Written answers

Monday, 13 December 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House 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...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether special advisers for whom he is responsible have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers for whom he is responsible between 31 March 2003 and 31 March...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether departmental special advisers for whom he is responsible have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many departmental mobile telephones were used by the Law Officers, special advisers and officials in her Department in each year since 1997; at what cost; how...

  • Transport

    • Car Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much funding has been provided to local authorities to enable them to conduct random roadside emissions tests as introduced in regulations in...

    • Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost to his Department is of unauthorised personal calls made by members of staff to (a) domestic numbers and (b) international numbers.

      Local Transport Plans (South West Region)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each proposal in the south west region awaiting a decision for final approval as part of the local transport plan, broken down by local...

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road schemes have been added to the Targeted Programme of Improvements since 1 June.

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road schemes are to be considered for inclusion in the Targeted Programme of Improvements between 1 December 2004 and 1 May 2005.

      Stourport-on-Severn Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Government funding will be made available for the Stourport-on-Severn relief road.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with consultation on the draft Animal Welfare Bill.

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact that termination of the EU Life Nature fund would have on member states with...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will support continuation of a dedicated EU biodiversity fund for measures ineligible for support under other EU...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of EU Life Nature funding was received in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year...

      Biomass Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Biomass Task Force will report to her Department; and when her Department will report the results of the Biomass...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what prevalence of bovine TB has been detected in culled deer in studies undertaken during the last 20 years.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer at abattoirs in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) farmed and (b) park deer herds have tested positive for bovine TB in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has commissioned into the effectiveness of the examination of deer by (a) stalkers and (b)...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the proportion of bovine TB infection in (a) farmed, (b) park and (c) wild deer entering the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had regarding bovine TB infection in deer with her counterparts in the devolved administrations.

      Bright Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Department's response to the recently published Bright Report on genetically modified...

      CAP Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she plans to monitor the impact of the guidance issued by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group on landlord/tenant aspects of...

      Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the consultation on the designation of (a) Bolton Fell Moss and (b) Solway Moss as special areas of...

      Contaminated Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has received from the Environment Agency in respect of the number of determinations of sites as...

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what discussions she has had with the dairy industry on the impact of increased production...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the resources that have been allocated under each departmental heading and subheading in the 2004...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost to her Department was for accountancy services in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by her Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the gender pay gap amongst staff in her Department.

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairswhat assessment she has made of the impact that rising wholesale gas prices will have on the ability of the UK to meet its...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to her Department was for the use of external consultants in each of the last two years.

      Fish Quota

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total value in (a) sterling and (b) euros of UK fish quota entitlements held by (i) fishing...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason there is a difference between the amount required from the European Commission to assist in defraying the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in Worcestershire have been subject to decontamination activity by her Department this year as a result of...

      Forest of Dean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the Integrated Rural Development Initiative in the Forest of Dean.

      Horticultural Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of steps being taken to prevent the introduction of disease through the...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of (a) the total amount of household waste going to landfill in each of the last three years and...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials were (i) consulted about and (ii) shown the article written by the hon. Member for...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairsif she will estimate the UK (a) fly, (b) mosquito and (c) cockroach population; and what the predicted numbers are in the...

      Landfill Allowances Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount to be raised in fines from local authorities under the Landfill Allowances Trading...

      Oil Deliveries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Environment Agency towards developing a voluntary code of practice with the oil industry...

      Oil Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the trend in oil pollution incidents since the publication of the Environment Agency's...

      Oil Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of pollution caused by leakage from domestic oil tanks.

      Oil Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recommendations made by the Environment Agency in its Position Statement on oil pollution...

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations are in place to protect raptor bird populations; and what plans she has to amend this legislation.

      Recycling Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce recycling targets for local authorities to cover (a) the recycling of commercial waste and (b) home...

      Statutory Nuisance Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) requirement and (b) statutory guidance is (i) in place and (ii) planned for a borough council to have an established...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress by her Department since 1997 in (a) developing energy efficiency, (b) increasing...

      Vehicle Dealers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation is in place to prevent vehicle dealers from trading on public highways.

      Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (1) how many large animal veterinary practices have operated in the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Veterinary Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity of (a) public and (b) private veterinary services to meet the needs of large...

      Waste Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking towards reducing the amount of (a) waste food and (b) fit for purpose food going to...

      Waste Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initiatives she has identified to divert fit for purpose waste food from going to landfill; and if she will make a statement.

      Wood (Waste and Recycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to increase the reuse of waste wood; (2) what guidance her Department gives to...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored...

      Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have been the top 20 recipients of (a) UK and (b) EU food aid in the last year; what tonnages of food each country...

      Human Rights Act

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the (a) present living conditions of the civilian population in Fallujah and (b) the availability within...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many written questions for his Department were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether departmental Special Advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the UN Food Programme's decision to suspend operations in Darfur; and what steps have been taken to meet...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the decision of Sudan's Humanitarian Affairs Commission to expel the country directors of Oxfam and Save...

  • Prime Minister

    • City Academies

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Mr. Andrew Adonis of his Policy Unit has visited the City of Newcastle upon Tyne to promote city academies in the last 12 months.

