Written answers

Monday, 6 December 2004

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Chief Executive (House of Commons Service)

      To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what qualifications the Chief Executive of the House of Commons Service has to fulfil his...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Arable Area Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Arable Area Payment Scheme payments are expected to be made.

    • Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the bee health programme.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is taking to support beekeepers in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) enforcement notices there have been in each year since 1995 brought by the...

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further action she plans to reduce emissions of methane.

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the volumes of methane likely to be released following the effects of climate change in polar...

      Environment Agency Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects that the feasibility/design stage of the Environment Agency project concerning (a) the possible raising of...

      Environment Agency Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects that the feasibility/design stage of the Environment Agency project concerning the possible erection of an...

      Environment Agency Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she has taken in relation to the conclusions of the Environment Agency feasibility study on the prevention of...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effect of the coming into force of the European Constitution on the operation of her...

      Flood Prevention Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of flood prevention schemes undertaken since 1997 was, broken down by county.

      Flood Prevention Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Environment Agency is taking to hold back water in the upper reaches of the Thames.

      Flood Prevention Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency is taking to dredge the upper reaches of the Thames.

      Hazardous Waste Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used in determining which sites would be eligible to deal with hazardous waste; and if she will make a...

      Home Energy Efficiency/Warm Front Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in the Manchester, Withington constituency have benefited from the home energy efficiency and warm front schemes.

      Newspaper Article

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she approved the article by the Parliamentary Private Secretary, the hon. Member for the Wrekin (Peter Bradley),...

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what action has been taken to ensure that other Government Departments deliver sustainability within the private...

  • International Development

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.

    • AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has carried out into the average life expectancy of someone who has been diagnosed with AIDS in (a)...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government have offered to the Government of Angola in order to facilitate national elections by 2006.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of climate change on the developing world.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost has been of criminal damage to his Department's buildings in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total external spend by his Department was on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total external spend by his Department was on public private partnership consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in his Department in each year since...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the percentage of British supermarket stock which is fairly traded; and what research his Department has...

      Falluja

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what action the UK is taking to ensure emergency water and electricity supplies are provided to the citizens of Falluja; (2)...

      Government Procurement (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had on including criteria on international labour standards in Government procurement procedures as a way of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make aid available for charities to assist children orphaned by the war in Iraq who are in foster homes.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid he has made available to offer psychological care to people affected by the war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been allocated by his Department for the provision of humanitarian aid to Iraq in each of the last two years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department is supporting in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what expenditure has been allocated to treat victims of burns caused by the war in Iraq.

      Multinationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with multinational companies on (a) their responsibilities for the environment and (b) employment of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Artists Resale Right Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to implement the Artists' Resale Right Directive in the UK.

    • ATM Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she has commissioned on the cost to the general public of the introduction of transaction charges at ATM machines.

      ATM Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the major clearing banks in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) the rest of the UK on the effects on users of...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many loans have been guaranteed through the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme since 1995, broken down by (a) region and (b) sector; and...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial provision her Department has made for funding (a) grants for research and development and (b) collaborative research and...

      Business Support Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have been assisted by (a) the UK High Technology Fund and (b) Regional Venture Capital Funds in each (i) region and (ii)...

      Business Support Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public funding has been spent on Business Link in each (a) region and (b) constituency in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05.

      Endeavour Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will launch an investigation into Endeavour Resources's trading links with Darfur, Sudan.

      Environmental Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the quantities of cadmium released to the environment from (a) phosphate fertilizer use, (b) iron...

      Icstis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received about the operation of the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone...

      Icstis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will carry out an inquiry into the operation of the regulation of the premium rate telephone industry.

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to her Department from a supplier and payment by the Department of...

      Pay Bargaining Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times the appraisal system for each pay bargaining unit in her Department has been changed in the last five years; and how many...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the change in her Department's contribution to the regional development agencies in 2005–06.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total Government funding for each of the regional development agencies is for 2004, broken down by contributing Government departments.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the criteria are for measuring (a) jobs created and (b) jobs safeguarded in assessing regional development agencies' performance.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contribution will have to be made by the private sector and charitable funding in order to achieve the public and private spending on...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being taken (a) to prevent the best young scientists from leaving (i) research and (ii) the UK and (b) to attract young...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adrenaline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to (a) schools, (b) other educational facilities and (c) local authority-run centres regarding the administration of...

