Written answers

Tuesday, 14 September 2004

  • Health

    • Health Service Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the debt of (a) the Royal United hospital, Bath and (b) Kennet and North Wiltshire primary care trust is.

    • Doctors (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of out-of-hours provision by doctors in North Yorkshire since 1 April.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the Government's efforts to tackle obesity.

      Primary Care (Out-of-hours Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of arrangements put in place by primary care trusts for out-of-hours services.

      Diagnostic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to reduce waiting and delivery times for diagnostic equipment.

      Alcohol Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the implementation of his Department's alcohol strategy.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the guidance he issues to Primary Care Trusts on the funding of children's hospices.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the demand on accident and emergency services.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes introduced by the new general medical services contract on accident and emergency admissions in...

      NHS Administrative Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of staff in the national health service is engaged in administration; and what the percentage was 10 years ago.

      Health and Social Care Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has issued to the NHS about public consultations under sections 7 and 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 in respect of election periods.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of pharmacists in preventive health programmes.

      Age-related Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on making magnifying equipment more easily available to people who are registered visually impaired with age related...

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual running costs for community health councils were in each year from 1997 onwards.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the prevalence of eating disorders among (a) women and (b) men in England; (2) how many (a) children, (b) adolescents and (c)...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum travelling distance is for patients with eating disorders to specialist health care services.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision there is for specialist treatment for eating disorders in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority; and if he...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting time for (i) outpatient and (ii) inpatient treatment for eating disorders has been in the last 12 months for...

      Foundation Trusts Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure was on the rebranding of the Independent Regulator for Foundation Trusts as Monitor.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were in the London Borough of Havering in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what the figures are for all other London boroughs.

      Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he proposes to make a draft order on the Regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture: Proposals for statutory regulation for consultation;...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to set a target for reducing MRSA infections.

      King's College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been introduced to improve the (a) hygiene of wards, (b) speed of response of staff when called by patients, (c) provision of cold...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on hospital waiting times for patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in the London borough of Wandsworth provide NHS treatment; what the number was in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints he received regarding the availability of NHS dentistry in the London Borough of Havering for (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what the...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were operating in the London Borough of Havering in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what the figures are for all other London boroughs.

      NHS Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 29 July 2004, ref.185963, on NHS IT, if he will publish a summary of the recommendations of the Gateway review.

      NHS Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what reviews his Department has undertaken into the financial viability of (a) contractors and (b) sub-contractors of companies working on the NHS...

      NHS Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Department has inquired as to why iSoft has suspended one of its executive directors.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes are proposed to the NHS pension scheme; and how many existing contributing members to the scheme there are in each (a) region and (b) county.

      NHS Register of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to initiate a register of interests for NHS medical practitioners to declare (a) shares in, (b) gifts from and (c) other...

      NHS Register of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place to monitor the amount of drugs prescribed to NHS patients which have been donated by pharmaceutical companies as promotional...

      Non-clinical NHS Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new non-clinical jobs have been created within the NHS since 1997; (2) if he will make a statement on the role of NHS staff in...

      Nurse Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has met the NHS Plan target of 1,000 nurse consultants employed in the NHS.

      Oldchurch Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints he received regarding Oldchurch Hospital in the London Borough of Havering for (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what the figures are for all...

      Osteoporosis Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies he has received of osteoporosis services in other EU countries.

      Passive Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Government's public health priorities in relation to passive smoking.

      Patient Environment and Assessment Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the months in which Patient Environment and Assessment Team inspections have taken place in each year since inspections began.

      Postgraduate Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance is available to postgraduate medical trainees for expenses on (a) text books, (b) medical equipment and (c) examination fees; and if he...

      St. Helens and Knowsley Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for accident and emergency department services in St Helens and Knowsley Hospital Trust was for each year from 1997 to 2004.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action can be taken in the domestic courts against NHS Trusts that fail to comply with the Working Time Directive.

  • Treasury

    • Council of Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will provide a written ministerial statement outlining the key points on the agenda for each of the Council of Ministers' meetings at which his...

    • Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of applications made to the Crown Estate's Research Committee for research proposals has been for the financial year 2004–05; how...

      Day Memberships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he will announce the results of the consultation on his plans to amend the gift aid rules on day memberships; (2) pursuant to his answer of 30...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is recycled; and if...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were of patients suffering from eating disorders, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender, in each year since 1997.

