Written answers

Tuesday, 21 December 2004

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House how many of the staff employed by his Department have a declared disability.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House how many women there are in senior positions among his staff.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles (Morecambe Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency has responsibility for the removal of abandoned vehicles on the sands of Morecambe Bay.

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the provisional estimates for UK carbon dioxide emissions for the first six months of 2004 are.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out the areas of (a) scientific uncertainty associated with manmade climate change and (b) renewable and...

      Community Energy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Community Energy Programme will be extended beyond April 2005.

      Environment Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Environment Direct is to be launched; whether it will be inter-active; and whether it will have facilities to...

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the total figure for total income from farming for the most recent year is expected; and if she will make a statement on...

      Farm Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will break down by cost area the estimated cost of future disposal of on-farm waste.

      Farm Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce further controls on open burning of farm waste.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Fuel Poverty Implementation Plan will be published.

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households have been assisted by the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front schemes in the City of Newcastle upon...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to support an eight-hour limit on live animal transport at EU level; if it will advance...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in the US Administration; and what the outcome of those discussions was.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her official engagements over the last six months; who was present at each meeting; what the (a) date and...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Ministers from her Department have visited the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last five years; and what...

      Nuclear Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what options are being considered for nuclear waste disposal.

      Petrol Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are taken by the Environment Agency or the Petroleum Officer where a risk assessment shows that a storage system...

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a new plastics recovery programme.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution motor vehicles have made to carbon dioxide emissions in each decade since 1974; and what her estimates are...

      Radioactive Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received from the Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management on the likelihood of the...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many community recycling organisations are registered in the West Midlands.

      Renewable Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Department of Transport on the renewable transport fuel...

      Road Fuel Storage Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the regulatory system applying to wetstock controls and underground storage tanks for road fuel has been changed...

      Road Fuel Storage Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how regulators assess the effectiveness of the wetstock controls of road fuel to demonstrate the minimum detectable leak in...

      Road Fuel Storage Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment have been undertaken to evaluate the wetstock controls or the underground storage systems for road fuel at...

      Road Fuel Storage Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Environment Agency maintains a national database to quantify the size and number of leaks from petrol filling...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) role and (b) impact of the profit pasturage agreements between landlords and users in...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much liquid hazardous waste was sent to in-house landfill sites in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000; and where and how...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Agricultural Waste Regulations will be introduced.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to review the legislation concerning the time police must wait until abandoned vehicles can be removed from public...

    • Care Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in the Province avail of the direct payments scheme for care packages; and if he will make a statement.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients (a) are awaiting and (b) have received in the last 12 months an initial assessment for chiropody services in each trust in the...

      Civil Service Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Civil Service jobs have been relocated from the Greater Belfast area to each of the 12 constituencies in Northern Ireland, excluding...

      General Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the exceptional circumstances clause in the new Northern Ireland general medical services contract and the...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce targets for waiting times from referral to assessment in genito-urinary medicine.

      Hospital Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) leading hospital consultants are attracted to work and (b) approved training of junior doctors occurs...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will increase flexibility within nursing training to make it easier to convert from one nursing discipline to another.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when there will be a review of sexual offences; and what areas this review will cover.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients who commence smoking while in psychiatric hospitals.

      Special Needs Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the average starting salary is for those qualified to assist children with speech and learning difficulties in Northern Ireland; and...

      Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Services Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his assessment is of the impact on service provision of the budgetary overspend by the Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Services Trust in...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of this summer's campaign on alcohol-related anti-social behaviour on public services, with...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many housing-related antisocial behaviour incidents have been reported in each of the last seven years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to place acceptable behaviour contracts on a statutory basis.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) applied for and (b) successfully obtained by local authorities, broken down by local...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Crosby; and how many of those have been violated.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of antisocial behaviour, broken down by type, have been in Crosby over the past five years; and what the national levels of...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken in Sefton to combat antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities (a) sought and (b) pursued to a successful conclusion in court the (i) greatest and (ii) lowest number of antisocial...

      Antisocial Behaviour

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

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 633W, on antisocial behaviour orders, what punishment will be administered...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in each month since their introduction.

      Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) name and (b) job title of Home Office officials assisting Sir Alan Budd with his current inquiry.

      Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons a Home Office official accompanied Sir Alan Budd to interview Mrs. Kimberly Quinn on 9 December.

      Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Sir Alan Budd is enquiring into the circumstances surrounding other visa applications in addition to the alleged fast-tracking of the...

      Child Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 638W, on crimes against young people, what the definition is of the...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1021–22W, on community support officers, how many of the community...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on crime against business premises.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will include crime against property on business premises as a police key performance indicator; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that crimes against business are recorded separately from other crimes; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the targets for solving (a) theft from cars, (b) domestic burglary, (c) robbery and (d) violent crimes for (i) police forces, (ii)...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most frequent type of crime committed within the Greater London area was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the average cost per incident of theft, (b) the average loss per completed burglary and (c) the average loss...

      Roma

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made in constructing a national action plan for the UK contribution to the European Union Decade of Roma Inclusion; and...

      Drug-Related Crimes (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes committed in Lincolnshire have been drug-related in each year since 1997.

      Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that schools include information about the criminal justice system as part of citizenship education.

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many exclusion orders from licensed premises have been granted in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firework-related complaints there were to the police in (a) 2004 and (b) 2003 in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Wales and (iii) the...

      Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife crimes took place in each (a) month and (b) year since 1997, broken down by police authority; and how many resulted in (i)...

      Lancashire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in funding of Lancashire police in each year since 1997.

      Lincolnshire Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff the Lincolnshire police force has had in each year since 1997.

      Lincolnshire Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences have been recorded by Lincolnshire Police Force in each year since 1995, broken down by category.

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list occasions since 1 January 2002 when he has authorised his official car to be used to transport unauthorised personnel; and if...

