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Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2004

  • 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 the Rural Payments Agency; what the running cost of the Agency was in the last year for which...

    • Bass Trawler Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with EU Fisheries Ministers on introducing a ban across the EU on bass trawler fishing.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what timetable she has set for the lifting of (a) the over-30-month scheme and (b) the export ban on British beef; (2)...

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made on the review of the Cattle Identification Regulations.

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to protect buyers of calves that have been sold without a British Cattle Movement Service passport.

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the application of the precautionary principle in the Common Fisheries Policy.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, special advisers and officials in her Department and its...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will release the post-mortem findings for the dolphins that have been washed up on shores in the South Hams since August.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the geographical restrictions and closed areas which apply to (a) specific types of fishing activity, (b)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to public funds was of the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak; how much was requested by the UK Government...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response the (a) European Commission and (b) European Court of Auditors made to her Department's request for funding to...

      Hague Preference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the application of the Hague Preference; and in what circumstances she is prepared to invoke it.

      Solar Chimneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies her Department has made of the practical applications of large-scale Manzanares-style solar chimneys.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the attributable interviews that her Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs f she will list the attributable (a) articles and (b) contributions that her Department's special advisers made to (i)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March 2003...

      Special Advisers

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

      Turkeys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of turkeys sold for the fresh meat Christmas market which were...

      Urban Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which urban foxes within the Greater London area are caught and then...

  • House of Commons

    • Kettles

      To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee what health and safety guidance led to the decision to remove kettles from communal facilities for hon. Members and office staff in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether his Office's special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether his Office's special advisers have given instructions to permanent civil servants without the explicit authorisation of Ministers since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether his Office's special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House whether his office's special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Files

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

      Departmental Websites

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without...

  • Defence

    • Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many departmental mobile telephones were used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1997; at...

    • Departmental Pay

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

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other armed forces personnel have been disciplined for the misuse of official cars since 1997.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Gibraltar Service Police Association (a) were not consulted on the changes to and (b) were not included in the distribution list for...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) time off and (b) other facilities are available to the officials of the Gibraltar Service Police Association to enable them to fulfil their...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of Command Secretariat Temporary Memorandum No. 46/04, The Gibraltar Personnel Manual, dated 17 November on...

      Military Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are members of military bands in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army, (c) the Royal Air Force and (d) the Royal Marines.

      Service Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service medals, broken down by type, are awaiting award to eligible service personnel; what the average waiting time is for personnel after...

      Service Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Suez Canal Zone Medal will be made available to Mr. Rowland A Jones, Service Number 22662619; and if he will make a statement.

      Trafalgar Day Celebration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish guidance issued by his Department to admirals speaking at dinners to celebrate Trafalgar Day this year.

      Video Conferencing

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

  • Treasury

    • Developing Countries (Poverty)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on how an international finance facility would contribute to tackling poverty in developing countries.

    • G8

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the economic objectives of the UK's presidency of the G8.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the work of the Commission for Africa.

      Eurozone

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards securing greater economic flexibility within the Eurozone.

      Gaming (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the level of taxation on gaming.

      Employment Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his measures in the pre-Budget report to help people into work.

      Government Staffing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the change in levels of central Government staffing between 1997 and 2004.

      Tax Changes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many direct taxes have been introduced since 1997; and how many times existing direct taxes have been raised.

      Child Care (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of providing tax relief to employees who receive financial support from their employers to buy childcare services; and if he...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters dated 22 July and 18 November from the hon. Member for Hull, North concerning correspondence from the Vice Chancellor of...

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what EU funding supports the Local Government International Bureau; whether such public funds were used for its advertising in the House Magazine on 15...

      Gross Domestic Produce (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product of the London borough of Wandsworth has been in each of the last three years.

      Inland Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with regard to the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise, how many claims to tax have been (a) reduced and (b) cancelled in the last tax year; and what the...

      Older Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the effect of the measures contained in the pre-Budget report on older pensioners.

