to remain in service; and what plans he has for their replacement.

      EU Military Planning/Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's commitment to the EU military planning cell is in terms of (a) civilian and uniformed personnel and (b) funding.

      EU Military Planning/Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the EU planning cell to stand up; and what its role will be.

      EU Military Planning/Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the military agreements (a) in force and (b) in negotiation between EU members in respect of military structures outside NATO.

      Lance-Corporal William Graham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 14 June 2004, Official Report, column 644W, on Lance Corporal William Graham, what exceptional reasons were laid before the...

      Management Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the responsibilities of the (a) Command Field Army, (b) Command Regional Forces, (c) Defence Supply Chain HQ, (d) Primary Health Care,...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Department provides a single seamless health service to British servicemen and women and their families serving in Germany; and if he will...

      Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what duty he has to provide medical services to Service personnel; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether he has a duty to provide medical...

      Orange Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of providing assistance to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in policing the 1 July parade organised by Ballymacarrett District...

      Trident Replacement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in assessing options for the replacement of the Trident missile system.

  • Prime Minister

    • Arms Trafficking

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has raised British exemption from the US International Traffic in Arms Regulation with the US Administration; and when he expects the exemption...

    • Butler Report

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers were provided with an advance copy of the Butler Committee Report.

      Butler Report

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will establish an inquiry into the leaks to the media of parts of the report of the Butler Committee on the review of intelligence on weapons of mass destruction...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will answer the letter to him of 30 June from the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid-Kent about the Iraq Oil for Food programme.

      G8 Presidency (Priorities)

      To ask the Prime Minister what the Government's priorities were when the UK last held the G8 presidency; and what priorities will be set for the next presidency.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 14 July on the Butler report, what information caused him to decide on 15 March 2003 that it was his unequivocal view that Iraq was in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether following publication of the Butler Committee report he is able to reveal whether GCHQ provided any information on alleged attempts by Iraq to obtain uranium...

      Ministerial Committee on Public Health

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Ministerial Committee on Public Health (MISC27) was established.

      Radioactive Waste (Italy)

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed with President Berlusconi, during his meeting on 13 July, the future timetable for the return of radioactive waste to Italy arising from the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to publish further Joint Intelligence Committee assessments to assist public understanding of the threats from terrorism and proliferation, to which he...

  • Treasury

    • Annual Income (Taxpayers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers have (a) total annual income and (b) earned annual income in excess of (i) £100,000, (ii) £250,000 and (iii) £1 million.

    • Art Prizes (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue raised from taxation of prizes awarded for art, in each of the last three years.

      Central European Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the United Kingdom contributed to the Central European Fund in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001 and (d) 2004; and what the contributions made by other...

      Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional resources he plans to make available for emergency planning officers in local authorities to deal with planning for civil contingencies...

      Civil Service Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) gross and (b) net reduction in the number of civil service posts and the number of posts which will be outsourced by 2008 in (i)...

      Civil Service Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of reductions in staff numbers due to efficiency savings within the civil service for civil servants working in Northampton.

      Tourism (Clacton-on-Sea)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in tourism-related jobs in Clacton-on-Sea on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Departmental Electricity Use

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) agencies of the Department came from renewable sources in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Publications (Storage)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental publications are in storage; and where they are located.

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the construction projects in each region of the UK which have received whole or partial funding from the EU in each of the last five years,...

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total value of funding received by each region of the UK from the European Union in each of the last five years, broken down by type...

      Euro (Pension Liabilities)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications of British membership of the Euro for the UK's liability to share in the unfunded pension liabilities of...

      KF Concept

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on its investigations into the KF concept.

      MRSA (Frimley Park Hospital)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have died in the past three years at Frimley Park Hospital where the cause of death has been wholly or partly attributable to MRSA; and if...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new employees of non-departmental public bodies will be created as a result of the announcements made in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

      Postal Services (Dangerous Goods)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his assessment of the possible security threats posed by the importation of firearms, drugs and other dangerous goods into...