    • Foreign Press Articles

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list articles written by Members of his Government in an official capacity that have been published in the foreign press over the past 12 months; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set up an independent inquiry to determine how many Iraqis have been killed or injured since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he raised the prospect of Pakistan signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty during his discussions with President Musharraf of Pakistan on 6 December.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his Special Advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without Ministers, since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many complaints were made by civil servants regarding the conduct of Special Advisers for whom he is responsible between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his Special Advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his office has made representations to (a) Wycombe district council, (b) mobile telephone network providers and (c) the Thames Valley police on plans to locate a...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Prime Minister how many officials working in ministerial private offices in his Office have worked more than a 48-hour week at any time in the last 12 months for which figures are...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Film Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to change British film classifications.

    • Olympic Medal Winners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many requests to have Olympic medal winners visit secondary schools have been met by UK Sport in 2004.

      Park Refurbishment (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided for the refurbishment of parks in Liverpool since 1997, broken down by (a) park...

      Public Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public swimming pools there are in England.

      Regional Archive Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated public expenditure on the regional archive councils in England was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Regional Sports Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated public expenditure on the regional sports boards in England was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      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 (a) has been spent and (b) is planned to be spent in the...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many days sick leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate was...

      Sports Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by (a) Sport England East, (b) Sport England East Midlands, (c) Sport England London, (d) Sport England...

  • Education and Skills

    • 14 to 16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his intention to continue the 14 to 16 years old increased flexibility programme.

    • 16 to 18 Education

      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 the London Borough...

      Academics (EU Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list UK academics who have been in receipt of EU funds over the past three years.

      Barnet Schools and Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to eliminate the funding gap between schools and colleges in the London borough of Barnet.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what schemes to counter bullying have received public funding in the last seven years.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the turnover of CAFCASS staff was in each family court area in the last year for which figures are available; what the turnover of...

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much will be spent per head of child population by the Children's Commissioner for England in 2005–06.

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to confirm the appointment of a Children's Commissioner for England.

      Correspondence

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

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many television advertisements his Department has commissioned on (a) terrestrial and (b) satellite television channels in the last 12...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria are used by his Department to determine (a) on which satellite television channels advertisements on behalf of his Department...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has held with the devolved administrations relating to the content, frequency and timing of television advertising...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total external spending by his Department was on public-private partnership consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children he estimates will benefit from changes in baseline spending on (a) nursery education and (b) Sure Start in 2007–08.

      Education (Parity of Resources)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure parity of resources provided to further education colleges and schools.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to tackle the funding gap between schools and post-16 colleges; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of his Department's budget he expects will be spent on (a) schools, (b) under-fives provision and (c) the teaching of A...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total funding per head in real terms was for pupils aged (a) three-10 years and (b) 11–15 years in (i) the City of Newcastle...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of per capita education funding in (a) Birmingham and (b) Hodge Hill in each of the next three years.

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with Exeter University about the closure of the university's chemistry school; and what assessment he has made...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when and by whom his Department was informed of the proposed closure by Exeter university of its undergraduate chemistry provision;...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed closure by Exeter University of its undergraduate chemistry provision on the...

      International Student Assessment Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 54W, on the International Student Assessment Study, for what reason an...

      International Student Assessment Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the reasons for schools' failure to respond to the OECD PISA survey.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) recurrent and (b) non-recurrent expenditure of the Learning and Skills Council was in 2004–05; and what the estimates...

      Literacy/Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) Key Stage 2 pupils and (b) Key Stage 3 pupils have reached the required standards in both literacy and numeracy in...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Parenting Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the first Parenting Plan to be approved.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many written questions for his Department were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were...

      Pay Bargaining Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times the appraisal system for each pay bargaining unit in his Department has been changed in the last five years; and how many...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much is being spent on pupil referral units in 2004–05; and what plans he has for (a) creating more pupil referral units and (b)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Department between 31...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Schools (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many special school places are available in Gloucestershire; and where they are located.

      Special Schools (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in special schools in Cheltenham have previously been in mainstream schools.

      Special Schools (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were educated in special schools in Gloucestershire in each of the past eight years.

      Staff Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the figure of 1,460 job reductions planned for his Department was arrived at; and if he will make a statement.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school children are receiving regular swimming lessons at school; and what percentage have passed the swimming qualifications set...

      Teachers (Pendle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Pendle in each year since 1992.

      Three-year School Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultation took place with (a) local education authorities, (b) schools and (c) representatives of teachers before the change to...

      Training Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has undertaken to ascertain the willingness of employers to pay for training.

      Vardy Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether public funds will be awarded to the Vardy Foundation to sponsor academies.

      Vocational Education (Barnet)

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

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what mechanisms have been put in place by his Department to allow regular consultation with young people on all aspects of policy; (2)...

  • Home Department

    • Charities (Trustees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which charities have applied for and been granted a waiver of disqualification for a trustee in the last 12 months; and on what grounds in...

    • Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what ethnic status gypsies and travellers are classified in relation to anti-discrimination legislation.

      Hizb at Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the activities of Hizb at Tahrir.

      Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 19 November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded offences in which knives were used were committed in each of the last five years.

      RAF Fairford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times stop and search powers were used under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by each police authority operating in the vicinity...

      RAF Fairford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether swords were seized from protesters at RAF Fairford under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 1994; and whether...

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have absconded from each prison in each of the last five years; and how many have not been recovered.

      Special Advisers

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

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library guidance to police forces following the publication of an ethnic breakdown of stop and search under the...

      UK Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those granted UK work permits were refused entry clearance by UK Visas, broken down by nationality, in the last year for...

      Vehicle Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to collect data on the ethnicity of individuals whose vehicles are searched under section 44(1) of the...

