Written answers

Monday, 1 November 2004

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken to encourage Afghan farmers to move from growing poppies to other food crops.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan on the possibility of helping with...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has (a) pledged and (b) distributed to China since 1999.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budget is of the Government's Africa Commission; which Department oversees the budget; and what the criteria are governing...

      Consultants

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

      Mobile Phones

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

      New Deal

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

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each month of 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many unpaid special advisers the Department has; what their names are; and which Government (a) bodies, (b) committees and (c)...

  • Leader of the House

    • European Travel Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House what use hon. and right hon. Members have made of their facility to visit European institutions in each of the years for which figures are available; and what his...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance has been given on the level of evidence needed to bring a successful prosecution for offences of domestic violence.

    • New Deal

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Magpies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of magpies on the populations of song-birds in urban areas and the fringes of...

    • Public Perception Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what surveys of public perceptions of her Department and of its areas of responsibility have taken place over the last...

      Supermarket Code of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the impact on farmers of the Supermarkets Code of Practice.

      Warm Front Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many leaflets have been produced and sent this year relating to the Warm Front programme; and what the cost of this...

  • Wales

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Ministers' Private Offices

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

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many press officers the Department has employed in each of the past five years.

  • Transport

    • Air Cargo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what volume of cargo arriving at each British airport has been (a) inspected and (b) searched in each year since 2001; (2) how many staff have...

    • Air Navigation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to change the basis for charging airlines for air navigation services; and if he will make a statement.

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on security inspections undertaken at British airports.

      Commercial Cargoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers he can seek to exercise with EU agreement to prevent the transportation of commercial cargoes within EU waters.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK who used a pedal cycle at least once a week in the last period for which figures are available.

      Gatwick Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans for the Gatwick Express franchise.

      M6 Toll Expressway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received in response to his consultation on a proposed toll M6 Expressway.

      Mark 1 Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that all Mark 1 slam door trains from the South of England rail network are withdrawn from service by 30 November 2005.

      Mark 1 Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has caused the delay in the withdrawal of the Mark 1 slam door trains from the South of England rail network.

      Motorcycle Direct Access Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the Motorcycle Direct Access Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance the Government have given to the British Airports Authority on the membership of the BAA Consultative Committee on night flights; and if...

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into the effects of sleep deprivation in the context of night flights.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of the Highways Agency's new specifications for upgrading puffin pedestrian crossings; and what the reasons are...

      Port of Newhaven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the levels of (a) vehicular and (b) pedestrian traffic using the Port of Newhaven have been in each of the last five years.

      Port Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officers there have been in each port police force in each year since 2001.

      Port Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to change the (a) powers, (b) remit and (c) number of port police forces.

      Public-Private Partnership Arbiter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who funds the Office of the Public-Private Partnership Arbiter; and if he will make a statement on the future funding of the Office.

      Rail Crossing Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications for rail crossing (a) extinguishment and (b) diversion orders have been (i) submitted and (ii) approved in each of the last five...

      Rail Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many suspicious bags and packages have been inspected on (a) London Underground, (b) national rail services and (c) at railway stations in each...

      Regulation UN/ECE104

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will report on (a) discussions in and (b) outcomes of the recent meeting of the Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling of the...

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by the Highways Agency on main road noise protection measures in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be...

      Sea Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sea containers have arrived at each British sea port in each year since 1997.

      Sea Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff have been employed at each port of entry to inspect and search sea containers in each year since 2001.

      Security (Clapham Junction)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on security procedures at Clapham Junction.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will set a date for the abolition of the Strategic Rail Authority.

      Vehicle Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle identity checks under the Vehicle (Crimes) Act 2001 have been recorded in each month since April 2003.

      Vehicle Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles have been presented to each test station for vehicle identity checks since April 2003; and what the pass rate is at each test centre.

      Vehicle Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to review the regulations controlling the display of motor vehicles' registration letters and numbers.

  • Advocate-General

    • Cullen Inquiry

      To ask the Advocate-General (1) what role she played in the decision to place a 100-year closure on the Cullen Inquiry into the Dunblane tragedy; (2) on what basis the decision was taken to...

  • Treasury

    • Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amount of stamp duty charged on a Right to Buy council property was in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Betting and Duties Gaming Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he will take to ensure that advertisements at English Premier League football grounds comply with the Betting and Duties Gaming Act 1981;...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of continuous service for civil servants within the Department is.

      Civil Partnership Bill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of the amount in forgone tax liabilities likely to arise from the amendments to the Civil Partnership Bill made by...