      Endowment Mortgage Mis-selling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who are eligible to claim compensation for the mis-selling of endowment mortgages; and what proportion of...

      Environmentally Sustainable Economic Activity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the growth rate has been in environmentally sustainable economic activity in each year since 1997; (2) if he will make a statement on (a) the...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his projection is of the percentage of gross domestic product the UK will pay to the European Union budget under the post-2006 financial settlement.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards an IMF programme for Iraq.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to assist economic reform in Iraq.

      Leasehold Property Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to permit Muslims to buy leasehold property on the same or similar basis to freehold within the provisions in the Budget to prevent...

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) the value and (b) the interest paid on the national debt has been in each year since 1990.

      Staff Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) set retirement age applying to all or most personnel and (b) maximum age beyond which applications for employment will not be considered is in...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue implication of restructuring stamp duty on residential property sales to charge marginal rates of (a) 0 per cent. on...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which neighbourhoods in Newcastle exemptions and remissions of stamp duty apply; what the value of the exemptions and remissions so far granted has been;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) 2003–04 and (b) the current financial year to date have been overpaid tax credits; what proportion of the cases of overpayment...

      Unoccupied Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Tamworth constituency aged between 16 and 24 years were both economically inactive and not in further or higher education (a) in 1997...

      Unoccupied Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Bridgwater constituency aged between 16 and 24 years are both economically inactive and not in further or higher education.

      Worker:Pensioner Ratio

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the ratio of workers to pensioners in the (a) United Kingdom, (b) each region of England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales.

  • International Development

    • AIDS/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that AIDS/HIV prevention is given a high priority during the UK presidency of the (a) G8 and (b) EU.

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial and (b) humanitarian assistance Russia has received from the UK in relation to the recent terrorist atrocities...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the International Labour Organisation about breaches of its standards by the Government of Burma.

      CDC/Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether CDC investments qualify as bilateral aid.

      Departmental Buildings (Lost and Stolen Property)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the items that his Department has reported to the police as lost or stolen from his Department's buildings or property...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on replacing light bulbs in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money his Department has spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the equivalent monetary cost of theft from his Department was in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) United Kingdom locations...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many mobile phones owned by his Department have been reported lost or stolen since 1997.

      Departmental Satellite and Cable Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of satellite and cable subscriptions in his Department's buildings in the UK and overseas in each year since 1997;...

      Infant Mortality Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of global infant mortality he estimates results from unsafe water and sanitation; and how this is taken into account in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on responsibility for the management of the Development Fund for Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the current levels of (a) water and (b) electricity provision in Iraq are; and what the targets for improvement in the next 12...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to the Adam Smith Institute for work in relation to the reconstruction of Iraq; what the...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to Pakistan for the reform of its education system.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households were living in temporary accommodation in the Tamworth constituency in each year since 1997; and how many of those households included...

    • Indices of Deprivation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the electoral wards under which each Super Output Area in the Indices of Deprivation 2004 falls.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many ballots there have been to set up (a) parish and (b) town councils in each of the last three years; and what the result was in each case.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what opportunities there will be for parish and town councils in his 10-year vision for local government.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proposals he has (a) to protect the interests of staff over the age of 40 and (b) for a transitional scheme, in changes to the local government pension scheme.

      Park Homes (Fire Safety)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make it his policy to require all park home sites to provide individual fire protection for each residence rather than communal fire points; (2)...

      Park Homes (Fire Safety)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the councils and fire authorities which require individual fire extinguishers for park home residences rather than fire points within 30 metres of...

      Regional Observatories

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 1 September 2004, Official Report, columns 742–44W, from the Deputy Prime Minister, which Government Department has responsibility...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of Supporting People programme grants are for each London borough.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will implement the recommendations of the Stewart Report, section 1:36 within planning policy guidance note 8.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from local planning authorities on the recommendations of the Stewart Report on permitted development of masts at 15 metres...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether, in the light of the recent statement by Sir William Stewart, Chairman of the Health Protection Agency and the National Radiation Protection Board on...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on subsidies available for companies working to find and develop renewable energy sources.

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce legislation against age discrimination in the work place following the judgment in the case of Rutherford and...

