Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2004

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 22 and 23 November; what the Government's stance was on the...

    • Countryside Access (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to publish the results of her consultation on four-wheel drive vehicles and access to the countryside on...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget has been set by her Department for (a) consumption of resources and (b) capital spending for (i) environmental...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 is expected to come fully into force.

      Land Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for reform of land ownership in England.

      Roadside Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the reduction in (a) electricity use and (b) carbon dioxide emissions if all roadside lighting...

      Roadside Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total (a) electricity use and (b) carbon dioxide emissions produced by (i) roadside street...

      Rural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how rural funding under the single farm payment will be implemented.

      Rural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for rural areas of the new rural funding scheme, with particular reference...

      Rural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body will be the delivery body for the new rural funding scheme.

      Rural Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for parish plans of the streamlining process for rural funding.

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by her Department for...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial penalties were paid in each financial year since 1997–98 to training providers by the Department for...

  • Transport

    • Age Discrimination

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

    • Bus Shelters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on the (a) replacement and (b) repair of damaged bus shelters in each of the last three years.

      Bus Shelters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new bus shelters have been built in each year since 1996–97; how many shelters were upgraded in each year; and how many have been...

      Consultants

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

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the use of telephones in his Department by members of staff for their personal use for (i) domestic calls and (ii) international...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures have been taken to ensure the telephones in his Department are not used by staff for making unauthorised personal calls to international...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of time is between receipt of an application for a (a) theory driving test and (b) practical driving test and the date of the...

      Lifeline Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the areas in the UK that should benefit from public service obligations for lifeline flights.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the (a) lane closure and (b) roadworks on the M62 between junctions 35 and 38 will finish.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the first motorway picnic area to be operative under the provisions of clause 40 of the Road Safety Bill.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorway services are operating; and what plans the Government has to increase the number.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact the designation of the Grantham to Skegness branch line as a Community Rail Line pilot will have on (a) maintenance funding, (b) service...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions are available to support existing community rail line projects should they fail to secure adequate funding through businesses,...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured in accidents on the roads where alcohol was a contributory factor in each of the last five years;...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was to each police authority of policing accidents in which alcohol was a contributory factor in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what evidence he has assessed that shows that drivers who use speed assessment equipment detection devices have a worse accident record than...

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding will be provided for rural bus services in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Stations (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes have been committed at stations that meet secure station status in each year since the scheme's inception.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department's premises that (a) are in progress and (b) will be starting in the next six months; what...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by his Department for its staff in each financial...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial penalties were paid in each financial year since 1997–98 to training providers by the Department for training courses prepared for...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Advertising

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

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many written questions for his Office were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were tabled in each of the previous...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Office between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 and...

      Special Advisers

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local authorities which applied for wave (a) 2 and (b) 3 of the Building Schools for the Future programme whose bids...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the gender pay gap among staff in his Department.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra 16 to 18-year-olds he expects to stay in education as a result of the education maintenance allowance in Cambridge.

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills with which companies (a) producing and (b) distributing video games he has held discussions on financing educational facilities.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school playing fields have been sold in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Vocational Education/Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to expand vocational education and training for adults in Cambridge.

  • Treasury

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the dates since 1 January when he and his Ministers discussed with the Department for Constitutional Affairs the change in revenue that...

    • Departmental Efficiency Technical Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the departmental Efficiency Technical Notes (ETN) required by the report, "Releasing Resources to the Frontline—Independent Review of Public...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) agencies and (iii) other public...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what crèche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people over 65 were in employment in each metropolitan authority and county area in the North East region in each year from 1997 to 2004; (2)...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate is of women in couples where the woman's partner (a) does not work and (b) does work.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total amount of relief from inheritance tax granted in respect of agricultural land in North Yorkshire was in each of the past five years;...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) G7 and (b) G21 countries need to support the International Finance Facility for it to be launched.

      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.

      PISA Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason the Office for National Statistics did not supply sufficient data to the OECD for their 2003 PISA survey; and if he will make a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in his Department since its implementation; (2) how many appeals...