      Missing Persons Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet the case management and IT staff costs of the National Missing Persons Helpline to implement from 17 January 2005 the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of the changes in the regime for local authority funding on the ability of Kent police to meet...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pieces of guidance have been sent to (a) police forces and (b) police authorities in each year since 1997; and how many pages each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost to police authorities is in this financial year of increased British Medical Association(recommended charges for...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 50W, on what dates representatives of the Home Office met key...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents there were involving police vehicles in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland in...

      Property Searches (Terrorism Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of anti-terrorism legislation to search properties in Rusholme and Moss Side in December.

      Property Searches (Terrorism Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions anti-terrorism legislation has been used to (a) stop and arrest individuals and (b) search premises; on how many of...

      Security Alerts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) US security officials and (b) UK security officials regarding security alerts at (i) Newark airport,...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables have been appointed in each year since 1997; and how many are currently employed.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables are serving in the Metropolitan Police Force.

      Tolleshunt D'Arcy Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Essex Constabulary to give to Mr. Jeremy Bamber's solicitors all audio tapes in its possession relating to events at...

      Travel Costs

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

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 396W,on young offenders, what plans he has to implement basic skills tests...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Arup Economics and Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what preliminary reports he has received from Arup Economics and Planning concerning their research project LGR65/12/110, Evaluation of the Role and Impact of...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to revise Part J of the Building Regulations to enhance the integrity of domestic oil tanks.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes have been made to business rate (a) multipliers and (b) reliefs since May 1997.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of official departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited from such a contribution.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of postage was for official Departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of purchasing official Departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many official Christmas cards were sent out by his Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many pensioners have been prosecuted for non-payment of council tax in each year since 1997.

      Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the location is of each fire control room in England, broken down by region; and how many people are employed by each.

      Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what systems he has put in place to monitor the impact on the performance of fire control services of the proposed transition from the existing control room...

      Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he took to publicise the meeting held in Oxford on Friday 12 November on regional fire control centres; how many people attended that meeting; what the...

      Firelink Radio System

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the contract award announcement in respect of the Firelink Radio System was not made in November; and when he expects it to be made.

      Government Office Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport concerning the savings achieved by English Heritage in abandoning a structure...

      Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list, by council, voluntary sector grants awarded in the last three years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of people accessing shelters for the homeless on Christmas Day in each of the last 10 years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will make public the report of Sir Michael Lyons' review of local government finance.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he will take of the costs of providing local authority services in rural areas within the distribution of formula grant; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to give local authorities more flexibility on how they spend grant support.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the per capita formula grant support was given by his Department in 2004–05 to (a) Lincolnshire county council, (b) Lincolnshire Police Authority, (c)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average per capita formula grant support was for all local authority services in 2004–05 in (a) England, (b) inner London, (c) outer London and (d)...

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people will be affected by the decision to increase the minimum age at which benefits from the local government pension scheme can be paid from 50 to 55...

      Local Planning Authority Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of working days of planning department staff employed by local planning authorities in England were lost due to sickness in the last period for...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning appeals against conversion of existing residential accommodation in Oxford to flats for multiple occupation he has determined in the last two...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the Regional Planning Guidance notes in force in England and the date of the publication of each.

      Special Advisers

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

      Travel Costs

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

      Working Time Regulations

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the additional £431 million given to expand school sport has been specifically allocated to targeting the participation...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Security Co-ordinator

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire representing the House of Commons Commission what progress has been made in the appointment of a Parliamentary Security Co-ordinator to lead...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the contract for the Physical Integrator role for the Future Aircraft Carrier project is worth.

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) contracted price and (b) in-service date was originally agreed with BAE Systems for the building of the Mount Bay and Cardigan Bay vessels...

      Brigade of Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to merge the regiments of the Brigade of Guards; and if he will make a statement;

      British Army Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Army bases there are in England and Wales.

      Cape Wrath Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the dates on which the Cape Wrath range has been subject to short notice activation in (a) 2004 and (b) each of the preceding four years;...

      Challenger Tank (Chain Gun)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what circumstances led to the recent issue of instructions about the application of the safety catch to the chain gun, as fitted to the Challenger...

      Challenger Tank (Chain Gun)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action has been taken to rectify problems associated with the chain gun as fitted to the Challenger Tank.

      Challenger Tank (Chain Gun)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents have been reported of the jamming of the chain gun as fitted to the Challenger Tank, in (a) Iraq and (b) elsewhere, with particular...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister of State for the Armed Forces will reply to the letters to him from the hon. Member for Vale of York, of 17 May, 6 July and 28...

      Deepcut

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) the terms of reference and (b) scope of the further review into the Deepcut allegations announced on 30 November are; who will lead the review;...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost per person for emergency dental provision in the UK for dependents of military personnel was in the last period for which figures...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile...

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C projects of his Department that have received (i) Initial Gate and (ii) Main Gate...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions he has given to his Department to ensure all service personnel are included on the voters' register.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of e-mails; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months.

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on British military involvement in the European Rapid Reaction Force.

      Flight ZD576

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether evidence relating to the crash of Flight ZD576 in June 1994 has been destroyed since the crash happened.

      Future Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consultations have taken place between the Alliance to build the Future Aircraft Carriers in UK shipyards; when these consultations began; and...

      Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence following the decision to cancel the Future Surface Combatant; what plans he has to procure a variant of the Type 45 Destroyer; how many ships he expects...

      Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there remains a requirement for the Future Surface Combatant.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the report of the independent public inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome chaired by Lord Lloyd; and if he will make a statement.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will accept (a) Gulf war syndrome and (b) acute vaccination reaction as being attributable to service when applications are made for a war pension.

      Hawk Jet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Hawk 128 jets have been ordered in the first tranche of the procurement process.

      Hawk Jet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the export potential of the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer.

      Indonesia (Defence Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date his Department was informed of the decision by Alvis to use (a) PT Truba and (b) PTSK as agents in connection with the sale of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list NATO countries which have (a) agreed to train security forces in Iraq and (b) committed troops and personnel to conduct training; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy, in respect of the departmental minute dated 15 December concerning the gifting of military equipment to the Iraqi Interim...