      British Nuclear Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she received from BNFL its first near term work plans and its lifecycle baseline analysis for British Nuclear Group sites; and what...

      British Telecom (Service Obligations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers she has to instruct BT to meet its obligations to customers who have a medical priority in the event of breakdown or disruption...

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated administrative cost is of devolving Business Link services to the regions.

      Business Support Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how her Department measures the success of its business support agencies.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions the Sustainable Energy Policy Group ministerial committee has had in relation to the Combined Heat and Power Strategy;...

      Corporate Venturing UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total funding is that has been given by her Department to support Corporate Venturing UK since it was launched.

      Corporate Venturing UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's proposed funding arrangements for Corporate Venturing UK.

      Cybersquatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what statistics the Government collate on (a) incidences and (b) the cost to British business of cybersquatting on British companies and...

      Cybersquatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the practice of cybersquatting; and what steps the Government are taking to...

      Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the consequences for (a) employment opportunities and (b) skills in the north-west of the award of the Defence...

      European Directives (Environment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list each environment-related European Directive the implementation of which involves her Department; and what steps her...

      European Directives (Environment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many full-time equivalent staff have been assigned to work on each environment-related European Directive, the implementation of which...

      Gas and Electricity Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has had of increases imposed by Centrica gas suppliers on prices to domestic customers; what action she is taking to...

      MOX Plant (Sellafield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public money has been given to the MOX Plant at Sellafield in each year since 1990; what the projected sums are for future years; and...

      MOX Plant (Sellafield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much revenue was forecast to be generated by the MOX Plant at Sellafield at its inception in each year to 2004; what the outturn has been;...

      MOX Plant (Sellafield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which countries were expected to place orders with the MOX Plant at Sellafield at its inception; and how many have done so to date.

      MOX Plant (Sellafield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much profit the MOX plant at Sellafield is expected to make in its lifetime.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made since December 2003 in respect of the consideration by the European Commission of details provided by the...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response has been received from the European Commission following the plan presented by the United Kingdom on 1 June in respect of the...

      Overhead Power Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government has taken to evaluate the impact of new overhead power lines on the economy of communities reliant on tourism.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many householders have taken advantage of the Clear Skies renewable energy grants scheme since the scheme started operating; and how much...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on future plans for the Clear Skies renewable energy grants scheme.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the timescale for the consultation on the renewables obligation.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the calculation of the effectiveness of renewable obligations will include the operation of renewable obligation certificates.

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the levels of state aid to industry in other EU member states relative to the UK and of whether this...

      Telephone Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will require British Telecom to allow its competitors to offer a single telephone bill for its customers.

      Tidal Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to promote tidal energy; and what plans she has to increase investment in its further development.

      Tidal Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the potential contribution to the UK's energy needs of tidal power.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates have been made of the costs of steel production in the construction of wind farms.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the 50 MW threshold, above which she determines planning applications for wind farms, is based on the wind farm's theoretical maximum...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what constitutes a single wind farm for the purposes of planning applications; and whether there is a maximum distance between two clusters of...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates have been made of levels of carbon dioxide production as a result of building wind farms.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the number of fighters serving with the militias in Afghanistan and (b) the arms available to them.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with other members of NATO on the need for additional resources for the International Security Assistance Force in...

      Coastal Protection (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many coastal protection vessels have been deployed in Northern Ireland waters by the Royal Navy in each year since 1997; and which the vessels were.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department is planning to release its budget.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British service personnel worked as part of the team of the US military judge advocate in Iraq, Colonel Mark Warren.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 July, 2004 Official Report, column 245W, on Iraq, how many enquiries by (a) civilian authorities and (b) military police...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqi detainees and prisoners of war were held by British forces in Iraq on 29 June.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a British officer was responsible for supervising Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Jordan during his time at Abu Ghraib in 2003 and 2004.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Colonels Campbell James and Chris Terrington were part of a joint reporting or command chain with the US army during their time in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules govern (a) the handling of captured firearms and ammunition in Iraq, (b) the personal retention of captured weaponry and (c) selling such...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions were made available to interrogators and other soldiers involved in the handling of prisoners in Iraq from March 2003 onwards in order...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his statement of 7 January 2004, Official Report, column 139WH, on the case of Baha Musa, when he expects the investigation to be completed;...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the relocation of Defence Science and Technology Laboratories facilities and personnel to Porton Down; and if he will make...