      Cleethorpes Constituency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents in Cleethorpes constituency, broken down by electoral ward, are aged between (a) 60 to 64, (b) 65 to 69, (c) 70 to 74, (d) 75 to 79 and...

      Departmental Policies (South Dorset)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the South Dorset constituency, the effects of changes to departmental...

      Departmental Publications (Access)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of publications issued by his Department are available in (a) Braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large print and (d) easy read format.

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 21 October; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if...

      Employment (Cleethorpes)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs have been created in Cleethorpes constituency since 1997.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of the Financial Services Authority in (a) recruiting and (b) retaining appropriate staff for discharging its...

      Household Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the effect in socio-economic classes (a) 5, (b) 6, (c) 7 and (d) 8 of household debt on income levels in (i) North...

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of net immigration into (a) England and (b) the United Kingdom over the next 20 years.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners were paying income tax on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will break down the total amount into amounts paid...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of increasing income tax on levels of tax avoidance.

      Local Councils

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the ability of town and parish councils administering funds on behalf of arm's length projects or organisations which are...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many litres of red diesel were purchased in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Royal Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent in the last 10 years on refurbishment of the property in Windsor Great Park recently leased by HRH the Duke of York; and from what...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what appointments he has made to the Shareholder Executive.

      Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures (a) the Office for National Statistics, (b) the Board of Inland Revenue, (c) HM Customs and Excise and (d) his Department (i) has undertaken...

      Unemployment (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of people over the age of 60 years living within the Greater London area have been unemployed for longer than 12 months.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Ancient Churches

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what representations the Commissioners have made to the Government about the use of public funds for the upkeep of...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Civil Servants (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber...

    • Licensing

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the estimated saving to the Magistrates Courts Service is of the transfer of licensing functions from magistrates...

      Mental Capacity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that all individuals who manage the finances of those who lack capacity to manage...

      Mental Capacity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what checks are undertaken by the Court of Protection if there is a complaint made about a receiver misusing the...

      Mental Capacity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what checks are undertaken by (a) the Court of Protection and (b) the Public Guardianship Office to ensure that an...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • General Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent advice the Electoral Commission has given regarding the regulation of General...

  • Education and Skills

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to CAFCASS as to whether a parent should be present when a child is interviewed during proceedings to decide how much...

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of families involved in separation and divorce cases were referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support...

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of cases dealt with by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) in (a) 2001–02, (b)...

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role the presumption of co-parenting plays in the policy of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

      Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2004, Official Report, column 1156W, on capital funding, if he will list the specific capital...

      Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2004, Official Report, column 1156W, on capital funding, what capital funding was received in (a)...

      Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on the (a) repair and (b) modernisation of school buildings in the London borough of Hounslow in each of the past...

      Children Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how proposals in the Children Bill [Lords] on information exchange and proposed new systems developed by local authorities will deal with...

      Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role children and young people will have in the selection of a Children's Commissioner for England.

      Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 25 October 2004, Official Report, column 977W, on contact centres, how much funding was announced in March for...

      Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of young people starting post-16 education in 2004 have been awarded education maintenance allowances in...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is provided to procuring authorities within the education system about the treatment of PFI arrangements in the accounts of...

      Social Inclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve social inclusion for children and young people with complex health needs.

      Teachers' Pay (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average full-time equivalent gross pay of teachers in the state sector in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to promote sport in schools; and if she will make a statement.

    • Gambling Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received regarding grandfather rights for certain gambling operators in the Gambling Bill.

      Gambling Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of people with gambling problems of the provisions of the Gambling Bill.

      Regional Opera Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to increase the support given to regional opera companies.

      British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations her Department has made regarding the future of the British grand prix.

      National Guild of Jesters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the National Guild of Jesters.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the impact will be on North Yorkshire of the Olympic bid for London 2012.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the benefits to Romford of holding the 2012 Olympics in London.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has made an assessment of the response of voluntary organisations in relation to the proposed London Olympics.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for events in the proposed London Olympics to be held (a) in Scotland and (b) outside London.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her most recent assessment is of the cost to public funds of the proposed London Olympics in 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Sportscotland will be contributing funding for the proposed Olympic games in London in 2012.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her latest estimate is of the proportion of funding for the proposed London Olympics which will come from the national lottery.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the allocated spending for the 2012 Olympics will be used on (a) construction costs and (b) promotional costs.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether Point 17 of the Olympic Funding: Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Mayor of London requires...

      Arts Grants (Barking and Dagenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the arts in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham have received in Government grants in each year since 2001.

      Chorley Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants are available to Chorley Football Club to enable it (a) to stay at Victory Park and (b) to move to a new ground.

