Written answers

Monday, 10 January 2005

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will seek agreement to secure the use of seized funds representing proceeds of crime to reward good working practices in the Crown Prosecution Service.

    • Departmental Files

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

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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.

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to her Department from a supplier and payment by the Department of the invoice in the last 12...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the total travel costs to her Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials for each year since 1997.

  • Leader of the House

    • Documents

      To ask the Leader of the House what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past 12 months.

    • E-mails

      To ask the Leader of the House 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.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much...

  • Wales

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in his Department in the next six months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Bodies (Abolition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list National Assembly for Wales sponsored public bodies that may be abolished by (a) decision of the Assembly, (b) primary legislation in the...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Alvis plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his Department was informed of the decision by Alvis Plc to conclude a consultancy agreement with Global Select.

    • Bhutan

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

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the detention of Yu Jie, Liu Xiaobo and Zhang Zuhua for human rights in China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of China with respect to the detention without charge of Pastor Zhang...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards; (2) how many hours of staff time were...

      Christmas Cards

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

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Colombia on the killings of (a) Villapon Vega, (b) Antenor Martinez, (c)...

      Common Travel Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Government of the Irish Republic about the future of the common travel area...

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from his Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by his Department...

      Convention on the Future of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to insert references to the Minority Report of the Convention on the Future of Europe when...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by the Government to increase international monitoring of the security situation in Darfur.

      Decade of Roma Inclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to prepare for the launch in the UK in 2005 of the European Union Decade of Roma Inclusion.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the role of the commander of the 8th military region in the Democratic Republic of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Bizima Karaha's recent reports of inclusion of Interahamwe troops in the armed forces...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the numbers, (b) the aim and (c) the activities of the Congolese Rally for...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the number and (b) the activities of Rwandan Hutu rebel forces in the eastern...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) command structure and (b) ethnic makeup of the armed forces of the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the role of (a) Major Kasongo and (b) Colonel Jules Mutebutsi in the current...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact on stability of the South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of claims by General Laurent Nkunda of atrocities being committed against the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the planned deployment of 10,000 members of the armed forces of the Democratic...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Estonian/Russian Border

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards disputed areas of the Estonian/Russian border.

      EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 December, Official Report, column 1065, on the EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service,...

      EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2004, Official Report, column 1065W, on EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination...

      EU/Israel Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the UK will press the EU to take appropriate measures under Article 79 of the EU/Israel Association Agreement to enforce the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to paragraph 15 of the Explanatory Memorandum on the EU Constitutional Treaty, when legal primacy of European law was...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the articles in the draft European constitution in which the text differs from the equivalent articles that...

      European Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards the European Convention's Minority Report, submitted by the Convention...

      European Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what declarations made by UK representatives to the Convention on the future of Europe have been appended to the European...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the activities to raise awareness of the EU that his Department is undertaking; and who the participants are.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to detail the costs of EU membership in future publications on the benefits of such membership;...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will define his Department's interpretation of the term federal in relation to EU matters.

      Expatriate Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries he estimates to have the 20 largest expatriate communities of UK citizens; and how many UK citizens he estimates...

      Foreign Dignitaries (Gifts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) amount spent, (b) name of the recipient and (c) item provided in respect of gifts for foreign...

      General Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 13 December; what the Government's stance was...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the effects of the application of Justice and Home Affairs Title VI measures on Gibraltar's (a)...

      Global Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) the Global Conflict Prevention Pool and (b) the Africa Pool.

      Great Lakes Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Amnesty International report "Protecting their rights: Rwandese Refugees in the...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the meetings his Department has held with US officials to discuss the status of British nationals at Guantanamo...

      Gym Provision

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

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the requirements for candidates sought as successor ambassador to the Holy See; and whether...

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to vary the (a) scale and (b) delivery of UK representation to the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Papal Nuncio prior to decisions being made to alter the UK's arrangements for diplomatic...

      Indonesia (Defence Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice was given by (a) his Department, (b) the local diplomatic mission in Indonesia and (c) the commercial officer in...

      Indonesia (Defence Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his Department was informed of the decision by BAE Systems to use PTSK as agents in connection with the sale of...

      Indonesia (Defence Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civilians have been killed as a result of paramilitary action by insurgents in Iraqi since April 2002.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to withdraw British troops from Iraq under the terms of UN Security Resolution No. 1546.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of known injuries to Iraqi civilians which have been caused by the actions of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Iraqis killed by Saddam Hussein's regime in the period from 1 July 2001 to 19...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from his United States counterpart in respect of the hunger strike by Saddam Hussein.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list his Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost of...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to combat organised crime in Kosovo.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what co-operation his Department's officials in Kosovo have with representatives of the former Kosovo Liberation Army.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which areas of Kosovo remain polluted or contaminated as a result of the NATO military action in 1999; what plans there are to...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts about the forthcoming election in the Maldives; and if he will...

      Marta Andreasen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's position on the maintenance in European Communities' employment of Marta Andreasen.

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position was taken by the UK at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe meeting in Sofia on 6 to 7...

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent parliamentary and presidential elections in Mozambique, with particular reference to...

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the...

      Palestinian Occupied Authority

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

      Papua New Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) Australia and (b) other Commonwealth counterparts about the situation in Papua New Guinea;...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent reports of Rwandan (a) backing of and (b) assistance to General Laurent...

      Severance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the cost of the award of severance grants to European Communities' personnel over the last...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) European Union and (b) United Nations counterparts on the situation in Somalia; and if he...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and what services can be accessed by calling each...

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much revenue his Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003...

      Turkey (EU Membership)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Turkey will be required officially to recognise the existence of the Republic of Cyprus before it is granted membership...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the role of the Ugandan Government Communication Director, Mr. Ofwono-Opondo, in the...

      Uganda

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

      Uganda

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

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have made to (i) members...

      Uganda

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

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the culture of political opposition in Uganda of the 1986 ban on...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have made to the Ugandan...

      Uganda

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

      Uganda

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

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the circumstances of the death of Patrick Mamenero in Uganda in 2002; what...

      Ukraine

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

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan about (a) freedom of the media, (b) freedom of religion, (c)...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the growth in gross domestic product in Uzbekistan in 2003.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of industrial production in Uzbekistan is accounted for by the cotton crop.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of industrial production in Uzbekistan is accounted for by gold.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the level of (a) inflation, (b) unemployment, (c) money supply growth per annum, (d) per capita income and (e) annual...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with President Karimov of Uzbekistan about human rights abuses in the country.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan about the destruction of bridges in the Ferghana Valley.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to President Karimov of Uzbekistan about (a) the extension of his term of office and (b) the...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the use by the Government of Uzbekistan of (a) increased tariffs and (b) non-tariff barriers in...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the levels of foreign direct investment in Uzbekistan from (a) the United States, (b) Japan, (c)...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan about the expulsion of the Open Society Institute from Tashkent.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work has been undertaken by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy with members of the Democratic Forum in Uzbekistan.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the claim made by Mr. Craig Murray in his speech to Chatham House on 8 November, that a British...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the claim made by Mr Craig Murray in his speech to Chatham House on 8 November, that a UK company...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Venezuela following the signing of the Media Content Law; and what...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to urge the Secretary-General of the United Nations to review the UN's conduct in relation to the...

      Whistleblowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the maintenance in European Communities' employment of named...

      Whistleblowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many whistle blowing cases there have been within European institutions in the past 30 years; which institutions have been...

      World Trade Organisation (Accession)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed accession to the World Trade Organisation of (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and (c) Iran.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) European Union and (b) Commonwealth counterparts on the forthcoming parliamentary elections...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) European Union and (b) Commonwealth counterparts on the likely effect of Zimbabwe's new...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council (Theatre)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what revenue support has been given by Arts Council England for theatrical activity in each of the last three years for which data is...

    • Arts Council (Theatre)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Arts Council England has a strategic plan for the support of theatrical work in specified counties or regions; and if she will...

      Coliseum Concert Hall, Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with the Eastern Region Arts Council possible assistance to ensure that the Coliseum concert hall in Watford remains...

      Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the criteria for appointment to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment are; and what guidelines have been drawn...

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by her Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars,...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department spent on first-class travel in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sporthow many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by her Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d)...

      Departmental Properties

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

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been...

      Drug Taking in Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the effect of Court of First Instance case T-313/02, as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4 December, on...

      Electronic Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of e-mails; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on entertainment by her Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and...

      International Cricket Council Headquarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the England and Wales Cricket Board, (b) the MCC, (c) UK Sport, (d) Sport England and (e) the...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list her Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost of...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the membership of local authority licensing committees, sub-committees and panels...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was received from distributors for expenditure on (a) the arts, (b) National Heritage and (c) sport in each...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Department is taking to ensure that past lottery awards were legitimate.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the alleged attempt to defraud the National Lottery.

      National Play Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in the adoption of a national play strategy; what resources have been allocated towards it; and if she will...

      National Water Sports Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the (a) purpose and (b) future of the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepoint.

      National Water Sports Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who owns the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepoint.

      Office of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what salary is paid to the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Communications; and how many days' work...

      Pay TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      Rowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she is taking to promote the sport of rowing.

      Rowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department has provided to Project Oarsome since its inception; and if she will make a statement on the outcome.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in her Department since its implementation.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether departmental special advisers have been responsible for authorising instances of departmental spending since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether departmental special advisers have given instructions to permanent civil servants without the explicit authorisation of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by Civil Service pay-grade.

      Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the property belonging to her Department that has been (a) stolen and (b) reported lost in each year since 1997, broken...

      Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil servants from her Department have (a) faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of allegations of theft, (b) been...

      TV Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what process she monitors the effectiveness of television licence compliance measures; and if she will make a statement.

      TV Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints were received in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04 relating to the pursuit of those who do...

      Video Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the outcome was of the cross-departmental meeting held in the week beginning 6 December concerning violent video games; (2)...

      Video Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the results have been of research undertaken by the Government concerning media classification and violent video games.

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when Maxwell Stamp plc are due to report to him on progress in delivering the Chars Livelihood Programme: concept and management in...

    • Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) monetary aid and (b) food aid was provided to each country in Central Africa by (i) EU member states, (ii) the EU, (iii)...

      Christmas Cards

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

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 International Development (1) how many official Christmas cards were sent out by his Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; (2) what the cost of postage was for...

      Correspondence

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

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by his Department.

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial assistance will be allocated for his Department's strategy for meeting the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2004 to the hon. Member for Tooting (Tom Cox), Official Report, columns 819–20, on Iraq,...

      Seychelles

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role was played by CDC in the Seychelles gas turbine project; and whether his Department has conducted investigations into it.

      Stolen Property

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government is providing to (a) the government of Sudan and (b) non-governmental organisations operating in Sudan,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he is giving to the provision of donkeys to internally displaced people in Darfur.

      Taskforces

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

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan about the restrictions placed on non-governmental organisations...

      Veterinary Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent support his Department has given to charities which provide veterinary support to working animals in (a) Darfur and (b)...

      Working Time Regulations

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

  • Defence

    • Ex-service Personnel (Homelessness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Department is taking to tackle homelessness among ex-service personnel.

    • Yorkshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future deployment of the proposed Yorkshire Regiment.

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent progress in taking forward his plans for the Scottish regiments.

      Royal Welch Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with senior officers of the Royal Welch Fusiliers on the future of the regiment; and if he will make a statement.

      Far East (Internees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on compensation for those interned in the Far East.

      Defence Industrial Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Department has taken to implement the Defence Industrial Policy.

      King's Lancashire and Border Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will rename the King's, Lancashire and Border Regiment the Royal Lancashire Regiment.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the armed forces have played in the reconstruction of Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the military situation in Iraq.

      Electoral Registration (Service Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he will take to encourage electoral registration by service voters.

      Administrative Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many administrative discharges have taken place under Queen's Regulation paragraph (a) 9.398, (b) 9.403, (c) 9.404, (d) 9.405, (e) 9.411, (f) 9.412,...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role British forces are undertaking in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female soldiers from ethnic minorities are serving in each of the armed services.

      Christmas Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the three services he expects to be (a) serving abroad and (b) deployed on front-line duties between 24 December and 2 January 2005;...

      Christmas Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he has made to ensure that those members of the armed forces serving abroad and deployed on front-line duties between 24 December and 2...

      Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by his Department.

      Death in Service

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

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency's (DARA) turnover in 2003–04 came from (a) his Department and (b) the private sector; and for what...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost of dental provision for a serviceman in (a) the UK, (b) Germany and (c) Cyprus was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was to his Department of equipment purchased from other members of the European Union in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1 January 2005; and...

      Ethnic Minorities

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

      Freedom of Information

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

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set up a fund from which to make ex gratia payments on a pro-rata basis to all those veterans of the first Gulf war who have made successful...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reassess the claims of those Gulf war veterans whose claims to be suffering from Gulf war-related illnesses have been rejected.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to refer to the symptoms with which veterans of the first Gulf war are suffering as gulf war syndrome.

      Gym Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Infantry Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the approved strength and (b) the actual strength of each of the infantry battalions.

      Iraq (Territorial Army)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from members of the Territorial Army on the length of their tours of duty in Iraq.

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

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

      Lost/Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the property belonging to his Department that has (a) been stolen and (b) been reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down by type...

      Manning/Record Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in the Army's manning and records offices, broken down by area and location.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which (a) campaigns and (b) wars, medals were issued in each of the last five years; which medals were made of (i) silver and (ii) cupro-nickel; and...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project to complete its concept phase.

      Napalm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 6 December 204, Official Report, column 339W, on napalm, whether substances similar to napalm have been used by the Coalition...

      Nimrod MRA4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Nimrod MRA4 to be fully in service; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in the past...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      Provisions (Beef)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage by weight of beef supply contracts for his Department and its agencies for each year since 1997 were sourced from (a) British and (b)...

      Regular Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the regular reserve have (a) received statutory notice of compulsory mobilisation and (b) been accepted into mobilised service for...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average number of (a) military and (b) civilian full-time equivalent staff employed by the (i) Defence Academy, (ii) Defence Estates,...

      Swan Hunter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlay the decision not to assist Swan Hunter with the overrun in budget to build the Largs Bay and Lyme Bay vessels at its Wallsend yard;...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter...

      Youth Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future funding arrangements for youth and cadet organisations sponsored by his Department in (a) Northern Ireland and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Abandoned Vehicles (Morecambe Bay)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Duchy of Lancaster has responsibility for the removal of abandoned vehicles on the sands of Morecambe Bay.

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many hours of the Department's staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many of the Department's staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of the Department's official Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited from such a...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of postage was for the Department's official Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost was of purchasing the Department's official Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many official Christmas cards were sent out by the Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Civil Contingencies Secretariat

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the work of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat.

      Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what percentage of contributions to the Civil Service Premium Scheme went towards pension entitlement in the last period for which figures are available.

      Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many retired civil servants are in receipt of a pension; and what the total cost was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil service (a) widows and (b) widowers are in receipt of a civil service pension of less than (i) £1,000 and (ii) £2,000 per annum.

      Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many retired civil servants are in receipt of a Civil Service pension of less than (a) £1,000 and (b) £2,000 per annum.

      Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil service (a) widows and (b) widowers are in receipt of a civil service pension; and what the cost was in the last year for which figures...

      Conferences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from the Cabinet Office, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by the Cabinet Office in each year...

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by the Cabinet Office.

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by the Office and...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in the Office in each of...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis to the Office in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will make a statement on energy costs incurred by the Office in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her estimate is of the cost of building refurbishment carried out by the Office in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of refurbishing each Ministerial Private Office was in the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the total external spending by the Office was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for Duchy administrative staff in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of refurbishing his ministerial private office was in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on entertainment by the Cabinet Office in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent by his office on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the costs of refurbishments in the Cabinet Office were in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent by her Office on lighting in each year since 1997.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will make a statement on the effect of the coming into force of the European Constitution on the operation of the Department with reference to...

      Government Car Fleet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of the Government car fleet was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) maintenance, (b) drivers, (c) taxes,...

      Gyms

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

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases have been brought against the Office under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to defend cases and...

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many ministerial cars are being operated by the Government Car Service; and if she will break down the fleet by (a) manufacturer, (b) model and (c)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what target her Department sets for the maximum time to respond in full to a parliamentary question; and what percentage of its parliamentary answers...

      Regulatory Impact Assessment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which regulations were not accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Assessment in the measurement of the level of compliance with the Regulatory Impact...

      Security Passes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many departmental security passes have been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 1997; (2) how many instances of people attempting to...

      Sickness Absence

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

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and what services can be accessed by calling each of them; (2)...

      Telephone Usage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her policy is on the use of telephones in her Department by members of staff for personal (a) domestic and (b) international calls; and if she will...

      Telephone Usage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what measures she has taken to ensure that telephones in her Department are not used by staff for making unauthorised personal calls to international...

      Telephone Usage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the estimated cost to her Department of unauthorised personal calls made by members of staff to (a) domestic and (b) international numbers was in...

      Television Subscriptions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many publicly funded pay television subscriptions there are in official residences for which her Department is responsible; and what the cost is of each.

  • Prime Minister

    • Baghdad Visit

      To ask the Prime Minister on what day his Office chose 21 December as the date for his visit to Baghdad.

    • E-mails

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Office's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1 January 2005; and what instructions...

      Foreign Press Articles

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 822W, on foreign press articles, if he will make it his policy that articles written by members of...

      Home Secretary

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Secretary of State for the Home Department had received his seal of office when he issued his two written ministerial statements concerning International...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the attributable newspaper articles written by his special advisers in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his special advisers have used official resources for party political activity.

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answers on Working Time Regulations of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 823W, and 20 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1353–4W, for...

  • Health

    • Clinical Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether clinical guidelines issued by his Department are designed to set minimum standards.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter of 1 November from the hon. Member for Walsall, North concerning a constituent, reference 5006112.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many uses of NHS defibrillators located in non-NHS premises were reported in the six months to September.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what system is in place for recording uses of NHS defibrillators located in non-NHS premises.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS defibrillators were in place in non-NHS premises on 30 September.