    • Child Care (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new full day care places have been created in the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the past three years.

      Child Care (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to monitor local authority spending on the promotion of nursery education in the London borough of...

      Departmental Initiatives (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will list each programme and initiative launched by his Department to help young people since 1997; and which of those...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department's .gov.uk websites comply with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the...

      Education (Lewisham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have been made in the provision of services for children aged under five years in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 1997.

      Education Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to ensure consistency between advice given to schools by (a) the Specialist Schools Trust, (b) the...

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to eliminate the funding gap between schools and further education colleges in Cambridge.

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of future (a) demand for and (b) supply of educational psychologists in local education authorities; and if he...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he will give to Exeter university chemistry students regarding the completion of their degrees in the event of the closure of...

      Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure per pupil was in the Bassetlaw constituency over each of the last 10 years for (a) nursery education, (b) primary...

      Increased Flexibility Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the 14–16 Increased Flexibility Programme will be continued.

      Physical Education Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many qualified physical education teachers were teaching in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in 2004; and what the figures...

      Primary School Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary school teachers there are in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority, broken down by (i) race...

      Primary Schools (Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland are planned to be closed due to falling rolls.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the nutritional standards for food provided at breakfast clubs.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage the formation of school nutritional action groups.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial assistance is available in other EU countries to British students studying there.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many non-British students are studying in British universities; (2) how many EU students are studying in British universities.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultation exercise has been undertaken to review Sure Start's independent funding.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the funding for Sure Start will be ring-fenced when the programme is administered by local authorities.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent posts were being funded by Sure Start programmes on the latest date for which figures are available; and what...

      Tuition Fees (Art Degrees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether prospective students who are required to undertake a one-year foundation course prior to commencing an art degree in 2006 will be...

      Universities (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many black and minority ethnic young men went to university in 2002.

      Video Conferencing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in his Department in each year since 1997; at what cost;...

    • Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Department has to fund the establishment and maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

  • Church Commissioners

    • IT Contracts

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Voter Participation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral...

    • Overseas Voter Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what discussions the Electoral Commission has had with British embassies and high commissions...

  • Treasury

    • ATM Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research he has commissioned on the incidence of use of ATM machines by (a) pensioners and (b) benefit recipients in areas in the immediate...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of national average earnings has been in each year since 1974 at (a) current prices and (b) today's prices; and what the real terms increase...

      Cancer Treatment (Bassetlaw)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the survival rate for patients with cancer at Bassetlaw hospital was in each of the last 20 years.

      Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many carers (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) between five and 15 years in (i) England, (ii) each constituency and (iii) each local authority are...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster-General will reply to the letter of 10 November from the hon. Member for Spelthorne, about a constituent, Miss K. McDermott.

      Departmental Advertising/Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers.

      Departmental Advertising/Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in the last two years.

      Departmental Advertising/Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been of criminal damage to his Department's buildings in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Advertising/Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to his Department was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in his Department in each year since 1997; at what cost; how...

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths there were in (a) Blyth Valley and (b) South Northumberland in each of the last five years.

      EU Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ministers in other Departments, (b) representatives of other member states and (c) the European Commission...

      External Trade Commissioner

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next plans to meet the European Commissioner for External Trade.

      Government Administration (Staff Numbers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the change in the number of people employed in central Government administration between 1997 and 2004.

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to whom the International Finance Facility will be accountable.

      Job Vacancies (Pendle)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unfilled job vacancies there were in Pendle in the last period for which figures are available.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are being paid below the minimum wage.

      Mortgage Lenders (Dual Interest Rates)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customers benefited following the ruling by the Financial Ombudsman Service in the lead cases involving dual interest rates by mortgage lenders;...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how often the MRSA virus was listed as a cause of death on a death certificate in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written questions for his Department were unanswered when Parliament Prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were tabled in each of the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target his Department sets for the maximum acceptable time to respond in full to a parliamentary question; and what percentage of answers given by his...

      Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the change in personal and retirement saving between 1997 and 2004.

      Unemployment (Bassetlaw)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) unemployed claimants and (b) long-term unemployed claimants there were in the Bassetlaw constituency in each year since 1990.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these...

