Written answers

Tuesday, 11 January 2005

  • Defence

    • Army Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what time restrictions apply with respect to making an application to the Employment Tribunal following consideration of a complaint under Army redress...

    • Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the balance sheet value of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the books of his Department was as at 31 March; what the carrying charge and...

      European Combined Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the deployment of British troops as part of combined European forces under EU leadership; and if he will make a statement.

      Firebombs/Napalm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Mark 77 firebombs have been used by Coalition forces (a) in Iraq and (b) in or near areas in Iraq where civilians lived; whether this weapon is...

      Gibraltar (Trafalgar Commemorations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on activities planned by his Department involving Gibraltar as part of the Trafalgar commemorations.

      Infantry Battalions/Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he decided to change his decision on not disbanding or amalgamating infantry battalions.

      Infantry Battalions/Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral statement of 16 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1195–1218, on the future structure of the infantry, how he plans to...

      Infantry Battalions/Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 16 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1195–1218, on the structure of the infantry, what definition he uses of...

      Infantry Battalions/Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether cap badges will continue to have a role to play in defining regimental identity.

      Infantry Battalions/Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether recruitment to the new Yorkshire regiment will be conducted on an exclusively county-wide basis.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received concerning the use of napalm gas in Falluja.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received concerning the use by coalition forces of toxic chemical agents on (a) military and (b) civilian targets in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution his Department has made to counts of civilian casualties and fatalities in Iraq; and which organisations including the Iraqi Government...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance is being provided by British troops to locate and make safe any unexploded armaments in and around Falluja resulting from recent...

      Legal Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 year; and...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions he has flown to and from Basra; what type of aircraft was used on each occasion; how his entourage was comprised on each occasion; how...

      Naval Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Principal Warfare Officers have not fired naval munitions since 1 January.

      Naval Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy has met its target for the firing of shells and missiles in 2004.

      Parachute Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) current strength is of each of the three battalions of the Parachute Regiment.

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department places in the public domain on the extent to which those working at defence establishments that use nuclear materials are...

      Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the spectrum price paid by his Department for the bands which it managed was in financial years (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c)...

      Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list mobile and fixed linked bands that (a) were and (b) were not subject to spectrum pricing in financial years (i) 1999–2000, (ii)...

      Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid for use of spectrum for ground-based radar in financial years (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c) 2001–02, (d)...

      Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list mobile and fixed linked bands that have been released for civil use in financial years (a) 1997–98, (b) 1998–99, (c)...

      Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the information that his Department has released to commercial operators about its prospective spectrum utilisation.

      Staffords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the means by which the Staffords will retain their separate regimental identity once they have been integrated into the...

      Swan Hunter

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

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual training requirement is for Principal Warfare Officers; and whether it has been fulfilled this year.

  • Leader of the House

    • Select Committees (Legislation)

      Tony Wright: To ask the Leader of the House if he will make proposals to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House to enable Select Committees to introduce legislation.

    • Sitting Hours

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make a statement on changes to sitting hours of the House.

  • Transport

    • Bicycle Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it the policy of the Government that bicycle lights which flash, pulsate or comprise light emitting diodes shall be deemed to satisfy...

    • Cats Eyes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is towards the use of cats eyes on unlit roads; what the reasons are for the policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Dial-a-Ride Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he has taken to promote dial-a-ride bus services; and what assessment he has made of the take-up of these services; (2) if he will...

      Eurostar (North Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects domestic passengers from North Kent rail stations to be able to use Eurostar to and from London.

      Hybrid Engine Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to develop hybrid engine cars.

      Railway Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of European Court of Justice case C-483/02, as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4 December, on UK...

      Road Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians have been (a) injured, (b) seriously injured and (c) killed in collisions with (i) car drivers, (ii) drivers of all motor vehicles...

      Road Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2004, Official Report, column 1014W, on road noise, when the Highways Agency will announce the outcome of...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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;...

      Traffic Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the average 24 hour traffic volume has been in each month since January at the (a) Norton Canes to A34 Great Wyrley, (b) Shenstone to...

      Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many and what proportion of trains in operation in each year since 1995 have been wheelchair accessible, broken down by train operator; and...

      Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which licensing authorities are not operating taxis that are accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage of buses with faulty ramps in (a) England and (b) each local authority in the last period for which figures...

      Yellow School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in encouraging the use of yellow school buses as a means to cut traffic congestion.

  • Advocate-General

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General what recent devolution issues have been raised with her in connection with the seizure of the assets of convicted drug dealers.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Advocate-General what devolution issues she has considered since 30 November 2004.

  • Scotland

    • Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the impact of the Lyons Review in areas of Scotland not named in the King Sturge report; and what role his Department is...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implementation in Scotland of the child trust fund.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the roll out of the child trust fund in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Small Business (Regulation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet representatives of Scottish small businesses to discuss central Government regulation.

