Written answers

Thursday, 27 January 2005

  • Treasury

    • Civil Service Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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 belonging...

    • Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list businesses and individuals entertained by him and his Department at public expense in the last 12 months; (2) how much money his...

      Economic Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which years since 1975 (a) interest rates and (b) mortgage rates have been lower than the current levels.

      EU Funding

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

      EU Structural Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the net UK contribution to the EU of returning structural fund expenditure to national control for the...

      Financial Services Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on Government support for the financial services industry in the last financial year.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 986W, on parliamentary questions, if he will break down the estimated cost of answering a...

      Psychiatric Patient Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many patients have died in psychiatric hostels in the west midlands in each of the last three years.

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the total levels of spending on (a) the national health service, (b) education and (c) the criminal justice system in (i)...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much red diesel was consumed in each month since the fuel duty rate provisions set in the 2003 Budget took effect; and if he will make a...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his target differential is between the prices of red diesel and road diesel; what further increases in duty levels he expects to make to meet...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the level of unemployment has been lower in any year since 1975 than the current level of unemployment.

      Unemployment (Nottingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were unemployed in the Nottingham, North constituency (a) in June 1997 and (b) on the last date for which figures are available; and how...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from VAT on (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

    • Mot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the full rollout of the computerised MOT system began on 29 November 2004 as scheduled; what the projected date of completion of the rollout...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will allow community rail partnerships to have powers to re-open dismantled railway lines and operate the railway; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria he uses to determine whether a road has (a) national and (b) regional significance; (2) whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his...

      Staff Vacancies

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

      Transport Pathfinders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities have been selected as transport pathfinders; what the objectives are of such schemes; and what the costs are of implementing them.

      Uninsured Motorists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of uninsured motorists driving on public roads; and what this figure is as a percentage of all...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's latest estimate is of the cost of the Common Agricultural Policy to the average family per week in...

    • Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the capacity the present economic value attributed to permits under the EU Emissions Trading...

      External Suppliers

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

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from what budget she plans to make good the shortfall between the compensation for the foot and mouth outbreak requested from...

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her officials have undertaken into the preparation and implementation of the 2004 German flood protection...

      Growth Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to seek to ban the use of antibiotics where the object is to promote farm animal growth.

      Oil Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many oil-related pollution incidents have occurred in each year since 1995 that were caused by leakage or spillage (a)...

      PM Group plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Minister of State for the Environment and Agri-Environment has visited the Bradford-based manufacturing facility...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) local authorities and (b) other stakeholders on how to encourage businesses to...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has taken to encourage the recycling of commercial waste.

      Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received advocating compulsory pre-stunning before any type of religious slaughter.

      Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department gives to abattoirs concerning stunning prior to religious slaughter.

      Slaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals slaughtered for (a) halal and (b) kosher meat were not stunned in the latest period for which figures are...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what condition each site of special scientific interest (SSSI) was in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority...

      Waste Collection (Charging Schemes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the work that her Department has undertaken on extending the powers of local authorities to...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Census Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 632W, on census records, if he will seek (a) the...

    • Data Protection (Loyalty Cards)

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs if his Department will make an assessment of the data protection implications of the use made by supermarkets of data...

      Divorced/Separated Parents

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons were for the decision not to make negotiation compulsory in disputes between divorced or separated...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of preparations for the forthcoming elections in Iraq.

    • Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Iranian Government and (b) North Korean Government on nuclear weapons.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that the standard assessment procedure for revised building standards accurately predicts carbon dioxide emissions; and if he...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the compliance of house builders with the 2002 Building Regulations standards concerning energy efficiency.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what amendments have been made to the guidance contained in the Fire Service Circular No. 3/1995 since its publication.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) fire certificates have been (i) issued and (ii)amended and (b) exemptions from requirement to hold a fire certificate have been granted under the...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004 to come into force; and what guidance he has given to fire and rescue authorities regarding the...

      Five-year Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish his Department's five-year plan.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on local authority street cleaning costs; what representations his Department has...

      Local Education Authorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the best value performance indicators (BVPIs) for each local education authority for 2003–04 will be published on the BVPI website.