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of collection of (a) national insurance, (b) income tax, (c) capital gains tax and (d) inheritance tax has been in each year since 1997.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the tax credits computer system can (a) import data from and (b) export data to the income tax computer system.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made in removing the administration of tax credits for employers; and when he expects to implement this change.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what total expenditure on the working tax credit was in 2003–04, broken down between (a) the working tax credit itself and (b) the childcare tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in the City of Edinburgh local authority area have had payment of their tax credits stopped because they failed to provide the Inland...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time taken to answer calls made to the customer telephone number of the Tax Credit Office customer relations team in Preston is.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many months' backlog there is for appeals concerning overpayment of (a) working family and (b) child tax credit; (2) how many appeals concerning...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the analysis of the household survey data for 2003–04 to provide an estimate of families eligible for but not claiming child tax...

      Workless Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children there were in workless households in each local authority in the Northern Way Initiative area in each year from 1998 to 2004; and what...

      World Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made to (a) the IMF and (b) the World Bank concerning (i) debt write-off and (ii) a donor conference for Angola.

      Age Discrimination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kind of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers.

    • UK Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contributions of black film to the UK film industry; and what support is given by her Department.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to small businesses of (a) certification and (b) the regulatory burden of Part P of Building Regulations when it comes...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advertising and publicity will be employed to ensure that homeowners are informed of the effects of the new building regulations.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of the requirement for electricians to have a prescribed level of insurance cover; and if he will...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional funding he will provide to local authorities to meet the costs of Part P of the Building Regulations from 1 January 2005.

      Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the costs were of rebilling residents in the counties of Hereford and Worcester following the capping of the fire authority's funding; and whether this cost...

      Bathside Bay Container Terminal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date he expects the outcome of the public inquiry into the Bathside Bay container terminal to be announced.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in his Department in each of the last...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what crèche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total external spending by his Department was on public-private partnership consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time equivalent...

      Electricians

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills to ensure that training courses for electricians are in place in preparation for the...

      Fuse Boxes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received about installing re-set fuse boxes in council-owned properties; and if he will make a statement.

      Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cash incentive scheme grants were made by each local authority in London in 2003–04; and what the total value of these grants was in each authority.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of Statutory Instrument No. 986/2003, deregulatory section 129 of the Housing Act 1988.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the proposals for changes to the local government pension scheme (a) were in their original form and (b) are in their latest revised form.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether any local government pension scheme has been allowed to capitalise pension fund shortfalls.

      Oil-fired Heating

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from the (a) Environment Agency and (b) Oil Firing Technical Association on improving the training of installers of oil-fired...

      Traveller Caravans

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Traveller caravans were on (a) authorised and (b) unauthorised sites in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

  • Wales

    • Railways Bill

      Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Cabinet and National Assembly for Wales Government colleagues on the impact of the Railways Bill on...

    • Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales to discuss the provision of rail services in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the future of public service broadcasting in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by the Department of the invoice in...

      National Assembly for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the memoranda of understanding under which responsibilities for specific services have been transferred to the National Assembly for Wales;...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list the attributable interviews that his Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Secretaries in the National Assembly for Wales Government on financial...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Secretaries and Cabinet colleagues on the impact of transport on social exclusion in Wales.

      Welsh Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the future of the Welsh Development Agency.

  • Defence

    • Army Training Camp (Fremington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Army training camp at Fremington, North Devon.

    • Crèche Facilites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what crèche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost.

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 and (iii) other...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-Gurkha soldiers fall outside the 1997 Hong Kong Agreement with regards to work rights, residency and citizenship in the United Kingdom.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria have been used in deciding the status of Gurkha soldiers who have been refused the right to work, reside and apply for UK citizenship.

      King's Own Scottish Borderers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the regimental recruiting area is of the King's Own Scottish Borderers.

      King's Own Scottish Borderers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational deployments of the King's Own Scottish Borderers have been since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when recruits to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will begin their basic training.

  • Health

    • Advertising Approval

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which senior NHS staff approved the advertising feature in NHS Family Choice Magazine promoting Popzone; and what criteria are used to determine from...

    • Age Discrimination

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

      Ashford Hospital (Middlesex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's negotiations with Capio UK regarding the planned provision of a treatment centre at Ashford hospital...

      Employers' Liability Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many employers' liability claims in the NHS have been recorded by the NHS Litigation Authority in each year since 1997; and if he will estimate...

      General Medical Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had on the five year limitation for lodging a complaint with the General Medical Council; (2) if he will take steps...

      Health Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what purposes the Health Professions Council is advertising on radio; what the cost of radio advertising used by them is in the past 12 months; and...

