Written answers

Monday, 31 January 2005

  • Solicitor-General

    • Freedom of Information

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which Ministers were...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House 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.

  • International Development

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) humanitarian and (b) security situation of Banyamulenge refugees in...

    • Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the current drought in Kirundo Province in Burundi on the (a) economic and (b)...

      Civil Society Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the amounts paid over the last two years from the Civil Society Fund, broken down by (a) the recipient, (b) the country...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy to give direct grants to Iraqi non-governmental organisations that operate in accordance with his...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 25W, on Iraq, if he will list the multilateral organisations to...

      Political Participation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the amounts paid over the last two years from the Political Participation Fund, indicating the recipient, the country...

      Rapid Assessment Analysis Action Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department plans to be involved in the implementation of the existing national plans of action resulting from the UNICEF-led...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is his Department's policy to continue adherence to the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Rwanda with the intention of...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with which non-governmental organisation his Department is working to provide relief and reconstruction to tsunami victims in Sri...

      Tsunami Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what representations he has received about the cost of transporting food to the Asian disaster zone; and delays in its despatch.

      Ugandan Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the number of (a) internally displaced people in Uganda and (b) refugees from Uganda in neighbouring countries;...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what his strategy is for assisting the Zimbabwean veterans who served in the Second World War for pre-Zimbabwe organisations and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Mid-term Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will make an announcement on the conclusions of the mid-term review with reference to (a) permanent pasture, (b) the...

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 24 January; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Agriculture, Environment and Biotechnology Commission will be disbanded; and what regulatory and other powers will...

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has given consideration to banning imports of bees to the UK (a) generally and (b) from countries with an...

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the beekeepers' associations regarding the threat posed to native bee colonies by the small...

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to safeguard UK bee colonies from infestation by the small hive beetle.

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with other EU members regarding the outbreak of small hive beetle in Portugal.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions has she had with (a) non-governmental organisations and (b) national governments on assistance for animal...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the findings from the Krebs trials; and if she will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to demonstrate to (a) EU members and (b) G8 members that tackling climate change need not have a...

      Community Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) organisations and (b) individuals have written to her Department supporting the continuation of the Community...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the cost of removing (a) pesticides and (b) nitrates from drinking water supplies for each...

      Energy Crops Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers participated during the reference period of the Energy Crops Scheme; and what the total payment was.

      Environment Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's priorities for the Environment Council will be during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European...

      EU Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the European Community institutions are bringing forward covering the fishing fleets of the EU member states...

      EU Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on levels of fishing by vessels from European Union member states that joined the EU in 2004...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Ghost Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the latest position in respect of the ghost ships at Hartlepool, indicating what action she...

      Goldfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the plan to make illegal the awarding of goldfish as prizes at fairgrounds has been dropped; and what...

      Green Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the collection of green waste via kerbside collections, with particular reference to 240-litre bio-bins.

      New Rural Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what decisions have been made on funding the new integrated agency for rural delivery; and for what purposes the funding...

      Oil Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned on the duration of damage to (a) soil and (b) ground water resulting from oil spills and...

      Oil Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the responses to the consultation, Soil: the hidden resource", with particular reference to...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of opportunities for research or consulting disseminated by the Department resulted in (a)...

      Veterinary Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Department for Education and Skills on maintaining recruitment into the veterinary...

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the proportion of household waste recycled in Hartlepool was in each year since 1997.

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding Dudley council received from her Department for waste reduction, minimisation and recycling in each of the...

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) industrial refuse has been recycled within the Greater London area in...

      Making Space for Water"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the responses to the consultation, Making space for water", with particular reference to the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet Secretary

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to appoint the next Cabinet Secretary.

    • Drinks Industry (Meetings)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the meetings he has had with representatives of the drinks, licensing and public house industries in the last 12 months broken down by (a) date and (b)...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list occasions when his office has organised briefing meetings on the European Constitution for those outside Government.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will set a date for the referendum on the European Constitution.

      Gulf Co-operation Council

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to meet the Chairman of the Gulf Co-operation Council during the British Presidency of the EU.

      Homelessness (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) on 26 January 2005, Official Report, column 300, on homelessness...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which Ministers were not...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister 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.

  • Transport

    • Departmental Policies (Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Middlesbrough, South and...

    • Departmental Policies (Hull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston...

      Airline Traffic Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in granting Syrian Air intermediate fifth freedom traffic rights between Manchester and Beirut.

      Airline Traffic Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in granting Pakistan International Airlines additional traffic rights between Manchester and North America.

      Airline Traffic Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in granting Afriqiyah Airline landing rights at Manchester Airport.

      EC Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on European Communities planned actions in the field of social legislation relating to road transport, with particular...

      House Building (Transport Demand)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) the West Midlands Regional Assembly about the impact of new housing in...

      Nottingham Express Transit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the cost of the Nottingham Express Transit will be borne by the local authority.

      Number Plate Cloning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his current assessment is of the extent of car number plate cloning; what action is taken against users of vehicles with cloned plates; what...

      Potters Bar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce a decision regarding a public inquiry into the Potters Bar derailment.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that in-house rail freight expertise is (a) transferred to and (b) can be called upon by the new...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new miles of railway track have been brought into use since 1997; and if he will list the new lengths of track.

      Regional Transport Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) Passenger Transport Authorities, (b) the Passenger Transport Executive, (c) Regional Chambers, (d) Regional...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue has been paid to the Exchequer from speed camera operations in England in each year since 2001.

      St. Pancras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct Network Rail to complete the necessary track and signalling work at King's Cross/St. Pancras to enable Great Northern services to...

