Written answers

Wednesday, 15 December 2004

  • Treasury

    • Accounting Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since 1 June he has been informed of a Minister issuing a direction to an accounting officer as set out in paragraphs 14 to 17 of the...

    • Cricket

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 16W, on the International Cricket Conference Headquarters, from which International...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation.

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list activities in which his Department has been involved to promote the benefits of the Government's policy towards the European Union; what the...

      GDP (Pendle)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the per capita GDP was for the Pendle local authority area in each year since 1995.

      Industrial Redundancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies per 1,000 workers are estimated from the Labour Force Survey to have been experienced in each industrial sector since 1997.

      Inland Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the topics are of the group litigation orders brought against the Inland Revenue and Customs which were resolved in the last 12 months; how many...

      Inland Revenue (Overpayments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests have been made to the Inland Revenue Overpayments Dispute Team by claimants of tax credit for waiver of recovery due to (a) official error...

      Inland Revenue (Overpayments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (1) what the average time is from the receipt of a completed TC846 form, for a decision to be made by the Inland Revenue on an appeal against its...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will outline the positions taken by each of the G8 member countries in respect of the International Finance Facility.

      Landfill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much landfill tax has been paid by operators on (a) in-house and (b) merchant landfill sites in each year since 1997.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have died of MRSA in care homes, as a proportion of total MRSA deaths, in each of the last five years.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account the Office for National Statistics intends to take of the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards.

      ISA Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outstanding stock of (a) cash ISAs, (b) insurance ISAs and (c) equity ISAs was on 31 March (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004; and what...

      Staff Gyms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many gyms are available to staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of working tax credit have been credited for underpayments in the last 12 months and subsequently told that the underpayment...

      Third World Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has made to (a) G8 and (b) Paris Club Nations on following the UK's lead in paying 10 per cent. of the debt service owed by...

      University Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the total cost in a year to the Exchequer of tax reliefs provided on donations to universities.

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Parking Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the report from the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Team on the Blue Badge Parking Scheme; and if he will make...

    • Bus and Cycle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds since 1997, broken down by local authority; (2) how many and what length...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce an automatic e-mail notification facility for all announcements and publications issued by his Department and those...

      Leigh-Manchester Busway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to reach a final decision on the planning inquiry and subsequent work on the Leigh to Manchester guided busway.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) he and (b) other Ministers from his Department have visited Switzerland; and what plans he has for future visits by Ministers from his Department.

      Motorway Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce a requirement for learner drivers prior to taking their driving tests, to take theoretical instruction on driving on motorways,...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are employed by (a) Forest Enterprise, (b) the Meat Hygiene Service, (c) the Royal Commission on...

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the British Waterways Board; what the (a) cost of salaries and expenses to members and (b) running...

      Cockling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (1) if she will make a statement on plans to introduce a licensing system for cockling (a) in Morecambe Bay and (b)...

      Commercial Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will outline the Government's policy towards commercial whaling; and if she will make a statement.

      Commercial Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representation was made by the Government to the International Whaling Commission meeting in Borgholm, Sweden, in...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for her Department in each of the last two...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the use of telephones in her Department by members of staff for their personal use relating to (a)...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has taken to ensure the telephones in her Department are not used by staff for making unauthorised personal...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated cost to her Department of unauthorised personal calls made by members of staff to (a) domestic numbers...

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken in the last 12 months to investigate the potential use of continuous sampling technology...

      Environmental Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions resulted in (a) convictions and (b) custodial sentences in each year since 1999 for offences related to...

      Environmental Pollution Royal Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department has allocated to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in each of the last 10 years;...

      Environmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department takes to make sure that the cost and rigour of environmental regulation in the UK compares...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total external spending by her Department was on public private partnership (PPP) consultants in each of the last...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total external spending by her Department was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the past...

      GM Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she received from (a) biotechnology companies, (b) environmental groups and (c) farming organisations...

      Land Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the policy of her Department is on land reform.

      Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with farming bodies regarding the application of organic nitrogen in nitrate...

      Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding (a) nitrate vulnerable zones and (b) nitrate derogations.

      Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make representations to obtain a derogation to allow organic nitrogen to be applied in nitrate vulnerable zones...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the potential for plasma gasification melting technology to deal with nuclear waste.

      Oil Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from (a) the Environment Agency and (b) the Environmental Industries Commission on oil...

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what products containing organophosphates are authorised for use in the United Kingdom, in (a) agriculture, (b) horticulture,...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value was of contracts between community recycling organisations and local authorities in England in (a) 2000,...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many community recycling organisations were registered in England to collect waste in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and...

      Sea Defence Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what procurement policy the Government have in place for the use of timber in sea defence projects; and what steps she...

      Sewage Discharges (River Thames)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sewage was discharged into the Thames in each month of the last four years.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with which supermarkets her Department has had discussions regarding policies on stocking UK-produced food.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list in descending order the percentage of (a) pork, (b) bacon and (c) ham which (i) was British and (ii) bore...

      Turkey Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (1) how many cases of the liver disease blackhead have been detected in commercial turkey farms in the UK, in each of the...

      Turkey Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what technology her Department uses to monitor the spread of turkey manure.

      Turkey Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is taking to control the spread of odour from turkey manure.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total tonnage of waste collected has been by community recycling organisations in England in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much public money was spent on collecting and managing municipal waste in England in each year between 1997 and 2002;...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to help fixed income and low paid households in the south west of England pay increased water charges.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions his officials have had discussions with the City Treasurer of the City of Newcastle to discuss the revenue financing of the Building Schools...

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the scaling factors are for supporting borrowing under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Election Turnouts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government has made of the impact on local election turnout of Electoral Commission Circular EC34/2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers local authorities have to levy council tax discounts for energy efficiency measures.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firework-related callouts to the fire service there were in England in (a) 2004 and (b) 2003.

      Government Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) regional bodies, (b) taskforces and (c) organisations that the Government have established since 1997; and which Departments have (i)...

      Ministerial Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what procedures are in place within his Department to ensure that Ministers do not use public resources for political or party advantage.

      MOD Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, columns 346–47W, on Ministry of Defence land, what assessment he has made of (a) the direct...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the use by Liverpool city council of the powers to declare a renewal area without having published the findings of a...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much neighbourhood renewal funding earmarked for wards with high levels of deprivation was transferred by Liverpool city council for the establishment of a...

      Planning Delivery Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Planning Delivery Grant is ring-fenced funding.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce legislation against age discrimination; and if she will make a statement.

    • Business Registration (Birmingham, Hodge Hill)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses were registered in Birmingham Hodge Hill in each of the last seven years.

      Business Support Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have been helped by Business Link in each (a) region, (b) constituency and (c) local authority ward in (i) 2003–04...

      Coal Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) operating and (b) investment aid has been made to collieries since 1997, broken down by colliery.

      Competition Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consultations her Department has undertaken with the newspaper and magazine distribution industry with regard to the proposed...

      Departmental Computer Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at interventions have been made across Government Departments to protect computer systems against the unwitting triggering of premium rate...

      Departmental Online Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's online advertising budget was for each year between 1997 and 2004.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the proposed EU Constitution will provide an additional legal basis for Community action in the field of services of general economic...

      External Consultants

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

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many firework-related (a) fatalities and (b) injuries occurred in (i) Wales and (ii) the South Wales Police Force Area in (A) 2002, (B)...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households are living in fuel poverty in Coventry.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households are deemed to be in fuel poverty, broken down by local authority area.

      Major Demonstration Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure there is no hiatus in funding availability between the expected ending of stream one funding under the...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with British Energy concerning the future of the Hinckley Point B, Hunterston B, Heysham 2 and Torness nuclear plant.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the negative value is of assets being transferred from British Nuclear Fuels to the Nuclear Recommissioning Authority on 1 April 2005.