      Nuclear Tests Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to offer a substantive response to Letters before Action received from legal representatives acting on behalf of members of the British...

      Operative Activities (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the net cash outflow from operating activities in financial year 2003/04 was by the (a) Personnel Director, (b) Pay and Personnel Agency, (c)...

      Overseas Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b)...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations are being made to provide information after 1 January 2005 under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to former...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department will pay compensation to the family of Ronald Maddison who died at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down; and if his...

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the future of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers; and if he will make a statement.

      Satanism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the compatibility of Satanism with the military ethos; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the establishment of the Territorial Army have (a) received statutory notice of compulsory mobilisation and (b) been accepted into...

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants from his Department have (a) faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of allegations of theft, (b) been charged with theft and...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department spent on first class travel in each year since 1997.

      Troop Deployment (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are stationed in Northern Ireland.

      Watchkeeper Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle in the development of network-enabled capability.

      Young Military Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people aged under 18 years have died while on service and in training in each of the armed forces in the last 10 years; and if he will list the...

  • Treasury

    • Aimee Tombs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the repayment of tax credit due to Aimee Tombs whose national insurance number has been communicated to his Department will be made.

    • Back-to-work Bonuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) targets he has set and (b) estimates he has made for the number of (i) lone parents and (ii) those on incapacity benefits who may return to work as...

      Back-to-work Bonuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how may people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland he estimates will qualify for the extension of back to work bonuses for a year, as announced in the...

      Back-to-work Bonuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituents of the pre-Budget announcements on (a) additional...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his estimate is of the number of families living in the London Borough of Wandsworth who are entitled to the child tax credit; and if he will...

      Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from his Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by his Department in each year since 1997; and...

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Customs and Excise officers and (b) operational sniffer dogs there have been in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by his Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total external spending by his Department on Private Finance Initiative consultants in each of the last two years was; how many full-time...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent by his Department on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor hired plants in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each Department the numbers of (a) consultants and (b) temporary staff engaged; and the number of full-time civil servants at (i) 31...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department were employed to deal with Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004; and how...

      Fuel Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the Inland Revenue's approved mileage rates to take into account rising fuel costs.

      Hypothecated Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on Government policy towards hypothecation of taxes; and if he will list all current cases of hypothecated taxation.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what funding was allocated to Customs and Excise in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004; and how much is budgeted for (i) 2005 and...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals have been prosecuted for illegally importing meat in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) January to November 2004.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps have been taken to identify new technology to detect illegal meat imports; (2) what funds were allocated to identifying new technology to...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dogs were employed in detecting illegal meat imports in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) the months January to November 2004; and how...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the quantity of meat illegally imported by sea to UK sea ports in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) January...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the effectiveness of Customs and Excise's detection of illegal meat is measured; and by whom.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research into available technology for improving the detection of diseased meat at airports his Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated;...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of Inland Revenue mail is outsourced to a Swedish postal company; and what the average annual value of that contract is.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is issued to Inland Revenue decision-makers on how to interpret the tests for non-recovery in Code of Practice 26 cases; and if he will place...

      Isle of Wight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of migration (a) to and (b) from the Isle of Wight was in the most recent two five-year periods for which information is available, broken...

      Low-income Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the Coventry area are living in low-income households; and how his Department defines a low-income household.

      MPs' Tax Credit Hotline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training is provided to staff on the MPs' Tax Credit hotline.

      Pre-Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of producing the summary leaflet for the pre-Budget report; what the costs were of distributing it; and if he will list the locations to...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the tendering process for private finance initiative contracts.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the estimated £34 to £49 million in overpayments for tax credits in 2003–04, referred to in the Inland Revenue Annual Report and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit computer records are awaiting reconciliation of payments made against payments authorised in (a) 2003–04 and (b) the current tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it took the Inland Revenue to respond to a request not to recover a tax credit overpayment (a) as a first tier complaint and (b) as a...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in cases where a tax credit overpayment has not been written off, the Inland Revenue writes to the claimant and invites them to make...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of working tax credit cases have been overpaid since 1 April.

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48-hour week at any time in the last 12 months for which...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on economic restructuring in Afghanistan.

    • Aid Delivery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what training his Department has provided to partner country staff regarding aid delivery via poverty reduction budget support in the...

      Aid Delivery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research he has commissioned concerning the effectiveness of aid delivery via (a) conventional programmes and projects and (b)...

      Aid Priorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries are classified as priorities for international aid.

      Chief Technical Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many chief technical adviser posts there were in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and how many such posts have been...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of refurbishments in his Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06.

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many women there are in senior positions in his Department; (2) how many of the staff employed by his Department have a...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department were employed to deal with Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department will publish a strategy for meeting the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries;...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to support community-based organisations providing support for HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in developing...

      India (Caste Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Department is taking to tackle caste discrimination in India.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of post-war aid resources committed to Iraq has been spent to date; and what plans there are for further expenditure.

      IT (Disciplinary Prodedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997;...

      Tanzania

      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)...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Government of Uzbekistan and (b) small farmers near Samarkand about property...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of child labour in Uzbekistan.

  • Prime Minister

    • Diplomatic Discussions

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions took place at his recent meeting with Chancellor Schroeder of Germany and the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

    • Emails

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what his Office's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of e-mails; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months; (2) what his...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Anti-bribery/Corruption Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the sanctions used by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the event that a company is convicted of or admits to...

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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 Trade and Industry how many Departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.

      Christmas Cards

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

      Coalminers' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received on sending information to all claimants under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme about...

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to introduce an automatic e-mail notification facility for announcements and publications issued by her Department and...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the extent to which her Department's policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities.

      Export Credits Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many guarantees were issued under the Export Credits Guarantee Scheme in each year between 1997 and 2004; and what the total value of (a)...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance she has issued to retailers about giving fireworks away for free to boost sales of other goods.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what resources will be made available to enforce the regulations contained in the Fireworks Act 2003 in the period before 31 December.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 704W, on fuel prices, what plans she has to commission research into the...

