Written answers

Tuesday, 25 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 Government's priorities for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of...

    • Animal Rights Activists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the safety from animal rights activists of agricultural landowners who have their details...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons are for her assessment that the UK would not be able to achieve the Government's original target of a 20 per...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the reasoning and methodology the Government employed in determining that a UK target for...

      Chicken Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the effects on the welfare of hens of enriched battery...

      Coral Reefs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the state of the UK's coral reefs; and what future changes she expects to see due to climate...

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what level the (a) UK and (b) English population of the cormorant would need to fall (i) in the breeding season and (ii)...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the quantity of (a) unapproved and (b) experimental GM material entering (i) animal feed and...

      Greyhound Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will require British Greyhound Racing Board members' (a) kennels and (b) tracks to be licensed by local authorities;...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the establishment of central-local partnerships in relation to antisocial behaviour; and what their (a) terms of reference and (b)...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the potential to achieve the objectives of (a) lower fuel bills and (b) lower carbon emissions through amending Part L of the...

      Flood Risks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to ban the use of oil tanks and oil heating systems in flood plains and coastal areas believed to be at risk from flooding in respect of (a) new...

      Living Spaces Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which projects in the Eddisbury constituency under the Living Spaces programme have (a) applied for funds, (b) been supported with funds, (c) been refused funds...

      New Build Standards (South Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether the Building Research Establishment standards of (a) EcoHomes and (b) BREAM will be applied in the construction of new homes in the Milton Keynes...

      Regional Government (North-west)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the legal status of the unelected regional structures that have been established in the north-west region; (2) what the legal...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) housing associations, (b) the Housing Corporation and (c) banks about the effects of a right to buy for housing association...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many objections have been made to his Department by residents living within the Greater London area to the siting of mobile telephone masts within their...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government intend to launch a public awareness campaign in advance of digital switchover; and if she will make a statement.

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government funded the recent Henley Centre publication Has the National Lottery helped the UK.

      TV Licensing Enforcement Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the TV Licensing Enforcement Unit does not pursue pensioners over the age of seventy-five...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of additional 16 to 19-year-olds in Hartlepool that will be entitled to childbenefit if the Child Benefit Bill receives Royal...

    • Criminal Offences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 down...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile...

      European Communities Medium Term Financial Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what actions were funded in 2004 through European Communities' Medium Term Financial Assistance funds within the special reserve for borrowing and lending...

      Illegal Drugs (Africa)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the quantity of illegal drugs (a) produced in Africa and (b) exported from Africa to Europe or the UK in each of the last five years;...

      Income Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what policies the Government are pursuing to increase household incomes in areas with the lowest household incomes.

      Income Tax (Nottingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers in the Nottingham, North constituency have benefited from the lower 10 per cent. starting rate of income tax.

      Ministerial Engagements

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

      National Minimum Wage (Nottingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from the national minimum wage in the Nottingham, North constituency.

      Savings Gateway

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Savings Gateway pilot.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been made about the tax credits system in each financial year since its inception, (a) via hon. Members and (b) direct from...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total expenditure on (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit was in each year that these schemes have been in operation; (2) what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were overpaid (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit during 2003–04; (2) how many families received (a) child tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average amount of compensation for errors paid by the Inland Revenue to claimants of tax credits was between April 2003 and December 2004;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms Johnson of Rock Ferry, constituents of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, will receive their tax credits.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions his Department has given concerning the closure by the Royal Bank of Scotland of bank accounts used by terrorists.

      VAT (Trade Union Subscriptions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether VAT is charged on trade union membership subscription.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight dated 26 October 2004 concerning John Havies.

    • Home Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she plans to publish the results of her consultation on changes to the law on the rights of home workers.

      Internet Shopping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of purchases made on the internet in 2004 where the goods (a) never arrived and (b) were of inferior...

      Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to ensure that United Kingdom registered companies apply operational standards in operating subsidiaries located abroad...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the running costs of the Cabinet Office were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e)...

    • Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which individuals other than Ministers have had the use of Government cars provided for ministerial use in each year since 2000.

      Social Justice

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what definition her Office uses of the term social justice in Cabinet Office documents.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Immigration (Appeals)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average waiting time was for the determination of an application for permission to appeal to the Immigration...

  • Education and Skills

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the composition is of the monies being re-allocated from her Department to local authorities as part of the re-allocation from...

