Written answers

Monday, 24 January 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 21 and 22 December 2004; what the Government's stance was on...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received suggesting a relationship between cancer in under-16s and air pollution.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's strategy is for reducing (a) air pollution and (b) the impact of air pollution on (i) the environment...

      Animal Welfare Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce legislation to (a) stop animal abuse and (b) improve the conditions in which animals are...

      Animal Welfare Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the Animal Welfare Bill.

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of exports of British beef to (a) France, (b) Italy and (c) Germany was in each of the last two years.

      Bogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to complete the UK network of Natura 2000 sites for the habitat type Degraded Raised...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter dated 10 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to...

      Country Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rural proofing was made of Home Office Circular No. 13/2000 and its effect upon country shows.

      Country Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Country Landowners Association, (b) the Historic Houses Association and (c) the...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by her Department in the (a) 2002–03 and (b)...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria are used by her Department to determine (a) on which satellite television stations advertisements on behalf of...

      Travel Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Department spent on first-class travel in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of her Department's staff are based in London.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the seasonal efficiency of domestic boilers in the UK system for measuring...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Treasury on (a) the case for a windfall tax on excessive profits made by oil...

      Environmental Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the costs to UK companies of parallel participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the...

      Environmental Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards ensuring compatibility of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the Climate Change Agreement.

      Environmental Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when a decision will be made on the possible exclusion from the first phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for companies...

      Fareshare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) representations she has received from and (b) discussions she has had with Fareshare on the (i) Landfill Tax Credit...

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) farmers and (b) contractors are waiting to receive the full amount of compensation due to them following the...

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the money granted to the UK by the EU following the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak has been paid to farmers.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether City of York local authority representatives will be allocated a full position on the Regional Flood Defence Committee.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the allocation of funding for flood defence in York.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2004, Official Report, column 1001W, on Sellafield flooding, if she will make a...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she has taken to update the list of areas at risk from flooding to take account of forecasts by climate change...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the public sector health bodies with which her Department (a) has worked and (b) is working in order to...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme.

      National Bee Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many colonies of bees are within the workload of each bee inspector; and how many beekeepers each inspector is...

      Oil Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures (a) she and (b) the Environment Agency is taking to detect sites of land contaminated by oil leaks and...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the process for closing alleys or gallies which are designated as rights of way; and how many...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish her response to the consultation on the Use of Mechanically Propelled Vehicles on Rights of Way.

      River Itchen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to facilitate the improvement in the navigability of (a) the River Itchen, north of Southampton and...

      River Itchen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received about improving the navigability of the Itchen Navigation.

      Telephone Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much revenue her Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October...

      Telephone Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers are in use by her Department; and what services can be accessed by calling...

      Video Conferencing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in Burnley have benefited from Warm Front; how many pensioners have been assisted by the programme; and...

      Water Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of the (a) water supply and (b) sewerage infrastructure in England which is in...

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what obligations there are on British Waterways to ensure that waterways under its jurisdiction remain navigable; and what...

  • International Development

    • African Union Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the proposals for (a) humanitarian aid, (b) reconstruction aid and (c) long-term development...

    • AIDS Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources were committed to expenditure on HIV/AIDS in developing countries in 2003–04, broken down by (a) bilateral and (b)...

      Bam Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding the Government have (a) pledged and (b) spent in relief and reconstruction for Bam, Iran, following the earthquake in 2003.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to Bangladesh...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people displaced from Karen and Karenni states in Burma in 2004.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter dated 22 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Anna Galding...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the incidence of malaria in refugee camps in Darfur.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Electronic Devices

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written...

      HIV/AIDS Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions he is having with (a) members of the European Parliament and (b) the Council of Ministers to ensure that orphans...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the state of Iraq's health care system; and what action his Department is taking to improve the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on levels of acute malnutrition amongst Iraqi children up to the age of five years; and what action...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of children attending schools in Iraq not receiving a nutritional dinner each day;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research is being conducted on the impact of the war on Iraqi (a) health and (b) mortality.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, columns 686–87W, on Iraq, how many families from Fallujah have...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent by the UK Government on reconstruction in Iraq, in each month since April 2003.

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to Mozambique...

      Palestinian Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what makes of car have been selected for supply to the Palestinian Police force in the programme funded by the UK; in which country...

      Pay Television Subscriptions

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

      Press Officers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on equal access of Tamil people to aid.

      Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development at what time, using Greenwich Mean Time (a) he and (b) his Department was first informed of the earthquake off Sumatra on 26 December;...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the money committed by his Department as a result of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami includes money that will be...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates his Department have made of the total value of UK Government spending committed following the Indian Ocean earthquake...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the sources are of UK financial assistance from public funds to date for the tsunami disaster; and what percentage of the pledged...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what lessons his Department has drawn on the deployment of UK search and rescue teams following experience in the South Asian tsunami...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Indonesian Government about restrictions imposed on aid agencies regarding access to the Aceh region.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's long-term strategy is for dealing with the aftermath of the tsunami disaster.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with tsunami-affected countries on providing training for (a) local counsellors for victims suffering from...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with countries affected by the tsunami about the supply of (a) field hospitals and (b) water purification...

      West African Currency

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Central Bank of the States of West Africa's recent...

  • Transport

    • Civil Service Property

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

    • Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department in the (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 session, broken...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with representatives from Eurostar; and if he will make a statement.

      External Suppliers

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

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what flood risk analysis was undertaken prior to approval being given for the Carlisle Northern Development Route; and if he will make a statement.

      M2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are for the resurfacing of the M2 between junctions 5 and 6 with noise-reducing material.

