Written answers

Tuesday, 20 July 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Job Losses (Civil Servants)

      To ask the Leader of the House how many of the reductions in the numbers of civil servants in his Office announced in the comprehensive spending review will be of special advisers.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the terms of reference are for the review of the Government's climate change strategy; what procedures she has...

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned on the implications of Common Agricultural Policy reform; and when she next...

      Health and Pesticide Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the report of the survey of Health and Pesticide Exposure, undertaken by the London School of Hygiene and...

      Landfill Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many megawatts of renewable energy were generated from landfill gas in each year since 1998; and what projections she has...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many litres of liquid milk were imported into the UK from EU countries in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions she has reached about the future prospects for (a) tenant farmers, (b) livestock farmers, (c) arable...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire representing the House of Commons Commission if he will review the workings of the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978 in the light of...

  • International Development

    • AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the Government are taking to tackle the problem of AIDS worldwide.

    • Empty Houses

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

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action he is taking to address the long-term causes of environmental vulnerability of poor communities in Haiti and the Dominican...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to measure the criterion the Department set itself in its current Regional Assistance Plan for the Caribbean of...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how he will work with the EU to ensure that EU aid to the interim Haitian Government is conditional on ensuring that the aid is...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking for immediate release of funds for Haiti under the European Development Fund (EDF 9).

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Kenyan Government on assistance on their current budget deficits; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Rail Services (Southampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority regarding rail routes from Southampton to the midlands; and if he will make a statement.

    • West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on improvements to the west coast main line.

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport support he has given to community transport in South Derbyshire.

      National Railcard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed introduction of a national railcard.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crashes involving vehicles on the hard shoulder of motorways occurred in the last year for which figures are available.

      Seafaring Ratings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make a decision on whether to introduce an employment and training link for UK seafaring ratings and officers as part of the...

      Airport Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received about the need for noise controls near regional airports.

      Camera Safety Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to publicise his Department's guidelines for the operation of camera safety partnerships.

      Camera Safety Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what monitoring processes are in place to ensure that his Department's guidelines for the operation of camera safety partnerships are observed.

      Camera Safety Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of public awareness of the guidelines that are in force for the operation of camera safety partnerships.

      Camera Safety Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was received by central Government in 2003 in fines paid by motorists who were prosecuted for speeding as a result of the evidence of...

      Commercial Vehicles (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Highways Agency to publish its report on safety of commercial vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Diesel Deposits (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five years as a direct result of a vehicle depositing diesel on the road.

      Harwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been spent in the Harwich constituency from the Local Transport Plan.

      Infrastructure/Services (Storm Damage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned on preventative measures to restrict damage to transport (a) infrastructure and (b) services caused by...

      MOT Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether cars registered in England, but whose MOT vehicle test certificate expires during their stay in Northern Ireland, will be exempt from...

      Motorways (Traffic Officers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic officers have been deployed on motorways in England; and where they have been deployed.

      Nottingham East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether an assessment has been made of the environmental impact of the proposed new noise preference routing (a) pole and (b) Trent 2 over...

      Nottingham East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations have been made to him from councils in Nottinghamshire about the proposed new flight paths over southern and western...

      Road Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methods of tackling road congestion between Manchester and Birmingham he has considered since 10 December 2002 in addition to widening the M6...

      Road Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of road congestion in Essex in each of the last 10 years.

      Road Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles used each of the roads built using the design, build, finance and operate contracting method, in each month of operation; who the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to co-ordinate the improvement of public service delivery across Government.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Analogue Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has made for switching off analogue radio signals; what the likely timescale is; what criteria will be applied;...

    • Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the activities of the Green Minister in the Department in financial year 2003–04.

      Publicly Owned Collections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 28 June 2004, what initiatives the Government have introduced to improve public access to items in publicly...

      Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on progress on the new Wembley Stadium development; and what the latest estimated date is...

      Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the costs of the new Wembley Stadium development.

  • Minister for Women

    • Access to Universities

      To ask the Minister for Women what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills regarding (a) the opportunities available for older women to attend universities...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policies are followed by his Department to encourage young people to enter apprenticeship schemes within the construction industry.