      Cross-border Health Issues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the First Minister to discuss cross-border health issues.

      Economic Growth Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic growth differentials between Scotland and other parts of the UK.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the renewable energy industry in Scotland on energy issues.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he is taking in conjunction with the Scottish Executive to help alleviate fuel poverty in Scotland.

      Ferry Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to discuss the level of ferry subsidies with the Scottish Executive.

      Industry/University Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on improving links between industry and universities.

  • International Development

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role UK officials had in the IMF monitoring exercise in Angola; and what advice they have offered to the Government of Angola.

    • CDC/Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much private investment capital CDC/Actis Capital has attracted for private sector businesses in developing countries in (a) 2002,...

      CDC/Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will list investments CDC/Actis Capital has made in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 by (i) amount, (ii) country and (iii)...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with the Indian Government concerning sex discrimination in India.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action he has taken since his letter of 24 August to the hon. Member for Linlithgow to help restoration of the marshes of southern...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been provided in support of heritage protection in Iraq; and what form that aid has taken.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the plans are for the replacement of food rationing in Iraq by cash subsidy; what the reasons are for the proposed change; what...

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the joint proposal of the Iraqi Interim Authority and the International Monetary Fund to replace...

      Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the nature of European Development Fund support for Namibia.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Stored Works of Art

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost is of storing the paintings and works of art held by the House.

    • Parliamentary Education Unit

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to support the expansion of the Parliamentary Education Unit to cope with...

      Parliamentary Education Unit

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to support the expansion of the Parliamentary Education Unit to cope with...

      Kettles

      To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his Answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1225W, on kettles,...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Documents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

    • Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the relationship between the change in the number of emergency fire controls and the Government's policy on regional government.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) at what point he intends to use his reserve powers to impose a national negotiating structure for fire service pay; (2) what progress is being made towards...

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much total Government grant per capita has been given to each local authority in England, including fire authorities, in each year since 1997.

      Older People's Champions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the councils which have introduced older people's champions.

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Campaign to Protect Rural England about mobile phone masts.

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the reasons for the recent increase in the number of planning appeals.

      Planning Policy Statement 6

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to publish the consultation responses to the draft Planning Policy Statement 6 issued in December 2003.

      Planning Policy Statement 6

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department has received a response from the Small Business Service to the draft Planning Policy Statement 6 issued in December 2003; and whether a...

      Planning Policy Statement 6

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to publish Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by civil service pay grade.

      Stolen Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants from his Office have (a) faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of allegations of theft, (b) been charged with theft and (c) been...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Voter Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what effect the introduction of rolling electoral registration has had on voter registration.

    • Voter Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research the Department has conducted into the ways in which young people and students register as voters.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are being taken to improve the quality of legal services for immigration cases funded by the...

      Fast-track Criminal Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discretion criminal courts have to fast-track specific cases.

      Law Society (Disciplinary Issues)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Law Society about disciplinary issues.

      Legal Aid (ASBOs)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many applications for legal aid have been (a) applied for and (b) granted (i) to resist the imposition of and (ii) to...

      Mental Capacity Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he has had with the Roman Catholic Church about the Mental Capacity Bill.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the outturn of legal aid expenditure against the Budget has been in each year since 1997.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of interest generated on solicitors' client accounts which are not returned to...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 the Lord Chancellor's special advisers travelled abroad in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1...

    • Freedom of Information

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

      Live Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what methodology was used in MORI's Survey of Live Music Staged in England and Wales in 2003–04 commissioned by her Department,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 and (b)...

    • IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff in the Cabinet Office have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in each...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the most recent representations are which he has made directly to the Burmese military regime regarding atrocities by the...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Government of Colombia and (b) the Government of the Irish Republic on assisting in...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth 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 (a) hire...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his Department's policy is in relation to the storage and deletion of emails; and whether this policy has been...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Eritrean Government concerning the imprisonment of 400 people for their Christian faith.

      Hostages (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement the Government had in the recent release of three UN workers in Afghanistan.

      Mangla Dam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the President of Pakistan on the possible adverse effects on local people of the extension of...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the President of Pakistan on honour killings.

      Special Advisers

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

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to regard as not valid information which he believes to have been obtained by torture.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) administration and (b) administration capital resources were consumed by his Department in meeting UK Trade and...

      West Papua

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many bankruptcies have been registered in each year in the UK since 1990.

    • Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of individuals affected by the transitional provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 that permit a three...

      Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individuals with assets on the realisation register of the Official Receiver were pursued for their assets in each year since 1990.

      Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individuals had assets placed on the realisation register of the Official Receiver in each year since 1990.

      Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the total number of entries on the realisation register of the Official Receiver have been realised in each year since 1990.

      Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what income the Official Receiver has received in each year since 1990 from the realisation of assets on the realisation register.

      Business Support Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2004, Official Report, column 465W, on Business Support Initiatives, how much financial assistance has...

      Clergy (Employment Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will take further steps to ensure that clergy are fully protected in respect of (a) race, (b) disability and (c) sex...

      Clergy (Employment Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the impact of the Genuine Occupation Qualification within the (a) Sex Discrimination Act 1975, (b) Race...

      EU Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the effect of European Court of Justice Case C-247/02, reference OJ C300 vol 47 of 4 December, on her...

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed closure by Exeter University of its undergraduate chemistry provision on the...

      Exeter University

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

      Exeter University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department was informed by Exeter University about the proposed closure of its undergraduate chemistry provision.

      Improvement Investment Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what timetable has been established to draw down the outstanding balance in respect of improvement investment grants to Post Office Ltd.

      Investment (Bedford/Kempston)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to encourage greater inward investment in Bedford and Kempston.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of claims by former miners claiming compensation for work-related illness and their families were fraudulent; and what...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what procedure is used by her Department when an allegation of fraud is made by the insurers against a former miner claiming damages for...

      Post Office (Rural Subsidy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost to the Department of the rural subsidy to the Post Office was in the last year for which figures are available; and how...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who is responsible for the operation of the Post Office Card Account helpline.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been received on the operation of Post Office Card Accounts since their introduction.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the urban population lived within one mile of a post office or sub-post office in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) each constituency were recommended for closure under the Urban...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) the UK have received payments under the Urban Investment Programme; and...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by the (a) Copyright Tribunal, (b) Employment Appeal Tribunal, (c) Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal, (d) persons...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by (a) the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission, (b) the Information Age Partnership, (c) the Low...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by (a) the Coal Authority, (b) the Competition Commission, (c) Postwatch, (d) the Equal Opportunities Commission,...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the membership is of the (a) Spectrum Management Advisory Group, (b) British Hallmarking Council and (c) Design Council; what the (i)...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the membership is of the (a) Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, (b) Fuel Poverty Monitoring and Technical Group, (c) Industrial Development...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the membership is of the (a) Advisory Committee on Cleaner Coal Technology, (b) Advisory Group on Basic Technologies Programme, (c)...

      Regional Venture Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many enterprises which received funding from the Regional Venture Capital Fund programme have failed since receiving that funding.

      Regional Venture Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the administration costs of the Regional Venture Capital Fund have been in each year since its inception, broken down by region.

      Sub-post Offices (Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices were closed in (a) the West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire in each of the last five years.

      Sub-postmasters (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average compensation payment has been to sub-postmasters leaving the postal services business in (a) each constituency and (b) each...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what agreements UK Trade and Investment has reached with each of the regional development agencies covering roles, resources and outputs on...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) administration and (b) administration capital resources were consumed by her Department in meeting UK Trade and Investment's...

      Wind Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to make a decision on the application submitted in October 2003 by Renewable Energy Systems to build a wind farm in Kedby,...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the changes in levels of (a) use and (b) sale of (i) recycled and (ii) secondary aggregates has been since the introduction of the Aggregates...

    • Benefit Claimants (Dagenham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) unemployed claimants and (b) long-term unemployed claimants there have been in the Dagenham constituency in each year since 1997.

      Communities Staff (Pensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Council Decision (a) supports and (b) authorises the accounting entry for Long Term Pensions Liabilities of Communities Staff (C294 volume 47, 30th...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women there are in senior positions in his Department.

      Divorce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many divorces there were in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Documents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in his negotiations with banks and building societies in persuading them to use dormant accounts which cannot be reunited with...

      Dormant Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his negotiations with banks and building societies regarding the identification and return of (a) dormant and (b) orphan bank...

      Electronic Devices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type; (2) how many items of electrical equipment were used by his Department...

      E-mails

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Employment (Dagenham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of the Dagenham constituency are (a) employed and (b) unemployed.

      Ethnic Minorities

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

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 653W, on EU funding, what the sum total is to date in real terms that has not been signed...

      EU Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, columns 869–70W, on EU Funding, whether the list of (a) recipients, (b) awards and (c)...

      EU Staff (Pensions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the UK Government position regarding accounting entry for Long Term Pensions Liabilities of European Union Staff (C294 volume...

      European Commission Building (Abuja)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of construction of the new European Commission building in Abuja; what the estimated total value is of real estate of Commission offices...

      European Community Institutions (Pension Liabilities)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the levels of unfunded pension liabilities of the European Community institutions.