      Public Sector Employees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what roles education employees counted in the Office for National Statistics survey of public sector employees published in May fulfilled, broken down by...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the public service agreements negotiated for the current spending review period are on course for all targets contained in them to be met in...

      State Pension/Average Weekly Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the (a) state pension for a single person and (b) average weekly earnings were in each year from 1974 to 2003.

      STEPS Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, in respect of what costs were the payments in excess of the...

      STEPS Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, what his present estimate is of the total payments over the 20...

      STEPS Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 835W, on the STEPS agreement, whether the payments made to Mapeley STEPS Ltd. in each year...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost in this financial year of disregarding maintenance payments for the purposes of calculating working tax credit and...

      Tax Credits (Civil Partnerships Bill)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what savings on tax credits he anticipates making once the Civil Partnership Bill is introduced for, and the living together test is extended to, same-sex...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the travel costs were of civil servants in (a) his Department and (b) its related agencies in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment Rates (Havering)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were unemployed in Havering in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001 and (d) 2003.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money was spent on advertising and promotional literature for her Department's initiatives, broken down by year since 1997.

    • Ancient Monument Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate the Department has made of the number of scheduled ancient monuments that have been damaged by (a) illicit metal-detecting...

      Archaeological Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many prosecutions there have been for theft of artefacts from archaeological sites in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of printing her Department's headed notepaper in (a) 1997–98 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many copies of her Department's annual report were printed in each year since 1997; how many were sold in each year; and what the...

      Departmental Publications (Storage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many departmental publications are in storage; and where they are located.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many cases against her Department, the agencies for which it is responsible and its predecessor organisations have been brought to...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the latest valuation of the Government's art collection.

      Healthy Eating in Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list Lottery-funded projects which promote healthy eating in schools.

      Heritage Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with heritage organisations on their educational programmes and initiatives.

      Licence Holders Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to introduce a national electronic database for individual pub licence holders.

      Metal-detecting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the extent of illicit metal-detecting; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost of air travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain was for (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Department...

      Museums/Heritage Bodies Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to undertake a review of heritage and museum organisations reporting to her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of total National Lottery income has been distributed to good causes in each year of the Lottery's existence.

      Policies (Environmental Impact)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new policy proposals or significant changes in policy were produced in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; how many of...

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) running costs and (b) total expenditure of each regional cultural consortium has been in each year since its creation.

      Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to increase the number of television channels which are regulated for subtitling.

      Subtitling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the yearly interim targets are for subtitling for the coming years that have been set by the Office of Communications.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue she estimates tourism has generated for (a) Somerset and (b) the South West region in the last five years for which...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Fireworks Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made introducing the provisions contained in the Fireworks Act 2003; and what the time scale is for introduction of the...

    • Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the reasons for the difficulties encountered by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security in security clearing...

      Public Relations

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

      Retread Tyre Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on recent discussions her Department has had with the retread tyre industry.

      Small Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent steps her Department has taken to help people start their own business.

      Travel Costs

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Afghan Government on stopping violence against women registering to vote in their...

    • Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to host events with the aim of promoting bilateral relations with Brazil.

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for senior members of (a) the Government and (b) the Royal family to visit Brazil in the near future.

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with the Brazilian Government about ways to preserve the remaining parts of the Amazon...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what precautions the Government take to reduce illegal imports from Brazil into the UK.

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of military co-operation there is between the UK and Brazil.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultation took place prior to the announcement of the two Orders in Council on 10 June 2004, announced in the written...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rights Ilois islanders have to visit Diego Garcia to care for the graves of their ancestors; and what financial support is...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there is a prison or controlled area for holding detainees on Diego Garcia.