      New Charter

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether New Charter is providing an adequate service as agents for homeless people for Tameside Council.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from (a) registered social landlords and (b) those who fund them for greater freedom to raise rents.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many tenants in each local authority area have exercised their right to buy in each of the last three years; what revenue has thereby accrued to each local...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of (a) drafting, (b) publishing and (c) circulating (i) Working together—tackling not tolerating antisocial...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what target time has been set for reaching an initial decision on (a) asylum and (b) non-asylum applications; and what percentage of cases...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of Zimbabwean asylum seekers received (a) refugee status and (b) another form of protection from the UK Government in each...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department provides to its asylum officials regarding the grounds for granting refugee status to applicants who have fled...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training in sexuality issues his Department provides to officials who handle asylum applications based on persecution on the grounds of...

      Class A Drug Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the proportion of crime in Hartlepool linked to the need to support a Class A drug habit.

      Conditional Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many conditional cautions have been issued to first-time offenders in (a) Hartlepool and (b) other drugs intervention programme areas...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letter dated 20 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Veronica Whitehead.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letter dated 8 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Nusrat Bibi.

      Cycling Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) dangerous and (b) careless or inconsiderate cycling (i) Essex police and (ii) Southend police have brought...

      Dartmoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of contracts or agreements relating to the provision of offending behaviour courses by faith-based...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries the UK does not require to provide prima facie evidence before complying with a request to extradite an individual.

      Identity Cards Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars and (c) meetings with private sector representatives attended by members of the Identity...

      Identity Cards and Passports (Forgery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals deported from this country have been found to be in possession of forged identity cards in the last 12 months.

      Identity Cards and Passports (Forgery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals with forged passports have been arrested or detained in the last three years by (a) Customs and Immigration officers and...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances would individuals, who are not British citizens, who have received custodial sentences for crimes committed in the...

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's priorities for the Justice and Home Affairs Council during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union will...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the blueprint for the National Offender Management Service was approved by the National Offender Management Service Board before it...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forms passport applicants receive in application packs as part of the UK Passport Service's Personal Identification Project; and what...

      Police Equipment (Tetra)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his Department's policy to use the precautionary principle with reference to the use of Tetra-based equipment by police...

      Prisoners (Sexual Harassment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place in prisons in England and Wales to protect prisoners from sexual harassment; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what overspend of the Prison Service budget for 2004–05 was forecast on 7 December 2004.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation areas in England and Wales exceeded their targets for victim contact during (a) 2003–04 and (b) the first six months...

      Religious Hatred Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what views have been advanced in representations which he has received from religious groups (a) supporting and (b) opposing the adoption of...

      Religious Hatred Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of laws concerning the incitement of religious hatred in other countries.

      Right of Establishment in Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements were received by his Department between 1...

      Right of Establishment in Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down the number of applications between 1 June 2003 and 30 April 2004 for the right of establishment in business under EU...

      Right of Establishment in Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) maximum, (b) mean and (c) minimum number of days was between the date of receipt of an application for the right of...

      Special Advisers

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

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will give details of the first warning the UK Government received about the impending tsunami on 26 December 2004; and if he will...

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the priorities are for the help that his Department is giving to those countries affected by the Boxing Day tsunami.

      CDC/Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what minimum percentage return the Government expects on investments by CDC/Actis Capital.

      CDC/Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the rate of return on investments by CDC/Actis Capital was in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.

      CDC/Actis Capital

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will list investments by CDC/Actis Capital in the energy sector in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004 broken down by...

      Congolese Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the number of people leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of 2005 to...

      Congolese Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) information his Department has received and (b) assessment his Department has made of the (i) size and (ii) nature of the two...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of his Department's spending in each less developed country in each of the last five years was directed to (a) direct...

      EU Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries are the top 10 recipients of EU development aid; how much aid was given to each in the last year for which figures are...

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) consultancy and (b) equipment was provided under his Department's Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database Project in Ghana...

      Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact an improved educational system would have on the social and economic situation in...