      Wage Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the lowest living wage in the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Anti-war Protesters

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 4W, on anti-war protesters, whether the three intruders who reached an office within...

    • Cabinet Committee Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many meetings of each Cabinet Committee of which he is a member have been held since his appointment; and how many of these meetings he has...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many departmental mobile telephones were used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in her Department in each year since 1997; at...

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what (a) instructions and (b) guidance her Department has issued to the Government Car Service concerning the procurement of ministerial cars,...

      Special Advisers/Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his policy is on using (a) the services of civil servants, (b) departmental e-mails and (c) the services of his special adviser for party...

      Special Advisers/Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether (a) his special adviser and (b) civil servants who report to him have sent e-mails in respect of (i) fundraising and (ii) celebrity or...

      Special Advisers/Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her policy is on using the services of (a) special advisers and (b) civil servants in her Department in relation to party political (i) fundraising...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change (UK Presidencies)

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the outcomes he aims to achieve in terms of progress on climate change from the UK presidency of (a) the G8 and (b) the EU.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, if he will require Government departments replying to hon. Members' constituency casework to address their responses to hon. Members' House of Commons offices, when the...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials had discussions in an official capacity with the former right hon. Member for Hartlepool during the last 12 months...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he first learned of the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea.

      Europe Day

      To ask the Prime Minister how he plans to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May 2005.

      Iraq Survey Group

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the final copy of the Iraq Survey Group's Report.

      Ministerial Committees

      To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 1 January 2004 the Ministerial Committee on Intelligence Services has met.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the attributable interviews that his Office's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other media in their...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bichard Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Chief Constable of the Police Service Northern Ireland is taking to implement the recommendations of the Bichard report.

    • Bichard Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on implementing the recommendations of the Bichard and Kelly reports as they apply to Northern Ireland.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil service jobs have been relocated from the Greater Belfast area to each of the constituencies outside Belfast and North Down in...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each of the last 10 years.

      Derelict Buildings (Derry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many buildings in Spencer road in Derry are classified as derelict; what estimate he has made of the value in rates that these buildings...

      Driver and Vehicle Testing Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time is for people applying to take a driving test at each driver and vehicle testing centre in Northern Ireland.

      Driver and Vehicle Testing Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are waiting on the list for a driving test in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each of the driver and vehicle testing centres in...

      Driver and Vehicle Testing Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional resources have been allocated to the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency in Northern Ireland to help with the backlog of MOT tests...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the effect of the coming into force of the European Constitution on the operation of his Department, with...

      Illegal Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review the legislation relating to illegal drinking in public in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has received regarding the trafficking of people to the Province for prostitution.

      Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact the level of resources available in 2004–05 will have on (a) education and (b) health provision.

      Unemployment (Lagan Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the unemployment levels for the Lagan Valley constituency were in each year since 1997.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Dobson Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects her Department to respond to the report "Getting serious about play" by the committee chaired by the right hon. Member...

    • Cricket (Zimbabwe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has met the England and Wales Cricket Board to discuss future matches in Zimbabwe.

      ITV Regional Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has held with Ofcom regarding ITV's regional television commitments.

      National Lottery/Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution grants from Lottery distributors have made to combating social exclusion in Glasgow.

      National Lottery/Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the areas of the country that have received the lowest Lottery funding.

      National Lottery/Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the use of National Lottery grants in combating social exclusion in Lancashire and the north-west.

      National Lottery/Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on lottery tickets in Pendle constituency in the latest 12-month period for which figures are available; and what the...

      Disability Discrimination Act (Compliance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has given to English Heritage on the advice it gives to those responsible for bringing town and village halls into...

      BBC (Regional Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account she will take during BBC charter renewal of the services provided by the BBC to the nations and regions of the UK.

      Children's Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on her Department's target on activity for children.

      Creative Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the progress made by Creative Partnerships towards the Government's plans to offer a universal cultural...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in her Department in each year since...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with (a) the BBC and (b) other analogue television providers about the extension of digital...

      Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will support the proposal that UNESCO place the Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park on the World Heritage Danger List.

