Written answers

Wednesday, 27 October 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Sinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on carbon sinks; and what provision the UK can make in this area.

    • Convention on Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 89W, on CITES, if she will break down the numbers of...

      Convention on Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will support the proposed ban under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on the...

      Lions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will examine ways of protecting lions in West and Central Africa.

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff the Environment Agency has, broken down by (a) function and (b) region.

      Environmental Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) enforcement notices there have been in each year since 1999 for offences...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been spent on flood protection measures in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York in each of...

      Government Grants (Buckingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in the Buckingham constituency have received funding from the (a) rural enterprise scheme, (b) processing and...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a system for controlling greenhouse gas emissions similar to the STEK system operating in the...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of household greenhouse gas emissions was in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Internal Drainage Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities contain internal drainage boards within their boundaries.

      Nitrates Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the EU Nitrates Directive.

      Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made as to whether the River Thames is compliant with the Urban Waste Water Directive; (2)...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that inspection maps used by the Rural Payments Agency correspond with the rural land maps...

      Sustainable Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received from the Scottish Executive regarding the sustainable food procurement...

  • Transport

    • Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on the location of fixed speed cameras; and if he will make a statement.

    • Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue his Department received from the four Welsh police forces from speeding fines levied by them in the last year for which figures are...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average revenue received from police forces in England from speeding fines imposed by them was in the last year for which figures are...

      A358

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to make a statement on the Government's plans to upgrade the A358 road in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Navigation Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has consulted the European Regions Airline Association on the proposed reforms to the charging system for airlines for the use of air...

      Aviation (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase awareness among the population about the link between the aviation industry, carbon emissions and climate change.

      Driving Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce measures to ensure that learner drivers have experience of night-time driving before taking the practical driving test.

      Eurocontrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings he has held with UK Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association representatives to discuss the effect of proposed Eurocontrol charges on...

      Hampshire Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) motorway and (b) trunk road in Hampshire are classified as being in disrepair.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which elements of the M6 toll road scheme have incurred public cost, broken down by amount.

      Navigation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to charge users of global positioning systems in road vehicles for navigation services; and if he will make a statement.

      Off-road Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what penalties are in place to penalise companies which break the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's regulations by producing off-road number plates.

      Road Haulage (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the level of carbon emissions from road haulage in each year from 1990 to date.

      Ship Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 6W, on ship inspections, for what reason it is his Department's policy not to...

      Ship Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many ships entering UK ports in September failed to meet the International Ship and Port Facility Code; and how many of these ships were (a)...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the daily cost of the operations of the Strategic Rail Authority is (a) in total and (b) excluding subsidies to train operating companies.

      Travel-related Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) serious travel-related accidents there were in (i) the City of York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1992.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact the possible redeployment of UK troops in Iraq will have on the planned increased deployment of UK troops in Afghanistan.

    • Black Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department asked (a) Perth and Kinross district council, (b) The Black Watch and (c) other organisations to prepare for a welcome back home...

      Black Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he first received the request from the United States to redeploy UK troops.

      Black Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he expects the Black Watch to end their tour of duty in Iraq.

      Black Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions have been given to Black Watch soldiers regarding redeployment in Iraq.

      Defence Support Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Support Vehicle offered by MAN ERF UK Ltd. will be compatible in joint operations with US forces.

  • International Development

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Department is taking to combat hunger and malnutrition in the Middle East.

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to meet humanitarian needs in Sudan.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Analogue Switch-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with (a) video cassette recorder manufacturers and (b) their industry representatives regarding...

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the private finance initiative arrangements in which the Department is engaged; what the total cost of each arrangement...

      Sport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what services Sport Direct provides in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire.

      Sports Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual Exchequer grant aid awards to the Great Britain Sports Council were in each year since 1974, separately identifying...

  • Health

    • Community Matrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget his Department has allocated to introducing community matrons in each of the next three years.

    • Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, column 1961W, on dentistry, whether his Department has decided not to update the Dental...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices were offering full NHS dental treatment (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Dermatology (GP Contract)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include dermatology in the general practitioner contract when it is next reviewed.

      Eating Disorders (Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 142W, on eating disorders, on what evidence his statement that waiting times for...

      Hampshire Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals in Hampshire are operating with a shortfall in the operational requirement for accident and emergency staff; and how many employees this...

      Hospital Construction (Lichfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2004, Official Report, column 247W, on Hospital Construction (Lichfield), (1) when he expects construction work to...

      Information and Communication Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department spent on outside information technology and communication specialist consultants and engineers in the 2003–04 financial year.

      Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the running costs of Ministers' private offices in his Department have been in each year since 1997.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the average waiting time for (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients in each quarter from the first quarter of 1997 to third...

  • Scotland

    • Civil Service Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the percentage of (a) females and (b) males was among (i) initial applicants and (ii) successful candidates in each of the promotion and...

    • Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland why no regulatory impact assessment has been prepared for the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004, laid before the House on...

      Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether primary legislation will be required to devolve responsibilities in connection with the Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise to Ministers of the...

      Transport Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultation there has been with Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive in connection with the...

      Tsar Appointments

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Carbon Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the cost effectiveness in terms of carbon savings, using Treasury Green Book Guidance for public sector investment, of the...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the projection is for good quality combined heat and power capacity in each year from 2005 to 2009.

      Consumers (Definition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition her Department uses of the term consumer; and whether it includes (a) businesses and (b) public sector organisations.

      Electricity (Rural Supplies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to instruct Ofgem to give a high priority to investment by electricity distribution companies to secure...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to revise the anti-corruption procedures brought into force by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on 1 May; and if she...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions the Export Credits Guarantee Department has made interim arrangements for customers regarding its new anti-corruption...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which organisations Export Credits Guarantee Department staff have met since January to discuss the anti-corruption procedures brought into...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which organisations (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) her Department's staff have met since January to discuss the anti-corruption procedures...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the companies and (b) the countries for which the Export Credits Guarantee Department has approved interim arrangements...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which organisations have made representations to her Department, regarding the anti-corruption procedures brought into force by the Export...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the anti-corruption procedures brought in by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on 1 May.

      Gas Transmissions (Norway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the interconnector to allow gas transmissions from Norway will be (a) fully constructed and (b) operational.

      Gas/Electricity Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the projection for electricity plant margin is for the forthcoming winter; what assessment has been made of the contribution mothballed...

      Hydrogen Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding the Government has given to research and development projects into hydrogen power in the last year; and how much it is...

      Innovation and Growth Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which sectors her Department's innovation and growth teams cover.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list her Department's funding given to each manufacturer in the (a) automotive sector and (b) manufacturing sector since 1997; and...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many (a) anonymous, (b) named and (c) third party complaints of alleged non-compliance with the national minimum wage were received...

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to support UK firms involved in fabrication projects in the offshore oil and gas industry.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the compliance of PIN pads in post offices with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications for the provision of post offices in market towns of the imminent closure of the Evesham post...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the £5.4 million in respect of improvement investment grants paid to Post Office Ltd. has been spent in Scotland.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the £115 million in respect of compensation payments paid to Post Office Ltd. has been expended in Scotland.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the implications of using neighbourhood renewal areas in inner cities as part of the criteria for determining...

      Product Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what requirements there are for mandatory labelling of products for business to business sales, to ensure that the customer is receiving the...

      Regional Selective Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of jobs (a) created and (b) safeguarded by regional selective assistance grants in (i) the North East...

      Telephone Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps (a) she and (b) Ofcom is taking to protect people from silent telephone calls by commercial power diallers; and if she will make a...

      Telephone Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what legislation is in place to protect (a) directory and (b) ex-directory private telephone owners from (i) domestic and (ii) international...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 14 September, Official Report, column 1541W, on wind energy, what part of the energy used in wind farm manufacture...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants and assistance are available for the (a) capital installation and (b) operating of wind turbines; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the backlog is in dealing with entry clearance cases from Dhaka.

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the recent elections and referendum in Belarus; what representations he has made to the...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps Her Majesty's Government is taking to encourage Belarus to (a) work towards becoming a democracy, (b) ensure that the...

      Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Botswana regarding the Kalahari Basarwa Bushmen; (2) what...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 14 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr....

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government deemed the paper published by the Republic of Cyprus on 15 March 2004 to contain acceptable proposals for...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January; and if he...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the alleged involvement of other African countries in the civil war in the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the International Rescue Committee's mortality study on the conflict in the...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help resolve the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and if he will make a...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the authorities in Egypt since the explosions in Taba and Nuweiba.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of evangelical and pentecostal churches which have been closed down in Eritrea since 21...

      FCO Arabic Speakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many fully trained Arabic speakers work for the Foreign Office.

      Former Soviet Republics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the Governments of (a) Kyrgyzstan, (b) Tajikistan, (c) Uzbekistan and (d) Turkmenistan on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency preparations have been made by the coalition to provide for refugees that may flee an operation to bring...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) representations he has made to and (b) assurances he has received from the United States that, should they mount an...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in 2002, (a) a Minister in the Foreign Office and (b) an ambassador indicated to the United States Administration that...