      Ministerial Engagements

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

      New Cars (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of new cars sold in 2003 emitted less than 100g of carbon dioxide per kilometre; and what projection he has made for the percentages...

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Parking Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether trades vans servicing private houses have been considered for exemption from local authority parking charges; (2) what categories of...

      Single-hulled Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the risk to the marine environment in (i) the Solent and (ii) other UK coastal waters...

      South Hampshire Rapid Transit Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his timetable is for reaching a conclusion on the re-evaluation of the South Hampshire Rapid Transit project; and if he will make a statement.

      St. Pancras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will approve the fitting-out of St. Pancras Midland Road Station for use by Thameslink train services to enable this station to be opened with...

      Stourport Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the future of the Stourport relief road project; (2) what funding his Department will make available to build the...

      Train Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response his Department has made to representations received regarding the December timetable changes on routes from Paddington to Maidenhead and...

      Trams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are for further tram networks in cities which have poor public transport systems.

  • Trade and Industry

    • A3 Hindhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the South East England Development Agency took to press the case for the A3 Hindhead tunnel to remain in the active roads programme.

    • Anti-bribery/Corruption Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition the Export Credits Guarantee Department uses of the phrase, "sufficient evidence", used in the OECD Action Statement on...

      Avient

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she (a) had sight of and (b) approved the recent statement by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines on Avient; and if...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of Great Britain is broadband enabled, broken down by region.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the merits of imposing a ban on imports from Burma; and if she will make a statement.

      Canatxx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the occasions on which (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department have communicated with Canatxx Gas Stonage Ltd.,...

      Departmental Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will take steps to ensure that employment tribunal awards and private settlements of employment cases brokered by ACAS can...

      Fur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to combat the illegal international fur trade.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 25 constituencies have received most money in payments under the Miners' Compensation Scheme.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the ratio of deceased to live Miners' Compensation Scheme claims is (a) in each region and (b) overall.

      CAB Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much central Government funding was provided to Citizens Advice Bureaux in the last year for which figures are available; and how that...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 421W, on the post office (rural subsidy), what the average assigned office...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) urban and (b) rural (i) sub-post offices and (ii) directly managed post offices are loss-making; and what the total annual loss...

      Premium Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer the operators of premium telephone number 090 66 33 6929 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of...

  • Wales

    • Special Advisers

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

    • Welsh Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss the renaming of the Welsh infantry regiment to reflect more prominently the names of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding her Department has provided for archaeology projects in each of the past seven years.

    • Art Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to place a temporary export licence ban on Damien Hirst's "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone...

      Clwyd, South Constituency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency, the effects on...

      DCMS/EU Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action which may...

      Digital Switch-over

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to ensure the revised target date of 2012 for switch off of the analogue signal is met; and if she...

      Digital Switch-over

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress the Government have made towards meeting its targets for digital switchover.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Press Complaints Commission; and if she...

      Liquor Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from local authorities concerning the proposed (a) transition fees and (b) annual fees for liquor...

      Lottery Funding (Sunderland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to visitor attractions in Sunderland; and if she will make a statement.

      PSA Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was to (a) her Department, (b) other Government Departments and (c) Government sponsored bodies were of (i) formulating,...

      Underwater Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will ratify the Unesco Convention on Underwater Heritage; and if she will make a statement.

      Underwater Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason the Government has not yet ratified the Unesco Convention on Underwater Heritage; and if she will make a statement.

      Video Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of measures in place to prevent children from gaining access to...

      Welsh Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that ITV Wales continues to produce at least 10 hours of original Welsh programming and programmes for S4C until 2012.

  • Defence

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what work BAE Systems carried out at (a) RAF Cottismore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004; (2) what contracts were entered into with...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many BAE Systems personnel worked at (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.

      Brunei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what reason the three offshore patrol vessels built by BAE Systems and endorsed by the Royal Navy for the Royal Brunei Navy are subject to...

      Camouflage Garment Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of camouflage garments and how many of each type had been delivered up to 31 December 2004 under the terms of his Department's camouflage...

      Camouflage Garment Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the officials who conducted the most recent review of his Department's contract awarded for the manufacture of camouflage garments were the same...

      Camouflage Garment Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the scale of subsidies given to the China people's liberation factory 3533 by the Chinese Government in...

      Damaged Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost was of the damage to Harrier air frames at RAF Cottesmore in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Falcon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the early introduction into service of Falcon is required to secure the operational benefits of network enabled capability.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost incurred by his Department as a result of the strikes by firefighters in 2003 was; and if he will make a statement.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to finalise the endorsement of preferred bidder status for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Department received the views of the solicitor representing the Gibraltar Service Police Association on the intention to deduct moneys...

      Infantry Future Army Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether Sandhurst Officer Cadets will be able to apply for the individual battalions rather than the new regiments when the new Infantry Future...

      Infantry Future Army Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Infantry battalions will have training time free of operational call up when the Infantry Future Army Structure is in place.

      Inglis Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects British Forces Post Office to vacate their site at Mill Hill, Inglis Barracks; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Iranian authorities have returned the Royal Marine boats, weapons and equipment that were seized during the recent Gulf hostilities; and if...

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the future Royal Regiment of Scotland will be able to maintain the establishment for five battalions under present recruiting levels.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came...

      Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Tsunami (Military Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason flights scheduled to deliver aid to areas affected by the tsunami in Asia have been held up at RAF Lyneham.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes are (a) under way and (b) planned in Greater London in the provision of employment and related services.

    • Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the role that placing employment advisers within GPs' surgeries might have on encouraging people into work.

