Written answers

Tuesday, 26 October 2004

  • Church Commissioners

    • Ecclesiastical Law

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent representations he has received regarding updating ecclesiastical law, with particular reference to the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • REACH Proposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answers to questions 189034 and 189035, what proportion of the total direct costs across the EU for...

    • Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on nature conservation in urban areas.

      Dairy Cows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what central records are kept on the incidence of mastitis in cattle; and if she will make a statement; (2) what her...

      RAF Pershore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on (a) the management of her Department's burial site at RAF Pershore and (b) its plans for the...

      Rural Transport Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has for the future of rural transport partnerships after funding support transfers from the Countryside...

  • House of Commons

    • Catering Services

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will make representations to the Director of Catering Services to implement a strategy to minimise food miles.

    • Catering Services

      To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee if he will make representations to the Director of Catering Services to increase the percentage of food sourced organically.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Works of Art

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many paintings and works of art are held in store by the House.

    • Oriel Room

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of (a) consultants, (b) materials, (c) labour, (d) design and (e) supervision of...

      Visitors

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the new visitor passes are retrieved from...

  • Treasury

    • Child Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children died in accidents at home in the Greater London area in the last five years.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised by the withdrawal of advance corporation tax credit on (a) pensions and (b) charities in each year since it was introduced.

      Hospices (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was paid by UK hospices in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Identity Card Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent research he has (a) conducted or (b) commissioned into the cost effectiveness of the proposed identity card scheme.

      Julie McEvoy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the handling of the tax credits award for Miss Julie McEvoy of Buckfastleigh for the 2003–04 and 2004–05 tax years; and...

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the national debt (a) is and (b) was in 1997.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will ensure that adequate funds are made available to the Home Office to ensure that Northampton Police Authority receives the grant for the...

      Single Parent Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single parent households headed by (a) mothers and (b) fathers there are, broken down by ethnic group.

      STEPS Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was paid to external commercial, legal and financial advisers in respect of the STEPS agreement; (2) how much was paid by the Department to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit awards had been stopped as at 30 September due to claimants' failure to supply income data by the 30 September deadline; and if he will...

      Tsar Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of unemployment in the Greater London area is.

      Unpaid Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the total amount of unpaid tax, broken down by each available category, in each year from 1996–97 to 2004–05; and if he...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people classed as disabled have claimed working tax credit in Coventry South.

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters he has received from hon. Members in the last four months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ministerial Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and...

      Tsar Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Legislation

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will carry out scrutiny of the number of offences (a) created and (b) repealed in the Government legislative programme in each session.

    • Information Technology

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent discussions he has had about the provision of information technology equipment and access for hon. Members.

      Voters Guide

      To ask the Leader of the House what proposals he has submitted to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons on sending a new voters guide to every 18-year-old.

      September Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has received regarding the September sitting of the House; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Care

      To ask the Leader of the House what proposals he has made to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons on providing child care in the House of Commons.

  • Scotland

    • Pensions (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with ministerial colleagues on the level of basic state pension received by women pensioners in Scotland.

    • Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on Army recruitment to the Scottish regiments in Scotland.

      Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last discussed recruitment to the Scottish regiments with the Secretary of State for Defence.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will be making recommendations on rural broadband in Scotland during the telecommunications review.

      Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the Scottish economy.

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Scotland Office has taken since 1 October to highlight the new obligations on service providers following the introduction of part III of...

      Call Boxes (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to meet BT authorities in Scotland to discuss call boxes in rural areas.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the future structure of the Army in Scotland.

      Jobcentres (Lanarkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has met the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to discuss closures of Jobcentres in Lanarkshire.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she will issue the strategic plan and guidance for the Crown Prosecution Service's resources as a result of successful confiscation orders under the Proceeds of...

    • European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many United Kingdom cases are awaiting hearing before the European Court of Human Rights.

      Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) on what date the Attorney-General (a) gave his advice to the Prime Minister about the legality of the war with Iraq and (b) officially examined Iraq's...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Analogue Switch-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the planned dates for analogue switch-off are broken down by ITV region.

    • Analogue Switch-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the planned dates are for analogue switch-off for the transmitters at (a) Durris, (b) Rosemarkie, (c) Knock More and (d) Rumster Forest.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Central-Local Government Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to public funds of the Central Local Government Partnership conference held at Leeds Castle on 14 and 15 October was; and how many Government...

    • Council Tax (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the (a) City of York council, (b) Ryedale district council, (c) North Yorkshire county council and (d) Scarborough borough council budget was...

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the cost of meeting the decent homes standard in each local authority area.

      Disabilities Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of abolishing the means test on parents of disabled children for the disabilities facilities grant.

      Disability Housing Registers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what steps he is taking to promote the use of disability housing registers; (2) how many local authorities in England operate disability housing registers;...

      Gypsies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local plans the Government Office for the West Midlands has objected to on the grounds of their Gypsy policies.

      Housing Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of how many surveyors will be required as a result of the seller's packs provisions included in the Housing Bill; how many are available...

      Housing Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what implementation date the Government plan for the provisions of the Housing Bill relating to seller's packs; and what assessment he has made of whether...

      Housing Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government intend to establish a national database of the information contained in the seller's pack provided for in the Housing Bill; and whether the...

      Housing Renewal Pathfinders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what compensation packages are offered to home owners whose homes are to be demolished in each of the nine Pathfinder areas of England; and if he will make a...

      Housing Renewal Pathfinders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many press officers are employed by each of the Housing Renewal Pathfinders in England.

      Inter-departmental Co-operation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made towards working with other Government Departments to raise the levels of (a) social inclusion, (b) neighbourhood renewal and (c)...

      Local Authorities (Debt Collection)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice his Department has given to local authorities pursuing outstanding debts of (a) less than £3,000 and (b) more than £3,000.

      Local Authority Debt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the combined local authority debt (a) is and (b) was in 1997; and what the average rate of interest paid on that debt is.

      Local Government (Coventry)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the funding of local government in Coventry South.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total cost of holding the referendum on an elected regional assembly in the North East.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost has been of (a) visits made and (b) meetings hosted by Ministers in his Department relating to elected regional assemblies since May 2002.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of producing and publishing (a) the White Paper, "Your Region, Your Choice", Cm 5511 and (b) the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill, Cm 6285.

      Vanessa Arscott

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he had at his recent meeting with the Thai Prime Minister on the death of Ms Vanessa Arscott of Ashburton.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Transponders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what exemptions he will be introducing to the mandatory installation of Mode S transponders in aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

    • Air Navigation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to charge aircraft flying under visual flight rules for aircraft navigation services; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Aviation (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to ensure air flights carrying only freight reflect to a greater degree in their costs the environmental impact of such flights, with...

      Birmingham Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposals for compensation to near neighbours of the suggested second runway at Birmingham International Airport;...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date he responded to the communication from the Chief Executive of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association UK, dated 22 September; and if he...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what progress against national targets has been made by local authorities on increasing cycling; (2) whether he has evaluated the work of the...

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much has been invested in East Coast Main Line infrastructure in each year since 1990; (2) how much has been invested in railway...

      Gner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers GNER has carried in each year since its franchise began.

      Gner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains per weekday on average GNER has run out of York in each year since its franchise began.

      Hastings and Bexhill Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the construction of the Hastings and Bexhill link road.

      Integrated Kent Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent to date on the Integrated Kent Franchise.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many were (i)...

      Rail Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement regarding improvements to the rail network since Network Rail assumed responsibility.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been to the Strategic Rail Authority of transferring the South Eastern Trains franchise from Connex.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether all functions of the Strategic Rail Authority are due to transfer to the Department of Transport under the proposals outlined in "The Future of...