      Dental Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the likely change in the number of jobs in dental laboratories in England as a result of industry...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when discussions with the Governments of (a) Poland, (b) Germany, (c) Denmark and (d) Spain on the recruitment of dentists began.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the findings are from the personal dental services pilot sites on bad debt; and whose responsibility bad debt will be after the NHS dental base...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were per head of the population in England in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has about the number of patients paying for private dental treatment in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many television advertisements his Department has commissioned on (a) terrestrial and (b) satellite television channels in the last 12 months;...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) 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...

      Departmental Properties

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

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) 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;...

      Ethnic Minorities

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish a response to the consultation on proposals for strengthening the General Dental Council.

      Healthcare Industry Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Healthcare Industry Task Force report of November.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (a) has paid and (b) plans to pay to Media Strategy to help them prepare for oral evidence...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what purposes the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority employs consultants; and how much it has paid to consultants since June 2001 and plans...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of installing biometric card readers (a) in total and (b) as an average per facility for (i) general...

      Manor Park/Clarendon Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his solicitors will confirm the transfer of designated public land at Manor Park and Clarendon Park to Epsom and Ewell borough council.

      Milk Tokens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Milk Token Hotline on 7 December had a pre-recorded message informing callers that all outstanding tokens would be issued by 29...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have contracted MRSA in each of the last five years.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA have been reported at Northwick Park Hospital in each of the last three years; how many of those cases proved fatal; and if he will...

      NHS (Ethical Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ban the NHS from using recruitment agencies who have not signed up to the Code of Practice on Ethical Recruitment.

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Patient Environment Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he or a member of his Ministerial team (a) received and (b) approved the publication of the Patient Environment Action Team scores.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the membership is of the (a) National Biological Standards Board, (b) National Radiological Protection Board and (c) Dental Practices Board; what the...

      Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's expert working group report on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors was based on (a)...

      Sickness Absence

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the possible impact on the incidence of side effects of over-the-counter sales of statins.

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue his Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003 to 30 September.

      UVFGI Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of using UVGI technology to combat pathogen levels in NHS hospitals.

      Whittington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the Jarvis-led private finance initiative contract for the Whittington hospital extension; and what action is being...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of benefit fraud involved (a) false identities and (b) false claims without false identity in the last year for which figures...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the cost to his Department of identity fraud and (b) the number of people in each year since 1997, who have...

      Benefits Processing (Aberystwyth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations he has received in support of his proposals to change benefits processing in Aberystwyth.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus will give a substantive reply to the letter of 8 October from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight...

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the support services offered by his Department to help homeless people find employment.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims in 2003–04 were subject to each rate of non-dependent deduction; at each rate, how many claimants were...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours per week were spent on average on job search activity by a jobseeker's allowance claimant in the last period for which figures...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) quarterly and (b) annual jobseeker's allowance claimant figures for 18 to 24-year-olds on the Isle of Wight are for the last...

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are participating in the New Deal for Lone Parents in the Dagenham constituency.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Civil Recovery Proceedings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on legal aid in relation to persons subject to civil recovery proceedings under the Proceeds of...

    • Civil Recovery Proceedings

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what sums have been repaid to the Legal Services Commission from monies recovered by the Assets Recovery Agency under...

      Courts/Tribunals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people are employed by (a) Her Majesty's Magistrates Court Service Inspectorate and (b) the Council of...

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by his Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department spent on first class travel in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the...

      E-mails

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of e-mails; and whether this policy has...

      E-mails

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance he has issued to Government departments in respect of the retention and deletion of e-mails; and what...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol,...

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by Civil Service pay-grade.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment the Government has made of (a) proposals for individual voter registration and (b) the possible effects...

      Voter Turnout

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Department has taken to encourage more people to participate in the next General Election.

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to industry in Scotland of the Aggregates Levy since its introduction; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

    • Childcare Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families have received (a) childcare vouchers and (b) child tax credits in the (i) Watford and (ii) South West Hertfordshire constituencies.

      Claims to Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1234W, on Inland Revenue and Customs, what criteria (a) Inland Revenue and (b) HM...

      Crown Estate Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Crown Estate property has been leased to Prince Edward; how long the lease is; and how many (a) bedrooms and (b) living rooms there are in the property.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs and Excise staff were employed in Scotland in each year since 1997.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the last review of staffing (a) numbers and (b) locations was carried out by HM Customs and Excise.

      Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely impact of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill on the number of Customs and Excise staff employed in Scotland.

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much floor space...

      Employment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adults of working age were economically inactive in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many of these were in each of the 10...

      Employment Rates

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (1) what the rates of (a) economic activity and (b) employment amongst men aged (i) under 25 years, (ii) 25 to 34 years,...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the UK financial contribution to the European Union is calculated on the VAT (a) due to and (b) actually received by Customs and Excise.

      Food Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantities of UK produced foods have been transported to (a) EU member states and (b) other countries and then imported back into the UK since 2002.

      Inland Revenue/Customs and Excise (Merger)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the documents his Department has published since 1997 relating to the potential (a) cost and (b) efficiency savings resulting from a merger...

      Inland Revenue/Customs and Excise (Merger)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to carry out further assessments of the potential (a) cost and (b) efficiency savings resulting from a merger of the Inland Revenue and HM...

      Inland Revenue/Customs and Excise (Merger)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) gross job losses, (b) net job losses and (c) job relocations from (i) the Inland Revenue and (ii) HM Customs and Excise would result from...

      Irradiated Foods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantities of irradiated foods, other than herbs and spices, have been imported from (a) EU member states and (b) other countries for general sale...

      Irradiated Foods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantities of UK produced food have been transported to (a) EU member states and (b) other countries for irradiation treatment and then imported back...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure compliance by Government Departments with the proposals in the Lyons Review for relocation of public sector jobs, with...

      Mariners (National Insurance)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances employer's national insurance contributions are liable to be paid in respect of the earnings of mariners who are employed on...

      Paris Club

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations the UK Government are making to non-Paris Club countries to (a) match and (b) exceed Paris Club commitments in terms of debt write-off;...

      Public Expenditure Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of all current public expenditure survey papers.

      Royal Lodge, Windsor

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) bedrooms and (b) living rooms there are within the Royal Lodge, Windsor.

      Sick Leave

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

      Stolen Property

      Mr. Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants from his Department have (a) faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of allegations of theft, (b) been charged with...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many end of year tax credit overpayments have been identified by the Inland Revenue; (2) how many requests not to recover tax overpayments the...

      Tax Credits (Dagenham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of the Dagenham constituency claim (a) pension credit and (b) working tax credit.

      Unified Business Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Treasury has to vary the unified business rate for small shops.

      United States (British Visitors)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of British citizens who have visited the USA (a) in the last 30 years, (b) in the last five years and (c) in the...

      Unleaded Petrol

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total tax payable on the average pump price of a litre of unleaded petrol was on 20 December 2004.

      Waste Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will specify (a) the basis and (b) the evidence on which the 2004 comprehensive spending review's efficiency target of £300 million relating to...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the amount of Indonesia's indebtedness to the UK is; and what proportion is attributable to the sale of military equipment.

    • Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much agent's commission the Export Credits Guarantee Department covered on the sale of Hawk jets to Indonesia; and what percentage of the...

      Business (Impact of Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which of the reviews carried out since 2001 on the working and impact of major pieces of legislation affecting business have been conducted by...

      Business Support Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been allocated to support (a) business start-ups and (b) SME growth in each enterprise area by region in the 2004–05...

      Conferences

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

      Creche Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what crèche facilities are provided by her Department; and at what cost.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by her Department.

      Departmental Electrical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many items of electrical equipment were used by her Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997; how many (a) actions, (b) settlements and (c) court cases there were in each...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b)...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by her Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list her Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost of over-run and...

      Departmental Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by her Department on lighting in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the gender pay gap amongst staff in her Department.

      Departmental Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department spent on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor hired plants in...

      Departmental Refurbishment

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

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by her Department; and what services can be accessed by calling each of them.

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much revenue her Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003 to 30...

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the staff employed by her Department have a declared disability.

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in...

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action is taken to protect biological systems exposed to electromagnetic fields at public supply system frequencies.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her 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...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many requests under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information have been answered by her Department within 20 working days...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what safeguards private companies have that the flows of commercial-in-confidence information between them and public bodies will not be...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research her Department has undertaken to ascertain the effect on households in fuel poverty of increases in fuel prices.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent changes in the cost of fuel oil on the number of households in fuel poverty;...

      IT Policy Breaches

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

      Manufacturing Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the average time spent by advisers from the Manufacturing Advisory Service on (a) diagnostic and (b) advisory visits was in the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when using lie detecting speech technology to assess former miners providing information in connection with their claims for work-related...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether lie detecting speech technology has been piloted on former miners claiming damages for work-related illnesses and their families by...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the proposed use of lie detecting speech technology on former miners claiming damages for work-related illnesses and their families...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether activities of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have been declared outwith EU treaty rules on state aids.

      Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what salary is paid to the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets; and how many...

      Public Procurement (EC Rules)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure EU partners effectively implement EC rules on public procurement.