    • Family Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of 15 March 2004, Official Report, column 12, on child poverty, if he...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the running costs of each children's centre have been since each was established, broken down by region.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with HM Customs and Excise concerning the ability of local authorities acting as Connexions partnership...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what programmes are being implemented by the Connexions Service to engage young people during the summer holiday period.

      Nursery Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery places there were in St. Helens in each year from 1997 to 2004.

      Nursery Education (St. Helens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many St. Helens families have been involved in Sure Start schemes.

      Finance and Analytical Services Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was made available to, and how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by, the Finance and Analytical Services...

      Finance and Analytical Services Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was made available to, and how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by, the (a) Analytical Services Directorate, (b)...

      Learning and Skills Council (London East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether all people in the London East Learning and Skills Council region who wish to study for a basic skills qualification in a further...

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with business representatives on levels of literacy and numeracy skills of school-leavers.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the rate of unauthorised absence from pupil referral units.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the Green Paper on the reform of services for young people; which specific services he is seeking to reform; and what...

      Students (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of full-time students resident in the London borough of Wandsworth stayed in education after the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to support disadvantaged children and families who do not live in wards covered by the Sure Start programme.

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment his Department has made of the distribution cost of installing vending machines in schools selling only water, fresh...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Students (Means-tested Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money was paid to students on means-tested benefits in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Appointees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have an appointee to act on the claimant's behalf in respect of benefit claims and payments; and in how many cases the...

      Appointees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations have been received about appointeeship in connection with the proposed mental capacity legislation; and from whom.

      Appointees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what changes are planned on the information for (a) staff undertaking assessments of capacity and (b) appointees following the...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the weekly multiplier is that is used to estimate the average amount of housing and council tax benefit fraud run-on in cases where a...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written answer of 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 731W, on benefit fraud, what the average (a) weekly incorrect benefit...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended, (c) dismissed, (d) prosecuted and (e) convicted for involvement in...

      Benefits (Electronic Claims Facility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the benefits that can be claimed using an electronic claims facility.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions resulting from the criminal offence of non-co-operation with the Child Support Agency there have been since January 2001.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency has been owed in outstanding maintenance payments in each of the last seven years.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents have had their driving licences removed by the courts since April 2001 as a result of the provisions introduced...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent employees of his Department there were in the East Midlands in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what co-ordination is taking place across agencies and sections of his Department to minimise the loss of experienced staff in offices subject...

      Havering (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help those seeking employment in Havering.

      Jobseeker's Allowance (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Havering in each year since 2000.

      Employment Tribunals

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

      Hospital Downrating Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value in cash terms was of reducing each benefit affected by the hospital downrating rules in each of the last seven years.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the running costs, including staffing costs, of Jobcentre Plus centres were in each year since 1997; and how many people were employed in...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 16 June 2004, Official Report, column 1018W, on attendance allowance, how many attendance allowance claims in...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his proposed fund to offer financial assistance to workers who have lost their pension rights in private schemes will cover employees...

      Pensioners (Domiciled Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place for the payment of (a) state pension and (b) other benefits to UK senior citizens who retire to (i) another EU...

      Polygamous Spouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total value of benefits paid to polygamous spouses was in each of the last five years; (2) how many polygamous spouses are in...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether staff in the Department are permitted to dissuade benefit recipients from opening Post Office Card Accounts; (2) how many people...

      Renewable Energy

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

      Referrals for Medical Advice (Claimants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals for medical advice were made by staff of his Department when assessing the capacity of a claimant to manage his/her...

      Referrals for Medical Advice (Claimants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what training staff of his Department receive prior to undertaking assessments of a claimant's capacity to manage their own financial...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of working days lost per person due to sickness absence in (a) his Department and (b) each of its business areas was in...

      Civil Servants (Staffing Plans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a breakdown of the estimated civil service staff (a) reductions and (b) relocations within his Department and its business...

