Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2004

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Barker Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Barker review on housing.

    • E-Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he issues to local authorities on how e-government can contribute to efficiency savings in the provision of services.

      E-Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on e-delivery of government services in rural North Yorkshire.

      Economic Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role he plans for local government in furthering economic regeneration.

      Street Wardens (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has given to Wandsworth council on the funding of street wardens when departmental funding ceases in 2005.

      Travellers' Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on enforcement action by local authorities in respect of unauthorised Travellers' sites.

      Travellers' Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Traveller caravans were on (a) authorised and (b) unauthorised sites in each local authority in England in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to re-examine local government structures.

      Affordable Rural Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on planning policies relating to the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.

      Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the Thames Gateway South Essex partnership.

      Housebuilding (West Sussex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effects of housebuilding levels in West Sussex on Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

      Affordable Housing (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many shared ownership properties were sold in Southwark in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by (a) someone already in...

      Affordable Housing (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many shared ownership properties were sold in Lambeth in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by (a) someone already in...

      Commencement of Legislation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by year of enactment.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on promoting the Decent Homes Standard.

      Departmental Archaeologists

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many professional archaeologists are employed in his Department.

      Departmental Events (Funding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) publications, (c) initiatives, (d) projects and (e) receptions organised by his Department which have received funding...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act...

      Gambling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the occasions on which (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have met representatives of (i) US casino operators, (ii) British casino...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the responsibilities of the Government Offices for the Regions; and if he will break down the components of their estimated programme expenditure...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will break down the programme expenditure of each Government Office for the Regions in (a) 1997 and (b) the current year by main budget heading.

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many homes have been transferred in large scale voluntary transfers by local authorities since 1 May 1997; (2) how many local authorities have...

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes are in the ownership of local authorities.

      Housing (Leicester)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are on the housing list waiting to be rehoused in Leicester.

      Housing Directorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total number of employees was within the Housing Directorate and its predecessor for each year since 1997.

      Key Worker Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to expand the key worker scheme; and if he will include in the scheme essential personnel such as mental health support workers.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what meetings (a) he, (b) his departmental Ministers and (c) advisers and officials have held with representatives of (i) Sun City International, (ii) MGM...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has visited (a) Las Vegas and (b) Atlantic City in his official capacity.

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the New Deal for Communities in (a) West Derbyshire and (b) the east midlands on (i) reducing crime, (ii) creating...

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to (a) continue and (b) develop New Deal for Communities schemes in (i) West Derbyshire and (ii) the East Midlands.

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) schemes and (b) funding made available to West Derbyshire since 1998 under the New Deal for Communities.

      Public Conveniences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to amend section 87 of the Public Health Act 1936 in order to make it mandatory for local authorities to provide public conveniences.

      Regional Co-ordination Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the functions are of the Regional Co-ordination Unit; what guidelines have been issued governing its activities; and to whom it reports.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the terms of the tender for the regional fire control centre for the South West were; how many bids were received; how many were shortlisted; and what...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role regional chambers (a) have and (b) will have in relation to fire and rescue services.

      Regional Housing Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) which regions have established regional housing boards; (2) how regional housing boards are funded; and what their estimated budgets are in the forthcoming...

      Select Committee Recommendations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many recommendations by parliamentary select committees have been adopted by his Department since June 2001.

      South East England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost will be of the south east England regional assembly sending a questionnaire to households to gauge their views on housebuilding.

  • Prime Minister

    • Butler Report

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 3 November, Official Report, column 250W, whether he has a timescale for completing the implementation of the Butler recommendations.

    • Honours System

      To ask the Prime Minister what changes he plans to make to the Honours system.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will publish the evidence on the basis of which he disputed the findings, published in The Lancet, estimating the number of Iraqi civilians killed as a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh (Mr. Mallon) of 3 November 2004, Official Report, column 301, if he will request the Iraqi Ministry...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh (Mr. Mallon) of 3 November 2004, Official Report, column 301, if he will list the sources other than...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects Saddam Hussein to be brought to trial; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what his policy is on making corrections in the Official Report of parliamentary answers which turn out to be inaccurate.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) abattoirs and (b) low-throughput abattoirs (i) operated in 1997, (ii) operated in 2001 and (iii) operate now.

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many professional archaeologists are employed in her Department.

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much it cost to fund the Chewing Gum Action Group chewing gum segmentation survey.

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she plans to give to local authorities to tackle the problem of chewing gum.

      Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made, in relation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, of the effect on...

      Deer /Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer were slaughtered at abattoirs in the last five years; (2) how many (a) farmed,...

      Deer /Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk posed to human health by the consumption of deer in relation to bovine TB; and what...

      Domestic Water Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average percentage increase in domestic water bills has been since May 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cod by-catch from hauls using (a) 80 mm and (b) 110 mm mesh in cod ends deployed by the Fleetwood over 10 metre...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how the European Emissions Trading Scheme will apply to non-EU companies operating in the UK.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will arrange an international conference on energy efficiency objectives as part of the forthcoming UK presidency of...

      Energy Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which organisation and for which projects her Department is providing funding to develop demonstration units in the UK for...

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flood prevention schemes have been implemented since 1997; and what the cost of such schemes has been, broken down by county.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Dutch Government on the publication of national proposals for GM co-measures; and what...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which EU countries have already put in place proposals for a compensation fund for farmers affected by GM contamination.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Bury Metropolitan borough council area have benefited from the home energy efficiency scheme in each of the...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of emissions reduction that will be needed after the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

      Making Space for Water Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many responses her Department has received to its consultation Making Space for Water.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press releases have been issued by her Department in each month of 2004; and if she will make a statement.

      Select Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recommendations by parliamentary select committees have been adopted by her Department since June 2001.

      Waste (Efficiency)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department will be taking to assist local authorities deliver efficiency gains in waste services.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 903W, on waste disposal, whether she intends to publish...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will issue the (a) consultation document for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Permitting, (b)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department is conducting into (a) differential and (b) variable rate charging schemes for waste management.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the suitability of private finance initiatives as a funding option for waste...

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her plans to increase resources to tackle wildlife crime.

  • Transport

    • A38

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the section of the A38 between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh to be resurfaced with a noise-reducing surface; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aeroplane Collision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cause was of two aeroplanes colliding at Manchester airport on 4 November; what assessment he has made of precautions in place to prevent such...

      Air Accident Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the relocation of the Air Accident Investigation Branch from Farnborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Car Servicing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held with stakeholders in the car servicing industry on improving standards.

      Commercial Drivers (Time Regulations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the Government plan to enforce the new time regulations for commercial drivers and crew.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2004, Official Report, columns 155–56W, on data protection, if he will make a statement on the conviction of...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new contracts at...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the Department's (a) implemented and (b) planned computer systems use open source software; and what plans are in place to raise...

      Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of (a) decoration and (b) refurbishment of the London offices of the Department was in each of the last four years.

      Departmental Policies (South Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's target is for the interval between publication of (a) departmental announcements and documents and (b) material published by...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were employed by (a) the Northern Lighthouse Board, (b) Trinity House and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights in each of the last 10...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road accidents in each year between 2000 and 2004 involved drivers that were foreign visitors, broken down by nationality of driver...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on road safety in Wirral, South.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve (a) maintenance, (b) signage and (c) markings on (i) trunk roads and (ii) motorways; and if he will make a statement.

