Written answers

Tuesday, 14 December 2004

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Cross-examination

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what (a) advice and (b) training is given to judges to help them to deal with family cases in which there is an...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been raised by the Aggregate Tax in each quarter of its existence in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

    • Audit Exemption Threshold

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the deregulatory measure to raise the audit exemption threshold was contained in the list of 147 regulations for reform or removal referred to by...

      Britain in Europe

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his meeting with representatives of Britain in Europe on 17 November 2004; what issues were discussed; whether civil servants...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children in Pendle he estimates will benefit from the Child Trust Fund; (2) how many children in Burnley he estimates will benefit from the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assurances he obtained from Sir Nicholas Montagu that he would not be consulting with PricewaterhouseCooper's clients on tax matters prior to granting...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue will reply to the letter of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead concerning his constituent, Miss Yardley.

      Inland Revenue Informers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Inland Revenue informers had their relationship terminated between 6 March 2000 and 28 July 2000; and how many Inland Revenue handling officers...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the fishing industry of the proposed rise of 1p per litre in the rate of fuel duty for red diesel.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the agricultural industry of the proposed rise of 1p per litre in the rate of fuel duty on red diesel.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 on the use of covert human intelligence sources by Inland Revenue.

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the (a) Commissioner of Inland Revenue and (b) Inland Revenue solicitor responsible for determining the impact of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Inland Revenue conducted an impact assessment of the effects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 on informers before its passage into law.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the research commissioned by the Association of British Bookmakers into fixed-odds betting...

    • Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will break down the £200 million national funding for children's play announced by her predecessor in June 2001 by (a)...

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners aged over 75 years living in Coventry are entitled to a free television licence.

      Gambling/Casino Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the guidance to be provided to local authorities on the provision of gambling and casino licences.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total travel costs to her Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials for each year since 1997.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Advertising

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

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in the last two years.

      Departmental Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many letters were returned to her Department marked as incorrectly addressed in each of the last 12 months; (2) if...

      Departmental Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role is played by the two non-executive directors on her Department's management board; and what remuneration each receives.

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce an automatic e-mail notification facility for announcements and publications issued by her...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies the Government has made of (a) sulphur dioxide and (b) nitrous oxide trading in the United States; and what...

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dairy farmers there were in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers there were in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases have been brought against her Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a)...

      Pigs/Pigmeat Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) pork, (b) bacon and (c) ham sold in UK supermarkets is (i) British produced and (ii) bears the Meat...

      Pigs/Pigmeat Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the size of the UK pig herd was in (a) 1994, (b) 1999 and (c) 2004.

      Pigs/Pigmeat Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received regarding the impact of pork imports on domestic pig production.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the (a) Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards, (b) Zoos Forum, (c) Advisory Committee on Pesticides...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the (a) Government-Industry Forum on non-Food Uses of Crop, (b) Hill Farming Advisory Committee for...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the (a) Air Quality Expert Group, (b) Apple and Pear Research Council, (c) Committee of...

      Regional Climate Change Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated public expenditure on the regional climate change partnerships in England was in the latest year for which...

      Sellafield (Flooding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation she has made of the threat of flooding to Sellafield from the River Calder; and what assessment she has made...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to fund the establishment and maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what projects local authorities are undertaking to reuse household wood.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairswhat measures she is taking to ensure that the polluter pays principle applies to the collection and management of municipal...

      Water Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the tax component of the recent increase in water rates is.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost was of running each official residence for which her Department is responsible in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the cost of receptions and parties hosted by Ministers in her Department in their official residences has been since 1997; (2) if she will...

      Projected Operation Budgets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the projected (a) resource budget, (b) staff numbers and (c) running costs are of (i) the Regulatory Impact Unit and (ii) the Better Regulation...

      Public Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 2 December 2004, Official Report, column 252W, on public engagements, whether he fulfilled public engagements in (a)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Cabinet Office special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997.