      Clarence House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what accommodation is occupied by (a) HRH Prince Charles and (b) his staff at Clarence House.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the contracts awarded by her Department to consultants in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998; what the (i) name of the...

      Consultants

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

      Creative Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on Creative Partnerships in each year from 2003–04 (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total...

      Departmental Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Department's target is for the interval between publication of (a) departmental announcements and documents and (b) material...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the Department's (a) implemented and (b) planned computer systems use open source software; and what plans are in...

      Departmental Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed in her Department; and how many were employed in each year since 1996–97.

      Departmental Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in her Department earn more than a whole-time equivalent salary of £57,485 per year.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the timetable for providing free to air digital broadcasting to High Peak.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the date for the switch-off of analogue television transmissions.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the relevant authorities regarding codes of conduct within football.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what protocols are in place governing the attendance of her departmental officials at trade conventions promoting the interests of the...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her proposals for gaming machines.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities of implementing the Licensing Act 2003, in terms of (a) set-up and...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policies towards provision of public libraries in north east Lincolnshire.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will conduct a review of the way libraries are funded.

      Quality Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department has provided for England's Quality Schemes in this financial year; and what expenditure on such schemes...

      St. James' Palace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what accommodation HRH Princess Anne and her staff occupy at St. James' Palace.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in (a) North Southwark and Bermondsey, (b) Camberwell and Peckham and (c) Dulwich and West Norwood are receiving a...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department is taking to improve collection of data about the tourism industry.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the percentage growth per annum required to reach the £100 billion target value for the tourism industry by...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are held in each asylum detention centre.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals against a refusal to grant asylum are awaiting hearing in the Greater London area.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have used the channel tunnel illegally to gain access to the United Kingdom to seek asylum.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the number of asylum applicants who have been refused section 4 support; and if he will make a statement.

      Biometric Identifiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results of the UK Passport Service's trial into biometric identifiers will be made available.

      Vehicle Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what initiatives his Department have implemented to reduce the number of car thefts.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to consultants in each of the last five years, stating in each case (a) the name of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department what the average time for a reply to be sent to an hon. Member from a Minister in the Home Office was in the last period for which figures...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department whether it is the policy of his Department to send acknowledgement cards to honourable Members who have written to his Department; and if he...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the extra £90 million for counter-terrorism measures announced on 29 September will be made available to the Metropolitan...

      Custody Suites

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department how many custody suites were available in each police authority area in England and Wales in each year from 1993 to 2004.

      English Language Testing System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the new requirement for Ministers of Religion who wish to come to the UK to provide an international English...

      English Language Testing System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sikh ministers of religion have taken the International English Language Testing System certificate test this year.

      ICT Consultants

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

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department whether the identity card scheme will be covered by the Data Protection Act 1988.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was at the latest available date for cases received by the Immigration and Nationality Department's Appeals...

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the pay scales for immigration officers are.

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attacks involving knives used by under-aged offenders the Leicestershire police authority has recorded in 2004.

      Manchester Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received concerning the standard of immigration checks at Manchester Airport.

      Muslim Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his recent meetings with the Muslim Council.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department what qualifications suffice for the purposes of establishing a sufficient knowledge of English for the purposes of an application for...

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department when it will be possible for applicants for naturalisation to obtain a certificate from a designated person to demonstrate sufficient...

      EU Accession States

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens from EU accession countries have registered with the workers' registration scheme; and what the five professions with the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when free passports will be available to all over 75-years-old; (2) what discussions he has had with the Treasury about the cost of...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will implement his policy of free passports for the elderly; and if he will make a statement.

      Press Officers

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

      Racist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racist (a) attacks and (b) threats the Leicestershire police authority has recorded in 2004.

      Sikh Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Sikh Ministers of Religion have been denied entry to the UK this year.

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will give the reasons for the differences in the figures for the number of searches under section 44(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the reasons for the differences in the three figures for the number of searches under section 44(1) and (2) of the Terrorism...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are differences in the procedures for granting work permits from overseas in the public and the private and voluntary sectors.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of (a) the time taken to process and (b) the success rate of applications for a permit to work in the (i)...

      Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is taking to tackle youth crime during the summer holiday period; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much revenue is projected to be raised from council tax in England in 2004–05.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much revenue from council tax each (a) London borough and (b) Metropolitan authority received in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discount on council tax is applicable for (a) second homes and (b) empty properties in each local authority area.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total council tax revenue (a) raised by local authorities from charging on empty homes in 2004–05 and (b) to be raised by local...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total council tax revenue (a) raised by local authorities from charging on second homes in 2004–05 and (b) to be raised by local...