      Select Committee Recommendations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many recommendations by parliamentary select committees have been adopted by his Department since June 2001.

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2004, Official Report, columns 871–74W, on South West Trains, what information the Strategic Rail Authority...

      Thameslink 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Thameslink 2000 project.

      Train Operating Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much compensation has been paid to each train operating company in each of the last five years.

      TransPennine Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public subsidy was provided to the operator of the TransPennine Express franchise in each year since it was originally granted; and what the...

      Unstaffed Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements on franchisees to communicate information on delays to trains to passengers waiting at unstaffed train stations are planned.

  • Treasury

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are suffering from cancer in (a) Chorley and (b) the North West.

    • European Social Chapter

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the breakdown is by sector of the change in numbers of jobs in the United Kingdom since the UK adopted the European Social Chapter.

      Influenza Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged 65 years or over died of influenza in (a) West Derbyshire, (b) the East Midlands and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual tax revenue to the Treasury from the National Lottery has been in each year since 1994.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have taken place in the numbers of people classified as long-term unemployed in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in the London borough of Wandsworth were unemployed in each of the last three years; how many were (a) long-term unemployed and (b)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment in the London borough of Wandsworth has been in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the peak year was for the unemployment rate in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1979; and how many people were unemployed there in that year.

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of (a) changes in the level of average earnings of full-time employees in Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) the proportion of national...

      Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the population of (a) Hemsworth constituency, (b) the Yorkshire and Humber area and (c) England have no bank account.

      Central Government Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues regarding levels of central Government administration.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families he estimates will benefit from the Child Trust Fund in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) the country as a whole when it is introduced.

      Children (North Somerset)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children between the ages of (i) birth and four years and (ii) five and seven years live in (a) the constituency of Weston-Super-Mare and (b) North...

      Commencement of Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by year of enactment.

      Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent in each year since 2002 on employing (a) external management consultants and (b) external human resources consultants; and if...

      Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees in the United Kingdom in each of the last five available years.

      Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) the United Kingdom have...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people living abroad at the last General Election were eligible to vote in the Election; and how many of these voted; (2) how many people...

      Employment (Rhondda)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of the Rhondda are (a) employed and (b) unemployed.

      Foreign Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries have had 100 per cent. of debt to the UK written off.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's most recent estimate is of the cost of the British occupation of Iraq in each month since the start of the conflict, broken down by...

      Job Creation (Stroud)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs have been created in the Stroud constituency since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector in each component part of the UK in each month since the beginning of 2001.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the United Kingdom's national debt was (a) in total and (b) per capita in (i) 1996 and (ii) 2003; (2) how much was spent on interest payments...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax would be raised by introducing a new 50 per cent. tax band for those with incomes over £100,000 per annum; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Funds (Dividend Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax has been collected since 1997 from taxation of dividends from UK pension fund holdings.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners are paying income tax at (a) the basic rate and (b) the higher rate; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the private finance initiative arrangements in which the Department is engaged; what the total cost of each arrangement is (a) over its...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries occurred in the UK as a result of incorrect servicing and repair of motor vehicles in each of the last 30 years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals had not returned their tax credit renewal forms by the 30 September deadline; and what percentage this is of tax credit renewal forms...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of families claiming new tax credits that (a) needed to provide details for finalising a 2003–04 award, and if...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were made to the child and working tax credit helpline in each month since August 2003; and how many and what percentage of calls (a) were...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments of working families tax credit have been made; and how many of these payments the Tax Credit Office has admitted liability for.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long the period was, on average, between a claimant submitting a completed tax credit application form and their (a) being advised of the outcome of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases involving the overpayment of tax credits have been due to errors by the Inland Revenue (a) in 2004–05 and (b) in total since the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of the Rhondda claim (a) pension credit and (b) working tax credit.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the unemployment rate in Newcastle-under-Lyme was in each year since 1997; (2) how many unemployed people there have been in...

      Yasser Arafat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will identify whether bank and other accounts held by the late Yasser Arafat in the United Kingdom are holding overseas aid money; and if...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Charging Initiative

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make it her policy to encourage local Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors to meet local police officers informally to improve the working of the...

  • House of Commons

    • Franked Envelopes

      To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if she will take steps to arrange for second class franked parliamentary envelopes in formats other than window envelopes to be made available...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Library

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many staff were employed in the Library (a) in 1974, (b) in 2000 and (c) at the latest date...

    • Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how many hardback copies of the Official Report have been (a) produced and (b) distributed...

      Temporary Secondments

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans there are for temporary secondments of staff of the House to work in the offices of...

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his reply of 8 November to the right hon. and learned Member for Folkstone and Hythe (Mr. Howard), Official Report, column...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Government of Afghanistan and (b) the United Nations on the production of heroin in...

      Aid Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of aid programmes involving the supply of animals and the infrastructure to support them for...

      Commencement of Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken...

      Conditional Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's recent discussions with the World Bank on the reassessment of conditional aid to third...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much expenditure his Department has incurred in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 to date on employing external consultants; and if...

      Côte d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Côte d'Ivoire.

      Departmental Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of his Department's budget is spent on providing renewable energy projects in the developing world; and if he will make a...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the increased funding provided to writing off debt in the developing world will affect other projects under his Department's remit.

      Land Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been made available to help countries that are affected by landmines to meet their mine clearance obligations under...

      Select Committee Recommendations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many recommendations by parliamentary select committees have been adopted by his Department since June 2001.

      Water Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to co-ordinate his Department's Water Action Plan with the ACP-EU Water Facility.

  • Education and Skills

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff were employed in each CAFCASS region on 1 April (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004.

    • Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff skilled in mediation are employed by CAFCASS.

      Education Provision (Easington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of public funding per pupil in the Easington constituency was in the last seven years.

      Education Provision (Easington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Easington constituency was in each of the last five years.

      Education Finance (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on changes to the level of funding for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Staffordshire and (ii)...

      Education Finance (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the total funding for schools has changed in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Education Finance (Selby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding per head for secondary school pupils in the Selby constituency (a) was in 1997 and (b) is in 2004.

      Class Sizes (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the class sizes are in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London borough of Wandsworth; and if he will make a statement.

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the computer to pupil ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in Greater London in 1997.

      Family Law Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many of the family law cases in which it was unclear, at the time of the Association of Directors of Social Services survey in July,...

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the relationship will be between the proposed Integrated Children's System and the databases proposed in the Children Bill.

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provisions are being made to allow children who would not be on the Child Protection Register to be placed on the Integrated Children's...

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which children will be listed on the Integrated Children's Register; (2) when the Integrated Children's System will be implemented.

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what ways the Integrated Children's Register is different from the Child Protection Register.

      Integrated Children's System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the purpose is of the Integrated Children's System.

      Education Funding (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was spent per pupil in Manchester, Withington in each of the last seven years.

      Schools (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Hendon (a) had outside toilets, (b) did not have computer suites and (c) did not have interactive whiteboards (i) at 1...

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what condolences he has offered to the surviving family members of Iraqi civilians killed as a result of military action taken by British forces in Iraq...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 November 2004, Official Report, column 716W, on Iraq, what criteria were used to determine which of the 3,000 pages of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of civilian casualties in Iraq since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to monitor civilian casualties in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the armed forces first sought authority from the Defence Crisis Management Organisation to initiate mobilisation measures for deployment to...

      Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which (a) companies and (b) organisations the Ministry of Defence has requested (i) information and (ii) co-operation with regard to investigations...

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place for reviewing contracts with a sole supplier for fabric and garments; and if he will make a statement.

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what criteria his Department's recent tender process for the provision of cloth, fabric and garments was decided; for what reason past experience...

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK-based companies contracted by his Department to provide garments and clothing in the last 10...

      Fishery Protection Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the HQ role of the Fishery Protection Squadron is; and what plans he has to change this role.

      HMCS Chicoutimi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's contribution will be to the investigation by the Defence Committee of the Canadian House of Commons into HMCS Chicoutimi.

      Naval Navigational Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure on naval navigational aids was in each of the last 10 years for (a) Northern Ireland, (b) England and Wales, (c)...

      RAF St. Mawgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) individuals and (b) organisations from Cornwall relating to the continuing use of RAF St. Mawgan for civilian...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department made of the level of maintenance required for Upholder Class submarines to maintain their seaworthiness prior to their...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of employing the US General Dynamics Electric Boat Division to assist with the construction of the Astute class submarines; and what...

      HMS Grafton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimates were received for the refit of HMS Grafton prior to the decision to decommission her.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether Territorial Army soldiers deployed to Iraq were required to achieve a skilled grade in their weapon test; (2) how many Territorial Army...

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women what representations she has received from women's organisations on equal pay for equal work.

  • Wales

    • Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the Department's (a) implemented and (b) planned computer systems use open source software; and what plans are in place to raise this level.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the staff in his Department in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 were people with disabilities.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly regarding the delivery of health services in rural areas in Wales.

      Mobile Phones

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

      Quangos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with his Welsh Assembly colleagues on the role of quangos in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Archaeologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many professional archaeologists are employed (a) directly in her Department and (b) in agencies for which her Department is responsible.

    • Free TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners in Newcastle-under-Lyme receive a free television licence.

      Free TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households are in receipt of a free television licence in the Wansbeck constituency.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the contribution of the National Lottery to reducing poverty in deprived areas of the UK.

      Sri Guru Granth Sahab ji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) direction and (b) advice she has given to (i) libraries and (ii) the British Library, about the treatment of Sri Guru Granth...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Sports Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the relationship of the Civil Service Sports Council is to the UK Civil Service.

    • Contingency plans

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what advice has been issued regarding stockpiling provisions in the case of an enforced quarantine following a terrorist attack.

      Copyright

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if she will make a statement on the reproduction of items which are copyright of HMSO by political parties; (2) what permissions have been...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much his office has spent on external consultants to deal with press and media affairs since he took office; and if he will make a...

      IT costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent on information technology in his office in this financial year.

      Ministerial Press Releases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many press releases he has issued in his ministerial capacity since he took office.

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the meetings with (a) individuals and (b) organisations external to the Government that he has attended in his official capacity as...

      Strategy Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the Strategy Unit's progress with the Countries at Risk of Instability project.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armenian Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is towards the (a) scale of, (b) responsibility for and (c) recognition of the Armenian genocide.

    • Armenian Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether recognition of the Armenian genocide is one of the political criteria that Turkey will be required to meet before EU...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what criteria were applied for a state-owned enterprise's inclusion in Annex II of the Council Common Position on Burma...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on the subject of discrimination against religious minorities,...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on their policy of repatriating North Korean refugees; and if he...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Foreign Ministers of other European Union countries for the maintaining of the EU's...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for Hull, North regarding Mr. Ken Bigley.

      Côte d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent progress in delivering peace and political stability in Côte d'Ivoire.

      Dr. Amer Al-Saddi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received in respect of the detention of Dr. Amer Al-Saddi, the former scientific adviser to the Iraqi...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what contingency plans were drawn up by his Department (a) unilaterally, (b) with other Government departments and (c)...

      EU (Applicant States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his Department's policy that all applicant countries for EU membership should recognise all existing member states.

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the procedure is for resolution of disputes regarding EU association agreements; and what the role of the European Court of...

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Georgia.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to propose that the UN review the Act of Free Choice in West Papua; and if he will make a statement.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia concerning their treatment of the people of West Papua;...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Iranian Government regarding the arrest of Ms Mahboobeh Abbasgholizadeh on 1 November.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions for verification are contained in the draft agreement between the Governments of the USA, France, Germany and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his Department (a) completed its analysis of Iraq's declaration to the United Nations of December 2002 and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the new Iraqi constitution.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ask the US authorities in Iraq to provide immediate assistance to the International Committee of the Red Cross to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 756W, on the Iraq Survey Group, if he will list the source...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the interim Government of Iraq about attacks on Iraqi Christians and their places of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2004, Official Report, column 520W, on Iraq, on the basis of what criteria the Government...

      Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government and (a) France and (b) the UN, regarding hostilities within Ivory Coast...

      Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to assist Jamaica in fighting gun and drug culture, with particular reference to (a)...

      Legal Base (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is in respect of choice of legal base for EU measures; whether preference is given to bases requiring unanimity...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has raised the case of Mr. Fathi al Jehmi and his treatment by the Libyan Government with the Libyan Government.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to recognise the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as The Republic of Macedonia in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking in conjunction with the international community to foster political stability in Somalia.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons student visas issued to overseas nationals coming to the UK do not cover the full length of their courses.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement regarding the progress of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development talks in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government have provided to the African Union troops in the Darfur region of Sudan, in terms of (a) funding,...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart about the imprisonment of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche.

      UK Detainees (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many United Kingdom citizens detained by the United States authorities in each of the last five years have subsequently been...

      UN Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on reforming the UN with particular reference to processes for...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial arrangement exists with the United States with regard to its presence on (a) Diego Garcia and (b) other parts of...

      Visa Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the charge in pounds sterling is for a visitor's visa to the UK in (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Sri Lanka and (d)...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the extension of the UN Mission for the Referendum on Western Sahara (MINURSO) plan for the...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Saharwi activists on their appeal to the UN to enforce Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, with...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the political situation in Western Sahara since June.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government and Botswana regarding the political situation in Zimbabwe; and if he...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Commencement of Legislation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into...

    • Community Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of calls received by Community Legal Services in the last period for which figures are available were...

      Community Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many advisers work for Community Legal Service Direct.

      Community Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many callers have been eligible for legal aid and have received free telephone advice since the launch of Community...

      Community Legal Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many calls have been handled by telephone advisers since the launch of Community Legal Services Direct in July.

      Compensation Culture

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the evidential basis is for his statement on 10 November that there is a compensation culture in the UK; and if he...

      Departmental Advertising Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has...

      Departmental Events (Funding)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) publications, (c) initiatives, (d) projects and (e) receptions organised by his...

      Jury Verdicts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will seek to amend section 8 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 to allow parallel juries to facilitate research into...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the population was entitled to civil legal aid in each of the last seven calendar years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to exclude ownership of property from the means testing for eligibility for (a) civil and...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the current financial threshold is for eligibility for civil legal aid.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what plans the Department has to reduce the (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid budget; (2) what plans the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the change has been in the civil legal aid budget over the last four years; and what the reasons are for the change.