      X-Ray Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the health implications of the increased usage of x-ray scanners on the general public.

  • Work and Pensions

    • IT Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment has been made of his Department's IT procurement strategy.

    • National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the issuing of national insurance numbers.

      Benefit Calculations

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

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the working of the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current length of wait is for assessment by the Child Support Agency once a case has been referred off computer to the manual clerical...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child support cases the Child Support Agency is dealing with relating to people in Greater London; and if he will make a statement.

      Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the levels of performance against the key performance targets in respect of Atos Origin for each month since Atos Origin...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimates he has made of (a) confirmed, (b) high suspicion and (c) low suspicion (i) fraud and (ii) error since 1997; and if he will...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what safeguards are in place to prevent third parties from making inappropriate withdrawals when collecting benefits from the Post Office; and...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many known drug misusers were receiving (a) invalidity benefit and (b) disability living allowance in 2003–04.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to change the operation of bereavement benefit to permit its payment to common law partners of deceased persons; (2)...

      British Indian Ocean Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the applicability of the habitual residence test to claims for assistance from UK citizens from the...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the rules which prevent payment of carer's allowance and retirement pension at the same time.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 26 October, ref. POS(7)10644/0040, which was passed to the Chief...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering council tax benefit to (a) central Government and (b) local government in England in the latest year for...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what calculation he has made of the effect of delays in the transfer of old cases to the new system by the Child Support Agency on progress...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff working for the Child Support Agency in each year since 2001 had been working for the Agency for (a) more than five years, (b)...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Child Support Agency.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total external spending by his Department was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total external spending by his Department was on public-private partnership (PPP) consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Disabled People (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Midlothian were in receipt of (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance in 2003–04; and how...

      EU Directives

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

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to bring forward proposals to remove Crown immunity in relation to safety in the workplace, with particular reference to the...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representation there is from manufacturing industry on the Health and Safety Commission.

      Housing Benefit (Redirection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which and what percentage of local authorities have yet to implement an agreement with the post office not to redirect housing benefit...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new claimants of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997 were already in receipt of another benefit; and what proportion...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish his response to the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council Report on prescribed disease A11.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the written answer of 1 December 2004 , Official Report, column 177W, on IT systems, what the estimated cost is of the Customer...

      Job Vacancies (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unfilled job vacancies there are at job centres in the London borough of Wandsworth.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit awards have been made to couples; and in how many cases the payment has been made to (a) the man and (b) the woman.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon were receiving the (a) guarantee and (b) savings element pension credit on the latest date for which figures are...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the appropriate printed output that is generated by the Pension Service Teleclaims Call Centre when a...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure computerised pension and benefit payments are made over the Christmas period; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will link the basic state pension to earnings.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the financial assistance fund announced on 14 May by his Department to assist workers who have lost out in pension wind-ups will be...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to improve the pension rights of women.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many organisations in Leeds applied to join the Pension Service Partnership Fund; and how much has been awarded to them.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) how many women claiming pension credit had inadequate contributions to their National Insurance basic state pensions in the last period...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female pensioners drawing the basic state pension draw the (i) full and (ii) partial amount; and what the main...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means a pensioner who receives his basic state pension payments into a bank account can begin having payments made into a different...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in each of the 10 financial years from 2006–07, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional...

      Poverty Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what progress his Department has made in developing the new material deprivation indicator for measuring child poverty; what consultation...

      Poverty Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the distribution of poverty by (a) region and (b) housing tenure to inform the development of...

      Poverty Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of children who would need to be removed from material deprivation for the...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the attributable (a) articles and (b) contributions that his Department's special advisers made to (i) newspapers, (ii)...

      State Second Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the state second pension and its impact on women.

      Timber

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

      Vibration White Finger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will implement the recommendations of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in relation to vibration white finger.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many single (a) women and (b) men in 2004 will reach the age of 60 years after the qualifying week for winter fuel...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people disqualified from receiving a 2004–05 winter fuel payment on the grounds that during the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

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

  • Treasury

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of female breast cancer there have been in each of the last 10 years.

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase penalties for failing to complete a census form.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his Department and...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by his Department in each of the past two years.

      Email

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce an automatic e-mail notification facility for all announcements and publications issued by his Department and those public...

      Engagements

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer 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;...

      EU Accounting Practices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Marta Andreasen on accounting practices in the EU during the last year.

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of EU funding to the European Parties Elections and Referendums Network was in the last year for which figures are available.

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a list of UK-based NGOs which received funding from the European Union in the last year for which figures are...

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a break down of expenditure incurred in the last EU financial year available for budget lines (a) 3701 and (b) 3710; and if...

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Office for National Statistics and (b) the Department of Trade and Industry in relation to the calculation of the...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single (a) women and (b) men will reach the age of 60 years between 26 September and 25 December.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of overpayment for child and working tax credit there have been in Coventry.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of those eligible who do not claim the child care element of the working tax credit; what...

      US Treasury Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of US Treasury bonds held by (a) the Bank of England, (b) the UK Government, (c) UK Reserves and (d) UK banks, expressed in (i) US...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Cross-examination

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, (1) what his assessment is of the powers of a judge to prevent a party to family proceedings against whom there is an...

    • Energy Disconnections

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many applications for warrants for energy disconnection under the Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards)...

      Energy Disconnections

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance is given to magistrates on ensuring that each warrant application for energy disconnection made under the...