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons UK forces at RAF Croughton, are not allowed access to Commissary and BX services run by the US.

      RAF Croughton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision comparable to the Commissary and BX service available to US forces at RAF Croughton, exists for UK forces.

      Warrior

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the propensity of the Warrior to engage in (a) undemanded firing of weapons and (b) other actions attributable to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent attempt to assassinate Sheikh Hasina, the parliamentary opposition leader in Bangladesh.

    • Departmental Pamphlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of printing his Department's pamphlet, "Inclusive Government: mainstreaming gender into foreign policy"; and...

      Designated Accommodation

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

      European Union (Cost-Benefit Analysis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Government last undertook a cost-benefit analysis of United Kingdom membership of the European Union, including...

      Ewa Jasiewicz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government regarding the detention of Ewa Jasiewicz; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons programme.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran about the Bushehr nuclear plant.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the political parties registered for elections in Iraq; and if he will break them down by (a) religious and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is giving to the preparation of women candidates for parliamentary elections in Iraq.

      Laos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Laos concerning the arrest of four Christians in Kasy District in...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment of political prisoners in the Maldives.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the Maldives.

      NATO Russia Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to develop the NATO-Russia Council as a tool in the war against terrorism.

      Nicholas Baker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1656W, on Nicholas Baker, what progress has been made in the...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to publish annually the number of interceptions of communications he approves under the Regulation...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he first received reports of Janjaweed activity in Darfur; when he first raised the question of Janjaweed activities in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions concerning the situation in Darfur his Department has had with officials from (a) the Sudanese embassy in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the Government's assessment of whether the atrocities committed in Darfur constitute genocide...

      UK Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations the Government are making for the forthcoming UK Presidency of the EU.

      UK Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the main themes for the forthcoming UK Presidency of the EU will be.

      UK Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a logotype for the UK Presidency of the EU has been agreed.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Zimbabwean Government on its raid on the MDC offices in Bulawayo.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make urgent representations to the Zimbabwean Government on the arrest of MDC member Mr. Nelson Chamisa.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Access Management Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the take-up of the Access Improvement Grant Scheme by local authorities has been; what assessment she has made of the...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the latest figures are that she has collated on the sale of biofuels.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of biofuels sold were produced from imported vegetable oil in the last year for which figures are available.

      Cattle Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate how many cattle have been killed because the British Cattle Movement Service has rejected a passport...

  • Transport

    • A120

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce proposals for the improvement of the A120 road east of Braintree.

    • Disabled Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the entitlement of those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis to disabled parking provision.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for auditing safety camera partnerships; and to which bodies the partnerships are answerable.

  • Home Department

    • People Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to co-ordinate Government resources in monitoring non-commercial aircraft movements to detect people smuggling; and if...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department's TOGETHER campaign attempts to tackle antisocial behaviour in Leyton and Wanstead.

      Burglary (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the results of the evaluation of the Reducing Burglary Initiative for the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Crime Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made, using the Home Office Trends in Crime model, of the impact on crime rates of (a) economic and (b) demographic...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide his Department's staffing levels for 1998–99, in the format set out in table 6.1 of his Department's Annual Report...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extension of leave to remain applications had not been decided by the end of the original leave to remain period as at (a) 1 January...

      Name that Tag Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been successfully prosecuted as a result of the "name that tag" campaign; and how much reward money has been paid...

      Operation Scrap-It

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how Operation Scrap-It affects the residents of Leyton and Wanstead.

      Operation Scrub-It

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how Operation Scrub-It has affected the residents of Leyton and Wanstead.

      Transsexual People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents were reported to the police in which hatred of transsexual individuals is involved in the most recent period for which...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which art galleries, broken down by region, have received funding from arts councils in each of the last five financial years for which...

    • Ministerial Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for each year since 1997 the number of miles flown by each Minister in her Department on official departmental business.

      Parks (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are for the refurbishment of parks in London.