      HIV/AIDS Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government will take to encourage other G8 and EU member states to endorse and commit resources to implement the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of money spent on services provided by Adam Smith International Ltd. in connection...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate has been made of the amount of wheat required to feed the Iraqi population in a year; how much wheat it is estimated was...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the provision of (a) water, (b) hospital care and (c) schools for residents who have returned to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received from UK non-governmental organisations relating to the state of the infrastructure in Fallujah;...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the percentage of the total UK (a) bilateral aid budget and (b) multilateral aid budget that is available...

      Ugandan Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of (a) the number of refugees in Uganda from neighbouring countries and (b) the number of...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to help the Vietnamese Government in tackling HIV/AIDS.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Coventry, South have received (a) full and (b) partial grants from the Access to Work programme in each year since its...

    • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that householders (a) obtain and (b) use certified carbon monoxide detectors.

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with gas suppliers on (a) the need for regular gas checks and (b) the efficient operations of gas appliances in...

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last 10 years of landlords whose neglect of gas appliances caused the death of their tenants.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is possible to trace cases by (a) name and (b) address on the new Child Support Agency computer.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of its budget the Independent Living Funds made available to (a) people with severe learning impairments and (b) families or...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Independent Living Fund is required to explain the reasons for alterations in its funding arrangements to parties affected by such...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of the Independent Living Fund was for each year since 2001.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, columns 624–25W, on pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 54 years...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adoptions have taken place in each of the last five years of children in care for (a) less than and (b) more than six months.

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many GCE A-level entries of 16 to 18-year-old students there have been in (a) biological sciences, (b) chemistry, (c) physics, (d)...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to develop a Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme.

      Artisan Shortfalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the shortfall in the London area of trained (a) plumbers, (b) construction workers and (c) electricians.

      Child Abuse (School Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many formal references to her Department by heads of schools with suspicions about child abuse activities by members of staff have been...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people claimed education maintenance allowance in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by constituency.

      Education Provision (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the capital expenditure on schools was in Northampton in each year from 1985 to 2004.

      Europass Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards UK participation in the Europass initiative.

      European Youth Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on European Communities planned actions in the field of youth, with particular reference to projects arising...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children left school in the latest year for which figures are available without a GCSE qualification.

      Higher Education (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18 year-olds who were (a) resident in the City of Manchester and (b) resident in the Manchester, Withington constituency,...

      Language Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the increase in the number of language teachers that would be needed to implement the recommendations...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were at medical schools in the United Kingdom at 1 December 2004.

      New Deal for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much schools in Coventry, South have received under the New Deal for Schools.

      Per Capita Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the spending per head on pupils in Nottingham, North constituency was in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Private Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private children's homes have been de-registered (a) due to voluntary closure and (b) under direction from her inspectors in each...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals were made against exclusions in 2004; and how many were upheld, broken down by constituency.

      School Computers

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

      School Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Government funding has been allocated to computers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last seven years.

      School Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been granted to the London borough of Wandsworth in helping to improve (a) primary and (b) secondary school buildings in...

      School Places Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parental appeals were made against the allocation of school places in 2004; and how many were upheld, broken down by constituency.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on improving school sports facilities at schools within the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.

      Specialist Language Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entries there were at A-level in (a) French, (b) German and (c) modern languages from schools currently designated as specialist...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children played truant in the latest year for which figures are available.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has regarding the extent of alcohol-related illness in the Province, and how this compares with the position (a) 10 and (b)...

    • Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the response of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1524W, how many individuals are waiting for initial chiropody assessment,...

      Costello Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he expects the costs to be of implementing the recommendations of the Costello Report in the Province.

      Dilutional Hyponatraemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dilutional hyponatraemia-related deaths occurred in the Province in each of the last 20 years.

      Early Years Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been spent on the Early Years Development Fund in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since its introduction.

      Economic Activity (East Londonderry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding has been spent in each of the last three years on offering assistance to representatives of companies sited in the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in the Province have been diagnosed with influenza in each month over the past five years; how many have died from influenza...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) young people and (b) staff have been injured in the past (i) six and (ii) 12 months while using restraining methods at the Juvenile...

      National Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a list of assets held by (a) each Northern Ireland Department and (b) the Northern Ireland Office since...