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 to 18 years in receipt of an education maintenance allowance there are in each educational institution in Tower...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to continue payment of education maintenance allowance to juveniles in custody aged 16 years and over.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged between 16 and 18 years resident in Stoke-on-Trent have been in receipt of education maintenance allowances in each...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 to 18 years in each institution in Stoke-on-Trent were in receipt of education maintenance allowance in each of...

      E-learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what groups are being consulted on whether e-learning credits are to be extended beyond 2005–06; and when a decision will be made.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the need for (a) level 1 and (b) level 2 further education courses in the London borough of Brent.

      Independent Schools (Pre-registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many independent schools there are in the pre-registration category; how many have had (a) one visit and (b) two allotted visits; and...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will instruct learning and skills councils not to restrict the number of training providers contracting with them which offer courses...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list her ministerial engagements out of London in February.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Maidenhead on 18 December 2004, reference 204405.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the questionstabled by the hon. Member for Maidenhead on 21 December 2004, reference (a) 207312 and (b) 207313.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implications of the Tomlinson Report for the number of places needed in 16–19 education.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have been permanently excluded from schools in (a) the West Suffolk parliamentary constituency and (b) the county of Suffolk...

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the increase in the number of places needed in 16 to 19-year-olds' education set out in her Department's five-year strategy is...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to introduce a moratorium on the sale of school playing fields.

      Secondary School Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to tackle violence in secondary schools.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average size is of (a) maintained school sixth forms and (b) sixth form colleges in each (i) local education authority and...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the retention rate for (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges was in each...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the reasons for higher participation rates in full-time education and training of pupils from maintained...

      School Dinners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) others about the effects of partially hydrogenated...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to discuss with his EU colleagues the range of sanctions in place against Zimbabwe.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the level of violence in Iraq has risen since Christmas.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the openness of the Iraqi electoral process will be assured; who has overall responsibility for the process of the 30...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure that no non-Iraqis cast votes, or arrange for votes to be included in the poll count,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of an independent inquiry into the number of (a) Iraqi military personnel and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which period is covered by the Iraqi Ministry of Health data for casualties which the Government are using as their estimate of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the price in dollars of 20 litres of (a) kerosene and (b) petrol was in Baghdad in January (i) 2000 and (ii) 2005.

      Electoral Information (British Citizens Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission relating to the dissemination of information to British citizens...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policies are for taking forward the peace process in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the middle east peace process.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of recent ministerial visits to Kashmir.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the size of the poppy harvest in Afghanistan has been in each year since 2000.

      Detained British Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance was issued to British consular staff and others visiting (a) Guantanamo Bay and (b) other places of detention...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Egypt regarding their response to the killing of Christians in...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Eritrea concerning the arrest of 60 members of the Ream Charismatic Church...

      Geronimo Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what penalty clauses have been included in his Department's contract with the Geronimo PR agency to be effective if the agency...

      Geronimo Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the names are of the employees of the Geronimo agency who (a) presented the company's proposal to the Department and (b)...

      Geronimo Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the contract between his Department and the Geronimo PR agency.

      Geronimo Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list agencies which (a) tendered for and (b) were shortlisted for the contract to promote the EU and the proposed...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has planned with US officials to discuss the status of British nationals held at Guantanamo Bay.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK residents with indefinite leave to remain in the UK are held at Guantanamo Bay; and what their names are.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has received concerning Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are residents with indefinite leave to...

      India/Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to facilitate and support talks between India and Pakistan about safeguarding against...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's assessment of Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the extent of persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Iran.

      Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Jamaican citizens have been refused entry into the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

      Jordan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Jordan regarding Mrs. Siham Qandah's custody of her children; and if he...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how the UK diplomatic presence in and relations with Madagascar will be maintained if the British embassy is closed; (2)...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government plans to provide the new Palestinian leadership to carry out internal reforms to strengthen...

      Proof of Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) which (a) Departments, (b) Ministers and (c) officials are involved in the review into the criteria necessary for proof of...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of reports of xenophobia in South Africa aimed at refugees from Sudan; what discussions...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Syria concerning support for Hezbollah and Hamas.

      Trinidad and Tobago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to review his Department's travel advice in relation to Trinidad and Tobago.

      Tsunami Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements were made by the Government to aid British passport holders in the wake of the Asian tsunami.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governments of Estonia and Latvia about the political situation in Ukraine.