      Magistrates Court (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions are taking place to safeguard the future of the magistrates court in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

      Payments into Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the value of unclaimed payments into court was in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of conditional fees in personal injury cases on (a) the setting-up of...

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Law Society, (b) the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, (c) the Bar, (d)...

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the evidential basis was for his statement on 10 November that (a) personal injury solicitors and (b)...

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what consideration he has given to regulating advertising for personal injury cases by (a) claims-handling businesses and...

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what consideration he has given to regulating claims-handling businesses, in relation to personal injury claims; and if...

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he proposes to take to inform the public on the correct legal principles behind personal injury claims; and if...

  • Home Department

    • Graffiti Removal Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many graffiti removal notices have been served under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

    • Anglia Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received from probation areas in respect of Anglia Water Group's contract for approved premises over the past...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he makes of the percentage of animals bred for possible experimentation purposes which are subsequently not used for these purposes.

      Anti-crime Measures (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community support officers and (b) street wardens have been introduced in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

      Anti-crime Measures (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to increase the numbers of special constables assisting the police.

      Anti-crime Measures (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to (a) punish and (b) rehabilitate persistent offenders in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2004, Official Report, column 187W, how many of the persons given a custodial sentence for breach of an...

      Armley Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the percentage of prisoners in Armley Prison with (a) drug-related problems, (b) alcohol-related problems and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications have been awaiting an initial decision for more than (a) three and (b) six months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have arrived at UK (a) airports and (b) ports without any or any proper documentation and subsequently claimed asylum in each...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that local authorities are fully reimbursed by the Government for (a) costs arising from the discharge of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of asylum seekers arriving at UK ports did not have an immigration document establishing identity and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list local authority net current expenditure on asylum seekers for each local authority in England in each year since 1991–92.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there are in Wales, broken down by local authority area.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the costs of support for asylum seekers in Reading was borne by the local authority in the last financial year.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles have been supplied to asylum seekers to facilitate their transport; at what cost; what the nationalities were of those...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the London local authorities which are supporting asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entrants to the country who have arrived at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool in the last three years and been asked to report to...

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the results from the UK Passport Service trial of biometrics will be published.

      Charities Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the draft Charities Bill; and when the Government plan to introduce the Charities Bill.

      Charnwood Cohesion Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been given to the Charnwood Community Cohesion Pathfinder project in each of the last three years; and what plans he has for...

      Charnwood Cohesion Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the Charnwood Community Cohesion Pathfinder project; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the proportion of (a) sex offenders and (b) the general population who have been victims of sexual or...

      Citizenship Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for citizenship were rejected in 2003.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of continuous service for civil servants within the Department is.

      Community Safety Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the terms under which police authorities may access additional resources to fund police community safety wardens; and what...

      Coroner/Death Certification Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the reform of the coroner and death certification services.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the (a) Metropolitan Police and (b) British Transport Police to take delivery of high standard chemical and biological suits...

      Crime/Sentencing Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of crimes committed to police officer numbers is in Barnet; what the ratio in (a) outer London boroughs and (b) England and...

      Crime/Sentencing Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders placed on the home detention curfew scheme were (a) cautioned and (b) convicted in each year since 1999; and how many are...

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has determined the date for the commencement for sections 145 and 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to come into force; and if...

      Criminal Penalties Harmonisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is in respect of EU proposals to harmonise criminal penalties.

      Criminal Record Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place (a) to check the criminal records of civil servants in his Department and agencies responsible to his Department...

      Cyber Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to combat (a) cyber crime and (b) cyber terrorism, with particular reference to (i) credit card fraud...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by his Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May 2003...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive...

      Departmental Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department's spending plans are based on a continuing reduction in the number of asylum applications.

      Departmental Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to ensure that efficiency saving plans do not have a detrimental effect on service provision.

      Domestic Violence (Immigration Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications have been made under the domestic violence rule; and how many have involved children; (2) how many applications...

      Domestic Violence (Immigration Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants who were refused permission to stay, under the domestic violence rule, appealed; and how many of those appeals were...

      Domestic Violence (Immigration Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the outcome of his Department's research and monitoring into the number of cases of women applying under...

      Domestic Violence (Immigration Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to extend the types of evidence required to prove domestic violence under the immigration rules; (2) what plans he...

      Electronic Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security measures are being taken to protect the UK from the threat of electronic terrorist attacks.

      Emergency Service Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a new tiered emergency services call line; and if he will make a statement.

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Government of Equatorial Guinea for co-operation in the investigation of alleged conspiracy to...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many United Kingdom citizens are awaiting extradition to the United States; and for what alleged offences.

      Football Hooliganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to reduce football hooliganism since 1997.

      Forced Marriage Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the new joint Home Office-Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit plans to implement its strategy.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his proposals to attract skilled foreign workers into the UK; and what funding exists within his Department to...

      Fox Hunts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Gloucestershire police receives additional resources to police fox hunts when (a) members of the Royal Family and (b) other VIPs are...

      Group Intervention Referral Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the Group Intervention Referral Panel scheme.

      Gun Crime (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidences of gun crime there were in Wales in 2003; and how many have been reported so far in 2004.

      Hague Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the key targets are of the Hague Programme.

      Hague Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals for action have been made under the Action Plan for the Hague Programme; what the timetable is for the (a) adoption and (b)...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to include Hamas in the Home Office list of terrorist organisations.

      HMP Dovegate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether psychotherapy courses in respect of HMP Dovegate have been curtailed since February.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been returned to custody for non-compliance with home detention curfew conditions in each of the last 24 months.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what authority the Greater Manchester Police has demanded sight of horse passports from horse riders on the road.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the European patents that will require licensing to implement the design of the biometric identity card system as authorised...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the government of the Republic of Ireland since November 2003 on the implications of the proposed identity...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the cost of the identity card to the holder.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis was for the budget allocation for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in 2004–05.

      Immigration Officers (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has commissioned regarding the nature of complaints made against immigration officers.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British police officers have visited Iraq in an official capacity since the fall of Saddam Hussein; and what the purposes of the...

      Muslim Association of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the activities of (a) the Muslim Association of Britain and (b) Dr. Azam Tamimi, spokesperson for the Association in...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) role, (b) function and (c) salaries of regional offender managers in the National Offender Management Service will be.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were refused naturalisation in 2003 on the good character grounds.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued on what good character means in the context of the naturalisation process.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the guidance given in respect of naturalisation of citizens states that a motoring offence may affect the question of character.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when hon. Members will be eligible to be designated persons in supporting naturalisation applications.

      North Yorkshire Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been employed in the North Yorkshire police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Number Recognition Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department is providing in 2003–04 for the installation of number recognition cameras.

      Overseas Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many scoping studies are being undertaken into allegations of overseas corruption.

      Overseas Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 3 November, Official Report, column 302W, on overseas corruption, what the sources were of other allegations; and...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of trafficking of people were reported to his Department in each of the last three years; (2) how many cases of illegal...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals the Government is putting forward with regard to taking a more effective joint international approach to (a) illegal...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the Government are taking to tackle the trafficking of women and children into the UK.