  • Treasury

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-domestic hereditaments in England are businesses with a rateable value of (a) £10,000 or less, (b) £25,000 or less and (c)...

    • Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of carers who are over the age of 65 years.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Kingswood have benefited from the Child Trust Fund.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of children in Northampton, North who have received the Child Trust Fund.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Edinburgh, North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh,...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon...

      Drug Misuse Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths misuse of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack and (d) magic mushrooms was a contributory factor in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Accounting Requirements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those accounting requirements set out in Commission Regulation (EC) 2238/2004, OJ L394 volume 47 of 31 December 2004 that will apply to and...

      European Communities Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of European Communities pensions was in the last year for which figures are available; and what the forecast cost is for (a) 2014, (b) 2024,...

      European Communities Pensions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the ongoing pensions liabilities of the European Coal and Steel Community; and to where pension funds were transferred from...

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what liabilities arise for the European Commission where budget discharge has not been granted by the Court of Auditors under Article 276 of the EC Treaty...

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the assessed sum level of fraud within those areas of the European Communities budgets that have not been signed off by the...

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations received funding contrary to finding 6.25 of the European Court of Auditors' report for 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will identify the ineligible expenditure referred to in paragraph 7.39 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will identify the cases referred to in paragraph 9.45 ofthe European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the cases of fraud identified in paragraph 31 of page 332 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003.

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on each of the cases of irregularity identified in (a) paragraph 43 of page 335 and (b) paragraph 65 of page 345 of the European...

      EU Court of Auditors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the latest Commission Report on the Beneficiaries of Grants Made Under Chapter A-30; and which (a) internal audit and (b)...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1084W, on the European Union, what his Department's policy is on (a) analysing the...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department expects to complete the review of the section 42 film tax incentive; which film industry organisations and representatives were...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish (a) the Office of Government Commerce's (OGC's) Gateway Zero review into the identity cards scheme and (b) all other OGC reviews of the...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 16 and 17-year-olds are liable for income tax.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the monthly cost of operations in Iraq; what the average monthly cost ofoperations since the war ended is; what the cost...

      ISAs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of restoring the 10 per cent. tax credit on dividends payable on shares held in equity ISAs.

      Sporting Bodies (Tax Payments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of tax paid by sporting bodies in the UK in the last year for which figures are available.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue effect would be of restructuring residential stamp duty (a) by increasing the zero rate threshold to £80,000 and leaving all other...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue will make its decision on the request of Mrs. Fury, a constituent of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, that it reconsider its...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants were paid compensation by the Inland Revenue between April 2004 and the end of December 2004.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to adopt changes to the Access to Work scheme similar to those recently introduced in Northern Ireland.

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to promote the Access to Work programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Payments (Cleethorpes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each electoral ward in Cleethorpes constituency are claiming disability living allowance.

      Benefit Payments (Cleethorpes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each electoral ward in Cleethorpes constituency claimed winter fuel allowance in 2003–04; and how many have claimed...

      Benefits Offices (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed at the benefits offices earmarked for closure in Scotland.

      Call Centre Operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what rules govern responses to requests by clients for the names of the call centre operatives working for his Department and its associated...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers are in receiptof both the carers premium and the basic state pension.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects Child Support Agency (CSA) cases at the Dudley CSA office that concern people living in Stoke-on-Trent to be transferred to the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the letter of the Secretary of State to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead dated 16 December 2004, what the results have been of...

      Citizens Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what cost-benefit analysis his Department has undertaken in the last five months of the introduction of citizens pensions; (2) what...

      Criminal Offences

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency, the effects on Clwyd, South...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the company pension funds identified in government-funded research as potentially eligible for the financial assistance scheme,...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department first publicly described the financial assistance scheme as an emergency package.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he expects the financial assistance scheme to commence; (2) what cross-departmental meetings have been held in the last 10 weeks on...

      Income Support (Disabled Claimants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what framework his Department has put in place to enable a disabled claimant whose income support has been withdrawn under the cohabitation...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what standards are set in Jobcentre Plus offices for (a) response times within which telephone numbers which are advertised to the public are...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has conducted into the average cost per additional job created (a) under the new deal programmes and (b) in...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Burnley have found work through the new deal programmes since 1997.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) young people, (b) single mothers, (c) disabled people, (d) people aged over 50 years and (e) others have benefited from the new...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have started each of the new deal for employment programmes in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire; and how...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals have been on the New Deal in Dudley, North constituency in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement.

      Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether employers who run defined benefit occupational pension schemes are entitled to make unilateral changes to accrual rates in respect of...

      Poverty (Stoke-on-Trent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in poverty there were in Stoke-on-Trent in each year since 1997.

      Return to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help disabled people within the Greater London area return to work; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Community Care Grants, (b) Crisis Loans and (c) Budgeting Loans in helping homeless...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his review of the Social Fund; and when he expects it to be completed.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund (a) Community Care Grant, (b) Crisis Loans and (c) Budgeting Loan applications were received in Tower Hamlets in each of...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund (a) Community Care Grant, (b) Crisis Loan and (c) Budgeting Loan applications were received in each Government office...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the regional review of the social fund telephone system will be published; (2) what the average time taken by members of the Milton...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) sickness and absence and (b) turnover rates for Social Fund staff were in the latest period for which figures are available.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of a specific old-age pensioner cost of living index for generating annual increases in state...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners do not receive the full basic state pension because of their contribution records; and by what aggregate amount their...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in each of the 10 financial years from 2006–07, net of savings in means- tested benefits and additional...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Department has made of the number of people in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Moray local authority area seeking (i)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend qualifying arrangements for winter fuel payments so that those whose 60th birthday falls shortly after the qualifying week but...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed winter fuel allowance in each of the past seven years.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in implementing the Health and Safety Commission and Executive's recommendations of 2000 relating to carbon...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential for oil-related infrastructure in the North Sea to be used for carbon sequestration purposes;...