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requirement has been placed upon the United States military as a result of the leasing agreement for Diego Garcia, to...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the situation in Chechnya.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken to improve the UK's relationship with China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Chinese Government on the police treatment of Christians in custody.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the Chinese Government on (a) the detention of house church leader Xu Shaungfu...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of how the proposed EU package of trade and air links to northern Cyprus will assist in achieving a...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about his recent discussions with Mr. Talat, leader of the Turkish Cypriots and Mr. Iakovou, Foreign...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the exclusion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the Kimberley process.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many copies of his Department's annual report were printed in each year since 1997; how many were sold in each year; and...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of a suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement on (a) the Israeli and (b) the...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU concerning suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the value in euros of the EU-Israel Association Agreement to the economies of (a) the EU, (b) UK,...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of the Quartet concerning the effects of suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on universal suffrage for the people of Hong Kong.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Iran on the imprisonment of Ebrahim Khodabandeh and Jamil...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the bounty payment in respect of the capture of Saddam Hussein; what the source of the bounty...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the United Kingdom's representative in Iraq has had about the bounty for the capture of the Jordanian militant,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on terrorist attacks in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the projected daily output of Iraqi oil is (a) for the rest of 2004 and (b) for 2005.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Iraq's latest daily oil output is.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the current size is of the Iraqi army; and what the forecast size is for July 2005.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in negotiations with other countries to which Iraq owes money on the Iraqi debt.

      Iraq Survey Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements he is putting in place (a) to make available paper copies of the final report of the Iraq Survey Group on its...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning (a) the killing of Dr. Khaled Saled and his son and (b)...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answers of 28 June 2004, Official Report, columns 129–30W, on Israel/Palestine, what steps he will take to...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's response is to the ruling of the International Court on the route of the Israeli wall; and if he will make...

      Maritime Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to assist the maritime archaeology of sunken British vessels in the waters off Commonwealth countries, with...

      Milosevic Trial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the Milosevic trial at The Hague; and if he will make it his policy to press for...

      North Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on a reduction in the number of Turkish troops based in northern Cyprus;...

      North Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had at his recent meeting in London with the Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister of the occupied area of northern...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential threat posed to international security by North Korea.

      Saddam Hussein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom was consulted by (a) the United States Administration and (b) the interim Iraqi Government in respect...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance he has issued to British citizens working in countries where there is a high risk of terrorist attacks, concerning...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas were granted in (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria between January and July 2004.

      West Bank/Gaza Strip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on bilateral relations with the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had about the (a) political and (b) economic situation in Zimbabwe with other southern African...

  • Leader of the House

    • Orders in Council

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list each occasion when Her Majesty's Government has legislated by way of an Order in Council since 1 May 1997; and what the reason for deciding on this...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Civil Emergencies (Voting Arrangements)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what contingency arrangements have been made for casting votes at an election in the event of there being a civil...

    • Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will set up a committee to investigate allegations of corruption, vote tampering and voter manipulation in the June...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the travel costs were of civil servants in (a) his Department, (b) its predecessor Department and (c) its related...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Promotions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will hold discussions with the alcohol industry and licensed trade, in particular the large pub chains, to encourage the stocking of a...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what date his Department agreed a contract with Reliance Monitoring Service to provide a system for tagging individuals seeking...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals seeking asylum in the UK and residing in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland will be involved...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department consulted the Scottish Executive prior to the awarding of the contract with Reliance Monitoring Service to provide a...

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the first inter-ministerial meeting on child trafficking will be held.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 24 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. P. Cookson.

      Data Collection/Sharing (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken recently to improve the collection of data on children entering the country.

      Data Collection/Sharing (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the data collected on children entering the country are shared with other relevant agencies.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect on the prevention of terrorism of not requiring foreign nationals coming to the UK for less than...

      Immigration Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees under immigration service control have signed forms for return to their home country and are awaiting removal.

      Immigration Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was for detainees under immigration service control who have signed forms to return to their home country, in...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are to participate in the UK Passport Service biometrics enrolment trial; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed by Northamptonshire police at (a) 1 April 1997 and (b) 1 April 2004.