      Regeneration Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funds he is making available for regeneration projects in England.

      Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people retired in each year group in the last year for which figures are available.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child tax credit claimants he has written to with details about the process of finalising their 2003–04 claim and renewing a claim for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credits payments have been made manually for (a) 2003–04 and (b) the current tax year.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals his Department has received in respect of requests to reconsider recovery of tax credit overpayments; and how many have been successful.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the nature is of an exceptional technical problem, referred to in a letter from the Inland Revenue to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead concerning a...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Inland Revenue officers mean when saying a tax credits case has gone technical; and how many such technical cases there have been in (a) 2003–04...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what it means when Inland Revenue officers refer to a fatal error, in a tax credits case; and how many such errors there have been in (a) 2003–04 and...

      Teenage Pregnancies (Ribble Valley)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage pregnancy rate in Ribble Valley and Fulwood was in each year since 1997.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) public bodies which use 0870 telephone numbers as contact numbers for members of the public.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice has been given to Government Departments on the advisability of using 0870 numbers when making telephone calls.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to advise (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) public bodies to use 0845 or alternative direct numbers in...

      Vaccine Stocks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) contacts and (b) protocols are in place between customs authorities in the European Union to track and trace (i) virus and (ii) vaccine stocks and...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) new applications and (b) renewals are outstanding for working tax credit.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set up a system to stop payment of working tax credit as soon as a recipient notifies the Inland Revenue that they have become ineligible to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Anglia Polytechnic University

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the date of the public inquiry into the compulsory purchase order relating to the development of the Anglia Polytechnic University site in Victoria Road...

    • Estates and Management Ltd.

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will investigate (a) the activities of Estates and Management Ltd. and (b) its treatment of leaseholders in England and Wales.

      Government Grants (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central Government grant has been allocated to the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the estimates of the number and proportion of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) with three or more storeys contained in section 3...

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by the Department of the invoice in the last...

      Leaseholders (Intimidation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what further steps he is taking to protect leaseholders from intimidation by freeholders.

      Motor Racing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the planning regulations which permit motor racing events on farms or other land holdings; and what restrictions apply, with...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what consultation should be carried out prior to the declaration of a renewal area; (2) under what circumstances the declaration of a renewal area permits...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which decisions by local spending bodies require (a) authorisation by and (b) consultation with Government offices for the regions.

      Renewal Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation is required before declaration of a renewal area.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the expenditure was on Local Authority Social Housing Grant in each Government Office region in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what the...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will be making transitional local authority social housing grant funding available in (a) 2006–07 and (b) 2007–08.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Supporting People Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with local authority social services departments about planned reductions in the Supporting People budget.

      Supporting People Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it was his Department's policy to encourage local authority social services departments to set up independent Supporting People teams.

      Supporting People Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people, expressed as a full-time equivalent, are employed by each local authority in Supporting People teams; and what budget was allocated to the teams...

  • Prime Minister

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether his special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997; (2) whether his special advisers have given...

  • Home Department

    • Charities Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will respond to the report of the Committee on the draft Charities Bill.

    • Departmental Advertising

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

      Social Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated public expenditure on the (a) regional social inclusion partnerships and (b) Regional Community Cohesion Network was in...

  • International Development

    • Caribbean Sugar Producers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the Government will take steps to explain the likely social and economic impact of the EC's proposed cuts in price paid to ACP...

    • Caribbean Sugar Producers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will undertake a study of the relationship between the capacity of the Jamaican sugar industry to develop its industry in a...

      China (HIV/AIDS)

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

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources his Department has allocated to assessing the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in each year...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the number of people hiding in the forests of Pinga and Walikale in the eastern part of the...

      Departmental Files

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

      Education for All

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government have allocated towards Education for All.

      Education for All

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department is contributing to the Education for All Fast-Track Initiative.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the percentage of malnutrition cases in (a) children and (b) adults in Eritrea; what...