      Unemployment Statistics (Over-50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people between the age of 50 and state pension age who are not working are claiming benefit, broken down by...

      Income Thresholds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the income thresholds used in paragraph 7 of the reply by the Government to the Second Report of the Work and Pensions Committee of...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have joined the Young New Deal scheme in each year since its inception.

  • Health

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2004, Official Report, column 606W, on Agenda for Change, which of the early implementer-sites are testing the new system...

    • Care Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received care packages to enable them to stay in their homes in Greater London in each of the last five years.

      Chiropody Services (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to improve access to chiropody services.

      Consultancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS on consultancy services in each year since 1996.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data protection rules apply to the transmission of UK health records to health authorities abroad.

      Deafblind Awareness Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to be involved in and mark the celebration of Deafblind Awareness Week.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have retired from dentistry in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many digital hearing aids were fitted in each of the past seven years in each region of England.

      Free NHS Treatment (Eligibility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether there are systematic checks on eligibility for free NHS treatment; (2) what assessment has been made of the level of abuse of the NHS by...

      General Practitioners (Night Calls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost to the national health service in payments for general practitioners for maintaining a night call out service for patients in each year...

      Health Care Related Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in combating health care-related infection in England.

      Islington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to the Islington Primary Care Trust for each year of its existence to date; and what the projected amounts are for...

      Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set for bed capacity in the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust; at what level of bed capacity the Trust is operating; and if...

      LIFT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy whenever possible to use local architects, builders and tradespeople in designing and building local investment finance...

      Medical Data Exchange (Cuba)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions are in place for exchange of medical data on UK citizens with Cuba.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the implications are for current NHS practice of the World Health Organisation's re-classification of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue...

      NHS Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds there are in the national health service; and what plans he has to change the number.

      NHS Posts (E-advertising)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department conducted before deciding to introduce electronic recruitment of NHS job vacancies; and if he will place a copy of the...

      Non NICE-appraised Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the patient choice initiative will allow patients to be treated with non-National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraised treatments if it is...

      Pain Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gives to patients who are in severe pain while awaiting NHS treatment.

      Pharmaceutical Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK; and what proportion are employed in (a) sales promotion and (b) research and...

      Supporting People Report (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) social services and (b) NHS bodies in Gloucestershire on the recent Supporting People Report.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current security situation in (a) Kosovo and (b) the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the political situation in Belarus and (b) whether the forthcoming elections will...

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Cameroon concerning (a) the preparations of the electoral roll for this...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for Walsall, North's letter of 9 June concerning the entry clearance application at...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on de-mining operations in the buffer zone in Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the number of Turkish troops in Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Turkey concerning the extension of the Turkey/EU customs agreement to Cyprus; and if he will...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Foreign Office spent on (a) advertising and (b) public relations consultants in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of running Foreign Office canteen facilities in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a representative of his Department last visited the US prison facilities on Diego Garcia.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the main issues are which the Government intend to focus on during the UK's presidency of the European Union.

      General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 12 to 13 July; what the Government's stance...

      Honduras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Honduras on the murder in June this year of 29 Honduran...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was informed that SIS had withdrawn reporting from the source who claimed that production of biological and chemical...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the reductions in the numbers of civil servants in his Department announced in the comprehensive spending review...

      Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement in the debate on European Affairs of 16 June 2004, Official Report, columns 786–7, what steps he...

      Regeneration Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money the European Union has provided to regeneration projects in each member state in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000 and...

      Security Wall (Israel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts concerning the Israeli High Court ruling on human rights breaches since the...

      Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Monday 12 July 2004, Official Report, columns...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the break-in at the office of the National...

      UK Foreign Direct Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the UK's foreign direct investment has changed since the European Union enlargement.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Vietnam; and what representations he has made with regard to the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used by entry clearance officers overseas to assess the personal guarantee of an hon. Member that an applicant...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what authority entry clearance officers offer to overturn a decision to refuse a visa in return for a personal guarantee from...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for Walsall North's letter of 3 June to the Department for Work and Pensions, which was...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2004, Official Report, column 684W, on Royal Mail, when she expects Royal Mail to reply to the hon. Member...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department spent on (a) head-hunters and recruitment consultants and (b) management consultants in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of running the Department's canteen facilities was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2004, Official Report, column 64W, on European Union Standard Funds, what actual expenditure was against...