      Hearing Aid Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will report progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the most recent review of the hearing aid industry.

      LNG Plant (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions (a) officials from the Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) her Department's staff have met Halliburton officials...

      Manufacturing Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average time spent by advisers from the Manufacturing Advisory Service on in-depth consultancy projects was in the last period for...

      Maternity Leave (Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many women living in the London borough of Wandsworth have received paid maternity leave in each of the last three years.

      Microsystems National Technology Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will publish the reasons why the Microsystems National Technology Committee rejected the application of EMfab Ltd. for grant...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to EU counterparts regarding definitions of acceptable levels of radiation from mobile telephone masts.

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of thermal pulsing in radiation from mobile telephone masts.

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the last nuclear power station was built in the UK.

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Ofgem plans to investigate levels of gas prices in autumn 2004.

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish her guidance to Ofgem concerning its duty to have regard to sustainable development.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many written questions for her Department were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were tabled...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written statement of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 115WS, on intermediate level radioactive waste substitution, if...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contract staff have been appointed in regional development agencies to work on export trade promotion and inward investment.

      Regional Selective Assistance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many regional selective assistance grants have been made since 1997; what their value is; and how many jobs her Department estimates have...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for which pieces of legislation affecting business introduced by her Department since 1997 regulatory impact assessments have been made.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Smart awards and grants for research and development have been given since 1997; what their total value was; and if she will make an...

      Research Councils (Consultants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much each of the research councils has paid to consultants (a) to help them prepare for oral evidence sessions before parliamentary Select...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what appointments the Shareholder Executive has made to the companies for which it is directly responsible.

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Shareholder Executive's day-to-day management responsibilities are for the public shareholdings for which it is directly responsible;...

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the South West Regional Development Agency's financial support for a microsystems company in Estores,...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has held with (a) parish and town councils and (b) the National Association of Local Councils on how these bodies might...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she will take to ensure that BT fulfils its obligation to provide an improved IPStream to DataStream migration process in the...

      Time Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will discuss with Ministers in the Scottish Executive the merits of bringing time in England and Wales, but not Scotland, into line...

      Trade (Southampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what volume of trade passed through Southampton in each year since 1998–99.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she plans to discontinue UK Trade and Investment's Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad Schemes; and if she will make a statement.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much UK Trade and Investment has spent on external consultants over the past six months.

      Vendside Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contractual arrangements the Department has entered into with Vendside Ltd.; and on what date in each case.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Spanish authorities in respect of the recent racism and violence at the football match...

    • Abu Ghraib Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when British officials were first informed of allegations of mistreatment at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which political parties have registered to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with (a) the European Union and (b) the United States of America regarding the lifting...

      China Human Rights Dialogue Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the November 2004 UK China Human Rights Dialogue round.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 25 October, concerning his constituent, Mrs. V. Hobbs,...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's latest assessment is of the (a) political, (b) social and (c) economic situation in the Democratic...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by the European Commission to implement elements of the EU Constitution prior to its formal...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has reached an agreement with the German Chancellor to seek an amendment to the proposed EU Constitution that would...

      EU-China Arms Embargo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely implications of ending the EU-China Arms embargo on UK relations with (a) North...

      Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the policy reasons for the UK's abstention in the UN General Assembly vote on a programme of work...

      Indigenous People's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which individuals and organisations his Department has consulted in relation to the proposed Draft UN Declaration for...

      Indigenous People's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK Government's policy is on the Draft UN Declaration for Indigenous People's Rights.

      Indigenous People's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from Commonwealth governments regarding the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the size of the adult population of Iraq; and how many (a) men and (b) women have registered for...

      Israel

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

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Israeli Government on their disengagement plan.

      Maoist Insurgency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government and the Governments of (a) Nepal and (b) India regarding Maoist...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken following the beating up of Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Presidential Candidate in the Occupied Territories...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he will make to the Israeli Government concerning the release of Marwan Barghouti from prison in order that...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning road networks in the Occupied Territories which can be...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he made to the President of Pakistan during his visit to the UK on the treatment of minorities in Pakistan,...

      Sickness Absence

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity...

      Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the case of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche was raised during the November 2004 UK China Human Rights Dialogue round.

      Test Ban Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries have signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to hear the appeal submitted to the British embassy in Kiev on 6 September relating to the refusal to allow Mrs....

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average per capita income of employees on state farms is in Uzbekistan.

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) European Union counterparts, (b) the United Nations and (c) the Indonesian government...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48-hour week at any time in...

  • Wales

    • Bangor University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will invite the Higher Education Funding Council for England to investigate the reasons why the Batchelor of Education degree course at Bangor...

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; (2) how many Departmental staff have responsibility for...

      Christmas Cards

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

      Christmas Cards

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

      Christmas Cards

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Wales Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library the independent consultant's review of 2001–02 which recommended the creation of further posts in the Wales Office;...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Bury Law Centre

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Legal Services Commission in Manchester will refund to Bury Law Centre the costs associated with...

    • Court Fines (Greater London)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of fines imposed by courts covering the Greater London area were not paid in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of refurbishments in his Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for...

      Departmental Files

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

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention...

      Disabilities

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many of the staff employed by the Department have a declared disability.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff in the Department were employed to deal with Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002,...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to publicise the opportunities available to obtain information under the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance the Government have issued to local government on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance the Department issues on whether the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will cover internal...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost of legal aid awards within the Greater London area has been in each of the last five years.

      Mental Capacity Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he intends to respond to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' reports on the Mental Capacity Bill, with particular...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what target his Department sets for the maximum acceptable time to respond in full to a parliamentary...

      Senior Women

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many women there are in senior positions in his Department.

      Official Documents

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the criteria used to decide which documents and files should be shredded; and what mechanism exists to...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48 hour week at any...

  • Scotland

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.

      Christmas Cards

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

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of postage was for official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of purchasing official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

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

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Special Advisers

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

      Staff Training Courses

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

      Staff Training Courses

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

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many video conferencing units are installed in the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Minister for Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Children about policy co-ordination.