      European Court of Justice (Fines)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total fines that have been imposed by the European Court of Justice on each member state are since 1974; and how much has been (a) collected and...

      Hourly Gross Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) male, (b) female and (c) all full-time workers in (i) Scotland, (ii) each unitary local authority area in Scotland and (iii) Great...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreement concerning what proportion of debt has been reached in respect of write-off of Iraq's debts for which non-state actors are creditors; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conditionality is required of Iraq by the International Monetary Fund; whether (a) the UK Government and (b) other Paris Club Governments are committed...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of alternative financing instruments that could be utilised for raising the finance required for meeting the millennium...

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 each in each year.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many incidences of ovarian cancer there have been in the last five years.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by civil service pay grade.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projections he made for revenue from stamp duty on (a) property and (b) share transactions in each of the last five years; and what projections he has...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many stamp duty land tax applications have been received by the Inland Revenue since 1 August; and how many of those applications have been...

      Teenage Pregnancies (Coventry)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies have been recorded in Coventry since 1997.

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Treasury has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003 to 30 September.

      Unemployment (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the level of unemployment in (a) Watford constituency and (b) South West Hertfordshire constituency in (i) 1995 and (ii) 2004.

      Employment (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women resident in Bedford and Kempston had paid jobs in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academics (EU Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 827W, on Academics (EU Funding), which institutions have received EU...

    • Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding the Sector Skills Development Agency is giving to course providers for the Association of Accounting Technicians Book-keeping...

      Allegations Against Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued to local education authorities (LEA) on recording allegations made against teachers; and what obligations LEAs...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by her Department in the (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04...

      Departmental Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the documents published by the Department sent to (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each month since January...

      Departmental Properties

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

      Disabilities

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

      Education Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under what statutory powers the Government reduced the education budget for North Yorkshire for financial year 2004–05.

      Education Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account is taken in provision of capital expenditure to (a) local education authorities and (b) schools of the (i) running costs of...

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to publish termly figures for exclusions.

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to publish data on exclusion, broken down by type of special educational need.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students aged 18 years who entered higher education in the academic year 2002/03 were resident in (a) the City of...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils from the Dagenham constituency have entered higher education in each of the last 15 years.

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

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

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the (a) national, (b) regional and (c) county branches of the Learning and Skills Council spent on (i) fees to management...

      Low Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her latest estimate is of the number of people of working age in Leeds West constituency who have low or no skills.

      Pupil Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for 2003–04 for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each parliamentary constituency (i) the number of day pupils...

      Senior Women

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

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the post-16 participation rates were of pupils attending (a) schools without a sixth form and (b) schools with a sixth form, by...

      SEN Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she made of the number of children with special educational needs who receive free transport to school because (a) it is...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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 Education and Skills on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places...

      Student Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she will assess the income of a household for means testing for student grant awards.

      Student Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the income of step-parents will be taken into account when assessing a student for (a) a grant award and (b) the remission of...

      Taskforces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on taskforces and similar bodies in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claimants (Dagenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of the Dagenham constituency claim (a) disability living allowance and (b) winter fuel payments.

    • Child Custody (Legal Expenses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether regulations allow ongoing legal expenses, incurred through contesting custody and access arrangements, to be included in a lone...

      Company Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the advice he has received on the compatibility of auto-enrolment of employees in company pension schemes with...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training staff who work for the Child Support Agency receive in understanding the law in relation to child support; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Middlesbrough, South...

      Employment and Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcome was of the Employment and Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 7 December; what the Government's stance was...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female recipients of income support, excluding minimum income guarantees and pension credit there have been in each...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Eltham are receiving (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel payment, (c) free TV licences and (d) the additional £100...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners in Scotland were eligible for the £100 winter fuel payment for the over eighties last winter; and how many...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Communications Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the last date of employment of her Department's most recent Communications Director was; what steps she has taken to...

    • Communications Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is supervising the day-to-day running of her Department's Communications Unit; what that person's official job title is;...

      Hazardous Waste Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the impact of European Court of Justice case C-431/02, as detailed in OJ C300 volume 47 of 4...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if it is Government policy to comply with the requirements of Article 5 of the Landfill Directive in 2010, 2013 and 2020.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total operational landfill capacity was closed in each year between 1999 and 2003.

      Pair Trawling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she plans to take concerning the pair trawling team that caused the deaths of dolphins whilst fishing for bass...

      Seamounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she has taken for the protection and management of Seamounts as referred to in her letter of 9 September to the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether she has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in her Department since its...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much liquid hazardous waste was deposited in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 in merchant landfill sites' proprietary...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste were sent to sites registered as exempt with the Environment Agency in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001,...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites registered as exempt with the Environment Agency were visited by officers of the Environment Agency in (a)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the Environment Agency's total expenditure is spent tackling the illegal disposal of waste.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Environment Agency's budget was for regulation of waste management for (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency for alleged incidences of fly-tipping of waste did not...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many convictions were secured by the Environment Agency in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003 for incidences...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total expenditure by the Environment Agency was in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003 resulting from (i)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of total expenditure on waste management services by local authorities was spent on tendering for waste...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount spent by local authorities on tendering for contracts (a) to collect and (b) to dispose of waste was in...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what predictions she has made of the total cost to local authorities of managing the municipal waste stream in (a) 2010, (b)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Christmas Cards

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

    • Departmental Entertainment Costs

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

      Diabetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the operation of regulations preventing people with diabetes from holding a driving licence; and whether there...

      EU Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the value of European Union funding for projects from LEADER and partnership groups which are dependent on securing...

      Genitourinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what incentives are being used to aid recruitment of junior medical staff into genitourinary medicine.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

  • Home Department

    • 2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which cable and satellite channels the new Home Office buildings in 2 Marsham Street will receive.

    • Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the new corporate social responsibility scheme proposed under the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy to commence.

      Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the consultation period relating to the corporate social responsibility scheme of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy to end.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children of asylum seekers were being detained in the UK on (a) 1 October 2003 and (b) 1 October 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mean length of time children of asylum seekers spent in detention in the 12 months to November.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to monitor the reintegration of failed asylum seekers who have been returned to their country of origin.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors claiming asylum in England have been placed under the care of local authority social services in each year...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought in each year since 2000 for breach of building regulations.

      CCTV (Ports of Entry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many CCTV cameras there are at UK ports of entry; and for how long data on CCTV cameras at UK ports of entry is kept.

      Child Deaths (State Custody)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to hold a public inquiry in every case where the death of a child in state custody occurs; and if he will make...

      Circles Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where the Circles programme has been introduced; what assessment he has made of its effects; and what plans there are to introduce it elsewhere.

      Contracted Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will publish cost and statistical data on the performance of each contracted prison against key performance indicators; and if...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 8 October from the hon. Member for Spelthorne, about a constituent, Mr. P. Duckworth.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter of 10 March about a constituent of the hon. Member...

      Crime Statistics (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries of dwellings, (b) vehicle crimes, (c) crimes in total and (d) arrests there were in the City of York between (i)...

      Custody Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funds will be made available to the prisons and probation services to implement custody plus; and when the measure will be...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the contribution of local Women's Aid and other refuge services to the effectiveness of other agency responses...

      Environment Department Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent from public funds on maintaining the offices of the former Department of the Environment buildings from the time it ceased...

      Erkin Guney

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Mr. Roy Clark, formerly of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, has been excluded from participation in, or oversight of,...

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average reconviction rate of female prisoners was in each year since 1997.

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many female vulnerable prisoner units there are.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce a new unit fines system.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to ensure that imprisonment cannot be a penalty for non-payment of a fine where imprisonment could not have...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms were of the proposal which he submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry relating to regulation of gangmasters prior to...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the working groups which are tasked with taking forward work on (a) identity cards and (b) biometrics.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he plans for (a) supply of and (b) charging for identity cards for (i) vagrants, (ii) homeless people, (iii) travellers,...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it will be an offence not to produce an identity card to authenticate the exchange of information required for car collisions.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) financial institutions, (b) shops and (c) restaurants will be entitled to (i) demand to see identity cards as proof of identity,...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of identity cards likely to be lost or stolen each year.

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the Passport Service to reduce identity fraud.

      Immigration Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions have been secured in each of the last four quarters for which data is available for offences...

      IND Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will resolve the immigration status of a constituent of the hon. Member for...

      Muslim Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) female and (b) male prisoners who classify themselves as Muslims are held in each prison service establishment in England and Wales.

      Oakington Reception Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are in place to ensure that staff at Oakington Reception Centre obtain senior level authorisation before detaining children.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the British population has a passport.

      Police Administrative Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which police forces administrative staff working for police forces receive the same pay entitlement with regard to working on public...

      Press Officers

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

      Prison and Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list properties and assets that are (a) owned and (b) used by (i) HM Prison Service and (ii) the probation service; and what value...

      Prison and Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all appraisals into the options for achieving better quality services at optimal cost for the Prison Service since 1997 have fully...

      Prison and Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what appraisals have been conducted into the options for achieving better quality services at optimal cost for the Prison Service since 1997;...

      Prison and Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Prison Service has spent defending equal pay employment tribunal cases in each year since 1997.