      Oil and Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on the (a) UK (i) domestic consumption and (ii) economy and the (b) EU (A) domestic consumption and...

      Premium Rate Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the progress of Ofcom's review of premium rate services.

      Premium Rate Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking, in addition to the work being done by Ofcom and ICSTIS, to combat abuses of premium rate services, with...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the work of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management in compiling a national inventory of radioactive waste.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in respect of the recommendations of the Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution on Biomass as a Renewable...

      Royal Mail (Performance Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce performance statistics for Royal Mail based on the first three letters and digits of the postcodes; and if she will make...

      Sub-contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has (a) to bring forward legislation to provide protection for sub-contractors from loss following a main contractor's...

      Sub-contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has received in respect of the letters of comfort issued to sub-contractors immediately prior to liquidation of...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which businesses, associations and organisations have been consulted about the changes being discussed by UK Trade and Investment as a result...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what budget UK Trade and Investments has set for funding for exhibitions in 2004; and what the budget for 2005 is expected to be.

      VAT-registered Businesses (Rhondda)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many VAT registered enterprises there are in the constituency of the Rhondda.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effects of wind farms on tourism.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Battle of Trafalgar Commemorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what preparations are being made to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar.

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the BBC's budget during the last four financial years came from (a) licence fee, (b) Government funding, (c) income...

      Creative Partnerships/Culture Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by (a) Creative Partnerships and (b) Culture Online; what the running cost of each body was in the last...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Family Planning Booklet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether lottery funding was used in the publication of the Family Planning Association booklet, Girls Out Loud.

      Staff Gyms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many gyms are available to staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which figures are...

      Park Refurbishment (Liverpool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant has been paid to Liverpool city council by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the refurbishment of the Victorian parks at...

  • Education and Skills

    • Contracted Professional Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost to his Department was of contracted professional services in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding has been allocated to sport in secondary schools for 2005–06 to develop potential medal winners for the 2012...

  • International Development

    • Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what recent assistance he has given to Rwanda.

    • Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Rwanda; and what assistance his Department is giving to address it.

      Palestinian Security Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government are giving to, and what progress has been made with, the reform of Palestinian security forces.

      Northern Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation following the recent ceasefire in Northern Uganda.

      Africa (Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what plans he has for food aid to Africa.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on donor co-ordination in the Balkans.

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many new investments have been made by CDC in the past 12 months; and what percentage by value were made in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the predicted number of people depending on food aid in 2005 in Eritrea; and if he will make...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the current stores of food aid (a) situated in and (b) readily available to organisations...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has (a) funded and (b) managed in conjunction with the Eritrean Relief and Refugee Commission since 1998;...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proposals his Department has (a) made and (b) implemented since 1997 for projects aimed at the (i) minimisation and (ii) halting...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives have had with (i) members and (ii) representatives of...

      Ottawa Convention on Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution in terms of (a) speakers and (b) resources his Department made to the International Conference reviewing the 1997...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on humanitarian aid being provided in the Darfur region of Sudan.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Regional Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what (a) polling, (b) focus group research and (c) other measures of public opinion were...

    • Regional Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the total cost was of the activities performed by the Electoral Commission in connection...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bins

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will introduce separate bins in offices and communal areas across the parliamentary...

    • Energy Use

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what targets have been set for sourcing energy from renewable sources on the parliamentary...

      Energy Use

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what measures have been taken to ensure that honourable Members and staff do not leave...

      Photocopying Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what measures are being taken to ensure that photocopying facilities on the parliamentary...

      Water Usage

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what targets have been set on reducing water usage on the parliamentary estate; and if he...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Age Prejudice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation was carried out with (a) those seeking employment and (b) those involved in advising people in finding employment within the...