      Refugee Women (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the efforts made by (a) the Community Integration Partnership project in the West Midlands and (b) other...

      Security Officers (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British Security Industry Association security officers have been convicted of criminal offences when carrying out their duties in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensioner Households (Income)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income for pensioner households was in each year from 1993 to 2003.

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors underlie the decision not to reward parents coming off benefits and into full-time education with the child maintenance bonus...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects Child Support Agency cases assessed under the old legislation to be transferred for assessment under the new legislation.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason maintenance from non-resident parents which is uncollected by the Child Support Agency will be disregarded and written off.

      Compensation Recovery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims were registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit in respect of accidents and illnesses at work; how many resulted in...

      Hearing Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of evidence about the cumulative effects of hearing loss occasioned by war-time noise combined with age related...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many school leavers joined the New Deal programme in Havering in (a) 1999, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2004, Official Report, columns 1341–42W, what the average cost per place on each of the four...

      Occupational/Personal Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the percentage of employees in each decile of employee incomes who do not contribute to an occupational or personal pension.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit recipients have changed their method of payment from payment into a bank account to payment into a Post Office card account...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit recipients have changed their method of payment from payment into a Post Office card account to payment into a bank account...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) agencies of the Department have spent on electricity use for each year from 1997 to date.

      Underfunded Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 30 June 2004, Official Report, columns 15–16WS, on underfunded pension schemes (insolvency), what...

      Underfunded Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 30 June 2004, Official Report, columns 15–16WS, on underfunded pension schemes (insolvency), how...

      Underfunded Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 30 June 2004, Official Report, columns 15–16WS, on underfunded pension schemes (insolvency), what...

  • Education and Skills

    • Residential Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of establishments registered to provide residential accommodation for children were the subject of (a)...

    • Accountancy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on accountants in each year since 1997.

      Adult Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost of (a) an A-level, (b) an Advanced GNVQ and (c) a NVQ level 3 or equivalent vocational qualification are; and how many...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the private contractors participating in the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Chief Mathematics Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) human and (b) financial resources he plans to make available to the post of chief mathematics adviser to enable the successful...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how his Department monitors parental child abuse cases in the UK.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are residing in children's homes in West Sussex.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children's homes in West Sussex were subject to (a) scheduled and (b) unannounced inspections in each of the...

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many non-Civil Service staff have worked on projects in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Disabled People (Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the efficacy and efficiency of services provided by his Department to disabled people; and if he will make a...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been made available to Sure Start projects in the London borough of Islington for each year since the inception of Sure...

      Out-of-city Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Nottingham pupils have gone to out of city schools in the last academic year; (ii) what funding was transferred out of the city as...

      St. Helens Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) head teachers, (b) teachers and (c) support workers were employed in St. Helens schools in each year from 1997 to 2004.

      St. Helens Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average pay was for teachers in St. Helens in each year from 1997 to 2004.

      St. Helens Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what major development and spending projects (a) have taken place since 1997 and (b) are planned to take place over the next two years...

      Employment Tribunals

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

      Fair Admissions Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of recruitment of the Head of the Fair Admissions Taskforce was; and what his (a) salary and (b) other employment costs for...

      Fieldwork

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of a possible link between falling numbers of science graduates and the availability of fieldwork and...

      Formula Spending Share

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) primary formula spending share per pupil and (b) secondary formula spending share per pupil is for each local education...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills with whom a school must consult should it wish to adopt foundation status; and how such consultations are funded.

      Free School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Weston-Super-Mare constituency he estimates would lose the right to free school transport under the proposals contained...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of higher education students studied (a) physical sciences, (b) medicine, (c) dentistry, (d) engineering and technology and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which academic areas the percentage of higher education students studying a particular subject has fallen since 1997; and by what amounts.

      London Admissions System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set out details of the London admissions system referred to in page 52 of his five year strategy for children and learners.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible have been (a) established and (b) abolished since 1997.