      MOX Shipments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the time and person power of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security will be committed to overseeing the security of the...

      Regional State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place the initial member state response to the EU Commission proposals on regional state aid in the Library.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates have been made of the costs of concrete production for the purpose of wind power generation.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the amount of renewable energy sources within London.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the range of the capital grant support available for renewable energy projects in the areas of (a) biomass, (b) photovoltaics...

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much money has been spent in the last year on supporting rural post offices; (2) what plans she has for the funding of the rural...

      Scientific Research Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is on funding for scientific research bodies.

      South-West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the South-West Regional Development Agency's budget has been spent on projects or programmes in Gloucestershire in the last...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many tyres were (a) purchased, (b) reused and (c) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) incineration, (iii) illegal fly-tipping and (iv) other...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with Labour Members of the European Parliament about the Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of British industry about the Working Time Directive.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) mobile telephone costs, (b) hospitality and (c) taxi costs in (i) 1996–97 and...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost of printing departmental headed notepaper was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) head-hunters and recruitment consultants and (b) management consultants in (i)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the costs of running his Department's canteen facilities were in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which...

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff are employed in the Department, broken down by work category.

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons are for changes in staff numbers in (a) the Department, (b) the National Archives and (c) the Northern...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the costs of staff employed in the Office of the Information Commissioner were in the last year for which figures...

  • Treasury

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the growth was in public expenditure between 2000–01 and 2003–04 (a) which was used as comparable spending with Scotland for the purposes...

    • Civil Service Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net number is of civil service posts created since 1997 (a) in front-line services and (b) elsewhere (i) in each Government Department and agency...

      Civil Service Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of early retirement and redundancy packages (a) in total and (b) in each Department for those civil servants whose posts...

      Education Maintenance Allowance (Benefit Entitlement)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons (a) parents of A-Level students aged 16 to 19 years receiving education maintenance allowance are eligible for child benefit and child tax...

      EU Withdrawal (Costs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission and publish a study into the costs of UK withdrawal from the EU, which includes the economic and social impact on each region and...

      International Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the international economy.

      Network Rail Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who will guarantee the debts of Network Rail after the abolition of the Strategic Rail Authority; and whether they will now count as part of the...

      Pay Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the reductions in the numbers of civil servants in his Department announced in the spending review will be of special advisers.

      Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Statement of 12 July 2004, Official Report, column 1131, on Spending Review, if he will list the £30 billion worth of asset sales...

      Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the differences between planned administration expenditure by department in Table 2.3 of the 2004 Spending Review Report and...

      Tax Credits (Compensatory Payments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit compensation claims have been (a) submitted and (b) upheld since April 2003; and what the (i) average and (ii) total value is of...

      Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had on making the UK a co-signatory to the Anti-Contraband and Anti-Counterfeit Agreement and General Release reached on 19...

      Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to bring the Memorandum of Understanding on tobacco smuggling in line with the terms of the Anti-Contraband and Anti-Counterfeit...

      Working Tax Credits (Recovery of Overpayments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the number of low paid workers who give up work due to inability to afford child care places consequent on the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Andersonstown News Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) nature and (b) extent of the application for funding made by the Andersonstown News Group to Invest NI.

    • Common Funding Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the common funding formula.

      Consultancy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in respect of each Department, agency and non-departmental public body in Northern Ireland the consultancy contracts that they...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public consultation was undertaken in Northern Ireland by his Department in relation to the introduction in the Domestic Violence, Crime...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultations took place between his Department and the Home Office in relation to the introduction in the Domestic Violence, Crime and...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public consultation was undertaken in Northern Ireland by his Department in relation to the introduction of the Domestic Violence, Crime...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultations took place between his Department and the Home Office in relation to the introduction in the Domestic Violence, Crime and...

