Written answers

Wednesday, 19 January 2005

  • Prime Minister

    • Tsunami

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Indian Prime Minister on the effects of the recent tsunami in India;

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many items of civil service property within her Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

    • External Suppliers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003–04; and what the value was.

      Stolen Property

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

  • Solicitor-General

    • CPS Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were referred to Essex Crown Prosecution Service in each year from 2000; and in how many cases a decision to prosecute was made.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many requests the Attorney-General's office has received to date for the Attorney-General's advice to Government, and its preceding iterations, on the legality of...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Costs

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

    • Departmental Credit Cards

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

      Sickness Absence

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

      Staff Gyms

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

      Working Time Regulations

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support the Government are offering the film industry in the North East.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

  • Wales

    • Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on proposals for changes to emergency services provision in Wales.

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many homeless households on average were in (a) temporary accommodation and (b) bed and breakfast accommodation in Wales in each year from...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many public swimming pools there are in Wales.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect she expects the removal of Varroosis from the list of notifiable diseases to have on the health of (a) feral and...

    • Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her assessment is of the state of the honey industry in the UK; and how she expects it to change in the next five years.

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she estimates to be the contribution made by the beekeeping industry to the agricultural economy; and what assessment...

      Bird Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports the Department has assessed relating to the reduction in the number of species of birds in the United...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list countries in which there are confirmed cases of BSE; and whether export controls have been put in place (a)...

      Burnside Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date a Government Minister was first informed of the existence of the video of Burnside Farm taken by Northumberland...

      Burnside Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department possessed a copy of the video of Burnside Farm taken by Northumberland Trading Standards on 24...

      Burnside Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the (i) Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and (ii) her Department...

      Burnside Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department first received (a) a video and (b) other documentary evidence from Northumberland Trading Standards...

      Civil Service Property

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the hon. Member for Scunthorpe will reply to the letter of 1 September 2004 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.

      Environmental Sustainability Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where the UK ranks in the Environmental Sustainability Index; and what the rankings are of other EU countries.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the infrastructure proceedings pending against the UK Government arising from the failure to comply with EU...

      Food Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) tonnage and (b) value of food was dumped by the food industry in landfill sites or incinerated because it had passed...

      Food Transportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce food miles.

      National Bee Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the proposals outlined in the Haskins Report on the budget of the National Bee Unit; and if...

      National Bee Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change staffing levels at the Central Science Laboratory's National Bee Unit.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason an incorrect answer was given on 9 November to the hon. Member for South-East Cambridgeshire in reply to...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sanctions can be used against local authorities which have failed to test private water supplies for pesticides since 1991.

      Stray Dog Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has recently (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the ability of local authorities (i) to fund and (ii) to...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much correspondence and of what nature, the Department has received in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on the Government programme for use of timber products which are legal and...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will incorporate social criteria involving impacts on indigenous forest people into official programmes for...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of municipal waste was (a) composted, (b) recycled and (c) sent to incineration facilities in (i)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on average, how many kilograms of waste were (a) recycled, (b) diverted from landfill and (c) sent to energy from waste...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make an announcement on the operation of the Waste Performance Reward Grant for 2005–06.

      Water and Sewerage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average monthly cost to consumers is of (a) water services and (b) sewerage services in each water supply area in...

  • Defence

    • Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the size of the army will be after the proposed re-organisation; and what it was in 1997.

    • British Military Bases (US Missiles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to require prior parliamentary approval of the placement of US interceptor missiles within British military bases.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) retained sites in Cyprus which the United Kingdom has returned since the written answer of 16 January 1995, Official Report, column...

      David Axon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what regulations Commander David Axon was removed from HMS Somerset in November 2004; what charges were laid against him; what procedures were...

      Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether dolphins have been (a) used and (b) kept by the UK armed forces since 1975.

      Meteor Jet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a decision has been made on the future of the remaining Meteor jet at Llanbedr airfield.