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Communication Equipment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average spending on communication equipment for each Minister was in the Department in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialists, consultants and engineers in the 2003–04 financial year.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of antisocial behaviour have been reported to the police in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for antisocial behaviour there have been in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii)...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been taken out in each constituency in (a) England and Wales, (b) South Tyneside and (c) Tyne and...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest figure is for the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued.

      Breath Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department (1) how many breath tests were carried out by police officers in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by police authority;...

      Civil Service (Job Losses)

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

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Community Support Officers have been recruited from ethnic backgrounds.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers have been allocated to community support officers.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Community Support Officers have been recruited from each London borough.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recruitment requirements are for Community Support Officers.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 6 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J. Lloyd;...

      Departmental Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers were employed by the Department in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04; and at what cost.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings of the Ministerial Sub-Committee of Green Ministers were attended by the Department's Green Minister in (a) 2002–03...

      Impaired Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department how many convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by police...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) household knives and (b) other types of knife were seized by the police in each of the last three years.

      Long Baton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances it would constitute a disciplinary offence for a police officer to strike an individual on the head with a long baton.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator positions are funded (a) wholly and (b) partially by local authorities. (2) what proportion...

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to organisations seeking funding for a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what salary police officers receive in (a) Havering and (b) Greater London on average.

      Racial/Religious Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent attacks perpetrated against Sikhs have been recorded in each of the last five years; and in how many of these attacks race...

      RAF Fairford

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department what the final costs of policing anti-war protests at RAF Fairford in 2003 were.

      Safer Neighbourhoods Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the initial roll-out of the Metropolitan Police Service's Safer Neighbourhoods Programme.

  • International Development

    • AIDS Epidemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the need for short-term emergency funding, in addition to funding in the medium and long-term, to combat...

    • CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 16 September, Official Report, column 1713W, on CDC/Actis Capital, if he will break down the amount owed to...

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2004, Official Report, column 1709W, on CDC/Actis Capital, if he will list the (a)...

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who has performed external audits of environmental management at the (a) Higaturu Oil Palm, (b) Poliamba, (c) Milne Bay Estates, (d)...

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 16 September, Official Report, column 1709W, on CDC/Actis Capital, what assessment he has made of Pacific Rim...

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 16 September, Official Report, column 1709W, on CDC/Actis Capital, if he will list the environmental matrix...

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what CDC/Actis Capital investment there has been in Afghanistan Capital Partners; and if he will make a statement.

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the objectives of CDC/Actis Capital's partnership with Aviva plc.

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received about (a) compliance and (b) non-compliance with business principle standards by Pacific Rim Palm...

      CDC Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the last environmental quality study was commissioned at (a) Higaturu Oil Palm, (b) Poliamba, (c) Milne Bay Estates, (d) Asiatic...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's support for development of solar energy projects in Angola; (2) what plans he...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on financial and technical assistance and economic...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on implementation of the programme of assistance to promote the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the committees on (a) co-financing operations with European non-governmental...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the (a) European Development Fund Committee and (b) Advisory Committee on the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on implementation of humanitarian aid operations met; when and where...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings of the Ministerial Sub-Committee of Green Ministers were attended by the Department's Green Minister in (a)...

      Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what input his Department had into the establishment of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAP-I); what...

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is for dealing with illegal logging; and if he will make a statement.

      International Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the 20 countries with the lowest GDP per capita; how much the international development assistance per capita was made...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the Department's priorities for working with the Government of Kenya.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the aid budget for Latin America was in the years (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03 and (d) 2003–04;...

      Relief Work (SPHERE Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the SPHERE standards for relief work; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with (i) the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy sugar regime on local sugar production in developing nations in...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) monetary and (b) non-monetary assistance the Uzbek Government receive from the United Kingdom Government; and if he will make...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many reviews of the working and impact of major pieces of regulation affecting business put forward by (a) her Department and (b)...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many consultancy firms or companies have been retained by the Department since June 2001; what the projects are for which each has been...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list applications made for Export Credits Guarantee Department cover for ventures in Iraq since the end of the recent Gulf War;...