      Persistent Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on whether persistent offenders are responsible for the majority of crime.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what feedback he has received on National Policing Plans.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the conclusions of the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary on a future strategy for civilianization.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what accountability procedures are in place for police authorities.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent Senior Investigations Officers' Handbook.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Newcastle-under-Lyme in (i) 1997 and (ii) at the latest available date.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, when determining funding for police services in Lincolnshire for financial year 2005–06, he will make specific provision of...

      Police Bureaucracy Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the members of the Police Bureaucracy Steering Group.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much central Government grant was given to each police authority to counter terrorism in 2003–04.

      Police Guidance (Local Discretion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he issues to police forces on the use of local discretion.

      Police Paperwork

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the evidence of the Minister for Crime Reduction, Policing, Community Safety and Counter-Terrorism to the Home Affairs Select...

      Police Recruits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants accepted to join each police force are waiting to start their training course; what the longest period is that an...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations have opened since 1979.

      Police Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time spent by a police officer is between arrest to a charge cleared by the Crown Prosecution Service; what this represents...

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions have taken place with Centrex on the funding available for police training; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Education Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the use of the internet in prisons for learning and training programmes.

      Prison Education Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the pay differential for prisoners who (a) work and (b) take part in education or training.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of compensation paid to inmates who have become ill due to smoke inhalation caused by fires in Prison...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of section 126 of the Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994 allowing privatisation of the prison...

      Prisoner Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to allow prisoner parents to retain responsibility for their children during imprisonment.

      Prisons (Fire Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what comparative studies have been carried out during the last two years of the public sector and private finance initiative prisons; and...

      Prisons (Fire Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2004, Official Report, column 486W, on prisons, if he will list the sites for the 1,300 new places...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to implement the National Probation Service Pay and Reward Review.

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will measure the impact of the prison regime on the subsequent re-offending of discharged prisoners.

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will measure the impact of different prison regimes on individual prisoners in respect of re-offending.

      Reference Number H1128792

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reach a decision in relation to case Reference Number H1128792.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken in the last 12 months to improve its ability to deter people who attempt to acquire refugee status by...

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library (a) the job specification and (b) the selection criteria that were used for the recently appointed regional...

      Scientific Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many places in Scotland are designated as (a) a supplying establishment, (b) a breeding establishment and (c) a scientific...

      Sentencing Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether sentencing guidelines recognise assaulting an emergency worker as an aggravating factor in sentencing for assault; and if he will...

      Sentencing Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the consultation period on the draft guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council in September 2004.

      Service Personnel (Citizenship Applications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an applicant for British citizenship serving abroad in the United Kingdom armed forces may be disqualified in their application on...

      Sex Abuse Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether prisoners acting as witnesses in an institutional abuse case are eligible to have their evidence video recorded and given as their...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures in the New Deal for Victims and Witnesses reduce the adverse effects of crime on victims and witnesses in sex offence...

      Sham Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new measures his Department has taken to tackle the problem of sham marriages which are entered into by individuals in order to obtain...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for changes in charges to international students for visa extensions; and what data he collects on comparable charges in...

      Sudbury Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are held in HMP Sudbury; and how many of these are serving a life sentence.

      Sudbury Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of recapturing prisoners who absconded (a) from HMP Sudbury and (b) from Her Majesty's prisons was during (i) 2003 and...

      Tamil Tigers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last reviewed the proscription of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam under anti-terrorism legislation; when he next expects to review...

      Tampere Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department what progress has been made on the Tampere agenda; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness.

      Tampere Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for The Home Department what the Government's policy is on the future of the Tampere agenda.

      Temporary Staff

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

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent assessment of the current threat to the UK from terrorists is; and whether an assessment has been made of the impact on...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are used to scrutinise the effectiveness of spending on counter-terrorism.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the impact of the threat of terrorism on (a) community relations and (b) social cohesion.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many TETRA masts are operational; and how many are planned but have yet to be (a) activated and (b) sited.

      Traffic Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police there were in the Metropolitan Police Authority in each of the last five years.

      Travel Documents (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 8 November 2004, Official Report, columns 469–70W, on travel documents (prosecutions) how many of those...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of uninsured drivers in each of the last 10 years.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recently recorded increase in violent crime; and what steps he will take to reverse the trend.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the guidance issued to Work Permits UK regarding the permits for those people wishing to work as care assistants in the UK.

      Young Offenders Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours, on average, young offenders spend in education each week.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to improve the (a) employment rights and (b) holiday pay entitlements of agency workers.

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to ensure that the UK adopts the proposed EU Directive on Temporary Agency Workers.

      Benefits Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many telephone calls have been made by her Department to benefit recipients encouraging them to receive their benefits through bank...

      Bombardier Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether she plans to assist Bombardier Aerospace with their evaluation into the feasibility of the CSeries commerical aircraft...

      Business Angels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the performance of the National Business Angels Network in providing matching services between start-up and...

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of business link services in Northampton.

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans she has to develop regional Business Links (2) if she will give a commitment to maintain Business Links organisations at...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants are available from (a) her Department and its agencies and (b) other Government Departments to help with business start-ups in (i)...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average length of continuous service for civil servants within the Department is.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much coal was used in the UK in the last year for which figures are available; how much was for metallurgical use; how much was used for...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department has spent on the recent adverts for the post of Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will list the 30 largest contracts awarded by her Department from (a) May 2001 to April 2002, (b) May 2002 to April 2003, (c) May...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many press releases have been issued by her Department in each month of 2004; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's target is for the interval between publication of (a) departmental announcements and documents and (b) material...

      Departmental Publications (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what proportion of publications issued by her Department are available in (a) braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large print and (d)...

      Departmental Salaries

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

      Disputes Resolution Booklet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was to her Department of producing, printing and direct mailing to employers its August 2004 booklet "New laws for resolving...

      Doorstep Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to improve protection for consumers from doorstep selling.

      Doorstep Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking in conjunction with the Home Office to tackle rogue doorstep selling.

      eContent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the benefits to the UK of the EU eContent programme have been.

      Gas Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects the Fundamental Review of Gas Safety Regime, Proposals for Change to be published; and what the original publication date was.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the UK manufacturing sector.

      Manufacturing Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to improve manufacturing productivity.

      Marine Leisure Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what public funding will be available to the Marine Leisure Group through the British Marine Federation after 1 January 2006.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners, their widows or families in Newcastle-under-Lyme have (a) made claims for and (b) been paid compensation in respect of...

      Motor Vehicle Technicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much motor manufacturers invested in technical training for the UK motor vehicle industry in 2003.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) men and (b) women are estimated to benefit from the national minimum wage in (i) England, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii)...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Carlisle have benefited from the national minimum wage.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much natural gas was used in the UK in the last year for which figures are available; how much was burned in power stations; how much was...

      New Deal (Departmental Recruitment)

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

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the opportunities for (a) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (b) UK companies to be involved in the...

      Nuclear Installations (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the European Commission Regulation 2002/99 (Euratom) on the application of safeguards to mixed civil and military nuclear facilities...

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government will require corporations to publish details of transfer pricing policies under its proposals requiring publication of...

      Orimulsion/Shale Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Orimulsion/shale oil was used in UK power stations in the last year for which figures are available.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people she expects to hold post office card accounts in October 2006.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much of the Government's Post Office Modernisation Fund has been spent in Leicester since the fund was initiated; and how much has...

      Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the properties occupied by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004, showing (A) for each and (B) in...