      Gambling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the budget to set up the proposed Gambling Commission will be found from within the departmental budget for 2005–06.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Reform and Modernisation Funding Budget for (a) 2005–06 and (b) future years within the National Museum and Galleries...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £750 million pledged by the Prime Minister to school sport has been (a) committed and (b) spent.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sportwhat the target for participation in school sport is in (a) the UK, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Spain, (e) Italy, (f) Denmark and (g) Sweden.

      Sports and Community Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sportwhat action she is taking to reduce the costs of compliance with the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 for sports and community clubs.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to prevent closures of (a) indoor and (b) outdoor swimming pools in London.

  • Defence

    • Anthrax (Gulf War)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the anthrax supplied by the American Type Culture Collection was the same strain as that used to treat United Kingdom service personnel during...

    • Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what control measures on recruitment have been placed on each level of the Army over the past three years.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to his Department was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of unauthorised personal calls made by members of staff to (a) domestic numbers and (b)...

      EU Military Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list UK personnel serving on the EU military staff; and what the role of each is.

      EU Political and Security Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to whom the UK's representative to the EU Political and Security Committee is responsible.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the UK joined the European Defence Agency.

      Frontline Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect that the proposed reductions in (a) Commander-in-Chief Fleet, (b) Commander-in-Chief Land Command, (c)...

      Future Surface Combatant Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what decisions have been made about the prospects for the Future Surface Combatant vessel for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Daring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected in-service date is for HMS Daring; and when he expects it to be fully operational.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether napalm or a similar substance has been used by the Coalition in Iraq (a) during and (b) since the war.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what roles Iraqi troops are undertaking in Iraq.

      Military Operations (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where provision will be made within the UK public expenditure arrangements for the cost of the UK contribution to EU military operations.

      Missile Defence System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on discussions between US Lieutenant General Obering and his Department in relation to the UK hosting interceptor...

      Parachute Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) soldiers in the Army are in receipt of parachute pay.

      Private Land (Military Exercises)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the use of private land by his Department for military exercises and (b) the mechanism for obtaining consent for such...

      Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) established and (b) non-established personal staff support (i) the Chief of the Defence Staff and (ii) the Chief of the General Staff,...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to fund the establishment and maintenance of a central point of expertise on timber.

      UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the amendments to the US/UK 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement on atomic energy matters will enter into force; and what opportunities there will be for...

      Veterans' Illnesses (Gulf War)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the report of the US Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that telephones in his Department are not used by staff for making unauthorised personal calls to international numbers.

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated cost is to his Department of unauthorised personal calls made by members of staff to (a) domestic and (b) international numbers.

      Fidlers Ferry Power Station

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effect of the transfer of Fidlers Ferry power station from the national list to the local list on the Local Authority Business...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes have occurred to the entry level fitness tests for the fire service since 2000.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to license caravans used by Gypsies and Travellers to facilitate identification of the owner when this is needed to enforce...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, under what ethnic status Gypsies and Travellers are classified in relation to planning law.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether regional spatial strategies are required to take account of provisions for Gypsies and Travellers; and whether they will specify pitch numbers that must...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made since the completion of the consultation process on the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003...

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many shared ownership properties were sold in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless households were in temporary accommodation in Shrewsbury and Atcham (a) in May 1997, (b) in June 2001 and (c) at the latest available figures.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which authorities have decided their stock options appraisal in favour of (a) stock transfer, (b) arm's length management organisation, (c) private finance...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total amount spent over the last two years by councils in (a) consultancy fees, (b) other fees, (c) information, (d) videos and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the amount of private capital brought into social housing by large-scale voluntary transfers in each of the last four available years.

      Housing (Overcrowding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to issue a consultation paper on the revision of standards for determining levels of overcrowding.

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list local authorities that have transferred their housing stock to a registered social landlord, giving in each case (a) the date of the ballot and...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average amount spent renovating a property in each of the Pathfinder areas in England was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to postpone changes to the local government pension scheme until after the consultation for a new scheme to be introduced in April...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) the maintenance of and (b) security at the Millennium Dome (i) cost in 2003–04 and (ii) has cost to date in 2004–05.

