Written answers

Tuesday, 18 January 2005

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol-related Deaths (Humberside)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many deaths within the Humberside police area alcohol was found to be the primary cause in each of the past five years.

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend to older children the advantages of saving up to £1,200 a year tax free, which is available to younger children under the Child...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last two years,...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues regarding their expenditure on matters relating to the constitutional treaty for the European Union.

      Fairshare Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to identify alternative funding for the Fairshare scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals (Performance Targets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health about allowing health service managers to set hospital performance targets.

      Ministry of Defence Sites (Excess Profits)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times since 1997 the clawback clause to recover excess profits on former Ministry of Defence sites has been invoked; which sites were involved;...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much money is contained in the National Insurance Fund; (2) how much money has been allocated to the NHS from the National Insurance Fund in each...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the questions tabled by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, on (a) 13 December 2004, reference 205303 and (b) 16 December 2004,...

      Schools (Performance Targets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about allowing headteachers to set performance targets in schools.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

      State Banqueting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to public funds was of the state banquet on 18 November 2004; and what the cost to public funds has been of state banqueting in each of the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid in compensation by the Inland Revenue to tax credit claimants in each month in (a) 2003–04 and (b) the current tax year.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit cases it has not been possible to amend the circumstances affecting their tax credit award...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take-up rate for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit was for (i) 2003–04 and (ii) the current tax year in England and Wales; and...

      Unemployment (Leyton and Wanstead)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were unemployed in Leyton and Wanstead constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what percentage change that represents.

  • Transport

    • E-mails

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

    • Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the (a) working groups and (b) work streams under way under Project Heathrow; and what deadlines have been set for each work...

      Special Advisers

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

      Telephone Numbers

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

      US Landing Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether UK Government policy permits the (a) touching down and (b) refuelling in the UK of US aircraft, where such aircraft are carrying individuals...

  • Defence

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department first considered providing logistical support and heavy-lifting helicopters to countries hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami; and...

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what time (UK time) his Department learned of the earthquake off Sumatra on 26 December 2004; and what actions were set in train as a result.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military assistance the UK has provided following the tsunami disaster; and what plans he has made for further military assistance.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Hercules C130 planes from RAF Lyneham have been made available for the aid effort in the Indian Ocean; and how many of them have been deployed.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the deployable field hospital at RAF Lyneham is not being used for disaster relief in the Indian Ocean.

      Electronic Devices

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

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has discussed with his US counterparts the findings of the Report on Scientific Progress in Understanding Gulf War Illnesses of September 2004...

      Invoices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of time was between the date of invoices issued to his Department from a supplier and payment by the Department of the invoice in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel he expects will be in Iraq at the time of the January election.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to publish the assessment undertaken by his Department of the United States Department of Defense Report on the Khamisiyah chemical weapons...

      Mirach Target Drone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated out-of-service date for the Mirach target drone is.

      RAF (Sexual Discrimination Survey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the survey on sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and bullying in the Royal Air Force which was reported in July.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Victoria Cross Memorial (Public Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to allow visits by the public to the Victoria Cross memorial and other areas of his Department's building in Whitehall; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Smoking

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission in how many rooms in the House to which hon. Members have access, other than their offices,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cricket Broadcasting Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the cricket authorities on their decision not to sign a contract for the broadcasting of domestic test...

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the take-up of digital television; and if she will make a statement.

      External Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tenders were let by her Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003–04; and what the value was.

      Horseracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with the British Horseracing Board on the recent relevant European Court of Justice ruling; and what...

      Horseracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will amend the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 to allow flood-lit all-weather horse racing.

      Lottery Funding (Sunderland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution the Lottery has made to combating (a) social exclusion and (b) financial exclusion in...

      Lottery Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of National Lottery Funding for sport paid through Sport England is available for open bidding in 2004–05; and...

      Newspapers and Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by her Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department...

      Parking Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting her Department.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £750 million for school sport announced by the Prime Minister in 2000 has been (a) pledged and (b) spent.

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or...

      Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the population works in the tourism industry.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue tourism earned in 2004.

      Waterways Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the public funding of the waterways museums at (a) Gloucester Docks, (b) Stoke Bruerne and (c) Ellesmere...