      Icelandic Water Trawlermen's Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many claimants have received payments from the Icelandic Water Trawlerman's Scheme (a) under the scheme, which closed in 2002, and...

      Jaguar Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effects the closure of Jaguar Motor Production sites in Coventry will have on small business in Coventry.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the members of the Shareholder Executive by (a) title and (b) date of appointment; and what other (i) corporate and (ii)...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what compensation members of the Shareholder Executive receive.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff are employed by the Shareholder Executive.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what measures the Government will assess the performance of the Shareholder Executive.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when planning for the reorganisation of the Shareholder Executive began.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, column 1864W, on public shareholdings, if she will list the public shareholdings...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, column 1864W, on public shareholdings, what are the Shareholder Executive's...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, column 1864W, on public shareholdings, what the Shareholder Executive's (a)...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans to include (a) public sector stakeholder, (b) quango, (c) NGO and (d) devolved territory input into...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what codes of conduct apply to members of the Shareholder Executive.

      Sutherland Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what submission the British Government have made to the Sutherland Commission.

      Work Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures her Department is taking in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions and other Departments to encourage and enable...

  • Education and Skills

    • Archaeology Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the future of GCSE Archaeology following the decision taken by AQA not to offer...

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) primary school and (b) secondary school class size in the West Suffolk constituency was in (i) 1996–97 and (ii)...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialists, consultants and engineers in the...

      Education Budget (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget for (a) York College and (b) York Sixth Form College was in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in (A) 1997 and (B) each year since.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the capital funding available to schools for (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c) 2003–04, (d) 2004–05, (e)...

      Education Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 11-year old pupils in Carlisle reached level 4 in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven...

      First Degree Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of the projected non-completion rate for full-time first degree students reported by the Higher...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the extra funding given to further education in June (a) has been and (b) will be allocated to (i) school sixth forms,...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students taking (a) GCSE mathematics, (b) GCSE history, (c) GCSE English, (d) GCSE French and (e) GCSE physics received...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15 and 16 year olds in (a) Carlisle, (b) Cumbria and (c) England achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C in each of the...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many meetings of the Ministerial Sub-Committee of Green Ministers were attended by the Department's Green Minister in (a) 2002–03...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the financial situation of higher education institutions.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of working age people in the Buckingham constituency hold a qualification at degree level or equivalent or above; and what...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of each age cohort entered higher education in each year from 1985/86 to 2004/05; and if he will make a statement.

      Increased Flexibility Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how his Department proposes to continue supporting the Increased Flexibility Project for 14 to 16 learners to work with further education...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many reported (a) incidents and (b) accidents involving knives there have been in schools over the last 12 months.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many mobile phones were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; how many...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years.

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) establishing and (b) running the Office for Fair Access (OFFA); what the salary is of the...

      Overseas Students (Glasgow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of overseas students who are studying in the City of Glasgow.

      Private Language Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason he decided to introduce voluntary registration for private language schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Religious Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) membership is and (b) terms of reference are of the joint working party with the churches and others on the financing of...

      Resources for Children and Learners

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

      School Internet Access (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of City of York (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were connected to the internet in (i) 1997 and (ii) October.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects in Stroud constituency of (a) abolishing grant-maintained schools, (b) changing school admission...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received regarding secondary school capacity on Canvey Island; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence his Department has evaluated which demonstrates public support for new school sixth forms as proposed in the Five Year Plan...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to align college and school sixth form funding.

      Student Loan Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students applied for loans from the Student Loan Company for the current academic year prior to July; (2) how many students...

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total fee income from (a) tuition fees and (b) top up tuition fees was in (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01; and if he...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what use he expects the Office for Fair Access to make of the benchmarks for university admissions published by the Higher Education...