      Customer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress being made to improve customer service in those offices in his Department which work directly with the...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is provided for people with disabilities taking action under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were in receipt of state retirement pension in the Coventry, South constituency in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2004.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to encourage and help older workers in employment.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many pensioners are not claiming the pension credit to which they are entitled.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many old age pensioners within the Harwich constituency are in receipt of pension credit.

      Action for Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) grants he has made to and (b) contracts he has made with Action for Employment (A4e) in each of the last five years; and what...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of measures his Department has taken to tackle benefit fraud.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what systems are in place (a) to assess the relative urgency of cases referred to the MP's hotline in the South West Business Unit of the Child...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in each business unit of the Child Support Agency have been diverted to deal with complaints about the new system for assessing...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects Child Support Agency (CSA) cases in Sittingbourne and Sheppey on the old CSA system to be transferred to the new system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when C. R. Ward, CSA reference 1036830004, will be switched from the old to the new CSA system.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's priorities for the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will be during the United Kingdom's...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to reduce the disincentives to re-enter employment for homeless households placed in expensive temporary accommodation.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage people claiming incapacity benefit back into employment.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reform incapacity benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Oral Answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 1386, on incapacity benefit, what progress he has made with his...

      Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the value of using lie detector technology when assessing benefits claims.

      Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has received on the potential use of lie detectors with regard to benefit claimants; and if he will place a copy of such advice...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since his appointment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have benefited from the New Deal in the Harwich constituency since 1997.

      Poor Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) single female pensioners, (b) single male pensioners and (c) pensioner couples are living in poverty.

      Poor Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) single female pensioners, (b) single male pensioners and (c) pensioner couples who would be...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what investigations he has made into the reliability and efficiency of the Post Office Card Account's computer system; and if he will make a...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been unable to collect their pensions due to breakdowns of the Post Office card account computer system since its...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets have been set for processing new social fund claims in each year since 2001.

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent figures issued by Eurostat are for youth unemployment in each EU member state.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amendments he expects will need to be proposed to the Belfast Agreement as a consequence of the adoption of the 'Proposals by the British...

    • Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the impact of the Children's Fund on service development in the Province.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees of the Department of (a) Education, (b) Social Development, (c) Regional Development, (d) Culture Arts and Leisure, (e)...

      Londonderry Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce his decision on the funding requests from Londonderry city council regarding Londonderry airport.

      Ministerial Engagements

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

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the condition of Northern Ireland's water infrastructure; and what the main cause was of the failure of that...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are used to monitor academy schools; by whom they are inspected; and what sanctions can be applied to them.

    • Academy Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which section within her Department is responsible for academy schools; how many staff are involved; and how many are (a) civil servants and...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has further to subsidise child care places in nurseries in (a) deprived areas and (b) areas where parents have low incomes;...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii) four-years-olds in the North Somerset education...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proposed level of funding for child care provision in schools is for the next three years.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will include in the forthcoming Education Bill a statutory duty on local authorities to secure sufficient child care provision to...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) financial and (b) logistical support her Department plans to offer to existing providers of child care (i) to help to ensure their...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much was spent on child protection schemes by her Department in each of the last five years, broken down by budget head; and what...

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trafficked children have disappeared from local authority care between 1999 and 2004.

      Civil Service Property

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

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representations she has received on changes to funding for the Connexions Service in Birmingham and Solihull; (2) what...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Dudley, North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of her Department's policy...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 to 18 years are in receipt of education maintenance allowance in the West Midlands region.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18 year old A-level candidates achieved at least three A grades at A2 level in (a) maintained schools, (b) sixth...

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCE/VCE A/AS point score per candidate aged 16 to 18 years in (a) maintained schools, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other...

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in maintained schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form achieved five or more grades A*-G at GCSE in 2003/04.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCE/VCE A/AS point score per candidate aged 16 to 18 years in maintained school sixth forms containing (a) fewer than 25,...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to provide child care in extended schools.

      Foreign Language Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) acceptances there were for university courses in modern foreign languages, (i) not combined with and (ii)...

      Sixth Form and Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita funding for 16 to 19-year-olds in Milton Keynes was in (a) school sixth forms and (b) further education colleges in each...

      Sixth Form and Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost is per pupil of education in (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further...

      GCSEs and A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have entered (a) GCSE and (b) A level examinations in each year since 1997 in (i) Hartlepool and (ii) England and Wales for...

      Home Carers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nannies have (a) applied for and (b) received Government accreditation via the home carers scheme.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will permit homeless children in temporary accommodation to be included in groups of socially excluded children targeted by the...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of how much time will be required of teachers to fill in the route map for information and communication...

      Key Stage 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average value added scores at Key Stage 4 are for (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges, (c) further education...

      New Deal for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding each school in Stoke-on-Trent has received from the new deal for schools.

      Newborn Hearing Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what monitoring he conducts of local authority provision of support for families of deaf children identified through newborn hearing...

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three and four- year-olds in Leyton and Wanstead have benefited from the scheme guaranteeing a free part-time nursery place.

      Out-of-classroom Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment her Department has made of the merits of supporting research into the costs and benefits of out-of-classroom learning;...

      Pupil to Teacher Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out (a) for the London borough of Redbridge and (b) for the London borough of Waltham Forest, for 1997 and 2004, (i) the...

      Pupil to Teacher Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on the effect of pupil ratios on the allocation of funding to schools.

      Schools Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish regular information on the number of (a) schools and (b) children's centres that have been built, rebuilt or remodelled...

      Schools Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set intermediate targets for the number of secondary schools to be improved in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Schools Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition she uses of the term 21st century schools in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the local authority secure units which have closed since 2000; and what the bed capacity of each was at the time of closure.