  • Prime Minister

    • Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what guidance he has issued to civil servants regarding providing public information on the constitutional treaty for the European Union; (2) what guidance he...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Committee.

    • Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of the Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology Committee.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of UK carbon emissions resulting from electrical appliances being left in standby...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the national carbon dioxide reduction goal for 2020 referred to in the final paragraph of page 3 of the review of the...

      Climate Impacts Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the projections arrived at by the UK Climate Impacts Programmes.

      Climate-based Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the impact of...

      Dobson Photospectrerra Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what advice she has received from the scientific community regarding the cessation of the compilation of Dobson...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether a high level of protection and improvement of the environment as required by Article...

      Government Decontamination and Recovery Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what date (a) it was decided to establish the Government Decontamination and Recovery Service, (b) the service began...

      Kyoto Commitments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efforts the UK is making within the EU to ensure that those EU countries that are off-target with their Kyoto...

      Model Dog Control Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her timetable is for consultation on model dog control offences; who will be consulted; and if she will make a statement.

      Model Dog Control Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to provide guidance to local authorities about (a) the circumstances under which dog control orders should...

      OP Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to update advice to (a) farmers, (b) market gardeners and (c) other users of...

      OP Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the report of the review of the scientific literature on links between Parkinson's Disease and...

      Ozone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the levels of (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) total concentrations of low-level ozone were in each year since 1997.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets for waste recycling she has set for (a) Cumbria county council, (b) Allerdale district, (c) Carlisle city...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance her Department is making available to (a) Cumbria County Council, (b) Allerdale District, (c)...

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sewage was discharged into the (a) Severn, (b) Yorkshire Ouse, (c) Humber, (d) Mersey, (e) Aire, (f) Avon, (g) Tyne,...

      Thames Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions on which the Thames Barrier has been closed in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate...

  • Education and Skills

    • Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Government plan to release the Connexions End to End Review of Careers Education and Guidance; and if she will make a statement.

    • College/School Funding Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she plans to take to reduce the funding gap between the college sector and the schools sector.

      College/School Funding Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will revise the further education college sector's area uplift funding so that colleges in areas of lower funding in close proximity...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Telephones

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

      Departmental Telephones

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

      Departmental Telephones

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

      Documents

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

      Drugs in Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many representations have been made to her Department by schools on problems of drug use (a) on and (b) outside school premises in...

      E-mails

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the publication schemes under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 prepared by public...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) higher education and (b) further education participation rates are for (1) the (i) poorest and (ii) richest 100 wards in...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many exclusions there were relating to illegal drugs in each of the last 10 years in English secondary schools.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what rights parents have to withdraw their children from religious education lessons in state schools; and if she will make a statement.

      School Computers (Derby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Derby, north in each year between 1997 and 2004.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

      Stolen Property

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

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the meetings she and her Ministers have had with the Director of Fair Access.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her most recent estimate is of the cost of setting up the independent person or panel with responsibility for reviewing decisions made...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the latest figures are for online application to university; and what steps she has taken to evaluate consumer satisfaction with the...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1719W, on university admissions, whether she plans to publish the...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding has been provided by his Department after the first year in relation to the commitment announced in January 2004 to...

    • E-mails

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

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he has offered to the Palestinian authorities to train their Police Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Telephone Usage

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

      Tsunami Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will break down UK assistance to the tsunami-hit area by (a) debt relief, (b) direct aid, (c) bilateral aid and (d) donations in kind.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what local authority Best Value performance indicators in relation to alcohol-related crime (a) were complied in 2003–04 and (b) will be compiled in (i)...

    • Central Government Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central Government funding was allocated to the London borough of Havering in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002.

      Central Government Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central Government money the London borough of Havering received per citizen in 2003–04.

      Civil Service Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many items of civil service property within his Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will obtain from the Chairman of the Audit Commission a reply to the letter sent to the Chairman on 4 November 2004 by the right hon. Member for Manchester,...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average cost of an appeal against council tax banding was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Disabled Facilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment has been made of the merits of abolishing the Disabled Facilities Grant means test for children in England and Wales; (2) what...

      Electronic Devices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.