      Ministry of Defence Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role English Partnerships is playing in the disposal of Ministry of Defence land; which sites are involved; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each foreign country he has visited on an official visit since 1997, broken down by date.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his announcement on 1 November of new transport powers for elected regional assemblies represented an addition to the powers set out in the Draft Regional...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost was of the activities performed by the Electoral Commission in connection with (a) the regional referendum in the North East and (b)...

      South West Regional Spatial Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of producing and publishing, "What will the South West be like in 2026? Regional spatial strategy for the South West 2006–2026", issued by...

      Street Cleanliness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps his Department is taking to promote business-community partnerships to tackle graffiti, litter and street cleanliness.

  • Health

    • Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust has received in each year of its existence.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the varying provision which local authorities make for assisting carers.

      Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will examine the research report by Martin Tondall and his colleagues, published in the British Medical Journal in November, on cancer incidence and...

      Child Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is proposing to control (a) obesity among and (b) alcohol consumption by children; and if he will make a statement.

      Childhood Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with asthma in (a) England, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) Stroud constituency in (i) 1974, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1990, (iv) 2000...

      Eye Tests (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many free eye tests for pensioners there have been in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale in each year since 2000.

      Fitness Trainers (NHS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether those who pay membership of private health clubs will qualify for a fitness trainer on the national health service.

      Five a Day Logo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) organisations and (b) products have adopted the Department of Health's 5 A DAY logo.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on tackling food poverty.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) when Ministers last met representatives of Consumers for Health Choice to discuss strategies for achieving the addition to the lists of permitted...

      Free Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the number of people in England who receive free personal care; (2) if he will estimate the total cost for the Government to...

      Greater Manchester Surgical Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date he expects the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre to open; (2) what assessment he has made of the impact on hospitals in Greater...

      Health Services (Lewisham, Deptford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in health facilities in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2004.

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of pubs in the (a) Northern region and (b) Tees Valley area which serve food which will cease to do so when...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the introduction of a food signposting system as described in the White Paper, Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the competency framework for NHS professionals outlined in Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph 16, to become part of the training...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement in the White Paper, Choosing Health, Cm 6374, paragraph 77, that profitability of providing food will...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the Annual Report of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) were printed; and how many (a) hits and (b) unique visits...

      Jobs Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the companies which submitted bids to his Department to develop and run the jobs.nhs.uk website project.

      Jobs Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what charges have been paid by NHS organisations for the use of the jobs.nhs.uk website to date; and how much he expects to be receiving from NHS...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people are waiting to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, broken down by region; what the average waiting time to access...

      Mental Health Services (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Wycombe Primary Care Trust has recently withdrawn funding from Wycombe Mind.

      Mental Health Services (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust and Wycombe Primary Care Trust has recorded changes made to the provision of services by charities and...

      NHS Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaners, as distinct from other ancillary staff, were employed by the NHS immediately prior to the introduction of market testing for these...

      Ozone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has gathered to support a connection between levels of ozone in the atmosphere and premature deaths; and if he will make a statement.

      Peninsula Medical School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to establish the Peninsula Medical School.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list primary care trusts which have taken over management of local social services.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budgets for this financial year are for the five primary care trusts in Suffolk; and what budget has been set for managerial and administrative...

      Psychiatric Wards (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure safeguards are in place to protect young people held on adult psychiatric wards; (2) how many cases of assault...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recently estimated 2004–05 year-end financial position is for each strategic health authority as forecast (a) by each strategic health...

      Tuberculosis/Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the population of England he estimates to be undiagnosed for (a) tuberculosis and (b) hepatitis C.

      Tuberculosis/Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases hepatitis C was recognised as an underlying cause of death in the latest year for which figures are available; and what his assessment...

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to (a) hospitals and (b) NHS trusts installing vending machines in hospitals on the type of products which should be...

      Walnuttree Hospital (Risk Assessments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the two most recent Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service risk assessments of Walnuttree hospital in Sudbury.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the implementation of Section 329 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

    • Legal Aid/Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the administrative savings which would arise for those receiving legal aid no longer being...

      Legal Aid/Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when a Government report on the conclusions of Sir David Clementi's current review of the regulatory framework of legal...

      Legal Aid/Services

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what budget has been allocated to the Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner in each of the last two years;...

      LINK Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what progress has been made with the LINK project since it started; (2) if he will make a statement on the...