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to seek to facilitate dialogue between the Indonesian Government and the Papuan people to...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the United Nations regarding the possibility of sending UN observers to monitor the human...

  • Leader of the House

    • Committees of the House

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to merge the Modernisation of the House of Commons and Procedure Committees.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding on the role of the Physical Integrator as part of the Future Aircraft Carrier...

    • Army Training Ground, Otterburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of accidents during exercises at the Army Training Ground at Otterburn in each of the...

      Competitive Tenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much work was put out to competitive tender (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.

      Departmental Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned headcount changes attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Army Base Repair Organisation, (b) Defence...

      Departmental Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned cashable savings attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Defence Medical Training Agency, (b) Defence...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) costs and (b) penalties would arise from a decision to cancel Tranche 2 of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects the UK contribution to the European Rapid Reaction Force to be future rapid effect system equipped when that vehicle family enters service.

      Gibraltar Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions in (a) the joint negotiating machinery between his Department and the Gibraltar Service Police Association and (b) other forum his...

      Gibraltar Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a moratorium on the deduction of Gibraltar Service Police salaries until discussions between the Gibraltar Service Police Association...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence ifhe will make a statement on the free post service to Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service men have been repatriated from service in Iraq since 1 October 2004 because of injury, broken down by type of injury suffered.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which area of responsibility will be allocated to 1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers once they are operational in Iraq.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions he has visited (a) The Black Watch, (b) The Royal Scots, (c) The Highlanders, (d) The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, (e) The...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Second World War Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to commemorate on 10 July the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.

      Telephone Numbers

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

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow much revenue his Department has received from the use of non-geographic 0870 telephone numbers for the period 1 October 2003 to 30 September 2004.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total travel costs to his Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials for each year since 1997.

      Tsunami (Military Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military (a) assistance and (b) aid the UK has provided to each country following the tsunami disaster; what plans he has made for further military...

      Wounded British Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which facilities wounded British soldiers are being treated in the UK.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bottled Water

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how many bottles of water were purchased by Departments of the House last year for...

    • Catering (Food Waste)

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the policy is on the disposal of (a) untouched food left over from receptions in the House...

  • International Development

    • Coal Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether the extinguishing of burning coal mines falls within the scope of the clean development mechanisms introduced by the...

    • Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will publish the minutes of meetings of the Commission for Africa.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State forInternational Development on what date he expects the report of the Commission for Africa to be published.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his budget is for spending on heavily indebted poor countries debt relief in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c)...

      Departmental Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's employees in each country in receipt of development aid from the UK were of (a) UK nationality, (b) local...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in determining the details of the system replacing food rations with cash payments in Iraq; and if he will...

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment his Department has made of the impact on (a) food supplies and (b) the economic situation of individuals in...

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment his Department has made of the UN World Food Programme appeal on 17 January for assistance to Mauritania over the...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid channelled through the EU was spent in each of the last five years on schemes designed to achieve the...

      Secondments

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

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the availability of fresh water on the island of St.Helena.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to make a decision on air access for the island of St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much departmental funding is being spent in Sudan on the road verification contract implemented by the South African commercial...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's estimate is of the number of (a) refugees in Chad, (b) internally displaced persons in Darfur, (c) refugees in...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's medium and long-term plans are to assist in the reconstruction of countries hit by the tsunami.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to announce the Government's plans for long-term assistance for the reconstruction of countries affected by the Asian...

      Water Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on whether to support within the EU the inclusion of a requirement for countries to privatise their...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who signed Council Decision 2004/804/EC L356 volume 47 of 1 December on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe; where the signing took...

  • Transport

    • A15

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requests for funding he has received from local authorities to (a) widen and (b) dual the A15 in Lincolnshire.

    • A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on negotiations between the Highways Agency and Balfour Beatty on the future of the A3 Hindhead Road Tunnel.

      Dana Footbridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements Network Rail plan to carry out to the Dana footbridge.

      Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Edinburgh-Paris Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the viability of a direct rail link between Edinburgh and Paris.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's priorities for the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union...

      Eurostar Platforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will enable the Eurostar platforms at Waterloo Station to be made available to serve South West Trains passengers after April 2007; (2) if...

      Hazel Grove Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will make a decision on authorising a public inquiry into the route of the A555, Hazel Grove Bypass; and if he will make a statement.