      Diego Garcians

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he is taking to assist Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in housing and feeding the exiled Diego Garcians recently arrived from Mauritius; and if...

      Diego Garcians

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received, and when, regarding the cost to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council of housing exiled Diego Garcians now resident in...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will produce the regulations under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of three storey houses in multiple occupation in Wales that will not be subject to the mandatory...

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of three-storey houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in England that will not be subject to...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there are in each (a) Inner London and (b) Outer London local authority.

      Local Authority Income

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total net income of local authorities in England is projected to be for 2004–05.

      Local Authority Income

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) North East Lincolnshire council and (b) North Lincolnshire council received in Government grant in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each year since...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to link tax with income to fund local government; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost was in the financial year 2002–03 of the employers' contribution to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Manufacturing (Glass)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the number of planning applications for new glass container manufacturing plants in England since 2000; and what the estimated...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his journey to and from the studio for the BBC's Politics Show on 24 October incurred public expenditure.

      New Deal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many personnel the Department has recruited under the New Deal in each of the past five years.

      Park Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has had from park home site owners; and if he will make a statement.

      Park-and-ride Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's latest guidance is on proposed developments on designated green belt land, with particular reference to proposals for park and ride schemes.

      Planning (Port Sunlight)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on planning proposals at Port Sunlight.

      Reviews (Lancashire and Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the implications of the (a) Gershon Review and (b) Spending Review on the budgets of (i) Lancashire county council and (ii) Chorley...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many properties are available for rent from Housing Associations in each local authority area in Tyne and Wear; and how many were available in 1997.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average price of a 25 per cent. stake in a (a) one-bedroom, (b) two-bedroom and (c) three-bedroom shared ownership property in (i) Tower Hamlets, (ii)...

      Youth Services (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average expenditure per capita of each London borough on youth services was in each year since 1996–97; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the expected crop of opium poppies in Afghanistan in 2004 is, expressed in (a) area of land cultivated and (b) tonnes of...

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Angola.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the executive body of the Cayman Islands relating to illicit drug trafficking.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 6 September 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he will reply to the letter to him dated 1 September 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when UKvisas intends to reply to the letters dated (a) 14 July regarding Mr. M. A., ref ISB/725541, (b) 16 July regarding Mr. M....

      Correspondence

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

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by the UK Government to the Cuban Government for the release of (a) Jorge Perez (Autunez)...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of exiled Diego Garcians who have been granted British citizenship with the right to...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 753W, on the EU-Israel Association Agreement, whether Israel...

      European Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the main (a) logistical and (b) institutional obstacles to the implementation of (i) Europe agreements with the...

      Human Rights Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes have been made to the text of the Annual Report on Human Rights since the decision to delay publication.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of meetings of the Iraqi National Security Committee have been attended by a British representative.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information was provided by the United Kingdom to United Nations Security Council members on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 13 October 2004, Official Report, column 306W, on Iraq, if he will request US authorities to furnish...

      New Agenda Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with members of the New Agenda Coalition in advance of the Non-Proliferation Review Conference...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with Iran on (a) the inspection of nuclear facilities and (b) its policy on the...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held by officials of his Department with (a) North Korea, (b) India, (c) Pakistan and (d) Israel on...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to publish a statement of the UK Government's aspirations for the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2005.

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the members of the UK delegation to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2005 will be.

      People's Mojahedin Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2004, Official Report, column 1617, on the People's Mojahedin Organisation, what...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many unpaid special advisers the Department has; what their names are; and which Government (a) bodies, (b) committees and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect that China's economic interests in Sudan might have on China's position in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) implementation and (b) effects of the concept of safe areas in the August Plan of Action...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan on direct and indiscriminate attacks by Government forces on...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan about the case for amending Article 3 of its National Security Forces Act.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan about the need to amend the decrees instituting the special courts or...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan about the need to ensure that victims of past human rights violations...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan on ensuring that investigations into alleged war crimes in the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances he has received from the Government of Sudan about the centrality of human rights in the peace talks in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan about the need to ensure the participation of women in the peace process.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in disarming and disbanding the Janjaweed militias, including those members who have...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in Darfur who are suspected of violations of international human rights or humanitarian law have been removed...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan about the need to train the country's police in international human...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the monitoring mission of the African Union in Sudan.

      UN Relief and Works Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN on the statement made by the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that UNRWA...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of torture have been brought to his Department's attention in the last 10 years in (a) Uzbekistan and (b) all...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he received on (a) promoting democracy and (b) eradicating human rights abuses in Uzbekistan.