      Infantry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which infantry regiments have the best record of retained manpower in the last 12 months.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army medical personnel (a) have been and (b) are deployed in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) stopped searching for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction; what proportion of the ISG's cost was met by the United...

      Jake Shrof

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to investigate allegations of bullying and sexual assault made by former Coldstream Guardsman Jake Shrof.

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the financial resources available to the Meteorological Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Terence Morrison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary action has been taken against Private Terence Morrison in connection with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy in Belfast on 6...

      Court Martial (RAF Aldergrove)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the factors were that influenced his decision to locate at RAF Aldegrove the court martial of six Royal Marine instructors facing assault charges...

      Sickness Absence

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

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have participated in adventure training exercises in Tanzania since 10 November 2004; and from which regiments.

  • Transport

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to promote the integration of rail and cycle travel, with particular reference to off-peak periods; and what mechanisms...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in each of the last two years.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from (a) the Local Government Association and (b) individual local authorities, urging a reduction in the...

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to contact the last registered owners of vehicles found with no road tax was in...

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment has been made of the response times of the (a) online and (b) telephone renewal system of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the (a) online service and (b) the automatic telephone system at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has failed to recognise its...

      Operational Improvements (Marlow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement by the hon. Member for Staffordshire, Moorlands (Charlotte Atkins) of 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 22WH, on...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many passengers used Maidenhead station in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, broken down by (i) morning peak hours, (ii) evening peak hours and (iii)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations his Department has received regarding the December timetable changes on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and Twyford,...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines his Department has issued on the maximum acceptable density of commuter rail passengers measured by number of passengers per square foot.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he supports the recent proposals put forward to his Department by contractors to open rural stations and halts with short platforms.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the punctuality of railway service providers.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to improve facilities at (a) Romford and (b) Gidea Park train stations; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the potential to increase the amount of freight carried on the rail network in the south-east of England; and if...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many major road developments have not been the subject of a public inquiry in the last five years.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria were applied when his Department first separated trunk roads into national and regional schemes; (2) which trunk roads have been...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the working of the regional decision-making process in relation to the roads programme, with particular reference to the...

      State Opening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the cost to the economy of the disruption to traffic caused by the State Opening of Parliament.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of his Department's staff is based in London.

    • Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fingerprint reading machines linked to the National Fingerprint Register are operated by police forces in the UK; and how many...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers quarters' are owned by the prison department at prisons in England and Wales.

      Race Relations (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Sikh organisations he met in each of the last three years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Civil Service Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual increase in gross salary was for the year 2003–04 for (a) staff below the Senior Civil Service and (b) the...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 3 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Paul Jackson.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Electronic Devices

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

      IT Projects

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

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Stoke on Trent in each year since 1997.

      Stolen Property

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

      Telephone Numbers

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

      Telephone Numbers

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent developments there have been on decommissioning in Northern Ireland.

    • Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the peace process.

      Bank Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to encourage banks and other premises where large amounts of cash are held to increase security.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to broaden the types of religious and other value systems education available in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Paramilitary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of recent illegal activity by paramilitary organisations; and if he will make a statement.

      Paramilitary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people linked to (a) loyalist paramilitary organisations, (b) republican paramilitary organisations and (c) criminal gangs have been...

      Sinn Fein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the willingness of Sinn Fein to pursue its political agenda by solely peaceful and legal means.

      Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable about improving the intelligence gathering capacity of the Police Service of Northern...

      Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how often he receives intelligence briefings from the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Andersonstown News Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from other newspaper and media groups in Northern Ireland concerning financial assistance to the...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Assets Recovery Agency has recovered from (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican sources in each year since its formation; and if he will...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been referred to the independent case examiner so far in 2004–05 in respect of (a) the Eastern Business Unit and...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on community relations by each Northern Ireland district council in each of the last five years; and what proportion of each...

      Down District Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Roman Catholics and (b) Protestants constituted the workforce of Down district council in each of the past 10 years; how many (i)...