      Pupil Funding (Harwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding per pupil was spent in the Harwich constituency in each year since 1997.

      School Halls (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new school halls have been approved for primary schools in East Sussex in each of the last 10 years; and how many applications for...

      School Leaving Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average age of school leavers in (a) Great Britain and (b) Havering was in (i) 1999, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2003.

      School Workload Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the number of schools that will be able to fund the implementation of the School Workload Agreement in...

      Schools (Foundation Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there will be an appeals system (a) against a school's decision to apply for and (b) against a decision to grant a school foundation...

      Schools (Foundation Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the enablement of a foundation school to appoint a majority of governors from (a) a charitable foundation and (b) a faith sponsor...

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding the Government have provided for education on solvent abuse in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether a specialist school, applying for an additional specialism, will be required to undergo all the procedures inherent in its original...

      Students (Means-Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what effect university bursaries and grants will have on students in receipt of means-tested bursaries from 2006.

      Teachers' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department estimates to be the average salary cost in 2004 to (a) schools, (b) his Department and (c) local education authorities...

      University Attendance (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18 year olds (a) in Great Britain and (b) from Havering chose to go to university in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2001 and...

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18 year olds in (a) England and (b) Somerset chose to go to university in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2003.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Athletics Tracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to develop an eight lane athletics track for international athletics meetings in Northern Ireland.

    • Care Homes (South Down)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what action will be taken to resolve the shortage of home care staff in the South Down area; (2) if he will make a statement on the...

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will establish a chlamydia screening programme in Northern Ireland.

      Civil Servants (Industrial Action)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the impact of the current industrial action of civil servants on the payment of rates.

      Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been made available in the last year to roll-out a regional diabetic retinopathy screening programme in Northern Ireland; and...

      Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the implementation strategy is for rolling out regional diabetic retinopathy screening in Northern Ireland; and what the (a) timescales and...

      Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the progress is of the Regional Diabetic Retinopathy Steering Group since January in taking forward the proposals outlined in the Report of...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department is doing to limit mortality and morbidity from adverse drug reactions in Northern Ireland.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide mainstream funding for the Stopping Them Starting drugs prevention campaign through education projects in primary schools.

      Education Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much of the projected budget for schools in 2005–06 will go to (a) primary and (b) secondary education; (2) what special...

      Education Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional funding for education in Northern Ireland was received from the Exchequer following the Chancellor's funding statement in March.

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid in legal aid for cases supported by the Equality Commission in the last three years.

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases the Equality Commission has supported in the last three years, broken down by (a) gender, (b) disability and (c) religion; and...

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases are before the Equality Commission; and how long each has been awaiting a decision.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foster carers in each health trust area in Northern Ireland receive fee pay for children in their care; what the average amount of...

      Genitourinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of hospital sites offering genitourinary medicine outpost clinics.

      Health Service Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the health service projects funded fully or partly by private finance initiatives.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties were sold in each of the past five years to tenants who were (a) in full receipt of...

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties have been sold in each year since 1998 to joint tenancy of more than two joint tenants.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties have been bought by their occupiers with a discount.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action will be taken to resolve the problem of waiting times for Housing Executive grant assessments.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the weaknesses identified in the Auditor General's Report, NIA 41/03, HC 673 on the financial control and monitoring...

      MOT Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether cars registered in Northern Ireland but whose MOT vehicle test certificate has expired due to industrial action by Civil Servants in...

      Museums and Heritage Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on the recommendations contained in the Northern Ireland Museums and Heritage Review.

      Nexus Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been provided to the Nexus Institute in each of the last 10 years.

      Sexual Abuse Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the (a) availability of services for and (b) level of need of victims of sexual abuse in Northern Ireland.

      Sexual Abuse Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research he has collated on the percentage of those with mental illness who report having suffered sexual abuse.