      Health Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to the Health Professions Council (a) in the current financial year and (b) for each of the next three years.

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the process will be for accrediting NHS health trainers, as defined in the White Paper, "Choosing Health", Cm 6374.

      Junior Doctors (Working Time Directive)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the strategic health authorities which did not achieve full compliance with the European working time directive for junior doctors in each...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net ingredient cost (a) in total and (b) per head of population was of (i) tranquilisers and (ii) anti-depressants in each strategic health...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) fitness for purpose of current information technology used by mental health services trusts and (b) delivery of...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of the MRSA virus have been detected at Medway Maritime Hospital since 2001; and how many of these cases were detected on the Trafalgar Ward.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the cause of death at the Medway Maritime Hospital has been recorded as being due to the MRSA virus since 2001.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the last review of NHS laundry guideline HSG (95) 18 took place; and for how long the temperatures recommended by the guideline have remained...

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds trust hospitals are disallowed from bidding for NHS walk-in centres.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in the NHS on a (a) permanent and (b) temporary basis (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) strategic health authority...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 57–8W, ref 199923, what the whole-time equivalent figure for the period...

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stage the review of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health has reached; and if he will make a statement.

      AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Government money has been spent on research into the prevention and cure of AIDS.

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to expand the school nurse service.

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses have been employed by the NHS in England in each year since 1991; and how many school nurses he expects the NHS will employ in each...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months in (i) his Department and (ii) the NHS; what...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by his Department for its staff in each...

  • Advocate-General

    • IT Contracts

      To ask the Advocate-General what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT contract commissioned by her office in the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) whether he has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in his Department since its implementation; (2) how many...

    • Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department's premises that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Transcripts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make court transcripts available for cases involving hon. Members' constituents to hon. Members free of charge.

    • Criminal Defence Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans he has to ensure that the Criminal Defence Service is re-credited when a publicly-funded defendant is...

      Experts' Fees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what plans he has to (a) impose a ceiling on fees paid to experts and (b) accredited experts; (2) what controls...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2004, Official Report, column 7WS, on section 45 code of...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what budget has been allocated to the Office of the Information Commissioner in each of the last two years; and how many...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what amount remains outstanding to the Legal Services Commission under the statutory charge at the latest date for which...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs by what methods charters establishing non-departmental public bodies may be revoked.

      Office of Public Guardianship

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what budget has been allocated to the Legal Services Commission in each of the last two years; and how many staff have...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically...

      Televising Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow the televising of trials.

      Training Courses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by his Department...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what financial penalties were paid in each financial year since 1997–98 to training providers by the Department for...

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements over the past six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and (b) location was of each meeting; what issues...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in his Office since its implementation; (2) how many appeals were made by...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 his special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an official capacity; what places were...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget has been allocated to the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in each of the past two years; and how many staff have been employed by the...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish "Income Related Benefits: Estimates of Take-up in 2002–03".

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when action will be taken concerning the application for child support made by Julie Stephens of Christchurch on 20 June 2003.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that the money paid to him in error by the Child Support Agency is passed without further delay to Ms Oakes, the constituent...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency applications are being dealt with off-computer.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects all Child Support Agency cases to have migrated to the new payment scheme.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to improve the performance of the Child Support Agency in the handling of direct approaches in correspondence and by...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the frequency of health and safety inspection in the construction industry, (b) the sanctions available for...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners in England were in receipt of council tax benefit in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which...

      Disability Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Strathkelvin and Bearsden receive the disability income guarantee.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Scottish people aged 16 to 24, (b) Scottish people aged 25 or over and (c) Scottish people have entered a period of employment...

      Nuclear Industry Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Chief Inspector of the Health and Safety Executive with regard to the Nuclear Industry Inspectorate's...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons were for changing the publication schedule of pension credit uptake levels from monthly to quarterly; and if he will make a...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to improve the take-up of benefits available to older people to prevent winter deaths caused by fuel poverty.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the report setting out the basis of his estimates of the range of pension savings required to avoid dependence...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living in the London borough of Wandsworth have an annual income of less than £6,000 per year; and if he will make a...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate of the basic state pension is.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of women in (a) the Scottish Borders, (b) Scotland and (c) Great Britain are entitled to the full basic state pension in their...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure on contracted-out rebates went on (a) approved personal pensions, (b) stakeholder pensions, (c) contracted-out money purchase...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many stakeholder pensions are (a) contracted into and (b) contracted out of the state second pension.