      University Drop-out Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students studying first degrees dropped out of their studies (a) at university and (b) in the first year of their studies at...

      University Drop-out Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve course completion rates for first degrees at universities.

      University Drop-out Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes in the methodology for the compiling of data for the non-completion rate for full-time students starting first degree courses...

      University Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding he plans to make available to universities to enable them to promote applications.

      University Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he was consulted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency on the university performance indicators it produced in September;...

      University Teachers/Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice he has given to universities about employing university teachers beyond the statutory retirement age.

      University Teachers/Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the teaching infrastructure of UK universities; and what plans he has for changes to the infrastructure.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Boon Chanh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Laos about the health and treatment of evangelist Boon Chanh, serving a...

    • British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated on the living standards of British Indian Ocean Territory citizens normally resident in (a)...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the ministerial meetings concerning the British Indian Ocean Territory which have been held with (a)...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit the Cayman Islands in the next three years.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on civil disobedience in the Cayman Islands after Hurricane Ivan.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the legislative body of the Cayman Islands in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political effects of Hurricane Ivan on the Cayman Islands.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation the UK Government will be sending to the Cayman Islands Tourism Conference.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Government policy on the embargo on arms exports to the People's Republic of China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to raise human rights concerns with Chinese representatives at the EU China Summit on 8 December; and if he...

      Conflict Resolution (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department has taken since 2000 in relation to section 21 of the European Parliament Resolution (2000–2025...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many consultancy firms or companies have been retained by the Department since June 2001; what the projects are for which...

      Craig Murray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the United States about Mr. Craig Murray's speech at Freedom House on 17 August 2002.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on the development and consolidation of democracy and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the Greek presidency of the EU the Committee on the arrangements for implementing Europe agreements with...

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of the clause in the proposed European Constitution Treaty, Cm 6289, which...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the destruction of cultural heritage of the Bahá'- faith that has taken place in Iran, with...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his United States counterpart in respect of charging or releasing the senior members of Saddam...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) pursuant to his oral statement on Iraq of 12 October 2004, Official Report, columns 151–55, what evidence caused him...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Secretary General of the UN during his visit to London on 19 October on alleged corruption at...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 18 October 2004, Official Report, column 469W, on Iraq, if he will make a statement on the length of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding (a) has been and (b) is planned to be disbursed by the occupying powers in Iraq to (i) the Iraqi Federation of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Iraqi Interim Authority concerning rights of trade union membership and activity in...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UK abstention at the UN Security Council concerning Israeli military action in northern Gaza.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on flights by its military aircraft over Lebanese territory; and if...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities regarding the deaths of Palestinian schoolgirls Ghadir Mokheimer and...

      Mercenaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure there is transparency in joint projects between the UK Government and governments who are using,...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last raised human rights concerns with the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Uzbekistan's decertification by the United States State Department for receipt of financial aid...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States about Mr. Craig Murray's reports that the (a) British and (b) US...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) provenance and (b) reliability of the intelligence that the UK has received on Uzbekistan...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he is having with other governments about the replacement of Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara when...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives from the Polisario Front.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will recognise the Saharwi Arab Democratic Republic as the sovereign state in Western Sahara.

  • Work and Pensions

    • 52-Week Linking Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of administering the 52-week linking rule was in each year since 1998.

    • Benefits (Telephone Inquiries)

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the service standard is for the time within which calls to the national telephone inquiry lines for (a) attendance allowance...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what competitive processes were followed leading up to the sale of former Department of Social Security buildings to LandSecurities Trillium;...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department is having with Land Security Trillium concerning the (a) vacation and (b) alternative use of the Department's...

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) agencies with whom his Department consulted before deciding upon the locations for (i) office...

      Designated Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Funding Allocation Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which funding streams have been allocated by his Department using a funding formula which includes rankings or scores on the Index of Multiple...