      Latvia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the ease of access for a British citizen on holiday in Latvia to the Latvian judicial system if...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many overseas students who have applied to study at universities in the UK have yet to be granted a visa to enter the country.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British High Commissioner in Bangladesh concerning the amount of funding a student is...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on changes in the number of people arriving from outside the UK on student visas between 2002 and 2003.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Pakistani authorities regarding their recent testing of a medium-range nuclear-capable...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the levels of sexual violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Sudanese Liberation Army and (b) the Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received regarding negotiations for Turkish accession to the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Iranian Government regarding uranium enrichment.

  • Prime Minister

    • Bush Doctrine

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has made recent representations to President Bush about the (a) legality and (b) practicality of the Bush Doctrine; and whether he has discussed with him...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when and from whom in the Iraqi Interim Government he first received a request for British troops to be moved from their present duties in Southern Iraq to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when and with whom in the US Administration he last discussed the proposed military assault on Fallujah; (2) when and with whom in the Iraqi Interim Government he...

      United Nations

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward proposals to allow the United Nations a right of action against sovereign states which pose (a) a potential threat to international...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the performance of the Northern Ireland economy.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the levels of unemployment in Northern Ireland in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the decommissioning of illegally held weapons and explosives.

      Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Leeds Castle talks.

      Water Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the timetable for the introduction of water rates in Northern Ireland has been changed; and if he will make a statement.

      Paramilitary Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the current level of punishment beatings and shootings.

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to combat racism in Northern Ireland.

      Employment (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to attract jobs to East Belfast.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on levels of non-paramilitary crime in Northern Ireland.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of illegal fly-tipping in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; what penalties are available for those...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2004, Official Report, column 674W, on hazardous waste, why incidences of illegally disposed special waste...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to prevent the illegal disposal of special waste in Northern Ireland; what penalties are available for those caught...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the infection control strategy used to combat the incidence of MRSA and other healthcare-acquired infections in...

      IT Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on access for health visitors and community nurses in the Province to (a) computers, (b) the internet and (c) IT...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on public appointments for which his Department is responsible and compliance with (a) equal opportunities and (b)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Educational and Skills what advice he gives to social services departments on how to deal with families who have individuals suffering from attention deficit...

    • Environmental Measures (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what action his Department is taking to ensure that schools incorporate sustainable and environmental measures into their school...

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the lowest mark needed to obtain (a) GCSE mathematics, (b) GCSE English and (c) GCSE physics at (i) A grade, (ii) C grade and (iii)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers domiciled in each local education authority area in England entered higher education in the UK in each...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils of school age were educated at home in each age group in (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton in each year since 1997.

      Schools (Hounslow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new buildings have been built in Hounslow schools since 2001.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the private finance initiative arrangements in which the Department is engaged; what the total cost of each arrangement is...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Mrs. Brooke) on 6 February 2004, Official Report, column 1118W, on...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in the number of people arriving from outside the UK on student visas in 2003 on...

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he expects the Director General of the Office for Fair Access to commission research into access to university places; and whether...

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to publish any further guidance which he gives to the Director General of the Office for Fair Access.

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to meet the Director General of the Office for Fair Access to Universities.

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where he expects the Office of Fair Access to be located.

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Office of Fair Access will be able to consider complaints of unfairness and discrimination from (a) students and (b) schools.

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets he expects the Office of Fair Access to set universities; and what criteria he expects the Office of Fair Access to use in...

      University Access/Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors led him to supplement the draft letter of statutory guidance to the Director of the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) issued during...

  • Home Department

    • Royal Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage apportionments of costs were between the United Kingdom and (a) Australia, (b) Canada and (c) New Zealand for providing...

    • Royal Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protocols and agreements exist with (a) Canada, (b) Australia, (c) New Zealand and (d) other Commonwealth countries where Her Majesty is...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of animal experimentation undertaken in the UK in 2003 was not for purely medical research.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of animal experimentation undertaken in the UK in 2003 was for household product testing; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is in respect of the testing of finished household products on animals.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the regulations and legislation in relation to the licensing and monitoring of animal experiments.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are taken to ensure that licensed animal experiments in the UK are not being unnecessarily duplicated in other countries.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to eradicate redundancy in animal experiments.

      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are detained under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a Written Ministerial Statement outlining for each meeting of the Council of Ministers at which his Department is...

      Crime (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average period of time between arrest for a drugs-related offence in York and referral to a drug treatment agency was in (a) 1997...

      Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will release to the family of the deceased the Surrey police report into the death of Private Geoff Gray at Deepcut barracks on 17...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what confiscation of drugs has taken place in the Greater London area during the last 12 months.