      SEN and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many claims of unlawful discrimination have been (a) received and (b) cleared in favour of the claimant by the Special Educational Needs...

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what rights parents have to withdraw their children from sex education in schools; and what steps her Department takes to inform parents of...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision is being made to enable North Yorkshire schools to meet their special needs requirements and to ensure that their inclusion...

      Specialist Schools (England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools there are in England; how many are in areas within the most deprived 20 per cent. of wards according to the...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will assess the merits of a single system of student support based on intensity of study.

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the extent to which support for part-time students takes account of the costs of (a) travel, (b) child care...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures the Government has taken since the Higher Education Act 2004 to support part-time students.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to transfer responsibility for administering Sure Start to county councils after 2006.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ring fence the funding for Sure Start programmes in Kent when the funding arrangements are moved to Kent county council.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Sure Start in reaching homeless families with children in temporary accommodation; and...

      Transformation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what the annual £125 million Transformation Fund announced in the pre-Budget report will be allocated from 2006.

      World Darts Championship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent advertising at the World Professional Darts Championships.

  • Prime Minister

    • Bahrain

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met the King of Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

    • Baronetcies

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will re-consider his decision on continuance of the practice of recommendations to the Queen on the creation of hereditary baronetcies.

      Congressional Medal of Honour

      To ask the Prime Minister when he intends to collect his Congressional Medal of Honour.

      Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he met Lord Irvine on 12 June 2003; and what was discussed.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Prime Minister what the Government's priorities for the European Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the Council of the European Union; and if he will make a...

      European Commissioner for External Trade

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has held with the European Commissioner for External Trade on additional roles he has been asked to perform for the European Commission outside his...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his office in the...

      India

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to visit India during the term of the UK's presidency of the G8.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers were informed about the United States military planning document on the Iraq war which contained references to P-day, A-day and G-day; and on what dates.

      Middle East

      To ask the Prime Minister how he plans to take forward the G8 initiative on the Arab world which began at Atlanta, Georgia.

      Serbia and Montenegro

      To ask the Prime Minister what the main conclusions were of his meeting with the President of Serbia and Montenegro on Monday 17 January.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister which official residences may be occupied by Ministers; and which residences have been occupied by (a) Ministers, staff and their families and (b) others in each year...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the special advisers who accompanied him on each of his visits abroad between (a) 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 and (b) 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.

      UN Charter on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers have had with the United States Administration about ratification of the UN Charter on the Rights of the Child.

  • Home Department

    • Angela Cannings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason Angela Cannings was refused (a) compensation and (b) an ex gratia payment for wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and if he...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect of having separate definitions of antisocial behaviour in the Housing Act 1996 and the Crime and...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department has given to agencies on assessing whether behaviour is anti-social.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures he has in place to keep track of people waiting for asylum applications to be processed.

      Bobbybanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Department will respond to the proposal from Wirral police force for Bobbybanks.

      Burglary (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries there were in each London borough in (a) each year since 2001 and (b) each month to date in 2004.

      Child Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have died in custody in each year since 1990.

      Child Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are in custody in the secure estate as a result of criminal behaviour, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender, (c) placement...

      Community Support Officers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community support officers and (b) street wardens are employed within the Greater London area.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests in the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Coroner were heard in (a) August, (b) September, (c) October, (d) November and (e)...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salaries of the (a) coroner, (b) deputy coroner and (c) assistant deputy coroner of Cleveland were at 1 December 2004.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many days in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 (i) the Coroner, (ii) the Deputy Coroner and (iii) the Assistant Deputy Coroner for Cleveland sat...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many days on average in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 (i) coroners, (ii) deputy coroners and (iii) assistant deputy coroners in the north-east...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan will receive a reply to his letter of 25 November 2004 to the Minister of State for Citizenship,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer letters from the hon. Member for Hornchurch dated 29 January, 1 October and 12 November 2004, concerning the case of...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many snatch thefts have been reported to (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to a...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of gun crime have been reported to (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how many reports...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crimes reported within the Greater London area has been cleared up in each of the last three years.

      Criminals (Release of Identity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the policy of his Department is on publishing the identities of criminals wanted by the police: (2) what the policy of the police...

      Departmental Expenditure (Asylum)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on the delivery of the asylum process in the last year for which figures are available.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to accelerate the deportation of foreign nationals who remain in detention, having completed their sentence; and...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in the prison estate are held on remand awaiting deportation having completed their sentences; how many prisoners were...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether funding for domestic violence advocacy services will be ring-fenced; (2) whether domestic violence advocacy services will...

      Drink Driving (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for drink driving there have been in Wales in each year since 1996.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related crimes in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England and Wales were linked to heroin in the most recent...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) England and Wales have been linked to drugs in each year since 1997.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been arrested for possessing class A drugs in each of the last seven years.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been arrested for selling Class A drugs in each of the last seven years.

      Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the recommendations on disclosure from (a) the study commissioned by his Department, (b) the thematic review by the Crown Prosecution...

      Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the admission of similar fact evidence in trials.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been proceeded against for the conversion of firearms in England and Wales in each year since 1993.