      Prisoner Escape (Stafford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the escape of three prisoners from Stafford Prison on 8 December.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners there are, broken down by category of offence.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average distance in miles between (a) female and (b) male prison location and the registered home address of the inmate was in the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of babies born in prison remained with their mothers up to the age of nine months in the last year for which figures are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) men were being held in prison on 12 March; how many prisoners were released on early release on 12 March; how many...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers and staff were waiting on 6 December for results from a test for tuberculosis.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) prison officers and (b) staff are waiting for the results of a test for hepatitis C following an incident in prison in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been made available to prison governors for the implementation of the Prisons Alcohol Strategy.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a multi-disciplinary project team to review fire safety risks in prison cells.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account the Prison Service takes of the likelihood of (a) vandalism and (b) attempted suicides when making decisions on the installation...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors determined (a) the level of pay rise included in the Probation Service's budget for 2004–05 and (b) the level of pay rises...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to monitor the performance of the probation service against outcomes.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been carried out of the 2001 national probation service reforms.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of refugees residing in each parliamentary constituency.

      Rights of Residency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effect of European Court of Justice case C-200/02, reference OJ C300 volume 47, of 4 December on rights of...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to inform the general public about community based sentences.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of custodial sentences given to females was in each year since 1997.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of custodial sentences given to (a) females and (b) males convicted of theft was in the last period for which figures...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost per annum of supervising an individual on a curfew order with an electronic monitoring condition in England and Wales...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) sex offenders and (b) other offenders have absconded from (i) HMP Leyhill and (ii) HMP North Sea Camp since 1999.

      Special Advisers

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

      Terrorism Legislation (Review)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what review process applies to the use of anti-terrorism legislation; and if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of that legislation.

      Trafficking in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the changes to UK law which would be required in order for the Government to be able to ratify the UN Protocol...

      Trafficking in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to expand the capacity of the POPPY Project to assist women who have been trafficked into prostitution.

      Trafficking in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases have been prosecuted under the trafficking offence established in the Sexual Offences Act 2003; (2) how many cases have...

      Trafficking in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued on cases where trafficked children are appealing for exceptional leave to remain and there is evidence to...

      Women Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to evaluate programmes developed specifically for women offenders.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people aged under 18 years were received into prison (a) under sentence and (b) on remand in (i) 2003, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2001.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many black and minority ethnic young men aged 18 to 21 years were received into prison in 2002 (a) under sentence and (b) on remand.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) organisations, (b) associations, (c) agencies and (d) representative bodies he has consulted on youth justice issues...

  • Health

    • Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) smoking cessation and (b) assistance for people wishing to withdraw from antidepressant medication in each of the...

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to establish the number of sufferers from asthma and allied disorders.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for (a) Ritalin and (b) methylphenidate were written in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the typical treatment choice is for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children with autism there are, broken down by region; and what proportion of the population this represents in each case.

      Cannabis Spray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects cannabis spray to treat pain to receive a licence for use.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the work of the Health Protection Agency to combat MRSA in care homes.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research the Government have carried out into (a) the prevalence of MRSA in care homes and (b) the effectiveness of infection control practices used...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the effect on the availability of potential staff for care homes of the length of the vetting and clearance process.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will abbreviate the clearance process for care home staff when they move employment from a care home for which they have been cleared to another...

      Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that a person approved by one office of the Care Standards Commission is treated as being approved by all other offices of...

      Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what auditing processes are in place to ensure uniformity of decision making between different offices of the Care Standards Commission with regard to...

      Civil Service Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many items of civil service property within his Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to create incentives for dental professionals to work in the NHS sector.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish information for (a) dentists and (b) patients on how the new system of dental contracts will work including how much patients will have...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) principal and (b) assistant dentists there were in (i) England, (ii) each strategic health authority and (iii) each primary care trust who...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to review the data requirements it receives through the Dental Practice Board, as recommended in the National Audit Office...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps (a) his Department and (b) the General Dental Council have taken to meet the findings in the 2003 Office of Fair Trading report on private...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the General Dental Service on (a) examinations, (b) scaling and (c) polishing in the last period for which figures are available.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to introduce more flexibility with routine recall periods for NHS dental patients, as recommended in the National...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many overseas dentists recruited under the Returning to Practice scheme are (a) working for the NHS and (b) working privately; (2) how many...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has put in place for the recruitment of dentists from overseas.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to (a) his Department and (b) the NHS of (i) theft and (ii) fraud in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Credit Cards

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

      Departmental Equipment

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the policy of his Department with regard to the provision of blood test strips for people with diabetes; (2) how...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the Department has given to NHS trusts on the priority for the provision of digital hearing aids to be given to those who are partially sighted.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on to ensuring that labelling provides adequate information on the...

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what substantive amendments were secured by the Food Standards Agency in the negotiations on the food supplements directive subsequent to the meeting...

