Written answers

Tuesday, 7 September 2004

  • Minister for Women

    • Beijing Platform for Action

      To ask the Minister for Women what her plans are for involvement in the Beijing Platform for Action, known as Beijing +10.

  • Leader of the House

    • Divisions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will seek to amend the practice of Divisions to allow abstentions to be recorded.

    • Sitting Hours

      To ask the Leader of the House when he expects to publish proposals for revised sitting hours of the House.

      Parliamentary Publications

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has received since 27 April from the Plain English Campaign regarding the language used in parliamentary publications.

  • Scotland

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the First Minister to discuss Scottish immigration issues.

    • Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the Scottish infantry regiments.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the level of consumer debt in Scotland.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry about the number of post office closures in Scotland.

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the dispersal of Government jobs to Scotland.

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the impact of the Lyons review in areas in Scotland not named in the King Sturge report; and what active role his...

      Small Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received from small business organisations regarding regulation.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to provide an opportunity to enable the people of Scotland to decide whether they wish to retain a Scottish Parliament.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received regarding postal services in Scotland.

      Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many rooms are set aside for (a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women in each...

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what indications he has received from the Boundary Commission for Scotland as to when it expects to deliver to him its report on Parliamentary...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Staff (Upper Age Limits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department has (a) a set retirement age that applies to all or most personnel and (b) a maximum age beyond which applications for employment...

    • Devolved Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next plans to meet the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales to discuss the future of Devolved Government in Wales.

      Public Relations

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

      Referendum Threshold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether it is his policy that a turnout threshold be included in plans for a referendum on granting tax-raising powers to the Welsh Assembly.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Automotive Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has sought about the emissions level that has been established for the automotive sector under the (a)...

    • Automotive Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of the automotive sector to discuss the UK implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Departmental Accounting Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the Finance Director of (a) the Department, (b) the Office for Water Services and (c) the Forestry Commission is; what...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to (a) maintain UK emissions targets in relation to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme National...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the percentage allocation of emission permits under the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme to Northern...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact of UK implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on the competitiveness of...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what specific resources have been allocated to river and coastal flood defences between 2005–06 and 2007–08; and...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) complaints, (b) court actions and (c) fines against landfill sites for problems related to (i) odours, (ii)...

  • International Development

    • Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the British Government offered to Venezuela following the floods in Caracas in December 1999; and if he will make a statement.

    • Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many rooms are set aside for (a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the international aid budget was spent in Kenya in each year since 1997.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Kenyan Government on aid from the UK in relation to corruption within Kenya.

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) Bank of Scotland for...

      Political and Economic Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has commissioned regarding connections between political and economic liberalisation and improvements in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he is giving to humanitarian operations in Somalia.

      Sugar Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether under Common Agricultural Policy reform of the sugar protocol there are mechanisms in place to prevent short-term dumping on...

      Sugar Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether under Common Agricultural Policy reform of the sugar protocol there are transitional arrangements for African, Caribbean and...

      Sugar Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Department is funding research into alternative uses for sugar, with particular reference to developing countries, in the...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will outline his Department's strategy with regard to the Montagnard people of Vietnam since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Water and Sanitation Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the Departmental Expenditure Limits agreed up to 2007–08 will be spent in pursuit of the water and sanitation...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Summer Recess Visitors

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many people visited the House during the summer recess.

    • Crèche Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the need for crèche facilities to be made...

  • Home Department

    • Advertising

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

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been served in Northampton in each year since their introduction.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) applied for and (b) granted in the County of Durham in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) the constituency of Bury St. Edmunds and (b) Suffolk since their introduction.

      Community Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to consult older people on issues of community safety.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reporting procedures are for the performance of prison alternatives.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans the Government have to publicise successful outcomes of community sentencing; (2) what plans he has to use the media to...

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on emergency planning arrangements in the UK.

      Crime (Great Yarmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment has been made of the level of fear of crime among the people of Great Yarmouth.

      Departmental Expenditure/Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) capital and (b) running costs of mobile phones in his Department were in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Expenditure/Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff there have been in (a) his Department and (b) agencies of the Department in each year since 1997.

      Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rooms are set aside for (a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women in...

      English Language Training (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what English language training is available to (a) adult refugees and (b) adult asylum seekers in Leeds.

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change in funding Essex Police Authority has received in each year since 1997.

      Female Prisoners (Substance Misuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of female prisoners have a substance misuse problem; and if he will make a statement.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are available for the psychiatric assessment of persons (a) under a stage one warning for harassment and (b) convicted of...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been released on the home detention curfew scheme.

      Job Losses (Civil Servants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the reductions in the numbers of civil servants in his Department announced in the comprehensive spending review will be of...

      Litigation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to public funds was of the A v. West Yorkshire Police case.

      Paedophiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people convicted of paedophile offences have had restrictions imposed on their ownership of credit and debit cards as part of...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts have been let by his Department in each financial year since 2001–02 to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and...

      Police (Northampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage change there has been in the number of police officers in Northampton in each year since 1997.

      Police Officers (Restricted Duties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours were worked per week, on average, by police officers working on restricted or recuperative duties in (a) England and (b) Essex...

      Police Officers (Restricted Duties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are (a) working on restricted recuperative duties, (b) unable to work night duty and (c) absent through sickness in...

      Policies (Environmental Impacts)

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

      Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for each prison library in 2004–05; and how many local authority-employed librarians work in prison establishments...

      Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the 10-year custodial population projections referred to in paragraphs D18 and D19 of the Home Office Online Report 38/04.

      Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what review of the policy towards (a) prison workplace and (b) prisoner smoking is planned; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost was of the new healthcare centre at HMP Holloway in the Department's budget on 1 January; what the latest estimate is...

      Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prisoners, (b) women in prison, (c) juveniles and (d) young offenders are held (i) over 50 miles and (ii) over 100 miles from...

      Public Services Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will identify for (a) his Department and (b) the agencies and task forces for which it is responsible each funding stream for public...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the off-site emergency plans, including evacuation plans, in place in West Cumbria for...

      Travel Costs

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

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will issue guidance to police forces that parents should, where possible, be informed when alcohol is removed from their children...

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) found guilty of selling intoxicating liquor to a person aged under 18 in 2003; (2) how many...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Katharine Gun

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the costs have been to date to the Government of the prosecution of the Katharine Gun case.

    • Butler Report

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will place in the Library copies of (a) the account given to the Butler Committee on the Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction of the legal...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for alleged child abuse were brought by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions in each of the last three years the Crown Prosecution Service has not proceeded with a prosecution of an assault committed (a) on a police...

      David McGee

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost to public funds was of the prosecution of Mr. David McGee; at what level in the Crown Prosecution Service the decision on what charges to proceed with...

      Elmley Prison Officers (Case Costs)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) legal costs of the defendants' two trials and (b) total cost to the Crown Prosecution Service were in the case against Prison Officers Rowland, Kerry and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will place in the Library copies of the intelligence assessment briefings on Iraq of September 2002 and February 2003, to which reference is made in paragraph...

      Serious Fraud Office (Bribery)

      To ask the Solicitor-General from which (a) companies and (b) organisations the Serious Fraud Office have requested (i) co-operation and (ii) information with regard to investigations relating to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Counter-terrorism Grants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how the Government calculates counter-terrorism grants to front-line responders, with particular reference to (a) police forces, (b) fire brigades and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Tannery Arts Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the compulsory purchase order placed on Tannery Arts Ltd.'s premises.

    • Adult Education (Great Yarmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what public funding has been spent on adult (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in Great Yarmouth in each of the last five years.

      Advertising

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

      Alderman Blaxill Secondary School, Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received about the closure of classrooms at Alderman Blaxill Secondary School, Colchester, following the...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned regarding the school exclusion rates of (a) autistic students and (b) students with Asperger's Syndrome;...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's policy is on extending child care provision; and what plans the Government have to extend child care provision.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's policy is on the promotion of the National Childcare Strategy; and what plans the Government has to extend the strategy.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate the Government have made of the number of (a) child care places and (b) childminders that will be created by the Neighbourhood...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate the Government has made of how many registered child care places there were in (i) St. Helens and (ii) the UK, broken...

      Children's Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's information services (a) have been opened and (b) are planned to be opened in (i) St Helens and (ii) England, broken...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received about the effectiveness of city academies in tacking social deprivation.

      Civil Service Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the anticipated impact is of staff reductions in his Department on the delivery of services to (a) children under five, (b) school age...

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils per computer there were in schools in (a) Norfolk and (b) Great Yarmouth in each year since 1996.

      Departmental Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to reduce his Department's central administrative costs.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Department spent on press officers in each year since 1996–97, broken down by grade.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money the Department spent on (a) advertising and (b) public relations in each year since 1996–97.

      Departmental Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many press officers are employed in his Department.

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to reduce staffing levels within his Department.

      Departmental Stress Policy

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

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many mobile phones owned by his Department have been reported lost or stolen since 2001.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the items that his Department has reported lost or stolen to the police from his Department's buildings and property since 2001.

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the equivalent monetary cost of theft to (a) his Department and (b) the Executive Agencies affiliated to his Department has been in...

      Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many rooms are set aside for (a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women in...

      Early Excellence Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Early Excellence centres (a) have been opened and (b) are planned to be opened in (i) St. Helens and (ii) England, broken down by...

      Early-years Initiatives (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been made available to (a) Sure Start projects, (b) Early Excellence centres, (c) Neighbourhood Nurseries and (d) other...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) girls and (b) boys in receipt of free school meals achieved (i) Level 2 or more at Key Stage 1 in (A) reading, (B)...

      Food Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether food skills training is provided in primary school teachers' initial teacher training.

      Food Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what action is being taken to help primary school teachers to teach cookery in addition to the Food in Schools programme; (2) what...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the cost of fraud to (a) his Department and (b) the Executive Agencies affiliated to his Department...