      Gym Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Health Spending (Third World)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to increase the amount of money spent per head of population on health in the Third World.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Iraqi civilians have (a) full electricity and water services, (b) part electricity and water services and (c) no such services...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the distribution of food aid in Infanta, Philippines on 8 December; what guidelines his...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) food and (b) monetary aid his Department (i) has pledged, (ii) has delivered and (iii) is going to deliver to the...

      Projects (Departmental Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the projects (a) funded and (b) managed by his Department in (i) the Middle East, (ii) Central Asia and (iii) the South...

      Sexual Health (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on sexual education in developing countries; if he will list the 10 countries where his Department has...

      Special Advisers

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the debt relief package proposed to the Government of Sudan by the US Administration; and whether the UK...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of food aid reaching the target population in Darfur in each month since April;...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the security requirements of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies operating in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the impact on the humanitarian situation in Darfur of the African Union's mission to Darfur.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether Cabinet Office departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997; (2)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value at 1997 prices was of Government support in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04 to (i) the arts and (ii) opera.

    • Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the National Lottery Bill on the income of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland.

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provisions she has put in place to guarantee funding to Heritage Lottery Fund projects whose funding has already been agreed but...

      Olympic Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she has assessed the effectiveness of the investment made by the Government towards achieving Olympic medal success for the UK.

      Restoration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the costs of works required to (a) improve museums and galleries, (b) repair Grade I and Grade II...

      Sports Matches (Radio Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State, for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will investigate the BBC's acquisition of national radio rights to Premier League and FA Cup football matches to be broadcast...

  • Transport

    • A1 (Dishforth to Barton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons he has postponed the improvements scheduled to the A1 Dishforth to Barton section; and if he will make a statement.

    • A14 Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the public consultation into the major improvements to the A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge road will take place; (2) whether he expects that...

      Dorchester Road Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what route he has approved for the Dorchester Road Relief Road in Weymouth; (2) what funding has been promised in each of the next 10 years for...

      Kent Integrated Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will authorise the final invitation to tender for the Kent Integrated Rail Franchise; when he will publish the relevant and related information...

      North-east Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of the potential closure of north-east rail services between (a) Saltburn and Bishop Auckland and (b)...

      Paddington Rail Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Department intends to meet the recommendations contained in the Paddington Declaration resulting from the public inquiries that took place...

      Pharmaceuticals (Driving)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to advise people using (a) prescription and (b) over-the-counter pharmaceuticals of their possible effects on driving;...

      Railway Network (Suicides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many suicides took place on the railway network in the United Kingdom in the last 12-month period for which figures are available; and what the...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what new transport powers he approved for elected regional assemblies in addition to the powers set out in the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill, between...

      Registered Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered motor vehicles there were on British roads in each decade since 1974; and what estimates he has made for the next three decades.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many and what percentage of trips to school by five to eight year olds were by bus in the latest year for which figures are available; and...

      Sick Leave

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

      Stonehenge Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the last day of the A303 Stonehenge Inquiry was; (2) when the Inspector's target date was for submission of the A303 Stonehenge Inquiry...

      Traffic Signals (A1)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at whose request, and at what cost, the traffic signals at the Stamfordham Road/A1 Western Bypass were installed; on how many occasions the lights have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to persuade those countries who have not yet signed or ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to do so.

    • Defence Attache

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK embassies in EU capitals had a permanent defence attaché on 1 June (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004; and what plans...

      Estonian Minister of Defence (Robbery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) NATO and (b) EU documents were among those stolen from the home of the Estonian Minister of Defence; and if he will...

      EU Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much EU funding was allocated to the European Information Association in the last period for which figures are available.

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on how many occasions the European Commission has used articles (a) 94, (b) 95 and (c) 308 TEC as the legal basis for...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the use of articles in the draft EU Constitution as a treaty base for (a) legislation and (b)...

      European Neighbourhood Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on the negotiation of a new agreement with Israel under the...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list activities in which his Department has been involved to promote the benefits of the Government's policy towards...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which EU budget lines may be used for information campaigns; how much was allocated under each line for the present year; which...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department were employed to deal with Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c)...