      Economic Vision Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the publication of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's Economic Vision for Northern Ireland document;...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average GCSE points scores for each school type in Northern Ireland, excluding GNVQ Part One qualifications and GCSE short courses,...

      Harland and Wolff Catalogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken by (a) Museums and Galleries Northern Ireland and (b) the Public Records Office Northern Ireland to catalogue the...

      Hospital Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cleaners are employed at each hospital in Northern Ireland.

      Hospital Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cleaners were employed (a) at hospitals in Northern Ireland and (b) elsewhere within the local NHS in (i) 1985 and (ii) 1995.

      Hospital Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at which health trusts in the Province cleaning services are (a) outsourced, (b) directly managed and (c) a combination of outsourced and...

      Inward Investment (Strabane)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional industrial space is available to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the Strabane district council area to...

      Midwife-led Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of nurses was in each calendar month in 2004 allocated to each shift in each midwife-led maternity unit; and how many...

      Paramilitary Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners in Northern Ireland are being given separated status; and how many belong to each relevant paramilitary group.

      Paramilitary Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners at HMP Maghaberry have (a) applied for and (b) been granted separated status since its introduction.

      Pollution (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of deaths brought forward in 2003–04 (a) due to the overall pollution in Belfast and (b) as a direct result...

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recorded incidents, excluding those caused by weather, vandalism or damage caused by contractors, resulted in the interruption of...

      Titanic Quarter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made to facilitate the creation of a museum dedicated to the Titanic story at Titanic Quarter; and what assessment has...

      Water and Sewerage Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy to allocate additional resources to (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) Government departments in order to compensate...

      Water and Sewerage Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assumptions have been made in planning his budgets for the Northern Ireland departments over the three years from April 2006 about the...

  • Treasury

    • AIDS Vaccine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department's first tranche of funding for the advance purchase scheme for AIDS vaccine research will begin.

    • Central Government Grant

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each (a) nation and (b) region of the United Kingdom received in central Government grant in the latest year for which figures are available,...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which 50 local authorities in England have the highest percentage of properties in Council Tax Band A.

      Lorry Road User Charge (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the implications are of cross-border roads in Northern Ireland in relation to implementing the proposed lorry road-user charge.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of national debt in (a) 2009–10 and (b) what it was in 1997–98.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deficiency notices he (a) has issued and (b) expects to issue in order to ensure that all individuals are notified of gaps in their national...

      Pre-Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to public funds will be for the increased spending announced in the pre-Budget report.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many men have died from prostate cancer in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of small and medium sized businesses regarding tax credits for research and development.

      School-age Children (Drug Deaths)

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many school-age children died from drug misuse in each of the last 10 years.

      Specialist Acute Hospital Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects to complete consideration of the outline business case on modernising specialist acute hospital services in North West London; and if...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of people in the Burnley constituency who have benefitted from tax credits, broken down by (a) type of tax credit and (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on Government efforts to reduce the backlog in dealing with working families tax credit appeals on overpayments; (2) what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many demands have been issued by the Tax Credit Office regarding alleged overpayments in each of the last two financial years; what the average sum of...

      Tsunami Disaster Appeal

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will add all income received from the taxation of charitable donations to the Disaster Emergency Committee to the Government's aid contribution...

      UK Economy (London's Contribution)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage contribution London has made to the UK economy in each of the last seven years.

      Universities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with university chancellors and vice-chancellors over the last 12 months.

      Vale of Clwyd Constituency

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, including statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect on Vale of Clwyd constituency of his...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Energy Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the fuel cost data provided for the revision of building energy standards takes account of the leakage of natural gas during (a) processing, (b)...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the definition of a minor work as applied to the inspection of electrical work under Building Regulations; and if he will...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regulatory impact assessment he has made of the cost of (a) employing and (b) training surveyors to issue annual certificates under the proposed new Building...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of his Department's staff are based outside the London area.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average annual increase in gross salary for the year 2003–04 was for (a) staff below the Senior Civil Service and (b) the Senior Civil Service in...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set a new target to reduce the council house repairs backlog to 700,000 properties by April 2008.