      Health Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what feedback his Department has received on the progress of the Engaging Physicians, Benefiting Patients pilot; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of incapacity benefit claimants have undergone a medical examination in each year since 1990.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus flexible service delivery sites are based in higher education institutions.

      Pathway Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have gained work after entering the Pathway Pilots; and how many remained in work after 13 weeks.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Information Commissioner

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to include Network Rail within the statutory responsibilities of the...

    • Witness/Victim Evidence

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures the Department is investigating to encourage witnesses and victims to come forward and give...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposals for a commission for equality and human rights.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the future composition of the House of Lords.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department spent on independent research into the operation of the legal aid system in the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the availability of legal aid in domestic violence cases.

      Judiciary

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to make the judiciary more representative of the general public.

      Money Claim Online

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Secretary of State's plans to extend the operation of Money Claim Online.

      Civil Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of civil cases in England and Wales were legally assisted in (a) 1980, (b) 1990, (c) 2000 and (d) 2003.

      Civil Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what level of equity in a main dwelling the Government assesses as sufficient to deny a person the benefit of civil legal...

      New Deal

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years.

      Tsar Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many tsars have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of his Department; and if he will...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

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

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Alzheimer's disease patients are being treated by primary care trusts in North Southwark and Bermondsey.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on drug treatments for advanced Alzheimer's disease patients in North Southwark and Bermondsey in each year since 1997.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the availability of drugs for patients with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease in North Southwark...

      Anti-cancer Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the strategic health authorities have made in the execution of their responsibilities in respect of the take-up of new anti-cancer drugs...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer were treated within 31 days in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Chemical Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to (a) monitor and (b) reduce exposure to (i) biocumulative chemicals and (ii) hormone and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met interested groups to discuss core funding for hospices for children; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to (a) North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust and (b) North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust for dental services in...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there were in (a) North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, (b) North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust and (c) Lincolnshire Primary...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with an NHS dentist in Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997.

      Doctors (Training Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of training a doctor was in the last period for which figures are available.

      EMIS System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to general practitioners who do not wish to change clinical system under the National Programme for IT and who wish to carry on...

      Glycogen Storage Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recorded in-patient episodes of glycogen storage disease type one there have been in each year since 1989, broken down by primary care trust.

      Health Services (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated at the NHS walk-in centre in York in each year since it opened.

      Health Spending (Islington, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average per capita spending on (a) primary care, (b) mental health and (c) hospital care in Islington North constituency was in each year since...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the treatment rates of hepatitis C; (2) if he will make it his policy to conduct research on treatment...

      Her2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the uniformity of availability of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER 2) testing across the country; and...

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the areas affected by the withdrawal of supply of Chiron influenza vaccines; (2) what delays will occur in the influenza...

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the adequacy of influenza vaccine supplies; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of general practitioner...

      Intravenous Chemotherapy Suites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the availability of IV chemotherapy suites; and what plans he has to increase their availability.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many obstetricians have performed an external cephalic version in an NHS hospital in each of the last five years; (2) what plans the Department...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve the quality of maternity services; (2) what funding his Department has made available for maternity...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women contracted MRSA after giving birth in an NHS hospital in each of the last five years; (2) how many women contracted MRSA after...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he envisages the role of patient and public involvement forums will be in future, with regard to particular renewed efforts to control MRSA...

      National Patient's Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Patient Safety Agency's reporting system will (a) begin to invite reports from the NHS and (b) publish information collected from...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total value of outstanding invoices over 90 days old owed by NHS Professionals to private recruitment agencies has been in each quarter...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of staff in the NHS are of each ethnic group.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what powers the newly-appointed NHS Equality and Human Rights Tsar will have to ensure that the NHS employs a fair number of people from all...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average full-time equivalent gross pay of NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) professions allied to medicine, (d) administrative and clerical staff...

      NHS Wheelchair Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will adopt the service standards developed by industry for NHS wheelchair services.