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the financial effects arising from the proposed change in the retirement age in the first five years after the change.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received winter fuel payments in Bolton, North East.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have requested application forms for winter fuel payments via e-mail since the facility became available.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the winter fuel payment advertising and publicity campaign has been in each year since its introduction.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the assumptions were behind the fall in the projected cost of winter fuel payments in 2006–07 and 2007–08 compared with...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) households in the (i) North Southwark and Bermondsey and (ii) Dulwich and West Norwood constituencies were (A)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her target time is in 2004–05 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in her Office to reply to letters received...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total cost to the Office was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to the Office that have been implemented in each of the last two years,...

      Regulatory Reform Orders

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many Regulatory Reform Orders have been approved by the House in each year since 2001; and what target has been set by the Government for the number...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether she has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in her Department since its implementation; (2) how many...

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans her Department has to fund the (a) establishment and (b) maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

  • International Development

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid programmes, have been supported in Angola during each of the last five years; at what value; and what programmes his...

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to assist humanitarian agencies in overcoming obstruction of the delivery of assistance to...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate the Government have made of the number of people that remain displaced from their homes in the eastern regions of Burma;...

      Food Aid (Southern Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate for each country in southern Africa in the period between now and the next harvest (a) how many people will have...

      Food Aid (Southern Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote cash-based and income generating initiatives in place of food aid in southern Africa.

      Food Aid (Southern Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government take to ensure that responses to short-term food deficits in southern Africa do not undermine longer-term...

      Renewable Natural Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his plans are for archiving each of the programmes in the Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy in accordance with the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans are in place to ensure that food aid, if required in Zimbabwe over the next few months, is distributed fairly on...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accountancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last two years.

    • British Summer Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will bring forward legislation to make British summer time permanent and end the biannual time change.

      British Summer Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the (a) economic and (b) safety impact of the biannual time change.

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list spending on (a) business support products and (b) administration by (i) the Small Business Service, (ii) other departmental...

      Butane Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the proportion of cigarette lighters being used in the UK which have been imported.

      Butane Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of butane lighter fuel used in the UK in the last period for which figures are available was produced in the UK.

      Butane Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the size of the UK market for butane lighter fuel.

      Competitiveness Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Competitiveness Council held 25 and 26 November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Consumer Direct (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to launch Consumer Direct in the West Midlands; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her target time is in 2004–05 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in her Department to reply to...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by her Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost has been of criminal damage to her Department's buildings in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in her...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by her Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

      Electrical Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured due to electrical accidents in their homes; and how many of these took place in...

      Electricity Generation (Renewables)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much capital grant aid she is planning to provide to (a) wind, (b) solar, (c) tidal, (d) hydro and (e) thermal generators of electricity...

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential effects of electricity power generators buying and selling (a) gas and (b) other fuels on future...

      EU Social Chapter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what her estimate is of the administrative costs to UK employers of providing the EU Social Chapter rights; and what methodology she...

      Faraday Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for future investment in the Faraday Partnerships.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many (a) people and (b) households living in fuel poverty there are in (i) Southwark and (ii) Greater London; (2) what her estimate...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the United Kingdom has offered assistance to Iran to (a) build a nuclear power plant and (b) provide nuclear technology for such a plant.

      IT Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she proposes to take to ensure that the number of students who graduate from information technology courses reaches the levels...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list her official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and (b) location was of...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in the Manchester, Withington constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the percentage of new fathers who have taken up the right to paid paternity leave since its introduction.

      Plutonium Shipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what liability was agreed by the Office of Civil Nuclear Security in respect of the shipment of plutonium from the United States to France...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) social and (ii) economic role of (A) urban and (B) rural post offices.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the amount of money available to revitalise the urban post office network; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will encourage banks to enable their customers (a) to access bank accounts and (b) conduct other transactions at post offices; and if...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to ask the post office (a) to simplify the post office card account application process and (b) to allow card accounts to...

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage the retrofitting of clean-coal technology to UK power stations; and what percentage reduction in carbon...

      Radioactive Chocolate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the storage of chocolate radioactively contaminated following the fire at Windscale in 1957.