      Indian Nagaland Insurgents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and (a) India and (b) Bhutan regarding Indian Nagaland insurgents.

      Internal Disciplinary Hearings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions European Union personnel have been subject to internal disciplinary hearings in each year since 1995; what...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Iranian Government regarding (a) Hezbollah and (b) Hamas.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) the EU-Israel Association Council and (b) the EU-Israel Association Committee last met; what conclusions were arrived...

      Israel (Security Wall)

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

      Israel (Settlements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussion his Department has had with the Israeli Government on the future of Israeli settlements.

      Ministerial Meetings

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

      Oil and Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the situation in Ukraine on (a) oil and (b) gas supplies to (i) the...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the President of Pakistan on that country's laws of blasphemy.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent reports of violent clashes in the Mudug region and in Hobyo town in Somalia;...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the commercial operations of the Hawiye clan in Somalia since 1997 and (b) the...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) political, (b) social and (c) economic situation in Somaliland; and if he will...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the province of West Papua, Indonesia.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 925–26W, on offences, how many of the 48 cases referred to involved...

    • Retired Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing authorisation cards for retired prison officers that indicate their former occupation,...

      Special Advisers

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Claims Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish correspondence sent by Mr. Peter Ross to her Department in January 2000, relating to Claims Direct.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letters of 11 May, 13 July and 13 September from the hon. Member for Canterbury, regarding the UK's involvement in...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps she is taking to minimise the effects of rising energy prices on the Scottish economy; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the impact of rising energy prices on the competitiveness of Scottish industry.

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to her Department that have been implemented in each of the last two...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total external spending by her Department was on public-private partnership (PPP) 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 England in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004.

      Manufacturing (Government Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on Government support for manufacturing in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Birmingham and (c) Hodge Hill since 2001;...

      Medicines (Packaging)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the pharmaceutical industry on the effects of medicines supplied to patients in the UK being provided in...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will raise the minimum wage to the level recommended by the TUC.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in her Department in the next six months; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate on safety concerns in relation to British Energy's advanced...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets will be set for the National Decommissioning Authority; and what its budget will be for the first year of operation.

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people with Post Office card accounts in receipt of the state pension have had a red flag placed on their accounts preventing access...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there are in the UK.

      Science Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding was provided by her Department for science in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Birmingham and (c) Hodge Hill since 2001; and what...

      Travel Costs

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Agricultural Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Department's strategy is towards encouraging entrants to agricultural colleges and university agricultural departments for (a)...

    • Departmental Costs

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra 16 to 18 years olds he expects to remain in education as a result of education maintenance allowances in (a) Gloucestershire...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the experience of Employer Training Pilots and its application to the national scheme roll-out.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the real terms change in the amount of central Government funding allocated to Leicestershire education authority has been since 1997.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the spend per head has been on primary school pupils in Leicestershire in each academic year since 1997–98.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on (a) pre-schools (b) primary schools and (c) secondary schools in the London Borough of Southwark in each...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his policy on the future of the chemistry, music and Italian departments at Exeter University.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils from the Bassetlaw constituency have entered higher education in each of the last 30 years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on recent developments in the progression of young people from apprenticeships into higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 18 years entered higher education in the academic year 2004/05 who were resident in (a) the City of Manchester and...

      Key Stage Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils at each Key Stage achieved the standard expected of (a) pupils of their age, (b) pupils at each year below their...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts with his Department have been won by subsidiaries of...

      School Internet Connections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the London borough of Wandsworth are connected to the internet.

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps an individual school must take in order to expand the number of places it makes available; and if he will list sources of (a)...

      School Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) who has responsibility to ensure that the compulsory National Curriculum physical education requirement in respect of swimming is met...

      Skills (Black/Minority Ethnic Communities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to improve skills within black and minority ethnic communities.