      North Cheshire Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have received treatment for (a) type I diabetes and (b) type II diabetes and associated conditions in North Cheshire Hospital Trust...

      North Cheshire Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have received support from NHS dieticians in Warrington in the last 12 months; (2) how many people with chronic pain have been...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been trained in the UK in each year since the launch of the NHS plan in 2000; and how many he anticipates will be trained in the UK...

      Nursing Homes (Variation Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of a variation certificate from the Commission for Social Care Inspection for a nursing home with (a) five beds increasing to six, (b) 10...

      Nursing Homes (Variation Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what a variation certificate from the Commission for Social Care Inspection for a nursing home covers, that is not the responsibility of a local...

      Nursing Homes (Variation Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the longest period is that may elapse between inspections of a nursing home by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

      Prosthetics/Limb Replacement Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people attended publicly-funded specialist courses in prosthetics and limb replacement in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these are...

      Resistant Bacteria (Pet Transmission)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been undertaken by his Department into the risks of antibiotic resistant bacteria transmission from pets to their owners.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to implement the recommendation of the Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV to abolish the VAT levy on condoms.

      Speech and Language Therapy Services

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for speech and language therapy services of 'Agenda for Change'.

      Stab Wounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for stab wounds in each year since 1997 for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Vulnerable Adults List

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the operation of the protection of vulnerable adults list.

  • Defence

    • Airborne Stand-off Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) to enter service; (2) when he expects the engineering difficulties with the Airborne...

    • Armed Forces Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruiting figures for the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy have been for each of the past 10 years.

      Chaplains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) chaplains and (b) vergers are employed and paid by his Department; and on what (i) terms and (ii) length of contract they are employed.

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's decision to purchase combat clothing from China.

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the financial benefits are of securing combat clothing from China.

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department has issued one contract for the purchase of all combat clothing.

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the possible impact on UK manufacturers of the decision to award the contract for combat clothing to China.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultancy firms or companies have been retained by the Department since June 2001; what the projects are for which each has been retained; and...

      Continuous Attitude Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last continuous attitude surveys in each service were (a) conducted and (b) completed; if he will place the questions asked in the Library; when...

      Cut and Sew Tender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who (a) the printer of the camouflage fabric and (b) the company making up the garments are for the Cut and Sew Tender DC4 BESL/1002.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the overseas offices of the Defence Export Services Organisation are situated; when each office was established; how many staff are employed; and...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which overseas exhibitions the Defence Export Services Organisation is organising a UK presence during 2004; and what the cost is in each case.

      Defence Support Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the letter of 12 October from the Lord Bach to the hon. Member for Aldershot, how many jobs will be created in the United Kingdom by the...

      EU Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a Written Ministerial Statement outlining the key points on the agenda for each of the Council of Ministers' meetings at which his...

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual financial commitment is to the Future Rapid Effects System under the 2004 Spending Review.

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Technology Demonstrator Programmes for the systems and sub-systems of the Future Rapid Effects System to be completed.

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to award the Technology Demonstrator Programmes Contracts for the systems and sub-systems of the Future Rapid Effects System; and what he...

      Nuclear Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether test exercises involving force-on-force simulated attacks are conducted to evaluate the robustness of the design basis threat assessment made for...

      Nuclear Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether military vehicles carrying nuclear materials are subject to the convention on the physical protection of nuclear material, INFCIRC/274/REV.1 and...

      Nuclear Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles deployed for the movement of (a) nuclear weapons and (b) nuclear materials to and from the atomic weapons establishments at (i)...

      RAF Operational Evaluation Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the work of the Royal Air Force's Fast Jet and Weapons Operational Evaluation Unit.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with representatives of the Environment Agency for England and Wales on the establishment of a parallel agency in...

    • Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing an environment agency in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure all those eligible for an influenza vaccination on the NHS in Northern Ireland receive one.