      IT Projects

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

      Pay Television Subscriptions

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

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the safety of passengers who are (a) sitting and (b) standing in the event of (i) a rail crash and (ii) a...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what he expects the total cost of the Crossrail project will be; what percentage of this money will be provided by the Government; what percentage will...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Passenger In Excess of Capacity levels were for fast and semi-fast services into London Paddington from (a) Maidenhead and (b) Twyford in the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Passenger In Excess of Capacity levels for commuter journeys into London Paddington were in the last period for which figures are available,...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether links to and from the Tees Valley was a criterion in the recent East Coast Mainline franchise bid; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned on the survival rates of drivers and passengers in different types and makes of vehicle in each type of road accident.

      Speed Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what speed restrictions may be imposed on vehicles and bicycles using by-ways open to all traffic.

      Telephone Usage

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

      Transport Industry Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on Government support for the transport industry in the last financial year.

  • Home Department

    • Angela Cannings Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether cases similar to the Angela Cannings case are subject to non-judicial investigations.

    • Angela Cannings Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for his decision not to offer financial compensation to Mrs. Angela Cannings for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of crime and disorder reduction partnerships in aiding co-ordination between different agencies in...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) West Derbyshire Constituency and (b) Derbyshire since their introduction.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been removed to Zimbabwe since 16 November 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria his officials use to (a) assess and (b) substantiate accounts of torture and political persecution given by Zimbabwean asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will chair the community liaison group for the accommodation centre for asylum-seekers in Bicester; and whether the chair will be elected.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will appoint the independent Minister of Accommodation Centres for asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will appoint the community liaison manager for the accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester; to whom the community liaison...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the contractors will be represented on the community liaison group of the accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what grade his Department will be represented on the community liaison group for the accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representation there will be for elected councillors from (a) the councils of (i) Ambros, (ii) Arncott, (iii) Blackthorn and (iv)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) clergy, (b) voluntary organisations, (c) residents and (d) local service providers will be included in the membership of the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will determine who the key people from the local community are for inclusion in the Community Liaison Group for the accommodation centre...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will provide the secretariat for the Community Liaison Group for the accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual budget will be of the Community Liaison Group for the accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester; and who will...

      Begging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what consultation he has had with beggars in drawing up measures to tackle the problem of begging; (2) how the Department measures the...

      Car Theft

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

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 20,000 community support officers that the Government have proposed to recruit by 2008, referred to in the HMIC Annual Report...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Department has to denote business crime as a separate category within its reporting of criminal activity.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related violent offences have been reported to (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how...

      Crime

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

      Crime

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

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on crime in retail stores; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the clear up rate for (a) burglary, (b) car theft and (c) possession of illegal drugs was in Southend in each of the last five years.

      Crispen Kulinji

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will lift the certificate of fast tracking in respect of the case of Mr. Crispen Kulinji, appeal reference AS/18370/2004; if he will...

      Custodial Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged 15 to 17 received custodial sentences in each year since 1997.

      Custodial Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged 15 to 17 sentenced in each year since 1997 served their sentences more than 50 miles from their...

      Departmental Risk Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has conducted a risk assessment of (a) the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, (b) the timing of the...

      Erkin Guney

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Scotland Yard's Anti-Corruption Squad's investigation into the circumstances leading to the wrongful...

      Essex Police (Court Attendance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days working at usual duties were lost in each year since 1997 due to police officers in the Essex Constabulary attending court...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the offences for which fixed penalty notices can be issued by (a) police constables and (b) police community support officers.

      Hunting Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given to the Association of Chief Police Officers in response to therequest for further clarification of the legal...

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the consultation with stakeholders on which services should be linked to identity cards and whether there should be...

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 304W, on identity cards, what the value is of the contracts with each...

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what coaching will be provided to citizens in how to present their biometrics for verification purposes when applying for an identity card;...

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 335W, on passports, what the figures are for adult passport (a)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest average waiting time is for determination of applications for permanent leave to remain from persons who have in excess of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers whose applications have not been resolved, are currently serving custodial sentences for crimes committed in the UK.

      Lincolnshire Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police stations in Lincolnshire in each year from 1997 to 2004.

      Lincolnshire Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there are in the Lincolnshire constabulary.

      Metropolitan Police Sports Ground

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether plans are in place to use the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground at Imber Court and related buildings and property for other purposes...

      Mr. B. Mayo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate the reasons for the delay in resolving the caseof Mr. B. Mayo.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the introduction of the concept of contestability within the National Offender Management Service.