      Recruitment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the recruitment costs of (a) the chairman of the Film Council, (b) the chairman of Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of attendance allowance in the (a) Edinburgh, Central, (b) Edinburgh, North and Leith, (c) Edinburgh,...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what dates since 1 July the customer service computer was not working in the Cardiff Office of the Appeals Service for disability living...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in relation to applications for benefits from residents of (a) Aylesbury and (b) Milton Keynes in each year since 2000, how many applicants...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Clinical and Educational Negligence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the consultation on removing eligibility from children and placing it on parents in the...

    • District Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many district judges are employed in the criminal jurisdiction of England and Wales; and how many there were in 1997.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he sanctioned the visits of any members of his Government to (a) the Democrat and (b) the Republican conventions in the United States.

    • Peerages

      To ask the Prime Minister what the place of residence, at the time of their elevation, was of each peer created since 1 May 1997, broken down by (a) nation within the UK and (b) region of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academic Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to prevent isolation and lack of commitment among students who are not achieving as much as their peers.

    • Citizenship Lessons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment the Department has made of citizenship lessons within the national curriculum since their introduction; (2) what (a)...

      Departmental Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on energy efficiency in his Department's buildings.

      Non-classroom Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the role of out-of-classroom education and field trips in school education; (2) what the Government's...

      Secondary School Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action the Department is taking to increase the number of people training to enter the secondary school sector as teachers.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Audits of Victims' Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which victims groups in Northern Ireland have been audited each year since 1990; and on what basis the audits were carried out.

    • Northern Ireland: Government Departments Expenditure on Consultation Exercises

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

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take action under paragraph 2(4) of Schedule 7 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 against Ms Patricia Kelly who has withdrawn from the Northern...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the closing date for applications to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is 9 July as indicated in the advertisement to the public, or 16 July, as...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reasons have been given by members of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for resigning; and whether they will place copies of all relevant...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 June (WA 113), whether there was agreement between the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ulster Scots Agency in Belfast is obliged, if requested by a citizen of the Irish Republic, to respond in Irish.

      Africa: Millennium Development Goals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether AIDS-affected African countries are given any priority in the funding of education and other development programmes to assist them in achieving millennium...

      United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is evidence, either in relation to the right of petition under the First Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or...

      United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the 20 non-governmental organisations, listed in Appendix 2 to the report on the outcome of the Interdepartmental Review of International Human Rights...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether following the report of the Review of International Human Rights Instruments, they are aware of any other government or independent legal expert which has...

      Entente Cordiale: Anglo-French Celebrations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to reciprocate the French Government's gesture in inviting British troops to participate in the Bastille Day parade; and, if so, how.

      NITEworks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which companies are currently involved in the NITEworks partnership; and what topics NITEworks is currently addressing.

      Clinical Trials: Thrombolysis in Cardiac Arrest Study

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken or are planning regarding the Thrombolysis in Cardiac Arrest Study in the light of the approval in principle of the relevant...

      Nurse Specialists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many nurses specialise in (a) lung cancer; and (b) breast cancer.

      Strategic Rail Authority: Access Charge Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What directions the Secretary of State for Transport gave to the Strategic Rail Authority to use its powers under Section 206 of the Transport Act 2000 to...

      Roads: Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the Department for Transport White Paper, The Future of Transport, of July 2004, what are the projected capital expenditure targets for roads for...

      Container Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to publish a national ports strategy following rejection of the proposal for a new port complex at Dibden Bay.

      Bus Lanes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 6 October 2003 (WA 6) and the Lord MacDonald of Tradeston on 20 June 2002 (WA 105), when they will...

      Motorway Restaurants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which body is responsible for ensuring that healthy food options are available at all times in Moto motorway restaurants on the M4.

      Transport Direct

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are (a) the current budget; and (b) the emerging costs of Transport Direct; and when they expect that the system will be available for public use.

      Transport Direct

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 July (WA 77) which stated that the Transport Direct website went live on 12 July—(a) why...

      Air Navigation Services: Common Charging Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make available the results of the consultation by Eurocontrol on the "Draft SES Implementing Rule on a Common Charging Scheme for Air Navigation...

      A31: Underpass at Hickley's Corner, Farnham

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the emphasis given to reducing congestion and accidents and in improving the overall quality of life, set out in the Transport Objectives and Performance...

      Postal Votes in Scottish Constituencies: 2001 General Election

      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...

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