  • Prime Minister

    • Butler Report

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what action has been taken to address the recommendation in paragraph 585 of Lord Butler's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction concerning the use...

    • Butler Review

      To ask the Prime Minister what action has been taken to address the concerns expressed in paragraph 611 of Lord Butler's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction, concerning...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Capital Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what capital expenditure has been at the Lagan Valley hospital in each year since 1997.

    • Capital Formula Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy that the Capital Formula Review should redistribute resources in line with population changes; and when the new formula...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or destruction of...

      Halloween

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fire-related (a) injuries, (b) accident and emergency attendances, (c) ambulance calls, (d) fire service call-outs and (e) police calls...

      Legislation

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

      Royal Irish Regiment

      Mr. Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average weekly working hours for the junior ranks of the full-time Home Service Royal Irish Regiment were between October 2003...

      Stair Lifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients who have been listed as high priority are on the waiting list for a stair lift, broken down by health trust area.

  • Transport

    • A1 Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the revised start dates are of construction of (a) the A1 Dishforth to Barton upgrade and (b) the Haydon Bridge bypass.

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he plans to launch the public consultation on plans to widen the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon; (2) for what reasons the public...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Driving (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he takes to advise the public on the possible effects on driving whilst taking (a) benzodiazepines, (b) tricyclic antidepressants and (c)...

      European Railway Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met the Chairman of the Board of the European Railway Agency; and if he will make a statement on (a) the work of the Agency and (b) its...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the trunk road network has been resurfaced with quieter surfaces pursuant to the policy announced on 17 October 2001; and what...

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the schemes for resurfacing concrete trunk roads with quieter materials which were announced by the Highways Agency on 17 October 2001 have...

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the trunk roads with concrete surfaces which have been opened since June 1988; what the results were of noise surveys in respect of...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's publicity budget for road safety is in the current year; and what his Department's expenditure on road safety publicity was in...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents resulted in (a) death and (b) serious injury in the most recent year for which figures are available; and in how many...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what proportion of road traffic accidents the victim was (a) a pedestrian and (b) a cyclist in the last period for which figures are available,...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) non-serious injuries thought to have been caused by mobile phone use by...

      Roadside Drug Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the powers under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 to carry out roadside drug tests will be utilised; and if he will make a statement.

      Roadside Drug Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people killed in motor accidents in each of the last 10 years had illegal drugs present in their body at the time of the accident; and how...

      Search and Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much public expenditure has been spent in each financial year since 1997–98 on search and rescue activities, broken down by (a) civil...

      Special Advisers

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

      Station Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the increases in car park charges at rail stations run by South Eastern Trains; and if he will make a statement.

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much per commuter mile was paid by Thameslink to the Government in each of the last three years; what the total payments from Thameslink have been...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost of the Thameslink 2000 project is; and if he will make a statement.

      Thelwall Viaduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on repair works to the M6 Thelwall viaduct; and if he will make a statement.

      Traffic Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to enable local authorities to display traffic speed limit repeater signs on all main and through roads.

  • Home Department

    • Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what facilities are being made available to Sir Alan Budd to (a) see papers and (b) question individuals in connection with the inquiry...

    • Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether Sir Alan Budd will be remunerated for carrying out his inquiry on the conduct of the Home Secretary; (2) who is reimbursing...

      CCTV (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on CCTV in the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are in post; and how many he expects will be in post in each month up to March 2005.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year from April 1997 to April 2004; what the reasons are for...

      Departmental Websites

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

      Home Office (Lighting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the lights in the new Home Office building in Marsham street are being left on for 24 hours a day; and if he will make a...

      Home Office Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all Home Office Bills that have been enacted since May 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many written parliamentary questions tabled in the last Session of Parliament were answered by his Department with the response 'it has...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many questions to his Department remained unanswered at prorogation; and what percentage of these Questions had been tabled (a)...

      Police Stations (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police stations in Essex which have been (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1979.

      Port Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on providing security at ports in each year since 1997, broken down by location.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March 2003 and 31...