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many penalty notices for disorder for consumption of alcohol in designated public places have been issued by (a) Essex police and...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of increasing charges to foreign students for leave to remain...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) others about (i) the contribution to the UK economy made...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of Chip and PIN technology on levels of fraud.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on card fraud; and what steps the Government are taking to make the use of cards as a...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many centres there will be in (a) Orkney and Shetland, (b) the Highlands and Islands and (c) Scotland where biometric data can be...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the facial biometric planned for (a) passports and (b) identity cards will (i) constitute a scan of a photograph provided by the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contribution the Police Information Technology Organisation has made to the development of the identity cards scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent consultants from PA Consulting are advising his Department on the design of the national identity card...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of public resistance on the take-up rates of identity cards.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of migrants from EU accession states who have failed to register with the workplace monitoring scheme...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who have been granted full British citizenship since 1997 have had their status revoked following the imposition of a...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been in the average time UK and other EU arriving passengers have to wait to pass through immigration over the past 12...

      Immigration and Nationality Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Immigration and Nationality Department to return the passport of the constituent of the hon. Member for Basingstoke...

      Magistrate's Court (Dyfed Powys)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many warrants were issued by Dyfed Powys Magistrates' Court for the arrest of people normally resident in the Greater London area in (a)...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions occurred in each of the last three years of drivers who were incapacitated as a consequence of...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the public protection function of the probation service to be the subject of contestability under the National Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether liaison arrangements with magistrates at a local level will continue to be based on the local criminal justice areas after the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the business risk to the Home Office of the introduction of the National Offender Management Service; and if...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether provisions in the proposed Bill on the management of offenders which strengthen the powers of probation boards will be consistent...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the model for contestability for the National Offender Management Service will allow (a) the Probation Service, (b) the Prison...

      Operation Stealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms seized by Nottinghamshire Constabulary during "Operation Stealth" were real firearms subject to Section 5 (1)(aba) of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) financial and (b) other assistance with passport applications will be given to people living in remote and peripheral areas when the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the documentation requirements for passport applications have been changed to long birth certificates.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the completion of questions relating to bank account details on application forms returned in relation to the UK Passport Service's...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the credit reference company Equifax retains the information it receives from passport applicants for use on its databases.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the credit reference company Equifax is allowed to use for commercial gain the information it receives from passport application forms.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the locations in Scotland where the UK Passport Service plans to set up passport offices to meet the new requirements on...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and account procedures were undertaken by the police on average in a day in the last period for which figures are available,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of members of the police force in Stoke-on-Trent are (a) community support officers, (b) reserve officers and (c) part-time...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community support officers and (b) police officers have been recruited in each of the last 24 months, broken down by (i) police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police recruits have completed basic police training in each year since 1997.

      Policing (Lewisham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community support officers and (b) estate wardens have been deployed in the Lewisham, Deptford constituency, broken down by year...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the prisoners who committed suicide in 2004 were housed in safe cells;. (2) how many safe cells were installed in 2004;...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners who committed suicide in 2004 were (a) men and (b) women; how many of each sex were aged under 21; and how many of...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the number of suicides in prison; and whether his policy includes a target for the number of suicides each...

      Prison Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners committed suicide in 2004 broken down by prison; and how many of those were (a) remand prisoners, (b) convicted but not...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of self-harm have taken place in prisons in London in each of the last three years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many escapes from prisons in England and Wales there have been in each of the last three years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners have been detained beyond their sentence expiry date in each prison in each of the last 10 years in...

      Psilocin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research his Department has conducted into psilocin use; (2) if he will make a statement on the link between psilocin use and crime.

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) warned, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for failure to comply with the Security Industry Authority...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when sentencing statistics for 2003 will be published.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average per annum cost of detaining a prisoner in England and Wales was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had over the last two years regarding anonymity for defendants in historical sex abuse cases; and what the outcome of...

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many witnesses in historic child abuse cases have been prosecuted for perverting the course of justice, on the basis of deliberate...

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government will extend the statutory reporting restrictions which preserve the anonymity of victims of historical sex abuse to persons...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners are imprisoned for committing a sex offence.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce an alternative to the Sex Offenders Treatment Programme which requires no admission of guilt on the part of...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on how risk assessment of convicted sex offenders is carried out.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support his Department plans to make available to sex offenders to find (a) accommodation and (b) employment after their release from prison.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the impact of overcrowding on the number of prisoners completing the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on enabling children who have been orphaned as a result of the tsunami disaster from Sri Lanka and India to...

      UN Convention on Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the changes to UK law which would be required for ratification of the UN Convention on the Protection of the...

      Violent Incidents (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent incidents were reported in each institution within the secure estate in the most recent year for which records are available.

      Wrongful Conviction (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the criteria are for the award of (a) compensation and (b) ex gratia payments in cases of wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and if...

      Xenotransplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 650W, on xenotransplantation, what steps he took to ascertain that all of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) number of actions, (b) number of settlements, (c) number of court...

    • Departmental Website

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the searchable database of all Government (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) independent regulators will be available on his Department's...

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) capital and (b) notional open market rental value is of each official residence available to Ministers.

      Parking Spaces

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Antisocial Response Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training is made available to magistrates on dealing with antisocial behaviour.

    • Asylum Process

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on delivering an efficient...

      Claims Direct

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 29W, on Claims Direct, if he will...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 770W, on the Community Legal Service,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 9 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton...

      Crack Houses

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many crack house closures there have been since the introduction of the orders allowing such closures,...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department in the (a)...

      External Suppliers

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003–04; and...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will provide a list of the contact points for each Government Department for all applications for...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the legal aid bill for defending drug addicts in court was in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

      Mental Capacity Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the purposes will be of the Government amendments to the Mental Capacity Bill which he has indicated...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that the Secretary of...

      Sir Mark Thatcher

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will recommend to Her Majesty the Queen the removal of the hereditary baronetcy from Sir Mark Thatcher.

      Voting Eligibility

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the UK residency requirements are to vote in general elections; and if he will make a statement on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further measures are planned to help combat opium production in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate has been made of the percentage of the UK's heroin supply coming from Afghanistan.