    • Strategy Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress he has made in implementing recommendations from Strategy Unit reports since he took up his post.

      Trade and Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions about policy co-ordination he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

      Civil Service (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on ethnic minority representation in the Civil Service.

      Civil Service (Pensions)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the Government's proposed reform of Civil Service pensions, with particular reference to the effects on lower earners.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes have been promulgated in each of the past five years to the guidelines or other criteria for the retention or destruction of departmental files.

      Ministerial Pension Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if the Ministerial Pension Scheme will participate in the Pension Protection Fund.

      Mr. Andy Hurdle

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons Mr. Andy Hurdle moved from his post in 2002 in the Department for Education and Skills into his subsequent posts.

      Mr. Jonathan Sedgwick

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason Mr. Jonathan Sedgwick moved from his post in the Home Secretary's office to his subsequent post.

      Ms Denise Maguire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons Ms Denise Maguire moved from her post in the Department for Education and Skills to each of her subsequent posts.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Cabinet Office special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary Select Committees in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many special advisers there are in the Cabinet Office, broken down by Civil Service pay-grade.

      Task Forces

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Cabinet Office spent on taskforces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.

  • Transport

    • Airports (South-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contingency plans he has prepared for the outcome of the judicial review of the consultation process on airports in the south east.

    • Parking Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes there have been in the total charges for parking raised by local authorities since 1997.

      South Eastern Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the performance of the South East Trains franchise over the past year.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what efficiency savings his Department expects to make in respect of its responsibilities for the railways; and if he will make a statement.

      Gatwick Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Gatwick Express.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the development of small ports.

      Mobile Telephone Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on research he has evaluated on the use of hands-free mobile telephones in moving vehicles.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the start date is for work on the A3 improvement at Hindhead.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit the A3 at Hindhead to meet local residents and travellers to hear their concerns.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last had discussions with the Highways Agency about the A3 at Hindhead.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he anticipates (a) receiving and (b) making a decision on the Public Inquiry report on the A3 at Hindhead.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public expenditure has been (a) made in the past 10 years and (b) planned for the next three years for the A3 Hindhead Tunnel scheme.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the traffic volumes on the A3 at Hindhead were in (a) 1984 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will estimate...

      A30

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost is of resurfacing the A30 between Honiton and Exeter as a priority under the criteria announced on 17 October 2001; and whether...

      A31/A35

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress of the implementation by the Highways Agency of the recommendations made in the Hyder Route Management Study of...

      A34

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies he has commissioned of the (a) capacity of the A34, (b) projected traffic volumes and (c) case for adding additional lanes.

      A40

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned of the (a) capacity of the A40, (b) projected traffic volumes and (c) case for extending dual carriageways in heavily...

      Aircraft Air

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the Civil Aviation Authority will classify as a major defect all instances of smoke or fumes in the aircraft cabin that adversely affect the quality...

      Aircraft Air

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory tested the engine oil Exxon Mobil Jet Oil II for a complete analysis of its ortho isomers of the...

      Alderley Edge Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future funding of the Alderley Edge bypass.

      Bendy Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has carried out into the road safety implications of the use of bendy buses.

      Departmental Events

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

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; (2) how many departmental staff have responsibility for...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor hired plants...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Departmental Files

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

      Departmental Files

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

      Department Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many of the staff employed by his Department have a declared disability; (2) how many women there are in senior positions in his Department.

      Driving Bans (Medical Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to oblige (a) opticians and (b) medical practitioners to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of patients whose medical...

      Dualling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stretches of trunk road between Portsmouth and (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Manchester airports have not been dualled.

      First Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has had regarding the punctuality and reliability of First Group's buses.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department were employed to deal with Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004; and...

      Freight (Points of Entry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport through how many points of entry by (a) sea and (b) air commercial freight can enter the UK; and which agency is responsible for (i) the control of...

      Gender Pay Gap

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

      Invoice Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in each year...

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support his Department plans to give to light rail schemes.

      Older Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of car drivers over the age of 65 years in England.

      Paddington Rail Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Paddington Survivors' Group on the subject of signals passed at danger.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many written questions for his Department were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were tabled in each...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of pollution caused by public transport vehicles.

      Halliburton

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

      Quangos

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

      Rail (Car Parking)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the availability and cost of car parking at terminus and key intermediate stations as a factor in attracting passenger...

      Rail (Car Parking)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail concerning parking charges at Euston mainline station.

      Rail (Communications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what initiatives he is planning to improve cellular communication coverage on the West Coast Main Line.

      Rail (Journey Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis the maximum journey times stated in the public sector requirements for each rail franchise are calculated.

      Rail (Journey Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what percentage the maximum journey time stated in the Public Sector Requirement for rail franchises exceeded journey time (a) as shown in the...

      Rail Services (Industrial Action)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains were rescheduled or cancelled as a result of industrial action on 12 December; and what the estimated financial loss to train operating...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available for the re-opening of railway stations on existing lines.

      Ring and Ride Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Ring and Ride scheme; and how much central Government funding has been allocated (a) this year and (b) next year for...

      Road Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will include information on the cost of the outstanding repairs to local and strategic road networks in future national road maintenance...

      Road Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake (a) to maintain the strategic road network at optimum level and (b) to eliminate the repair backlog on the local road network by 2010.

      Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken following the consultation on amendments to the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations which took place in 2003.

      Signage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the siting of Tiredness Kills signs.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial contribution his (a) Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies made to civil space technology in 2004–05; and what...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a preference exercise will be run in (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) DfT Rail prior to the transfer of work to enable staff to express...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what methods posts in the new DfT Rail organisation within his Department will be filled; and what mechanisms he will put in place to ensure...

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what mechanisms Strategic Rail Authority staff will be transferred to (a) his Department, (b) Network Rail and (c) the Office of Rail Regulation.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport where the organisation which replaces the Strategic Rail Authority will be located.