      Stolen Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of dogs stolen in England in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Cadet Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial and (b) other assistance is given by his Department to (i) sea cadets, (ii) army cadets and (iii) air cadets.

    • Cadet Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance was given to cadet units in the south-east of England about carrying firearms on Remembrance Sunday; what role Ministers had in issuing...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total external spending by his Department was on public private partnership (PPP) consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much his Department's capital budget was underspent in financial year 2003–04.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes to his Department's depreciation figures occurred between the publication of the 2004 Budget (HC 701, 2003–04) and the pre-Budget...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to ensure that telephones in his Department are not used by staff for making unauthorised personal calls to international numbers.

      Environmental Tectonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consultations his Department has had with Environmental Tectonics Corporation regarding that company's involvement in the Authentic Tactical...

      Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the coherency package for British shipyards has had on the decision to reassess the requirement for the Future Surface Combatant.

      Peacekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list he countries in which British peacekeeping forces are deployed; and how many British peacekeeping forces were employed in peacekeeping...

      Personnel Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the (a) questions asked and (b) responses given to the seventh serving personnel survey for the Army conducted in June.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what controls govern the intellectual property rights developed by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency following its transfer to QinetiQ, with...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many research and development procurement opportunities were disseminated by his Department to small and medium-sized enterprises registered through...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expenditure was by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible on research and development work by organisations...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure on research and development was made by each agency sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001–02; and what percentage...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on research and development in each year since 2001–02; and what percentage of total Departmental expenditure...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure has been made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible for research and development projects...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure was made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible for research and development projects undertaken...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure was made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible for research and development projects undertaken...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure was made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible for research and development projects by...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Learning Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications for adult learning grants have been made in the North East; how many have been granted; and what the average grant has...

    • Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he plans to measure the effects of amendments to the notification scheme for private fostering set out in section 44 of the Children Act...

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in each local authority have notified their authority that they are acting as private foster carers.

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were prosecuted for failing to notify a local authority of their intention privately to foster a child in (a) 2001–02,...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources have been allocated to regional Learning and Skills Council offices for (a) start up, (b) running costs and (c) outreach work.

      Skills Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the role of public sector purchasers in advancing the skills agenda.

      Skills Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to improve liaison between sector skills councils and the relevant awarding bodies.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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 Education and Skills on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an...

      Vocational Education/Qualifications

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

      Vocational Education/Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking in conjunction with the devolved administrations to harmonise vocational qualification frameworks across the UK,...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when he expects to publish a report on the results of his investment of £27 million in volunteering by students announced in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • New Deal for the Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 69W, on the New Deal for the Disabled, what plans he has for the renewal of...

    • Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners took up pension credit in October in the constituency of (a) Moray, (b) Banff and Buchan, (c) Tayside North, (d)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners his Department estimates are eligible for pension credit in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland; and how many pensioners have taken...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average payment of pension credit in Strathkelvin and Bearsden is; (2) how many people received pension credit in Strathkelvin...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of the pension credit in each year from 2006–07 to 2011–12 if (a) the guarantee element of the pension...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of pension credit in Telford; and if he will estimate how many are entitled to claim and have not done so.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many constituents of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber have received the pension credit.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female pensioner recipients of (i) income support, (ii) the minimum income guarantee and (iii) pension credit there...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) pension credit there have been in Wirral, west constituency in each year since...

      Unemployment (Lewisham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he has taken to reduce unemployment in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 2001 among (a) young people, (b) disabled people,...

      US Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received regarding the downsizing of the US Navy operations in London and the consequences on employment in London.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many constituents of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber have received the winter fuel payment.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received winter fuel payments in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire in 2004.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Aggregates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of the description of a special landscape area in connection with the selection of land for gravel and aggregate production; and what recent...

    • Childcare Allowances

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what level of childcare allowance is available for elected members serving on (a) county, (b) unitary, (c) Metropolitan boroughs and (d) borough and district...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Email

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce an automatic e-mail notification facility for all announcements and publications issued by his Department and those public bodies...