      Companies Entering Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations her Department has received about companies and directors that intentionally make their companies go into administration...

      Companies Entering Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are in place to prevent companies and directors running a company in such a way that it is forced to go into administration.

      Companies Entering Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department takes to ensure that consumers are aware that a company they are dealing with has recently gone into administration.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on entertainment by her Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d)...

      Digital Conversion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support the Government have given to development of the digital tick kitemark indicating digitally compatible products and services...

      Domestic Fuel Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many oil installers and servicers in the UK are registered with Oftec.

      Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's total spending on rebranding the Business Link service was; and how much of the total spending was on external consultants.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people she estimates are fuel poor in (a) England and (b) Stoke-on-Trent.

      Hydrogen Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the US Administration with regard to movement towards a hydrogen-based economy; and what joint research with...

      Hydrogen Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research the Government (a) are undertaking and (b) have commissioned on the conversion of (i) oil and (ii) nuclear energy to a...

      Online Shopping Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if the Government will investigate the effectiveness of measures to prevent fraud in online shopping transactions; (2) what powers...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the size of the rural network of post offices; and what steps her Department is taking to support the rural...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will take steps to amend the requirement to prevent avoidable closures placed on Post Office Ltd. to one that allows greater...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of Triangle and HI Europe's research findings in 2002 on 'The Impact of Post Office Closures in the Rural Community'.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 81W, on post office closures, when she expects Post Office Ltd. toreply to...

      Public Information Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department spent on providing (a) printed public information and (b) other public information in the last year for which figures...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans to reduce regulation.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of Royal Mail's performance against its licence targets for the first quarter of 2004–05; and if she...

      SME Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support is being provided to small and medium-sized enterprises for trade and investment abroad in 2004–05; and how much was...

      Telephone Line Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions (a) she and (b) her Department has had with (i) the regulator and (ii) British Telecom concerning the time taken to restore...

      Welsh Language Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department's Welsh Language Scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) examined on the impact of wind farms on property values.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcohol Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce legislation to ban the screening of television advertisements for alcoholic beverages before 9 pm.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its agencies was in each year from...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the (a) Football Association, (b) the Premier League and (c) the Football League on the effects of the...

      Country Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated tax payable underthe Licensing Act 2003 is by organisers of country shows which attract attendance of up to (a)...

      Country Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the impact on rural shows of the increased licence fees for special events.

      Country Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) organisers of rural shows and (b) rural local authorities on the increased licence fees for...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two...

      Departmental Policies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

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

      Digital Conversion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the statement in the recent report by the Ofcom Consumer Panel that, though financial barriers to digital conversion exist, they...

      European Audiovisual Observatory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy towards European Community participation in the European Audiovisual...

      Football Stadiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will meet representatives of the Stand Up Sit Down campaign to discuss standing at football matches; and if she will make a statement.

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Warrington, South are in receipt of free television licences.

      Historic Sites (Babylon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reports the Government have received on damage done to historic sites in Babylon; and if she will make a statement.

      Liquor Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the net costs to local authorities of administering liquor licensing under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Liquor Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) local authorities and (b) the alcohol industry regarding the proposed annual fees for liquor licensing.

      London Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times since May 2003 (a) she and (b) Ministers from her Department have visited (i) Newham, (ii) Tower Hamlets, (iii)Hackney...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidelines she gives to the National Lottery board about the criteria for making grants; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 her special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places...

      Sports and Community Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from the Central Council of Physical Recreation and other bodies about the proposed levels of...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much central Government funding has been allocated to sport in each year since 1994.

      Sports Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made by Sport England of the levels of participation in sport by children outside school age.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Government support for the tourism industry in the last financial year.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed in the tourism sector.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of gross domestic product was accounted for by the tourism industry in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport what the rate of productivity in the tourism industry was in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) overseas tourists and (b) domestic tourists visited London in (i) 2003 and (ii)2004.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Northern Ireland are estimated to have a television set for which there is no television licence.

      Working at Height

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the (a) Royal Yachting Association and (b) Bristol Mountaineering Council about regulations involving...

  • Cabinet Office

    • E-government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much was spent on e-government in each year from 2001 to 2004 (a) in total and (b) broken down by Government Department; (2) what estimate he...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers...

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average cost of providing a car and driver to enable a Government Minister to carry out official duties was in the last year for which figures...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what response he has received from (a) the Better Regulation Task Force and (b) the Small Business Service to (i) his proposed revision of part L of the building...

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how his Department reached the assessment in the final regulatory impact assessment on the Local Government Act 2003—Small Business Rate Relief that...

      Cantaxx

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the occasions on which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have communicated with Canatxx Gas Storage Ltd., Canatxx Energy Ventures...

      Casinos

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether casinos will remain within the D2 planning category; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 216W, on council house sales, how much of the £3.0248 billion capital receipts generated...

      Council Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government has taken to alert council tenants to changes in the Right to Buy regulations.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 Office's...

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons he is consulting on the future of the disabled facilities grant; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Fuel Tanks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require up-to-date information on the condition of fuel tanks to be included in the home condition inspection process.

      Domestic Fuel Tanks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning requirements he places upon householders for bunding for domestic oil tanks.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many departmental files have been destroyed in each of the past five years.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how he intends that the standard assessment procedure rating system shall adapt to changes in the relative prices of different fuels.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs of the Government Office for London have been in each year since 1999–2000; and what the forecast is for 2005.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1999–2000; and how many are forecast to be employed at the end of...

