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Written answers

Thursday, 14 October 2004

  • Defence

    • Departmental Records Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints from former staff of his Department employed by TNT have been raised with regard to the new process for handling departmental records...

    • Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he expects Galileo to play in providing the Future Rapid Effects System requirements with optimum battlespace awareness.

      Information and Communication Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many information and communication technology specialists are in full-time employment in the Department.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what screening tests have been established for (a) British troops, (b) British medical auxiliaries and (c) Iraqi civilians to assess the degree of...

      Land Use Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total amount was paid in each of the past three years to farmers and other landowners for the use of their land by his Department.

      Military Equipment Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the occasions on which armed forces personnel have attended as part of their duties promotional events for UK military equipment sales in...

      Op-telic Tender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many garments have been delivered for the Op-telic Tender DC2 ESL/3122.

      Op-telic Tender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of whether the fabric supplied for the Op-telic tender DC2 ESL/3122 meets the specification.

      RAF Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) why the hon. Member for Moray was not informed of the impending announcement concerning the airfield review and RAF Kinloss prior to the release of...

      Sea Cadet Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the number of adult volunteers to the Sea Cadet Corps.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to send HMS Victorious to a location other than Plymouth for its refit; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Lottery Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the policy of the National Lottery towards making grants conditional upon the procurement of only...

    • Renaissance in the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to support the Renaissance in the Regions programme in Yorkshire.

      Renaissance in the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding from the Renaissance in the Regions programme (a) has been allocated and (b) will be allocated to Yorkshire.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • False Alarm Emergency Calls

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false alarm fire emergency calls were received in Buckinghamshire in each year since 2001.

    • Fire-related Deaths (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths in dwellings in Buckinghamshire there were in each year since 2001.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on reduction of the neighbour nuisance caused by high hedges; and if he will make a statement.

      Parks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Department will establish a programme to improve local parklands.

  • Education and Skills

    • Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding streams are available to local education authority schools (a) directly from government and (b) through local education...

    • Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the UK's national income has been spent on education in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that information about endometriosis is routinely included in personal, social and health education in...

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the amount is (a) in total and (b) per pupil spent on information and communication technology in maintained schools since...

      Resources for Children and Learners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 September 2004, Official Report, columns 153–54WS, on Resources for Children and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which other countries cases of BSE have been verified; and how many cases were reported (a) in the EU and (b) in the USA...

    • Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the salaries of the Chief Executive of each agency which falls under her Department.

      Farm Incomes (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on recent trends in farm incomes in the Buckingham constituency.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the start date is for single farm payments.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future management of the (a) six and (b) 12-mile fishing zones around the UK coast; and whether...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether footage of the video taken by Northumberland Trading Standards on 23 February 2001 of the conditions on Burnside Farm...

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many information and communication technology specialists are in full-time employment in the Department.

      Over-30 Month Cattle Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the saving would be of moving the over-30 month scheme to (a) over 36 months and (b) over 48 months.

      Pet Animals Protection Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to sign the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals; and if she will make a statement.

      Registered Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many registered holdings there are for European subsidy purposes; how many there were in 1994; and if she will make a...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors underlay the decision to set the salary for the Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency at its present level.

      Sea Bass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will liaise with other Departments to ensure that their catering policies source sea bass from hand line fisheries.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with sugar beet farmers from the Vale of York on the reform of the EU Sugar regime.

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of sugar beet farming in (a) the Vale of York and (b) England.

      Supermarkets Code of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions on the Supermarkets Code of Practice she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 21 July from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Farag Elkailani.

    • Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) nature and (b) values are of his Department's consultancy contracts for, and in relation to, the identity card scheme.

      Marriage (Denmark)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission research into the effects of legislation in Denmark which require that applicants and sponsors, for the purpose of...

  • Transport

    • Galileo Satellite

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the military implications for Galileo arising from the EU White Paper, "New Frontier for an Expanding Union"...

    • Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held with European Union institutions about the standardisation of driving licences across the EU.

      Pedestrian Walkways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers are vested in (a) local authorities and (b) the police to prevent motorised vehicles from blocking pedestrian walkways.

  • Trade and Industry

    • BT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2004, Official Report, column 1150W, on BT, if she will make a statement on the progress of the review of...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors governed the date of publication on the departmental website of the report by Cambridge Econometrics consultants on "Modelling...