      Departmental Staff/Running Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff are employed by his Office; and what its annual running costs are.

      Fire and Rescue Control

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr. Robertson) of 12 January 2005, Official Report, column 290, on Fire and Rescue Control, if he...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) obligations are incumbent on and (b) powers are at the disposal of local authorities to clean (i) publicly and (ii) privately owned properties of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether, in the course of preparing policy on home information packs, his officials have visited the USA to inquire into the practice of soil testing for oil...

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will break down the low cost home ownership units planned for Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea in the Housing Corporation's 2004–06...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many permanent dwellings were constructed in the United Kingdom in each year since 1979 by (a) registered social landlords, (b) local authorities and (c)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the availability of an environmental health officer to identify an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) with three or more...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which organisations support establishing the threshold for the mandatory house in multiple occupation licensing scheme of three or more storeys and five or more...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what threshold for the mandatory house in multiple occupation licensing scheme was proposed by (a) the Local Government Association and (b) the Chartered...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions his Department has had with the housing renewal pathfinder projects regarding (a) progress to date and (b) future funding levels; and if...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 over-run.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which billing authorities had the (a) highest and (b) lowest Band D council tax in England in 2004–05.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will provide additional grant to local authorities to refund lost grant arising from amendments to their 2003–04 grant consequent upon errors in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons Hampshire is combined with the Isle of Wight for the purpose of area cost adjustment calculations; and what assessment he has made of the impact...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the local government finance settlement 2005–06 on the level of council tax.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to local authorities was of collecting and enforcing the council tax in England for 2003–04; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning Appeals (Coventry)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning appeals there have been in Coventry in the last three years.

      Residential Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average local authority residential rates bill was for a typical household in England in each year from 1975 to its abolition.

      Social Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the eligibility of housing association tenants for the right to buy; (2) how many housing association tenants are eligible...

      Supporting People Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department plans to use a revised formula for the supporting people grant allocations for 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will revise existing planning procedures to enable local authorities to ban the siting of mobile phone masts near (a) schools, (b) nurseries and (c) hospitals.

  • Trade and Industry

    • A3 Hindhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the South East England Development Agency was first informed of the Department of Transport's intention to downgrade the A3 Hindhead...

    • Avient

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines drew upon in reaching the conclusion that the UN had supplied neither further...

      Avient

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make an assessment of the extent to which the statement on Avient by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines accords...

      Avient

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what interpretation she places on the reference in the statement on Avient by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines that...

      CAB Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ensure that funding for Citizens Advice bureaux is ring-fenced.

      CAB Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the existence of a national network of Citizens Advice Bureaux; and if she will make a statement.

      Criminal Offences

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

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many recovery actions have been completed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each year since 1997; how much has been recovered;...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of her Department's staff is based in London.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will define (a) free and (b) undistorted competition as required by article 1–3(3) of the proposed EU Constitution.

      Gas Supplies (Business Risk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what action she is taking to assist industry and businesses with high gas use to manage their business risk; and if she will make a...

      Heating Oil Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information she has collected on the number of tanks to contain heating oil sold on the domestic market in each year since 1997.

      Parking Spaces

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

      Secondment

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

      Sickness Absence

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support requests by representatives of ethnic national groups in Burma, including the Shan,...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Association of South East Asian Nations to urge the Government of Burma to allow...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the imprisonment of (a) Huiun May Aung and (b) Dr. Zaw...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many political prisoners are on death row in Tharawaddy prison in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make representations to the International Committee of the Red Cross to monitor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to put the conduct of the Government of Burma on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council as a regional...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what stance the Government took on the decision of the EU to lift the arms embargo on China.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 29 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Z. Azi.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 15 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Samiul Alam.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 9 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to S. Hameed.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Entry Clearance Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Entry Clearance Officers are working in (a) Pakistan, (b) India and (c) Sri Lanka.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision the (a) European Commission, (b) European Parliament and (c) European Union agencies have made for providing...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union will not be...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that information issued by his Department on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the provision of information regarding the constitutional treaty for...