      Science and Technology Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will investigate the allegations made by Dr. Robin Lovell-Badge of improper coercion of Task Force members by Professor Colin...

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the powers to (a) issue penalties and (b) take other actions against companies and individuals who do not...

      Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council held on 29 November; what the Government's stance was on the...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has made to the Greek Government on the export of the Typhoon aircraft.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of applications to build wind farms (a) were accepted, (b) were rejected and (c) are ongoing in the last full year for which...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which EU-Burmese joint ventures have been affected by Annex II of the Council Common Position on Burma 2004/730/CFSP and Annex...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governor of Guangdong Province in China during his recent visit to the UK; what assessment...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his target time is in 2004–05 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in his Office to...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it a condition of the United Kingdom's support for opening sea ports in northern Cyprus to EU trade that such...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on energy costs incurred by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of refurbishing each Ministerial Private Office was in the last two years.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total external spend by his Department was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made in the week prior to 1 December to (a) the EU High Representative, (b) other governments and...

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what has been the cost in (a) legal...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning the entry clearance operation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many entry clearance officers there are in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Indian Government about investigations into the attacks on Sikhs in Delhi in 1984.

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by the...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran about the death of the Bahá'i Mr. Mir Naqi Kamali.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment by the Iranian courts of offences committed against Bahá'ís.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans coalition forces have to help those who have fled Fallujah in recent days to return home after the fighting is over;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of the (a) coalition forces, (b) Multi-National Force and (c) Iraqi security forces have been (i) killed and...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent visit to Kashmir by the Prime Minister of India.

      Mr. Nick Baker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in relation to Mr. Nick Baker who is in prison in Japan; whether he or his officials are in discussions...

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits have been made by (a) Ministers and (b) hon. Members to each of the UK posts in the EU since 2001.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the UN Security Council has withdrawn reference to further measures to be taken against the Sudanese Government...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the signing of the peace treaty in Nairobi between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's...

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is...

      Sustainable Timber

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

      UK Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff there were in each of the commercial departments of UK embassies in European countries in each of the last 10 years.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of a renewal of the Mutual Defence...

      Video Conferencing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the extra costs that will result from the implementation of Agenda for Change in the Province.

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to address the concerns of radiographers in the Province regarding the impact of Agenda For Change on their profession.

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the starting salary is of radiographers in the Province; and if he will estimate the starting salary for radiographers in the Province...

      Anti-TNF Medications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are waiting to commence anti-TNF medications in the Province.

      Asbestosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in the Province suffer from asbestosis.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the expenditure per head of population in the Province on audiology goods and services provision in each of the last three years.

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the operators of Belfast City Airport on the recently proposed scheduling of services.

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce screening in the Province for bowel cancer.

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of providing (a) elderly, (b) hospital, (c) community, (d) maternity and child health, (e) family and childcare and (f) learning...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress in developing an information-sharing protocol between child protection agencies and the Police Service...

      Children in Need

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Children in Need strategy will be published for consultation; what issues the...

      Commissioner for Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much will be spent per head of child population by the Children's Commissioner for Northern Ireland in 2005–06.

      Community Care Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) residential, (b) nursing home and (c) domiciliary community care packages were provided in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Community-based Health Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of providing community-based health professionals in the Province with hand-held computers.

      Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of administration in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in each of the last five years.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were waiting for digital hearing aids in the Province (a) on 1 January and (b) at the latest available date.

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance his Department is providing to the families of children with disabilities.

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce multidisciplinary inter-specialty combined screening for disabilities amongst children.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what services there are in the Province for those with eating disorders.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of providing (a) ambulance and (b) fire services in the Province was in each of the last five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on plans for out-of-hours GP cover in the Kilkeel and Annalong areas from 1 January 2005.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the superannuation contribution of staff employed in family doctor practices will be provided through the practice global sum...

      Health and Personal Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the expenditure per head of population in the Province on health and personal social services was in the last year for which figures are...

      Health and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to evaluate the role of local health and social services care groups, with particular reference to the participation of...

      Health and Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been spent on the creation of Local Health and Social Services Care Groups.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) general practitioner consultations, (b) eye tests and (c) prescription items were provided in the province (i) in the last year for...

      Health Service Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the level of expenditure in the Province on Health Service agency staff in each of the last five years.