      Entrepreneurship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Department for Education and Skills to promote education in entrepreneurship in schools and colleges.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) representations she has received and (b) consultation has taken place with sub-post masters concerning the speed of the New Horizon...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have closed in Pembrokeshire since May 1997.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 14 September 2004, Official Report, column 1541W, on wind energy, what assessment she has made of the (a)...

      Women and Work Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her written statement of 11 October 2004, Official Report, columns 6–8WS, on the Women and Work Commission, what the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits (East Lothian)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average minimum income guarantee payment is to pensioners in East Lothian constituency.

    • Benefits (East Lothian)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of minimum income guarantee in East Lothian constituency at the last date on which it was paid.

      Benefits (East Lothian)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of pension credit in East Lothian constituency.

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many letters he has sent to occupational pension schemes in wind-up, in connection with his Financial Assistance Scheme, asking them to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many over-75s are claiming the guarantee credit element of the pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what review of the application process for receipt of the pension credit has been undertaken since the scheme was introduced.

  • Treasury

    • Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to announce the outcome of the consultation on his Department's plans to amend the Gift Aid rules on day memberships.

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on using fiscal measures to encourage reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

      Science

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on Government expenditure on science.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the current surplus in the National Insurance Fund.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that private pleasure craft will be able to use red diesel after 31 December 2006.

      International Currency Transaction Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the Belgian Finance Minister about Belgium's support for an international currency transaction tax.

      Third World Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on UK investment in tackling poverty in developing countries.

      Millennium Development Goals 2015

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his Department's involvement in progress towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

      Oil Price

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the macro-economic implications of recent oil price fluctuations on the UK economy.

      Tax/Pension Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues regarding the (a) tax credit and (b) pension credit systems.

      Tax/Pension Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new claims for tax credits have been received but not yet processed, broken down by region.

      Tax/Pension Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much on average tax credits add to the income of a family with two children on a wage of (a) £10,000 and (b) £15,000 a year.

      Tax/Pension Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Yeovil constituency were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid tax credits in (i) 2002–03, (ii) 2003–04 and (iii)...

      Tax/Pension Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of working tax credit have been refunded for underpayments in the last 12 months and subsequently told that the underpayment...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual revenue from capital gains tax if the exemption of owner occupied housing were removed.

      Employment (Glasgow)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the total number of jobs located in the City of Glasgow; and what percentage of the total number of jobs in Scotland this figure...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Inland Revenue information on incapacity benefit indicates to recipients that if their benefit dates from before 12 April 1995 the payments are free...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made with the International Finance Facility.

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer from the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 17 June 2004, Official Report, column 895, on the International Finance Facility, if he...

      Lorry Road-user Charge Management Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the proposed functions of the Lorry Road-User Charge Management Authority are; (2) what the proposed total costs are for setting up the Lorry...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners live in the South West Bedfordshire constituency.

  • Health

    • Cardiac Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about proposed changes to the provision of cardiac rehabilitation services in south-west Hampshire.

    • Departmental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which services within his Department will be (a) affected by and (b) subject to job losses consequent on the cuts in the civil service announced in the...

      Derriford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the treatment provided for Mr. and Mrs. Walker by Derriford hospital in Plymouth on 3 September; and if he will make...

      Devon NHS Partnership Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many places for heroin addiction for people aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 18 are provided by the Devon NHS Partnership Trust; (2) what the...

      Drug Addiction Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the availability of drug rehabilitation services in Leeds; (2) what changes in waiting times for drug addiction...

      Free School Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2004, Official Report, column 1646, on free school fruit, how many children will benefit from the school fruit and...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparisons his Department has made of the prevalence of hepatitis C in the UK with that of other EU members states; and what assessment his...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparisons his Department has made of the prevalence of hepatitis C in Scotland with that in the remainder of the UK.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he plans to spend on the hepatitis C awareness campaign in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the national healthcare standards referred to in Towards Cleaner Hospitals and lower rates of infection will replace the National Infection...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice has been received from the Government's Chief Medical Officer since the publication of the report "Winning Ways" about the approach which...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the rates of MRSA infections among patients in each hospital trust in each of the last five years.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions his Department has given to hospital trusts to ensure that the monitoring and detection of MRSA is done on a consistent basis.

      New Zealand Goats Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why New Zealand goats milk is being prevented from reaching EU markets; under what procedures this restriction is being enacted; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each primary care trust (PCT) in London in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will develop and implement the NHS Community Midwifery Model; (2) what his policy is on offering continuing care from a single midwife for...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his projection is of the number of press officers employed in his Department for 2004–05.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department is funding to develop a more reliable diagnostic test for prostate cancer.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the different frequencies with which men and women access primary care for cancer.