      Water Supply (Iraq/Turkey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has initiated between Iraq, Syria and Turkey on water supply issues.

      Water Supply (Iraq/Turkey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the relevance of international treaties covering water supply issues to the dispute between Iraq...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding the Government have given to investigations into alternative fuels for transport in the last year; and how much they plan to...

    • Brumark Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she plans to change the statement on behalf of Crown Departments relating to the Brumark case to take account of National Westminster...

      Car Repair Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) government and (b) non-government schemes have been introduced to monitor the motor car repair industry in the past 30 years; and...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much UK investment there has been in China since 1999.

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many citizens advice bureaux are operating.

      Coal Health Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the average cost paid by the Department under the Coal Health Scheme to each of its contractors was when a living claimant (a)...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what her policy is on the extension of the term of copyright protection granted in the EU to the creators of sound recordings; (2) what...

      East Midlands Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many full-time equivalent employees were working for the East Midlands Development Agency in each year since its establishment.

      Energy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to ensure basic energy research is being carried out in the UK; and how much her Department spent on such...

      Export Control Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the purpose is of the Export Control Advisory Committee; when it was set up; which organisations are represented on it; and if she will...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to ensure that all Government-funded hospitality is sourced from fair trade producers.

      Glass Packaging Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent reports she has received on the glass packaging sector, with particular reference to its (a) market structure, (b) output levels...

      Glass Packaging Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) recent development of the glass container industry and (b) impact that development of the industry...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the forthcoming competition deadlines are for grants for research and development in each region.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value is of the awards offered by her Department from the grant for research and development regional competitions held in May this...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to involve staff from the regional development agencies in the administration of the grant for research and development.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what change there has been in her Department's spending priorities to accommodate an increase in funds for grants for research and development...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Medical Research Council on alternatives to the closure and dispersal of the National Institute for...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in how many different combat zones British forces are deployed.

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many F680 applications (a) received clearance and (b) did not receive clearance in each year since 1997, broken down by applicant country.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment, (b) funded liability and (c) actual strength was for the Army in each year since 1997; what it is in 2004–05; and what...

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence upon which sectors of the Army the 6,500 reduction in manpower is expected to fall; and if he will make a statement.

      Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial saving is expected from reducing Infantry Battalions from 40 to 36.

      Black Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings he has had with US officials to discuss lines of command if UK soldiers are to be redeployed in US controlled areas in Iraq.

      Bowman Radios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints he has received about Bowman radios; and what the nature of the complaints was.

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts for combat wear for the Army were awarded to UK companies and manufactured in the UK since 2001; and what percentage of the total...

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment was made of the financial position of Cooneen Watts and Stone Textiles before the recent award of a contract by his Department; and what...

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department made of whether there would have been a cost saving by splitting the Cut and Sew tender between Cookson and Clegg.

      Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Factory Number 3533 will be used to print and supply the camouflage fabric for the Cut and Sew tender DC4BESL/1002.

      End to End Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the final decision will be announced on the conclusions of the End to End Review.

      FRES Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, column 1874W, on the FRES Programme, if he will outline the procurement procedure for the...

      FRES Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Future Rapid Effects System is expected to be fully operational.

      FRES Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British Army medium vehicles have the technological capability to contain the Future Rapid Effects System.

      Future Offensive Air System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Future Offensive Air System project; what the project's objectives are; which countries are participating in it; which...

      Harpoon Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has (a) to remove Harpoon from Type 22 and Type 23 frigates and (b) to develop a successor to Harpoon; and if he will make a statement.

      Helicopters (Sheppey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military helicopters have flown over the Isle of Sheppey at a height of (a) less than 1,000 metres, (b) 1,000 metres, (c) 2,000 metres and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many depleted uranium tipped shells have been used in Iraq since March 2003; and what the total weight is of depleted uranium so used.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for maintaining a reserve battalion in south east Iraq following the redeployment of (a) the Black Watch and (b) other troops in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons are available to (a) US, (b) British and (c) Iraqi troops serving in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle in the Iraq theatre of operation will be from 1 November; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations the Government has had with the US Administration about technology transfer and access with regard to the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the changes to the internal weapons bays of the Joint Strike Fighter will have on the UK's future weapons requirement for that aircraft.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to sign a contract for the STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter.

      Naval Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the fabrication of individual blocks, in addition to design, final assembly and integration, is covered by his commitment that warships for the...

      Naval Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his proposals for aligning the future naval procurement programme with UK domestic industrial capacity.