      Home Help Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals have received home help services in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the cost in a year of hospital-acquired infections to the Province's health service.

      Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that MRSA is cited on death certificates for all deaths in which it has been a contributory factor.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what account is taken of claims of intimidation in applications for social housing in Northern Ireland; what assessment has been made of (a) the...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of training junior doctors in the Province was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of looked after children in the Province are fostered.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in the Province have been diagnosed with meningitis in each month in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of new Crisis Response and Assertive Outreach mental health services in the Province on the level of...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the provision of beta interferon and glatiramer for multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland.

      Necrotising Fasciitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of necrotising fasciitis there were in each of the last five years; and what steps he has taken to limit the number of cases of...

      NHS (Treatment Eligibility)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what checks on citizenship and permanent residence are carried out by the national health service in Northern Ireland on patients presenting for...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many whole-time equivalent dentists are employed within the NHS in the Province; and how many there were (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years ago.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is being provided to elderly patients who no longer have their medications prescribed on a weekly basis; and if he will estimate...

      Priorities for Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the needs of families of children with disabilities are addressed in Priorities for Action 2005–06.

      Priority Treatment (Ex-service Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 24W, on priority treatment (ex-service personnel), if he will authorise...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province are waiting for assessment by child and adolescent psychiatry services.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will assess the merits of re-structuring child and adolescent psychiatry services on a Province-wide basis.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many in-patients are in the new Regional Adolescent Psychiatry Unit; and on what date the most recent patient was admitted.

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Regional In-patient Adolescent Psychiatry Unit remains closed to admissions.

      Toxin Pollution (River Strule)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the toxin responsible for the major fish kill on the River Strule, West Tyrone, discovered on 5 August, has been identified; what action...

      Toxin Pollution (River Strule)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of pollution in the River Strule, West Tyrone, have been recorded in the last six years; whether those responsible for...

      Wounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the cost incurred in a year in the Province from dressing wounds.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Violence and Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in tackling alcohol-related violence and disorder.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for point one of the Home Office response to 12 questions raised by Dan Lyons, Uncaged Campaigns, about Imutran...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether lethal endpoints were expected in (a) project licence authorities and (b) other communications between his Department, the Animal...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what infringement action has been taken under section 6(6) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 against (a) named day-to-day care...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the unpublished documents on which he based his assessment that moderate severity limits had not been broken during...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the species was of each primate in procedures of moderate severity as part of the Imutran xenotransplantation programme found dead (a)...

      Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack houses have been closed under the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, broken down by local authority.

      Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been imposed in (a) the Greater London area and (b) the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the...

      Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) accepted and (b) rejected by each court area in each year since their introduction.

      Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made by the courts in England and Wales in each year since December 1999, broken down by...

      Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made on (a) under-16 year olds, (b) 18 to 21 year olds and (c) those aged 21 years or over,...

      Community Safety (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) national and (b) regional funding streams which (i) local authorities, (ii) town and parish councils and (iii) other...

      Community Safety Officers (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the application from West Midlands police for funds for community safety officers (CSOs) for 2004–05 to 2006–07 included...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 18 October (Ref: M15239/4).

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 2 November 2004, Official Report, columns 191–92W, on crime, if he will provide the figures for each year...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 2 November, Official Report, columns 191–92W, on crime, how many (a) crimes, (b) burglaries, (c) thefts and...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crimes reported to the police in Pendle were cleared up in (a) 1996 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crimes, (b) burglaries, (c) thefts and (d) vehicle-related crimes were reported to the police in Pendle in (i) 1996 and (ii) the...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence have been reported to the police in (a) Pendle and (b) Lancashire in each year since 2000.

      Crimes Against Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of crime against young people have been recorded in each year since 1997, broken down by category of crime.

      Drivers (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up a free phone number that members of the public can ring to give the car registration numbers of those drivers who break the...

      Drivers (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the appropriate authorities should take when a member of the public makes a complaint against a driver who was using a mobile...

      Drivers (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions members of the public who see drivers using mobile phones while driving should take.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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...

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the impact of the Police Standards Unit's role in the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System programme.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications there have been for (a) shotgun certificates and (b) firearms certificates in each of the last 10 years.