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) upon what basis the Written Observations of the United Kingdom submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Communities in relation to the...

      GP Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the age of general practitioner premises in the NHS in England.

      GP Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the general practitioner surgeries in the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust areas which will receive funding allocations to...

      Health Bodies (Salaries and Fees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what salaries or fees are paid to the (a) chairs and (b) chief executives of (i) the Health Care Commission, (ii) the Social Care Commission, (iii)...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether further research recommended by a Health Protection Agency Rapid Review Panel report will be assessed by the panel at a later date; and...

      Living Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on living wills (advanced directives) forms being handed out to patients admitted to NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurse Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1155W, on nurse numbers, how many students entered training to become a nurse or...

      Nurse Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses working in the NHS have been recruited from overseas; how many have dependent children; and how many earn less than a gross annual income...

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new procedures have been implemented for early detection of ovarian cancer in the last five years.

      Patient Environment Action Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department is doing to ensure that more hospitals move up the score ladder of the Patient Environment Action Team.

      Patient Forums (Greenwich)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on patient forums in Greenwich; (2) how much has been spent on consultant fees to support patient forums in Greenwich;...

      Press Officers

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

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on waiting times at the Accident and Emergency Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures will be taken to reduce the salt content of processed foods to the target set by his Department for 2010.

      Residential Care (Savings Disregard)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the level of the savings disregard to £15.51 for people supported by local authorities in...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs were incurred prior to the launch of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme; what has been the cost of the scheme in each month since its...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment (a) has been made and (b) he plans to make of the effectiveness of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, with particular reference to...

      Silverlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will obtain a market valuation of Silverlands, Chertsey in Surrey.

      Stolen Property

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

      Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times are for (a) cognitive behavioural therapy and (b) other forms of talking treatment in each primary care trust area.

      TV Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of NHS Direct's budget was spent on providing services through digital television channels in the last period for which figures are...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Interview Panels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether interview panels within the Northern Ireland Civil Service are given details of sick leave records or educational qualifications of any candidates.

    • Northern Ireland Assembly:Selection of Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will call a meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly to select an Executive comprising only those parties who are committed to democratic means.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the terms of the investigation into allegations of bullying, harassment and mismanagement at Waterways Ireland; and what period the investigation covered.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What qualifications were specified in the recruitment of the Chief Executive and Director of Waterways Ireland; and how many applications there were for each post.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure became aware of allegations of staff bullying, harassment and mismanagement at Waterways...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the investigation into harassment and bullying at Waterways Ireland, all the 21 staff who complained (a) had their cases investigated; and (b) were...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all the complainants in the investigation into staff harassment and bullying at Waterways Ireland have been informed in writing of all the findings of the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to take any action against those concerned in the allegations of staff harassment and bullying at Waterways Ireland in advance of their...

      Côte d'Ivoire: Arms Shipments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received of arms shipments to the rebels in Côte d'Ivoire.

      Côte d'Ivoire: UN Involvement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received of the call by the Force Commander of the United Nations operations in Côte d'Ivoire for that force's mandate to be reassessed.

      Côte d'Ivoire: UN Involvement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the United Nations Security Council is responding with sufficient speed to the situation in Côte d'Ivoire.

      Cyprus: Treaties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the following provisions are still in force, and binding upon the high contracting parties: (a) the 1960 Treaty Concerning the Establishment of the...

      Russia: Media Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Russian Government about the cases of the journalists Paul Klebnikov, Andrei Babitski, Raf Shakirov and Anna...

      Conflict Resolution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they accord conflict resolution across the globe as part of their strategy for global security.

      Israel and Palestine: London Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the venue, agenda and prospective participants for the forthcoming high-level London conference to discuss Palestine and Israel.

      Israel and Palestine: Sovereignty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are confident that the new coalition administration in the Knesset will be able to conclude a full agreement with the Palestinian Authority to ensure...

      European Commissioners: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the pension arrangements for former European Union Commissioners, including the amounts paid.

      International Organisations Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which European Union institutions are eligible for immunities and tax privileges; what those immunities and privileges are; and to which European Union...

      International Organisations Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they define the "other persons connected with the body, and members of their families who form part of their households" to whom they propose to grant immunity...

      Service Medals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether present or former eligible members of Her Majesty's forces will be entitled to wear the medal recently awarded by the government of Malaysia to all...

      Prisons: Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 16 March 2003 (WA 76), whether they will publish a table to show how may foreign nationals were...

      Community Sentences: First-Time Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the number and proportion of first offenders given: (a) community service orders or community punishment orders; (b) probation or community rehabilitation...

      Custodial Sentences: Indictable Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the number and proportion of offenders convicted of indictable offences who were given custodial sentences by: (a) Crown Courts; (b) magistrates' courts;...