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how consultations with (a) staff and (b) unions are being carried out concerning the transfer of Strategic Rail Authority staff to (i) his Department,...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Thameslink franchise is due for reletting; if he will take steps to ringfence any net payment by the new franchise holder for reinvestment in...

      Transport (West Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) Leeds city council and (b) West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority on (i) the A65 quality bus...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to combat vandalism on public transportation.

  • Health

    • Aimspro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Aimspro treatment for multiple sclerosis; what trials of it have taken place; what the results were; what its current...

    • Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for anti-depressants have been issued in the last 10 years; and what the change in numbers of such prescriptions has been over this...

      Backlog Maintenance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the risk-adjusted backlog maintenance cost for the NHS in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      Bedford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether capitation allocations to the Bedford Primary Care Trust will be based upon (a) forecast population growth and (b) past census records from April 2005.

      Care Homes (Cleanliness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to improve the training of care home staff in regard to tackling MRSA.

      Confidentiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department will take to ensure that NHS organisations conform to the Code of Practice on confidentiality.

      Consultants Contract (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to NHS trusts in Dorset of implementing the new consultants' contract.

      Consultants Contract (North Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost in 2004–05 to the Ashford and St. Peter's hospitals NHS trust has been of implementing the new consultants' contracts; and how much...

      Contract Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many contract cleaners were employed in the health service in England in 2004; (2) how many cleaners were employed in the health service in...

      Crohn's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent on research into Crohn's disease in each of the last 10 years; what plans there are for future funding in this area; and...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted into proposals for subject access within the National Programme for IT under the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which countries his Department is in discussion regarding the recruitment of overseas dentists to work in the UK; and how advanced these discussions...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in each region who have one or more teeth missing; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with a NHS dentist in each primary care trust in the north-west.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of dental treatment on the NHS in England.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population has been registered with an NHS dentist in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department makes available to encourage dentists to join the NHS; and whether there are conditions attached to the funding to encourage...

      Departmental Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the use of telephones in his Department by members of staff for their own personal use for (a) domestic and (b) international...

      Departmental Staff (Declared Disability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the staff employed by his Department have a declared disability.

      Driving (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the risks of driving while taking (a) benzodiazepines, (b) tricyclic antidepressants and (c) antihistamines; and if...

      Drug Regulatory Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has conducted on drug regulatory systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Clinical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted on the legal implications of electronic clinical records.

      Electronic Clinical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Code of Practice cited in the National Specification for the Integrated Care Records Service has been developed.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Family Planning Booklet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department contributed towards the funding of the Family Planning Association publication, Girls Out Loud.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting on 15 October with officials of the European Commission initiated by the Food Standards Agency...

      Gymnasiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Health Services (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elective admissions there were in each year for 1996–97 to 2003–04 in the Newcastle upon Tyne primary care trust area; and how many...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the payment of compensation to Hepatitis C sufferers infected through NHS treatment, with particular reference to those for...

      Hospital Cleanliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to assess whether a hospital is rated as having (a) excellent, (b) good, (c) acceptable, (d) poor and (e) unacceptable levels of...

      Intermediate Care Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the South East Region Social Care Commission's decision to categorise intermediate care accommodation as the same as...

      Mental Health Facilities (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health facilities have (a) closed down and (b) run skeletal services due to cuts in Government funding in 2003–04 or forecast for...

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with developing agreements on cryptography for record-sharing within the National Programme for IT.

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incorporation of implied consent into the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Information Management Security Forum of the National Programme for IT last met; how often it has met since its inception; what its current...

      NHS (Ethical Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he will take to ensure that nurses and other healthcare professionals who are recruited into the NHS in Wales and Scotland, but who would...

      NHS Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether changes have had to be made to procurement of (a) wheelchairs, (b) trolleys and (c) hospital beds in the NHS because of increased average body...

      NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the full rental or lease costs of new facilities delivered by NHS local improvement finance trust programmes in the growth areas identified under...

      Nurses (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there are in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire; and how many there were in 1997.

      Officials (Working Hours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48 hour week at any time in the last 12 months for...

      Paediatric Cardiac Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the Kennedy Report, with particular reference to the professional development of...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of hospital-based treatment for psoriasis there were in each strategic health authority area (a) in total and (b) per head of population...

      Security Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of NHS organisations certified to BS 7799–2:2002 security standard; and what proportion of...

      Senior Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women there are in senior positions in his Department.

      Shalder House/Platters Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the inspection process of the South East Region Social Care Commission for the registration requirements of (a) Shalder House and (b)...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 360W, on strategic health authorities, if he will list (a) the average forecast...

      Taskforces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on task forces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is to receive a catheter ablation in England at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Working Time Directive (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the European Working Time Directive for NHS trusts in Dorset.

  • Education and Skills

    • Agricultural Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate entrants to (i) agricultural colleges and (ii) university agricultural departments there...

    • Agricultural Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the (a) agricultural colleges and (b) university agricultural departments that have closed over the last five years.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities are being considered for Building Schools for the Future funding in the present round; and which have...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the extent of bullying in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on which television channels the school anti-bullying campaign advertisements sponsored by his Department are being shown; at what time of...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of postage was for official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of purchasing official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

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

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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 Education and Skills what percentage of official departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited...

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from her Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by her Department in each year...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Doctorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many doctorates were awarded in each of the last three years, broken down by gender.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many opportunity bursaries were taken up at universities and further education (FE) colleges in each region in (a) 2001–02, (b)...

      Equine-based Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants there were to each (a) course, (b) college and (c) department for equine-based courses in each of the last five years.

      Ethnic Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to increase ethnic diversity in higher education.

      Field Trips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans he has to encourage schools to undertake field trips; (2) how many school field trips were sanctioned by each county...

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 15-year-olds have achieved (a) five GCSEs at A*-C and (b) at least one GCSE A*-C in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Graduate/Non-Graduate Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average income of (a) a graduate and (b) a non-graduate over a 35-year career; and what estimate he has...