      Peace Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money he has allocated towards core funding for the victims sector in Northern Ireland for the next financial year; and if he will make...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in each of the Province's health board areas are awaiting an initial assessment by a physiotherapist.

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria the Planning Service in Northern Ireland uses in its consultation process with local councils regarding decisions on whether to...

      Post-primary School Admissions Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to publish the consultation document on alternative admissions criteria to post-primary schools.

      Public Sector Holiday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he intends that 13 July should cease to be a public sector holiday in the Province.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether the person convicted of a sexual offence and added to the Sex Offenders Register in the Republic of Ireland, whose name has been...

      Speech and Language Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in each of the Province's health board areas are awaiting an initial assessment by a speech and language therapist.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in Northern Ireland on the Sure Start Programme in each year since its introduction, broken down by parliamentary...

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid to date to the European Commission as a result of the failure of Northern Ireland's Water Service to meet EC Water...

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of young people in Northern Ireland were (a) unemployed and not in full-time education and (b) economically...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the Burmese army's commencement of construction in...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will urge the Government of Burma to ensure that former prisoners, political activists and their families are not...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will urge the Government of Burma to allow all political prisoners to stay in prisons which are close to their...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will urge the Government of Burma to review all trials of political prisoners which have fallen short of appropriate...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether U Win Tin, imprisoned in Burma since 1989, has been released.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent inquiries he has made of the Government of Burma about the health of (a) Soe Myint, (b) Lin Lin Tun, (c) Aye...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent actions by the military regime in Burma.

      Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated (a) 8 December 2004 with regard to Mr....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 5 December 2004 from the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East concerning Mrs....

      Diplomatic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the application of the Vienna Convention to the operation of the diplomatic bag service.

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) the UK Government and (b) UK banks are assisting the government of Equatorial Guinea with its investigation into the...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what benchmarks he measures progress in human rights dialogue with the Eritrea Government.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Georgia concerning (a) attacks upon Baptist church buildings, including...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he will reply substantively to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock for named day answer on 16...

      Proof of Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the review of the criteria necessary for proof of death abroad in exceptional circumstances following the Asian tsunami...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Sudanese authorities on the reports of a combined attack by the Government of Sudan...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Syrian Government on Hezbollah and Hamas.

      UNHCR Staff (Nepal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the 2002 report by the Inspector General's Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps are being taken to encourage the removal of the death penalty in Vietnam; (2) what recent assessment has been...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being given to Vietnam to (a) strengthen the Civil Service and (b) eliminate corruption.

      Vietnam

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • China (Cashmere Imports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she plans to take to increase the level of monitoring of the importation of cashmere knitted garments from China.

    • Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the standard of postal services in inner London.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the UK's future energy generation capability.

      Employment during Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research she has commissioned on pregnant women's experience of employment and employers' attitudes towards them during pregnancy.

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of European Union structural funds.

      Avient

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with regard to the recent statement by the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines on Avient, how many (a) meetings, (b) telephone...

      Business Registrations (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have registered for VAT in Coventry, South in each year since 1997.

      Concorde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the benefit of maintaining an airworthy example of Concorde for research and development purposes; and if he...

      Energy Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions Ofgem has had with energy suppliers on the (a) accuracy, (b) comprehensibility and (c) timeliness of their billing...

      Energy Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions her Department has had with Ofgem in relation to problems with energy bills.

      Energy Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the percentage of (a) gas and (b) electricity bills sent out each year which are estimated bills.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1124W, on the EU constitution, whether such a legal basis exists within...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her Answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1124W, on the EU Constitution, what the definition is of services of...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what constraints apply to the requirement to promote scientific and technological advance as set out in Article 1–3(3) of the proposed...

      Fast Patrol Vessel Defender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether grant funding, other than the European Regional Development Fund grant to the Maritime Defence Museum (Lowestoft) Ltd. for restoration...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 142W, on the Freedom of Information Act, whether private companies are...

      Inward Investors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what statutory obligations exist on inward investors to notify her Department of their intention to withdraw from the UK.

      Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to promote wave power.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the development of offshore wind farms.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many copies of the booklet What the Pre-Budget Report Means for Scotland" have been produced; and at what cost.