      Homeland Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which areas of government spending relate to resilience issues and homeland security, broken down by department; what the current levels of...

      Impaired Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department how many drivers convicted of driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the past 10 years had previous convictions for the...

      Indymedia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from foreign governments with regard to the seizure of computer equipment from the independent news...

      Magistrates Courts (Environmental Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many defendants have been proceeded against at magistrates courts in each year since 1997 under (a) section 1, (b) section 5, (c)...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the number of organised criminal gangs operating in the UK.

      Parenting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has recently (a) published and (b) commissioned on the effects of parenting on life chances for children.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are employed in (a) Havering and (b) other London boroughs.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans to increase the capacity of the prison estate.

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a race impact assessment was carried out for the (a) Terrorism Act 2000 and (b) Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Back to Work Bonuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Morley and Rothwell and (b) England have claimed Back to Work bonuses; and what the average amount claimed was in each case.

    • Benefit Overpayment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much is provided for in his Department's accounts for overpaid benefits unrecovered from claimants.

      Child Care (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the relationship between child poverty, unemployment and the availability of affordable child care...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the original cost was of the new IT system for the Child Support Agency; how much was to be paid in each year; how much of the contract...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his strategy is for rolling out the new Child Support Agency assessment rules for all absent parents.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects existing Child Support Agency cases to migrate to the new system of liability calculation; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) the City of York receive the disability income guarantee; and what its value is.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there are in Wrexham, broken down by (a) ward and (b) sex.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in Yeovil constituency in each year from 1985–86 to 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Preseli Pembrokeshire are receiving incapacity benefit; and how many were in receipt in May 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit Employment Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) locations and (b) performance indicators are of each of the incapacity benefit employment pilots.

      Incapacity Benefit Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints his Department has received in the last 12 months about the conduct of incapacity benefit tribunals.

      Incapacity Benefit Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reform incapacity benefit tribunals.

      Invalidity Benefit (Glasgow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women living in the City of Glasgow are claiming invalidity benefit; and what percentage of the working population of...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Mrs. S. Master of Rushey Mead, Leicester will receive her national insurance number.

      Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of companies which, under the regulations introduced on 8 October 2001 (a) are obliged to provide and (b) have...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) female and (b) male pensioners in England and Wales are currently in receipt of the pension credit.

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) female and (b) male pensioners in England and Wales are in receipt of the full basic state pension.

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women have reached retirement age in the UK and are in receipt of a state retirement pension.

      Disability (Two-ticks Symbol)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) private companies, (b) charitable and voluntary groups and (c) public sector organisations based in the Buckinghamshire...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Castle Point will benefit from the winter heating allowance in 2004.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Tooting constituency will be eligible for the winter fuel allowance for winter 2004–05.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people who need to make a claim to receive the 2004–05 winter fuel payment; and how many claims were...

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living in the London borough of Wandsworth benefited from last year's winter fuel payment scheme.

      Spending Review (Job Cuts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of how job cuts proposed in the Spending Review will affect (a) his Department's staff and (b) services provided in...

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which streets in Sutton and Cheam constituency council tax rebanding has resulted in revaluations in the past two years; and what the reason for...

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Office for National Statistics will release the full set of the 2001 Census data.

      Casinos

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on changing taxation levels for casino operators.

      Child Support Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the implications of tagging a taxpayer's (a) national insurance contributions record and (b) tax records with the...

      Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were in each of the last five years from (a) suicide, (b) drowning, (c) house fires, (d) other domestic accidents, (e) road traffic...

      Employment Statistics (Tooting)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of working people living in the Tooting parliamentary constituency are in full-time employment.

      Fuel Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce measures to compensate for higher duties on petrol and diesel in those areas of the UK with the highest levels of petrol and diesel...

      Hospices (VAT Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2004, Official Report, column 580W, on hospices (VAT relief), on which purchases hospices can benefit from specific VAT...

      Local Authority Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the (a) Public Sector Loan Board and (b) Treasury gives advice to local authorities on how to reschedule debt to reduce interest rates paid.

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years.

      Private Sector Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much private sector finance has been issued in each year since it was introduced; what the average interest rate was in each year; in which years it is...

      Private Sector Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected levels of private sector finance are over the next three years.

      Private Sector Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the contractor takes some risk in private sector finance agreements.

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average annual cost to (a) local authorities, (b) police authorities, (c) fire authorities and (d) NHS trusts of the (i) withdrawal of advance...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Treasury has made of the increase in revenue the Exchequer would receive if the UK's derogation to the European Energy Products...