      LINK Project

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many witnesses have provided evidence by video link from suites in courts for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people work for the magistrates' courts services (a) in Wales and (b) in England, broken down by workplace.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals against closure of magistrates' courts there were in each of the last three years.

      Money Claim Online Scheme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many claims have been issued online in each year since the introduction of the Money Claim Online scheme.

      Money Claim Online Scheme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Money Claim Online scheme has cost the Department to run in each calendar year since its introduction.

      Money Claim Online Scheme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to increase the amount for which fixed claims can be made by means of the Money Claim...

      Office of Public Guardianship

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many staff have been employed by the Office of Public Guardianship in each of the last two years; (2) what...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many written questions for the Department were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered...

      Property Prices

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many properties in (a) Nelson and (b) Colne have sold for less that £20,000 in each year since 1997.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to extend the small claims jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether benefits claimants who attend at Jobcentre Plus offices must claim benefits by telephoning a call centre elsewhere; (2) whether...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authority benefit fraud investigators have (a) commenced and (b) completed the Professionalism in Security Accredited Counter...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authority benefit fraud investigators there were in each year since 1997.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions the new powers to obtain information from third party organisations established under the Social Security (Fraud) Act...

      Bereavement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in bereavement benefit in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in his Department in each year since 1997; at...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have claimed disability living allowance, broken down (a) by nation and (b) by region, in each year since 2001; and if he...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people appealed against decisions made regarding the award of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) severe disablement allowance and (c)...

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering the appeals system for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) severe disablement allowance and (c) disability living...

      Disused Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of disused petrol stations which do not meet the requirements of the Public Health Act 1961; how many...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make it his policy (a) to pool the remaining assets of pension schemes which fall within the scope of his financial assistance...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to ensure that recipients of payments under the financial assistance scheme continue to receive such payments after the...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many pension schemes he has so far successfully collected data in connection with his development of a financial assistance scheme; and...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the full liability of the Financial Assistance Scheme for people whose occupational pension funds have collapsed.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the level of assistance to be awarded through the financial assistance scheme to each person who has lost their...

      IBM UK Pension Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will establish an independent inquiry into the handling by the Pensions Ombudsman of the complaint by members of the IBM UK pension...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are for assessing the performance of staff of JobCentre Plus in respect of the payment of jobseeker's allowance.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time from claiming jobseeker's allowance and income support to receiving payment has been in (a) the area covered by...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 43–4W, on contracted-out rebates, what his assumptions are of the...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether immigrants to the UK are entitled to be issued with national insurance numbers if they (a) have entered the UK on false passports, (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will strengthen the powers of the pensions ombudsman to take action against providers of pension schemes when he finds evidence of...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many full-time staff equivalents have worked on the administration of the Social Fund for Edinburgh, Lothians and the Borders...

      State Pensions (Exception Service)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what arrangements have been made to publicise the existence of an exception service for state pension payments; (2) how a person...

      Telephone Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to improve response times to the Department's free telephone number.

  • Transport

    • A303/A358

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the detailed technical work which assessed the options of improving the A303 or the A358 to the west of Ilminster.

    • A5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are for the detrunking of the A5 through Dunstable once the A5-M1 link/Dunstable and Hongleton Regis northern bypass is built.

      Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the environmental consequences of production by aircraft of nitrogen oxides; and what steps he is taking to limit such...

      Dartford/Thurrock Crossing (Toll)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much income was received by his Department from the toll revenue from the Dartford to Thurrock river crossings in each year since the new...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers with a provisional licence took a driving test in the last three years for which data is available; and how many failed at the first...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last two years,...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of the coming into force of the European Constitution on the operation of his Department, with reference to...

      Grantham-Skegness Branch Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the economic viability of the Grantham to Skegness branch line; (2) how many passengers have travelled on the...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will break down the budget of the Highways Agency for 2004–05 by major category.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the frequency and schedule under the 30 year contract is between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Limited for contract review.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms there are under the 30 year contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd. for cost recoveries through changes to...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what environmental terms were in the initial 30 year contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what environmental issues have been negotiated in reviews of the 30 year contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the Highways Agency is able to agree additional works with contractors under the terms of its 30 year contract with Highway Services (UK) Ltd.