      Employer's Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will assess the effects of the removal of employer's liability compulsory insurance requirements on Northern Ireland's...

      European Parliamentary Elections

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

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what precise conduct of the employee of the Department of Education in Northern Ireland found guilty in May 2001 of harassing a colleague, was...

      Housing Executive Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what proportion of former Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties that are retained by the initial owner but are now privately...

      Housing Executive Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many former Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties bought initially with a discount have been resold; and of these, what proportion...

      Job Losses (Civil Servants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in Northern Ireland, broken down by Department, he anticipates will lose their jobs as a consequence of the...

      Lance Bombadier Restorick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what advice about IRA operations was given by the RUC's Tasking Control Group (South) to members of the security forces before Lance...

      Public Transport (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of providing free public transport for the disabled in Northern Ireland.

      Translink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when Translink expects the first of its new trains to begin service.

      Ulster Volunteer Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will recognise the Ulster Volunteer Force as a Unionist paramilitary group; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he will...

      United States (Ministerial Representations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what representations he has made to the United States Administration to prevent Sinn Fein representatives entering the USA under the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Administration Fees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on administration fees by his Department in the last three years.

    • Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list arm's length management organisations which have achieved 3-star status.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) estimated running costs and (b) total expenditure of the Audit Commission (i) has been in each year since its creation and (ii) is expected to be in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of pensioner households in England paid the full council tax in 2002–03.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax was in England in each year from 1993 to 2003.

      Departmental Accounting Practice

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the Finance Director of (a) his Office and (b) Ordnance Survey is; what accountancy qualifications each Director holds; and on how many occasions there has...

      Departmental Annual Reports

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many copies of his Department's, and predecessor Department's annual report were printed in each year since 1997; how many were sold in each year; and what...

      Departmental Travel Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the travel costs were of civil servants in (a) his Department, (b) its predecessor Department and (c) its related agencies in each year since 1997.

      East End of London (Development)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much will be spent on the development of east end areas in London in 2004–05.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homelessness applications have been accepted in Northampton in each of the last five years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homelessness applications have been accepted in Portsmouth in each of the last five years.

      House Prices/Incomes Ratio

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the house price to incomes ratio is in each region; and what plans he has to boost affordable housing investment in the South West.

      Housing Corporation Rural Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to retain the ring-fenced rural programme of the Housing Corporation available to new starts in settlements of fewer than 3,000 people.

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evidence his Department has collated to support its conclusions that (a) it is more cost effective to improve a house when the improvements are conducted by...

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to meet Regional Planning Guidance targets of 6,000 to 10,000 new affordable homes per year established in 2001 for the South West.

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the departmental expenditure limit for housing was in 2003–04.

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to allow arm's length management organisations access to borrowing to meet the decent homes standard.

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding has been made available in each of the last three years under the Supporting People programme to each of the housing authorities in Somerset.

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) affordable homes and (b) homes for rent have been built by (i) Taunton Deane borough council and (ii) housing associations in Taunton Deane in each...

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many social housing units he expects to be built in the south Midlands growth area as a result of the extra finance for housing announced as part of the...

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding was made available to the London Borough of Islington for each year since 1997 for housing capital work, broken down by (a) housing capital...

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to order an environmental impact assessment of the additional home construction he announced on 13 July 2004.

      Housing Investment

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

      Housing Investment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he will take of the information on housing in the South West in the National Housing Federation's booklet, "The Evidence Update", when making future...

      Local Authority Building Control

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the 2003 annual monitoring report on the costs of local authority building control functions.

      Market Towns Initiative (Harwich)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding has been spent in the Harwich constituency from the Market Towns Initiative.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received regarding the placing of mobile phone masts near schools and hospitals.

      Multi-occupancy Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to combat (a) overcrowded and (b) dangerous multi-occupancy housing.

      Northern Way Growth Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the number of new houses need to fulfil the Northern Way growth strategy.