      Regional Venture Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down the funding from the Regional Venture Capital Fund programme by industrial sector.

      Regional Venture Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the enterprises in England which have received funding from the Regional Venture Capital Fund in the last 12 months; and how...

      Missing Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many items of civil service property within her Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

      Missing Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the property belonging to her Department that has been (a) stolen and (b) reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down...

      Swan Hunter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial support the Department has given to the Swan Hunter shipyard in the last 30 years.

      Trade and Industry Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) which international trade and industry conferences have been attended by members of the Government in the past 12 months; on what...

      Women Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many women there are in senior positions in her Department.

  • Transport

    • A628 Mottram Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the A628 Mottram Bypass, with particular reference to the spur to Glossop.

    • Aircraft Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British airline operators with regard to concerns expressed by insurance companies over the costs of potential damage...

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will issue regulations to allow camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London; and if he will make a statement.

      Concorde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations the Government has received from (a) industry and (b) the public regarding options for restoring a Concorde aircraft to flying...

      Concorde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who owns the patent for the technical specifications, diagrams and related items for Concorde; and if he will make a statement.

      Conferences

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

      Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plans to publish annual figures on levels of congestion in the UK following the publication of the new congestion measure and...

      Correspondence

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

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) consultants and (b) employees are employed by the Crossrail project team.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by his Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department on lighting in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Properties

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

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department's policies are meeting the needs of ethnic minorities.

      First Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the Strategic Rail Authority will take account of the actions of First Group in the United States when deciding on the franchise of the...

      First Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action his Department will take to ensure that First Group's Yellow buses meet safety requirements.

      Freedom Pass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of operating the freedom pass was to local authorities in London in the last year for which figures are available; and how many...

      HSE Staff (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Health and Safety Executive staff will be relocated as a result of their transfer to the Office of the Rail Regulator.

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will seek to ensure that local authority expenditure on the local road network matches central Government allocations over the...

      M40

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what traffic and noise projections were made for the stretch of the M40 that passes through the Chilterns at the time of its widening in 1991; and if...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of how the development of high occupancy vehicle lanes will affect the flow of traffic on motorways.

      Rail Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many staff will be employed in his Department's new rail organisation; and how the estimate was calculated.

      Railway Bridge (Colindale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assist in bearing the cost of widening the railway bridge over Aerodrome road, Colindale; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by Civil Service pay grade.

      Stolen Property

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

      Strategic Rail Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the current grading structure of the Strategic Rail Authority is; what the (a) pay minimum and (b) pay maximum is for each grade; and what...

      Tilbury Town Railway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct his officials to visit the railway bridge at Tilbury Town to examine its compliance with disability and mobility rights legislation.

      Timetable Changes (Maidenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representation his Department has received regarding the recent timetable changes on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and Twyford.

      Timetable Changes (Maidenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action his Department proposes to take to reduce overcrowding and ensure safety following the introduction of the new train timetable on routes...

      Train Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is given to train operating companies on preventing dangerous levels of overcrowding on commuter trains.

      Transport Projects (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of investment in local transport projects in Coventry was in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was spent in...

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been of providing new style V5C registration certificates to comply with the European Directive on harmonising vehicle registration...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the level of protection afforded to circus animals in the Animal Welfare Bill; (2)...

    • Bass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) value and (b) potential value of sea angling for bass in UK inshore waters on a...

      Bass Trawler Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the impact of bass trawler fishing on (a) dolphin welfare and (b) the size of the...

      Bee Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of planned reductions in funding on the Bee Health Programme.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by how much carbon dioxide emissions have changed in each year of the operation of the climate change levy.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the recent discussions in China on matters within her responsibilities,...

      Christmas Cards

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

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will include in forthcoming environmental legislation, with particular reference to the Clean Neighbourhoods and...

      Climate Change Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Tenth Conference of the parties to the United Nations Convention on...

      Coastal and Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will separate the budgets for coastal defence works from that for flood defence works.

      Coastal and Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much will be allocated to the maritime authorities for costal defence projects in 2005–06.

      Coastal and Flood Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost of beach nourishment on the Eccles on Sea to Winterton section of the Norfolk coast is for the years...

      Consultation on the Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the names of attendees present at the consultation on the environment on 8 December; and in what...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 16 November, ref: 207829.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to date has been of implementing the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Decontamination and Radiation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a decontamination and radiation service.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by her Department.

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are...

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has...

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of e-mails; and whether this policy has been reviewed...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the British ceramics industry on exemption from phase one of the EU emissions...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the European Commission on the UK's application for exemption from phase one of the EU...

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she plans to take to ensure the opt-out from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for British companies applying to...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her public engagements since 15 May.

      Environmental Action Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the application from the Exhibition and Branding Parks County Trust was not considered for the Environmental...

      Environmental Services Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met representatives of the Environmental Services Association.

      Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what percentage of the budget for 2005–06 for flood and coastal erosion will be spent on beach re-charge.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which her Department's policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities.

      Farm Grants (Pendle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the principal grants available to farmers in Pendle; how many farmers were in receipt of such grants on the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring she is undertaking in the offshore pair trawl fishery for sea bass.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of proposals to change the (a) number, (b) operational framework, (c) basis of accountability,...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated discards were in UK waters, in the last three years for which statistics are available, broken down by...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Total Allowable Catch permitted for waters within the United Kingdom's 200 mile or median line limit, broken down by...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been spent on flood protection measures within the Greater London area in each of the last five years.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research she has commissioned on the incidence of flooding in Oxford; what the terms of reference were; and what...

      Foot and Mouth

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

      Hydrometeorological Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has carried out into hydrometeorological disaster.

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairshow many tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste were diverted from landfill in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total tonnage of biodegradable municipal waste that will need to be diverted in (a) 2010,...

      Marine Conservation (North Sea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the establishment of marine conservation zones in the North Sea.

      Office of Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the salary of the (a) chair, (b) chief executive and (c) board members of the Office of Water Services is; and how many...

      Ofwat Review (Water and Sewerage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when it was decided to announce an inquiry into Ofwat's performance on its recommendations on price limits for water...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      Road Transport (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) reasons for and (b) consequences of rising emissions of (i) nitrogen dioxide and (ii)...

      Senior Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many women there are in senior positions in her Department.

      Sickness Absence

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

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has offered to farmers in respect of the operation of the single farm payment for those whose...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by civil service pay grade.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity;...

      State Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the review of the State Veterinary Service; when it will end; if she will publish all the...

      Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants from her Department have (a) faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of allegations of theft, (b)...

      Tenancy Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her proposals for tenancy reform for agricultural holdings following the recent statement by...

      Turkey Manure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the spread of odour from turkey manure.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current budget is for the Waste Implementation Programme; how many people are employed by the Programme; and if she...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of commercial and industrial waste were produced in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c) 2001–02...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of agricultural waste were produced in each of (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002 and (e) 2003.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of construction and demolition waste were produced in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the household waste stream was hazardous in the last period for which figures are available; and how much...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of extending producer responsibility to waste streams not currently covered by...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what thresholds she has set for determining the amounts of different types of hazardous waste which may be present in the...

      Weed Killers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has conducted into the effects on (a) crops and (b) animals of using Roundup Biactive as a weed killer; and...

      Weed Killers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether local authorities have banned the use of Roundup Biactive; and if she will make a statement.

      Weed Killers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the complaints made by residents of St. Just in Cornwall about reactions to the use of...

      Weed Killers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring she carries out on the use of pesticides as weed killers by (a) Government agencies and (b) local government;...

      Weed Killers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's guidance on the use of materials containing Glyphosate.

  • Education and Skills

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Association of Accounting Technicians' position within the sector body, the Accountancy Occupational...

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much additional work has been required of course providers offering the Modern Apprenticeship in Accountancy and Payroll through the...

      Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding the Learning and Skills Council has given to centres providing Modern Apprenticeships in Accountancy and Payroll through...

      Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will request the Adult Learning Inspectorate to inspect NVQ and Modern Apprenticeships courses in accountancy and book-keeping.

      Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will examine mechanisms to ensure fair and open competition in the qualifications market in the fields of accounting and related...

      Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many guided learning hours are required to complete the Association of Accounting Technicians Book-keeping Certificate programme; and...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to assist potential parents in the process of adopting children; and if she will make a statement.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the applied behaviour analysis approach to educating children with autism.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter to her of 11 November from Helen Donovan.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by her Department.

      Departmental Initiatives (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 296W, on departmental initiatives (young people), if she will list the...

      Early Interventions/Family Resolutions Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons the Early Interventions project was changed to Family Resolutions; what the differences are between the two; and what the...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in Hertfordshire was in (a) 1995 and (b) 2004; and what the percentage...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been made available to schools in Ribble Valley and Fulwood from the Special Education Needs Standard Fund since 2002.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of residents in Ribble Valley and Fulwood have undertaken apprenticeships in each of the last seven years.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne had applied for an education maintenance allowance as at the end of October; how many...

      English as a Second Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was made available to schools to teach children who have English as a second language in each year since 1997; and what funding...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with the Higher Education Funding Council about the proposed closure of undergraduate chemistry provision...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Green Paper on Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Green Paper on young people will be published; and what the cause of the delays to publication have been.