      Offshore Patrol Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the lease of the three River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels is due to expire; and what plans he has to (a) purchase these vessels, (b) extend their...

      Race Relations Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Commission for Racial Equality concerning the applicability of the Race Relations Act 1976 to service...

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the percentage of personnel in each of the Scottish regiments are originally from (a) Scotland, (b) the rest of the United Kingdom and (c) overseas.

      Seyntex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2004, Official Report, column 950W, on Seyntex, if he will make a statement on the bid by Cookson and Clegg with...

      Sfor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2004, Official Report, column 596W, on SFOR, how many of the 1000 UK personnel on the SFOR mission Operation Althea...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the rescue operation for HMCS Chicoutimi and returning her safely to port; and if he will make a statement.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when ownership of HMS Upholder transferred from his Department.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who was responsible for the cost of the (a) refit, (b) maintenance and (c) crew training for HMS Upholder.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what payments have been received by the Government from the Canadian Government in respect of the Upholder class of submarines.

      Suez Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many veterans who are eligible for the Suez medal he expects will (a) not have received them and (b) have received them by 14 November; (2)...

      Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 9 March 2004, Official Report, column 1405W, on Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b)...

      Type 23 Frigate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of a Type-23 frigate were in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on Tranche 3 of Typhoon.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to transfer (a) HMS Newcastle, (b) HMS Cardiff and (c) HMS Glasgow to an overseas navy.

      Whittington Barracks, Lichfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which bases will be used in England over the next five years for the Army Training Regiment; (2) if he will make a statement on the future use of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Black Watch Deployment

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will give an assurance that when Black Watch troops return to the UK for Christmas they will not be replaced by other British troops in forward deployments outside...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Prime Minister which (a) UK and (b) international organisations have submitted written representations to his office concerning the Government's proposals for changes to legislation on...

      Gambling

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the overseas visits made by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his office in relation to proposed changes to legislation on gambling; what the itinerary...

      Gambling

      To ask the Prime Minister what the basis is for the statement he made at his monthly press conference at Downing street on 25 October that the granting of additional powers to local authorities...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what assurances were given to the US Administration in March 2002 regarding the policy of the British Government on regime change in Iraq.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Prime Minister how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each month of 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Strategy Unit Budget

      To ask the Prime Minister what the sources of funding for the Strategy Unit budget are in 2004–05.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to ensure there are no costs to the taxpayer for visits abroad by his wife for (a) personal and (b) business purposes.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many agency temporary staff have been working for his Department in each of the last five years, excluding those working for agencies for...

    • ATOS Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2004, Official Report, column 478W, on telephone inquiries, whether ATOS Origin employs an incentive...

      Benefit Payments (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit in (i) Angus and (ii) Scotland.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply to his letter of 9 August sent to the Department for Education and Skills,...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the net administration costs of the Child Support Agency increased by 9.75 per cent. from 2002–03 to 2003–04.

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the non-staff administration costs of the Child Support Agency increased by 27 per cent. from 2002–03 to 2003–04.

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding has been set aside to retrain staff from job centres and benefits agency offices who lose their jobs.

      Gangmasters/Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has access to the data collated from the ACU1 forms, ACU2 forms and 46ACU forms that are returned to the Inland Revenue...

      Gas Installers Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training opportunities are available for older workers who wish to retrain to achieve Council for Registered Gas Installers...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process housing benefit claims was in each local authority in each of the last two years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of housing benefit claims were refused in the last period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of those claiming incapacity benefit also received (a) income support and (b) disability premiums in each year since 1997; and...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which medical services that receive referrals from Jobcentre Plus with reference to incapacity benefit have since appointment (a) hit and (b)...

      Incapacity/Severe Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of invalidity benefit prior to 12 April 1995 were transferred to incapacity benefit and have been continuously in...

      Incapacity/Severe Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering the appeal system for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity/Severe Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was per appellant of each hearing of an appeal against the withdrawal or denial of incapacity benefit and severe disablement...

      Incapacity/Severe Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance who entered paid employment in 2002–03 registered for the 52...

      Job Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which job centres are to be closed in north Wales; which job centres will remain open; and what the timescale is for those remaining open to...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to increase awareness of the Jobcentre Plus Customers Charter among (a) customers and (b) staff; and if he will...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on training provisions for Jobcentre Plus staff.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incorrect payments of jobseeker's allowance were made in each month of the last three years, broken down by (a) age, (b) ethnicity and...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will disregard war disablement pension payments when calculating pension credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Tsar Appointments

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

      Welfare to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have left the New Deal for Young People to enter the Welfare to Work Programme (a) after claiming jobseeker's allowance for six...