      Engagements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 meeting; what...

      Housing and Employment Services Mobility Project

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress in developing the Housing and Employment Services Mobility project.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 cases and (b)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will rank each local authority in England by the percentage of total expenditure financed by council tax in 2003–04.

      Ministerial Tour

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether civil servants accompanied him on his tour of the North East on 1 November.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average proportion of household income spent on mortgages by first-time buyers buying property within the Greater London area was in the latest year for...

      North-east Referendum

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what European Parties Elections and Referendums Network funds were used in support of the recent referendum in the North East.

      Planning Delivery Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Planning Delivery Grant has been allocated to each local authority in each year since its creation.

      Planning Delivery Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria are used for the allocation of Planning Delivery Grant to individual local authorities in England.

      Seaside and Country Homes Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many and what size properties were released by nominees from London boroughs to the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in (a) 2002–03 and (b)...

      Shredding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff hours have been spent shredding documents in each month since January.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without Ministers, since...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Supporting People Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff are employed by the Supporting People initiative in (a) Worcestershire and (b) England.

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many reactors owned by British Energy are out of action; what discussions she has had with British Energy on the potential impact on...

    • Corporate Social Responsibility Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy for companies to be required to produce annual corporate social responsibility reports in a consistent and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter to her from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to the Managing Director of Warm Front.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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 Files

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

      Departmental Five Year Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of printing her Department's Five Year Programme published on 17 November.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Article III-6 of the proposed EU Constitution will create a legal basis for the application of EU regulation to services of general...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues in the Treasury about the proposed closure by Exeter university of its...

      External Consultants

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

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information the Export Credits Guarantee Department has sought from MW Kellogg and Kellogg, Brown and Root with regard to the bribery...

      Postgraduate Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which research councils allow students from other EU countries to accept studentships for postgraduate study in British universities.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by the (a) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, (b) Council for the Central Laboratory of the...

      Rogue Traders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she will take to ensure that the activities of legitimate companies are not damaged by Government proposals to ban doorstep selling...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list directors of the Shareholder Executive, broken down by (a) appointing Department and (b) date of appointment; and what other...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran regarding Hamas and Hezbollah.

    • France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK bilateral diplomatic relations with France.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the measures the new leadership of the Palestinian Authority is taking to prevent terror attacks...

      Sudan

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

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the level of threat to UK embassies posed by terrorist cells abroad.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Bangladesh.

      South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to achieve greater stability in the middle east.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the middle east peace process.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the route change to the Israeli Security Wall recently approved by the Israeli Defence Minister.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has made of the effect that the re-routing of the Security Wall in the West...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Department's strategy is for reducing the supply of opium from Afghanistan.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made by the Government to the Government of Burma to release (a) all political prisoners...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reports that the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi has been extended by the newly appointed Prime...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma to ask for the release of the campaigner, Win Tin.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received about the Government of Burma's decision to release more than 9,000 prisoners; and what...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the need to (a) respect human rights and (b) uphold their...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason Burmese state-owned enterprises with particular reference to Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise have not been...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the Association of South East Asian Nations regarding the role that...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to press for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from prison in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the roadmap to democracy in Burma put forward by the Government of Thailand.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking through (a) the European Union and (b) the United Nations to improve the political...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which countries he has had discussions to request the removal of child pornography websites; and how many such requests...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Colombian authorities on recent releases of prisoners accused of being guerrillas; and if...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Detention Centres (United States of America)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the legal framework for dealing with the detainees at Guantanamo Bay and other United States...

      Embassy/Consulate Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will introduce an accreditation scheme for solicitors whose details are given to British citizens by British embassies or...

      EU Foreign Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on preparations being made within (a) the European Commission and (b) the UK Civil Service for the...

      EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on the establishment of a joint EU intelligence sharing and co-ordination service.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sources the Government use to calculate the total number of people killed in Iraq since 20 March 2003; and what the current...