      Homophobic Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what measures her Department is taking to counter homophobic bullying in schools and colleges; and what the budget is for such...

      Increased Flexibility Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation has been undertaken of the impact of the Increased Flexibility programme on (a) behaviour, (b) attendance and (c) post-16...

      Infant Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many single form entry infant schools there were on 1 January 2004.

      International Students (Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the cost of processing a visa extension application made by an international student studying at a UK university.

      Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost is of the Lifelong Learning Initiative; and what proportion has been spent on (a) intermediaries and (b) front-line...

      Local Authority Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the process is for amending a local education authority's (a) Education Development Plan and (b) School Organisation Plan; and whether...

      Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Middlesbrough,...

      Oratory School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact on the School Admissions Code of the judgement made in favour of the Oratory School in the High Court.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representations she has received concerning the impact of workforce reform on primary schools; (2) what assessment she has made...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement on school sport of 14 December 2004, Official Report, column 122WS, how much of the two hours...

      Science Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase the study of science subjects at (a) GCSE and (b) A-Level; and what incentives are offered to encourage...

      Shared Parenting Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Government supports maximum contact for non-resident parents in shared parenting cases.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact on post-16 participation rates of the availability of school sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with Learning and Skills Councils about the Department's support for school sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact that a sixth form has on a school's performance at (a) Key Stage 3 and (b) Key Stage 4.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school sixth forms have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list schools in England which have been (a) developed and (b) re-developed since 2001 to educate children (i) with and (ii)...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were educated in special schools in each local education authority in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications the Department received in 2003 from schools in England for specialist status; and how many of these were successful.

      Statementing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were statemented in each year since 1997 in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local authority.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what entitlement schools in the Vale of York have to access Sure Start funding.

      Surplus School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times the working party on surplus school places has met since it was established in February 2004; and who its members are.

      Surplus School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of surplus (a) primary and (b) secondary school places there are in each local education authority.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the gender ratio of registered teachers in maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary schools is, broken down into age categories...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the teacher workforce he expects will retire in each of the next 10 years.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire played truant from school in each of the last five years.

      Young Families (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much expenditure has been allocated to families with children aged 0 to five years in each year from 1997 to 2008; (2) when she...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Community Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) large scale voluntary transfers and (b) arm's length management organisation transfers the community housing task force has worked on.

    • Compensation Claims

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many claims for compensation due to injury from slips, trips or falls on council property or property maintained by the local authority have been lodged...

      Conferences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from his Office, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by his Office in each year since 1997; and what the (i)...

      Council House Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total income in capital receipts was from the sale of council housing under the right to buy in 2003–04, broken down by Government Office region.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the level of council tax receipts collected in each local authority was in each year since 1997, broken down by billing authority; and what the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage change in council tax imposed by Cambridge city council has been in each year since its inception.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many pensioners' households he estimates will be affected by council tax reappraisal; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many households...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households there are in each council tax band; what his Department's estimate is of how many will fall into each band after revaluation; and if he will...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many items of electrical equipment were used by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost and (b) number of...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total external spending by his Department was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Department spent on first class travel in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Office in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c)...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many properties are held by the Office; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much floor space vacant...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (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.

      Derbyshire Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding was made available to the Derbyshire fire authority in each of the last five years.

      E-mails

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of social housing are deemed not to meet thermal efficiency rating Standard Assessment Procedure 65, broken down by local authority area.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department's policies meet the needs of ethnic minorities.

      Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what arrangements are in place to begin construction of regional fire control centres; (2) if he will make a statement on the cost of building a new...

      Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be working in each regional fire control centre; and what equipment will be installed in each one.

      Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has given to brigades which will be required to relocate to the new regional fire control centres on costs which may be incurred from relocation.

      Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evaluation has been undertaken of the technology to be used in emergency fire control rooms; and what its anticipated cost is per room.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on the inclusion of representatives of the fire service unions other than the Fire Brigade Union within the new negotiating machinery for pay...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire control officers were employed on (a) 31 March and (b) 30 September by each of the English fire and rescue authorities.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether technology other than TETRA will allow direct voice communication between personnel from different services at the scene of an incident under the proposed...

      Highways Maintenance Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget of each London local authority for road and pavement maintenance was in each of the last two years; and what the overspend or under spend of each...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless people in Coventry sought help from Coventry city council in the last year for which figures are available; and how many homeless people are...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what projections were made for (a) the Spending Review technical note to PSA 5, Indicator 3, published on 24 November and (b) Chapter 2 of the Departmental...

      Homeless People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he (a) has taken and (b) plans to introduce to protect homeless people from assault and wounding.

      Homeless People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the support services offered by his Department to help homeless people find housing; (2) whether the Government plans to...

      House Prices (Dagenham)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average house price is in Dagenham; and what it was (a) five and (b) 10 years ago.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning powers local authorities have to restrict the conversion of family housing into houses in multiple occupation.

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department keeps a recommended or reference list of finance groups in relation to finance for large-scale voluntary council house transfers.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to take account within the formula grants system the rapid growth in population experienced by some local authorities; (2) if he will end...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will use current population figures in the formula grant calculations made by his Department for the support of local authority services; and if he...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce a local income tax as an assigned revenue; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review the area cost adjustment; and if he will make a statement.

      Mapping Services Agreement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date the Mapping Services Agreement was due for completion; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will issue new planning guidance to require planning authorities to take greater account of the health effects of radiation from mobile telephones when...

      MOD Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1119W, on MOD land, if he will place a copy of the framework agreement in the Library.

      MOD Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1119W, on MOD land, how English Partnerships will fund their role under the Sustainable...

      Mott MacDonald Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will respond to the Mott MacDonald report.

      Older People (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to identify and spread good practice by local government in providing services for older people, with particular reference to...

      Part P Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce third party certification for Part P schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Part P Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the inspectorate is in place to carry out inspections under the Part P schemes (electrical safety in dwellings); and if he will make a statement.

      Part P Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the progress being made in the implementation of Part P schemes of the building regulations; and how the system will be introduced.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many press officers are employed in his Department.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to hold another referendum on establishing a regional assembly for the north east.

      Regional Government (Publications)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annualised total cost to the Government office for the south east of producing the publication Go South East was in the latest year for which figures are...

      Regional Housing/Regional Observatories (Funding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central Government funding is being given to (a) Regional Housing Boards and (b) regional observatories in the current financial year.

      Document Shredding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what factors underlie the increase in the rate of files shredded by his Department since January 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in the way central government grants for local social service budgets are calculated on local authorities...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how...

      Stock Options Appraisal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held regarding the Stock Options Appraisal in (i) Bedfordshire, (ii) Hertfordshire, (iii)...

      Swale Local Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment has been made of the numbers of additional (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) firefighters, (d) police, (e) teachers and (f) other public sector...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) pursuant to his answer of 14 December to Question reference 204664, which of the secondary schools identified in each Education and...

    • Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of individuals awaiting provision of digital hearing aids in the Province.

      Autumn Performance Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much it cost to (a) produce and (b) distribute the Northern Ireland Office Autumn Performance Report 2004; and how many copies were distributed.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much he expects to be required for the settlement of clinical negligence claims in the Province over the next three years.

      Death Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people died in the Province in each of the last 10 years as a result of being cold.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many credit cards for official expenditure are held by his Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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)...

      Departmental Properties

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent in the Province on (a) time out and (b) other services for families of disabled children in each of the last five years.

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage of documents and the use of shredders; and whether this policy has been reviewed in...

      Electronic Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1 January...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the role of (a) fuel cost reduction and (b) income maximization in energy efficiency.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) introducing legislative targets for eradicating fuel poverty in the Province, (b) establishing...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of patients waiting for genito-urinary assessment in the Province; and what the average waiting time from referral is.

      GP Attendances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of GP attendances per capita in Northern Ireland (a) in the most recent year for which figures are available and...

      GP Attendances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the proportion of the population in the Province who did not attend their general practitioner in the last 12 months.

      Health and Personal Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of health and personal social services spending in the Province staff salaries accounted for in each of the last five years; and...

      Health Service Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the PPP/PFI health service building programmes in the Province.

      Health Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were received by each health trust in the Province during the year ended September 2004.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of appointing someone to act as a champion for the homeless in Northern Ireland.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homeless people there were in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of homeless people in the Province are female lone parents.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in the Province are housed in temporary accommodation.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the reasons for the loss by homeless people in the Province of their last settled home.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many rough sleepers there were in the Province in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of these were drug abusers.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what level of funding is being granted by the Government towards (a) capital costs and (b) recurrent costs in respect of (i) adult hospices and...

      Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of reintroducing matrons to hospitals in the Province to oversee hygiene and hospital cleaning.

      Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specialist attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outpatient clinics there are in the Province.

      Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what response he has made to the March 2004 report of the Committee of Experts on the Implementation of the Charter for Regional or Minority...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what spending per capita on mental health services in the Province was in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve access to health information and services in the Province for those with mental health difficulties.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on child and adolescent mental health services in the Province in each of the last five years.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from independent providers of MRI scanning concerning the provision of additional scans on a not-for-profit...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to collect more comprehensive statistics regarding the number of patients awaiting MRI scans in the Province.