    • Disabled People (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Department is on target to 2006 to increase the employment rate of people with disabilities in (a) Scotland and (b) Midlothian.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has further to promote the housing benefit extended payment scheme.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the time taken to process the average benefits claim at Eston Jobcentre Plus was in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2002–03; (2)...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 43–44W, on contracted-out rebates, what his assumptions are of the...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Telephone Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what measures he has taken to ensure the telephones in his Department are not used by staff making unauthorised personal calls to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the total cost to the Duchy was for accountancy services in each of the last two years; (2) if he will make a statement on energy costs...

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the difference was between average (a) men's and (b) women's salaries at each grade, band or salary range, broken down by (i) national and (ii)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if she will list the attributable interviews that the Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 Cabinet Office special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an official...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Cabinet Office Special Advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Cabinet Office Special Advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

  • Health

    • Cancer (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of cancer in the North West.

    • Commission for Healthcare Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what additional resources are being made available to the Commission for Healthcare Improvement to reduce the length of time it is taking to obtain...

      Cosmetic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the maximum waiting time is for cosmetic surgery on the NHS; (2) what criteria are used to decide whether (a) plastic and (b) cosmetic surgery...

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to inform hon. Members of the cost of augmented Criminal Records Bureau checks carried out by primary care trusts on medical performers;...

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what documents a medical performer must show to a local primary care trust to pass the augmented Criminal Records Bureau check.

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to and (b) time taken by primary care trusts in Somerset in ensuring that all medical performers have an...

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on whose authority the decision was taken to check that all medical performers had been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Food Supplements Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has recently (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the (i) Food Supplements Directive and (ii) Traditional Herbal...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients there were for each general practitioner in Ribble Valley and Fulwood on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are per head of population in each of the primary care trusts in the Ribble Valley and Fulwood constituency.

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) delivered and (b) approved publicly-funded capital projects in the health sector in East Birmingham since 2001, broken down by...

      Hospital Cleaning Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the criteria assessed by patient environment action teams when devising scores for cleanliness in hospitals.

      Hospital Trusts (Star Rating)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the star ratings system for NHS hospital trusts.

      Hospital Trusts (Star Rating)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors are taken into account when a NHS hospital trust is being assessed under the star ratings system; and if he will make a statement.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he is undertaking into Lyme disease and its treatment; (2) what steps he is taking to raise awareness of Lyme disease among...

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local contracts were cancelled following his Department's decision to make Picture Archiving and Communications Systems a core service within the...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to date of NHS Professionals.

      NHS Staff (Pharmaceutical Company Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing posts in the NHS are funded by pharmaceutical companies, broken down by trust and the companies involved.

      Nurse Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 559W, on nurse numbers, on what (a) estimates and (b) timescales he bases his...

      Out-of-hours Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what problems have been encountered by primary care trusts which have not yet been able to finalise their arrangements for out-of-hours care under...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts with his Department have been won by subsidiaries of Halliburton in each year...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the membership is of the (a) Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding Stuffs, (b) the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, (c) the Advisory...

      Water Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which water companies put fluoride in the water they supply.

  • Defence

    • Army Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations the Adjutant General has made to him on (a) the funding of and (b) the number of instructors available in the Army training camps.

    • Butler Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action has been taken to address the recommendation in paragraph 589 of Lord Butler's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of telephones in his Department by members of staff for their personal use relating to (a) domestic calls and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral statement of 24 November 2004, Official Report, column 108W, on Iraq, when the Iraqi Interim Government decided on the method of...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the value (a) to collectors and (b) as scrap of specimen medals, unissued medals and medal clasps held at Droitwich which...

      Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which representatives of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment he met on the morning of 29 November.

      VE and VJ Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of consultation letters sent, and replies received, on the date of celebration of the 60th anniversaries of VE and...

  • Home Department

    • Age Discrimination

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

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the Animal Procedures Committee was informed that Imutran primates on moderate procedures had been found dead; and what form...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) have been (a) applied for and (b) granted by the courts in Gloucestershire, broken down by local...

      British Citizenship

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

      British Police (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British police officers are seconded to duty in Iraq; what their expected tour of duty is; and what arrangements have been made to...

      Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will (a) print, (b) publish and (c) pay for the report to be produced by Sir Alan Budd on the conduct of the Home Secretary.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the trends in burglary rates in Telford since 1997.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the trends in car crime in Telford since 1997.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Bolton,...

      Community Safety Accreditation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have established Community Safety Accreditation schemes; what assessment he has made of these schemes; how many...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 9 November from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent; ref. M17507/4.

      Custody Sergeants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to include the civilianisation of custody sergeants within the civilianisation programme for custody.

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will launch a campaign in the immediate future to alert cyclists to the dangers of riding bicycles during the hours of darkness without...

      Cyclists

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists were prosecuted for crossing red lights in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used by his Department to determine (a) on which satellite television stations advertisements on behalf of his Department...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 the Home Department how much has been allocated under his Department's budget for central services for (a) private offices, (b) the central Secretariat providing...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) warnings, (b) fixed penalty notices and (c) prosecutions there have been for breaches of Fireworks Act 2003 provisions governing...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provisions in (a) the Fireworks Act 2003 and (b) other relevant legislation in...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions of individuals for (a) selling fireworks without a licence, (b) selling fireworks that did not conform to British...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firework-related (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) incidences of damage to property there were in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2003...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the...

      Justice and 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 2–3 December; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Magic Mushroom Kits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of magic mushroom kits that have been imported into the United Kingdom in the past 12 months.

      Magic Mushroom Kits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make the selling of fresh magic mushrooms a criminal offence.

      Major Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance the Home Office has received from the Cabinet Office on the timing of business case assessments in respect of major projects.

      Murder Inquiry (Richard Watson)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action has been taken by Sussex police consequent on their meeting with Linda Henderson and Amanda Williams-Gater on Friday 24...

      National Probation Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) final expenditure of the National Probation Directorate was in the year 2003–04.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to how many written questions tabled in the last parliamentary session his Department had been unable to provide a substantive answer before...

      Police (Stop/Account Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average number of Stop and Account procedures undertaken by an individual police officer during an average...

      Police (Stop/Account Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped by the police per day on average in the last period for which figures are available.

      Police Applicants (Diabetes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been put in place by constabularies medically to assess people with diabetes individually who apply to join the police.

      Police Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers since 1997 have been disciplined for the improper use of police motorcars.

      Police Divisions (Places of Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that each police division has access to a designated place of safety as defined by the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what funding Lincolnshire Police will receive in 2004–05 under the Rural Sparsity Grant; (2) how much funding has been made...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Bolton, North-East has been since 1997.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers the Department has employed in each of the past five years.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the locations of Tetra base stations operational in the region covered by the Sussex Police Force.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on the possible effects of Tetra mast signals on (a) breathalysers, (b) speed cameras, (c) lawnmowers, (d)...

      Traffic Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police are operating in Essex; and how many there were in 1997.

      Vehicle Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) reported thefts and (b) convictions for theft (i) of motor cars, (ii) of motorcycles, (iii) of motorcycle parts and (iv) from...

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on links between wildlife crime and serious and organised crime; and if he...

      Wildlife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (b) others concerning wildlife...

      Xenotransplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis is of his understanding that a mediation process has taken place between Imutran/Novartis and Lyons/Uncaged.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the new Chairman of the British Council was appointed following an open competition; whether a recruitment or executive...

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what annual remuneration and expenses will be available to the chairman of the British Council in the next year.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what creche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost.

      European Anti-Fraud Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the 2004 annual report by the European Anti-Fraud Office.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is regarding UK nationals detained abroad being extradited or transferred to a third country which...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a list of those documents held by his Department that (a) may be disclosed under the provisions...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the interim administration in Iraq on the Chaldo-Assyrian Christian community; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan concerning the use of the military and police there to train Iraqi...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities concerning house demolitions in Anata, Jerusalem and East Jerusalem.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking at the (a) UN and (b) EU in relation to Israeli (i) house demolition activity and (ii) settlement building.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the (a) Israeli Government and (b) European Union on destruction by Israeli military forces of...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on the recent judgments concerning the legality of the security wall.