      Engagements

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list his official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will extend special measures into the family courts in cases in which quasi-criminal allegations of domestic...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much the Department has spent on its Programme on IT and e-Government in each year since 1997; and how the money has...

      Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) Queen's Bench and (b) Family Division judges there are; how many there were in (i) 1974, (ii) 1984 and (iii)...

      Shredding

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much his Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997.

      Shredding

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff hours have been spent shredding documents in each month since January.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the attributable interviews that the Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals,...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the attributable (a) articles and (b) contributions that the Department's special advisers made to (i)...

      Witnesses (Criminal Courts)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Department has taken to publicise the availability of special measures for witnesses in the criminal courts.

  • Wales

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Staff Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Staff Training Courses

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

      Taskforces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent by his Department in each year since 1997 on taskforces and similar bodies.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of British imports from Burma was in each year since 1995.

    • Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support is planned from her Department for small and medium-sized enterprises over the next five years for developing international...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support from her Department is available to small and medium-sized enterprises who wish to attend international trade shows in other...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total (a) allocation to and (b) expenditure on (i) Small Firms Loan Guarantee, (ii) Grant for Research and Development, (iii) Grant...

      Cancer Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to change the employment rights of cancer patients.

      Child Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to ensure the responsible behaviour of UK companies investing in the developing world; and what action she...

      Civil Partnership Bill (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many letters have been received by her Department since 5 March opposing the implementation of the Civil Partnership Bill in Northern Ireland.

      Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average full and final settlement is for cases submitted by (a) Beresfords solicitors, (b) AMS Law solicitors, (c) the Union of...

      Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she has taken to recover costs from solicitors under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme where conditional fee agreements have been...

      Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases have been submitted by Donne Mileham and Haddock solicitors under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme.

      Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she will take to assist former miners who worked with private mining companies as well as British Coal to have their compensation...

      Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average transaction cost is for a settled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger claim, broken down by (a)...

      Conflict Zones (OECD Study)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations her Department has had with (a) other Government Departments and (b) other stakeholders in relation to the December 2004...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she will reply to the letter for the honourable Member for Walsall North of 20 October, regarding a factory closure; and for what...

      Electricity Pylons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the compulsory purchase of land to construct electricity pylons.

      Electricity Pylons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the company (a) constructing, (b) that owns and (c) that operates an electricity pylon is permitted to make a financial profit from...

      Energy Market Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects liberalisation of energy markets in other EU countries to be achieved.

      Energy Security Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contribution (a) departmental staff and (b) staff of executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies responsible to her Department...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the likely change in the number of households in fuel poverty as a result of increased fuel prices.

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has held discussions with representatives of industry about the October price spike in forward wholesale gas prices; if she will...

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to protect the UK's industrial competitiveness from the effects of rising wholesale gas prices.

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Export Credits Guarantee Department has taken since October 2003 to ascertain whether NW Kellogg or other subsidiary of...

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which company signed the no-bribery warranty for the application for the Export Credits Guarantee Department support for a contract on the LNG...

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the contract supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in connection with the LNG plant at Bonny Island in Nigeria was.

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a copy of the recourse agreement and related documents signed in connection with Export Credits Guarantee...

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which companies signed the recourse agreement for the contract supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in connection with the LNG...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on direct UK trade links with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the European Commission's investigation into the funding of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

      Oil and Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the UK's (a) oil and (b) gas supplies reached the UK via transit routes that pass through Ukraine in the last period for...

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the projected allocation for regional venture capital funds is for (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and (c) 2006–07.

      UK Trade and Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the amount of export revenue created for small and medium-sized enterprises since 1997 by the activities of UK...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the export trade funding received by UK Trade and Investment was handed over to the regional development agencies in the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to encourage the use of photovoltaics as an alternative to wind power.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what part her Department played in the recent European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Accused Persons (Former Yugoslavia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has with the NATO authorities and others to make renewed attempts to capture those accused of genocide in the...

    • Afghanistan (Heroin Production)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of how much heroin was produced in Afghanistan in each of the last three years; how much of that was...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has attended with (a) hon. Members, (b) Chagos Islanders and (c) other organisations on matters relating to the...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the protection of children, including children abused through commercial sexual exploitation, will be a key priority within the...

      Columbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been given by the UK Government to the Columbian armed forces.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether Rwandan troops have crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo despite the presence of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps (a) the Government, (b) the European Union and (c) the United Nations Security Council are taking to prevent the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent reports of increased violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what resources his Department has allocated to assessing the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in each year since...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total external spending by his Department was on public private partnership (PPP) consultants in each of the last two...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or...

      Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what motions have been proposed by the UK for consideration by the United Nations since 1997 relating to (a) the environment,...

      EU-Russia Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions were held at the recent EU-Russia Summit on the need to (a) respect human rights and (b) uphold democratic values.

      Fallujah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his Oral Answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 372, on the Middle East and Ukraine, if he will request...

      Fallujah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his Oral Answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 372, on the Middle East and Ukraine, if he will request...

      Feyz Mohammad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to Iranian authorities regarding the case of the Afghan national Feyz Mohammad who...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet his Iranian counterpart to discuss the UN call for human rights reform in Iran; and if he will make a...

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Moldovan ambassador concerning the arrest of Mr. Serafim Urechean, Mayor of Chisinau, on...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the conflict in the Niger Delta; and what discussions he has had with the Government of Nigeria...

      Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK representations there will be at the 2005 non-proliferation treaty review conference; and what proposals they will put...

      Passports (Biometric Data)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which international (a) treaties and (b) agreements require the UK to introduce biometric passports.

      Passports (Biometric Data)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what biometric information is to be required by the United States for UK passport-holders wishing to enter that country.

      Republic of Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to recognise the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as the Republic of Macedonia; and if he will make a...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the meetings held in the last 18 months between (a) himself, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK...

      South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the most recent International Atomic Energy Agency's report on South Korea's enrichment of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has held with the Sudanese Government regarding the threatened expulsion of aid agencies...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan about (a) respect for the ceasefire in Darfur, (b) protection of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent expulsion of charity workers by the Government of Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the use of kidnap and rape by the warring factions in Darfur.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Chinese Government over their treatment of the people of Tibet, with particular...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps (a) the Government, (b) the European Union and (c) the United Nations Security Council are taking to support and...

      UK Citizens (US Detention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens are being detained by US authorities.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) opposition parties and (b) civil organisations in the Ukraine regarding reports of voting...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Ukraine on the importance of respecting democratic values.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of holding separation ballots in the Ukraine for the stability of that country...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further diplomatic steps the UK Government is taking to ensure that political stability and democracy in the Ukraine is...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the UK Government plan to give to ensure that elections are both fair and transparent as judged against...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British ambassador to the Ukraine on the unrest in Ukraine following the second round of...

      UN Secretary General Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General's high level panel on threats, challenge and...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan about its obligations under the (a) International Covenant on...

      Yellowcake Production (Niger)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the UK Government have received since 1998 about breaches of the IAEA inspection regime of yellowcake production...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he had made to (a) the Zimbabwean Government and (b) the international community concerning the...

  • Defence

    • Age Discrimination

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

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by (a) the Warship Support Agency, (b) the Army Base Repair Organisation, (c) the Defence Aviation Repair Agency, (d) the...

      Armed Services (Fitness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have occurred to the entry level fitness tests for the armed services since 2000.

      Army Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the financial position of the Army Training and Recruitment Agency.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the principal areas covered by departmental files contaminated by asbestos.

      Centrifuge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to install a human centrifuge at the purpose-built site at RAF Henlow; and what he estimates the costs to be.

      Death in Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) regulations and (b) procedures are applicable in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force, following the death in service of...

      Defence Medical Services (Cyprus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Defence Medical Services entered into an arrangement with Archbishop 3rd Makarios Hospital in Cyprus for the treatment of UK servicemen and...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year since 2001–02 by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which...

      Engagements

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

      Environmental Tectonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department made a payment to Environmental Tectonics Corporation in respect of their legal costs, in addition to the stage payments and the...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether negotiations between his Department and BAE Systems on the price and other details of Eurofighter Typhoon have concluded.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether EADS have agreed the terms for Tranche II for Eurofighter-Typhoon.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have been (a) disciplined, (b) court-martialled and (c) dismissed for improper financial claims relating to fraud since 1997.

      Future Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what modifications will be required to the future joint combat aircraft to enable it to carry the Department's preferred mix of missiles.

      Future Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what missile systems the future joint combat aircraft will carry; whether such missiles will be carried internally; how many missiles the aircraft will...

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how long the assessment phase for the Future Rapid Effects System programme has been extended; and why the funding for the assessment and development...

      Global Corvette Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the development of the Global Corvette programme; and what he estimates the budget for this programme to be.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make a statement on the findings of the independent inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome headed by Lord Lloyd of Berwick.

      Health Liability Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force National Council Report of 10 July 1998 for the health...

      HMS Daring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been carried out of the implications for the Royal Navy of the gap between the in-service date for HMS Daring and the phasing out of...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 his Department...

      Personnel Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons questions relating to (a) racial and sexual harassment, (b) racial and sexual discrimination and (c) bullying were omitted from the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the cost-effectiveness of his Department's procurement policy.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are based in each RAF base (i) in Scotland, (ii) in England, (iii) in Wales, (iv) in Northern Ireland...

      Record Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the private and personal records of (a) Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Tapper and (b) Flight Lieutenant Richard Cook have been included in the...

      Scottish Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each Scottish infantry regiment are (a) Scottish, (b) from elsewhere in the United Kingdom and (c) from overseas.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (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...

      Thales/BAe Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's assessment is of the joint working between Thales and BAE Systems in Ministry of Defence contracts.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Acute Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to ensure that acute hospital beds are not used for patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital.

    • Chemotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the cost of chemotherapy drugs in the Province.

      Child Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to encourage the fostering of children in the Province.

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funds are available for the provision of community care packages during the remainder of financial year 2004–05, broken down by...

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many delayed discharge patients there are in Northern Ireland, broken down by health board area.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by his...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to defend...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the Freedom of...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

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

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is available to businesses in the Province for adaptations to premises in response to new disability discrimination legislation.

      EU Directives

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

      External Consultants

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

      External Consultants

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

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by local health (a) boards and (b) trusts on (i) external contract staffing, (ii) external consultants and (iii)...

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the proposed percentage of health funding that will be available for service expansion and development between 2005 and 2008.

      Home Adaptation Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether allowances to the set home adaptation budgets are made in respect of social housing in areas where there are few new houses which are...

      Human Rights Commission (Annual Report)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of (a) Section 2 Paramilitary violence and (b) Section 3 Systems for investigating deaths of the Chief...