      National Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much National Lottery funding has been spent on developing sport in (a) schools and (b) the community in Northern Ireland in each year since...

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on...

      Nurse Endoscopists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to encourage the development of the role of the nurse endoscopist in the Province.

      Occuptational Therapy

      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 occupational therapy assessment in each trust in the...

      Paramilitary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment the Government have made of whether paramilitary organisations in the Province (a) have been and (b) are involved in the sale or...

      Pay Television Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what method is used by Police Service of Northern Ireland officers to quantify the time spent on investigating a particular case; (2) if...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals have (a) completed and (b) dropped out from training as new police recruits in each year since the Police Service of...

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the population of Northern Ireland in (a) 2003 and (b) 1989.

      Power Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been received by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in relation to disputes arising from landowners...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of prescription items per capita in Northern Ireland (a) in the last year for which figures are available and (b)...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      PSA Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent guidance has been issued on the management of patients in the Province with slightly elevated PSA levels.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the new funding arrangements for schools in Northern Ireland will affect in percentage terms each school in North Down constituency.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future funding arrangements for schools in Northern Ireland; and how many children he estimates will benefit...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to prevent (a) teachers and (b) support staff being made redundant as a result of the new funding arrangements for schools...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much social housing was available in the Province on 1 January (a) 2004, (b) 1999, (c) 1994, (d) 1989 and (e) 1984.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by Civil Service pay-grade.

      Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Services Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate (a) the sum spent to date on work associated with a proposed new acute hospital and new local hospital in the south-west of...

      Sustainable Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average success rates have been for placing participants in sustainable employment in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months of the (a)...

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much revenue his Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003 to 30...

      Tuberculosis/Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of (a) tuberculosis and (b) hepatitis C have been recorded in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Tyrone County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to increase recruitment of professional staff at Tyrone County Hospital.

      Water Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's policy is towards compulsory water metering in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Works (Greysteel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what works have been carried out under the auspices of the Department of Regional Development at Clooney Road, Greysteel, Co. Londonderry over...

  • Home Department

    • Coroners Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of coroners courts.

    • "Preparing for Emergencies"

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Preparing for Emergencies leaflets were (a) printed and (b) distributed.

      2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public expenditure has been allocated for external consultants in relation to the 2 Marsham street private finance initiative.

      2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated expenditure on chairs in the new Home Office buildings in 2 Marsham Street is.

      2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to public funds was of the demolition of the former Department of the Environment buildings in 2 Marsham Street.

      2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the contract period is of the agreement with Anne's Gate Property plc for the redevelopment on the site of the former Department of...

      Air/Sea Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) airports and (b) seaports are manned 24 hours a day by (i) full-time immigration officials and (ii) full-time special branch officers.

      Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal injuries were caused by the use of an airgun in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East...

      Off-licence Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for off-licence alcohol sales to people (a) already under the influence of alcohol and (b) under the...

      Animal Experiments (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what notification he has received regarding the funding of experimentation on primates in the UK by the US Air Force.

      Animal Experiments (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research has been carried out into the cost to benefit ratio of experimental animal testing for the purposes of household...

      Animal Experiments (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licences have been issued for the testing of animals in laboratories in each of the last three years.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles were received into prison service custody for breaching antisocial behaviour orders in each month of (a) 2002, (b) 2003...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) juveniles, (b) young offenders and (c) adults in England and Wales were sentenced to immediate custody for breach of an...

      Armed Forces Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend provision of free passports to veterans of the armed forces who joined up during the Second World War, but who are under...

      Armed Forces Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the cost of providing free passports to (a) all veterans of the armed forces who joined up during the Second World War...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to determine whether permanent leave to remain should be granted to an applicant who has been granted a work permit in...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the construction of the accommodation centre for asylum seekers near Bicester to be completed; when he expects it to be ready...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated number of asylum seekers residing in each parliamentary constituency is.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people entering England seeking asylum as an unaccompanied minor in each year since 2000 were subsequently deported after...

      Belmarsh Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of enforcing the bail conditions imposed on detainee G, who was released on bail from HMP Belmarsh in April; and if he will...

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of facial recognition systems by police forces; and what assessment he has made of their impact in (a)...

      British Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on issuing British passports to South African nationals who are serving in the...

      Child Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that legislation concerning children's interests applies equally to children in prison and children in asylum...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been convicted of child abuse offences in each of the last five years in England; and what proportion of offenders...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken for civil service staff to pass security vetting procedures was in the last period for which figures...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Class A Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are in prison for dealing in class A drugs.

      Community Punishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target was for Enhanced Community Punishment commencements in England and Wales in 2003–04; and whether that target was achieved.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to him dated 11 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Kamal Mohammed.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he has not yet replied to the letter of 15 November from the hon. Member for Yeovil in relation to an immigration appeal,...

      Counterfeit Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for counterfeiting prescription-only medicines in each year since 1997.

      Court Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of court reports written for the courts in England and Wales by the National Probation Service were produced within 15 days...

      Court Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any probation areas in England and Wales reported that they had failed to produce court reports within the 15 days work standard...

      CRB Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the (a) national governing bodies of sport, (b) county sports associations and (c) sports clubs that have registered as...

      CRB Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it has taken on average since January for the Criminal Records Bureau to process an application from a drugs service relating to an...

      Criminal Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to amend the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 to allow (a) documentary and (b) photographic evidence relevant to the case but not...

      Criminal Justice Intervention Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the Criminal Justice Intervention panels in the 2004–05 financial year will be; and which authorities will be liable...

      Criminal Justice Intervention Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact the Criminal Justice Intervention panels are expected to have on local criminal justice and drug organisations.

      Criminal Justice Intervention Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact the creation of Criminal Justice Intervention panels is expected to have on (a) drug-related and (b) persistent crime in (i)...

      Criminal Justice Intervention Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change in the number of people accessing drug treatment as a result of Criminal Justice Implementation panel intervention he expects in...

      Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in what percentage of offenders sentenced to a curfew order a possible violation of the conditions of the order has resulted in a call...

      Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what (a) length of time and (b) number of offenders the electronic monitoring kit for home detention curfew orders is used before it is...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists have been prosecuted in each year since 1991 for cycling without due care and attention.

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last two years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a general fund for victims of domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) female murder victims have been killed by their partner or husband and (b) male murder victims were killed by their partner or...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that an appropriate amount of money goes to local women's refuge organisations and other domestic violence...

      Drink Spiking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of drink spiking detection and prevention devices; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Interventions Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Drug Interventions Programme.

      Dungavel Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been detained in the family accommodation at Dungavel Detention Centre in each month since its re-opening.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Escaped Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences prisoners who absconded in 2004 from open prisons were serving custodial sentences.

      Escaped Prisoners

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

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on resources made available by the Government to families looking after the children of women in prison.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of mothers in prison were first-time offenders in each year since 1997.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of female prisoners who gave birth in prison were subsequently reunited with their child in the last period for which figures...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many criminal incidents it was reported that firearms had been used in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003; and in how many of those incidents the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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)...

      Generic Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding will be available for financial year 2005–06 to the Probation Service for the introduction of generic sentences.

      Halliday Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the final conclusions of the Halliday Report on sentencing reform.

      HMP Holloway

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female prisoners, held in HM Holloway prison, have (a) attempted suicide and (b) committed suicide in each of the last five years;...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were recalled to custody having been released on home detention curfew in (a) each of the last 12 months and (b) each of the...

      Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there has been a review of the Anglia Water contract for hostel facilities.

      Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received about the Anglia Water contract for hostel facilities from those hostels, broken down by category of...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the public opinion research conducted by (a) TNS Consumer and (b) Cragg Ross Dawson into identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which categories of individual will be entitled to pay (a) a reduced fee and (b) no fee for an identity card; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to increase the level of charges to individuals for identity cards if the outturn cost of the identity card computer system...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reduce charges for identity cards for those individuals who do not hold a driving licence and who do not hold a passport.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the identity card will replace the Application Registration Card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the research programme of the Identity Cards programme team.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private sector (a) secondees and (b) consultants are employed by the Identity Cards Programme Team, broken down by company.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) staff from his Department, (b) staff from other Departments and (c) private sector secondees are employed in the development of...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the external consultants which have carried out work as part of the Identity Cards Programme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the number of identity cards that will have to be reissued each year to accommodate a change of address by...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the number of identity cards issued each year which may contain erroneous information, (b) the number of...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to be prosecuted each year for failing (a) to register with the National Identity...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the likely fees to be charged for (a) the modification of identity cards, (b) making or modifying entries on...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has under his scheme to introduce identity cards and a national database to record and check the identities of third...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on how Irish citizens who are (a) resident in and (b) visiting the United Kingdom would be affected by his...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart about the proposals for a national identity card and database; and if he will make a...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the number of employees additional to his Department's current complement required to run the National...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional office accommodation will be required to house the employees of the National Identity Register; and what estimate he has made...

      Identity Cards (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland with regard to identity cards.

      Identity Cards (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the provisions for introduction of identity cards in Scotland will be the same as for the rest of the United Kingdom.

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the extent of identity fraud in (a) the UK, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) Spain and (e) Sweden.