      African Union Summit (Gabon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department sent observers to the African Union summit in Gabon; and if he will make a statement.

      Armament Sales (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he makes an evaluation of the human rights performance of recipient countries in decisions on their eligibility to...

      Armament Sales (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the governments of China's neighbouring countries on the lifting of the EU's embargo on the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral statement of 15 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1674–82, on European Affairs, if he will name...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (a) to suspend Burma from the organisation and (b) not...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the scale of the impact of the Asian tsunami disaster on Burma in addition to the official...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Burmese chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2006; and what...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the UN Security Council regarding human rights abuses in Burma.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of his Department's staff is based in London.

      European Constitution Referendum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the proposed referendum on the constitutional treaty for the European...

      Free Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have been assisted by his Department in the development of free trade unions.

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking in conjunction with other Government Departments to encourage developed countries to collaborate to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK private security firms and personnel are employed in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the allegations of corruption in connection with the operation of...

      Lusitania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government will be represented at 90th anniversary commemorations of the sinking of the Lusitania close to the Old...

      Ministerial Engagements

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

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the potential for political instability in Nigeria following recent increased levels of civil...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      Seal Pups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Canadian Government about the culling of seal pups in the forthcoming season; and if he...

      Sexual Abuse (UN Peacekeeping Troops)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN on allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeeping troops in the Democratic Republic of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the Government are playing in assisting peace talks between the Government of Sudan and rebel organisations in the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of his Department's resources have been dedicated to diplomatic representation in Yemen in the last 10 years.

      Zimbabwe

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Leader of the House what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his office in...

    • Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the official engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many deaths in (a) North Staffordshire and (b) Stoke on Trent alcohol was the primary cause in each of the past five years.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2004, Official Report, columns 981–82W, on corporation tax, if he will provide the information which he collects...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated (a) 13 December 2004 with regard to Ms Amaal Azi, (b) 9 December...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to answer the letter dated 23 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Carl Walker.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dwellings in Stoke on Trent are in council tax bands (a) A, (b) B, (c) G and (d) H; and what percentage of all dwellings in Stoke on Trent each...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of the council tax rebate grant paid to Scottish local authorities was (a) this year and (b) in each of the last three years.

      Death Certification

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he proposes to take regarding the release of certified death records to appropriate private sector bodies in order to facilitate the prevention...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has held discussions with experts in institutions in the City of London to seek advice on new methods of restructuring and financing...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect that debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries will have on (a) foreign direct investment and (b)...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the balance of trade figures were between the UK and each heavily indebted poor country in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter...

      Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency, the effects on Clwyd, South of his...

      Earnings (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the gross (a) average and (b) median weekly earnings (i) including and (ii) excluding overtime are for (A) male, (B) female and (C) all full-time...

      Economic and Financial Affairs Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's priorities for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union; and if...

      Employment Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) actual and (b) percentage annual changes in job levels for the (i) private and (ii) public sectors were in the last two calendar years.

      Haiti

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Haiti will be included in his Department's recent proposals to support the countries least able to pay off World Bank debts by paying 10 per cent....

      Highly Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much external Government debt is owed by each highly indebted poor country to private financial institutions; and what proportion that sum is of...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries have agreed to participate in his proposed International Finance Facility; what amounts each participant has agreed to contribute; and on...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons it is not listed on a death certificate when MRSA has been a contributory factor.

      Office Supplies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on office supplies in the last 12 months.

      Shellfish Farming

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate has received from rents paid by shellfish farmers in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the last 10...

      Single Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department are assigned to work on the UK's potential integration with the European Monetary Union.

      Single Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on evaluation of the five economic tests for entry to the single currency.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the appeal made by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead's constituent, Mr. Edwards, on 9 November 2004, against the decision of the Inland Revenue to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Department has made of the procedures used by the Inland Revenue to recover tax credit overpayments since April 2004; and if he will...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to how many tax credit recipients in (a) Scotland and (b) Moray local authority area tax credit overpayment notices have been issued since April 2004; what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) social impact on tax credit claimants of the tax credit overpayment recovery process;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amounts of tax credit overpayments to claimants since April 2004 in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Moray local authority area are;...

      Unemployment (Liverpool)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment were in Liverpool, Riverside in each of the last eight years.

      World Bank/IMF

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has held discussions with (a) the World Bank (b) the IMF and (c) other interested parties to encourage (i) the World Bank and (ii) the IMF (A) to...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women suffering from Alzheimer's disease within the Greater London area.

    • Care Homes (Cleanliness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what obligation is placed on the Health Protection Agency to carry out an investigation when a care home resident dies of MRSA; and what such an inquiry...

      Clinical Critical Mass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on clinical critical mass in hospital trusts of the independent sector treating a high percentage of simpler...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will lay before Parliament the General Dental Council and the Dentists Act (Amendment) Order 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there are in each county in England per 10,000 of the population; how many accept NHS patients; and what the figures were in (a) 1997...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have left the NHS for wholly private practice within the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the value of competency frameworks for health professionals working in dermatology; and what action he will take to ensure...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role the long-term conditions care group workforce team dermatology group has in the development of NHS dermatology services; and if he will make a...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he will take to incorporate (a) specialist nurses and (b) non-consultant career grade doctors within e-booking for dermatology.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of e-booking on the (a) workload of and (b) quality of patient care by dermatology consultants.

      DH/EU Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action which may be undertaken by...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of doctors per head of population is in England.

      Drug Overdoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug overdose admissions there were to accident and emergency departments in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004, broken down by hospital.