      E-mails

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

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire and rescue authorities in England have substantially abandoned the 2–2-4 shift pattern since the introduction of the integrated risk...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many beds have been removed from fire stations in England as a result of the implementation of Integrated Risk Management Plan 1 plans.

      Living Spaces Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to reopen the Living Spaces programme for fresh applications.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to public funds was of (a) producing and (b) mailing the manifesto booklet for the (i) 2000 and (ii) 2004 Greater London Authority elections.

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timescale is for publication of further consultation papers on reform of local government.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review the advice on the location of mobile phone masts near schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines he has issued on consultation with (a) schools and (b) the public on the location of mobile phone masts; and how many applications have (i)...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phone masts in England are located within a 200 m radius of a school, broken down by local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on house prices of the erection of mobile phone masts; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will institute an immediate review of the planning process for the siting of mobile phone masts as called for in the National Radiological Protection Board...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will revise planning procedures with regard to mobile telephone masts to enable local authorities to consider possible health implications.

      MOD Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1119W, on MOD land, when the first audit of the arrangement will take place; and if he will...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average time taken to process a planning appeal by the Planning Inspectorate was in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will give guidance to planning authorities not to determine planning applications related to earlier applications which are the subject of an ombudsman...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications have been submitted for right to buy for local authority dwellings in each English local authority since 1997.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the total number of (a) social housing units for rent and (b) low cost home ownership units that will be built or acquired (i) with...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his policy is towards the findings of the Barker Review regarding the number of additional new social housing dwellings that need to be provided each...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what systems he is putting in place to monitor the delivery of planned improvements to properties transferred under (a) large scale voluntary transfer, (b) arms...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) registered social landlord dwellings and (b) local authority dwellings there were in England in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the amount of local authority housing stock which will be transferred in each of the next five years.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the eligibility requirements of local authority tenants for the right to buy; and how the discount is calculated.

      Stolen Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the property belonging to his Office that has (a) been stolen and (b) been reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down by type of article.

      Unitary Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to introduce unitary local government in England.

  • Health

    • Local Improvement Finance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recent progress of the NHS local improvement finance trust (LIFT) programme.

    • General Practitioners (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the recruitment and retention of general practitioners in Hartlepool.

      Acute Hospital Services (West Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on acute hospital services in West Cumbria.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were working in the NHS on 1 January; and how many there were on 1 January 1997.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology will be used for the allocation of health funding to primary care trusts after 2006.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of mental health patients in Derbyshire have a care plan.

      General Practice Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for HealthTo ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practice premises have been improved since 1997.

      Health Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the allocation of funding for health to recognise the needs of different socio-economic groups.

      Dental Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the new dental contract on dental laboratories; and if he will make...

      Worcestershire Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of activity levels at Worcestershire Royal hospital; and if he will make a...

      Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the code of practice for the draft Mental Health Bill.

      NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants were working in the NHS (a) on 1 January 2005 and (b) on 1 January 1997.

      Intermediate Care Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of dedicated intermediate care wards on the recovery of patients.

      "Agenda for Change"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress of implementation of "Agenda for Change in the NHS".

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking (a) to encourage primary care trusts to commission alternatives to drug treatments for depression and anxiety and (b)...

      Bleeding Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures are being taken to raise awareness among (a) health care professionals and (b) the wider public of bleeding disorders affecting women;...

      Chiropody Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of access to chiropody services for senior citizens.

      Community Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community pharmacies in each London borough (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 2000–01; and if he will make a statement.

      Cost-effective Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether general practitioners are encouraged to let patients know if a drug they are prescribing is available more cheaply over the counter; and what...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated for increases in the number of NHS dentists in England by October 2005.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's publicity budget for domestic violence awareness is in the current year; what his Department's expenditure on domestic violence...

      East Sussex Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of hospital-acquired infections have been diagnosed in the East Sussex Hospitals Trust in the last 12 months.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce free prescriptions for claimants in receipt of incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      IT Projects

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

      Local Tobacco Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the role is of local tobacco alliances; what projects they deliver; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Negligence Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the report, Making Amends, by the Chief Medical Officer on medical negligence (2003).

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he is offering to the parents of young children on their access to and use of mobile phones; and if he will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have suffered long-term illness as a result of contracting MRSA infections in each of the last 10 years.