      General Teaching Council/Teacher Training Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will break down the 2002–03 administration cost of the Teacher Training Agency by main budget heading.

      General Teaching Council/Teacher Training Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of the General Teaching Council was in 2002–03, broken down by main budget heading.

      General Teaching Council/Teacher Training Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff were employed in the (a) Teacher Training Agency and (b) General Teaching Council in 2002–03; and what the staff costs...

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has commissioned regarding the number of university graduates who enter graduate jobs within six months of...

      Higher Education (Newcastle upon Tyne)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 18-year-olds were accepted for entry to higher education through UCAS in the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in...

      IT Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve (a) IT training and (b) access to the internet for older people.

      Learner Satisfaction Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much was spent by the Learning and Skills Council on producing the Learner Satisfaction Survey in 2003; (2) what funding...

      Learning Difficulties/Disabilities (Coventry, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Coventry, South students in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools suffer from learning (i) difficulties and (ii) disabilities.

      Minimum Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to require small schools to have a minimum number of pupils.

      New Schools (Great Yarmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were opened in the Great Yarmouth constituency between 1979 and 1997; and what proposals...

      Education (Northampton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) education support staff there were in Northampton, South in each year since 1992.

      Education (Northampton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will break down achievement at each key stage in 2003 in Northampton by ethnicity, subdivided into those (a) in receipt of and (b) not...

      Education (Northampton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size in Northampton, South for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 1997.

      Offender Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers and tutors are in post at each (i) prison and (ii) young offender institute.

      Offender Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many prison education tutors have (a) resigned and (b) been made redundant in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies there...

      Offender Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has for the Offenders' Learning and Skills Unit within his Department.

      Offender Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what role the regional Learning and Skills Councils will have in the (a) commissioning and (b) delivery of offender education in (i)...

      Pensioner Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve access to education for pensioners.

      PFI/PPP Contracts (Financial Advice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) Bank of Scotland for advice on...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the Government's policy is on pre-school education access; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether the Government expects...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four-year-olds in Great Yarmouth in each of the...

      Primary Schools (Non-teaching Grant)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will ring-fence a specific grant in 2005–06 for planning, preparation and assessment time for primary school teachers.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when his Department will (a) release full details of the new contracts for prison education, (b) begin accepting tenders, (c) make decisions...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded from schools in (a) Great Yarmouth and (b) Norfolk in each year since 1997.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils on average were (i) permanently excluded from school and (ii) unable to access a place in...

      Pupil Expenditure (Great Yarmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public money was spent per pupil in the Great Yarmouth constituency in each year since 1997.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to permit academically-orientated students who have been expelled from mainstream education and who are in Pupil Referral...

      School Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to give head teachers more control over school budgets.

      School Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to conduct research into how school budgets are spent.

      School Refurbishment (Great Yarmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been given to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Great Yarmouth constituency for the refurbishment of school...

      School Start Date

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to allow children to start primary education in the September of the calendar year in which the child has its sixth birthday.

      Science and Innovation Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to (a) science in schools and (b) biology fieldwork following the science and...

      Secondary School Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations the Department has received regarding its new secondary school targets.

      Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Great Yarmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent in Great Yarmouth on measures within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.

      Strategic Area Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of strategic area reviews was in 2003–04; and how much is budgeted for (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      Student Grants/Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library the survey referred to in his answer of 10 May 2004, Official Report, columns 53–54W, on student grants.

      Student Grants/Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what monetary sums were transferred to the Scottish Office further to the sale of portfolios of student loans in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Sure Start programmes (a) have begun and (b) are planned in (i) St. Helens and (ii) England, broken down by region.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to extend Sure Start beyond the 20 per cent. most deprived wards; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to the Great Yarmouth constituency under the Sure Start scheme.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact in Nottingham of reductions in numbers of teachers and teaching assistants on the introduction of...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the most recent estimate is of the average total salary of a (a) primary school teacher and (b) secondary school teacher in (i)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of proficiency participants in (a) the Post Graduate Certificate of Education, (b) Teach First and (c) the Graduate Teacher...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary teacher vacancies there were at the start of each of the last five academic years in (i) the London...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers have been employed in Suffolk in each of the last 10 years.

      Westgate College, Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what bids he has received for Westgate College, Newcastle under the Building Schools for the Future programme; when he expects to make a...

      Working Age People (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change in (a) basic skills and (b) proportion of working age people (i) with no qualifications, (ii) qualified to level 2 and (iii)...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff at each grade in his Department have opted out of the Working Time Regulations; and what the average number of hours these...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Book Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of the ending of the Net Book Agreement in 1995 on (a) authors, (b) publishers and (c) booksellers;...

    • Book Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the proposed removal of the Recommended Retail Price from book sleeves on (a) authors,...

      Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the EU is taking to improve its policy on encouraging innovation.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to eliminate age discrimination in the workplace.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the Government's policy is on preventing age discrimination; and if she will make a statement; (2) what the Government's policy is...

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how she expects the 2006 age discrimination legislation to be implemented; and which bodies will have responsibility for implementation.

      Biomass Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many planning applications for the construction of biomass power stations are being considered; and how many have been granted permission.

      Departmental Policies (Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Middlesbrough,...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Export Credits Guarantee Department's administration costs were in each of the last five financial years (a) in total and (b) broken...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what savings in administration costs the Export Credits Guarantee Department is required to achieve in 2005–06; and what the projected...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her practice to offer Export Credits Guarantee Department cover in Government to Government defence export and sales agreements;...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent a capitalised trading fund will give the Export Credits Guarantee Department autonomy from HM Treasury and her Department.

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what terms the £10 million investment in the Export Credits Guarantee Department from her Department's shareholder executive can be...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate what the average reduction in the Export Credits Guarantee Department premium rates will be in (a) 2005–06 and (b)...

      Ecgd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the terms of reference of the Export Credits Guarantee Department business plan are.

      Eco-Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is on the European eco-label.

      Employment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to expand employment protection to those aged 65 years and over.

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what total tonnage of hazardous waste was (a) treated and (b) disposed of by English Partnerships projects in each of the last five years;...

      Enterprise Insight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets have been set by her Department for the number of new start up small businesses which will be created with help from Enterprise...

      Enterprise Insight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) objectives and (b) organisational structure of Enterprise Insight.

      Environmental Business Growth Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many projects have been funded under the Environmental Business Growth Action Programme by regional development agencies in (a) England...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms her Department has put in place to monitor (a) sex discrimination, (b) race discrimination, (c) disability discrimination and...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information the Government have collated on the percentage of (a) public and (b) private sector organisations which have committed to...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information the Government have collated on the percentage of public sector organisations which have (a) committed to and (b) declined to...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information the Government have collated on the percentage of (a) public sector and (b) private sector organisations with over 500...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information the Government have collated on the percentage of (a) public sector and (b) private sector organisations with less than 500...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information the Government have collated on the percentage of (a) public sector organisations and (b) private sector organisations which...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on tackling occupational segregation in relation to the gender pay gap; and if she will make a statement.

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government has to change legislation on equal pay; and if she will make a statement.

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on the promotion of equal pay.

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on implementing the recommendations in the Equal Opportunities Commission's 2002 Equal Pay Task Force Report;...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many pay discrimination lawsuits have been filed each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many pay discrimination lawsuits on the grounds of gender discrimination have been filed in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate the Government have made of the average length of time taken to process pay discrimination lawsuits in the last period for which...

      Equal Opportunities/Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate the Government has made of the cost to businesses of pay discrimination lawsuits in each year since 1997.

      European Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much in pounds sterling she calculates has been under-returned to the UK over the last four years under the funding agreement with the...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the percentage of employees who work some form of flexible working arrangement in each of the last three years;...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the demand for flexible working patterns; and if she will make a statement.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has commissioned on fraud in large businesses; and what measures she has taken to prevent such fraud in the UK.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated savings are from the efficient devolution of business support products from the Central Department to the regional...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the East Midlands has received from (a) Germany, (b) Sweden, (c) France, (d) USA, (e) Canada, (f) Singapore, (g)...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the region of Yorkshire and the Humber received from (a) Japan and (b) China in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the West Midlands has received from (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Sweden, (d) Belgium, (e) USA, (f) Canada, (g)...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the South West of England received from (a) Japan and (b) USA in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the South East of England received from (a) Belgium, (b) USA, (c) Germany, (d) China, (e) South Korea, (f) Japan...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the North East of England received from (a) China, (b) Japan, (c) South Korea, (d) Taiwan, (e) Australia, (f) the...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the North West of England received from (a) Japan, (b) USA and (c) Belgium in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment London received from Belgium in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much inward investment the East of England received from (a) USA, (b) Belgium and (c) China in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the Government measures inward investment.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the total value to date of the contracts awarded to British businesses in Iraq since the start of the...

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by the Low Pay Commission.

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual salaries are of each of the commissioners on the Low Pay Commission.

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total annual resource budget for the Low Pay Commission has been since its inception.

      Low Pay Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total wage budget is for the Low Pay Commission.

      Mandatory Retirement Ages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to abolish mandatory retirement ages.

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which firms have been helped by the Manufacturing Advisory Service in the (a) Northern Region, (b) Tees Valley area and (c) Middlesbrough,...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place with (a) University College London and (b) King's College London concerning the future site of the National...

      National Minimum Wage

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Great Yarmouth have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      NCP (Communications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) letters, (b) e-mails, (c) telephone calls and (d) meetings between her Department's officials, including the National...