      Road Accidents (A303/A30)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in road accidents on the A303/A30 between Ilminster and Honiton in each of the last...

      Road Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what quantity of (a) street lights and (b) other road furniture was replaced in the last year for which figures are available; what the cost of such...

      Wheel Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the results of the wheel loss survey completed on 30 April 1997; and what steps have been taken in the light of these...

      Wheel Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has made available to investigate incidents of wheel loss involving heavy goods vehicles.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which roads are being considered by the Highways Agency for treatment for non-maintenance reasons in (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and (c)...

      Rolling Stock Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his oral answer of 25 November 2004, Official Report, column 252, on the Railways Bill, if he will make a statement on the nature and...

      Sheerness Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the Harbourmaster at Sheerness Port restricts the opening of the Kingsferry Bridge to a single lift during rush hours; and if he...

      Slam-door Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the oldest slam-door trains have received a waiver allowing them to run beyond the statutory deadline of 31 December for removing them from...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras have been in operation in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) region and (b) class of road.

      Stations (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria stations need to meet to be designated secure stations under the Secure Stations scheme; and how much money has been spent advertising...

      Stations (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations with Secure Station status have subsequently had their designation removed in each year since the scheme's inception; and which...

      Transport Fuels (Renewables Obligation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to introduce a renewables obligation for transport fuels.

  • Home Department

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 11 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Pauline Clear.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on manning levels at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

      Drink-Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reduce the drink-drive blood alcohol limit to 50mg.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to link the level of a fine to a defendant's income.

      Gateway Zero Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department has received from the Office of Government Commerce on the timing of Gateway Zero reviews.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what risk assessment has been carried out on co-ordination and integration across the sub-programmes of the National Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training staff will receive in respect of the National Offender Monitoring Information Project.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the National Offender Management Service business case will be published.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a business case existed prior to the announcement of the National Offender Management Service in January.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who was consulted and what advice his Department has received on the preparation of the business case for the National Offender Management...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms of reference are for the National Offender Management Information Project.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil servants are employed on the National Offender Management Information Project, broken down by grade.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost of the National Offender Management Information Project is for the (a) current financial year and (b) next three...

      National Offender Manager

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the National Offender Manager will be assuming responsibility for core National Probation Directorate functions.

      National Offender Manager

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to whom the National Offender Manager in the National Offender Management Service will be accountable.

      New Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the sites which are under consideration for the building of new prisons; (2) if he will publish the site evaluations...

      Prison Service Resettlement Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the key findings were of the Prison Service's Resettlement Survey 2003; and if he will place a copy of the survey in the Library.

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports on suicides in prison have been completed by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman in the last 12 months; and when each was...

      Prisoners (Sexual Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of the prison population who were victims of sexual abuse.

      Prisoners (Sexual Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to provide victim support-based treatment for prison inmates who were victims of sexual abuse prior to incarceration.

      Probation Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hostels run by (a) the probation service and (b) the voluntary sector are available in England and Wales, broken down by number of...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the Probation Service Pay and Reward Review was not implemented in April.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders are in sex offender treatment programmes in (a) overcrowded prisons and (b) non-overcrowded prisons.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) inmate and (ii) prison staff perceptions of sex offenders and the influence of...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of young offenders were (a) illiterate and (b) innumerate (i) at assessment on entry to young offenders institutions, (ii) 25...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Citizens Killed Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance his Department provides to families of British citizens killed abroad to assist with (a) legal and (b)...

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to warn UK nationals of possible legal challenges to purchases of properties in the...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) obtain from the British High Commission in Nicosia and (b) place in the Library the names and addresses of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if his Department will take steps to ensure that UK companies are not engaged in the construction or marketing of properties on...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many departmental mobile telephones were used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in...

      Drugs (Central Asia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government have contributed to the Central Asian Drugs Action Plan in each of the last three years; and what...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) officials from his Department have had with their French counterparts concerning external...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) the security services and (b) a UK police force is conducting an investigation into the Equatorial Guinea attempted coup.

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) he and (b) his officials received information from US (i) counterparts and (ii) security agencies concerning attempted...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates within the last 18 months (a) his Department and (b) the security services received information, including...