      Islah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Government of the United Arab Emirates and (b) the Government of Saudi Arabia on the...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the Governments of (a) Pakistan and (b) India regarding talks about Kashmir.

      Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will undertake a study of the security implications for Jamaica of a sudden reduction in the price paid by the European...

      Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the Jamaican Government on the security implications for Jamaica of a sudden reduction in...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether the previous Nigerian regime's use of financial instruments in the City of...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan concerning the deaths in police custody of (a) Nasir Masih and...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan concerning rapes and assaults committed upon minority women and...

      Rockall Continental Shelf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in resolving the Rockall continental shelf dispute with Denmark and Iceland.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are making to encourage the peace process in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has held with the Government of Thailand on improving the human rights record of the Government...

      Travel Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice the Foreign and Commonwealth Office gives to British travellers abroad on health care and travel insurance.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to Turkey to abolish the use of passports for internal travel on the island of Cyprus.

  • Health

    • Care Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he had issued on the respective responsibilities of the national health service and local authority social service departments for the...

    • Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the complementary (a) treatments and (b) therapies which are available to patients on the NHS.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to train a dentist (a) in total and (b) per year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the annual cost to the NHS on average of one NHS dentist under the new dentistry contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Lancashire have received grants to establish and equip their practice in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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,...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) PFI projects in his Department for each of the last two years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinically-led diabetes networks have been established; and whether existing networks have been established at a level coterminous with secondary...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the status of the National Diabetes Support Team will be after the abolition of the NHS Modernisation Agency.

      Draft Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis he has calculated that the draft Mental Health Bill will not lead to any net increase in compulsory admissions.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in relation to extending the lists of nutrients and nutrient sources permitted for use under the provisions of the Food...

      Group B Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the protocols put in place for dealing with Group B Streptococcus in pregnant women in (a) Belgium and (b) the United States.

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of public funding for health per capita in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Birmingham and (c) Hodge Hill in each of the next three...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on health tourism of the introduction of identity cards; (2) whether he expects the NHS to make...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the identity card will replace the proposed European health card due to be introduced by 31 December 2005.

      Long-Term Care (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many older people are in receipt of long-term care within the Greater London area.

      Lowe Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children are diagnosed each year with Lowe syndrome in England; (2) what treatment options are available to children born with Lowe...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what working arrangements Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust has in place with other mental health trusts; (2) whether plans have been made by...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) what assessment (a) the Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust and (b) Wycombe Primary Care Trust have made of (i) the demand and (ii) the need for...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of specific provision for children and young people from black and ethnic minorities with mental health problems.

      National Director for Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what priorities he has set for the National Director for Mental Health, with particular reference to the implementation of patient choice.

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS expenditure (a) in total and (b) per person on (i) children aged under five, (ii) children aged five to 18, (iii) men aged 18 to 60, (iv) women...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many placements have been secured through NHS Professionals to date, broken down by (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) allied professionals.

      NHS Staff (Pharmaceutical Company Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on hospitals employing nurses and doctors funded wholly or in part by pharmaceutical companies.

      NHS Staff Profile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) other staff are from (i) other EU countries, (ii) Commonwealth countries and (iii) other countries.

      Patient Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is being undertaken into patient education and long-term condition self-management strategies.

      Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the connection between the level of deprivation in an area and the quality of its primary care facilities; and if he will...

      Rare Diseases (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding streams are available to organisations seeking to research medical treatment for rare diseases.

      Regional Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated public expenditure on the (a) regional public health observatories and (b) regional public health groups was in England in the latest...

      School Nurse Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses have been employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Skills for Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding Skills for Health has received in each financial year since April 2002.

      St. George's Hospital (Walk-in Centre)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated at the NHS walk-in centre at St. George's Hospital in each year since it was opened.

      Tuberculosis/Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost of (a) the mobile screening service for tuberculosis and (b) all screening services for tuberculosis in the latest year...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Solihull parliamentary constituency and (b) the Borough of Solihull have waited for more than six months for foot and ankle...