      E-mails

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

      External Suppliers

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

      Free Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many old age pensioners in the Harwich constituency have benefited from the introduction of free eye tests.

      Health Select Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement before the Health Select Committee on 8 December 2004, when he will provide the information that he undertook to supply to the...

      Health/Social Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to assist the least well-qualified staff in health and social care, in particular through the "Skills Escalator".

      IT Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the IT strategy for the NHS.

      Language Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified speech and language therapists are employed by the NHS; how many unfilled vacancies there are; how many are in training; and what the...

      Medicines (Licensing)/Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take measures to reduce the time between the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency granting a licence to first-in-class...

      Medicines (Licensing)/Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome has been of the exploration by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, following its discussions with HM Customs, for...

      Mental Illness (Smoking Cessation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of how the proposals on banning smoking in enclosed public places will affect NHS mental health facilities.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwife vacancies there are in (a) Kingston hospital and (b) South West London, (c) Merton, Surrey and Mid-Surrey, (d) London and (e) England.

      NHS Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual percentage increase in total budgets for (a) Kingston Hospital and (b) the NHS in (i) South West London, (ii) London and (iii)...

      NHS Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual percentage increases in total budgets for (a) Kingston hospital and (b) the NHS in (i) South West London, (ii) London and (iii)...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people resident in the 20 per cent. most deprived wards are serving as non-executive directors on each NHS trust in the north-west; (2)...

      NHS University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he will make to ensure that there is no diminution in the quality of the training provided when the NHS university is replaced by the...

      NHS University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have participated in NHS university courses since its inception, broken down by subject.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives are in place to discourage people from leaving the nursing profession.

      Orthodontists (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects vacancies for orthodontists at Sunderland Royal Hospital to be filled; and how long the positions have remained vacant.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources have been made available for research into ovarian cancer in the last five years.

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce the selection of a private finance initiative partner for the Paddington Basin Health Campus project; and which companies are...

      Parking Spaces

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

      Patient to Nurse Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum patient to nurse ratios are; and in which health authorities they apply; (2) what the recommended minimum...

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a police cell is deemed to be a place of safety for individuals with mental illness; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to primary care trusts on providing health services for prisons; and what resources have been provided for this purpose.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's publicity budget for prostate cancer awareness is in the current year; what his Department's expenditure on prostate cancer...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the organisations and individuals from whom representations on the displacement of smoking from public places to homes as a result...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision for mental health training is included in the new degree course for social workers.

      Trust Financial Shortfalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely financial shortfall of (a) NHS Plymouth Hospital Trust and (b) Plymouth Primary Care Trust at 31 March; and if...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources he plans to devote to information and education campaigns in relation to tuberculosis in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Waiting List Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons died while on a waiting list for (a) an in-patient and (b) an out-patient appointment in England in each of the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Abandoned Vehicles (Morecambe Bay)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) Lancaster city council and (b) South Lakeland district council have responsibility for the removal of abandoned vehicles on the sands of Morecambe Bay.

    • Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to publish guidance to local authorities on implementation of Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

      Consultation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines he issues on periods appropriate for consultation on major documents; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total income in capital receipts was from the sale of council housing under the right-to-buy in each year between 1997–98 and 2002–03, broken...

      Council Tax (Bexley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the discussions between his Department and Bexley borough council on the level of council tax increases.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Department on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor hired plants in each...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997; how many (a) actions, (b) settlements and (c) court cases there were in each year; and what the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of his Department's staff is based in London.

      Development Plans (South-West England)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the proposal by the South West Regional Assembly that up to 30,000 houses should be built on green belt land between Cheltenham and...

      Development Plans (South-West England)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what instructions he gave the South West Regional Assembly regarding the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West; and if he will instruct the Assembly to...

      Development Plans (South-West England)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been to (a) each of the six local district authorities in Gloucestershire in preparation of current local plans and (b) Gloucestershire county...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received regarding the availability of life insurance for firefighters.

      Flood Plains (Development)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what studies (a) the Government Office for the South West and (b) his Department has commissioned into the effect upon the flood-plain in Gloucestershire near...

      Flood Plains (Development)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to prohibit the use of domestic oil tanks and oil heating systems in flood plains and coastal areas which are at risk from flooding in respect of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the Low Cost Home Ownership units planned for Southwark in the Housing Corporation's 2004–06 Approved Development...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount of capital receipts from shared owners staircasing up their equity share in 2003–04 was; and how many units were involved.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of (a) council tenants, (b) housing association tenants and (c) tenants in the private sector in Stoke-on-Trent receive housing benefit.

      Leasehold Reform Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to amend section 29 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 dealing with restrictive covenants.

      Leasehold Reform Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce an arbitration scheme for cases in which a freeholder disputes the level of premium charged by a local authority, exercising its legal right...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) specific, (b) special and (c) non-ring-fenced grants that the Government has allocated to local authorities in 2004–05.

      Minerals Planning Guidance No. 3

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the operation of Minerals Planning Guidance Note 3; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Network (Code of Best Practice)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects his Department to complete the study of the effectiveness of the Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development.

      New Dimension Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the management structure of the Department's New Dimension programme is; and if he will make a statement.

      Open Cast Coal Mines

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many open cast coal mining planning applications were made in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; how many approvals were granted (a)...

      Organic Waste Disposal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the farming of worms in connection with the business of organic waste disposal is regarded as an agricultural activity for planning purposes; and if he...

      Pay Television Subscriptions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to provide additional grant to (a) Hampshire police authority and (b) other police authorities who lost grant as a result of errors...