      Terrorism Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been spent in each of the last five years on organisations to help the victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate how many patients with trigeminal neuralgia are awaiting surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

  • Health

    • Anti-cancer Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the take up of new anti-cancer drugs authorised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; (2) what measures...

    • Bed Occupancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the number of extra hospital beds required to reduce bed occupancy rates to 85 per cent. of their current level in (a) England...

      Branded Medicine Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which country in Europe has the highest prices for branded medicines; and what the range of prices is.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Morley and Rothwell constituency have taken commitment payments to devote more time to NHS dentistry.

      Departmental Accounting Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the Finance Director of (a) the Department, (b) the NHS Appointments Commission and (c) the Food Standards Agency is; what accountancy qualifications...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) number, (b) value and (c) purpose of contracts his Department holds with (i) A. T. Kearney, (ii) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (iii)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what departmental expenditure was on (a) mobile telephones, (b) hospitality and (c) taxis in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) the latest accounting period for...

      Departmental Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the Department of external legal advice was in the last 12 months.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetics.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the UK Scrutiny Committee to report on the future provision of screening for type 2 diabetes; (2) what evidence he has (a)...

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.

      Instrument Sterilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the contracts let or in the process of tendering for the provision of instrument sterilisation services to NHS trust hospitals giving the...

      Internet Drug Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to prevent the advertising and selling of drugs via the internet that are only available in the UK with a general practitioner's...

      Less-invasive Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use of less-invasive technologies in the NHS.

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on support available for those suffering from myasthenia gravis; and what steps he is taking to raise awareness of myasthenia...

      Non NICE-appraised Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts in England do not fund non-National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraised products and treatments.

      Non NICE-appraised Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds primary care trusts may refuse to fund non-National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraised products if a clinician wishes to...

      Critical Care Networks (Transfers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2004, Official Report, column 580W, on critical care networks (transfers), for what reasons patients are transferred...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what negotiations have been held with the pharmaceutical industry following the consultation on the future of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme;...

      Prescription Medicines Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure that the prices paid in the UK for branded prescription medicines are comparable with those in other countries in...

      Restraint Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restraint procedures are allowed to be used within a psychiatric hospital when a patient becomes violent or aggressive to ensure that the patient or...

      Salary and Recruitment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) the cost of recruitment and (b) the total cumulative salary bill are for the (i) national cancer director, (ii) national director for heart...

      TNF Blockade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from consultant rheumatologists regarding the prescribing of TNF blockade; whether the obligation to fund it includes...

      Wiltshire Ambulance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the criteria are for the Wiltshire Project for evaluation of the Wiltshire Ambulance Trust.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Victims' Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which victims' organisations in Northern Ireland have received public funding since 10 April 1998; and how much has been allocated to each organisation.

    • Northern Ireland: Equality and Human Rights Commissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many commissioners they have appointed to the Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since March 1999; how many staff each body...

      Republic of Ireland: Official Languages Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 June (WA 42) concerning the Republic of Ireland's Official Languages Act 2003, what is meant by "occur in...

      Belfast Agreement: Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Eire Government prior to the Eire Government amending the Belfast Agreement of 1998 in the area of citizenship.

      Belfast Agreement: Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they made to the Eire Government regarding the rights of British citizens, resident in Eire, to vote in the Irish referenda.

      Northern Ireland: Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the event that additional resources are made available to North/South ministerial bodies during this financial year, whether the Ulster-Scots Agency will be...

      City Acadamies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether city academies which take over inner city secondary schools are subject to transfer of undertakings protection of employment rules in relation to staff...

      City Acadamies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which city acadamies' establishments have been agreed to date, and what is the respective contributions to their cost, including land values, from (a) sponsors;...

      City Acadamies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether "ownership" of a city academy by a sponsor implies ownership of the land and buildings and other assets; and if so whether sponsors will retain ownership...

      City Acadamies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What qualifications are sought from sponsors of city academies to ensure that they are qualified to set the terms and conditions for the employment of teachers.