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Government money was distributed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1999–2000; and what the forecast sum to be distributed in...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to bring forward regulations to bring into force sections of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 dealing with high hedges.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to build affordable homes for key workers in Coventry, South constituency.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made with each of the Pathfinder private finance initiative housing schemes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average (a) house price and (b) first-time buyer property purchase price was in each local billing authority in England in each year for which figures...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has conducted a study into the impact of the introduction of identity cards on his Department's business.

      Living Spaces Programme (West Derbyshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which projects in the West Derbyshire constituency have (a) applied for funds, (b) been supported with funds and (c) been refused funds from the Living Spaces...

      Local Authority Plans

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what local authority plans each tier of local authority in England is required to produce in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; and which plans are not...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister from which grants, including special grants, the London boroughs of (a) Redbridge and (b) Waltham Forest will receive a funding allocation for 2005–06; what...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each parish council in England.

      Departmental Parking Spaces

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

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated central Government grant to each regional chamber is for 2005–06.

      Rent to Mortgage Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people qualified for the Rent to Mortgage scheme in the seven years prior to its abolition; and what the average cost of the scheme was per year in that...

      Secondments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry they came from and...

      Special Advisers

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

      Traveller Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Wiltshire county council has applied for in grant aid in respect of traveller sites in the Salisbury area; and when a decision will be made on the...

      Traveller Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what helpline services the Government provide to travellers; and how much was spent on such services in the last period for which figures are available.

      Trees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many trees have been planted in London since 1975; (2) how many trees there were in Greater London in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1990, (d) 2000 and (e)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adoption cases have been completed in each local authority in each of the last five years.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) young apprenticeships and (b) apprenticeships for adults aged 25 years and over are available, broken down by (i)geographic...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether (a) head teachers and (b) other staff will be able to participate in the design of schools being rebuilt as part of Building...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what services the funds for the supply side of child care services as set out in the Government's 10-year child care strategy will be...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she plans to ensure that the information-sharing database in children's services flags cases of domestic violence or child abuse to...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recommendations she has made to local authorities regarding parental involvement in children's centres.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven-year-old children in Nottingham, North were taught in class sizes of 30 or more in (i) 1997 and...

      College Lecturers (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many college lecturers are employed by outside organisations; what the average differential in the pay rates between college lecturers...

      Departmental Policies (Hull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull, North constituency, the...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much central Government funding was received by each local education authority in England (a) per primary pupil and (b) per secondary...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) percentage and (b) cash change in education funding for Leicestershire County Council has been in each year since...

      Education Provision (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many teachers were employed in schools in Northamptonshire in the academic years (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2003–04; (2) how...

      Extended School Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list known sources of funding for extended school programmes; and if she will make a statement.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the availability of foster carers.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCSE point scores were for each category of school in England in 2003/04.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children have been placed in private boarding schools in each of the last four years for which figures are available,...

      Natural Auralism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of natural auralism on teaching children with hearing impairment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Stoke-on-Trent have received money under the New Deal for Schools.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure of Ofsted was in each year since its establishment; and what the estimated budget for the next financial year is.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Ofsted inspectors were employed in each year between 2001–02 and 2003–04; how many are planned to be employed in each...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of primary schools in the UK have a fully qualified physical education teacher.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pre-school aged children there are in the Islington, North constituency; how many have places in nurseries or other approved...

      Private Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to improve the line of accountability for social services Departments who place looked-after children in private...

      Private Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private children's homes have been registered in each of the last five years.

      Relationship Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions she has had regarding the impact upon charities specialising in (a) marriage counselling and (b) family relationship...

      School Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in England have outside toilets.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students admitted to English universities were (a) overseas non-EU, (b) EU and (c) UK students in each year between 1997...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effects of the Sure Start programme in Eltham.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated to the Harwich constituency under the Sure Start Scheme.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on the Sure Start scheme has been in Coventry, South in each year since the scheme has been in operation.

      Veterinary Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on plans to provide assistance with variable fees...

  • Home Department

    • Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has further to amend the immigration and asylum system.

    • Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were received from April 2003 to April 2004 in (a) the Greater London Area and (b) the...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were granted within 19 days during the period April 2003 to April 2004.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for leave to remain were processed within 20 days, and what percentage of the total number of applications this...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to enable Mr.Patrick Duncan Erasmus (Home Office Reference No. E1008322) to have his passport returned to him for the...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down the numbers of migrants to the UK in each of the last three years by (a) those seeking asylum, (b) those applying for a...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision will be made for children aged under five years at asylum accommodation centres.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what formal links with schools and education facilities asylum accommodation centres will have.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of providing education facilities at asylum accommodation centres; and who will be responsible for the...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities will be provided for children with special educational needs at asylum accommodation centres.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government will take to ensure that contractors provide effective education at asylum accommodation centres; (2)...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from where teachers at asylum accommodation centres will be recruited; and what qualifications they will be required to have.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment will be made of children's educational needs when they arrive at asylum accommodation centres.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role will be played by local education authorities in relation to asylum accommodation centres.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what subjects will be taught within education provision in asylum accommodation centres.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refused asylum seekers were removed from the UK in (a) 1999, (b) 2000 and (c) 2001; what the statistical basis was for the...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pre-2000 asylum cases applied for special consideration by 31 December 2004.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of initial asylum applications received from 1 August 2003 were dealt with in the target time of 13 weeks from receipt of...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current time taken for a decision on an asylum application that was made before 1 August 2003 is, where the initial application was...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the criteria for assessing and substantiating accounts of torture and political persecution given by Zimbabwean asylum seekers...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of (a) the number of recorded crimes in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Greater London in 2010 and (b) the percentage of...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of trends in the level of acquisitive crimes in west Bassetlaw.