    • Electronic Devices

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

      Freedom of Information

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

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many special advisers there are in the Department, broken down by Civil Service pay grade.

      Special Advisers

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

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women what assessment she has made of progress towards equal pay for equal work for women.

    • Women in Politics

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps she is taking to encourage women's representation in politics.

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Minister for Women what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding maternity allowance.

      Equal Pay (Wirral, South)

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on relative rates of pay for women and men in Wirral, South.

      Pension Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women what steps she is taking to promote pension equality for women.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary about the protection of Iraqi heritage in (a) Babylon and (b) Baghdad.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reports she has received on damage done to historic sites in Iraq.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much financial support was provided to the Millennium Dome by the National Lottery in each year from 1997–98.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the National Lottery board about their reasons for refusing grants to organisations engaged in (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the speeches his special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004, broken down by date.

  • Defence

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts were entered into with BAE Systems at RAF Marham in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

    • Citizenship Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Royal Navy sponsors applications from UK armed forces personnel from elsewhere in the Commonwealth who wish to apply for dual or...

      Defence Munitions Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the housing sold at the Defence Munitions Dean site were sold to the existing occupants; and how many tenants did not choose to buy.

      Eurocorps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the classification level is of reports from UK liaison officers to Eurocorps pertaining to the viability of UK co-operation with Eurocorps; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the estimates of Iraqi casualties contained in contact reports compiled by UK armed forces serving in Iraq since 20 March 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms the Government are using to assess their responsibility towards Iraqi civilians under the Geneva conventions in the absence of a reliable...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons statistics on the numbers of Armed Service Personnel injured in action in Iraq each month were not collected before August 2004.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many formed units of UK forces are deployed outside the boundaries of the multi-national division (SE) in Iraq.

      Wounded British Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have been (a) killed and (b) wounded in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in the last 12 months.

  • Advocate-General

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Advocate-General what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by her Department in...

  • Health

    • Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to make it mandatory that doctors and nurses (a) ask their patients about suspected adverse drug reactions and (b) report suspected...

    • Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time was for ambulances in the East Kent Hospitals Trust area summoned to transfer patients to acute sites for (a) paediatric...

      Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response times of ambulance crews in (a) Romford, (b) the London borough of Havering, (c) Greater London, (d) Essex and (e) England were...

      Anti-psychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items were dispensed in the community in England for (a) atypical, (b) traditional and (c) all anti-psychotic drugs in each (i)...

      Brazilian Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received on concerns about the effects on health of imported beef from Brazil.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients at (a) West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust and (b) Addenbrookes hospital had their operations cancelled at the last minute in each of the...

      Cancer Treatment (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) tumour and (b) leukaemia cases in children were treated in the NHS in each of the last eight years.

      Care Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an individual applying for approval under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 is required to undergo separate...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the saving to public funds made as a result of the work of private carers.

      Criminal Record Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what system is in place for the transfer of Criminal Record Bureau checks on NHS employees between NHS organisations.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish its review of patient dental charges.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his reply of 9 December 2004, Official Report, column 752W, on dentistry, if he will make a statement on the reasons evinced by the British...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1311W, on dentistry, how many dentists were on the register at 24 November 2004...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total costs to his Department of consultancy and professional services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Policy (Portsmouth, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Portsmouth, North constituency, the effects of changes to departmental...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for depression in each of the last five years.

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are licensed to prescribe diamorphine; and how many there were in 1997.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the overall costs of (a) supplying and (b) fitting digital hearing aids by (i) the NHS and (ii) independent providers.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many digital hearing aids have been commissioned to be supplied and fitted by independent providers for NHS patients in the last year for which...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which areas of England are not yet covered by the Digital Hearing Aid Roll Out programme; when the programme will be completed; and if he will make a...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of supplying and fitting digital hearing aids in (a) the NHS and (b) the private sector; and if he...

      Dudley, North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of his Department's policy since 1997 on...

      Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged over (a) 90 and (b) 95 years are living in (i) residential and (ii) nursing homes.

      Food Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average per capita consumption of (a) meat, (b) fish, (c) fruit, (d) vegetables and (e) confectionery has been in each year since 1990.