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his reply of 11 October 2004, Official Report, column 73W, what the cost of the lease is; and whether it is paid (a) in advance and (b) on an...

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current estimate is of the cost of the refurbishment required in the first two years of the lease granted to HRH the Duke of York relating to...

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who bears the cost of maintenance of property and land in Windsor Great Park covered by the recently agreed lease granted to HRH the Duke of York.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the property and land recently granted by lease to HRH the Duke of York in Windsor Great Park qualifies for (a) UK and (b) EU (i) agricultural and...

      Siemens Business Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on proposals by Siemens Business Services to transfer National Savings and Investment jobs to India.

      Single Mothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single mothers aged (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 30 and (c) over 30 years are in receipt of child benefit in (i) Angus constituency and (ii) Scotland.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unpaid special advisers the Department has; what their names are; and which Government (a) bodies, (b) committees and (c) strategy groups each...

      Stamp Duty/Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated tax yield from (a) stamp duty on domestic property and (b) inheritance tax is for each year to 2008–09 on the assumption that...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit compensation payments have been authorised since April; and what the (a) total and (b) average value of those payments was.

      Teenage Pregnancy (Barking and Dagenham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage pregnancy rate in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has been in each year since 1997.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations was consulted in his review of permitted development rights; and if he will list the...

    • E-targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when all local authorities are expected to supply land searches electronically.

      E-targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on local authorities' progress towards the Government's e-targets.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what date Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 relating to high hedges will be fully implemented.

      Housing Bill

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what form electronic versions of sellers' packs must be made available; who will have access to this information; and how the vendor will recover his or her...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to use data from the 2001 census in calculating the local government finance settlement; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of planning appeals submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 to date (i) have been and (ii) he expects to be determined...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Security Screen

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the Commission's latest estimate is of the cost of the permanent security screen to be...

  • House of Lords

    • Butler Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the costs involved in producing the Butler report; and whether any members of the review committee received remuneration.

    • Iraq: Export Sales of Oil Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6 June 2003 (WA 198), whether the proceeds from all export sales of oil products from Iraq...

      Equatorial Guinea

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have been requested by the Government or other public authorities of Equatorial Guinea to investigate the activities of British citizens alleged to...

      Minors with Indian Nationality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will explain the basis for their assertion that an Indian minor who acquires British nationality by registration does not lose Indian nationality; and...

      Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many 16-18 year olds returned to main stream education after being released from a young offenders' institution.

      Child Pornography

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the legal definition of pornography involving children is the same in the United Kingdom as in the Republic of Ireland; and if not, in what respects it differs.

      Prison Population: Ethnic Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the total prison population is from ethnic minorities.

      Prison Officers: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training is given to prison wardens prior to employment.

      British Citizenship: Applications by Overseas Residents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an overseas resident who considers that his or her application for registration as a British citizen has been erroneously refused should appeal through the...

      Trespass: Royal Palaces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which properties a possible new law of criminal trespass on properties owned by Her Majesty the Queen would apply.

      Demolition Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many demolition orders have been made by local authorities in England in each of the past 10 years.

      Closing Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many closing orders have been made by local authorities in England in each of the past 10 years.

      Playing Fields and Sports Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to introduce legislation to include playing fields of between 0.2 and 0.4 hectares within Sport England's remit as a statutory consultee, as...

      Tertiary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to increase public expenditure on tertiary education as a percentage of gross domestic product from the figure of 0.7 to the...

      Folic Acid Fortification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the reduction in birth defects evidenced in the recently published Canadian study of the effects of the fortification of flour with folic...

      NHS Staff from Overseas: Test for HIV Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What tests for HIV infection are routinely carried out on personnel from overseas coming to Britain for employment in the nursing profession or in care work.

      Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the results of their consultation on the statutory regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture; and Whether their final proposals for the...

      Invasive Non-native Species

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to create a single organisation to deal with invasive alien species, including the grey squirrel, as recommended by the Department for...

      Grey Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what rules the grey squirrel is exempt from the Convention on Biological Diversity.

      Scrapie

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were consulted in the 1999 anonymous postal survey of scrapie notification.

      Scrapie: Defra-funded Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When scrapie epidemiology was last peer reviewed.

      Civil Service Efficiency Review: Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to manage the equality and diversity implications of their intention to cut many Civil Service jobs.

      Public Appointments: Diversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of women and men on the boards of (a) the Office of Rail Regulation; (b) the Strategic Rail Authority; (c) Crossrail; (d) Network Rail; and (e)...

      Heathrow Airport: Travelators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 2 February (WA 77), whether the travelators at Heathrow Airport fell below the required standard...

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