      Ministerial Meetings

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

      North-east Area Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the earliest possible date is on which he expects to receive the north-east area plan for Northern Ireland.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the nursing resource implications in the Province from the mentoring scheme suggested in the Consultation on a...

      Operating Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will bring forward amendments to legislation to allow operating department practitioners in the Province to have responsibility for the...

      Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the (a) Provisional IRA, (b) INLA, (c) UDA and (d) UVF (i) have been convicted of criminal offences and (ii) have had their...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers stationed in east Belfast were on out-of-station duties on an average shift in the last...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police stations were in operation in east Belfast in each of the last six years.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers were stationed in east Belfast in each of the last six years.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers work within the east Belfast district of Northern Ireland, broken down by principal duty...

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy to collate information on the number of patients waiting for (a) MRI scans and (b) other radiological investigations.

      Regional Adolescent Psychiatry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many whole time equivalent consultants in child and adolescent psychiatry are working (a) in Belfast and (b) within each of the Province's...

      Regional Adolescent Psychiatry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest time a patient has been waiting for child and adolescent psychiatry assessment is at each health trust in the Province.

      Regional Adolescent Psychiatry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of (a) child psychologists, (b) child psychotherapists, (c) social workers, (d) nurses and (e)...

      Regional Adolescent Psychiatry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the remit of the Mental Health Review chaired by Professor Bamford includes regional child and adolescent psychiatry services.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what expenditure there has been on (a) new roads schemes and improvements and (b) repairs to the roads network in the Lagan Valley constituency...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new social housing units have been built in the Lagan Valley constituency in each year since 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Department between 31...

      Truth and Reconciliation Processes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with which groups he has discussed possible truth and reconciliation processes in the Province.

      Ulster Defence Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy that (a) the Government and (b) organisations supported by the Government will direct no settlement or...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of those applying for antisocial behaviour orders in the past 12 months were registered social landlords.

    • Avon Fire Brigades Union

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the resolution submitted to his Department by the Avon Fire Brigades Union with reference to the future provision of fire and...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in the last two years.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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, specifying the...

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the gender pay gap among staff in his Department.

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff are employed by the Government offices for the regions; and how many have been seconded from Government Departments, broken down by Department.

      Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cash incentive scheme grants have been made in each Government office region in each year since 2001–02; and what the total value was of these...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the London Housing Board's decision to invest £15 million for building new affordable housing outside London.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the viability of the One+One+One policy for providing a mixture of housing for rent, for sale and shared ownership in rural...

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) administrative and (b) total expenditure of the Housing Corporation was in 1997; and what the forecast expenditure is for (i) 2004–05 and (ii)...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total council-owned housing stock is in each housing authority in England; and how many and what percentage of dwellings (a) are unfit and (b) meet the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) under what provisions the retrospective switch in grant from North Yorkshire county council to London boroughs, Metropolitan boroughs and urban unitary...

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which body is responsible for dealing with complaints of maladministration against the local government ombudsman.

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Neighbourhood Renewal Assessment for the Kensington New Deal for Communities area and the Elm Park neighbourhood of Liverpool will be published; and if...

      Pay Bargaining Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times the appraisal system for each pay bargaining unit in his Department has been changed in the last five years; and how many staff are fully or partly...

      Rural Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to make an announcement on the exceptions policy for rural housing; and for what reasons an announcement has not yet been made.

      Shredding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997.

      Sport and Recreation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list local authorities with strategies for sport and recreation.

      Students

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to consult local communities affected by the concentration of high student numbers in his study into managing good practice in the...

      Timber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months in (i) his Office and (ii) each agency of his...

      Upward Only Rent Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will respond to the consultation on upward only rent review, which closed in September.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) his Office and (b) each agency of his Office; what percentage of offices have these facilities; and what...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the Office's policy is towards age discrimination.

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Duchy's policy is towards age discrimination.

      Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will make it her policy to disclose prior to the first week of May 2005 her Department's estimate of the overall cost within its existing budget...

      Civil Service Sports Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by what mechanisms land belonging to the Civil Service was transferred to the freehold ownership of the Civil Service Sports Council.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what her estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) the Office, (ii) agencies and (iii) other public...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by the Duchy in each of the last two years; (2)...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by the Duchy...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by the Office in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost has been of criminal damage to the Office's buildings in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what crèche facilities are provided by the Office; and at what cost.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of (a) in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Department for staff in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the total external spending by the Duchy on private finance initiative consultants was in each of the last two years; how many full-time...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what crèche facilities are provided by the Duchy for its administrative staff; and at what cost.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total cost to the Office was for accountancy services in each of the last two years.

      Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list his official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and (b) location was of each...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the most recent equal pay review included comparisons of (a) ethnic groups, (b) disabled and able-bodied and (c) part-time and full-time...

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the gender pay gap amongst staff in the Office.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the gender pay gap amongst staff in the Duchy.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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 the Office in...

      Public Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for which of the five public engagements listed in his Answer of 2 December 2004, Official Report, column 252W, on public engagements, texts or...

      Security Vetting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether (a) spouses and (b) other partners of Cabinet Ministers are subject to security vetting.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many complaints were made by her office's civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.

      Sustainable Timber

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the refurbishment projects in her Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is being...

  • Health

    • Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of treating medical conditions deemed to be linked to the use of alcohol was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Ambulance Services (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements in ambulance services in Gloucestershire have taken place since 1997.