      Race Equality/Community Cohesion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's strategy for race equality and community cohesion.

      Traffic Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) responsibilities he has allocated and (b) directives he has issued to traffic police.

      Anti-terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions his Department has had with Muslim leaders in the UK regarding anti-terrorism legislation.

      Driving (Mobile Telephones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with chief constables regarding the deployment of officers to enforce the law relating to driving while using...

      Driving (Mobile Telephones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for driving while using a hand-held mobile phone since the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to encourage liaison between the different authorities and bodies with a role in reducing antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the antisocial behaviour help line and report line.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the use of antisocial behaviour orders.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the Tees Valley, broken down by constituency.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what personal details of the recipients of antisocial behaviour orders are recorded.

      Blasphemy Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he has decided not to bring forward legislative proposals to repeal the law on blasphemy; and if he will make a statement.

      Carers (Police Checks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recommended maximum time is for police checks on carers working with (a) vulnerable adults and (b) children.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grant schemes are available to fund the capital costs of CCTV; what criteria are used to assess applications; what recent applications...

      Child Deaths in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the deaths of children in custody since 1997.

      Class A Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make (a) Fly Agaric and (b) any of its preparations and derivatives a Class A Drug.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letter dated 11 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr.Rahman...

      Criminal Justice Intervention Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) role, (b) aim and (c) purpose will be of the criminal justice intervention panels; and when they will be fully functional.

      Custody Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department what assessment he has made of the (a) qualifications and (b) skills required by civilian custody officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last two...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d)...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many section 30 dispersal orders each authority has applied for in each year since their introduction.

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which offences fixed penalty notices may be issued by non-police personnel.

      Fraud and Forgery (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fraud and (b) forgery offences have been reported to Lancashire police in each year since 1997; and how many led to (i)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been conducted by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies into compatibility issues between the Facial Images National...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) civil servants, (b) secondees and (c) consultants are employed in developing identity cards; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects the provisions for the introduction of identity cards in Wales to differ from those in the rest of the UK.

      It's Your Call

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the estimated cost has been of (a) publishing and (b) delivering It's Your Call flyers; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      It's Your Call

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he had with Superintendent Thwaites prior to Southend-on-Sea police agreeing to become a Home Office Together Action...

      Ministerial Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Home Secretary has different levels of security depending on whether he is on ministerial, constituency or private business.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he has not yet provided substantive answers to questions reference 202178, 202631, 202632, 202633 and 202750.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were available for duty in the Metropolitan police area in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department plans to take in response to the findings of Professor Sir William Stewart on the low frequency of the new police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been available for duty in Stoke-on-Trent in each of the past five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of members of the police force in (a) Burnley and (b) Lancashire are community support officers; what powers community...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were (a) in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary and (b) the City of Nottingham Division in each year since 1994;...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many enquiry and station police staff have been dismissed by (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the police national computer was accessed unlawfully in each of the last five years; and in how many cases those...

      Police Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have retired in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) rank and (b) police force area.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) rural police stations and (b) beat houses have closed in each year since 1997.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds of (a) cost and (b) anticipated benefit the decision was made to extend the programme of performance testing in the Prison...

      Sentencing (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average cost per annum of supervising an individual on a community punishment order in England and Wales was in the latest...

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Senior Investigation Officers' Manual has been amended to specify that any initial approach by the police to former...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in the Pennine division of Lancashire constabulary in each year since 1995.

      Standard List Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of a standard list offence, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age on appearance in court and (c) previous...

      Stansted Hijack

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Afghans who landed at Stansted on a hijacked plane remain in the UK; and what support they are receiving.

      Violent Crime (Thames Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about current levels of violent crime in the Thames Valley; and if he will make a statement.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if the Senior Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in charge of Managed Migration was aware of Ms Casalme's visa...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications were put into the official visa fast-track scheme; (2) how long the average wait for a visa has been under the...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time for an indefinite leave to remain visa based on the four-year residency requirement period was in the last...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave to remain applications have been refused for not fulfilling the four-year residency requirement in each year since...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave to remain visas on the basis of the four-year residency requirement were granted in total in each year since 1997,...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite leave to remain visas have been granted before the end of the four-year residency requirement period in each year since...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) median, (b) shortest and (c) longest length of time taken to complete the processing of a visa application has been since 1997.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long the average visa application took in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications have been (a) made and (b) approved in each year since 1997, broken down by month and type of visa.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions took place between him, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and Group 4 Amey Immigration Ltd. about the development...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the recommendations made by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that all removals to Zimbabwe should...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anticipatory Self-Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to support the doctrine of anticipatory self-defence in the context of international affairs.

    • Asian Tsunami (Islamic Fundamentalism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the impact of the Asian tsunami on levels of Islamic fundamentalism in South East...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it remains the Government's position that the UK retains the right to decide whether to opt in to EU asylum measures, as...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the EU embargo on the sale of arms to Burma extends to components that can be used for the manufacture of military equipment.

      Chagos Islanders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a summary of the advice of Government lawyers in the judicial review case concerning the Orders...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether weapons exported by British companies to Indonesia have been used in internal repression...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons oil production supplies in Iraq have not been properly metered; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government in Iraq that is formed after the 30 January elections will represent the vote in the elections; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is providing to enable UK-resident Iraqis to participate in the forthcoming election in Iraq.