      Neuro-radiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS capacity is of specialist neuro-radiologists.

      Overseas Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department assesses whether or not a country has a surplus of a particular healthcare profession when considering overseas recruitment.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Recovered NHS Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to recover a greater proportion of NHS costs from those responsible for (a) road accidents, (b) accidents at work and (c) other...

      Regional Tobacco Control Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 111W, on regional tobacco control managers, what expenditure has been allocated to...

      Supermarket Meat (Salt)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the health implications of the adding of salt to meat by supermarkets to increase weight; and what representations he has...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his timetable for transferring the live caseload of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency to the new Child Support Scheme is.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the performance of (a) the Eastern Business Unit and (b) the Northern Ireland operations of the Northern Ireland...

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much extra funding has been provided to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for 2005–08 to allow for the...

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will extend the provision of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Disabled Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of abolishing the Disabled Facilities Grant means test for children in Northern Ireland.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average unit cost is to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland of processing an application for (a) a driver's licence, (b) a...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he has taken to reduce and eliminate the financial deficit on processing licences by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to change the levels of licensing fees currently charged by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his planning estimate is of the expected income of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland in (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06,...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been set aside for establishing eating disorders services in the Province.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients from Northern Ireland with eating disorders have required treatment outside the Province in each of the last five years.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set up an Environmental Protection Agency for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which statutory agency provides a (a) pollution and (b) environmental damage hotline in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Service Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many health service employees were suspended from work in the Province in each of the last five years; what the average time off work of...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals were diagnosed with HIV in Northern Ireland in 2004.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether fluid management is taught in induction training for all junior doctors who commence posts in paediatric medicine in the Province.

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) Learndirect, (b) Enterprise Ulster and (c) Worktrack.

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated from public funds on learndirect in (a) North Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have benefited from Learndirect in (a) North Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of people in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Foyle constituency entered paid employment within six months of completing each New...

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to reduce the Occupational Therapy Assessment waiting list in the Newry and Mourne health trust area.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Birkenhead on 16 December 2004, reference 206617.

      Private Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of patients in Northern Ireland waiting for (a) hip replacement surgery, (b) knee replacement surgery and (c) other surgery went...

      School Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to be able to publish school statistics that distinguish between authorised and unauthorised absence in Northern Ireland.

      School Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what analysis the Government have made of the prevalence of unauthorised absence from school among (a) different types of school in Northern...

      Septic Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to regulate the level of charges for the emptying of septic tanks in Northern Ireland after April 2006; (2) what plans...

      Social Services Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety uses to set priorities in relation to (a) children in need, (b)...

      Strangford Lough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the ploughing of the intertidal mudflats at Strangford Lough over the Christmas and new year period; and what...

      Strangford Lough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what payments are made to the National Trust to provide a warden and other related services in and around Strangford Lough; what services the...

      Strangford Lough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action (a) he and (b) other public bodies for which he is responsible propose to take in respect of the ploughing of the intertidal...

      Strangford Lough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that signs in and around Strangford Lough indicate those areas designated as areas of special scientific...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure that the restructured Sure Start project in north Belfast incorporates best practice from the Home Start...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to ensure that a multi-agency approach in service delivery is central to the proposed new Sure Start model.

      Titanic Quarter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects a management plan for the development of the Titanic Quarter to be ready for consultation; and what consultation will be...

      Transitional Employment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the Transitional Employment Scheme; what plans the Government has to introduce these schemes on a permanent...

      University Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated to (a) Queen's University and (b) the University of Ulster to encourage access and participation in each of...

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the recent seizure by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of unauthorised and counterfeit...

      Victims Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sums have been given to each victims' group in the Province in each year since April 1998.

  • Home Department

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what health and safety checks have been made to guarantee the well-being of police officers using the Airwave communications system; and if...

    • Birmingham Repertory Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he received an opinion from West Midlands Police on their ability to guarantee the safety of the audience and staff of the...

      Football Banning Orders (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many football banning orders have been issued by (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists were (a) cautioned and (b) charged for (i) going through red lights and (ii) cycling in the dark without lights in the last...