      Newspaper Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer the wholesale newspaper market to the Office of Fair Trading for investigation.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the proportions of expenditure by the planned nuclear decommissioning authority that will be spent on (a)...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) total costs to date and (b) projected future costs to public funds are of decommissioning nuclear power stations; and if she will...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made by her office of civil nuclear security in respect of providing guidance to (a) nuclear operators, (b)...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional protection measures have been taken at (a) Sellafield, (b) other nuclear sites operated by BNFL and (c) nuclear installations...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the report published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology on 22 July on assessing the risk of...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the additional requirements for personnel vetting that will arise from the contractorisation of (a) nuclear...

      Pfi/PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts her Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for...

      Pharmaceutical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what date she has been advised she will receive the Office of Fair Trading report on pharmaceutical services; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Offices (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in Northampton, South have disabled access.

      Postal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what change there has been in the number of delays in the postal service in (a) urban and (b) rural areas since 1997; and if she will make a...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which regional development agencies have (a) an office and (b) representatives outside the UK.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what offices outside the United Kingdom are maintained by regional development agencies; and what the cost of maintaining each one was in the...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether regional development agencies are required to meet performance indicators for central Government.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding from her Department in 2004–05 is devoted by regional development agencies specifically towards promoting the development...

      Regional Supply Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) purpose and (b) role of the regional supply offices; and what their budget was in the most recent year...

      Rural Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has carried out into the possible effects on small businesses in rural areas of further plans for restrictions to...

      Sellafield Site Remediation Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made by BNFL towards completing a full structural analysis of the B30 facility at Sellafield.

      Sellafield Site Remediation Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress BNFL has made in removing sludges from B30 Sellafield in order to comply with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate's...

      Turner and Newall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications of Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Turner and Newall for compensation for victims of...

      UN Sales Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to be in the position to introduce legislation implementing the UN Sales Convention; and if she will make a statement.

      West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the current levels of funding from her Department to the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with her European counterparts regarding proposals to abolish the individual opt-out from the 48-hour limit set...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Access Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on enforcement of access orders.

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures the Government are considering to reform the second Chamber.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Lord Chancellor plans to bring forward proposals to change the powers of the House of Lords to delay legislation.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress is being made with his plans for the Lord Chancellor and a supreme court in the administration of justice.

      Essex Magistrates Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with the allocation of resources to the private finance initiative for Essex...

      Postal Ballots

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment has been made of the all-postal vote electoral pilots in the east midlands up to and on 10 June.

      Court Efficiency

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with improving the efficiency of the courts.

      Asbestos (Compensation)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will propose changes to the law on compensation for asbestos injury victims bringing claims against uninsured...

      Bereavement Damages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to review the level of bereavement damages; and if he will make a statement.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service officers are in post; and how many posts are vacant.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many reports were drafted by (a) the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service and (b) predecessor...

      Cafcass

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average length of time taken to draft a Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service report has been.

      Child Contact

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to take steps to give grandparents a legal presumption of contact with grandchildren that can be...

      Civil Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of high property values in the South East on the eligibility of people of low...

      Claim Management Companies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to implement the Better Regulations Task Force's recommendation to strengthen consumer protection...

      Court Dress

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with the proposed reforms of court dress.

      Government Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action his Department is taking to deal with delays experienced by applicants under the Code of Practice on Access...

      Government Premises

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the arrangements for access to government premises for (a) physically disabled persons and...

      Law Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the outstanding reports for the Law Commission recommending legislation and in relation to which no Bill...

      Legal Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to propose changes to the legal principle of volenti non fit injuria in cases involving sport or...

      Magistrate Training

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training is available to magistrates on access rights for grandparents in cases of family breakdown.

      National Debt Helpline/Consumer Direct

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Government grant to (a) the National Debt Helpline and (b) Consumer Direct is for the next financial year.

      Personal Injury Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to review the indemnity principle in relation to costs in personal injury cases; and if he will make a...

      Personal Injury Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to review the quantum of general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity in personal injury...

      Personal Injury Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to review the discount rate for damages in personal injury cases; and if he will make a statement.

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many contracts the Department has had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were registered for a permanent postal vote in the Bury St. Edmunds constituency in each year since 1997.

      Sentencing Guidelines

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what provisions are in place to increase awareness amongst the judiciary of the behaviour patterns of people who have...

      Speeding

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many motorists fined for speeding as a result of evidence provided by cameras (a) had not paid the fine after six...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans his Department has to bring forward plans to circumscribe the powers of the House of Lords.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress his Department is making in locating a site for the proposed new Supreme Court.

      Voter Participation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to encourage (a) young and (b) first-time voters to vote at the next General Election.

      Written Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations he has received in support of a written constitution for the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Indian Ocean Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions have taken place with and (b) representations have been received from the US military on the...

    • British Indian Ocean Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether detainees are currently held on Diego Garcia; and if he will make a statement.

      British Indian Ocean Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the International Criminal Court will have jurisdiction over (a) British Indian Ocean Territories and (b) Diego Garcia...

      Butler Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 12 January 2004, Official Report, column 84W, on Iraq, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a)...

      Commonwealth Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of which countries the Queen is the head of state.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Foreign Office spent on press officers (a) in 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Department spent on (a) mobile phones, (b) hospitality and (c) taxis in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) the latest...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many road vehicles are operated by the Department and its agencies; how many personal injury accidents involving road...

      EU Export Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with European partners about the impact on the developing world of EU export subsidies.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date an official in his Department first informed an official in No. 10 Downing street of the withdrawal of the...

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty the Queen plans to visit Fiji within the next five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries (a) HRH Prince Charles, (b) HRH Prince Andrew and (c) HRH Prince Edward plan to visit over the next five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many official visits overseas HRH Prince Charles has paid over the past five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits the Royal Family has paid abroad over the past five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty the Queen has visited New Zealand within the past five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the last royal visit to Singapore took place.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Royal Family plans to visit Australia within the next five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) Her Majesty the Queen and (b) the royal family last visited Australia.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a member of the Royal Family has visited the Falkland Islands over the past five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times in 2004 Her Majesty the Queen has visited countries of which she is Head of State.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries Her Majesty the Queen has visited in an official capacity in 2004.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a member of the Royal Family plans to make a state visit to Canada within the next five years.

      Royal Family (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a member of the Royal Family has paid a state visit to Canada since 1999.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with (a) the Venezuelan Government, (b) international aid organisations and (c) others in the months...

      Visiting Heads of State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which heads of state have made visits to the UK over the past five years.

      Visiting Heads of State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which heads of state plan to make visits to the UK over the next five years.

  • Health

    • Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what remit has been agreed for the review of the use of expert evidence in the family courts; who will be invited to submit evidence to the review;...

    • Advocacy (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce an independent advocacy service for vulnerable older people.

      Annual Health Check (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce an annual health check for pensioners.

      Bed Occupancy Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rates were for (a) each NHS hospital trust in England and (b) England in each year since 1991.

      Cancer (NICE Guidelines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what impact he expects the revised National Institute for Clinical Excellence Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer will have on postgraduate general...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are available for the elderly in care homes in Northampton; and how many were available on average in (a) 2001 and (b) 1997.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time patients have to wait between regular chiropody appointments is, broken down by primary care trust.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (a) in Burnley, (b) within the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis-diagnosed patients (a) in Burnley, (b) within the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from (a) chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) sufferers in Burnley, (b) CFS/ME sufferers...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what provision (a) East Lancashire NHS Trust and (b) Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust have for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received fully funded NHS continuing care in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the 7.2 per cent. increase in health spending announced by the Chancellor on 12 July his Department expects to deploy to meet the cost...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assumptions his Department made about the change in the numbers of people needing intensive home care and home care during the Spending Review period...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 901W, on NHS Continuing Care (Recompense), when the review of those wrongly denied NHS...

      Departmental Publications (Storage)

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital accident and emergency departments (a) stock both animal and human insulin and (b) inquire whether the diabetes patient has a preference...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are in place at primary care level to offer diabetes patients a choice between animal and human insulin (a) at first diagnosis of diabetes...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is to the general practitioner of a patient being prescribed (a) animal and (b) human insulin.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with his EU counterparts to discuss co-operation on research on diabetes.

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) anticipated construction cost, (b) date for start of construction and (c) date for completion is of each diagnostic and treatment centre...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many domiciliary care providers have met the registration standards.

      Environmental Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average score for the controls assurance standard on environmental management has been in each year since 1997.

      Free Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many old age pensioners in the Great Yarmouth constituency have benefited from the introduction of free eye tests.

      Free Health Tests (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of providing an annual (a) chiropody assessment and (b) diabetes check to pensioners.

      GP Access Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients were seen by a general practitioner within the 48-hour general practitioner access target in (a) Suffolk and (b) the Bury St....

      GP Access Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait for an appointment to see (a) the general practitioner with whom an individual is registered and (b) another general practitioner in...

      Head Injury Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Health Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2000–01, on Head Injury...

      Headed Notepaper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of printing Department of Health headed notepaper was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Health Promotion (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to invest in health promotion among older people; and what initiatives for older people have taken place in this area over the last two...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per patient is of (a) an externally-worn hearing aid and (b) a hearing aid fitted to be internally worn.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date internally-worn hearing aids will be fitted to all NHS patients for whom they are suitable and who request them.

      Hospital Hygiene/Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what independent inspections are undertaken of hospital hygiene management programmes; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Hygiene/Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance has been given since 19 March 1997 to the (a) development and (b) use in hospitals of new (i) paints and (ii) cleaning products able to...

      Hospital Hygiene/Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital trust (a) Chairmen, (b) Chief Executives and (c) other board members have received training in administering hygiene and infection...