      Radiation Risks Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down the costs of the Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters between (a) the costs of the secretariat, (b) the...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish the action plan on tuberculosis.

  • Prime Minister

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he held at 10 Downing Street with President Jiang Zemin during his visit in 1999 on human rights abuses (a) in China and (b) in Tibet.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with representatives of the churches on their launch of Operation Noah to draw attention to the threat posed by climate change.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed regime change in Iraq in any meeting with President Bush since January 2001.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will de-classify and place in the Library the Government documents published in the Daily Telegraph on 18 September about war with Iraq; whether these documents...

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he asked the Indian Prime Minister about the prospects of India signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty during his meeting with him on 20 September.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of the functions listed on page 6 of the Cabinet Office Departmental Report 2004 as having been exercised by the hon. Member for Paisley, South,...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Anthony Blunt

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what records are (a) open to public inspection and (b) withheld concerning meetings between Anthony Blunt and the late...

    • Anthony Blunt

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what records are retained that are (a) open to and (b) withheld from public inspection as to (i) the facilities that were...

      District Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what child care provision is made available for primary carers who are district judges.

      District Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment has been made of the effects of the practice of advertising vacancies for district judges (crime) on the...

      Weekend Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what kinds of case will be tried in the proposed weekend courts; (2) what proposals the Secretary of State has for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which establishments prisoners are kept in Afghanistan; how many prisoners are in each one; what assessment he has made of...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has been informed that the perpetrators of the 21 August bombings in Bangladesh have been identified.

      British Travellers (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the Governments of (a) Thailand, (b) Vietnam, (c) Indonesia, (d) Cambodia and (e)...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what recent dates discussions have taken place between representatives of the British Government and the representatives of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the United Kingdom will oppose (a) the allocation of EU funds to and (b) the use of EU funds in Cyprus where such funds may...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the Annan V Plan with the Law of the Sea Convention as it...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received the European Commission's proposals for spending structural funds in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus;...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons United Kingdom representatives urged the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to delay pressing...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if the Government will oppose initiatives in the UN for international recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make it their policy to require a timetable for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus to be agreed...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the suggestion in paragraph 93 of the report of the UN Secretary General on his Mission of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government have taken to further the call by the UN Security Council to lift restrictions imposed by Turkey on...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps need to be taken to permit Cyprus to become a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development;...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government concluded that the aide-memoire of the Republic of Cyprus handed to the UN on 20 April 2004 during the...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration was given to whether to ask the European Commission to consider the final Annan Plan for Cyprus in relation...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions on which the Government have cautioned UK citizens about the possible liabilities and consequences...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a representative of the UK Government discussed with (a) Kofi Annan and (b) Alvaro de Soto the documents of (i) 15 March...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether the Government supported the provision in the Annan Plan to extend EU citizenship to Turkish citizens resident in...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy was on the element of the Annan Plan for Cyprus that would have provided for a Turkish immigration...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of Turkish settlers who are not de jure citizens of the Republic of Cyprus but who were...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the decision not to incorporate the recommendations of the Technical Committee on Economic...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions were held at Bürgenstock on possible derogations from (a) EU and (b) other legislation relating to (i)...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the documents distributed by British representatives at Bürgenstock meetings on Cyprus entitled (a) the...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the European Council has been advised that the sovereign Republic of Cyprus shall be competent to define points of entry...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is towards the proposal set out by President Papadopoulos of Cyprus to the European Commission on...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of East Timor.

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will urge the European Commission to examine the legality of trade by an EU State with any part of any EU...

      European Constitutional

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications for the justice system in the UK of the clause on page 32 of the proposed...

      European Constitutional

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications for the UK of the obligation on page 15 of the proposed European Constitutional...

      European Human Security Response Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the United Kingdom Government's policy is on the proposal to create a European Human Security Response Force.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran over the public hanging of Atefe Rajab in Neka in Nazandaran province...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Arabs being forced from their homes in Kirkuk and the surrounding area; who has been responsible...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether British volunteers were among the members of the Christian Peacemaker Team who were attacked and seriously injured near...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Maldivian Democratic Party.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of chartering an aeroplane for his recent trip to Sudan.

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries have instigated their own inquiries into alleged corruption at the UN during the Oil for Food Programme.

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the list published in the Iraqi newspaper al-Moda of those accused of corruption at the UN during...

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the initial report of the Volcker Inquiry into alleged corruption at the UN during the Oil for...