      PPG 3

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many representations he has received from (a) individual local authorities and (b) others concerning the delay in publishing the updated version of...

      Regional Housing Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the role of the regional housing boards is in relation to (a) social housing and (b) Travellers.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent changes have been implemented to the (a) right-to-buy and (b) right to acquire regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of affordable housing for (a) rent and (b) sale were built with funding generated by recycled capital grant in 2003–04; and how many existing...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much recycled capital grant was spent by registered social landlords to fund investment in refurbishment to bring existing stock up to the Decent Homes...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what formula was used for the outline allocation for the 2005–06 Supporting People programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Use Class Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans (a) to finalise and (b) to publish changes to the Use Class Orders for Use Class 'A'.

      Voting Rights (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the UK residency requirements are to vote in local elections; and if he will make a statement on the eligibility of (a) citizens from the European Union, who...

  • House of Lords

    • Iraq: "Interim Government Statistics"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the "Iraqi Interim Government statistics", referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for...

    • Iraq: "Interim Government Statistics"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the "Iraqi Interim Government statistics", referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Bill Rammell, on 8...

      Iraq: Civilian Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When statistics for Iraqi casualties since 5 October 2004 will be made available.

      Iraq: Civilian Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect their findings on the figures for Iraqi civilian casualties to be published, following undertakings given at the end of 2004.

      Iraq: Non-violent Death and Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are seeking to ascertain the scale of non-violent death and disease in Iraq from indirect effects of the continuing security situation.

      Iraq: International Advisory and Monitoring Board Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the latest report of the International Advisory and Monitoring Board on the Development Fund for Iraq; and whether the United Kingdom has...

      Iraq: Cost of Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to date of the United Kingdom's involvement in the war in Iraq, including the preparations for invasion, the war itself and the subsequent...

      Iraq: Kirkuk

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements were left in place for the governance of the city of Kirkuk by the coalition forces in Iraq; and what provision was made for representation of...

      Madagascar: Closure of British Embassy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the British Embassy in Madagascar is to be closed.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect that the International Commission of Inquiry into crimes committed in Darfur, Sudan, will report; and whether they will support a recommendation...

      China: North Korean Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether and, if so, when, they have raised with the government of China the situation of the estimated 150,000 refugees from North Korea now in China; and whether...

      Israel and Palestine: London Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funds they have allocated towards the conference to be held at the beginning of March 2005 to advise the Palestinians; and whether any non-Palestinians will...

      Palestinian Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the new President of the Palestinian Authority concerning effective measures to deter renegade attacks on Israeli civilians.

      Israel: Palestinian Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will next make official representations to the government of Israel about the estimated 8,000 Palestinian detainees held in custody in Israel.

      International Atomic Energy Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the re-appointment of Mohammed El Baradei for a third term as Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

      Dr A.Q. Khan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are continuing to seek from the authorities in Pakistan further classified particulars of the activities of Dr A.Q. Khan.

      North Korea: Reverend Kim Dong-sik

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the government about the fate of Reverend Kim Dong-sik.

      Identity Cards: Consultancy Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultancy contracts have been let in respect of the proposed identity card scheme; and in each case what are (a) the date of the contract; (b) the name of...

      Immigration Acts: Reasons for Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for the detention under the Immigration Acts, as at 25 September 2004, of 80 persons (of whom 60 are asylum seekers) for one year or more, and...

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their contingency arrangements to provide the new aircraft carriers with an airborne capability if they are brought into operation before the Joint Strike...

      HMS "Invincible" and HMS "Illustrious": Annual Operational Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current estimate of the annual operational cost of (a) HMS "Invincible" and (b) HMS "Illustrious".

      Firelink Radio Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether regional fire centres will be able to act efficiently if the secure national radio system for the fire service Firelink is not to be operational for an...

      Firelink Radio Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the Firelink radio procurement, which has now been running for six years, to be finalised.

      Asylum: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received, including representations from Sir Andrew Collins, about (a) the legality of the five-day time limit for making asylum...

      Intestacy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Filkin on 8 September 2004 (Official Report, col. 559), whether the promised consultation on intestacy took place last autumn;...

      Schools: Instances of Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many instances of violence involving knives were reported in schools in England and Wales in each of the past five years.

      School Transport Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local education authorities have expressed an interest in undertaking a pilot scheme under the terms of the School Transport Bill.

      Victims of War or Civil Disaster: Silences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the decision to hold one, two or three minutes' silence to commemorate victims of war or civil disaster is based on the number of victims; and, if so, what...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conditions apply to the payment of compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for claimants in Northern Ireland in respect of incidents that...

      Self-invested Personal Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the likely loss of tax revenue in 2006–07 allowed to be included in self-invested pensions plans with effect from April 2006; and...

      Hotels and Boarding Houses: Grading Signs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislation exists, if any, to stop hotels and boarding houses from displaying out-of-date star or crown registration signs.

      Health and Safety Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements the Health and Safety Executive has made for members of the public to challenge its regulations if they consider them to be detrimental to the...

      Health and Safety Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, when the Health and Safety Executive's Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel makes decisions in the absence of biochemical data, it is operating with...

      Oil Reprocessing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much oil is reprocessed in the United Kingdom; and for what end uses.

      Jet Lag

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are conducting or otherwise supporting any research into alleviating the effects of jet lag.

      Student Nurses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many student nurses, in each of the past five years, failed to complete their initial nurse training courses.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have investigated, or propose to investigate, evidence submitted to Farmers Weekly that four dead sheep, burnt on the Waugh brothers' rubbish tip on...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Ben Bradshaw, on 13 December 2004 (HC Deb, 113WS)...

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