      Hospital Hygiene/Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) representations he has received and (b) evidence he has collected regarding the effect of advance publication of hospital cleaning target...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2004, Official Report, column 1275W, on mental health, what percentage of NHS trusts provide single-sex accommodation...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to assist carers of patients with advanced Alzheimer's disease in Romsey.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the availability of drugs for treating advanced Alzheimer's disease in Romsey; (2) how much was spent by the NHS on...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the resources available to Alzheimer's patients.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Alzheimer's disease patients are being treated in Norwich; what the total spending on drugs available on the NHS for Alzheimer's disease was in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to assist carers of patients with advanced Alzheimer's disease in (a) the UK and (b) Dartford.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives are registered in the West Midlands.

      Ministerial Conference (Care Issues)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the purposes were of the ministerial conference on 26 to 27 May on care issues; and if he will list those invited to attend.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gives to ambulance authorities on (a) combating MRSA and (b) infection control generally; and what additional resources he plans to make...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the isolation procedures set down by the Department to combat MRSA and which were operative as at 19 March 1997 are still operative; when...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether hospitals are required to destroy bed linen of MRSA sufferers after use; and if he will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the results were of the national surveillance by 40 hospitals in respect of MRSA announced by the Minister on 19 March 1997; and if he will make a...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he proposes to introduce to tackle MRSA in nursing homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Department has received a written request from the Nappy Alliance seeking a meeting to discuss policy and practice in the use of nappies...

      NHS Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent by the NHS on agency staff in Northampton south in each year since 1997.

      NHS Commercial Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) take steps to prevent the distribution within NHS hospitals of Bounty packs to mothers of newly-born children and (b) undertake an...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the progress of the NHS dentistry support team's work with primary care trusts in Gloucestershire; (2) if he will...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices are offering NHS dental services in the London borough of Enfield; and what efforts are being made to increase their availability.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in the Colchester constituency provide NHS treatment; how many provided NHS treatment in 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS dentists in the Bury St. Edmunds constituency are registering new NHS patients.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have applied to become NHS dentists in each year since 2000 in Suffolk.

      NHS Denturists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Department has to review the role of denturists within the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff vacancies there were on average in the NHS in Northampton in each year since 1997.

      Northampton General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) support staff were employed by Northampton General Hospital, in each of the last 10 years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas nurses are employed in the University Hospital of Leicester.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many modern matrons have been appointed in the NHS since the NHS Plan was introduced; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether community matrons will take precedence over senior district nurses in the general recruitment process.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on current staffing levels of his aim to recruit 3,000 community matrons.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of community matrons on staffing levels of social care professionals.

      Out-patient Access Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of health authorities in Great Yarmouth in meeting out-patient access targets since 1997.

      Patient Environment and Assessment Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals were (a) put on special measures and (b) offered additional support following inspection by a Patient Environment and Assessment Team...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts have been let by his Department in each financial year since 2001–02 to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Deloitte and Touche, (c)...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts and what fees (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland received for advising his...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed in his Department.

      Radioactivity (Public Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission a study of cancer incidence in North Essex.

      Recruitment Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the last year for which figures are available on (i) head-hunters and recruitment consultants,...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Medical Research Council has identified rheumatoid arthritis as a priority area; and how much of its resources are going into (a) research...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government supports the inclusion of rheumatoid arthritis as a priority of research area in the next EU framework programme.

      Scoliosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incidence of scoliosis among teenagers; and what steps are being taken to develop appropriate treatment of the condition.

      Suffolk West Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current deficit is of Suffolk West Primary Care Trust; and what it has been in each of the last three years.

      Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what preventative measures his Department has taken against the threat of vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus to the NHS; (2) what research...

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to extend the protection of vulnerable adults list to (a) the NHS and (b) day care services; and if he will make a statement.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whom he has consulted on the extension of the protection of vulnerable adults list to the NHS.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Northampton, South constituency, or the nearest relevant unit of population were waiting for NHS operations for longer than (a)...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of patients on (a) in-patient and (b) day case waiting lists was in Great Yarmouth in each year since 1997; and what the...

      West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancelled operations there were in each of the last seven years in the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce targets to reduce the number of winter deaths.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) house officers, (b) senior house officers, (c) specialist registrars, (d) general practitioners, (e) consultants, (f) associate...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evidence he has collated following the results from the Working Time Directive Pilots Programme on whether the NHS will be compliant with the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Savings Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the number of people eligible for means-tested benefits on incentives to save.

    • Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who receive (a) income support and (b) pension credit also pay income tax; and what proportion this is of recipients of each...

      Christmas Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the pensioners' annual Christmas bonus to the equivalent of one week's state pension.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Bridgwater constituency (a) are entitled to council tax benefit and (b) do not claim the council tax benefit to which...

      Dla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the levels of disability living allowance payable to pensioners.

      Dla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for disability living allowance were initially (a) granted and (b) refused in the last year within the constituency of...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to require companies to be registered for employers' liability compulsory insurance.

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the extent of evasion of employers' liability compulsory insurance within the construction and roofing...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to implement the recommendations of his Department's second report on employers' liability compulsory insurance.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of creating Jobcentre Plus offices in each year since 2001–02; and what the estimated costs are for each year to...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered self-employment as a result of participating in each New Deal scheme in each year since 1997–98.

      New Deal and Employment Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed (a) in his Department and (b) in Jobcentre Plus in administering each of the (i) New Deal programmes and (ii)...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are (a) eligible for and (b) claiming the pension credit in Northampton South.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Bridgwater (a) are entitled to pension credit, (b) are in receipt of pension credit and (c) were receiving the minimum...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2004, Official Report, columns 833–34W, on pension credit, if he will provide the same breakdown of...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest projections are for expenditure on all benefits to pensioners, broken down by benefit, up to 2053–54 (a) as a percentage...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average pensioner income was in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms in (i) 2001–02, (ii) 2002–03 and (iii) 2003–04,...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the state pensions of expatriates living in countries not covered by reciprocal social security agreements with the UK.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the rules allowing for the state pension to be reduced after 52 weeks in hospital.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the level of a surviving partner's entitlement to the state earnings-related pension scheme.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the 25p a week age addition to £25.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost over a period of five years of increasing the basic state pension to a level of one-third average male...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the full basic state pension to all people of pensionable age regardless of national...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of raising the basic state pension to the level of the guarantee credit.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets he has set for the uptake of benefits by pensioners for the next four years.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimates are of the cost of contracted-out rebates in each of the past 10 years and each of the next 10 years consistent with...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure on contracted-out rebates for (a) private sector employees and (b) public sector employees in...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the (a) mean and (b) median cost of the contracted out rebate for (i) a public sector employee and (ii) a...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays Bank, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what resources the Government have made available to the Social Fund since 1997; whether the Government intends to increase the budget of the...

      Social Fund Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund budget loans, and to what value, have been made in each year since 1997; and how many and what value of these were to...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the value of the winter fuel allowance to £300 per household.

      Industrial Injuries (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's target time is from application to hearing for appeals concerning industrial injuries disablement benefit diseases; and...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will set out the timescale for compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 for (a) voluntary and community groups and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to alter the rule whereby people who stay abroad for longer than four weeks have their pension credit payments stopped; and...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the burden on employers' liability compulsory insurance on small businesses with good health and...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to reform the Social Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a training system for providers of rehabilitation services to victims of accidents at work; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce an accreditation scheme for providers of rehabilitative services to victims of accidents at work; and if he will make a...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the assessment of (a) grants, (b) bursaries, whether from Government or other sources and (c) student loans in the...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Bridgwater constituency who have cases with the Child Support Agency are using (a) the old maintenance payment system...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed (a) incapacity benefit and (b) jobseeker's allowance in (i) the Bury St. Edmunds parliamentary constituency and (ii)...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in achieving his anti-fraud targets.

      Savings Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what incentives the Government are offering to young people to begin saving for pensions.

      Family and Child Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason all reference to marriage has been omitted from the Family and Child Study data; and if he will reinstate the previous format.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice the Government provide for young people on saving for pensions.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Great Yarmouth have benefited from the New Deal for (a) Young People, (b) Long-term Unemployed and (c) Lone Parents.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have participated in each New Deal programme; and how many people have participated (a) twice and (b) three times or more.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Great Yarmouth constituency were (a) entitled to and (b) took up the winter fuel payment in the last year for which...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of average pensioner household disposable income in each year since 1997; what factors are taken into account in...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of the adult population the Government estimates have claimed the basic state pension in each year since 1990.

  • Transport

    • Public Transport (CCTV)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide resources to enable full coverage of operational CCTV on all public transport vehicles; and what research his Department has...

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his current estimate is of the cost of making the A1 between Newcastle and Berwick fully-dualled.

      A40/M40

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many copies of the Highways Agency's consultation leaflet on the M40/A40 Management Strategy have been distributed in Stokenchurch.

      A40/M40

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency has taken to consult the residents of Stokenchurch on the draft A40/M40 Route Management Strategy.

      Aviation Health Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the work of the Aviation Health Unit.

      Cargo Aircraft (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the vulnerability of cargo aircraft using United Kingdom airports to terrorists stowing on board with the aim of taking...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the start of construction of (a) Crossrail and (b) Crossrail 2.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of refurbishments to the fabric of buildings owned by his Department has been since May 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total running cost of his Department's canteen facilities was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on replacing light bulbs in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of printing departmental headed notepaper was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Freight Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the 10 Year Transport Plan as it relates to freight transport.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his intention that the proposed M6 toll expressway should be (a) constructed and (b) operated by a private sector contractor.

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish a consultation document on night flights.