      European Data Protection Supervisor

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) mandate and (b) powers of the European Data Protection Supervisor in respect of tackling fraud.

      Firearms Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals have been brought against the Chief Constable of Humberside police under section 44 of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended)...

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of gun crime have taken place in Greater London in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the image capture standards provided to police forces under the Facial Images National Database project.

      Initiatives (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget was allocated to (a) the Active Communities Unit, (b) the Arson Control Forum, (c) each of the Local Arson Control forums, (d)...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been fined under the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving; how many people have contested the fines;...

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the measures taken by Cleveland Police Authority to install recording equipment in police vehicles to monitor...

      Policing Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) cost and (b) total operational time lost as a result of police officers being withdrawn from duty in each police force for the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services are provided by the voluntary sector in contracted-out prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Sniffer Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sniffer dogs have been used by the police and security services in each of the last five years; and how many of these animals have...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) fined and (b) banned from driving as a result of the evidence of speed cameras in the West Derbyshire...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what guidance has been issued to civil servants regarding providing public information on the proposed Constitutional Treaty for the European...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he will reply to the question tabled on 3 December 2004, by the hon. Member for New Forest East, ref 203389, asking how many departmental files...

      Video Conferencing Units

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

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Censuses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons were for the early release of those 19th-century decennial censuses for (a) England and Wales, (b)...

    • Censuses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will publish the texts of the undertakings of confidentiality which were printed on the census documents for (a)...

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs who will be entitled to vote in the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what powers the Electoral Commission will have regarding Government expenditure on the Constitutional Treaty for the...

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what regulations govern spending in the UK by (a) the European Commission, (b) the European Parliament and (c)...

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the rules governing activities by (a) political parties, (b) trade unions, (c) businesses,...

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what consultations the Department has undertaken with the (a) Electoral Commission and (b) other organisations regarding...

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the referendum on the constitutional treaty for the European Union.

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his estimate is of the cost of the referendum on the constitutional treaty for the European Union.

      Court Computer Network

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of information transferred over the new computer network which links...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Lord Chancellor has discussed reform of the Criminal Justice System with the Secretary of State for Home...

      E-mails

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he takes to ensure that material of future historical importance is retained, in relation to the Government's...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what information he has collected on the (a) number and (b) nature of requests made across (i) Government, (ii) local...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how the Department plans to monitor the number of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and...

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following...

      New Court House, Lisburn

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in identifying a site for a new court house in Lisburn; and if he will make a statement.

      Newspapers/Periodicals

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

      Pay Television Subscriptions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Regulation

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force report, Better Routes to...

      Voter Turnout

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham) of 10 January 2005, Official Report,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Centralisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made towards centralising benefits processing in Workington.

    • IT Projects

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

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Leyton and Wanstead constituency have found work through new deal programmes since they were introduced.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome has been of investigations undertaken by US authorities into deaths of two people detained by US authorities at...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to European counterparts concerning an EU-wide demarche to the Government of China on the...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many items of electrical equipment were used by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements US military forces have for access to the British territory of Diego Garcia; and for how long these...

      Diplomatic Representation (Middle East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget for diplomatic representation to countries in the Middle East is for the current financial year; and what the...

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work his Department has undertaken with the International Labour Organisation to promote independent trade union...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will be entitled to vote in the Iraqi election on 30 January in Falluja; what the anticipated number on the electoral roll...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work his Department has undertaken in Iraq since 1 July 2004 to promote the benefits of trade union membership.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Her Majesty's Government's policy is on the closure by the Iraqi interim Government of Al-Jazeera offices; whether his...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he visited the wall now being built by the Israeli authorities on Palestinian land on his recent visit to Palestine; and...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the reasons are for the proposed closure of the British embassy in Madagascar; and if he will make a statement.

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support and guidance his Department provides to parents or legal guardians who have travelled abroad to locate missing...

      Park Yang-Choi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the North Korean Government concerning the safety of Park Yong-Choi, following his...

      Park Yang-Choi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with the Governments of China and North Korea the case of Mr. Park Yang-Choi, who has been forcibly repatriated...

      Parliamentary Answers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his Department's policy that all parliamentary written answers given by his Department should be displayed on the...