      Regional Selective Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of regional selective assistance grants to companies in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) the North East in the last five years.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what commitment has been made to the funding of basic research in the physical sciences at UK universities.

      Small Business Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the small business sector.

      Tsar Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many 'tsars' have been appointed with responsibilities which cover part of the work of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many primary schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland have been identified as having classrooms and other public...

    • Chief Executives (Health/Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) salary levels, (b) expenses and (c) pension entitlements are in 2004 for the chief executives of each (i) health and social...

      Advisory Committee for Business Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases have been formally referred by Northern Ireland Government Departments to the Advisory Committee for Business Appointments in...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of continuous service for civil servants within the Department is.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the cases in the last five years in which senior civil servants of grade three and above have sought permission to accept...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil service posts there are in each Department, agency and non-departmental public body in Northern Ireland; what the planned number...

      Civil Service Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were recruited through the competition conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd. on behalf of the Department of Finance and...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much each Government Department in Northern Ireland has paid to consultancy firms in each year since 1998; (2) how much his...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent in each year since 2002 on employing (a) external management consultants and (b) external human resources...

      Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations which previously held contracts with his Department (a) won new...

      Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the environmental impact on the Crumlin River from its source to Lough Neagh of the proximity of asbestos...

      Department of Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the underspend for the Department of Education was for the year 2003–04; and whether there is a projected underspend for the same...

      Departmental Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial...

      Departmental Publications (Accessibility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of publications issued by his Department are available in (a) braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large print and (d) easy...

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are being taken to address the overspend within the Belfast and South Eastern education and library boards' budgets; and if he...

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many education and library board buses there are in Northern Ireland; and how many such buses are not fitted with seat belts, broken down by...

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of education and library board buses do not have seat belts fitted, broken down by board.

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are being taken to address the overspend within the South Eastern education and library board.

      Education Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to produce proposals to tackle under-achievement in education in (a) Greater Shankill and (b) North Belfast.

      Expenditure and Staffing Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the overall budget for Northern Ireland is represented by the expenditure and staffing costs of each (a) Government...

      Harbour Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the membership of the Harbour Commission; and what consultation process was followed prior to the recent appointments.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2004, Official Report, column 243W, how much of the house sales proceeds were returned to (a) the Exchequer...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what qualifications the managers on duty during the two escapes by young offenders from the Juvenile Justice Centre had; whether those managers...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at what times during the week young offenders have contact with teaching staff at the Juvenile Justice Centre.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recommendations were made for improving security at the Juvenile Justice Centre following the escapes by young offenders; and whether they...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Juvenile Justice Centre in the absence of the Director of Custody; and what (a)...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what qualifications the on-call managers at the Juvenile Justice Centre are required to have; and by whom these qualifications are assessed.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what post-assault support is available to staff at the Juvenile Justice Centre; what records are kept; and if he will make a statement.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who has ultimate responsibility to impose lock-up on young offenders at the Juvenile Justice Centre; what records are kept; and if he will make...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) pre-job and (b) on-the-job management training is available to staff at the Juvenile Justice Centre.

      Neutral Working Environments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been made about breaches of a neutral working environment in Government Departments in each year since 1997.

      North Coast and Glens Masterplan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what stage of implementation the Masterplan for the North Coast and Glens has reached; what the reasons are for the delay in the design...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to lift the moratorium on the provision of additional (a) nursery units and (b) nursery schools in Northern Ireland.

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of full-time pre-school places at (a) nursery units and (b) nursery schools in Northern Ireland.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government has to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment on the Department of Education's Circular 1996/41 Home to School Transport.

      Schools Improvement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in which areas of the curriculum the Schools Improvement Programme has targeted under-achievement in socially deprived inner city areas in...

      Torrens Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Office has taken to implement security for residents of the Torrens Estate in each year since 2001; and how much money was...

      University Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to lift the cap on university places in Northern Ireland.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos Removal Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many licensed asbestos removal companies are operating within the United Kingdom.

    • Basic State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change in the basic state pension rise has been since 1997.

      Benefit Entitlement (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are being paid the jobseeker's allowance in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

      Benefit Entitlement (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners over 70 years have received the £100 payment for help with the council tax in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

      Benefit Entitlement (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have received cold weather payments in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

      Benefit Entitlement (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have received free TV licences in Newcastle-under-Lyme in each year since they were introduced.

      Benefit Entitlement (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Newcastle-under-Lyme have received the Sure Start maternity grant in each year since its introduction.

      Benefit Entitlement (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received the (a) carers' allowance and (b) invalids allowance in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will reform rules for housing and council tax benefit to exclude receipts of pension credit in the calculation of entitlement to these...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of the Rhondda claim (a) disability living allowance and (b) winter fuel payments.

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what targets have been set for his Department for the number and percentage of benefit claimants who will transfer to direct payment of...

      Books (Reading Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Government will convene a task force to formulate a national plan to increase the proportion of book titles made accessible to people...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many change requests have been made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system; and on what dates those change requests were issued.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons were for each change request made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 28 October 2004, Official Report, columns 55–57WS, on the new child support scheme...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances the Child Support Agency may act as a creditor when a company has become insolvent and is holding deductions of...

      Civil Service Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the number of civil service jobs that will be lost in his Department in (a) Yorkshire, (b) Leeds and (c)...

      Departmental Salaries

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

      Disabled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures have been introduced to improve the working rights and conditions of disabled people in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of providing free television licences to pensioner households was in 2003–04.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategic changes are occurring in the Health and Safety Executive; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new incapacity benefit claimants in each year since 1997 were (a) claiming statutory sick pay, (b) claiming unemployment benefits and...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have been in receipt of income support in each year since 2001; and how many of these have attended work-focused...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of Jobcentres proposed for closure have been kept open following consultation.

      Commencement of Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by...

      Means-testing (Pensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made, with regard to the three schemes for phasing out means testing for pensions set out in the recent White Paper on...

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners benefited from the minimum income guarantee in Newcastle-under-Lyme in each year it was in effect; (2) how many...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of individuals in (a) Buckinghamshire and (b) the UK have found permanent employment as a result of the New Deal for (i) the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have gained work through the New Deal for Lone Parents in (a) Selby constituency and (b) North Yorkshire.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each parliamentary constituency are entitled to pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in West Derbyshire (a) are receiving pension credit, (b) are entitled to pension credit but not yet claiming it, (c) are...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners he estimates have yet to apply through the pension credit scheme in (a) West Derbyshire, (b) the East Midlands and (c) the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Wansbeck constituency (a) are entitled to and (b) claim pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the indexation of pension credit on (a) the level of savings by low income individuals and (b)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women are not claiming the pension credit to which they are entitled.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress the Department has made in tackling pensioner poverty since 1997.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Royal Mail, following the introduction of the new daily delivery time target, on ensuring that pensioners...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is of issuing a single pension cheque to a pensioner, in replacement of the order book; what the unit cost would be if cheques...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon have (a) converted to direct payment, (b) opted for direct payment on the first award of their pension, (c) opted...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how quickly a visit from a pension service visiting officer will be made in the event of a pension cheque not arriving to its intended...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension service outreach visits have been made to (a) pensioner groups and (b) individual pensioners in Hendon; and if he will make a...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which pension service local clusters have been withdrawn; and what alternative arrangements are in place.