      Magilligan-Greencastle Ferry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fare-paying passengers from (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland have used the Magilligan-Greencastle Ferry in the past...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the public spending on mental health services was per head of population in each health board area in the Province in each of the last five...

      Peace II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels took to find a representative from victims wounded or left bereaved by IRA...

      Peace II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels took to find a representative from the majority community in Northern...

      Peace II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels spent in holding the event entitled Building Peace and...

      Peace II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was awarded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development through PEACE II to the point to point steeplechases meeting...

      Peace II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the application was made to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for PEACE II funding for the point to point steeplechases...

      Prisoners (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes are planned in the (a) facilities offered to and (b) treatment of female prisoners in Northern Ireland in response to the report...

  • Prime Minister

    • Expenses

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the cost was of the (a) accommodation, (b) travel and (c) other expenses for publicly-funded (i) officials, (ii) aides and (iii) security personnel who...

    • Expenses

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the expected cost is of the (a) accommodation, (b) travel and (c) other expenses for publicly-funded (i) officials, (ii) aides and (iii) security personnel...

  • House of Lords

    • Child Pornography

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which European Union member states it is a criminal offence to make, distribute or view pornography involving children.

    • Human Rights: FCO Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Times (13 October) is accurate in reporting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has delayed publication of the 2004 Human Rights Report to "dilute...

      School Playing Fields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific changes proposed under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the associated guidance support the announcement by the Secretary of State for...

      Incapacity Benefit: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention that people in receipt of incapacity benefit for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and who are in the care of a...

      Paralympic Sports: UK Sport Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of funding has been provided to British Paralympic sports on a sport-by-sport basis since the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the event of the London Olympics 2012 bid being successful, whether they will host the shooting events in the Woolwich Arsenal.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to fund the £1.5 billion operating budget for the 2012 Olympic Games, if the London bid is successful.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the evidence given by the Mayor of London and representatives of the London 2012 Committee to the Greater London Assembly on 13 October is correct in...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will pay for the security costs associated with hosting the Olympic Games if the London 2012 bid is successful; and what estimates they have made of such costs.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will share the costs between the Mayor of London, the National Lottery and the Exchequer of any public subsidy required by the London 2012 Olympics in...

      Gambling Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the effects of their proposed relaxation of the restrictions on gambling in casinos on corruption, money-laundering and other forms of...

      Gambling Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What analysis and projections have been made of the impact of the Gambling Bill on future income generated by the National Lottery for good causes; and whether...

      Youth Sports: Anti-doping Roles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What expertise in anti-doping work is available within the Youth Sports Trust.

      Passive Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of evidence of the effects of passive smoking, how they propose to protect those who work in places where smoking is currently allowed.

      Animal Health and Welfare Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has given to the view recently expressed by the president of the British Veterinary...

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish detailed guidelines on what constitutes a traditional orchard for the purpose of the Single Farm Payment.

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rationale was used to decide that orchards planted after 1977 are not likely to be eligible for the Single Farm Payment, given that the grants by the...

      Orchards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria are used to determine how many trees per hectare qualify as a traditional orchard.

      Fly-tipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many convictions have been brought against illegal fly-tippers for each of the years 1999 to 2003.

      Scrapie: Defra-funded Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which six Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-funded research projects into scrapie were started prior to 1999; and what were the start dates.

      Scottish Parliament Building

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom Government have made a contribution to the additional cost of the Scottish Parliament building; and, if so, how much.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to implement the provisions of the Energy Act 2004 in respect of the introduction of a renewable transport fuel obligation; and Whether the...

      Railways: Colne-Preston Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the cuts in services on the east Lancashire line in the new autumn timetable (which mean that many trains do not stop at some stations) accord with the...

      Scooters on Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a ban on four-wheel motability scooters on trains has recently been introduced or otherwise exists; and, if so, what are the reasons for such a ban.

      A27

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have received from the Highways Agency to improve the A27 between Brighton and Chichester.

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