      Lost IT Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what IT resources have (a) gone missing and (b) been stolen from his Department in the last three years.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian authorities to establish the whereabouts and fate of missing Israeli...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to authorities in Pakistan regarding their decision to re-instate the death...

      Translation Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many tenders have been put out for (a) translation and (b) interpreting contracts for international events hosted by the UK...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests for assistance he has received from United Nations authorities investigating the provenance of surveillance...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report of the high level panel on reform of the United Nations.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights about the possibility of a visit to Uzbekistan to...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the EU Commissioner for External Affairs on the treatment of Pastor Nguyen Quang in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Admissions Criteria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will publish his consultation document on post-primary admissions criteria.

    • Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) new builds, (b) demolition rebuilds and (c) private finance initiative projects in his Department...

      Drink-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have received a prison sentence in Northern Ireland having been convicted of a drink-driving offence in the past 12 months.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are being taken to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland are classified as fuel poor.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to set up the interdepartmental group on fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what categories of homes are eligible for assistance under the Warm Homes Scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Human Rights/Equalities Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the planned budgets and staffing levels are for the (a) Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and (b) ECNI in each of the next three...

      Invoices

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

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates representatives from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have been refused access to the Juvenile Justice Centre; what...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the impact of terrorism on the mental health needs of the Province.

      Plastic Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many plastic baton rounds were used in crowd control circumstances in Northern Ireland during 2004 by (a) the police and (b) the Army.

      Staff Vacancies

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

      Trolley Waits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has regarding the number of trolley waits at each of the Province's hospitals in each month over the last five years.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the Lord Chancellor's plans to increase the number of community courts in England;...

    • IT Projects

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c)...

      Judges' Expenses

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been claimed in expenses by judges in each year since 1997; and what this represents for each year as an...

      Legal Aid (Travellers)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the estimated cost of legal aid to Travellers has been in each year since 1997.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his estimate is of the costs of the new Supreme Court; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • 14th Signals Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to move the 14th Signals Regiment from their base at Cawdor Barracks in the next three years.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has received representations from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or on his behalf, in connection with the location of the final assembly of...

      Aircraft Servicing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of servicing Harrier jets at RAF Cottesmore in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Aircraft Servicing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value was of work undertaken by BAE Systems at (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) RAF Marham in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.

      Aircraft Servicing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of servicing Tornado jets at RAF Marham in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and representatives of the British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association; and what response...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997–98 to...

      Civil Service Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many items of civil service property within his Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

      Clothing Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the country of origin was of fabric samples tested for the cut and sew contract; and when the tests took place.

      Clothing Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many garments have been delivered by the factory in China for the cut and sew contract.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) UK-owned and (b) foreign-owned companies have manufactured cluster munitions in the UK since 1998 for use by (i) the armed forces of the United...

      European Security Research Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the UK representatives will be on the European Security Research Advisory Board.

      Falcon Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce a decision on the successful tenderer for the Falcon project; and if he will make a statement.

      Household Division

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reviews are being carried out of the public duties obligations of the Household Division including the incremental companies.

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will reconsider his decision on the naming of the unit formed by the merger of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, the King's Own Royal Border...

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which infantry regiments have had the best record of personnel retention in each year since 2002.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) start and (b) end dates were of each British Army unit's operational deployment in Iraq since January 2003; and what the (i) dates and (ii)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women are being held in detention by British military authorities in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Government will commission and fund a comprehensive, independent inquiry into the number of Iraqis who have died or been injured as...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) casualties and (b) fatalities of British troops in Iraq there have been since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list individuals detained in Iraq by UK forces on the basis of an alleged connection with weapons of mass destruction; how long each has been...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the text of the aide-memoire on the law of armed conflict provided to soldiers on active duty in Iraq.

      Kellogg Brown & Root

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list contracts his Department has granted to Kellogg Brown & Root in the last five years.

      Military Court Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the longest sentence being served by a (a) man and (b) woman following conviction by a military court is.

      Military Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow many members of HM armed forces were (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed from the Services for misuse of rail warrants in each of the last five years...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Regular Army and (b) Royal Irish Regiment are serving in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 26 January 2005, Official Report, column 16WS on the reduction of Battalion Under Command GOC Northern...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on research and development of new nuclear weapons, with particular reference to low yield and bunker buster weapons and...

      Pay Television Subscriptions

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

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those Ministry of Defence projects for which QinetiQ (a) has pre-qualified to bid and (b) is bidding (i) on its own and (ii) as a full...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential for conflicts of interest to arise where QinetiQ is competing for Ministry of Defence contracts;...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether restrictions have been placed on the ability of QinetiQ to compete for service-based Ministry of Defence contracts.

      Royal Navy Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many wrecks of Royal Navy vessels lie in UK waters that have (a) not been legally explored, (b) been illegally explored and (c) been legally...

      Royal Navy Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to prevent historic wrecks of Royal Navy vessels being looted by treasure hunters; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Navy Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that adequate time is provided for archaeological examination and records of any finds from HMS Sussex before they are sold or...

      Special Advisers

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

      Specialist Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which specialist units have been deployed on operations since 1997 in a basic infantry role.

      Tornado GR4 (Servicing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to service Tornado GR4 jets at RAF Lossiemouth.

      Tornado GR4 (Servicing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tracks are to be built at RAF Lossiemouth to service Tornado GR4 jets.

      Tornado GR4 (Servicing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what concerns have been expressed to him by BAE Systems about the ability of the RAF to undertake deep repair of Tornado GR4 jets at RAF Marham.

      Tornado GR4 (Servicing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tracks are to be built at RAF Marham to provide depth support for Tornado GR4 jets.