      External Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003–04; and what the value was.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the guidelines to Entry Clearance Officers on the granting of visas to foreign students were last revised; and for what reasons.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to make publicly available to (a) potential students and (b) UK educational institutions the...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent research he has commissioned on consistency among UK embassies in applying the requirements for granting student...

      Mr. Gökce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the case of Turkish Cypriot civil servant Mr. Gökce, who has...

      Parking Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, the organisation or industry...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what access (a) representatives of his Department and (b) non-governmental organisations have to the northern parts of Sri Lanka...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK embassies use procedures for granting student visas which deviate from the usual procedures; and what the reasons are...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representatives of the UK Government were present at the signing of the peace deal between Northern and Southern Sudan...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has assessed on the operation of the justice system in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to encourage steps to improve the justice system in Zimbabwe.

  • Work and Pensions

    • APW Electronics (Pension Fund)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received regarding the APW Electronics Pension Fund; what assistance will be made available to its members;...

    • Civil Service Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many items of civil service property within his Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type; (2) if he will list the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have been in receipt of incapacity benefit in the Easington constituency in each year since 2000.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people who entered the new deal for (a) 50 Plus, (b) 25 Plus, (c) disabled people and (d) lone parents, have found sustained...

      Poverty (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in poverty there have been in Wales in each year since 1998.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Electoral Commission regarding the proposed referendum on the...

    • Criminal Justice

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans there are to speed up the criminal justice system.

      Electronic Devices

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

  • Health

    • Chiropody

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

    • Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake a review of current research on treatment for Down's Syndrome.

      Fairer Charging Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to assess the impact that the fairer charging guidance has had on (a) people with disabilities and (b) older people whose income is just...

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will use the UK's Presidency of the European Union to renegotiate the Food Supplements Directive.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of detoxification services for homeless people.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what development projects are proposed for St. George's Hospital, Hornchurch within the next three years; and whether a capital programme has been agreed.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of the land designated for the Paddington Basin Health Campus is in the ownership of his Department; when he expects it all to be...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the effect upon the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Hospital Trust's financial recovery plan of the capital and revenue...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the report of the finding of a dead body in the lavatories at Solihull Hospital.

      Mixed Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards mixed wards in hospitals.

      MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hours per day MRI scanners were (a) in use for NHS neurology services and (b) manned by suitably qualified staff in the last period for...

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Southwark Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Southwark Primary Care Trust area referred urgently with suspected breast cancer waited for more than two weeks for an...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Irish Republican Army's refusal to permit visible evidence of decommissioning is preventing the full implementation of the Belfast agreement; and...

    • Northern Ireland: Weapon Seizures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the weaponry seized by the Police Service of Northern Ireland since 10 April 1998 is believed to have been manufactured after that date.

      Northern Ireland: Centre of Excellence for the Education of Children with Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the centre of excellence for the education of children with autism in Middletown, County Armagh, which was endorsed by the North/South Ministerial Council...

      Belfast: Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to permit taxis to use existing bus lanes in Belfast.

      Northern Ireland: Departmental Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16 December 2004 (WA 102) concerning underspend by the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development,...

      Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what grounds they rejected the advice of their scientific advisers that price and availability were the two main levers for reducing alcohol related harm,...

      EU: Mutual Recognition of Expulsion Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which European Union member states failed to meet the deadline of 2 December 2002 to transpose the directive on the mutual recognition of expulsion decisions.

      British Nationality: Hong Kong

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British citizenship applications have been refused under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 because the applicant did not meet the requirement...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' reiteration on 14 December of his recommendation, originally made in March 2002, that...

      Prison Inspections: Wakefield and Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent inspections have taken place at HM Wakefield and HM Manchester prisons.

      Prison Inspections: Wakefield and Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the last inspection at HM Wakefield prison took place which resulted in a report measuring the quality of prisoners' lives; what the key recommendations were;...