      Liberia/Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and Burkina Faso regarding the use of border areas by...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Israeli Government and (b) the Palestinian Authority regarding the Palestinian elections.

      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 the new Security Wall route will have on the living...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage discussions between the Israeli Government and Palestinian Authority on withdrawal from Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to ensure successful Palestinian elections on 9 January 2005.

      Russell Christopher Anderson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is giving to the family of Russell Christopher Anderson of Birmingham in their efforts (a) to...

      Russell Christopher Anderson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Greek authorities regarding the case of the late Russell Christopher Anderson of Birmingham.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is offering to the Government of Saudi Arabia to assist with reforms to governance and stability...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the recent monthly briefing to the Security Council by its Special Representative of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan to improve access to Darfur for Amnesty International and other...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he will be making to the Sudanese authorities concerning the attack by Janjaweed militias on eight women...

      Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) contacts and (b) soundings and impressions conveyed between the High Representative and (i) Hamas and (ii) other...

      Training Courses

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

      Training Courses

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

  • Prime Minister

    • AIDS

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his planned programme of activities to address AIDS in Africa under UK presidency of the G8 states.

    • Constituent Information (Party Political Use)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will ensure that information contained in letters from constituents forwarded by hon. Members to Government Departments is not stored on databases for party...

      Special Advisers

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

      UN Declaration for Indigenous People's Rights

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from Commonwealth governments regarding the proposed Draft UN Declaration for Indigenous...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Census Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what plans the Department has to introduce an 80-year closure period for census records; and if he...

    • Census Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Advisory Council on Public Records on the closure period for census details.

      Census Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations he has received about reducing the closure period for census records.

      Census Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the expected revenue that would be generated from a release of the (a) 1911 and (b) 1921...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will publish the draft statutory instrument on the charging regime for museums and other organisations in respect...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many defendants to allegations of domestic violence in the criminal courts have been allowed personally to...

      Principal Registry (Family Division)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many full days are available for hearings in the Principal Registry of the Family Division before 1 July 2005.

      Principal Registry (Family Division)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the first day known to be available for a full day hearing in the Principal Registry of the Family Division was on...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of official Departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited from...

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the cost of postage was for official Departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; (2) what the cost of postage was for...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many official Christmas cards were sent out by his Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Counterfeiting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the involvement of paramilitaries in counterfeiting.

      Creche Facilities

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Properties

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

      Early Release Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance was provided to prisoners released under the early release scheme to reintegrate themselves into the community and find...

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the gender pay gap amongst staff in his Department.

      Gym Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many gyms are available to the staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Knockmore Hill Industrial Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many businesses are located at the Knockmore Hill Industrial Estate in Lisburn; and how many new jobs have been created on the site since it...

      Northern Ireland Police Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in implementing Recommendation 18 of the Review of the Northern Ireland Police Fund on compiling a database of...

      Northern Ireland Police Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what financial resources will be available to the Police Fund over the next three years.

      Northern Ireland Police Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to conduct a study to forecast the future requirements, services and care needs of police widows, disabled police officers and...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average response time has been from a call on the emergency number to attendance by a Police Service of Northern Ireland officer at an...

      Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) diplomatic and (b) formal protocols were observed during the visit of the President of Ireland to St. Joseph's Primary School,...

      Rural Development Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (1) (a) criteria and (b) procedures are used by the Rural Development Council to assess an application for grant; (2) what grants have...

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list contractors working for the Department of Social Development's Warm Homes Scheme in each of the 18 Westminster constituencies;...

      Schools (Asbestos)

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) 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 Northern Ireland whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total travel costs to his Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) Special Advisers and (c) what the travel costs for officials in...

  • House of Lords

    • Incitement to Racial Hatred: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred there have been in each of the last five years.