      Regional Assembly Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence his Department has had since 10 June with the Electoral Commission concerning the regional assembly referendums; and if...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to reduce the UK's carbon emissions through the introduction of a requirement in building regulations to fit solar panels to all new developments.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the reductions in the numbers of civil servants in his Department announced in the spending review will be of special advisers.

      Supporting People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding has been made available in each of the last three years under the Supporting People programme to (a) Portsmouth City Council, (b) Southampton...

      Supporting People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of the Supporting People programme in (i) Portsmouth and (ii) the rest of Hampshire; and if...

      Surplus Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what plans (a) he and (b) English Partnerships have to (i) publish, (ii) make available for public inspection, (iii) place in the Library and (iv) place on...

      CBRN Training

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what training has been given to emergency services personnel in respect of coping with a potential chemical biological radiological nuclear incident.

      Your Say Event (Sunderland)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost of the Your Say event held in Sunderland on 30 June was; how many invitees attended; how many members of the public attended; and what the...

      Your Say Event (Sunderland)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost to public funds was, including publicity, of the regional hearing held at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland on 30 June.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related antisocial behaviour incidents there have been since 1997.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) acceptable behaviour contracts and (b) antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the Avon and Somerset police force area,...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) have been issued in Nottingham in the last year; and if he will list the 10 cities that have...

      Bichard Inquiry Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timescale is for the implementation of each of the Bichard Report recommendations, with particular reference to (a) departments...

      Community Safety (Islington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding he has made available in each year since 1997 for anti-crime and community safety initiatives in the London borough of...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the general population's attitude towards (a) prisons and (b) alternatives to prison as a means of...

      Corporate Manslaughter Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the forthcoming draft Bill on Corporate Manslaughter is to extend to Scotland.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 24 May 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Manchester...

      Diversity and Equality (Prison Service)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been to the name of the Prison Service's Diversity and Equality Group within the last two months; and if he will make...

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received drug treatment in prison in each year since 1997 as a percentage of (a) the prison population and (b) the total...

      Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug treatment and testing orders were made in Gloucestershire in the last year for which figures are available; and what the...

      Drunkenness (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were prosecuted for buying drink for people who were incapable as a result of alcohol in 2003; (2) how many people...

      Environmental Sustainability

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

      Facilitation Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the charge of facilitation has been used since 1997, broken down by (a) police force and (b) year.

      Fraud Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of fraud crimes perpetrated against elderly people in England and Wales in each of the last five...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost is of future market test under the National Offender Management Service.

      Offender Behaviour Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated developmental cost has been of each accredited offender behaviour programme.

      Police (Jury Service)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he received prior to the inclusion in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 of the provision that police officers would no...

      Deepcut Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made by the Devon and Cornwall police of the number of potential witnesses (a) contacted and (b) interviewed by the...

      Police Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of each police authority budget in England and Wales was spent on pensions in (a) 1997–98 and (b) the latest year for...

      Police Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England operate sickness reduction schemes; and what change has been recorded in sickness levels since their introduction.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many qualified craftsmen were employed by the Prison Service in each prison in each of the last five years; and how many of these were in...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the levels of prison front-line staff have changed since 1997.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2004, Official Report, column 330W, on offender management, when decisions will be made as to how many...

      Probationary Police Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average annual cost of employing, training and developing a probationary police constable in the last year...

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of (a) publishing, (b) producing and (c) distributing the Racial Equality and the Smaller Business guide produced by...

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which other Government Departments were involved in producing the Racial Equality and the Smaller Business guide produced by the Commission...

      Street Crime (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in the London area work specifically in tackling street crime.

      Victims' Code of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration is being given to the inclusion of road crash and road crime victims in the Victims' Code of Practice.

      Witness Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the amount of police time allocated to supervising witness protection schemes.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether it remains his policy to acquire two British-built new aircraft carriers; and by what dates; (2) what assessment his Department has made...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the minimum (a) tonnage and (b) aircraft numbers to be operated from each future carrier to enable it to fulfil its strategic...

      Iraq Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers (a) are eligible for and (b) have received the Iraq Campaign Medal.

      Combat/Operational Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether appeal procedures apply to the contract for combat and operational clothing supplies DC4BESL/1002 Cut and Sew.