      Permitted Work Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the independent evaluation he has commissioned of (a) the impact of the Permitted Work Regulations relating to...

      Retired People (Benefit Take-up)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people over retirement age who live in the London borough of Wandsworth who are not claiming the...

      Staff Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates he has made of the (a) pension and (b) redundancy costs associated with the targets set by Sir Peter Gershon for reductions in...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those whose age entitles them to draw the basic state pension (a) claim the full amount, (b) claim part of the amount and (c) claim...

      State Retirement Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) lowest and (b) highest weekly levels paid of the state retirement pension are; and if he will make a statement.

      Theft and Fraud

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

  • Health

    • School Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of fruit supplied to schools under the National School Fruit Scheme is sourced from (a) suppliers within 25 miles of the school...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms there are in NHS hospitals to (a) oversee and (b) regulate the use of antibiotics in order to limit the development of antimicrobial...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to publish guidelines on using antibiotics in such a way as to limit the...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the dental health of residents of care homes for older mentally ill people.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the likely take-up of the Choose and Book system by general practitioners.

      Cleanyourhands Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the cleanyourhands campaign has been since June 2003; and what the estimated cost of the campaign is for each of the next two years.

      Cleanyourhands Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he (a) has commissioned and (b) intends to commission on the cleanyourhands campaign.

      Contaminated Land Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the development of contaminated land.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what circumstances members of the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service will be able to procure patient records from general...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have gone private in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1997; and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists' surgeries there are in Leicester South constituency.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the staff of the Department in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 were people with disabilities.

      Edward Myers Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to improve funding for the Edward Myers Centre to help drug rehabilitation services in North Staffordshire.

      Energy Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency spent on energy in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what estimate he has made of the likely...

      Eye Tests/Dental Check-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women are were charged for (i) sight tests and (ii) dental check-ups in the last year for which figures are available.

      Eye Tests/Dental Check-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens in North Staffordshire have received (a) free eye tests and (b) help towards glasses and contact lenses since 1997.

      Eye Tests/Dental Check-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in the Selby constituency have had free eye tests since they were introduced.

      E111 Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of British citizens who may travel after 31 December without a valid E111 form; and if he will make a statement.

      Free NHS Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been allowed free long-term NHS care in North Staffordshire in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioner Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on maintaining the General Practitioner Service in England in 2003–04.

      Goodmayes Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the vocational rehabilitation work site and garden site at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department has budgeted for the general practitioners out-of-hours service in England in 2004–05.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision has been made to ensure that there is sufficient funding to cover new out-of-hours doctors' services.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) guidance and (b) funding is available to general practitioner surgeries to make them more accessible to deaf-blind patients.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been invested in improving general practitioners' surgeries in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Health Provision (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the number of (a) general practitioners and (b) dentists in Newcastle-under-Lyme has changed since 1997.

      Health Spending (South Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for health spending of the Government's proposals for housing growth in the South Midlands and Milton...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of people in the UK infected with hepatitis C; what assessment he has made of the origin of infection for most...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) procedures and (b) products that claim effectiveness in their ability to prevent or control methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus have...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the research projects he (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission on reducing hospital acquired infections which will be...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sources of funding are available for research into hospital acquired infections.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he used as the basis for introducing the Cleanyourhands campaign.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued on improving patient care through reducing hospital-acquired infections.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus have been reported by each hospital trust since 2001.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals screen patients for (a) MRSA and (b) MSSA on admission to (i) orthopaedic wards, (ii) critical care units and (iii) children's wards.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what drugs are approved for use against methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus in hospitals; and if he will make a statement on their effectiveness.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what different monitoring systems are used by hospitals to ensure sterilisation of beds between patients.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what central guidance is used by hospitals for reporting hospital-acquired infections which manifest themselves after patients have left hospital.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nosocomial cases of small round-structured viruses there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each month in (i) 2003...

      Hospital Stays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tracking of hospital bed use is conducted by the Department to monitor appropriate use according to criteria on whether a hospital stay is required.

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure continuity of supply of influenza vaccine.

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department uses to ensure that there are enough influenza vaccines available each winter before the influenza vaccination campaign begins.

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability to practice nurses of influenza vaccines in time for the winter influenza vaccination campaign; and what...

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to ensure that the elderly, the young and the ill are given priority in receiving the influenza vacination.

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage people over the age of 65 years to take up the influenza vaccination.

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he estimates all general practitioners and health centres in the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust will have sufficient supplies of...

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been carried out by his Department into the risks of additional (a) cases and (b) deaths from influenza because of delays in the...

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient supplies of vaccine are available for the different types of influenza that may reach the British Isles...

      Passive Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how many people diagnosed with lung cancer in each of the last three years secondary smoke was found to be a contributory factor.

      Passive Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the number of workers who die each year as a result of second-hand smoke in the workplace; (2) if he will estimate the number...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the independence of the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

      Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will appoint the new advocates proposed in the draft Mental Health Bill; and what the relationship will be between the advocates and the legal...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been provided in (a) Chorley, (b) the North West and (c) England for mental health services in financial year 2004–05.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffering from psychiatric illness are employed in the NHS.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has been issued on possible effects of Tetra mast signals on the operation of pacemakers.

      Netcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many operations (a) have been carried out and (b) have been contracted to be carried out by Netcare on the NHS; (2) which primary care trust...

      New Hospitals (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the total cost of the planned (a) local hospital in Stoke North and (b) single site hospital in North Staffordshire.

      NHS Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list Public Interest reports issued by NHS trust auditors under the provisions of section (a) 8 and (b) 19 of the Audit Commission Act 1998,...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to date of running NHS Professionals has been; (2) what estimate he has made of (a) the cost to date of recruiting through NHS...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how average pay for (a) nurses and (b) ancillary hospital workers has changed in North Staffordshire since 1997.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is available to nurses before qualifying as nurse prescribers.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurse prescribers have been designated.

      Official Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his officials have had with representatives of (a) the food and drink industry and (b) the advertising industry since January.

      Over-30 Month Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the Food Standards Agency's recommendation of 10 July 2003 that it would be acceptable on public health grounds to replace in two...

      Pain Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered with the Easington primary care trust to attend (a) pain clinics and (b) appointments with consultants for pain relief on a...

      Palliative Care

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his response to the Report of the Health Select Committee on Palliative Care, if he will implement a strategy to test the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Private Finance Initiative contracts have been concluded in respect of NHS projects in each of the last six years; and what the total value of...

      Optometrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the 2003 review by the General Optical Council of its regulations for professional accreditation of new...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the eligibility criteria are for obtaining a pre-payment certificate for prescription charges.

      Pylons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with National Grid Transco on the health effects of electricity pylons; (2) if he will make a statement on the health...

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses are employed in the Easington primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Select Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recommendations by parliamentary select committees have been adopted by his Department since June 2001.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust in Greater London spent on promoting sexual health in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in the Greater London area.

      Sexual Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions with which (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department has held discussions on the practice of sexual mutilation of young women.

      Signers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of sign language interpreters for profoundly deaf people attending for NHS treatment.

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library correspondence with the Scottish Executive pertaining to (a) the establishment of the Skipton Fund and (b) the directors...

      Transport (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department gives to primary care trusts on the commissioning of transport to healthcare for patients who live in rural areas; (2)...