      Bicester Accommodation Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a drawing of the accommodation for religious activities at the Bicester accommodation centre, showing the...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to publish further guidelines on how to deal with suspected human trafficking.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the basic qualifications required for human trafficking caseworkers in the United Kingdom.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that female legal representation is made available at the initial interview of victims in cases where human trafficking has been suspected.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times they have withdrawn objections to asylum applicants where it is suspected that the applicant has been the victim of human trafficking.

      Extradition Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which countries are designated under Section 193 of the Extradition Act 2003, which allows extradition to take place where it is provided for under an...

      Biometrics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the rationale for the requirement to introduce biometrics in order to comply with international travel and passport regulations.

      Central London: Violent Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many stabbings, incidents involving the use or threatened use of firearms, and other offences of violence against the person were reported to the police as...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy regarding asylum claimants arriving in the United Kingdom from the Democratic Republic of Congo; and whether it is their practice to return...

      Immigration Acts: Persons in Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many men, women and children respectively, in how many detention centres, were in detention under the Immigration Acts at the most convenient recent date; how...

      Immigration Acts: Persons in Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Immigration Act detainees have been held (a) for more than six months; and (b) longer than one year.

      Immigration Officers: Scrutiny of Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what are the most recent instructions issued to immigration officials setting out the procedures, and how they should be implemented, for dealing with Roma,...

      Prison Visitors: Assistance with Travel Expenses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any financial assistance available to meet the travel expenses incurred by close relatives visiting inmates in prisons and young offenders'...

      Asylum Seekers:Destruction of Travel Documents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals have been prosecuted and convicted of destroying travel documents in an attempt to stay in the United Kingdom.

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons have been imprisoned to date for breaching Anti-social Behaviour Orders.

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases to date concerning anti-social behaviour orders have been heard in the absence of the defendants; and whether this practice contravenes the European...

      Prisons: Population Pressures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for reducing overcrowding in the 82 prisons currently suffering from that problem.

      Young Offender Institutions: Bereavement Counselling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision for bereavement counselling is made in young offender institutions.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many recruits to the Armed Forces in the last year have previously been placed in local authority care.

      Armed Forces Healthcare Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What records the Ministry of Defence collects and collates for its own purposes on the type and severity of injuries to, and illnesses of, members of the Armed Forces.

      Schools: Building Repair Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each local education authority in England and Wales, what is the current backlog of school building repair work.

      Schools: Temporary Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each local education authority in England and Wales, how many temporary buildings are currently used on school premises.

      Schools: PISA Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the United Kingdom's sixteenth position in tests conducted by the Programme for International Student Assessment, there will be any change to...

      Schools: Modern Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the decision was taken to make modern languages non-compulsory for children over the age of 14 in secondary education.

      Schools: Modern Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take to counter the decline in take-up of modern language studies: (a) in comprehensive schools; (b) in schools in the North of England;...

      Schools: Modern Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many schools meet the government standard of modern languages teaching in primary schools of one 20-minute lesson per week.

      Schools: Modern Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that primary schools have enough teachers qualified in modern languages tuition to meet the government standard of modern...

      Sports Colleges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which specialist sports colleges have not been redesignated in the past three years; and for what reasons.

      Disability Discrimination Bill: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in their consultation on the Disability Discrimination Bill they consulted Macmillan Cancer Relief, and Which organisations they have consulted on the...

      Government Departments: 0870 Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many, and which, government departments and agencies are currently using 0870 telephone numbers for the purposes of public communication with their offices.

      Community Hospitals: Remuneration of GPs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to ensure fair rates of remuneration for general practitioners working in community hospitals.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any studies into the effects of an increase in the badger population on hedgehog and ground-nesting bird populations; and, if there have...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of repairing damage to canal banks caused by badgers for each year since 1997; and what is the estimated cost of repairing recent damage,...

      Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to make a formal announcement on the future of the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council; and when they expect the council to be operating as...

      Common Agricultural Policy:Payments to Farmers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total of payments made to farmers under the integrated administration and control system scheme of the Common Agricultural Policy in each of the past...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff are presently employed by the Rural Payments Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; how many have professional...

      Rail Fatality Management Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 15 December (WA 96), by what date the Rail Fatality Management Group expects to publish its...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following their invitation on 17 December for expressions of interest in the Greater Western and Thameslink franchises which stated that past performance would be...

      Crossrail: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the proposed sources of funding for Crossrail; and how much is expected to come from the private sector.

      Crossrail: Alternative Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the launch of "Superlink", the proposed new East/West railway across London, whether the Government will undertake an early evaluation of this scheme in...

      Limehouse Link

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to discourage or prevent motor vehicles using the Limehouse Link tunnels as a route between the West End or the City of London and the M25.

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