      Combat/Operational Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the bleaching, dyeing and printing of the fabric for the contract DC4BESL/1002 Cut and Sew will be carried out.

      Commercial Exportation Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2004, Official Report, column 589W, on the Commercial Exportation Levy, what assessment he has made of the reasons for...

      Defence Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentations made to the IQPC Conference Future Artillery in May 2003 on (a) Developing the UK's...

      Defence Projects (US Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which defence-related projects in the UK are supported by (a) the US Defense Advanced Projects Agency and (b) the US Office for Naval Research; what...

      End-to-end Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the outcome of the end to end review.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support the UK has provided to the Brazilian and other UN forces in Haiti.

      Hearing Loss (Veterans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has conducted on the comparative levels of hearing loss suffered by (a) those suffering from age-related hearing loss and (b) veterans...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2004, Official Report, column 1235W, on Iraq, if he will give (a) the date of and, (b) if deceased, the name of the...

      Manning Control Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to conduct manning control reviews in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of military equipment produced in the UK was exported in each of the last 10 years.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

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

      Non-EU Defence Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what scope there is to amend the Public Procurement Regulations insofar as they relate to Ministry of Defence contracts to regulate the use by UK...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the short list of sites under consideration for storing radioactive waste as part of project ISOLUS; and if he will make a...

      Support Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with their US counterparts on the Support Vehicle contract; and if he will make a statement.

      Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current forecast is for (a) the in-service date and (b) the final cost of the contract to provide new tanker aircraft; what the original...

      Tornado

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on plans to upgrade the Tornado's anti-aircraft missile self-protection system to combat potential missile threats over the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Operation Mass Appeal

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he personally approved the setting up of Operation Mass Appeal; (2) what the purpose was of Operation Mass Appeal.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many of the reductions in the numbers of civil servants in his Office announced in the spending review will be of special advisers.

      Sudan

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on tackling the situation in Sudan.

  • House of Lords

    • Millennium Development Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the relationship between the millennium development target to reduce the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds and similar...

    • Further Education: Skills for Life Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of basic skills qualifications achieved in (a) 2002–03; and (b) 2003–04 were completed by young people as part of their (i) GCSEs; and...

      Children's Centres: Parental Involvement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that parents are involved in policy decisions and programme delivery in children's centres.

      Primary Schools: Parental Choice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of families are given their first choice of primary school for their children.

      Japanese and Chinese Studies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been a decline in Japanese studies in United Kingdom universities; if so, what steps they are taking to reverse the decline; and what funding is...

      Japanese and Chinese Studies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they collect statistics on the offer levels and grades required for entry to Japanese and Chinese studies courses at United Kingdom universities; and, if...

      Support Vehicle Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will announce the name of the successful bidder for the support vehicle contract before the Summer Recess; and how many times a decision on the tender...

      Support Vehicle Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the effect on whole costs and logistics of not ordering the recovery variants of the Ministry of Defence's support vehicle at the same time as...

      Strategic Trends

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has embarked on a 30-year analysis of security for this country focusing on the seven dimensions of the security environment:...

      Supreme Court: Somerset House New Wing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the present occupants of the "new" (1856) wing of Somerset House, which is one of the proposed sites for a Supreme Court.

      Supreme Court: Somerset House New Wing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where it is proposed that the current occupants of the "new" (1856) wing of Somerset House will move to if it becomes the location of a new Supreme Court; and what...

      Supreme Court: Somerset House New Wing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of adapting the "new" (1856) wing of Somerset House for the purposes of a Supreme Court.

      Supreme Court: Somerset House New Wing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What catering facilities will be included for: (a) Justices; (b) staff; (c) advocates; and (d) the public in a Supreme Court if it is located in Somerset House.

      Supreme Court: Somerset House New Wing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What library facilities would be provided in a Supreme Court if it is located in Somerset House; and at what cost.

      National Statistics: Code of Practice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the findings by the Statistics Commission contained in its annual report 2003–04 (cm 6250) of breaches by government departments of the...