      Fireworks Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been given to the police to ensure that the provisions in the Fireworks Act 2003 are enforced, with particular reference to...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the report of the review of road traffic offences undertaken by John Holliday will be published; and what factors determine the timing...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to (a) increase the penalties for carrying knives in public and (b) bring forward proposals for revising the sentencing...

      Metropolitan Police (Travel Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan Police officers have been investigated since June 2001 for improper use of travel allowances; how many officers have...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Nottinghamshire in each of the last 20 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dedicated traffic police officers there have been in each year since 2001–02, broken down by region; and what percentage of...

      Police Advice Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to ensure consistency between advice given to the Police by (a) the National Centre for Policing...

      Police Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has commissioned on whether the efficiency targets for police authorities of 3 per cent. from next year,...

      Police Detention Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued on the police exercise of stop and account not resulting in a search; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female police officers were serving in the London borough of Wandsworth on 1 November; and if he will make a statement.

      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 Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what competencies police recruits are trained at the police training college in Hendon.

      Police (Lewisham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were deployed in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004.

      Police (Lewisham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress made in securing voluntary contributions towards the cost of policing disorder from the alcohol...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prison officers and (b) non-uniformed prison staff were working in HM Prison Service on 1 November.

      Seizure of Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the seizure of servers belonging to Indymedia, what statutes govern the seizure of private property in the UK by foreign...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of sex offenders are participating in Home Detention Curfews.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what competencies special constables are trained; where the training takes place; and how long it lasts.

      Street Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to collect data on the ethnicity of those who are (a) stopped and (b) arrested under joint multi-agency street...

      Terrorism Act (Searches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) vehicles and occupants were searched under section 44(1) and (b) pedestrians were searched under section 44(2) of the Terrorism...

      TETRA Airwave Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has carried out on the potential health risks related to the introduction of the TETRA Airwave project for...

      TETRA Airwave Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has conducted research into the potential health risks for users of the TETRA system.

      TETRA Airwave Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces use the TETRA system.

      TETRA Airwave Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding adverse health conditions consequent on use of the TETRA system.

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police authority area in England and Wales are assigned to tackling wildlife crime.

  • House of Lords

    • Parliamentary Passholders

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many passes to Parliament are in issue; and how many are unaccounted for.

    • Iraq: Civilian Casualties in Fallujah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of Iraqi civilians killed or injured during the recent military operation in Fallujah.

      Rwandan Nationals: Removal from Britain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the British Consulate in Rwanda is aware of the treatment received by Mr Boniface who was removed from Britain to Rwanda on 28 August.

      Minors with Indian Nationality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16 November (WA 134) on minors with Indian nationality, whether the Note Verbale...

      Sultanate of Oman: Embassy Members with British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any members of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman who enjoy the privileges and immunities conferred by their inclusion on the London diplomatic list also...

      Ukraine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are discussing with the Russian Federation interventions by senior Russians in the recent Ukrainian elections.

      Ukraine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to establish common positions between the United States and the European Union as regards upholding democratic values and practices in the...

      EU Guide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16 November (WA 135): (a) whether they intend to spend more money on their Guide to the...

      Serbia and Montenegro: ICTY Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their view that, following the address by Carla del Ponte, prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to the United...

      International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their contribution to the provision of adequate resources that is necessary for the full and satisfactory functioning of the International War Crimes...

      Household Projections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest projections for additional households each year in England; over what period forecasts have been made; and how this compares with the previous...

      Household Projections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional households in England each year can be attributed to the projected levels of net international migration in current and previous projections.

      Archive Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support is given by central government to ensure that a complete network of adequately resourced local records centres is available across England and Wales...

      Archive Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the level of support given by central government to ensure a complete network of adequately resourced local records centres has changed since the extra...

      Northern Ireland: Judicial Reviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will keep records of the annual numbers, outcomes and costs of judicial reviews taken in respect of public authorities in Northern Ireland.

      Pensioner Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost in 2004–05 of (a) the winter fuel payment; (b) free TV licences to those aged over 75; (c) the age-related payment to help meet...

      Rural Strategy 2004: RDA Single Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sponsor departments other than the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will contribute to the "RDA single Pot" as set out in the Rural...

      Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies: Boundary Commission Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will implement the report of the Boundary Review Commission in Scotland.

      Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies: Boundary Commission Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the number of Scottish constituencies represented in the House of Commons will be reduced from 72 to 59 by 1 January 2006; and, if not, by what month and...

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