      Stapleford Park Reception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of the reception held by her Department in August at Stapleford Park in Leicestershire; on what basis the venue was...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills of each £1 the Government lend in student loans, what percentage is (a) repaid and (b) not repaid; and of (b) , what percentage is not...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected expenditure is of the Student Loans Company on (a) income-contingent loans, (b) hardship loans and (c) mortgage loans for...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps have been taken since 1997 to recruit more male primary school teachers; and what the costs were of advertising and promotional...

      Truancy (Penalty Notice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate she has made of the likely costs to agencies involved in administering an individual fixed penalty notice for non-school...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with autistic spectrum disorders are using Government specialist employment programmes.

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 368W, on benefit fraud, what the reasons are for the reduction in the number...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which local authorities have been inspected by the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate since it was established; and what percentage this represents of...

      Benefit Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit offices there are in the UK.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Child Support Agency payments will be sent to (a) Amanda Thorogood, (b) Mark Young and (c) Michael Ashby, constituents of the hon. Member...

      Citizens Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to fund the introduction of a citizens pension in the UK paid to all pensioners on the basis of residency.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances staff who process applications for crisis loans are able to seek clarification of details from the applicant.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how long it took on average to process a disability living allowance application, broken down by level in the last period for which...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had on raising the cut-off age for disability living allowance.

      Housing Allowance (Pathfinder Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on local housing allowance in each of the nine Pathfinder areas in (a) additional or increased housing benefit...

      Invalidity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help people on invalidity benefit to obtain employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas British Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate how many British pensioners are living abroad; (2) if he will estimate how many British pensioners are living abroad...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) individuals and (b) households were receiving (i) pension credit and (ii) the savings component of pension credit in...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest estimate is of the number of pensioners in the Ribble Valley and Fulwood; how many are entitled to pension credit; and how many...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Perth constituency are in receipt of (a) pension credit and (b) pension savings credit.

      Special Advisers

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

      Telephone Costs

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

      Pensioners (Perth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) pensioners and (b) pensioner households in Perth constituency.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 664W, on pensions, what the...

      Video Conferencing

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

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of eligible people who have not received backdated winter fuel payments for the first three years of the scheme,...

  • Health

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services are available from the national health service for patients with asthma and allied disorders; (2) how many people suffer from asthma...

    • Celebrating Our Cultures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the community engagement projects proposed in "Celebrating our Cultures" will be established; how much funding his Department is committing to the...

      Celebrating Our Cultures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what duties a community development worker employed as set out in "Celebrating our Cultures" will have.

      Dental Practice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget of the Dental Practice Board was in each year since 1997; and how many staff it employed in each year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices are shown on the nhs.uk website; and how many of these were (a) registering new patients for NHS treatment, (b) registering new...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there are in each county in England per 10,000 of the population; how many accept NHS patients; and what the figures were in (a) 1997...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to encourage diabetic patients to report adverse reactions to (a) human and (b) animal insulin treatments to the Committee on...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people with diabetes were offered screening for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy in the last period for which figures are...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the funds available to support the target for diabetic retinopathy screening contained within the 2003 to 2006 planning and performance...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made towards ensuring that (a) all those people diagnosed with diabetes and (b) all people at an increased risk of developing...

      Doctors Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average list size is of general practitioners in (a) North Southwark and Bermondsey, (b) the London Borough of Southwark and (c) Greater London.

      Drug Overdoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many confirmed deaths there were in 2003 from drug overdoses involving (a) methadone use and (b) buprenorphine use.

      E-mail

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

      Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets have been set by his Department on increasing generic prescribing in the community; what progress has been made in meeting these...

      Health Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the independent regular forum with regional and national media to discuss health issues will be attended by Ministers from the Department; and if...

      Health Funding (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made for central funding of health per capita in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in each of the next three years.

      Health Services (Lewisham, Deptford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department has taken to improve primary healthcare services in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency since 1997.

      Heart Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether there is a correlation between increases in air pollution and rates of heart attacks; and how many deaths from...