    • Northern Ireland: Catholic and Protestant Unemployment Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18 November (WA 186) on unemployment ratios, which public bodies in Northern Ireland have researched the...

      Northern Ireland: Catholic and Protestant Unemployment Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 18 November (WA 184) on unemployment ratios, what are the other measures which are included in the range of...

      Northern Ireland: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was their reason for obtaining an exemption from the European Equal Treatment Directive 2000/78/EC in relation to the employment of teachers in Northern Ireland.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 September (WA 100) concerning cross-border bodies, whether the Ulster-Scots Agency ceased to provide...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding each cross-border implementation body has been allocated for 2005, treating the two parts of the Language Body as two separate bodies; and what...

      Northern Ireland: Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proposed allocation of funding to the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for each of the next three years.

      Northern Ireland: Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Against what criteria the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland considers the results of consultation about funding.

      Northern Ireland: Olympic Games 2012

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are encouraging the Northern Ireland departments to support London's bid for the Olympic Games of 2012; and, if so, in view of the cutbacks of funding...

      Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Administration: Documents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many "glossy" documents, including consultative documents, each Northern Ireland Office department has produced in each of the last three years; and what has...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 2 December (WA 13), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report into complaints...

      Northern Ireland: Departmental Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 December (WA 5) and in view of the underspend of £111.6 million by the Northern Ireland Department of...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the alleged destruction of information and documents by government departments, as reported in the Daily Telegraph on 27 November,...

      Royal Navy: Fast Patrol Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to provide the Royal Navy with fast patrol vessels having a substantially smaller displacement and a lower cost than conventional frigates and...

      Armed Forces: Officer Cadets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many officer cadets from foreign countries have been accepted for officer training at: (a) Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; (b) Royal Military...

      SaBRE Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the mission of the Ministry of Defence campaign Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers.

      SaBRE Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial provision is made by the Ministry of Defence for the campaign Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers.

      SaBRE Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What increase in resources for the campaign Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers was made by the Ministry of Defence in Order to meet increased activity...

      NHS: Parental Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether financial assistance is available to meet the travel expenses incurred by parents visiting their sick children or elderly relatives in National Health...

      NHS: Parental Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What accommodation, if any, is available in National Health Service hospitals for a parent needing to maintain close contact with a sick child; and Whether...

      Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the members of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and its advisers have professional connections with the architectural and property...

      Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current terms of reference of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

      Battle of Trafalgar: Commemoration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans have been made, if any, to commemorate next year the Battle of Trafalgar 1805; and, if plans are not yet in hand, whether they propose to hold such a...

      Book Conservation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28 October (WA 150), what is their estimate of the shortfall in trained book conservators; and...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they believe that the cleanliness of the streets and roads in the London area will be a factor in the decision on Britain's application to host the 2012...

      Brittany Ferries: Assistance Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to cause Brittany Ferries to change its policy of refusing to carry guide or help dogs on its services from British ports.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of providing badger runs and repairing railway embankments damaged by badgers for each of the railway regions for each year since 1997.

      Railways: Suicides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 December (WA 10), whether they propose to review their policies and those of the agencies...

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the permit fees payable by utility companies who wish to dig up the highway, laid down in the Traffic Management Act 2004, are sufficient to cover the...

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fixed penalty fines laid down in the Traffic Management Act 2004 for breaches of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 are sufficient, in view of the...

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend that the flexibility for local authorities to use the net revenue from parking enforcement penalty notices issued under the Traffic Management...

      Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What public sector funding has been sought to finance the construction of the proposed Great Yarmouth outer harbour.

      Hunting Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many dogs will be permitted on a legal shoot, involving more than one person, once the Hunting Act 2004 comes into force.

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place a copy of the Pesticides Safety Directorate's Survey on Adverse Effects: Preliminary Report ACP9 (310/2004) in the Library of the House of...

      Speeding: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions for speeding there have been in each United Kingdom police authority since 1 January 2003.

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