      Offender Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in rolling out the OASys offender assessment tool in (a) prisons and (b) probation; how many prisons have access...

      Penalty Enforcement Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for reform of the (a) enforcement and (b) administration of (i) criminal penalties and (ii) fixed penalty notices.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to support measures to improve the performance of Northamptonshire Police; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

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

      Police Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding is available to police authorities from central funds to implement (a) the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act...

      Police Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what proportion of (a) rape and (b) murder investigations by (i) Cleveland police and (ii)other north eastern police forces a scene of...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff each police authority in England and Wales has had in each year since 1995.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there are in each police authority in England and Wales.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Hertfordshire in (a) 1995 and (b) 2004; and if he will make a statement on the percentage change in...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent police officers are employed in the metropolitan police force; and what the figure was five years ago.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables are serving in the metropolitan police force.

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers, excluding support staff and community support officers, were employed in each police authority in England and Wales...

      Police Standards Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work that the Police Standards Unit has undertaken with Nottinghamshire police; and what estimate he has...

      Police/Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have occurred to the entry level fitness tests for the (a) Police Service and (b) Prison Service since 2000.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in the Dagenham constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to the police on recording attendances at disturbances in pubs and nightclubs.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the reports on self-inflicted deaths in prisons completed by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman in the last 12 months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances prison inmates are not required (a) to wear footwear and (b) to cut their toenails; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the intermediate estate in the Prison Service.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projections he has made of the number of inmates in future large prison developments in England and Wales.

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will summarise the guidance available for police forces regarding the interviewing of witnesses in historical sex abuse investigations

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces convicted by a court martial of a sexual offence has his or her name placed on the sex...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders are held in prisons within 50 miles of their home.

      Southend Basic Command Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) trained police officers and (b) special constables there are in the Southend Basic Command Unit.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what form of body protection is provided for special constables.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how many special constables have been injured in the line of duty since 1 January 2001.

      Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the transcript of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

      Video Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances a prisoner who is scheduled to make a court appearance by video link from prison can refuse to appear (a) generally,...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fees are paid by the Youth Justice Board for a bed in a (a) local authority secure unit, (b) youth treatment centre and (c) young...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the standard staff to child ratio is in (a) local authority secure units, (b) secure treatment centres and (c) young offenders institutions.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

    • Departmental Staff

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

      Disability Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, columns 370–2W, on disability benefits, how many appellants who were...

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Glasgow Pension Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the Public and Commercial Services union on the future of the Glasgow pension centre.

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Parking Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many car parking spaces are provided for those working in and visiting his Department.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) London and (b) Tower Hamlets are in receipt of the savings element of pension credit; what the average award is for...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of pensioners in Stoke-on-Trent are in receipt of pension credit; (2) how many pensioners in Stoke-on-Trent are in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 777W, on pensions, what the percentage rates of contracted-out rebates for...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1746W, on winter fuel payments, how many married (a) women and (b) men in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Appleby Health Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the remit is of the Appleby Health Review.

    • Child Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many consultants in child and adolescent psychiatry in each of the health board areas in the Province are providing a full-time out-of-hours...

      Chlamydia Screening Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress of the working group to consider the introduction of a chlamydia screening programme.

      Community Care Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of community care packages in the Province has been in each of the last 10years.

      Craigavon Maternity Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the operation of the midwife-led maternity unit at Craigavon.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the costs that would be incurred by providing free nursing and personal care to those in the Province with dementia.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new patients received digital hearing aids in the Province in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how many new patients he expects to receive...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost is of a (a) residential, (b) nursing home and (c) domiciliary community care package in the Province.

      Drugs Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department regarding the extension of the Drugs Bill to Northern Ireland;...

      EU Environmental Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 784W, on Article 226 Reasoned Opinion proceedings, what the cause of the...

      GCSE Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the GCSE point scores for all school types in Northern Ireland excluding GNVQ Part 1 qualifications and GCSE short courses have been in...

      Genito-urinary Medicine Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of individuals in Northern Ireland awaiting assessment by genito-urinary medicine services.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils are enrolled in grammar schools in Northern Ireland; and how many were so enrolled in 2002–03.

      Hearing Impairment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what monitoring controls are in place to assess quality of Government service delivery to deaf and hard of hearing people in Northern Ireland.