      Atypical Anti-psychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the increase in prescribing of atypical anti-psychotic drugs as a proportion of anti-psychotics since the publication of the National Institute...

      Barnet Chase Farm Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Barnet Chase Farm Hospital Trust communications strategy.

      Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on (a) the financial situation of and (b) the future prospects for Bedfordshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust.

      Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will adjust cancer targets to indicate quality of life and managed death indicators.

      Carers (Pendle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers there are in Pendle.

      Cheltenham General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been invested in paediatric services at the Cheltenham General Hospital since 1997.

      Cheltenham General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional ambulance services will be available to transport child patients to the Gloucester Royal Hospital if proposals to transfer dedicated...

      Cheltenham General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been treated at the Battledown Ward of Cheltenham General Hospital in each year since 1997.

      Childhood Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage the iron intake of children to prevent childhood anaemia; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Childhood Spinal Deformity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made on the review of services for children with scoliosis and spinal deformity; when he expects this work to be completed; and how...

      Communication Masts (Health Effects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the cumulative effects of multiple mobile phone/Tetra masts on the health of people living nearby.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Dermatology Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum time was that a patient waited for a first dermatology outpatient appointment in the last year for which figures are...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS organisations in implementing the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance technology...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people inject Insulin daily for the treatment of their diabetes; and what proportion of these people inject animal insulin.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of primary care general practices have a diabetes clinic attached to them.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetes datasets defining minimum standards have NHS Information Standards Board approval.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Coventry are on waiting lists for digital hearing aids.

      Draft Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the code of practice to accompany the draft Mental Health Bill.

      Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cost of the commitment to provide access to an employment adviser for everyone with severe mental health problems made...

      Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the availability of employment advice and Individual Placement Support to people with severe mental health problems,...

      Employment Terms and Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives are being assessed by the Government to achieve the aim of improving the quality of jobs by reducing monotony, increasing job control...

      Expert Patients Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how many primary care trusts had completed all four pilot stage courses under the Expert Patients Programme on (a) 1 April and (b) 1 December; (2)...

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens in Bolton, North-East have access to free eye tests.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many firework-related callouts to the ambulance service there were in England in (a) 2004 and (b) 2003.

      Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provides to the British Fluoridation Society; and whether the society receives funding on a regular basis.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on his policy objectives for further discussion in the EU regarding legislation on (a) food supplements, (b) nutrition...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the meetings with manufacturers, retailers and consumers of food supplements recently arranged by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this was paid to outside...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Moorfield Eye Hospital NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this was paid to outside...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Papworth Hospital NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this was paid to outside consultants;...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust (now Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) spent on preparing its application for...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how much the Addenbrooke's NHS Trust (now Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) spent on preparing its application for foundation...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how much the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how much the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospital Services NHS Trust (now Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) spent on preparing its application for...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Guy's and St. Thomas's NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Peterborough Hospital NHS Trust spent on changing its name to Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospital Services NHS Trust (now Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) spent on changing its name from Southern...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how much the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how much the Stockport NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to outside...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) how much the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Royal Marsden NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to outside...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust spent on preparing its application for foundation status; how much of this expenditure was paid to...

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on heart disease and cancer care in Bolton, North-East in each of the last five years.

      General Social Care Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what performance standard has been set for processing an application by the General Social Care Council; how long it has taken on average in the last...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been referred to genito-urinary medicine clinics in each year since 1997; and what proportion were given an appointment within 48 hours.

      GP Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available in each primary care trust area for upgrading or rebuilding general practitioner surgeries.

      Greater Manchester Surgical Unit, Trafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the business case was presented for the Greater Manchester Surgical Unit, Trafford to (a) the board of the relevant strategic health authority...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been made available for health services in Liverpool in each year since 1997.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital's Trust in each year since its formation.

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has evaluated on the introduction of a national campaign on sexual health as set out in the White Paper, Choosing Health, Cm 6374,...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts in England recorded a reduction in hospital infections between 2003 and 2004.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the MRSA cases reported in 2003–04 at Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Hospital Trust resulted in (a) death, (b) loss of physical...

      Independent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many independent sector treatment centres have contacts with the NHS; and what assessment he has made of their impact on (a) patient care and...

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received free influenza vaccinations in Bolton, North-East in 2004.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to give Synthetic Insulin Tolerance Syndrome drug protection under orphan drug status; and if he will take steps to ensure there are...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will request the Committee on the Safety of Medicine to review its data on the application of insulin treatment for diabetic patients; and if...

      Locum Doctors (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use of locum doctors under the new out-of-hours arrangements for general practitioners in North Yorkshire.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether small businesses will be the subject of vexatious litigation arising from the proposal to challenge discrimination...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MIND facilities in England have had their public funding reduced for 2004–05.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many graduate mental health workers (a) were employed in 2004 and (b) need to be recruited in 2005–06 to meet Government targets.

      Milk Token Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include goats milk in the infant token scheme.

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has issued about the efficacy of the MMR vaccination for preventing mumps after 10 years from the date of vaccination.

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have contracted mumps in each of the last five years; and how many were minors.

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the introduction of the National Programme for IT computer system into the NHS; (2) what the estimated cost is of...

      NHS Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaners, as distinct from other ancillary staff, are employed by (a) the NHS and (b) private contractors providing services to the NHS.

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure is planned for the NHS in each financial year from 2005–06 to 2007–08.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in Bolton, North-East in each of the last seven years.