      External Trade Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to press for a review of the European Commissioner for External Trade's mandate with a view to...

      Falluja

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) embedded and (b) independent journalists were permitted access by the interim Iraqi Government to the Fallujah...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) British nationals and (b) former British residents are detained by the US Administration in Guantanamo Bay; where each...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2004, Official Report, columns 174–75W, on Hamas, if he will list the Governments and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether during recent discussions with the Government of Iran on its compliance with obligations under the Nuclear...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request that the Iraqi Ministry of Health furnish him with the (a) name, (b) location and (c) type of hospitals...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request that the Iraqi Ministry of Health furnish him with a breakdown of the number of civilians killed and injured,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of the Iraqi population are classified as Christians; and how many Christian organisations from outside Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the treatment of Christians in Iraq; and what steps the Iraqi authorities are taking...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many written questions for his Department were unanswered when Parliament Prorogued; and how many of the unanswered...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the establishment of staff at the British Embassy in Thailand is; how many posts are filled; and how many staff are...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions British Embassy staff in Thailand have had with the (a) Prime Minister, (b) Foreign Minister, (c) Chief...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will appoint a specific member of staff in the British Embassy in Thailand to deal with the Vanessa Arscott case.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the Ukrainian election result on the wider region.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the legitimacy of the Ukrainian election result.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the EU...

      Zimbabwe (UN Resolution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made with the United Kingdom sponsored resolution on Zimbabwe in the United Nations; and in which...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Offences Involving Private Hire Taxi Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: During each of the past five years in Northern Ireland, how many cases have been reported relating to rape, drunken driving or mugging of passengers by private...

    • Northern Ireland National Memorial Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the steering committee on a National Military Museum for Northern Ireland has yet reported; and, if not, when it is expected to report.

      West Belfast: Gaeltacht Quarter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is still their policy to create a Gaeltacht Quarter in West Belfast; if so, when; and what similar arrangements are to be put in place for Ulster-Scots...

      Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Prime Minister will reply to the letter of 10 September, addressed to him by the Grand Council of the Cree and others, concerning the Draft Declaration...

      Prisoners: Repatriation of Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the 87 prisoners who were repatriated in 2003 is commensurate with the 9,000 foreign nationals in the prisons of England and Wales; and...

      Gypsies and Travellers: Housing Needs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that, in assessing the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers, local housing authorities consult the Traveller Education Service.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide an update on the current position of the Millennium Dome, including current monthly running costs; estimated monthly running costs for...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have exercised or intend to exercise the power conferred by Section 75(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to amend or repeal enactments...

      Northern Ireland: Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the policies and priorities of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise with regard to organised crime in Northern Ireland; whether they differ from...

      Licensing Act 2003: Impact on Law and Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What indices they have used to measure the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 on law and order; and whether sufficient time remains before the second appointed day...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost in 2003–04 of tax relief for pension contributions at (a) the basic rate of tax; and (b) the higher rate of tax; and whether they will...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate what number and percentage of people aged over state pension age would pay (a) no tax; (b) tax at starting rate; (c) tax at basic rate;...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost in 2003–04 of higher personal tax allowances for people aged over 65: and whether they will estimate by how much the basic full state...

      European Monetary System and EU Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will re-examine the prospects for United Kingdom admission to the European monetary system and the European Union single currency in the light of...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games involves the disposition by NATO of a similar number of troops as the 3,500 NATO troops in attendance at the 2004...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision for security was included in the United Kingdom bid for the 2012 Olympic Games; and how this compares to the provision made for security for the...

      Information Technology Projects: Oversight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Written Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 8 November (WA 61-62) are consistent with the recent report from the National Audit Office...

      NHS Continuing Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 22 January (WA 150), whether they have now fulfilled the commitment they gave on 27 March 2003 (HL Deb, col....

      Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to extend their consultation on the carers practice guide relating to the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 beyond local authorities to...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Aimspro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What National Health Service hospitals or medical centres are using Aimspro in the treatment of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis or other diseases; and...

      Modernising Rural Delivery Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the change of leadership role of the "Chairs' Group", set up as part of the Modernising Rural Delivery programme, involves assistance from other staff;...

      Biodiversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has made to make use of the detailed biodiversity information held in local records...

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