  • House of Lords

    • Ministry of Defence: Senior Responsible Owners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many senior responsible owners (SROs) have been appointed by the Ministry of Defence; what are the responsibilities and dates of appointment of such SROs; and...

    • Lithuania: Deployment of British Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the British Armed Forces, and of what ranks, are stationed in Lithuania; and under what arrangements they are stationed there.

      Ministry of Defence: Urgent Operational Requirements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made by the Ministry of Defence in bringing together more information on urgent operational requirements so that these may be better...

      National Firearms Management System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce the date on which the National Firearms Licensing Management System, as required by Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, will...

      Cheque Books: Fraudulent Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the most recent 12-month period were cheque books used fraudulently after failing to reach their intended recipients through the post.

      Vehicles: All-Wheel Braking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their best estimate of the number of: (a) motor cars without all-wheel braking; (b) privately owned light goods vehicles without all-wheel braking; (c)...

      School Transport Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the impact of the proposed School Transport Bill will be on traffic flows and the levels of congestion.

      Children Trafficking: Safehouses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider introducing a "safe-house" scheme for children trafficked for the purpose of prostitution, similar to the pilot "safe-houses" for women.

      Gypsy and Irish Traveller Children: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the small number of children identified as "Traveller of Irish Heritage" and "Gypsy Roma" in the Department for Education and Skills London...

      Gypsy and Irish Traveller Children: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a table showing the number of children identified as "Traveller of Irish Heritage" and "Gypsy Roma" in the Pupil Level Annual Schools...

      Zimbabwe: England Cricket Tour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings they have had with the England and Wales Cricket Board, its chairman, manager or players regarding the current cricket tour of Zimbabwe; and what...

      Employment Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the change in Section 2(9)(d) of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/2351) whereby it...

      Employment Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Ministers of the Crown have powers to invoke the National Security Proceedings provisions under Section 54(1)–(4) of the Employment Tribunals...

      Employment Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a chairman can review his own judgment under Section 33(4) of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1861).

      Croatia: International Criminal Tribunal

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

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish as a Command Paper or other document, setting down for each article, protocol, declaration, or other part of the final version of the...

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the entry into force in the United Kingdom of the European Union Constitutional Treaty, which body would have the final power of (a) interpreting the...

      Kosovo: Roma People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the recommendations made by the Ombudsperson in Kosovo, Marek Antoni Nowicki, in his letter of 22 November, to the Special Representative of...

      Côte d'Ivoire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and in what terms they communicated to the United Nations Security Council the decision to send British Armed Forces into Côte d'Ivoire.

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with the President of Somalia; and whether he has indicated any date for his return and that of his government to the capital,...

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will urge the Government of Somalia to instruct the Puntland militia to withdraw from the territory of Somaliland and to enter into discussions with...

      British Council: Russian Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are discussing the freedom to function of the British Council and legitimate non-governmental organisations, such as the Moscow Helsinki Group,...

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask Russia to publish the confidential reports made by the European Committee for Prevention of Torture (under the convention ratified in 1998).

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the Government of the Russian Federation and the international assemblies concerned the extent to which current political censorship...

      Russian Labour Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the International Labour Organisation the Russian Labour Code of 2002 and the current ability of trade union leaders to function in Russia.

      Turkey: Minefield Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will call on the Government of Turkey to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1062 (of 1996) and 1251 (of 1999) concerning the...

      Healthcare Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost of the Healthcare Commission; and whether they have made any estimate of the cost, in time and money, which compliance with the rules and...

      Defra: Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many special advisers are employed in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      Defra: Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why details of expenditure on professional advisers and private sector consultants are not held centrally by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 1 December (Hansard, col. 467), how many people are employed in the Rural Payments Agency; and how many of them have a...

      Prison and Probation Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount of funding was disbursed by the prison and probation services to voluntary sector organisations in each year from 1992 to 2003.

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