      City Acadamies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards are in place to ensure that sponsors of city academies serve the best interests of the pupils, bearing in mind the role and influence of sponsors...

      School Playing Fields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications each year since 1998 have been made by schools for permission to change the use of school playing fields and team game playing fields,...

      School Playing Fields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for an easement in the minimum requirement for playing fields have been made by schools for each year since 1998, detailing the decision in...

      Alcohol-related Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to measure the effects of the campaign on alcohol crime hotspots announced by the Home Office on 8 July; and whether they will publish...

      UK Sport: British Olympic Association Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of funding UK Sport will allocate to the British Olympic Association for programmes related to élite performance.

      UK Sport: British Olympic Association Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the funding allocated to the British Olympic Association by UK Sport will be subject to the same level of scrutiny with regard to corporate governance and...

      UK Sport: British Olympic Association Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any intention to reduce the number of élite athletes in receipt of UK Sport world class performance funding over the next four-year Olympic...

      UK Sport: British Olympic Association Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which budgets at UK Sport are being targeted to deliver funds to world-class performance funding; what total funding has been diverted to date; and what plans they...

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many visitors to public libraries and how many book loans there were in the year 2003–04; and whether these figures represent an increase on the figures...

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the speed and efficiency of the collection and publication of statistics on the number of visitors to public libraries and the...

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost to a public library per visit for each of the past seven years, given their best value indicator.

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which councils' budgetary provisions for public library services have been equal to or below retail price index inflation, itemising percentage changes for the...

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the levels of spending on new book stock in public libraries in each of the following areas (a) Birmingham; (b) Cambridge; (c) Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and...

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the introduction of computer terminals has increased the number of visitors to public libraries and the numbers of books borrowed.

      VAT: EU Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of each of the 25 member states of the European Union, what is the standard rate of VAT and the minimum level of turnover (expressed in both sterling...

      Bank Notes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the £50 note was first issued after World War II; what value a note with similar purchasing power would now have; and whether they will now issue...

      Statistics Commission: Recommendations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the recommendation by the Statistics Commission in its annual report 2003–04 (Cm 6250) that legislation is needed to strengthen the...

      Sports Programmes: Department of Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 29 March (WA 139), which sports bodies have contractual links with the National Health Service to ensure...

      Dental Treatment: Pensioners

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

      Jarvis Plc

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which private finance initiative and public private partnership projects for the National Health Service Jarvis plc or any of its subsidiaries is: (a) the main...

      Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current cost to the National Health Service of each type of digital hearing aid purchased by National Health Service hearing aids services digital scheme.

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish in the Official Report their response to the European Court of Justice on the case against the Food Supplements Directive and the Food...

      Badger and Deer Carcasses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many badger and deer carcasses are collected from the roadside and tested by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Wildlife Unit.

      Integrated Administration and Control System: Map Editing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many corrections were received in the financial year 2003–04 from landowners or tenants seeking to amend the Integrated Administration and Control System...

      Cormorants: Fishery Action Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What fisheries action plans have been established between the United Kingdom and neighbouring European Union countries to contain the number of cormorants; with...

      Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Whitty on 23 June (HL Deb, col. 1238) that "In certain circumstances, wind farms actually enhance the landscape", whether they...

      Vehicle Emissions: Environmental Impacts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their most recent estimates of the impact of vehicle emissions on the environment and of the damage which they cause to property.

      Heathland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many areas in England are designated as heathland; and how many heathlands have been lost in the past 10 years.

      Livestock Identification and Tracing Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the new livestock identification and tracing programme will be in place.

      Dairy Supply Chain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to improve transparency in the dairy supply chain; and, if so, how they will seek to do so.

      Livestock Movements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been anomalies in the reporting of livestock movements; and, if so, whether they propose to make markets responsible for reporting all relevant...

      Endangered Species: Imports to EU

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 5 July (WA 68), what prosecutions occurred in the European Union in 2003 in respect of imports under the...

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