      GP Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for (a) negotiating and (b) concluding the general practitioner contract, including the time when a draft contract was made...

      GPs and Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS dentists and (b) general practitioners were practising in the West Suffolk parliamentary constituency at 31 December (i) 2004 and (ii)...

      Infection Control Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will establish infection control training as a mandatory core competency in undergraduate training for (a) nurses and (b) doctors.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason delays have occurred in appointing case managers to review health service complaints referred to the Healthcare Commission; how many such...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding primary care trusts plan to devote to prison populations for the treatment of hepatitis C.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recommendations (a) his Department and (b) the National Patient Safety Agency has made to the NHS on hand infection control against the spread of...

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

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

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many midwife-led maternity units have closed since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many maternity units have (a) opened and (b)...

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered midwives there were in each year since 1996 by (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of winding up the Mind Out for Mental Health campaign; and what plans he has for establishing a follow-up campaign.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 105W, on MRSA, how many of the babies who contracted MRSA in 2002 died from their...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress towards developing a vaccine against methicillin resistant staphyloccus aureus; and what steps his Department...

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) the NHS bank has lent to each NHS organisation and (b) has been repaid in each year since the bank's inception.

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the NHS bank is for (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; what loans were made by the bank in 2004–05; and what loans are...

      Health Services (Nottingham, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made available in local health services in Nottingham North constituency since June 1997.

      Nurses (Neonatal Intensive Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many experienced nurses there were in the neonatal intensive care units in East Kent Hospitals Trust (a) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Nut Allergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice is given to primary care trusts on dealing with prevention and treatment of nut allergy; (2) whether his Department is financing...

      Paediatric Nursing Staff (East Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of trained paediatric nursing staff to patients is in hospitals in the East Kent Hospitals Trust (a) during the day and (b) during the night.

      Patient Litigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on behalf of how many patients legal action has been taken against (a) individuals and (b) institutions under the remit of his Department in (i)...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the limits for exemption from prescription charges under the NHS low income scheme based on capital assets were last reviewed.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescription items were dispensed and paid for by the patient on a per item basis in England in 2003–04; (2) how many prescription...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total income from prescription charge pre-payment certificates in England was in 2003–04.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of requiring patients to pay a single prescription charge when their medical condition requires two or more medicines or...

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 4 December 2004, Official Report, column 1080W, to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on school...

      Secure Psychiatric Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secure psychiatric beds have been available in each of the last eight years.

      Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of pubs in the (a) Northern region and (b) Tees Valley area which serve food which will cease to do so when...

      Specialised Burns Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the (a) budget, (b) location and (c) planned commencement of activities of the specialised burns services unit in the south...

      Stourcare Call Centre (Paediatric Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the staff at the Stourcare Call Centre have paediatric training, broken down by (a) staff grade and (b) register grade.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1688W, on strategic health authorities, if he will publish the most recent in-year...

      Temporary Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1329W, on temporary medical staff, what the figures are for each NHS trust for the...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to monitor waiting times for follow-up appointments for patients following completion of their in-patient procedure; and what...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Harassment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants in Northern Ireland have made complaints of harassment or bullying against colleagues; how many complaints were upheld in each of the 10...

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Public Holidays

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost in employees' salaries and related employers' costs of allowing Northern Ireland civil servants three days more public holidays than civil...

      Northern Ireland: Departmental Underspend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the underspent funding for each Northern Ireland department in the year 2003–04 has been transferred to the current year; and in each case for...

      Northern Ireland: PEACE II Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the detailed analysis of community uptake of PEACE II funding, required by the Special European Union Programmes Body, will be published.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether KPMG were engaged by Waterways Ireland to manage the recruitment process for directors, as indicated in the minutes of a North/South Ministerial Council...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether four directors of Waterways Ireland were in post by June 2002 as indicated in the minutes of a North/South Ministerial Council Inland Waterways sector...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16 December 2004 (WA 101), whether members of Waterways Ireland located in the United Kingdom are subject to...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 October 2004 (WA 50) concerning allegations of staff bullying at Waterways Ireland, why it took from July...