      Hearing Impairment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what communication training other than deaf awareness training to communicate with those who are deaf or hard of hearing has been undertaken by...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest estimate is of the cost of carrying out a hip replacement operation on the NHS in Northern Ireland; and how many people are...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in Northern Ireland have been diagnosed with HIV in (a) 2004 and (b) each of the 10 preceding years; and if he will make a...

      Hospital Cleaners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cleaners in hospitals in Northern Ireland are employed by (a) the NHS and(b) private contractors providing services to the NHS.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up rate for influenza vaccination was in each area in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the community balance of the workforce at the main postal sorting office at Mallusk, Co. Antrim was on the latest date for which...

      Neurosurgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province are awaiting (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment in neurosurgery.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of people in Northern Ireland leaving (a) the New Deal for Young People and (b) the New Deal for over-25s in each year since its...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the level of obesity-related illness in the Province; and what the level was (a) 10 and (b) 20 years ago.

      Orthopaedic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest period is that individuals from each of the Province's health boards have been waiting for (a) inpatient admission and (b)...

      Orthopaedic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province are awaiting (a) inpatient admission and (b) initial outpatient assessment in orthopaedic surgery.

      Police Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time reserve constables in the police service of Northern Ireland are on annual extension contracts; and what terms they will be...

      Road Signs (Fermanagh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by the Department for Regional Development in County Fermanagh on replacing road signs that have been destroyed by graffiti...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the total cost to the public purse of the Saville Inquiry into events in Londonderry in January 1972 has been, broken down by (a)...

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total legal costs have been of each participating legal team and person involved in the Saville Inquiry.

      Speech and Language Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speech and language therapists are employed in each of the Health and Social Services Board areas in Northern Ireland.

      Speech and Language Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speech and language therapists are employed by the Western Health and Social Services Board in County Fermanagh.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many suicides there have been at prisons in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Tourist Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what grants have been made by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to the owners of boats on inland waterways in Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Theft and Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost to the Province's health service of (a) theft and (b) fraud in each of the last six years.

      Town Centre Retailing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the use of planning guidance and planning powers to protect the economic viability of town centre retailing in Northern...

      Trolley Waits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many trolley waits (a) in total and (b) lasting more than two hours there were in the Province during each quarter over the last five years;...

      Tsunami (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on fraudulent attempts in Northern Ireland by persons claiming to seek donations destined for victims of the recent...

      Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for surgery at the Ulster hospital was in each of the last four years.

      Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for treatment in the accident and emergency department at the Ulster Hospital was in each of the last (a) three...

  • Health

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on EU Directive 2000/13/EC in respect of ingredients listing and allergens.

    • Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's strategy is for allergy prevention.

      Chinese People (Care Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms local authorities and other partners use to work together to provide accommodation with culturally appropriate services and extra care...

      Choosing Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Delivery Strategy for the public health White Paper, Choosing Health.

      Cleanliness Scores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the results of the 2004 Patient Environment Action Team cleanliness scores were passed to the Healthcare Commission.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total external spending by his Department was on public private partnership (PPP) consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total external spend by his Department was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two years; how many full-time...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the length of time that patients with severe skin diseases will wait to access new biological and immuno-suppressant...

      DPT Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when mercury was removed from the diptheria, polio and tetanus (DPT) vaccine used in the UK; (2) what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) drug and alcohol rehabilitation units and (b) drug rehabilitation beds there were in (i) England, (ii) North Somerset local authority and...

      Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals received treatment at drug rehabilitation centres in (a) North Somerset and (b) the constituency of Weston-super-Mare in each year...

      Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will take steps to require all drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres (a) to be registered with (i) local authorities and (ii) other...

      Eastbourne District General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on waiting lists at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

      EU Constitution (Rights of the Child)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhether it is his Department's assessment that the requirement of article 1–3(3) of the proposed EU Constitution for the protection of the rights of...

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) the effect upon consumers and (b) the impact on his Department's work towards its policy objectives of the removal from...

      Haringey Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in Haringey Social Services Department, broken down by grade; what the vacancy rate is; and how many care managers in...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was spent on hepatitis C treatment by Norfolk primary care trusts (PCTs) in each of the last five years; and what guidance he has issued...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated in 2004–05 for hepatitis C awareness and prevention.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice the Government have given to primary care trusts concerning the relationship between hepatitis C and chronic disease.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department provides access to (a) detoxification services and (b) primary health care for homeless people.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances a product or treatment may bypass the Rapid Review Panel assessment; and if he will list the products or treatments that have done so.