      Nuclear Materials (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has conducted a review of the suitability, in respect of security and safety, of the different ships used, or planned to be used, to...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for advice on...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to paragraph 5.3.5 of The Future of Rail, Cm.6233, what estimate he has made of the total amount of money elected regional assemblies would...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Leonard Cheshire Foundation regarding equal access for disabled people to the rail network.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned regarding the Government's rail end date of 2055 and the viability of alternatives proposed by the...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list planned road resurfacing projects broken down by the number of houses affected by above 68dB of noise that will benefit from noise...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent in each year since 1997 installing speed humps on roads.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 20 July 2004, Official Report, column 130W, on road safety, how many people died as a result of crashes that occurred on hard...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road schemes have been started in Northampton in each year since 1992.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government are on track to achieve its target of delivering (a) 100 new bypasses on trunk and local roads and (b) 130 major local road...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what will happen to the work force of the Strategic Rail Authority when it is abolished; (2) how much the Department expects to spend in...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what will happen to the (a) stock and (b) assets held by the Strategic Rail Authority when it is abolished.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress towards restoration of devolution to Northern Ireland.

    • 12 and 13 July Disturbances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) police officers, (b) rioters, (c) army personnel and (d) ordinary civilians were injured in disturbances in Northern Ireland on 12...

      Andersonstown Newspaper Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2004, Official Report, column 530W, on the Andersonstown Newspaper Group, whether the monies were allocated for...

      Anti-TNF Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ensure all patients requiring anti-TNF drugs for rheumatoid arthritis will receive this medication within three months.

      Apple Growing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce special programmes to support and encourage apple growing in Northern Ireland.

      Coastal Protection (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his oral statement of 21 July 2004, Official Report, columns 343–70, what Royal Naval presence he plans around the coast of...

      Delayed Hospital Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the level of delayed hospital discharges in the Homefirst Health and Social Services Trust area; and if he will...

      Delayed Hospital Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action is being taken to reduce delayed hospital discharges within the Homefirst Health and Social Services Trust area.

      Delayed Hospital Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of delayed hospital discharges in the Homefirst Health and Social Services Trust on hospital waiting...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many copies of his Department's annual report were printed in each year since 1997; how many were sold in each year; and what the (a)...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road vehicles are operated by the Department and its agencies; how many personal injury accidents involving road vehicles operated by...

      Employment Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many adults were available for work in Northern Ireland in (a) June 2004 and (b) June 1999.

      Employment Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in Northern Ireland in (i) June 2004 and (ii) June 1999.

      Employment Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in the small and medium enterprise sector in Northern Ireland in (a) 2004 and (b) 1999.

      Fisheries Conservancy Board Vessel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure traceability of the Fisheries Conservancy Board vessel since the disappearance of the previous boat from...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the money will be released by the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure to pay for the improved floodlights at Windsor Park.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on implementing the football strategy in Northern Ireland.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the floodlights at Windsor Park will be upgraded in time for Northern Ireland's first home World Cup matches.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sites in Northern Ireland are licensed to accept hazardous waste; how many such sites there were in each of the last three years; and...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of hospital-acquired infection were recorded (a) at each hospital and (b) within each health and social services board area in...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken by the Department of Employment and Learning to recover the estimated loss identified by the Auditor General's Report...

      Infantry Battalions (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many men and women as at 21 July were serving with each infantry battalion of the British Army who were battle fit or able to serve on...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken to process an application for assistance by (a) Invest Northern Ireland and (b) Invest Northern Ireland's legacy...

      Mortality Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 20 July 2004, reference 184778, how many of the patients in the table for (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03...

      Movanagher Fish Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) temperature and (b) quality checks have been carried out in the last 12 months by staff of the Movanagher Fish Farm to detect poor...

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the specification for a national stadium requires a site of 60 acres.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reason was for a deadline of 30 June for submissions on a new national stadium.

      Nursing Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the nursing staff at each Northern Ireland hospital are not of UK origin.

      Nursing Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the potential impact recruiting nursing staff from overseas to work in Northern Ireland's hospitals will have on...

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what participating bands were listed in the notification to the Parades Commission submitted by Ballymacarrett District Loyal Orange Lodge No 6...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for advice...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many positions on public bodies in Northern Ireland are occupied by persons aged under 25 years.

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been spent on (a) maintaining and (b) upgrading the rail network between Belfast and the border with the Irish...

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money from Northern Ireland Departments has been spent on (a) maintaining and (b) improving the Enterprise rail service between...

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2004, Official Report, column 1329W, on the Railway Review Group, if he will list the officials from (a) the...

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the Department of Transport's New Approach to Transport Appraisal; and whether future investment decisions...

      Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed in the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast in (a) clinical and medical, (b) secretarial and administrative, (c)...

      Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to ensure equality of opportunity for employment at the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast.

      Schools (New Build)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in Northern Ireland he estimates will be replaced as a result of the new build programme which is under way.

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of dwellings that were used as second homes in the towns of (a) Portballintrae, (b) Portstewart, (c)...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the result was of the public consultation on (a) the future of grammar schools in Northern Ireland and (b) on the 11-plus examination in...

      Sexual Abuse Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research he has collated on the number of individuals in Northern Ireland who have suffered sexual abuse.

      Sion Mills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what future development is anticipated in the Sion Mills area up to 2030 that the wastewater treatment works due for completion in March 2006...

      Textiles Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in the textiles industry in Northern Ireland in (a) June 2004 and (b) June 1999.

      Titanic Quarter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what value he places on Northern Ireland's connection with the Titanic as a means of attracting visitors to Northern Ireland.

      Titanic Quarter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how prominent a role the Titanic story will play in the proposed Museum for Sea and Sky at Titanic Quarter.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the lowest A level grades were with which students from (a) Northern Ireland and (b) outside the UK were admitted to each faculty at (i)...

      West Belfast Festival/Gasyard Feile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been allocated to the (a) West Belfast Festival and (b) Gasyard Feile in Londonderry in each of the last three years,...

  • Prime Minister

    • Government Information

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Ministers are required to (a) consult and (b) notify other Ministers before deciding not to comply with recommendations by the Parliamentary Commissioner for...

    • 2012 Olympic Games

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to create a new ministerial post with specific responsibility for London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games; whether the post will carry Cabinet...

      EU Army

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on the French Government's position on the establishment of an EU army.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Prime Minister what research his Office has commissioned regarding reform of the United Kingdom's intelligence services.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date he was informed of the withdrawal of the Iraq intelligence reports to which paragraph 405 of Lord Butler's report refers.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the local authority areas he has not visited as Prime Minister.

      North Korea

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet representatives from North Korea to discuss (a) its nuclear weapons programme and (b) security on the Korean peninsula.

      US Presidential Elections

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to meet (a) Mr. John Kerry and (b) President George W. Bush before the US presidential elections.

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Prime Minister what research he has commissioned into the threats from weapons of mass destruction programmes in hostile countries.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to meet leaders of other United Nations Security Council member states to discuss methods of resolving the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House Prices

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

    • House Prices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list average house prices by region in each year since 1997.

      Housing Demand

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his Department's estimate is of demand for housing units in each decade to 2050, broken down by UK region; (2) what his Department's estimate is of...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average mortgage taken out by first time buyers was in each year since 1997.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Urban Deprived Fund will be extended to include post offices in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what impact the additional funding granted to his Department in the 2004 Spending Review will have on the provision of affordable housing (a) in the Bridgwater...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has carried out to assess the impact of expanding shared ownership schemes on the production of affordable rental housing for key...

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the credit needs of low and moderate income borrowers in relation to accessing affordable privately-rented accommodation.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent staff of the Audit Commission were working (a) in the Inspection Directorate, (b) in the Housing Inspectorate, (c) on the...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to ensure conformity of requirements for fire safety under the Building Regulations 2000 and crime prevention measures...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether fire safety requirements for occupants' means of escape and emergency access for the fire and rescue service in the current Building Regulations will take...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what studies he has undertaken regarding the energy losses occurring in public and private heated swimming pool shells in advance of his forthcoming consultation...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when his Department's resource accounts for 2004–05 will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of (a) air travel by and (b) overnight accommodation for his Department's officials on departmental business was in 2003–04.

      Derelict Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate has been made of the number of derelict homes; what proportion of these are council owned; what proportion of these are in (a) urban areas and (b)...

      Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many rooms are set aside for (a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women in each building and set...

      East of England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the East of England was classed as urban area (a) 30 years ago, (b) 10 years ago, (c) five years ago and (d) at the most recent date for which...

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty properties there were in each tenure sector in each authority in Tyne and Wear, according to the latest returns available.

      EU Groups/Committees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the working groups and committees at European Union level upon which his Department sits; and if he will list the current agenda of each.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the operational efficiency of regional boundaries in relation to the re-organisation of local fire and rescue services.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the basis was for the decision that a single regional fire control room should be created to cover the South West region; what assessment he has made of the...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has sought from (a) the Practitioners Forum and (b) the Business and Community Safety Forum on plans for a national procurement strategy for the...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to remove the constraints imposed on major procurement to the Fire and Rescue Service in November 2003.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what conclusions he has drawn on the effect that a national procurement plan for the Fire and Rescue Service will have on competition in the industries...

      Home Buyers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of home buyers were first-time buyers in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department is conducting into homeless families.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued with respect to levels of new-house building (a) within the Bridgwater parliamentary constituency and (b) in the south...

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets his Department has set with respect to levels of new-house building (a) within the Bridgwater parliamentary constituency and (b) in the South West...

      Key Worker Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of public sector employees are in accommodation designated for key workers; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by Northampton borough council in each year since 1997 on (a) refurbishment, (b) redecoration and (c) renewal of its directly-owned...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of council-owned homes are directly run by the council.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes have been made to the 1988 Local Authority Publicity provisions, with particular reference to paragraph 43 on political publicity prior to an...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Audit Commission's latest ratings are for councils in (a) Essex and (b) the Eastern area.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many councils in England were assessed as (a) excellent, (b) good, (c) fair and (d) weak in the last available assessment.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued relating to local authority websites; whether this includes guidance on external links to councillors' party political...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will apply the 2001 Census data for the next round of calculating the local government finance settlement; (2) whether it is his policy to use the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of the Boundary Committee Review of local government in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2004, Official Report, column 753W, on the non-domestic rate pool, whether (a) the police and (b) other agencies in...