      Planning Applications: Playing Fields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many planning applications affecting playing fields have been referred to the Deputy Prime Minister under the Town and Country Planning (Playing Fields)...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 1 July (WS 17–20) in relation to the Export Credits Guarantee Department, what form the...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 1 July (WS 17–20) in relation to the Export Credits Guarantee Department, in what sense...

      Metric System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to convert all measurements into the metric system.

      Weights and Measures: Equipment Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1300), what checks will be made of the accuracy of the estimate made...

      Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the provisions contained in paragraph 19(11) and (12) of the Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm Order (S.I. 2004/933) will also apply to the Lynn (S.I....

      Home Office Sports and Social Association

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the departmental budget allocated to the promotion of sport and physical activities by the Home Office and its associated agencies for each year since...

      Prison Service and Parole Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 30 June (WA 27), what is meant by the statement that "the Prison Service has no input into the...

      Religious Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their proposed legislation to create an offence of incitement to religious hatred will include provision to abolish the offence of blasphemy.

      Asylum Seekers: Eritrea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' statement of January 2004 on "Return of rejected asylum seekers to Eritrea", they have agreed...

      Asylum Seekers: Eritrea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to speed up the issue of letters acknowledging fresh applications for asylum from Eritreans who had previously exhausted their rights...

      Sentencing and Imprisonment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners are currently held for periods longer than the tariff set by the trial judge; and what the length of the excess periods have been.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are planning to provide security measures for the 2012 Olympic Games in London similar to those planned by Science Applications International...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the total cost of all security measures being planned for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 16 June (WA 76), whether the statement by the Prime Minister on 25 May in response to the...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been any change in their policy towards the London 2012 Olympic Bid since the statement by the Prime Minister on 25 May in response to the...

      DVLA: Telephone Lines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will increase the number of telephone lines available at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Irish Territorial Waters: Lighthouses and Navigational Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in the negotiations on the issue whether the Irish Government should pay the full cost of maintaining lighthouses and other...

      A303: Ilminster to Exeter Improvements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost and length of new dual carriageway required for the two options for improving the A303 between Ilminster and Exeter that are being...

      Segway Human Transporter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the environmental impact of the Segway human transporter.

      Zimbabwe: EU Travel Ban

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will add to the list of Zimbabwean nationals who are refused entry to the European Union a United Kingdom list of close supporters and collaborators...

      Côte d'Ivoire: UN Security Council Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the outcome of the recent United Nations mission to the Ivory Coast led by the British Ambassador to the United Nations.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage British academic institutions and British companies to provide technical assistance to the Turkish Cypriot administration for the...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made with European Union partners towards the early implementation of their objective of allowing direct flights to Ercan Airport in...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Cyprus about the ability of Turkish Cypriots to vote in European Parliamentary elections and be...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the text of the latest version of the proposed European Union Constitution.

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Bill to ratify the treaty to establish a constitution for Europe will contain all articles of the constitution; whether it will be amendable by both...

      EU: Decision-making Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the powers of the European Parliament under (a) the co-decision procedure; (b) other European Union procedures; and (c) in respect of the other European...

      EU: Decision-making Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which areas are subject to the co-decision procedure under (a) the Treaty of Nice; and (b) the proposed European Union Constitution.

      EU: Decision-making Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the arrangements for qualified majority voting in the Council of Ministers under (a) the Treaty of Nice; and (b) the proposed European Union Constitution;...

      Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many digital hearing aids have been distributed nationwide from National Health Service hearing aids services since the digital scheme was announced in...

      Defra: Funding of Outdoor Recreation Initiatives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the departmental budget allocated to the promotion of sport and physical recreation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its...

      Rivers and Waterways: Recreational Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an audit has been undertaken on the number of accredited recreational facilities on the River Thames and the funding committed to their maintenance and...

      Rivers and Waterways: Recreational Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their best estimate of the net financial contribution to the economy of leisure activity on the River Thames.

      Rivers and Waterways: Recreational Activities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase participation in sport and recreation on the rivers and waterways of the United Kingdom.

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