      Hospital Cleaning Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct an audit in early 2005 to assess whether his Department's guidance on improving hospital cleaning to fight MRSA is being implemented.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaning materials to combat MRSA are being assessed by the Health Protection Agency.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      IT Systems (GP Practices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on negotiations to introduce agreed IT systems into general practitioner practices.

      LIFT Programme (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to schemes under the Local Investment Finance Trust (LIFT) programme in the Newcastle primary care trust area; how much has...

      Local Authorities/Primary CareTrusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what scores were achieved by each (a) local authority and (b) primary care trust in (i) Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and (ii) Easington against each...

      Long-term Care (Coventry)

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

      Medical Imaging Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that medical imaging records can be transferred between health regions.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the MRSA cases reported in 2003–04 in the West Midlands resulted in death.

      Neo-natal Hearing Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources have been made available in areas piloting neo-natal hearing screening to support early intervention where a hearing problem has...

      Neo-natal Hearing Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which areas are participating in the pilot of neo-natal hearing screening; what assessment has been made of the pilot schemes; and when the programme will...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the appeal procedures for the Skipton Fund are with regard to (a) the number of lay people and (b) the number of medical members on the appeal...

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional funding is given to the MacFarlane Trust to enable it to administer the Skipton Fund; and where the additional funding comes from.

      Skipton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have made an application to the Skipton Fund for compensation; (2) how many applicants to the Skipton Fund have received the first...

      Special Advisers

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

      Temporary Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total cost of temporary (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) staff in the NHS in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust in each...

      Third-world Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what aid his Department is giving to third world countries on health issues.

      Travel Costs

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

      Treatment Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to primary care trusts of the consequences of refusing to fund medical treatments or technologies solely because they have not...

  • House of Lords

    • North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked her Majesty's Government: Whether the domestic law governing the activities of cross-border bodies depends on whether they are located in Eire or Northern Ireland.

    • Northern Ireland: Sports Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of their policy of improving public health through "Investing in Health", why has the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure proposed to...

      Northern Ireland: Pre-school Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, with reference to the Northern Ireland Office consultative document, making it r wrld 2—Consultation on a Draft Strategy for Children and Young People...

      Northern Ireland: Departmental Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1st December (WA 5) concerning underspending by the Northern Ireland Departments for 2003–04, why the...

      Northern Ireland Department of Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education were barred from attending interviews for promotion on the grounds of their sick...

      Northern Ireland Department of Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants employed by the Northern Ireland Department of Education were found guilty of unintentional harassment in the 10 years ending 31 December 2003.

      Palace of Westminster: Health Screening

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What health screening and support are available in the Palace of Westminster for Members of the House and staff; and what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contact they have had with casino operators based outside the United Kingdom in relation to the Gambling Bill; and what were the main points raised in any...

      International Finance Facility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conversations they have held with the United States Government about the proposed international finance facility; and what response, if any, they received...

      Consultancies: Government Departments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which companies are currently employed on a consultancy basis by each government department; what is the financial value of each contract; and what is the purpose...

      Universities: Chemistry Departments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are considering to halt and reverse the decline in the numbers of chemistry departments in universities.

      Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether teachers in foundation schools are eligible to stand for election to the local education authority in which their school is situated.

      Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the running costs for Ofsted and HM Inspectorate of Schools in the last financial year; and what, if any, savings will follow implementation of the...

      Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the open letter dated 6 December to the Prime Minister by the Chair of the Central Council for Physical Recreation, on when they intend to make an...

      Aerospace Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following an independent report on the future of the United Kingdom aerospace industry by the Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team, have they implemented a...

      Aerospace Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the funds set aside for the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 for research and technology in the aerospace industry.

      Aerospace Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the value of United Kingdom aerospace exports for the years 2000 and 2003; and what is the percentage broken down in civil and military terms.

      Aerospace Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are employed (a) directly; and (b) indirectly, in the United Kingdom aerospace industry.

      Aerospace Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many aerospace jobs were lost in the United Kingdom in the year 2003.

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