      Ward Housekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ward housekeepers are in post, broken down by strategic health authority.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Churches Education Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have withdrawn funding from the Churches Education Project in Northern Ireland; if so, for what reason; and whether they have alternative proposals...

    • Northern Ireland Government Agencies and Departments: Banking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Northern Ireland departments and agencies are required to ensure that the banks with which they hold accounts follow a policy of equality for all; and, if...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 31 March (WA 158), whether a wildlife liaison officer for the Police Service of Northern Ireland has been...

      Ulster Political Research Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 September (WA 106) concerning the Ulster Political Research Group, on what dates discussions took place...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 October (WA 50), where, on what dates, and in what way the appointment of a director to Waterways Ireland...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the then Northern Ireland Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure informed the Northern Ireland Assembly on 10 September 2002 that the Waterways Ireland...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the director of corporate services for Waterways Ireland is an employee of Waterways Ireland rather than a secondee from the Civil Service; and when the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their procedure for the appointment of the Waterways Ireland's director of marketing and communication was approved by the Department of Culture, Arts and...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the remuneration of the director of marketing and communication of Waterways Ireland has changed since that appointment was made. Question number missing...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of the House: Further to her Written Answer on 13 October (WA 59), whether, bearing in mind that on 19 October 62 Written Questions tabled for three weeks or more remained...

      Northern Ireland: Cross-Border Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether officials employed in cross-border bodies located in Northern Ireland are subject to Northern Ireland employment law. Question number missing in Hansard,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Departmental Report 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a picture of Brian Cowen was included on the Northern Ireland Office's departmental report for 2004; and whether the Eire government contributed any funding...

      Northern Ireland Departments: Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanism exists to monitor the efficiency of services in each of the Northern Ireland departments. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated...

      Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will investigate if the composition of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland's staff is in accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which UK sport and recreation programmes and initiatives the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has promoted through its diplomatic missions abroad since the year...

      Iraq: Casualty Estimates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 7 June (WA 1), whether they accept the findings of the scientific study, published by the...

      UK Embassies: Central and South America

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs intends to reply to the letter to him from the Lord Lamont of Lerwick sent in August about HM...

      UK Embassies: Central and South America

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which embassies in Central and South America have been closed in the past five years, ending ambassadorial representation; in which cases the properties were sold;...

      Russia: Investment Opportunities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that Russia still offers investment and business opportunities, in the light of the recent withdrawal of loans by Société...

      Afghanistan: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring is taking place of the post-conflict effects on the physical health of the civilians of Afghanistan. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly...

      Afghanistan: ISAF

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will further persuade their NATO allies to commit resources, promised at Istanbul, to the next phase of International Security Assistance Force expansion...

      Indigenous Peoples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the draft declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of any statements...

      Africa: Defence Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek information from the United Nations Secretary-General on the extent to which southern African governments have complied with his request,...

      Private Military Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the training of fighter pilots and the supply of a crew for an attack helicopter by a United Kingdom-based company, for purposes related...

      Mordechai Vanunu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they intend to make to the Israeli Government regarding the recent arrest of Mordechai Vanunu. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly...

      Internet: Identity Documents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to stop the sale of false identities to teenagers via the Internet. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Police: Authorised Firearms Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many police officers are trained and authorised to carry firearms in each police authority in the United Kingdom. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly...

      Police Constables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current guidelines by the Association of Chief Police Officers for recruitment of a police constable; and whether these are applicable in each...

      Police Constables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recognition constabularies give for salary purposes to past service in the Police Service of Northern Ireland full-time reserve when people are recruited as...

      Housing: Thermal Comfort

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what independent research the statement by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 3 November (HL Deb, col. 379) was based that "of the homes that currently fail to...

      Local Government Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the new needs-based formula grant system for local authorities in England has not been implemented; and why the phasing-in regime has been stopped. Question...

      Lancashire: Northern Way City-Regions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Lancashire district and unitary authorities are included in the central Lancashire city region, as described in section D2 of Moving Forward: The Northern...

      Planning Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidelines or directions (other than those contained in planning policy guidance 15) they have given to planning authorities in England on the subject of...

      Millennium Dome: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Rooker on 21 June (WS 42), whether the other leisure uses under the Dome roof include a casino; if so, of what size;...

      Election Literature

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current format for an imprint on an election leaflet. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Bowman System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which British military units have so far been equipped with the Bowman communications system and which units have not, showing in each case the date by which it is...

      Support Vehicle Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many support vehicles will be assembled in the United Kingdom. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Support Vehicle Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the value of the support vehicle contract will be spent outside the United Kingdom. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Apache AH1 Attack Helicopter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned fully operational in-service date of the Apache AH1 attack helicopter. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement made by the Lord Bach on 2 November (HL Deb, col. 166) that, if the amendment to the Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill to...

      Aircraft Carriers: In-service Date

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the memorandum by the Ministry of Defence to the House of Commons Defence Committee (HC 572-11, Ev 105) where an in-service date for the first...

      EU Drivers' Hours Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision will be made in the Working Time Directive for mobile workers in the vehicle recovery industry in times of exceptional or emergency demand. Question...

      EU Drivers' Hours Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that a work pattern allowing eight consecutive weeks of 59 hours driving for heavy goods vehicle drivers in the pre-Christmas period is...

      Modern Foreign Language Teaching

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are promoting the teaching of French and German in primary and secondary schools; and how they evaluate the success of this initiative since 1997....

      Out-of-Classroom Learning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they give to out-of-classroom learning experiences, including outdoor activities; how they are responding to issues of risk assessment in this...

      Child Support Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether on 31 March £976 million was due to be collected by the Child Support Agency from non-resident parents; and, if so, how much of this money is still...

      Haemophilia: US Payments and UK Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any future payment from United States plasma companies to people with haemophilia damaged by their products, or to their families, in consequence of...

      Mobile Phones: Use on Petrol Station Forecourts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the advice given by the Health and Safety Executive not to use mobile phones at petrol station forecourts because "they can create a serious distraction...

      Children in Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statistics they have on the number of children in families living in poverty in the years 2002–03; 2003–04; and 2004–05 (at the latest date...

      Elite Sports Funding Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the recommendations of the Cunningham report on elite sport funding they do not intend to implement. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly...

      Alcohol Licences: Proposed Fee Increase

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to gauge the reaction from sports clubs to the proposed average increase in fees from £5 to £125 a year for alcohol licences,...

      Cormorants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further measures they have in mind to help resolve the conflict with the trout fisheries and their representative organisations over the further culling of...

      Countryside Stewardship Agreements and Single Farm Payment Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How holders of current Countryside Stewardship agreements will be affected by the introduction of the single farm payment scheme in 2005; and whether such...

      Surrey: Access Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total acreage of access land in Surrey opened up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; and What is the total acreage of land in Surrey that...

      EU Directive on Environmental Liability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the letter of 21 October 2003 from the Baroness Hollis of Heigham to the Baroness Byford, what is the present position on the negotiations regarding the...

      Tobacco Sponsorship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the prohibition of sponsorship agreements under Section 10 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 was intended to cover the sponsorship of...

      Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any National Health Service funding will be made available to treat patients with severe diabetes in the United Kingdom to enable them to cease to need...

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