      Gymnasiums

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

      Human Rights Act

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

      International Students (Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on (a) current and (b) proposed charges for visa extension applications made by international students.

      Invoice Payments

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

      Literacy/Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 775W, on literacy and numeracy, what percentage of (a) Key Stage 2 pupils...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of drivers involved in fatal traffic accidents were (a) uninsured and (b) driving a car that did not have a...

      OECD Programme for International Student Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what reason she has adduced for the decline in Britain's place from eighth to eighteenth in the league table under the OECD's...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Partnership for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the relationship is between his Department and Partnerships for Schools; and who the members of the board of Partnerships for Schools are.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what courses are available for prisoners wishing to pursue education above level three.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are employed by the (a) Union Learning Fund, (b) Adult Learning Inspectorate, (c) Well Being Project, (d) National College...

      Pupil Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has carried out, and what conclusions he has reached, on the effect of in-year pupil mobility on educational achievement;...

      Pupils' English

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census data provides of the capacity of pupils in primary schools to be taught through the...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school pupils passed (a) four GCSEs and (b) one GNVQ in each year since 1994.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the remit is of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's consultation on the proposed new framework for achievement; and how it...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) average primary formula spending share per pupil and (b) average secondary formula spending share per pupil was in each local...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to restrict the amounts of (a) salt, (b) fat and (c) sugar in school meals; (2) what assessment she has made...

      Sickness Absence

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997; (2)...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Student Drop-outs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of students dropping out of their first degree courses in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expected future income stream to the Treasury from university tuition and top-up fees is in each of the next 15 years; and if he...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's actual expenditure on the interest subsidy on student loans was in the academic years (a) 2001–02, (b)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the resignation rate of teachers was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by region; and what percentage of...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the retention rate in percentage terms was for registered trainee teachers after (a) one year of teaching, (b) two years of teaching...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the total number of teacher vacancies of longer than three months duration in (a) the primary sector, (b) the...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school teachers left the profession before completing five years of teaching (a) in total and (b) broken down by subject,...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to move pension provisions for teachers employed by local authorities into line with those employed by the local...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the mean age at which teachers retired was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in 1994; and what estimate he...

      Travel Costs

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

      Universities (Science)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to maintain the level of provision of science-based courses at universities.

      Universities (Science)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the closure of science-based departments at UK universities.

      Universities (Science)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many science-based departments have closed in universities since 1997.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to announce the conclusions of his review of benchmarks for university admissions based on (a) state schools and (b)...

      University Enrolments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time higher education students were enrolled at universities and colleges in England in each of the past 10 years.

      University Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many UK citizens of (a) Asian, (b) black, (c) Chinese and (d) white background were admitted to universities in England in 2004.

      University Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her latest estimate is of the number of universities expected to charge the maximum £3,000 fee in 2006; and if she will make a...

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage the sale of healthy foods by vending machines in schools.

      Verwood Trinity School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 780W, on Verwood Trinity School, whether her Department accepts liability...

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to improve the coherence and convergence of funding streams for vocational education within schools, further and...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48 hour week at any time in the last 12...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Age Concern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Age Concern representatives regarding pensions and benefits paid to the elderly living in the Greater...

    • Age Discrimination

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

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in (a) Midlothian and (b) Scotland (i) have participated in apprenticeship schemes and (ii) undertook apprenticeships...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners currently entitled to council tax benefit fail to claim (a) in total, (b) broken down by council tax band and (c)...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit also receive council tax benefits.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to assist parents who are financially worse off as a result of the delay in migration of Child Support...

      Dangerous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to update the 1991 Report on Major Hazard Aspects of the Transport of Dangerous Substances; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his Department's policy to implement the proposals in the recent cross-cutting interdepartmental review of contracting with the...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much...

      Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the staff employed by his Department have a declared disability.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of emails; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department's policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the calculations of the cost of paying full compensation to all affected members under the Financial...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department have been employed to deal with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 issues in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely effects on benefit fraud, expressed as an annual percentage, of the introduction of identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has undertaken of the likely impact of identity cards on benefit fraud; and if he will place copies of the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the cost of installing biometric card readers (a) in total and (b) as an average per facility for benefit...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has made to the Home Office regarding (a) the timescale and (b) the cost of introducing biometric card readers in...

      Insulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young unemployed people have worked to improve the insulation of pensioners' homes under the new deal in each year since the scheme...

      Jobcentres/Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken in (a) Eston Jobcentre Plus and (b) Redcar Jobcentre Plus was for a jobseekers allowance claimant to go from the...

      Jobcentres/Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the sickness and absenteeism rate in jobcentres has been in each year since 1997.

      Minimum Income Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage take-up of the minimum income guarantee has been by people living in the Greater London area.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he plans to take in response to the recent ECOTEC Report to his Department on Mentoring and Post-Employment Support of persons on...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have started each of the New Deal for employment programmes in each (a) metropolitan authority and (b) county area in the North...

      Officials (Working Hours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48-hour week at any time in the last 12...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected expenditure on pension credit is for the present and succeeding three years on the presently announced uprating scheme,...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of existing pensioners he estimates will be eligible for pension credit at some point during the remainder of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensionshow many (a) male and (b) female pensioners claiming pension credit have seen their weekly income rise by (i) £0 to £10, (ii) £10...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the distribution of (a) male and (b) female pensioners claiming pension credit is by age.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated average amount not being claimed by (a) male and (b) female pensioners not claiming pension credit but who are entitled to...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated number of (a) male and (b) female pensioners eligible to claim pension credit is; and what percentage of these are claiming.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the public sector pension schemes which (a) will be expected to pay a levy towards the Pension Protection Fund and (b) will not...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that, when the Pension Protection Fund begins in April 2005, it will retrospectively include pension...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to include within the Pension Protection Fund, pension funds which have been affected short of insolvency, with...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many people living in England and Wales are in a private pension scheme.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median income of (a) a single pensioner and (b) a pensioner couple in (i) gross and (ii) net terms was on the latest date for which...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people he estimates are neither making a private pension contribution nor contribution to a state second pension, broken down by...