      Illegal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been carried out against employers for employing illegal workers in each year since 1993.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for exceptional leave to remain in 2003 were determined (a) within one month of the date of application, (b) within two...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he proposes to make to the House of Lords judgment of 8 December in connection with discrimination by the immigration service...

      Immigration Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) immigration and (b) security officials have been based at each major port of entry to the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.

      Immigration Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigative officers from the Immigration Service work (a) full-time and (b) part-time within Scotland.

      Immigration Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons removed under immigration legislation to other countries have been returned to the UK by those countries in the last 12...

      IND Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to letters from the hon. Member for Vauxhall dated 9 March and 18...

      Initiatives (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to the Home Office Accounting and Finance Unit in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been...

      Initiatives (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to the National Criminal Justice Board in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by...

      Initiatives (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to the National Asylum Support Service in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been employed by...

      Internet Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings he has had with (a) the police, (b) internet service providers, (c) overseas crime enforcement agencies and (d) others...

      Invoice Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Jesline Chikuku

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reach a decision on the case of Jesline Chikuku of Valkyrie Road, Southend, reference C1070991—DMC.

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

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

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which groups lost their exemption from jury service under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation took place with prison officer unions on proposals to allow prison officers to serve on juries.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protection he plans to provide to prison officers who serve in the same prison as a person convicted by a jury on which they served.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to remove the right of prison officers to claim exemption from jury service.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department received from the Law Society on whether or not to exempt prison officers from jury service; and if he...

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates he has made of costs incurred by the Prison Service in loss of time when prison officers (a) serve on a jury and (b) attend...

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prison officers summoned to attend jury selection were rejected for jury service as a result of their occupation in the...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) the police and (b) local authorities regarding people carrying knives.

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sentences are available to judges for under-age carrying of knives.

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to sentencing provisions the Government plans in its proposals for the under-aged carrying of knives.

      Law of Murder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has in the forthcoming review of the law of murder to implement the recommendations of the recent Law Commission Report to...

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are serving a life prison sentence in prisons in England and Wales.

      Malwina Luczak

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the application of Dr. Malwina Luczak, Ref No. L1015769, for permanent leave to remain, which was received by the Data...

      Miss Hajah Kamara

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons Miss Hajah Kamara, reference K472827, has not had her passport returned; and for what reasons the Royal College of Nursing...

      Miss Mapolisa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Miss Mapolisa will receive the necessary paperwork showing the changed conditions that will allow her to enter employment referred to in...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will encourage the mobile industry to protect children from undesirable content and unwanted contacts online by installing filtering...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department issues to police forces on the enforcement of laws relating to driving while using a mobile phone.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he monitors the use by Government agencies of mobile phones to track the whereabouts of individuals.

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of uninsured drivers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) police...

      Mr. Christopher Rodway

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the inquest into the death of Mr. Christopher Rodway to take place.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Offender Management Information Project will be the subject of a Gateway Review.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a Gateway Zero Report was (a) commissioned and (b) completed at the launch of the National Offender Management Service in January.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the implications of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the responses to the consultation on the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the duties of regional offender managers in the National Offender Management Service for each region in England and Wales.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Gateway Zero inquiry into the National Offender Management Service will be completed.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Probation Service Pay and Rewards Review and the Workload Measurement Tool will be implemented before the full introduction of...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what local infrastructure will exist for the proposed public sector interventions arm of the reformed Probation Service in England and Wales...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department will be producing a business case which will explain how contestability will improve service delivery in relation to...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether sentencing practice will be changed prior to the implementation of the National Offender Management Service.

      Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) names and (b) occupations of the members of the Advisory Board on Nationalisation and Integration; and what the remit...

      New Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether private sector companies will be invited to bid for the new prison establishment in Elmet constituency.

      New Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 December 204, Official Report, column 410W, on new prisons, on what date the meeting with the hon. Member for...

      Northern Ireland (Immigration Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effect on immigration to Northern Ireland of different admission criteria used by immigration...

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to ensure that adequate access to education is being provided to children detained at Oakington Reception Centre.

      Oasys IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the original costings were for connecting the Prison Service and the Probation Services' Oasys IT systems; and whether they have been...

      Oasys IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Oasys system will apply to those sentenced to less than 12 months imprisonment.

      Offender Behaviour Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the offender behaviour programmes available at each prison establishment.

      Offenders (Reports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports his Department has commissioned regarding (a) sentencing and (b) the management of offenders since 1997; on what dates these...

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has received from the Office of Government Commerce on the timing of Gateway Zero consultations in respect of...

      Operation Blunt

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers have been used to (a) X-ray and (b) stop and search individuals suspected of carrying knives at Hammersmith bus station as part...

      Operation Safeguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces are on standby for Operation Safeguard.

      Overseas Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings representatives of the law enforcement agencies have had with representatives from the Confederation of British Industry...

      Overseas Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings officials from his Department have had since October 2003 with the Confederation of British Industry at which legislation...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people born in the UK to a British father and a foreign mother applied for a British passport (a) in the last year and (b) in the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he estimates will (a) purchase a passport for the first time and (b) renew their passport in each of the next 10 years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the current EU proposal to mandate biometric passports for its citizens is in an area the UK has opted out of as part of its opt out...

      Police Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been victims of (a) fatal injuries, (b) serious injuries and (c) slight injuries resulting from (i) gun crime...

      Drink Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were stopped and tested for drink driving in each of the last five years (a) in Lancashire, (b) in each police authority area...

      Prison (Visiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to ensure that prison visiting times are available outside school hours.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects the Prison Service to meet its racial employment targets for the current year.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) unconvicted and (b) convicted unsentenced prisoners are held in prisons in England and Wales, broken down by sex.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week on average remand prisoners spent out of cell in each local prison in England and Wales in 2003.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average population of prisoners on remand was in England and Wales in 2003.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female remand prisoners were subsequently (i) acquitted and (ii) sentenced to a non-custodial penalty in the last...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been on remand awaiting trial for over (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) over two years; and if he...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners convicted of sex offences have escaped from open prisons in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisoners that have absconded from prison over the past five years and failed to be recaptured; for which crimes each was...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who had completed their sentence were being held in a prison establishment on 14 December, broken down by (a) prison, (b)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the (a) female and (b) male prison population were serving prison sentences for their first criminal offence in each year...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the pay rates for (a) work and (b) education are in each prison in England and Wales.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of prisoners who were given detoxification in the last 12 months for which figures are available entered one of the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors have been identified as accounting for the increase of self harming incidents in prisons between 1999 and 2003; and if he will...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many life sentence prisoners have been released on parole during each of the last 48 months.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in 2003 began training, education or offender behaviour programmes but were unable to complete these courses due (a) to...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the development costs were of the Democratic Therapeutic Community Core Model to (a) public sector and (b) private sector prison operators.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related deaths have occurred among inmates in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were held (a) two to a cell designed for one and (b) three to a cell designed for two at the latest date for which figures...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether penalties are imposed on contracted out prisons for exceeding overcrowding limits.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the governor of each prison is; how old each will be on 1 January 2005; on what date each joined the Prison Service; how long each has...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders were held in prison awaiting deportation at 1 December, broken down by (a) those who have been awaiting deportation for...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used when making the decision to allow advertisements in Prison Catering by HM Prison Service; what revenue was raised...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many London prisons have a visitor centre that provides child care facilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for taking the final decision on the location for the building of new prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last year for which figures are available an individual in the (a) Prison Service, (b) Probation Service and (c)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) why the Prison Service did not accept the recommendation of the review of the installation of sprinklers that sprinklers should be...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there were in each prison establishment for (a) prison officers and (b) other prison staff as at 1 November.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for private companies who run prisons in England and Wales to be given additional responsibilities, including enhanced...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to second offender managers from local probation services to work for regional offender managers; and if he will make...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of (a) staff, (b) probation officers, (c) Probation Service officers and (d) local support staff working in the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there were in the Probation Service on (a) 1 April 2001, (b) 1 April 2002, (c) 1 April 2003, (d) 1 April 2004 and (e) 30...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days sick were taken on average per employee in the National Probation Service during (a) 2003–04 and (b) April to September 2004.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how much Basic Skills Commencements for the National Probation Service changed (a) during 2003–04 and (b) between April to September...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of victims were contacted by the National Probation Service during the required timescale during (a) 2003–04 and (b)...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the performance of the National Probation Service on (a) Basic Skills Awards and (b) Basic Skills Commencements against its targets...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of probation areas (a) met and (b) exceeded the 90 per cent. breach target within 10 days in each year since 2001; and what...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation areas exceeded their profile targets in respect of accredited programmes between April and September 2004.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of days of sick leave absence was for Probation staff in England and Wales (a) in 2003–04 and (b) for the first...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in the rate of absence due to sickness in the Probation Service in England and Wales in the last three years.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation will occur with stakeholders before further restructuring of the Probation Service in England and Wales is put in place.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are at each grade in each probation area in England and Wales at the latest date available.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a Business Case has been commissioned in respect of the purchaser/provider model which has been advanced for the National Probation...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change was in the performance of the National Probation Service against its performance measures on (a) compliance, including orders...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the National Probation Service met its performance measure on Enhanced Community Punishment during the period April to September; and...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change was in the performance of the National Probation Service against its performance measure on drug treatment and testing order...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change was in the drug treatment and testing order target for the National Probation Service from 2003–04 to 2004–05.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been recovered under civil recovery proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 since the Act came into force.