      Prison Inspections: Wakefield and Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the results of audits of security standards in HM Wakefield and HM Manchester prisons; and whether they revealed the need to maintain the present high...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the undertaking given in 1997 by the then Home Secretary that the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) would be reviewed by the Home Office "at least...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is successfully fulfilling its remit; and in particular whether the time taken for it to process...

      HM Chief Inspectors of Prisons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list HM Chief Inspectors of Prisons and their terms of office.

      Ministry of Defence: Manpower

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned average number of whole-time equivalent service and civilian persons employed by the Ministry of Defence in each of the next three years.

      Armed Forces: Equal Opportunities Investigation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is an equal opportunities investigation; who sits on such an investigation; and what powers it has.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings and recommendations of the September 2004 report Scientific Progress in Understanding Gulf War Illnesses, prepared for the...

      Army Restructuring: Uniforms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether funds have been set aside to cover expenses that will be incurred in the change of uniform and regimental embellishments by officers and senior...

      Iraq: Cost of Military Intervention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the net additional costs of deploying United Kingdom Armed Forces to Iraq and supporting and sustaining them there will be met from the central reserve for...

      Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is the senior responsible owner for the new aircraft carrier project.

      Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What factors would need to be taken into account in decisions to extend the decommissioning date of HMS "Invincible" from 2010 to 2015 and that of HMS...

      School Improvement Partners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to ensure that their proposed school improvement partners have expertise relevant to the particular educational needs of children in local...

      Fuel-related Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 21 December 2004 (WA 140), what evidence, if any, they have of diesel fuel-related fraud,...

      Terrorism: Financial Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount of personal assets is at present frozen on grounds of connection with or ownership by terrorist suspects.

      World War Debts to US

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the United Kingdom owes to the government of the United States as a result of the First World War and the Second World War respectively; when the most...

      Trade Deficit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they propose to take to reduce the visible trade deficit.

      Stamp Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the estimated overall shortfalls in stamp duty receipts of £0.6 billion in 2004–05 and £0.9 billion in 2005–06 set out in...

      Stamp Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to paragraph 55 of Annexe B of the Pre-Budget Report, what were the total stamp duty receipts from residential property transactions in the first seven...

      Psychiatric Hospitals: Non-NHS Providers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many places in private psychiatric hospitals are currently used by the Government, broken down into categories of secure, medium secure, low secure and open...

      Cancer and Heart Disease: Survival Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they attribute the increase in survival rates for persons suffering from cancer and heart disease to any of their policies; and, if so, to which policy.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 December (HC Deb, 113WS), if "the...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 December (HC Deb, 113WS), why "it...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 December (HC Deb, 113WS), and...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 December (HC Deb, 113WS), whether...

      Warfarin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11 October (WA 42), what steps they will take to ensure that the anti-coagulant poison, warfarin, will be...

      Reprocessed Fuel Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the consequences for the environment of the restrictions placed upon the use of reprocessed fuel oil by the European Waste Incineration Directive.

      Reprocessed Fuel Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has carried out an environmental impact assessment of the consequences of stopping the reprocessing...

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which pesticide approval holders did not respond to the Pesticide Safety Directorate's questionnaire on possible effects of pesticides on human health; and which...

      Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to take any steps to require pesticide approval holders to submit all data relating to human adverse incidents since 1998 to the Pesticides...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 14 December (WA 81), what plans they have to increase the number of officials in the Rural Payments Agency who have...

      Arable Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will decide whether an area set in grass for more than five years will be classed as an arable area under the mid-term review.

      Road Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health and Safety Executive has made a regulatory impact assessment of the policy of closing by-roads under repair to all traffic as a safety measure...

      Road Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a highway contractor has any legal authority to trap in their vehicles motorists who have inadvertently attempted to use a section of the highway closed to...

      Road Workers: Deaths and Injuries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many workers repairing minor country roads have been injured or killed whilst carrying out their work in the past five years.

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