      One North East

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the value of assets transferred from One North East to the partnership with UK Land Estates was; and what the (a) cost and (b) source of the advice obtained...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Meriden on 21 June, reference 180362, on refurbishment of buildings.

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many contracts his Office had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg, (d) the Bank of Scotland, (e) PriceWaterhouseCoopers, (f)...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require a start on works to activate a time-limited planning approval to represent at least a quarter of the development; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the minimum requirement of works commenced is for a time-limited planning approval to be activated; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the revised Planning Policy Guidance, PPG22, on renewable energy will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when the Government will publish good practice guidance for local authorities and developers on the planning obligations; (2) when the Government plan to...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities have conducted needs assessments on sport, recreation and open space facilities as required by Planning Policy Guidance Note 17.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how he assessed the (a) support for and (b) problems of all postal voting in (i) the North East, (ii) the North West and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to prevent the postal vote problems in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber from appearing in the North East.

      Private Sector Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has carried out into potential policy mechanisms aimed at stimulating growth in the private rented sector.

      Private Sector Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures his Department is taking to stimulate private sector involvement in the delivery of (a) shared equity and (b) privately-rented accommodation.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated (a) total budget, (b) departmental funding and (c) cost to his Department of the (i) Property Consultative Group, (ii) Home Buying and Selling...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information was available to his Ministers on 22 July about the likely outcomes of votes for regional assemblies.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the resources which have been put into preparing for the postponed votes on regional assemblies.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total cost is of the Your Say information campaign on elected regional assemblies in (a) the North West, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the...

      Regional Bodies (South-West)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the cost (a) each year and (b) in total since their inception of the regional bodies in the South West that fall under the remit of his Department;...

      Regional Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rules govern whether a unitary council's area can be treated as a sub-region for the purpose of regional planning arrangements.

      Suffolk Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters were employed by the Suffolk Fire Authority (a) in 2004–05 and (b) in each of the last 10 years.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to commission research into the effects on vulnerable people of changes in funding for the Supporting People programme.

  • Defence

    • Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks have been recruited into each infantry battalion in each of the last five years for which figures are...

    • Cheshire Regiment

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

      Cheshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the tours of duty undertaken by the Cheshire Regiment in the last 25 years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2004, Official Report, column 1321W, on deaths in service, when he will write to the hon. Member for Kingston upon...

      Drug Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent naval operations to combat international drug smuggling.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral statement of 21 July 2004, Official Report, columns 343–70, if he will list the principal areas where he expects to make the...

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Government's departmental efficiency savings are to be implemented in the British Army in the (a) current and (b) next two financial years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British (a) officials, (b) Ministers and (c) service personnel were issued with copies of International Committee of the Red Cross working papers...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information has been given to the families of the deceased about the (a) progress and (b) conclusion of Royal Military Police investigations into...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel serving in Iraq since 1 January 2003 have been discharged from the forces as a result of injuries sustained from (a) road...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has commissioned on the offensive capabilities of enemy insurgents in Iraq.

      Kilve Bend (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what future plans his Department has for the use of the range at Kilve Bend in Somerset.

      NATO/Russian Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on relations between NATO and Russia, with particular reference to security in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc.

      Nimrod MRA4 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to agree the production contract for the remaining Nimrod MRA4 aircraft.

      RAF Aldergrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Oral Statement of 21 July 2004, Official Report, columns 343–70, what the future operational size of RAF Aldergrove will be; and...

      RAF Leeming (Nuclear Weapons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the security of nuclear weapons stored in transit at RAF Leeming.

      RAF Servicemen and Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans to reduce the number of RAF servicemen and women; and how many (a) military and (b) civilian employees will be...

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Oral Statement of 21 July 2004, Official Report, columns 343–70, what the future battalion strength of the Royal Irish Regiment...

      SA80A2/L85 Components

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what supplies his Department has of replacement components for the (a) SA80A2 and (b) L85; and what plans he has to replenish these supplies.

  • Treasury

    • Civil Service/Public Sector Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of civil service and public sector jobs presently located in London and the South East that will be relocated to (a)...

    • EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress with the agenda for structural reform of the EU.

      EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the EU target of 70 per cent. employment in 2010 is expected to be met.

      EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what strategy is in place to improve productivity levels in the EU.

      EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual growth rate of the EU was (a) in 2002–03 and (b) in 2003–04.

      Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to public funds of absenteeism within the public sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, pursuant to his reply of 20 July 2004, Official Report, column 187W, what the (a) increase in the public expenditure programmes used as the comparator...

      British Film Production

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of tax relief on the production of British films was in each of the last five years broken down by scheme.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what resources the Government have provided to reduce child poverty in (a) St. Helens and (b) the UK, broken down by region, since 1997.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to reduce child poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children (a) under two, (b) under five and (c) aged five to 16 years there were in (i) South-West Surrey constituency, (ii) Waverley borough...

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to relocate civil service staff to the South West of England.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons were for the delay by the Chief Executive of Inland Revenue in answering the letter to him from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight dated...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and (b) upper decile delay by the Inland Revenue is in answering letters about tax credits from (i) hon. Members and (ii) members of...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to (a) the International Monetary Fund, (b) the World Bank and (c) the G8 regarding further topping up of highly indebted...

      Departmental Performance (Complaints)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking in response to the comments made by the Parliamentary Ombudsman regarding delays by his Department in responding to complaints...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change in numbers in employment was in each industrial sector in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004, broken down by (i) sector, (ii) private sector...

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will outline his plans for a financial inclusion fund referred to at paragraph 5.28 of the 2004 Spending Review; whether it will cover Leeds, West;...

      Financial Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what efforts he is making to improve public understanding of financial products and services; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services and Markets Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place for the review of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      FSA Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the financial services industry of complying with Financial Services Authority regulations since 1997.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product per head was for each of the last 25 years at current prices.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what national productivity growth rates were in each of the last 25 years.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister at HM Treasury will be responsible for the proposed HM Revenue and Customs organisation.

      House Prices (Consumer Expenditure)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been undertaken into the impact of changes in house prices on the level of consumer expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

      Household Saving

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the level of household saving; and if he will make a statement.

      Inheritance Tax Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much, and what proportion, of inheritance tax revenues in fiscal year 2003–04 was derived from (a) primary homes, (b) other homes, (c) financial...

      Loan Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research is being conducted into the size of (a) secured and (b) unsecured loan repayments in different (i) socio-economic and (ii) income groups.

      Long-term Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate the Government have made of how many (a) men and (b) women over the age of 50 were defined as long-term unemployed in each year since...

      Mortgage Market

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is proposing to improve the working of the UK mortgage market following the Miles Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 5 July 2004, Official Report, column 602W, on people of retirement age, how many people above state pension age were in employment...

      One-parent Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of (a) how many and (b) what percentage of children lived in one parent households in (i) St. Helens and (ii) the UK,...

      Pensions (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds was of tax relief for individuals on pension contributions in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Income Tax Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effects would be on the incomes of households in each quintile of the income distribution of raising the personal income tax allowance to...

      Personal Tax Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the personal tax allowance for those of pensionable age.

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for advice on private...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of costs for insurance is included in PFI/PPP schemes agreed in the last two years; what review of insurance costs has been undertaken; and what...

      Population Changes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in population arising from changes in (a) net indigenous population and (b) net immigration in each decade to 2050,...

      Post-65 Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the percentage of the population over the age of 65 has changed in each year since 1975.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the rate of change of productivity in the UK economy in each of the last seven years.

      Public Sector Jobs (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the implications of the Spending Review for public sector jobs in Gloucestershire.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information the Government have collated on the percentage of people over the age of 50 who have been made redundant in each year since 1997 (a)...

      Residential Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue from residential stamp duty was in (a) 1996–97, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03 and (d) 2003–04; and what the projected...

      Savings Gateway Pilot

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evaluation has taken place of the impact of the Savings Gateway pilot on levels of savings among low-income consumers; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what media outlets are used for the recruitment of each level of staff in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how vacancies are publicised within his Department; how non-fast streamers are recruited to work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Treasury spent on recruitment in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people the Treasury recruited in each of the last three years.

      Unemployment Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of unemployment payments (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of national income in each of the last 25 years.

      Women Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates the Government have made of the percentage of women in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in (i) St Helens and (ii) the UK, broken...

      Work Force Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the (a) female work force aged between 50 and 60 and (b) male work force aged between 50 and 65 have been in employment in each year...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaelogical Sites (Theft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what studies her Department has made of (a) the incidence of theft from or criminal damage to and (b) the market value of items or...

    • Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce free television licences for blind and partially sighted people.

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many old age pensioners in the Great Yarmouth constituency have benefited from the introduction of free television licences.

      Arts Council Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many individuals who have received an Arts Council grant have had to pay back part or all of their grant because they did not meet...

      Arts Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much is being spent by the Government on arts programmes in (a) Yorkshire and (b) England (i) directly and (ii) indirectly.

      Arts Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the government-sponsored arts programmes in (a) London, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England (i) in 2004 and (ii) in the next...

      Culture (Improved Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to improve accessibility to (a) sports and (b) arts for older people.

      Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many rooms are set aside for (a) the use of smokers, (b) worship, broken down by religion and (c) nursing mothers and pregnant women...

      Digital Television (Bridgwater)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in the Bridgwater constituency do not have access to digital television.

      English Institute of Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget for the English Institute of Sport is for (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and (c) 2006–07.

      English Institute of Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are employed at each English Institute of Sport Hub.

      Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many more Freeview broadcasting licences the Government are planning to grant.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has held with owners of category D gaming machines in relation to the proposed ban on them in the...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessments her Department has made of the likely impact of the ban on category D gaming machines proposed in the Government's...

      Government Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on (a) sport, (b) culture and (c) art.

      Human Remains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the Government's response to the report on the retention of human remains conducted by the Working Groups on...

      Lower Priority Olympic Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definition the Government uses of the term "lower priority Olympic sports".

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the National Lottery-derived balances held by (a) lottery funds, (b) each arts council and (c) each national sports...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts her Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people (a) the National Lottery Commission, (b) the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, (c) the Film...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total salary bill has been for (a) the National Lottery Commission, (b) the Commission for Architecture and the Built...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people who work for (a) the National Lottery Commission, (b) the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, (c) the...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the remit is of (a) the National Lottery Commission, (b) the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, (c) the Film...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what annual Government expenditure on (a) the National Lottery Commission, (b) the Commission for Architecture and the Built...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people who work for (a) Culture North East, (b) the East Midlands Cultural Consortium, (c) Living east, (d) the North West...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total salary has been for (a) Culture North East, (b) the East Midlands Cultural Consortium, (c) Living east, (d) the North...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people (a) Culture North East, (b) the East Midlands Cultural Consortium, (c) Living east, (d) the North West Cultural...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government expenditure on (a) Culture North East, (b) the East Midlands Cultural Consortium, (c) Living east, (d) the North...

      Public Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what action she has taken to ensure that access to public swimming pools in London increases; (2) what action she (a) can and (b)...

      Public Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) public lidos and (b) swimming pools have closed in London since 1997.

      Public Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public swimming pools there are in Coventry, South.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held with (a) the Department of Transport, (b) transport authorities, (c) public transport user groups and (d)...

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the remit is of the regional cultural consortiums.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children aged between five and 16 years she estimates have not participated in at least two hours per week of physical activity...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many schools in the Bridgwater constituency (a) are and (b) are not participating in a school sports partnership.

      Shooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to meet the governing bodies of shooting in the near future.

      Shooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she last met representatives of the governing bodies of shooting to discuss the impact of recent legislation on the sport.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budget of Sport England in the North East region of England was in each of the last three years.

      Sports Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total reserves in the Sports Lottery Fund are.

      St. Kitts Maritime Archaeological Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to assist maritime archaeology of sunken British vessels in the waters off Commonwealth countries, with particular...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue she estimates tourism generated for (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last seven years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to support the tourism industry in Bridgwater.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to visit Herefordshire to promote it as a tourist destination for (a) British and (b) foreign holiday-makers.

  • House of Lords

    • Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Attorney-General had access to intelligence related to weapons of mass destruction at any stage after the provision of the advice referred to in...

    • Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the meetings and discussions involving the Attorney-General referred to in paragraph 377 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell's Review of...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the advice given by the Attorney-General in paragraph 374 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction was...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ministerial capacity the Lord Falconer of Thoroton was present at the meeting of 13 March referred to in paragraph 381 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell's...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who in the Prime Minister's office asked the Attorney-General to put his view of the legal position in writing, as referred to in paragraph 378 of the Lord Butler...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish in full the correspondence quoted in part in paragraphs 383 and 384 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell's Review of Intelligence on Weapons...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who was present at the meeting of 13 March referred to in paragraph 381 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction;...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who was present at the Meeting of 28 February referred to in paragraph 378 of the Lord Butler of Brockwell's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction;...

      Ulster Scots Academy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 26 May (WA 133) concerning the Ulster-Scots Agency, how much has been paid by the Northern Ireland...

      Southern Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to the current emergency in the Upper Nile in southern Sudan; how many people have died or are displaced as a result of fighting...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 June (WA 114), whether they approved of the Ulster-Scots Agency's work in the United States.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support a policy operated by the Ulster-Scots Agency of providing resources and support to groups to make 12 July celebrations into a tourist...

      Ulster-Scots Language and Culture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 23 June (WA123), why bodies representing Ulster-Scots culture do not receive the same level of resources as...

      Northern Ireland: Sport Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure plans to provide funding and resources to: (a) association football; (b) rugby union; (c)...

      Tourism Ireland: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding Tourism Ireland has sought each year since 2000; how much was agreed each year; whether indicative budgets were set; if so, for how much; and when.

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies will be ceasing policies and areas of activity due to a lack of funding as a result of the May 2004 budgets;...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies have indicated any intention to apply for extra funding during 2004; if so, which bodies have applied; how...

      Northern Ireland: Loyal Order Parades

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 July (WA 118) concerning the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, why the only Loyal Order parade listed in...

      North/South Language Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give an undertaking that future allocations of funding to agencies in the Language Implementation Board in Northern Ireland will only take place...

      Northern Ireland Civic Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they arrived at the figure of £516,000 funding for the year 2004–05 for the suspended Northern Ireland Civic Forum.

      Northern Ireland Legislation: Definitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the term "reflective of the community in Northern Ireland" (as used in the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004) means; whether the term is the same as...

      Northern Ireland Policing Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Police Board for Northern Ireland requiring councils to add candidates for interview for District Police Partnerships, after the...

      Northern Ireland Policing Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken in response to the Police Board for Northern Ireland imposing a late applicant for interview, after the shortlisting process had been...

      Belfast — London: Air Transport Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which airlines now provide a regular daily service of flights between Belfast and either London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City airports; whether there is...

      Northern Ireland Departments: Expenditure on Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent on consultants since June 2001 by each government department in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will detail the amounts of public money paid to the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders for the purchase of...

      Northern Ireland: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 41), whether it is their practice to advise those recruiting teachers for state schools...

      Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 29 June (WA 13) concerning Irish culture, whether they have plans to provide funding for Irish culture and...

      Northern Ireland: Primary School Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether primary schools in Northern Ireland are funded by a similar formula to those in England; if not, what is the difference; and why such difference exists.

      Ulster Political Research Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 July (WA 118) concerning the North/South Ministerial Council Secretariat in Armagh, whether meetings were...

      Northern Ireland: Civil Servants' Functions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which senior civil servants in Northern Ireland are allowed to carry out activity within government other than that for which they hold an office; what are the...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Chief Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they decided to advertise for a chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission who could be full or part-time; whether they have approached...

      Congo Forests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the World Bank and to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the re-zoning of the Congo forests and the...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent United Kingdom support for civil society and local non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan will play a part in that country's future...

      Development Fund for Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What responsibilities United Kingdom personnel and civil servants had for the failure of accounting systems and records within the Development Fund for Iraq, as...

      Development Fund for Iraq

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of recent reports by Iraq Revenue Watch, when full accounts will be published showing revenues, allocation and spending from the Development Fund for...

      Skills Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the opportunities and provisions for retraining individuals aged 25 to 40 who wish to change from desk-bound employment to trades where there are...

      Dyslexia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they have to explore and evaluate all possible methods of providing support and help to children with dyslexia.

      Special Educational Needs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their intention that it should be no more difficult to obtain a special school place than previously, contained in the statutory guidelines following their...

      Defence Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which defence procurement programmes, where the prime contractor is yet to be chosen, have a value over £1 billion.

      Defence Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide their 12-month forecast of procurement announcements of a value over £250 million.

      Afghanistan: International Security Assistance Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the British troops serving in Afghanistan belong to the International Security Assistance Force under NATO command; and what additional United Kingdom...

      Army: Regimental Strength

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Army regiments are under established strength; in each case, what is the full establishment; and what is the extent of any shortfall.

      Iraq: Maritime Patrol Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current strength of the Iraqi national maritime patrol force; and what vessels it has in service.

      Iraq: Maritime Patrol Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the arrangements for co-operation between the Iraqi national maritime patrol force and coalition forces for the protection of offshore Iraqi oil installations.

      Iraq: Martial Law and UK Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces in Iraq may be called on to co-operate in the enforcement of martial law; and, if so, under whose rules of...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many war pensions are currently paid for still physically unexplained illnesses which are accepted as being related to service in the 1990–91 Gulf conflict.

      Gulf War 1990–91: Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many war pensions are in payment to members of the control group, made up of service men and women against whom the health of a group of Gulf War veterans of...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many war pensions are now in payment for medical conditions related to service in the 1990–91 Gulf conflict.

      Gulf War 1990–91: Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the peer review process in relation to a link between service in the 1990–91 Gulf conflict and motor neurone disease began; and when they expect it to...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the letter relating to the independent public inquiry into Gulf War illnesses chaired by the Lord Lloyd of Berwick sent by a Ministry of...

      Northern Ireland: Military Reductions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Bach on 21 July that the Ministry of Defence is withdrawing four regular battalions from Northern Ireland, what plans there...

      Northern Ireland: Military Reductions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the International Monitoring Commission's second report, why they have announced plans for military reductions in Northern Ireland.

      Civil Servants: Company Directorships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Earl Howe on 1 February 1996 (WA 119) whether they they will publish an updated list of civil servants who have been allowed...

      NHS Wales: Temporary Nursing Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why National Health Service Wales has decided not to use National Health Service Professionals for the supply of temporary nursing staff to National Health Service...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to bring the Freedom of Information Act 2000 fully into force.

      Postal Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many electors, representing what percentage of the electorate, were registered to vote by post for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament in each...

      Mr Quayym Raja

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Court Service has not set a date for the case of Mr Quayym Raja to be referred to a judge for his minimum term of imprisonment to be reviewed, bearing in...

      United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a list of those European states which have, and those which have not, accepted the First Optional Protocol to the United Nations Covenant...

      United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which civil and political rights are protected by the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and not by the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Interdepartmental Review of International Human Rights Instruments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the results of their consultation on the Interdepartmental Review of International Human Rights Instruments.

      Immigration Appellate Authority:Gloucester House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who authorised the installation of a mounted television screen in the waiting area of Gloucester House, part of the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) at Hatton...