      North/South Language Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the 2005 budgets for each of the two sections of the North/South Language Body; and what percentage increase this represents over the 2004 budgets.

      PSNI/An Garda Siochana Co-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 December 2004 (WA 54) regarding co-operation between the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and An...

      Northern Ireland: Community Development Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What groups in Northern Ireland have received community development grants in each year since 2000; how much has been received; and for what purpose.

      Northern Ireland Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 15 December 2004 (WA 84) concerning the exclusive employment of Roman Catholic teachers in Roman Catholic...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What controversy the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was referring to in the Northern Ireland Office press release of 17 December 2004 regarding the...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the appointees to the second Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have not been announced yet; and when they will be announced.

      Northern Ireland: Political Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the document of 10 April 2003 entitled Ministerial Decision-Making—Interim Procedures, paragraph 6, envisaged the inclusion of political advisers in...

      Northern Ireland: Landlords/Tenants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) whether it is permitted for landlords in Northern Ireland to take action against tenants in respect of the behaviour of visitors; (b) if so, whether the...

      Northern Ireland: North Mud Flats

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they propose to take against those who ploughed up, on 27 and 28 December 2004 and 3 January 2005, the bird grounds at Strangford Lough which are known...

      Irish language Broadcast Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14 January (WA 83) concerning an Irish Language Film and Television Fund, what are the levels of resources...

      Arts Council of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding per head of the population they propose for the Northern Ireland Arts Council; and how that figure compares with the current allocation to the...

      China: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of the Republic of China regarding the treatment of the South Korean National Assembly member, Kim Moon-sik,...

      Algeria and Tunisia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean raised human rights issues on her visit to Algeria and Tunisia; whether she sought or received assurances that those...

      Royal Navy: Sports Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is correct, as reported in La Tribune de Courchevel, that the Royal Navy is holding ski and snowboard championships in Les Menuires, France, in January...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the undertaking given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence, Mr Ivor Caplin, on 15 November 2004 (HC Deb, col. 1052)...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement made by a Government Minister to Lord Freyberg and the Assistant General Secretary of the Forces Pension Society on 14 October 2004, that if...

      FiReControl Contract

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they now expect to sign the contract for the information technology systems behind FiReControl; and what has delayed the signing which was expected to have...

      Schools: Gun Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many instances of gun crime were recorded in schools in England and Wales, including (a) wounding of pupils; and (b) deaths of pupils, in each of the past five...

      Teacher Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact their decision to charge trainee teachers top-up fees from 2006 will have on teacher recruitment and specifically on the recruitment of mathematics...

      Land-based Colleges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many former agriculture colleges, now known as land-based colleges, are running at a financial loss.

      Children in Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many young people in the care of local authorities are placed outside the boundary of the parent authority; and What action is being taken to ensure that young...

      Inheritance Tax: Estates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past 10 years, for which figures are available, what were the total number of estates on which inheritance tax was payable; and what was the total...

      Inheritance Tax Rate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the likely yield from levying a flat 10 per cent rate of inheritance tax on all estates with a taxable amount over £100,000, by...

      Fairclough Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in implementing the recommendations contained in Sir John Fairclough's 2002 Report, Rethinking Construction Innovation and Research.

      Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy: Resources

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional resources have been made available to health authorities, education authorities and police authorities, respectively, for the purposes of the...

      Road Schemes: Cost/Benefit Ratios

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Department for Transport's news release of 2 December 2004, what are the benefit/cost ratios of the major road schemes submitted by local roads...

      Parking Enforcement: Removal of Vehicle Covers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether traffic wardens and parking attendants are permitted to lift material used to cover a car parked in a parking bay, or a motorcycle parked on a pavement, in...

      Road Safety Cameras: Public and Media Awareness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How public awareness and media understanding of safety cameras will continue to be achieved on a national basis once the role of the national communications...

      Dyslexia: Driving Test Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What allowances and arrangements are made for people who are dyslexic when they are taking that part of the driving test that requires a person to "demonstrate...

      Lorries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investigations are under way to assess the possibilities of introducing heavier, longer or wider lorries or combinations of lorries and trailers onto some or...

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