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much VAT was transferred by the Department to the Treasury in 2003–04; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Signing Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) private soldiers and (b) non-commissioned officers have voluntarily signed off from the Army at the 11 year point in their Army career in...

      West Dean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the disposal of the West Dean ordnance site; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) guidance and (b) objections his Department has sent to Berwick-upon-Tweed borough council about the impact of proposed wind farm sites on the...

  • Health

    • A and E Child Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency child admissions there were in East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust in each quarter since 31 March 2001.

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts provide the drug Ebixa for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance trusts are proposing to merge with another ambulance trust.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the consumption of antibiotics in England for medical purposes was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Average Heights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average height of an adult (a) man and (b) woman in England was (i) in 1987, (ii) in 1992, (iii)in 1997 and (iv) on the most recent date for...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of postage was for official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; (2) how many departmental staff have...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support the Government provides to small independent drug and vaccine research companies in the preparation of cases for the Medicines...

      Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out by his Department on the relative merits of (a) cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) and (b) counselling in general...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people suffering from depression who are not receiving treatment.

      Diabetes Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of analogue drugs for diabetes treatment were made in the last year.

      Doncaster Foundation Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on the basis of what percentage of Doncaster patients treated Doncaster Foundation Hospital's financial plan was based; and on the basis of what...

      East Sussex Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the financial deficits in the East Sussex health economy.

      Evesham Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the detailed patient environment action teams' results for Evesham Community Hospital for (a) 2004 and (b) 2003.

      Generic Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 16 December 2004, Official Report, column 1319W, if he will estimate what savings have been made by (a) increasing the generic...

      GP Development Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funds his Department has made available for GP development schemes in each year since 1997–98; (2) what funds his Department proposes to...

      Healthy Eating in Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on healthy eating in schools.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has conducted a study into the impact of the introduction of identity cards on his Department's business.

      Imported Foodstuffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policies his Department has to ensure the safety of imported foodstuffs; and what guidance his Department has given to (a) other Government...

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training on infection control is available for NHS staff working in (a) community and (b) primary care settings.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to encourage undergraduate medical students to choose placements in rural areas; (2) what plans he has to commission...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what percentage of people with multiple sclerosis the timeframe laid down in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Clinical Guidelines...

      NHS Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2004, Official Report, column 1481W, on NHS cleaning services, which organisations are responsible for cleaning...

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in changing the pension arrangements for NHS consultants.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the proposal to change the NHS pension scheme from a final salary scheme to an average pay scheme.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff are members of the NHS pension scheme.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat the current value of the NHS staff pension fund is.

      NHS University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of the National Health Service University since its inception.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of issues relating to obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the levels of obesity were in (a) Romford, (b) the London borough of Havering, (c) Greater London, (d) Essex and (e) England at the most recent date...

      Orthodontists (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant orthodontists are employed in (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Durham University Hospital and (c) Hartlepool University Hospital.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost and (b) terms of the leasehold acquisition of land by his Department from the Paddington Development Corporation Ltd. for the Paddington...

      Patient and Public Involvement Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to abolish Patient and Public Involvement Forums of primary care trusts.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been made available to each primary care trust in each year since 2000; and what the average level of funding was in each year.

      Prime Service Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prime service providers are employed by the NHS.

      Private Sector NHS Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS surgery he expects to be carried out by the private sector by 2007–08; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Sector Treatment Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the new private sector treatment units are paid for (a) the number of operations contracted for and (b) the number of operations carried out; and...

      Psychiatric Hostels (Killings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many members of staff have been killed by patients in psychiatric hostels in each of the last three years.

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's funding for Saneline has been in each year since its inception.

      Small/Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts were awarded by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible to small and medium-sized enterprises in...

      Trans Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will (a) ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) in foodstuffs and (b) seek to legislate to ensure that all food products containing...

      Vacancy Statistics

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

      Whittington Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest information is that he has concerning the completion of the Jarvis private finance initiative contract at the Whittington hospital; and if...

  • House of Lords

    • Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to appoint a chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency and a replacement board member along the lines proposed in the document Replacement of Lord...

    • AIDS Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the scientific advice they have been given about the relationship between investment in research and development of an AIDS vaccine and...

      Northern Ireland: Landlords/Tenants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what statutory and other responsibilities landlords in Northern Ireland have for monitoring the behaviour of their tenants, including the behaviour of visitors...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the target set by the North/South Ministerial Council document (NSMC W13(01)4) of 23 November 2001, which indicated in paragraph 2 that all the posts in...

      IRA Terrorists: Criminal Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Office has advised Ministers to expunge the criminal records of Irish Republican Army terrorists.

      Northern Ireland Department of Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16 December 2004 (WA 103), how many civil servants from the Northern Ireland Department of Education were...

      Prime Minister: Meetings with Northern Ireland Political Parties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 25 January (WA 147), whether they will provide details of the meetings held between the Prime Minister and...

      Judiciary: Membership of Campaigning Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) membership of a fox hunt, or (b) membership of the Countryside Alliance is fully compatible with service in office as a member of the judiciary or...

      Incitement to Racial Hatred: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Attorney-General on 13 December (WA 56), what was the outcome of each of the 37 prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred...

      Incitement to Racial Hatred: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions since 1994 the Attorney-General has decided that it would not be in the public interest to consent to a prosecution for offences of...

      Firearms: Seizures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What types of firearms were seized by Nottinghamshire Constabulary during Operation Stealth; and how many were: (a) real firearms subject to Section 5 (1)(aba) of...

      Civil Partnership Act: Yukon Judgment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the judicial decision of Dunbar v Yukon & Canada 2004 YKSC 54 that marriages in the Canadian province of Yukon should not be...