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the findings of the Iraq Survey Group in relation to allegations of corruption at the UN during...

      Ports Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will urge the European Commission to examine the legality of entry by merchant shipping of an EU state into...

      UK Mission (Bugging)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2004, Official Report, column 1438W, on UK Mission (bugging), what progress has been made by...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Venezuelan (a) Government, (b) opposition parties and (c) other interested parties;...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his European counterparts concerning a demarche to the government of Vietnam on the...

      Vietnam

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

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the treatment of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ambulances have been involved in road traffic accidents in the last two years in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic accidents involving Mercedes Sprinter style ambulances there were in the last two years in Northern Ireland; and if he...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) republican and (b) loyalist terrorists have been investigated by the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland; and how many...

      Belfast Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan for 2015 will be published.

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of (a) lapwing, (b) peeweet, (c) yellow yornie, (d) curlew, (e) corncrake, (f) buzzard and (g) peregrine...

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he will take to boost farmland bird numbers in the Province.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long residents of the Irish Republic are required to live in Northern Ireland before they can take up places at care homes in the Province.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) men and (b) women in Northern Ireland over state retirement age are caring for elderly parents or relatives.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what benefits are available for people reaching state pension age who still care for elderly parents or relatives in their retirement.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Children Matter Task Force report which initiated the process of increasing and...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest available 12 month figures are for the proportion of the Department's redundant documentation, waste paper and card that is...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many driving tests have been performed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time is in Northern Ireland for people applying to take a driving test.

      Ebrington Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce the commencement date for the building of the new Ebrington primary school in Londonderry.

      Endoscopes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce the use of disposable endoscopes into NHS hospitals.

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2004, Official Report, column 1481W, on farm payments, whether 96.14 per cent. of the total subsidy scheme...

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what value of subsidy payments to farmers in the South Down area are outstanding.

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reduce waiting times for people with hearing problems.

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to combat risks to patient safety arising from parallel trade in medicines in Northern Ireland.

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of extra consultants which would be required if the consultant contract was accepted in the Province's...

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on how the £12 million reallocated to health in August will be used.

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources were allocated to the training of operating department practitioners within the Health Service in Northern Ireland in the last...

      Housing Executive Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive grant assessments are outstanding in the South Down Area.

      Housing Relocation (Intimidation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the use of alternative agencies to verify cases of intimidation for purposes of housing relocation.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the introduction of an identity card scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Investment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent in the parliamentary constituencies of (a) North, (b) South, (c) East and (d) West Belfast on each investment project...

      Londonderry Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce his response to the request from the city council in Londonderry regarding financial assistance to develop Londonderry airport.

      Meat/Poultry Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which countries have a ban on imports of meat or poultry products from the province; and what representations he has made to have each ban lifted.

      MOT Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed in carrying out MOT tests in Northern Ireland.

      MOT Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for an MOT test in Northern Ireland is from the time of application to the test being carried out.

      MOT Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money is allocated to running each MOT centre in Northern Ireland in the current year.

      National Sports Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to make an announcement regarding the construction of a new national sports stadium for Northern Ireland.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) target and (b) average processing time is from receipt of application to delivery of notification for persons applying for a...

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is given to overseas nurses seeking accommodation in the Province while working there, with particular reference to those from...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for how many new residential dwellings planning permission was given in (a) Moira, (b) Aghalee, (c) Magheralin, (d) Dollingstown, (e)...

      PWS Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much grant aid has been awarded to the company PWS Ireland in each year for the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Scientific Officers (Promotion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what independent assessment has been made of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's promotion boards for scientific officers.

      Scientific Officers (Promotion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what relative weighting is given by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's promotion boards for scientific officer positions to...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many episodes of self-harm there were in each health trust area in each of the last three years.

      TK-ECC Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which estate agent was appointed to facilitate the sale of the former TK-ECC plant in Dundonald; when the agent was appointed; when the...

  • House of Lords

    • Newry and Armagh: Primary Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the enrolment figures in each of the past five academic years in each primary school in the constituency of Newry and Armagh.

    • Palace of Westminster: Security Passes

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many photographic security passes admitting entry to the parliamentary estate have been issued to employees of the BBC or persons contracted by the BBC; and...

      Supreme Court: Middlesex Guildhall

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 16 September (WA 202), whether they will now answer the questions: (a) who are the present...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 14 September (WA 182), whether they have sought the views of other governments or independent...

      Thameslink 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the timescale for the implementation of Thameslink 2000 to improve the Thameslink railway line between London and the south-east.

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