      Intermediate Care Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what provisions of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 the inspection of intermediate care accommodation is required.

      London Heart Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of purchasing the London Heart Hospital; whether the hospital is working at full capacity; and if he will make a statement.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent international research he has assessed on the health risks of mobile phone masts.

      MRI Scans/Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for MRI scans were in (a) the South Staffordshire Hospital Trust and (b) each of the primary care trusts in Stoke-on-Trent...

      MRI Scans/Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of (a) a MRI scanner and (b) a CT scanner; and what resource funding is needed to run a scanner for a year.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has evaluated on the proportion of people who carry MRSA in their nostrils with no adverse effect to themselves; and what precautions are...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government will provide compensation to those contracting MRSA in national health service hospitals and clinics.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the incidence of pressure sores in hospitals in the last year for which figures are available; and how many patients...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are employed by the (a) Public Health Laboratory Service, (b) Family Health Services Special Health Authority and (c) NHS Counter...

      Social Services (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to improve the assessment of older social services clients; and when he expects that the Government target of 70 per cent....

      Stewart Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which of the recommendations from the Mobile Phone and Health 2004 report by Sir William Stewart have been implemented; (2) whether he has met Sir...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient appointments were in England in each of the last five years.

      Special Advisers

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

      Substance Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which countries were visited by his Department's officials and Ministers in relation to substance misuse in 2004.

  • House of Lords

    • Law Officers: Disclosure of Advice to Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide in full the advice given by the Attorney-General on the legality of the invasion of Iraq; and whether they will make available all...

    • Iraq: Health Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have contributed funds to the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Ministry of Health's public health surveillance activities since March...

      Iraq: Typhoid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases of typhoid have been confirmed in (a) Baghdad, and (b) the rest of Iraq since April 2003; what are the primary causes of infection; and what action...

      Multi-fibre Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they and other developed countries have to mitigate the adverse effects of the end of the Multi-Fibre Agreement on disaster-stricken developing...

      Prime Minister: Sinn Fein Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings the Prime Minister has had since 1 September 2004 with representatives of Sinn Fein; and when and where each meeting was held and who attended.

      Africa: Defence Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17 November (WA 165) on compliance by southern African governments with the United Nations...

      Anti-terrorism Laws: Law Lords' Judgement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what legal basis they continue to hold the foreign terrorist suspects in HM Belmarsh prison, following the ruling of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary on 16 December.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent their proposals for identity cards are required by the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.

      Terrorism: Remands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons are currently held on remand in connection with terrorism offences; whether they are all men; and how long it is expected to take to bring all...

      Terrorism: Extraditions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons are currently held for possible extradition to face terrorism charges; and by when they expect decisions to be reached in these cases.

      Terrorist Attacks and Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many terrorist attacks and incidents took place in the United Kingdom between 1971 and 1974; how many people were killed and injured; what was the value of...

      Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will lead the integrated project team for the new aircraft carriers, following the departure of Mr Ali Baghai.

      Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the Prime Minister's statement on 12 January (HC Deb, col. 297) on the rights of Travellers that "the interests of the ordinary public...

      Families in Temporary Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the case of families in temporary accommodation who are placed at some distance from their home area, assistance is offered towards the travel costs...

      Referendum Campaigns: Ministerial Involvement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 2 December 2004 (WA 15), whether the likely costs to a person alleging a breach of Section 125...

      Secondary Schools: New and Replacement Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many competitions for new secondary schools there have been in 2003, 2004 and 2005 to date.

      Secondary Schools: New and Replacement Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many replacement secondary schools have been approved in 2003, 2004 and 2005 to date.

      Schools: Exclusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pupils in schools in England and Wales were (a) suspended, and (b) excluded for the use of; (i) heroin; (ii) cocaine; (iii) crack cocaine; (iv)...

      European Stability and Growth Pact

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support French proposals that defence expenditure should be excluded from calculations in relation to the European stability and growth pact.

      North Sea Oil: Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have made about the simplification of North Sea oil taxation; and whether such studies include the consolidation of all such taxes into a single...

      Printed Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average unit cost of producing a "normal glossy" document; and whether there is room for cost-savings to be effected in this area.

      Printed Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether government departments have considered ceasing production of documents with laminated covers that create recycling problems.

      Duchy of Lancaster: Labour Party Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many paid or unpaid Labour Party officials work in the Office of the Duchy of Lancaster; what resources are made available to, and used by, them; and what...

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