      Poverty (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when poverty statistics prepared by his Department last included the relevant information for Northern Ireland.

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether occupational pensions for public sector workers, including guaranteed minimum pensions, built up before 6 April 1988, will have all the...

      Return to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many previously long-term sick people have returned to work during the last 12 months.

      Return to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on recent action by Jobcentre Plus to enhance incentives to return to work after receipt of benefits.

      Senior Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women there are in senior positions in his Department.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by civil service pay-grade.

      Travel Costs

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

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people eligible for a 2004–05 winter fuel payment needed to submit a claim to receive it; and how many of those have claimed,...

      Winter Fuel Payment

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

      York Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs were lost with the closure of the York Pension Centre at Monks Cross.

      York Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs he expects to be created within the administrative unit for the Financial Assistance Scheme to be housed within the former York...

  • House of Lords

    • North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional benefits have accrued to cross-border co-operation as a result of the setting up of the cross-border bodies outlined in the Belfast agreement.

    • Northern Ireland Events Company

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many events in each of the last two years the Northern Ireland Events Company has supported; how many of these events were attended by the appropriate...

      Northern Ireland Departments: Underspend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 December (WA 5) concerning Northern Ireland departmental budgets, how much of the underspend in each...

      Northern Ireland: Department of Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 December (WA 5) concerning Northern Ireland departmental budgets, why the Department of Education...

      Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman: Case of Constable Trevor Purcell

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the total costs involved in the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's prosecution of Constable Trevor Purcell for alleged dangerous driving during a riot,...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure provided the year 2000 accounts of the Ulster-Scots Agency to any other organisation before...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any restraints on the promotion of the Ulster-Scots language by the Ulster-Scots Agency through expenditure in the United States.

      Northern Ireland: Orangefield High School

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that there is a full and fair investigation by the Belfast Education and Library Board into allegations of racial...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Sick Leave

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the level of sick leave taken by civil servants in Northern Ireland is satisfactory; and, if not, what steps they are taking to reduce the level of sick leave.

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive: Intimidation Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial support they will provide to Northern Ireland Housing Executive tenants who have been intimidated out of their homes; and how much they have been...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the percentage of vulnerable persons accessible to non-governmental agencies and aid workers in Darfur, Sudan, has declined in the past four weeks; what...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the European Union on its demand for reciprocal trade arrangements under the new economic partnership agreements with the...

      Least Developed Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What forms of assistance they will recommend for the least developed countries during the transitional period between the generalised system of preferences and the...

      Fuel-related Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he proposed to increase the rate of duty on "red diesel" by one pence a litre because of the...

      Smuggling of Products of Animal Origin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16 November (WA 149) regarding the four people convicted of smuggling products of animal origin...

      Higher Rate Tax Band

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposals contained in the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report will result in more people paying tax at the top rate band; and, if so, how many.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the elements of the transport statement in the London Olympic bid 2012 which combine to represent "one of the largest transport investment programmes in...

      Activity Co-ordination Team

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the cross-government Activity Co-ordination Team; when it was established, what its costs are to date; and what it has achieved.

      Sport England: Consultancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for Sport England's consultancy service to advise government departments and agencies on how to promote active lifestyles and provide activity...

      Everyday Sport Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 7 July (WA 96), why the Everyday Sport Campaign is targeting the intention to increase...

      Youth Sport Trust

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Youth Sport Trust has received any funding to help implement UK Sport's Start Clean programme.

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of their public libraries announcement, how many public libraries are currently fulfilling the Government standard of: (a) annually purchasing 216 new...

      Freedom of Information: Defence Forward Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have decided the extent to which, from 1 January 2005, forward defence equipment plans will be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and...

      Ministry of Defence Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the expected average number of whole-time equivalent service and civilian persons employed by the Ministry of Defence in 2004–05.

      Defence Management Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the years 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04, how many people were members of the Defence Management Board; and what was the cost of their...

      Ministry of Defence: Capital Charge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By how much the Ministry of Defence plans to reduce its annual cost of capital charge in 2004–05 and in each of the next three financial years.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the recommendations of the recent reports by the committee chaired by the Lord Lloyd of Berwick and by the United States Veterans Department...

      Sea Wolf Missile

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the anticipated future in-service life of the Sea Wolf missile; and how many of Her Majesty's ships are fitted with this missile.

      Radioactive Waste and Nuclear Decommissioning: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much is provided in the budget of the Ministry of Defence for the current financial year for (a) the management of radioactive waste; and (b) nuclear...

      E-mails: Illegal Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to combat phishing attacks against global financial institutions, which increased 568 per cent between June and the end of October 2004.

      E-mails: Illegal Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions for illegal spamming (a) have been brought; or (b) are pending under the terms of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive)...

      Oil: UK Importation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the United Kingdom to become a net importer of oil.

      Fluoridated Water

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Warner on 7 September (WA 137) and 3 November (WA 38), why they did not reply more fully to Written Questions HL3802,...

      Acoustic Neuromas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 16 November (WA 152) and the Interphone study conclusion that the average size of acoustic neuromas was...

      Mental Health Act 1983: Section 117

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in England and Wales currently receive free aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983; and What is the average length of time for...

      Inquiries Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce an amendment to the Inquiries Bill to give effect to the recommendation made by the Lord Chief Justice and the Judges' Council...

      National Parking Adjudication Service Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What analysis they have made of the National Parking Adjudication Service report which states that although 20 new councils joined the scheme in 2003 there has...

      Railways: Salisbury to Yeovil Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date the single track line with passing places on the railway between Salisbury and Yeovil will be modernised to double track.

      M1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many accidents have occurred on the M1 during each of the past 12 months; how many resulting deaths occurred; how many injuries required hospital treatment;...

      Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make information available so that, when Network Rail responds to Questions for Written Answer, the response is included in the Written Answer in...

      Navigation Aids in Irish Territorial Waters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost in each year since 1918 of maintaining aids to navigation in Irish territorial waters.

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