      Work Preparation Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered (a) an Access to Work programme, (b) a Work Preparation programme and (c) Workstep in each year since 2001, broken...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Members' Allowances

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what basis (a) honourable Members are paid at the rate of 57.7 pence per mile and (b) civil servants are paid at a rate of 25 pence per mile for car use.

    • Strategy and Delivery Units

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the (a) public and (b) private reports the Strategy Unit produced in each of the last two years.

      Strategy and Delivery Units

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of the Strategy Unit's budget was spent on (a) public and (b) private reports in each of the last two years.

      Strategy and Delivery Units

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 4 October 2004, Official Report, columns 1863–64W, who financed the Strategy Unit report on drug supply.

      Ministerial Expenses

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for New Forest, East for named day reply on 25 October 2004, ref.193672.

      Theft and Fraud

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

  • Health

    • Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress in reducing waiting times for drug rehabilitation assistance in (a) south Somerset and (b) Somerset; and if he...

    • Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the waiting time between assessment and prescribing for people wanting help to avoid reliance on illegal drugs in Yeovil...

      Air Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is provided to NHS trusts on the use of air ambulances.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of staff working in accident and emergency departments in hospitals in the Greater London area have been assaulted by members of the...

      Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total public expenditure resulting from back pain in each of the last five years.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been on the waiting list for care homes in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) England in each...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) carers and (b) young carers of school age there are in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham.

      Consultant Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is in hospitals within the Greater London area for a person referred by a general practitioner to see a hospital consultant.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in Greater London have dementia; and how many of them are over the age of 65.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women living in the Greater London area suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tooth extractions under general anaesthetic were carried out on children aged under 10 years in the last two years in each strategic health...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual payment made by the NHS to a dentist working full-time and with a wholly NHS patient list was in the last year for which figures...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been undertaken by his Department to monitor progress in setting up (a) foundation hospitals and (b) foundation boards.

      Gender Dysphoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 791W, on gender dysphoria, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally the...

      Health Services (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of York in (A)...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the trusts which require consultation as a mandatory step between infection control teams and contract tendering procedures for (a) new...

      Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to ensure that evidence given by a hospital trust is accurate; and what action he can take against hospital trusts who submit...

      Medical Students (Bursaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why final year medical students have not yet received notification of their bursary awards.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public spending on mental health services was per head of population in England in each of the last five years.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government funding has been provided for research into mesothelioma in the last 10 years; and what funding is available over the next five.

      Out-of-Hours Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance his Department has issued to primary care services with regard to out-of-hours services; and if he will make a statement.

      Ovarian Tissue Transplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on ovarian tissue transplantation.

      Over-30 Month Cattle Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work the Food Standards Agency is conducting on the over-30 month cattle scheme safely.

      Paediatric Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors there were in the NHS in England working in paediatric specialities in each year since 1992, broken down by (a) speciality and (b) grade,...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collects on the proportion of pain sufferers who are diagnosed with depression.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the expected total income from prescription charges in real terms in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, (c) 2007–08, (d)...

      Processed Food (Salt)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the major supermarkets on salt in food since the 18 September deadline for supermarkets to improve their salt...

      Public Health Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2004, Official Report, column 1470–1471W, on public health bodies, what the expected timetable is for the...

      Queen's Ambulance Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the first Queen's Ambulance Medal to be announced; and what steps are being taken to ensure that its existence is widely known.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the vacancy (a) rate and (b) number of radiographers in the NHS was in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      Refugee Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of trained refugee doctors in England who are not working in the NHS; and what estimate he has made of the average...

      Rural Proofing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department carries out for the rural proofing of NHS targets.

      Smart and Biometric Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely number of (a) smart card and (b) biometric card readers which will be needed in hospitals and general...

      Transplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Unrelated Live Transplant Regulatory Authority regarding live unrelated (a) altruistic and (b) paired...

      Transport (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken by primary care trusts to improve transport links to healthcare facilities in North Yorkshire.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information the Wheelchair Services Collaborative holds on waiting times for assessment and delivery of wheelchairs; (2) which wheelchair...

  • House of Lords

    • Somaliland: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will offer financial and technical support to the Government of Somaliland for the parliamentary elections scheduled there in March 2005; and what...

    • Palestinian Territory: Humanitarian Issues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel on humanitarian issues affecting the populations of Gaza and the West Bank, including issues of...

      Russia: Aid for the Disadvantaged

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following general improvements in the Russian economy and in average prosperity, they will provide continuing aid for the most disadvantaged groups in...