      Nursing Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down by age recipients of NHS bursaries for nurse training in each year since 2000.

      Patient Counselling/Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in using patients diagnosed with particular conditions as a bank of advice and counselling for those recently diagnosed with...

      Patient Counselling/Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the informed patient project will receive in each year until 2009–10; and if he will make a statement.

      Pregnancy Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public money was made available to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for its work in each of the last three years.

      Premature Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define the meaning of premature death when used for the purposes of policy making in his Department.

      Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care premises are over 30 years old.

      Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Department will be able to assess expenditure in individual cases for each primary care trust.

      Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what public scrutiny takes place of the spending of primary care trusts top-sliced for private operations; (2) what percentage of primary care...

      Programme Budget Project Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the report of the programme budget project group will be published.

      Psychotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision for psychotherapy is available under the national health service in England.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by (a) the Human Tissue Authority and (b) the Commission for Public and Patient Involvement in Health; what the running cost...

      Royal Free Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reconfiguration of maternity services at the Royal Free Hospital.

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place between the National Institute for Mental Health England and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of social workers had registered with the General Social Care Council by 1 December.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to warn people of the danger of excessive use of sunbeds.

      Wandsworth Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was granted to Wandsworth Primary Care Trust in each of the last three years.

      Working Time Directive (Junior Doctors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what implications the European Working Time Directive will have for the working patterns of junior doctors in the UK.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Assets Recovery Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they estimate to be the total cost of the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland for 2004–05 and 2005–06; whether they will allow full...

    • Illegal Dumping: PSNI/Garda SiochanaCo-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18 November (WA 183), what is the evidence, in terms of seizures, charges and convictions, to sustain the...

      Northern Ireland: Criminal Justice Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What government bodies the Criminal Justice Directorate has met since June.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 21 October (WA 94) concerning the minutes of the meetings between the Ulster Scots Agency and the Department...

      Northern Ireland Events Company

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date consultation took place between the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Northern Ireland Events Company concerning that...

      Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 December (WA 5), why there was an underspend for the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and...

      Judicial Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to their proposals concerning judicial pensions, how many judges indicated that they would resign if the changes were not brought forward; and whether...

      Incitement to Racial Hatred: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions have been brought, during the period for which there are official records, for the offence of incitement to racial hatred.

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether for the provisional version of the constitution for the European Union, signed in Rome on 29 October, they will list each article or other part: (a) to...

      Cyprus: Mine Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union funds for the "Partnership for the Future" programme are available to meet Turkish costs incurred in the removal of still hazardous...

      Indigenous Peoples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will promote a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in 2005 to enable the working group on the draft Declaration on the Rights of...

      Indigenous Peoples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their view that no collective rights should be included in the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and, if so, whether they will...

      Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they still adhere to the rights of minorities set out in the document of the Copenhagen meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of the Commission...

      Equal Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to include in the legislation for a single Commission for Equality and Human Rights a specific duty for public sector employers to monitor pay...

      Reserve Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases since 1996 have come before a reinstatement committee established under the Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985 in consequence of...

      Ministry of Defence: Equipment Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which section within the Ministry of Defence has responsibility for systematically reviewing existing platforms and systems, and for considering whether it would...

      Regimental Charities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will affect regimental charities.

      Sure Start

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Sure Start schemes there are; and how many of these schemes work with grandparents and extended kin who care for young children; and What funding is...

      Roundabouts: Design

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to issue new guidance to planning authorities that will integrate advice on road safety, sensitive street lighting, environmental and landscape...

      Tourism: Exchange Rate Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been lost in potential income to the United Kingdom tourism and leisure industry, and hence in tax revenue, as a result of inbound tourists from...

      Research Ethics Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long it takes on average for the multi-centre research ethics committee to consider cases submitted to it from the date when they are submitted until a...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the publication of the report of the European Court of Auditors, whether they will now hold a full inquiry into the handling of the foot and mouth epidemic.

      M4: Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been an increase in the number of accidents causing death, injury and long delays on the M4 motorway between junctions 10 and 12 in each...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link: Removal of Spoil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assurances were given by the developer of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link about removal by rail or road of spoil from the workings in the Kings Cross area.

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link: Removal of Spoil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What weekly volumes of spoil from the Channel Tunnel Rail Link are planned to be removed from the Kings Cross sites by (a) rail; and (b) road, over the next three...

      Railways: Level Crossings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to replace busy railway level crossings with bridges on high speed lines.

      Railways: Level Crossings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with Somerset County Council on the replacement of the level crossing at Silk Mills Lane, Taunton, with an overbridge.

      Railways: Level Crossings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation they have carried out of the time-saving and safety benefits which would follow the replacement of the level crossing at Silk Mills Lane, Taunton,...

      Network Rail: Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of investment planned by Network Rail since the Office of the Rail Regulator's review; and by how much this investment is underspent.

      Vehicles: All-wheel Braking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether proposals have been made for a European Union directive or an amendment to the Construction and Use Regulations that would prohibit the use of road...

      Vehicles: All-wheel Braking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the age of the newest vehicle, apart from agricultural and plant vehicles, that can be legally used on United Kingdom roads without all-wheel braking.

      Vehicles: All-wheel Braking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their best estimate of the number of accidents that have been caused by vehicles not having braking on all wheels.

      Vehicles: All-wheel Braking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have commissioned any research into accidents that may have been caused by the operation of vehicles without all-wheel braking.

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