      Department for Work and Pensions:Staffing Reductions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that staffing reductions in the Department for Work and Pensions will not reduce access to the Social Funds at weekends or out-of-hours...

      Department for Work and Pensions:Staffing Reductions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How staffing reductions at the Department for Work and Pensions are likely to affect the rate of errors in the administration of the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to combine the principles of the consultation document Parental Separation: Children's Needs and Parents' Responsibilities with the principles of...

      Civil Service: Use of Outside Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of their recent proposed reductions in the number of full-time Civil Service posts, whether they intend to introduce measures to prevent job substitution...

      Death Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidelines are given to health authorities and primary care trusts on the definition of cause of death (other than by disease) on death certificates.

      Visit Britain: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have increased their funding to Visit Britain and its predecessors year-on-year in the past seven years.

      Sport and Physical Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are using the London 2012 Olympic Bid to encourage greater physical activity among the general population.

      National Sports Foundation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the chairman of Sport England will consult widely with existing organisations within the world of sport, including the cricket and...

      Local Government Reorganisation: North-east

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they are intending to provide to the public about the costs of the options for the six counties in the north of England where it is proposed to...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What calculations they have made of the cost of funding a statutory duty to provide sites for Gypsies and Travellers, as mentioned by the Minister of State for...

      Depleted Uranium: Aircraft Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What accounting procedures are in place for depleted uranium within the aircraft industry which satisfy the requirements of RSA93 registrations and the Ionising...

      Depleted Uranium: Aircraft Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether premises that maintain or dismantle aircraft containing depleted uranium have to be registered; and whether any such list is available to the public.

      Depleted Uranium: Aircraft Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions government agencies and departments have had with representatives of United Kingdom airlines and the aircraft manufacturing, serving and...

      Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19 May (WA 91–92), why offshore wind farms received only £500,000 of climate change...

      Incitement to Religious Hatred

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that there is (a) public consultation about, and (b) pre-legislative scrutiny of, their proposal to introduce legislation banning...

      Incitement to Religious Hatred

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend the proposed legislation banning incitement to religious hatred to include only traditional religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism...

      Incitement to Religious Hatred

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed legislation banning incitement to religious hatred will permit a novelist to be prosecuted in circumstances similar to those which arose in Mr...

      Immigration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the judgment in the case of R (on the application of B) v London Borough of Merton [2003], they will revise the Immigration and Nationality...

      National Asylum Support Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the National Asylum Support Service website gives up-to-date information about the management, budgets and accounts of...

      National Asylum Support Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total spend of the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) in 2003–04; what is its budget for 2004–05; and on what estimates of the number...

      National Asylum Support Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give details of the property contracts entered into by the National Asylum Support Service, giving in each case the value of the contract, the...

      Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the insurance policy on H M Removal Centre Harmondsworth will cover the cost of repairing the recent damage as well as additional expense incurred by the...

      Beggars: Prosecution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consequences they expect from any attempt to enforce the prosecution of beggars.

      Asylum Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the commitment in the Comprehensive Spending Review to produce savings by halving the number of people applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, to what...

      Ethnic Monitoring: Fixed Penalty Notices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce ethnic monitoring of those subjected to on-the-spot fines.

      Penal Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their plan to cap the use of imprisonment is compatible with their remarks about a "liberal consensus" in penal policy.

      Police: Telephone Response Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to reduce the time taken by police stations to respond to telephone calls.

      Spitting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether spitting is a criminal offence.

      Refugees: Gateway Protection Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to resettle the first 500 United Nations-approved refugees under the United Kingdom Gateway Protection Programme; whether this programme has been...

      Sound Insulation: Government Properties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in appropriate circumstances they will provide better sound insulation to properties under their control to diminish the anti-social effect of loud music.

      Kenya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether adequate arrangements exist with the government of Kenya to pursue allegations of corruption involving United Kingdom-based companies operating in Kenya;...

      Ethiopia and Eritrea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose any further initiative, either bilaterally or through the European Union, to assist the African Union to promote a lasting peace between...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the disarmament of local or provisional militia in Afghanistan; and to what extent they are being absorbed into the national army...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the costs of the additional provincial reconstruction teams agreed to be established in Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Istanbul on 28–29 June are...

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the expansion of the NATO presence in Afghanistan will reduce the power of local warlords and tackle the drugs trade.

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many aid, construction and election workers were killed in Afghanistan in (a) 2003; and (b) the first six months of 2004.

      Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent proposal of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit for a long-term plan for security in Afghanistan.

      European Economic Area

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What European Union policy areas do not apply to non-European Union members of the European economic area under the European economic area agreement; and What...

      Iran: Political Dissidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken since January to persuade the Government of Iran to release from prison the Iranian political dissidents, Ebrahim Khodabandeh and Jamil...

      Smallpox Vaccination: Medical Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 30 March (WA 147), how many doctors, nurses, ambulance staff, scientists and others have been vaccinated for...

      NHS: Treatment Overseas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have received medical treatment abroad following a referral from their local primary care trust.

      Water Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 28 June (WA 6), and in light of the finding of the systematic review of water fluoridation in 2000 by the...

      Water Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 28 June (WA 6), why they draw conclusions for public health policy from a study on fluoride which has not yet...

      Mrsa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress there has been in countering the spread of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus-related conditions among patients in National Health Service...

      Blood Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to send blood samples from National Health Service patients to India for testing; and, if so, which blood tests will be carried out there.

      Midwives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many midwives, expressed by way of (a) a headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent, were employed in the National Health Service in England, broken down by...

      Eye Tests: Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Warrington pensioners have received full eye tests in the past two years; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Healthcare Associated Infections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the "rapid review" promised in the report from the Chief Medical Officer, Winning Ways, (published in December 2003), will start; and on what date it will be...

      NHS: Public/Private Partnership Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 13 July (WA 140), whether sums committed by public/private partnership schemes to provide facilities within the...

      NHS Professionals Special Health Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 21 June (WA 105), whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the 7 per cent charged to National Health...

      Food Supplements: Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they next intend to meet with representatives of Consumers for Health Choice to discuss the regulation of food supplements.

      Low Carbohydrate Diets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent information about peer-reviewed scientific literature supporting the safety and efficacy of low carbohydrate diets has been received from Dr Sarah...

      Warrington Primary Care Trust:Dental Treatment

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

      Smoking-related Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in cases where the cause of death is defined as lung cancer, any record is kept of the deceased's smoking habits or their exposure to passive smoking;...

      Smoking-related Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the cost to the National Health Service of smoking-related diseases is calculated.

      Smoking-related Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children attend accident and emergency departments each year as a result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke; how this figure is calculated; and...

      Alcohol Abuse: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the costs to the National Health Service of the abuse of alcohol, including binge drinking.

      Alcohol Abuse: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the social costs of the abuse of alcohol in (a) England and Wales; (b) Scotland, and (c) Northern Ireland.

      Actinic Keratosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the number of patients presenting cases of actinic keratosis will be monitored over the duration of the SunSmart skin cancer prevention campaign; and...

      NHS Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, in 15 July (HC Deb, col. 1637), how many dental practices...

      Osteoporosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensure there is a coordinated national osteoporosis and falls service in the National Health Service; and How they ensure primary care trusts provide an...

      Osteoporosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How National Health Service Modernisation Agency initiatives on osteoporosis and falls will be implemented when that body is abolished.

      Osteoporosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensure National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines are consistent with osteoporosis clinical guidelines.

      Acrylamide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the last two years, ways have been found to reduce levels of acrylamide in processed foods; and, if so, what methods have been used, and what...

      Rural Ambulance Trusts: Response Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many rural ambulance trusts are now meeting government targets on response times; what percentage of rural trusts that number represents; and what are the...

      Oxygen: Home Treatment Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the projected contract to supply oxygen to patients who use it for home treatment will involve (as some concentrate systems do) full emergency cover at...

      Skin Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider providing incentives to health professionals to encourage them to check patients' skin for potentially cancerous lesions.

      Skin Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they will produce to encourage health professionals to take an opportunistic approach to checking patients' skin for potentially cancerous lesions.

      Skin Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make additional funding available to primary care trusts for practising general practitioners and nurses to attend further training courses on...

      General Practitioner Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any regular national assessment of general practitioner competency is made to inform national priorities for further training.

      Postgraduate Medical Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they hold regular discussions with the appropriate professional bodies regarding priority areas for postgraduate medical training.

      Postgraduate Medical Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice on the level of general practitioner competency in the...

      Draft Animal Welfare Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allow for pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed Animal Welfare Bill due to be introduced in November.

      Bovine TB

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cattle were slaughtered under the tuberculosis testing and surveillance scheme in each of the most recent 12 three-month periods; and how much...

      Hazardous Waste Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have examined the possibility of disposing of hazardous waste from public bodies by using their own land to create one or more hazardous waste sites.

      Badger and Deer Carcasses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many badger carcasses have been collected by, or handed in to, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Wildlife Units in (a) Cornwall; (b)...

      Badger and Deer Carcasses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many carcasses have been collected in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' survey of badger and deer carcasses in the Furness peninsular,...

      Wild Animals: Enzootic Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on wild animals with enzootic diseases.

      Marine Conservation in UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking, or have under consideration, as part of the environmental management of United Kingdom coasts and seas, to introduce areas of high...

      Household Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidelines exist for local authorities relating to their duties to collect household waste.

      Horse Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why value added tax registration was not considered during the setting up of the horse passport scheme.

      Rural Diversification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for ensuring that rural diversification is carried out in such a way as to contribute to the character of the countryside and enhance its...

      Pigswill Local Feeding Ban

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Nature Conservation and Fisheries, Mr Ben Bradshaw MP, on 30 March (HC Deb, 1305W),...

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