      Iraq: Chaldo-Assyrian Christians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult with the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Damascus and Amman to ensure that adequate assistance is...

      Iraq: Chaldo-Assyrian Christians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking, in conjunction with the interim Government of Iraq and the United States, to protect the lives of Chaldo-Assyrian Christians from...

      Iraq: Chaldo-Assyrian Christians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that an autonomous region near Mosul should be established for the Chaldo-Assyrian ethnic and religious minority; and whether they will...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cutbacks have been made in overseas Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff appointments during the years 1999–2004, up to the end of September 2004.

      Israel: Settlements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel concerning the plan to withdraw settlements from Gaza and the risk that this will increase...

      Palestinian Authority: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will press for early elections in the Palestinian Authority to ensure that the leadership of the authority can play a key role in the future peace process.

      Prisons: Faith-based Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What faith-based courses are offered in H M Prisons, giving in each case the prison; the faith; the objectives of the course; the methods of evaluating the...

      Prison Suicides: Joseph Scholes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the allegations published in the Guardian on 11 October, regarding the conditions and circumstances in which Joseph Scholes was detained at the Stoke Heath...

      Prison Suicides: Unfurnished and Safer Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the practical differences in treatment and conditions between the use of strip cells in the management of prisoners thought to be at risk of suicide of...

      Military Training: Privately Owned Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the approximate total area of land on which farmers permit military training to take place; what is the number and location of such sites; and what the...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied that neither the use of organophosphates as pesticides nor of pyridostigmine bromide to protect against nerve gas could have exposed...

      Royal Navy: Visits to Chile

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What visits of Royal Navy vessels to Chilean ports were planned for July and August this year; and which of those visits actually took place.

      Royal Navy: Disposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the detailed disposal programme for Royal Navy vessels up to the end of 2007.

      Royal Navy: Disposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the detailed disposal programme for Royal Navy aircraft up to the end of 2007.

      Royal Navy: Disposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the detailed disposal programme for Royal Navy helicopters up to the end of 2007.

      Gulf Veterans Medical Assessment Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long Colonel Bhatt worked for the Medical Assessment Programme of the Ministry of Defence; and when and why he ceased to do so.

      HMCS "Chicoutimi"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Royal Navy was responsible for certifying the seaworthiness of the Canadian submarine HMCS "Chicoutimi" (formerly HMS "Upholder") before it set sail...

      Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to undertake a revaluation of domestic properties in England for the purpose of council tax.

      Local Government Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would have been the total cost this year if the ceilings applied to the new formula grant scheme for local authorities in England, broken down by class of...

      Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much diabetes types 1 and 2 cost the National Health Service annually; whether they will institute a universal screening programme for type 2 diabetes; and...

      Epilepsy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in the light of the effect that epilepsy has on a child's ability to learn and memorise, they issue advice to examination boards, local education...

      Canals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many canals in England and Wales are used solely for leisure and tourism.

      Customs and Excise: Confiscation of Products for Personal Consumption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the lowest quantity of cigarettes or alcohol brought into this country for personal consumption which has been confiscated by HM Customs and Excise.

      Pensions Appeal Tribunal: Suspended General Medical Practitioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is appropriate that a general medical practitioner whose registration was suspended by the General Medical Council in February 2000 should continue to...

      Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who appoints Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs; and what are their duties.

      Northern Ireland: Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases of death were awaiting inquest in Northern Ireland on 1 September; and what steps are being taken to reduce the backlog in such cases awaiting...

      People with Disabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the publication by John Grooms, a charity providing services for people with disabilities, of Life is a lucky dip for...

      Export Control Act 2002: Extraterritorial Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the coming into force of the Export Control Act 2002, what plans they have for full extra-territorial control over the United Kingdom arms brokers...

      Child Pornography: Internet Service Providers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which British Internet service companies have followed the lead of British Telecom by installing software to block material showing child pornography; and how many...

      Football Clubs: Takeovers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: According to what criteria they can intervene in takeovers of football clubs by non-United Kingdom citizens; and whether they are giving any consideration to...

      Football Clubs: Takeovers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is open to them to prevent Manchester United Football Club being taken over by a single owner.

      Combined Heat and Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many combined heat and power plants are currently operational; and what were the respective figures for the years 1999 to 2003.

      Combined Heat and Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reach their combined heat and power plants target for the current year; and, if not, by what percentage they will fail.

      Coastal Defences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what criteria their new scoring scheme for defending coastal defence was based; and Whether the new scoring scheme for defending coastal defence takes into...

      Civil Service: Retirement Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to lift the mandatory retirement age of 60 for civil servants.

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