      National Asylum Support Service: Empty Properties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking, other than under the Housing Act 2004, to ensure that empty properties under contract to the National Asylum Support Service are made...

      Identity Cards: Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they propose to assist individuals and families in receipt of social security benefits or low wages or pensions to pay for the proposed identity...

      Firearms Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a firearms certificate would be restored to a person who had been charged with assault; and whether local police officers are...

      Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people on arrest referral programmes in England and Wales have received crack cocaine treatment for each year for which figures are available; and what...

      Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the drug treatment budget, both for community and criminal funding programmes, was allocated to tackling crack cocaine dependency for each year...

      Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have received crack cocaine treatment in the community in England and Wales in each year for which figures are available; and what targets they...

      Hepatitis C and HIV Inadvertent Blood Infection: Payment Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the widows of haemophilia patients who have died of hepatitis C infection from contaminated National Health Service blood products are excluded from access to...

      Health and Social Care: Deferred Payments Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When regulations under Section 55 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001, whereby a local authority may take a charge on a person's home rather than a contribution...

      Children: Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of children in England and Wales are (a) overweight; and (b) obese, in the following age groups: (i) 0 to 11 year-olds; (ii) 11 to 16 year-olds;...

      Iraq: Claims Against Multinational Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What records have been kept of compensation claims against the multinational forces by Iraqis suffering injury or loss of relatives.

      Welsh Regiments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in line with the recent renaming of Scottish regiments, they will consider renaming Welsh infantry regiments as follows: The Royal Welch Fusiliers (1st...

      Welsh Regiments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the merger of the Welsh regiments is expected to have on morale; and what is being done to ensure that their sense of cohesiveness and identity is not lost.

      Welsh Regiments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they decided not to allow the Welsh regiments to maintain their individual identities while becoming the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Welsh.

      Serbia-Montenegro: Defence Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will respond to the request from the government of Serbia-Montenegro for help with reforming and enhancing their armed forces.

      Families in Temporary Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the increase in homelessness, what additional statutory funding is being made available to voluntary organisations providing for the needs of families living...

      Data Protection Act: EU Commission Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make public the text of the European Union Commission's letter of formal notice setting out those areas of the Data Protection Act 1998 which the...

      Data Protection Act: EU Commission Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the European Union Commission's recent letter of formal notice, they consider that the United Kingdom may not have adequately implemented...

      Data Protection Act: EU Commission Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have been notified by the European Union Commission that, in the light of the decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of Michael John Durant v the...

      Truancy: Criminal Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of pupils truanting from schools in England and Wales they estimate to be involved in some form of criminal activity.

      Licensing Act 2003: Cost to NHS and Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the cost to (a) the National Health Service, and (b) the police of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 and of the possible...

      EU Constitutional Treaty: Referendum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make available all documents between HM Treasury and the Prime Minister's Private Office on the possible timing of a referendum on the European...

      Sudan: Arms Sales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in their investigation into attempts by British businessmen to sell tanks, personnel carriers, an Antonov aircraft and munitions to...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent by each government department on plants, flowers and other shrubbery on their premises, together with the cost of any ongoing upkeep, in...

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money each government department spent on taxis in the past two years; How much money each government department spent on: (a) domestic air travel, and...

      Government Departments: Art Purchases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12 January (WA 66–69) on works of art purchased by government departments, how much was paid...

      Museums: Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which city museums have made charges to the public to view special or specific exhibitions in the past 10 years.

      Historic Environment: Resources

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether financial help has been given to any areas of England and Wales where local authorities seek to preserve prehistoric footprints such as those found on the...

      Licensing Act 2003: Implementation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to produce advice for local residents on how to object to applications for premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003, including renewals;...

      Algeria: Sovereign Debt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount of Algerian sovereign debt or debt of state-owned companies is owed to the United Kingdom; and whether there have been any negotiations or discussions...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6 December 2004 (WA 27–28), how many troops from the United Kingdom or NATO reserves they...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3 December 2004 (WA 27–28), why the London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games did not include...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown of the expenditure of £37 million for security detailed in paragraph 6.6.1, page 103, of Volume 1 of the bid for the...

      Olympic Games: Pistol Shooting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16 September 2004 (WA 205–206), whether there is to be a test pistol shooting event in the year...

      Inheritance Tax: Fees Paid to Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the annual amount of fees paid by United Kingdom taxpayers to accountants, solicitors and other professional advisers in order to...

      Stamp Duty: Receipts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the stamp duty receipts from transactions in (a) shares; (b) residential property; and (c) commercial property in each year since 1996–97.

      Stamp Duty: Receipts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the receipts from stamp duty in transactions on securities listed on the Stock Exchange; and what were the number of such transactions in (a) each full...

      European Union: Lisbon Agenda

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they will send to the European Union Commission in respect of the revised Lisbon agenda priorities following Mr Wim Kok's report's recommendations.

      Disability Discrimination Bill: Public Sector Duties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many organisations during the consultation on the draft Disability Discrimination Bill, the subsequent consultation Delivering Equality for Disabled People,...

      Disability Discrimination Bill: Public Sector Duties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of the organisations which supported the introduction of the public sector duties outlined in Clause 3 of the Disability Discrimination Bill, how many and which...

      Disability Discrimination Bill: Public Sector Duties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any representations opposing the imposition on schools of the public sector duties outlined in Clause 3 of the Disability Discrimination...

      EU Software Patents Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Patents & Software: Fact and Fiction article, published recently by the United Kingdom Patents Office, is an accurate explanation of the details of...

      Vehicle Sales: Advertisements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is acceptable to park vehicles on the public highway with the purpose of advertising them for sale; and whether the law is sufficient to prevent this...

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