      UN Human Development Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN on the publication of the Third UN Human Development Report on the Arab World.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Uzbekistan about securing greater independence of the country's judicial system.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Uzbekistan about (a) permitting the registration of independent political...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of implementation by the Government of Uzbekistan of the recommendations by the UN...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the European Union about the Partnership and Co-operation agreement with...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of TACIS funding for projects with the Uzbekistan Parliament.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Union about the scope for increased funding of projects in Uzbekistan which focus...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Free Farmers Party in Uzbekistan is a registered political party.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan about the rejection of the applications for registration...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what inquiries he has made about (a) the well-being and (b) the treatment in prison of Ruslan Sharipov in Uzbekistan.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what inquiries he has made about the whereabouts of A. Mahmudov, a member of Tanlov Erk's youth wing in Uzbekistan, who was...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what inquiries he has made about the case of Moydijan Kurbanov, the head of Birlik in Jizzakh province, Uzbekistan, who was...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the Government of Uzbekistan to conduct a review of law enforcement agencies in order to (a) decrease their...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the reasons were for moving the UK's diplomatic representation in Aden to smaller premises.

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Board of British Energy on bonuses likely to be paid to executives over the next six months; and if she...

    • Business Starts (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new business start-ups there have been in Wales each year since 1996; and how many businesses in Wales have shut down or moved out of...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the effect has been on the UK retail car market of the European Commission Regulation No. 1400/2002, which exempts EC competition rules...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of the new EU Block Exemption regulations EU 1400/2002 having on car repair and servicing; and if...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of the Supply of New Cars Order 2000 on the price of new cars in the UK; and if she will make a...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether independent car repairers are being given access to technical information under European Commission Regulation No. 1400/2002; and if...

      Christmas Cards

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Employment Status Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to publish a response to the review of employment status in relation to statutory employment rights.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her target for 35 per cent. of large organisations to have completed a pay review by 2006 in connection with equal pay was set; what her...

      Iraq (Reconstruction Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the contracts won by UK firms since March 2003 for the reconstruction of Iraq, indicating the value of the contract in each case.

      Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what advice has been given to Ministers in her Department on the use of lie detectors in assessing coal health compensation claims; and...

      Mail Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what forms of redress are open to an individual who expresses a preference under the mail preference service but then receives junk mail...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reasons are for the closure of the National Institute for Medical Research; and what her assessment is of the implications for the...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments she has made of the effects of the national minimum wage on wage rates in the Greater London area.

      Pay Television Subscriptions

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

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether contracts for Post Office Counters to be transferred to private companies can be agreed before the public consultation is completed.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what appeal mechanism exists once the Post Office has made a decision to close a post office branch.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have closed in Wales in each year from 1996 to 2004.

      Renewable Obligation Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to revise renewable obligation certificates to distinguish between low, high and premium value renewables.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Disabled Facilities Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What backlog there is in the number of applications from ill or elderly and infirm householders who have applied to the Housing Executive for adaption grants and...

    • Orphans and Street Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funds they are allocating in the current financial year and the coming two years, through the Department for International Development or otherwise, for the...

      Small Arms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the Global Pool on Conflict Resolution has been devoted to work on small arms issues in each of the past five years; what proportion will be so...

      Northern Ireland: Smoking in Public Places

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ban smoking in places of entertainment and in places where food is prepared or consumed in Northern Ireland.

      Conference of Small Island States, January 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they were represented at the Conference of Small Island States convened by the United Nations and held in Mauritius from 10 to 14 January.

      Côte d'Ivoire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reasons they have been given for the resignation of the head of the United Nations mission in the Côte d'Ivoire.

      Ministry of Defence: Sourcing of Meat Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the origin of meat consumed by Ministry of Defence employees in the Ponteland area during the period from January 2000 to February 2001; and where...

      Trainee Teachers: A-Level Attainment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average A-level attainment of entrants to Bachelor of Education courses.

      Foundation Bodies: Power to Establish New Secondary Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have dropped their plans to give foundation bodies the power to establish new secondary schools.

      Transport Accidents: Memorial Services for Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times in the past three years Ministers have attended in their official capacity funerals or memorial services for victims of (a) road accidents; (b) rail...

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