      Protection from Harassment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many magistrates court prosecutions under section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 resulted in (a) conviction and (b)...

      Rape Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces are using the early evidence kits for detection of drugs that may have been used to assist a rape.

      Reconviction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes were made to the methodology used to calculate adult reconviction rates for the Spending Review 2002 Public Spending Agreement 5...

      Intermittent Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have reoffended following a sentence of intermittent custody.

      Intermittent Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have absconded while serving a period of intermittent custody.

      Road Traffic Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic police officers there were in 1996; and how many there are now.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will bring forward plans to ensure the courts, when imposing a non-custodial sentence for non-violent offences, record specific...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to prevent courts from imposing a custodial sentence following the breach of a community punishment order where the...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on the advice which should be given to local schools if a sex offender deemed by police to be a danger to...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the weekly reports he has requested on the management of sex offenders at HMP Prescoed.

      Sexual Offences Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been (a) arrested and (b) convicted under section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

      Smartcards Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been allocated to the Smartcards scheme for young persons' cultural activities; and from which budget it will come.

      Spot Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many on the spot fines had been issued for each police area by the latest date for which figures are available.

      Staff Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Staff Training Courses

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

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and what services can be accessed by calling each of them.

      Traffic Offences (Sentencing Policy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish detailed proposals to update sentencing policy for serious road traffic offences.

      Transsexual Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will publish guidelines on the treatment of transsexual prisoners.

      Vehicle Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received in relation to the review of the statutory charges document for vehicle removal, storage and disposal.

      Vehicle Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to review the statutory charges document for vehicle removal, storage and disposal; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Sector Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the cross-cutting inter-departmental review on contracts with the voluntary sector.

      Women Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to produce regular reports on the progress of the Home Office's Women Offenders Reduction Programme initiative.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress made towards the Government's 2001 manifesto pledge to improve the standard of custodial...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines are in place to ensure the detention of young offenders within 50 miles of their homes.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance is provided to family members of young offenders detained more than 50 miles from their homes to enable them to make regular...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis the decision to end the suspension of removals for failed asylum seekers from Zimbabwe was taken; and whether this represents a...

  • House of Lords

    • Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of Amnesty International's open letter to members of the United Nations Security Council of 6 December about the deteriorating...

    • Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General of December 2004 on the situation in Darfur, Sudan; and what progress has been...

      Georgia: Media Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Georgia concerning the recent closure of three television stations and action against a Member of...

      Indonesia: Tanks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will forward to the Crown Prosecution Service the documents ordered to be released by the High Court on 8 December concerning the sale of tanks to...

      Iraq: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have received of the number of persons internally displaced from, and in the vicinity of, Fallujah, Kirkuk, Mosul and Baghdad respectively; and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Eastern Province

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the current situation in the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo; what action they are taking to defuse tensions...

      EU Guide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8 December (WA 37), whether their Guide to the European Union sets out any disadvantages...

      Diplomatic Privileges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of persons currently enjoying diplomatic privileges in the United Kingdom; how many of these are members of diplomatic missions of sovereign...

      Moldova: Russian Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What position they took at the recent Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe ministerial meeting in Sofia, concerning the withdrawal of Russian...

      Women: Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not accepted the right of individual petition under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in accordance with...

      BBC Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisation will make up the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's reduction in funding for BBC Monitoring during the year 2005–06; and what guarantees...

      BBC World Service: Middle East

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the work of the BBC World Service in the Middle East within the SRO4 submission will be scaled back during 2005–08; which services will be...

      Small Arms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they accord the global control of small arms as part of the strategy for global security.

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women have received anti-social behaviour orders (a) on the grounds of a previous criminal record; or (b) on the assumption that they will reoffend; and...

      Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for releasing prisoners now aged over 60.

      India: Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to update Annex H of Chapter 14 of the Home Office Nationality Instructions to reflect the coming into force of India's Citizenship (Amendment)...

      Royal Air Force Centrifuge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Bach on 22 July (WA 74) and 16 November (WA 142), given that the Ministry of Defence has reached a mediated settlement...

      Armed Forces: Outstanding Pay Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many service personnel have outstanding pay 2000 claims; and by when these will be resolved by the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency.

      Armed Forces: Stun Guns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are taking steps to equip appropriate units of the Armed Forces with stun guns for purposes of riot control and to establish and conduct training...

      Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of trees in London and other major British cities; what is their state of health; and when the Government last conducted a tree audit.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are engaged in negotiations with a potential purchaser for the Millennium Dome; and, if so, what is the current progress of negotiations.

      Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not yet amended the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (S.I. 1987/764) (as amended), as announced by the Minister of State for...

      Universities: Science and Engineering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many science and engineering departments in universities in the United Kingdom have closed since 1997; in each case, when and where the closure took place and...

      Data Protection Act 1998

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under the Data Protection Act 1998 a hospital may release to a journalist confidential documents relating to patients, including clinical findings and...

      Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further consideration has been given to making new financial help available to Manchester's Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre to hasten its work in the service...

      HIV/AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases of heterosexually acquired HIV have been diagnosed in the United Kingdom in the past five years for which figures are available; how many are...

      Sport: Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the evidence that the right kind of investment can generate very significant increases in sports participation,...

      NHS: Hospital Cleanliness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider providing hospital visitors with plastic overshoes to help maintain cleanliness on wards.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Aimspro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give financial support to St George's Hospital, Tooting, to extend throughout the United Kingdom its trials on the drug to treat multiple...

      Vaccines: Measles, Mumps and Rubella

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether manufacturers of single measles, mumps and rubella vaccines have been instructed not to market their vaccines within the United Kingdom; whether they will...

      Vaccines: Measles, Mumps and Rubella

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any difference in the rates of seroconversion of measles vaccine if the vaccine is administered as a single dose or as a component of the triple...

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who, under the new National Health Service dental contract, will pay for premises, staff, equipment and materials for National Health Service dentists; and whether...

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each primary care trust will have its own contract terms and conditions for National Health Service dentists working in the personal dental services; or...

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the future role of the Dental Practice Board (formerly the Dental Estimates Board).

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Dental Reference Service, currently the watchdog of National Health Service dental services, will continue as a national body in England; and, if not,...

      Enterprise Act 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the undertakings given to the Secretary of State by the British Medical Association on 21 September 1994 and referred to in Part II, paragraph 7, of the...

      Spyware

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that an estimated 67 per cent of all computers contain some form of spyware, and given the uses to which spyware can be put to facilitate identity theft and...

      Electricity Generation: Nuclear Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of electricity is generated from nuclear power in each European Union country.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many badgers killed on the roads have been examined since the start of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs project in this area; and how...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether badger carcasses collected and tested as part of the road traffic accident survey have tested positive or negative for tuberculosis.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the European Commission's refusal to pay the full amount claimed in compensation by the United Kingdom following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease...

      Fly-Tipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fly-tipping cases the Environment Agency handled in the years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively.

      Defra: E-mail Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to offer only unsigned e-mails as contracts with the department.

      Defra: E-mail Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether unsigned e-mail contracts offered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are legally binding.

      Defra: Payment Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' payment policy for contracted work.

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to instigate research into the effects of grey squirrels on declining woodland bird populations.

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive the final policy statement on grey squirrel control in England from the Forestry Commission; and Further to the Written Answer by the...

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy that the Forestry Commission should play a leading role by demonstrating, through example, the best methods of controlling the grey squirrel.

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation has taken, or will take, place during the preparation of the Forestry Commission's policy statement on grey squirrel control in England.

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11 October (WA 42–43), whether it is the Forestry Commission's policy to control grey squirrels on...

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11 October (WA 41), when they intend to complete a cost estimation and cost-benefit analysis for the effective...

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11 October (WA 41), what other species of fauna are being routinely assessed and researched other than the grey...

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11 October (WA 41–42), whether they intend to estimate the cost of the damage caused to (a) community...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many proposals to include parcels of land were made by Ms Kate Ashbrook, board member of the Countryside Agency, at the draft map stage of the mapping...

      Unemploymemt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the report that unemployment in Germany has now reached the level it was in 1932 due to increasing uncompetitiveness influenced by social on-costs,...

      Cultural Assets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which cultural and heritage assets have been sold in the past seven years by (a) government departments; (b) agencies; and (c) non-departmental public bodies.

      International Cricket Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assurances were given by UK Sport to the International Cricket Council over tax exemptions for remaining within the United Kingdom.

      English Heritage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past 10 years, what have been the total public funds (at 2004 prices) available to English Heritage; and what funds they plan to make available in...

      European Monetary System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will begin to take the necessary steps towards full United Kingdom membership of the European Monetary System.

      Disability Discrimination Act 1995

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all government ministries, departments, non-executive bodies and agencies in England and Wales have fully conformed to the Disability Discrimination Act...

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