Written answers

Wednesday, 2 February 2005

  • Leader of the House

    • Sinn Fein Members

      To ask the Leader of the House how much public money has been paid to Sinn Fein hon. Members in (a) salaries, (b) incidental expenses provision, (c) additional costs allowance, (d) staffing...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Action Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list organisations in receipt of Environmental Action Fund payments in each year since 2002; which organisations...

    • Environmental Action Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the size of the Environmental Action Fund (a) was for 2002–05 and (b) will be in 2005–08; what funds were...

      Environmental Action Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many groups have bid for funding from the Environmental Action Fund in 2005–08; and how many of the unsuccessful...

      Environmental Education Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on funding for environmental education projects following the wind-up of the landfill tax credit...

      Parking Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many car parking spaces are provided for those working (a) in and (b) visiting her Department.

  • Defence

    • Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which months during 2004 Regular Army recruitment was stopped for (a) the whole Regular Army and (b) sections of the Regular Army.

    • Court Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place to ensure that details of service men and women who have been convicted under a court martial are passed on to the civilian...

      Decommissioning Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the effect of the application of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2237/2004 of 29 December 2004, OJ L393 of volume 47 of 31...

      HMS Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement concerning his agreement with Odyssey Marine Exploration over the recovery of the wreck HMS Sussex and treasure...

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Colchester (Bob Russell) of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 73W, on infantry battalions, which...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether detainees initially detained in Iraq in connection with weapons of mass destruction have been moved outside Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions in the last two years a Minister has made an official visit to (a) an injured soldier and (b) bereaved families of soldiers; and who...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps towards compliance with the UK's commitment to pursue disarmament negotiations in good faith under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action the Government have taken to investigate the claims of national servicemen who volunteered for experiments at Porton Down and who believe...

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has held with the Director of Infantry on the proposal to cut one of the Fusilier battalions of the Royal Regiment of...

      Royal School of Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to move the Royal School of Engineering from Chatham; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Forces (Germany)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces personnel are serving in Germany; and if he will make a statement.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what bilateral relations exist between his Department and its Ukranian counterpart; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Supplementary Estimate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) implications and (b) consequences of the changes sought in the Ministry of Defence's winter supplementary estimate are; what the reasons for...

  • Prime Minister

    • Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met President George Bush; and what matters were discussed.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Legal Aid Funding Code

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what procedures will be used to amend the Legal Aid Funding Code.

    • Magistrates Courts (Greater London)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the magistrates courts which operate within the Greater London area.

      Publicity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was added to the council tax rate of a band D council tax payer by each (a) parish and (b) town council in the last year for which figures are available...

    • Ropetackle Site (Shoreham)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what square footage is planned for the Community and Arts facility on the Ropetackle site in Shoreham-by-Sea.

  • Transport

    • Rail Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change in the level of rail usage has been since 2000.

  • Treasury

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates for the common forms of cancer were in each year since 1990, broken down by (a) social class and (b) English region.

    • Capital and Resource Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the level of the available (a) annually managed expenditure margin and (b) departmental expenditure reserve for capital and...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the civil service job reductions recommended by the Gershon Review were in (a) London, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Scotland, broken down by...

      Cleaning Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of cleaning the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental (a) canteens and (b) bars there are; and how much has been spent on the (i) running, (ii) staffing and (iii) supply costs of each in...

      Economic Growth (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the expected rate of economic growth within the Greater London area over the next three years.

      Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings he has had with the Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland since 1997.

      Expenditure Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of planned real growth of total managed expenditure between (a) 2007–08 and 2008–09 and (b) 2008–09 and...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) the number of income tax payers with incomes in excess of £100,000 for (i) 2004–05 and (ii) each year from 2005–06...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been collected in inheritance tax in each of the last three years.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place the review of prescription charges undertaken in 1998 as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in the Library.

      R&D Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total estimated take-up rates were of research and development tax credits by eligible firms in each year since 2000, broken down by (a) size of...

      R&D Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of research and development tax credits has been since 2000, broken down by (a) size of company and (b) industrial sector; and what the...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue implication of restructuring stamp duty on residential property sales so as to charge marginal rates of (a) 0 per cent. on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) England were overpaid tax credits in 2004; and of these how many are being pursued for repayment.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are being charged interest on tax credits overpaid to them in 2004 through no fault of their own.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are being used to determine whether to write off tax credits overpaid to people during 2004.

      Unallocated Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of unallocated departmental spending in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, and (c) 2007–08; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cleaning Contractors

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the terms of the employment of contracted cleaners in the House.

  • International Development

    • AIDS (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on programmes to tackle AIDS in Africa.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on food rationing in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's activities in Iraq.

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on the merits of free trade in relieving poverty.

      Disaster Relief Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on developing continuing relationships between communities in the United Kingdom and those in disaster relief areas.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on reconstruction in countries affected by the Indian ocean tsunami.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development how much aid has been received by Zimbabwe in the 2004–05 financial year; and if he will make a statement.

      Sustainable Forestry (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what steps he is taking to help to secure sustainable forestry in Africa.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact on (a) the amount of food donated by international donors and (b) the amount of...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the tendering process under the law implemented in December 2004 for contracts to mill food...

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the findings of the Commission for Africa will be presented to Parliament.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04; and what the...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK aid to Darfur during recent months.

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Free Trade (Agriculture)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the economic effects on developing countries of allowing free trade in agricultural products.

      Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has provided to the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisation (GAVI) in each of the last five years.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of EU aid in each of the last five years was spent in heavily indebted poor countries.

      HIV/AIDS Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to ensure that civil society, including faith-based organisations, in developing countries are...

      HIV/AIDS Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government will take during its G8 and EU presidencies to fulfill the commitment to champion the needs of orphans and...

      Israel, Syria and Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the average (a) income levels, (b) life expectancy, (c) per capita funding for education and (d) unemployment rate for (i)...

      Microenterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of microenterprises on the economic development of developing countries; and if...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many courses in the adult and continuing education sector were offered in each of the last 10 years.

    • Education Maintenance Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Hartlepool have been in receipt of education maintenance allowances in each year since the scheme was introduced.

      Higher Education Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18-year-olds resident in Burnley entered higher education in the academic year 2002//03.

      Higher Education Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants has there been to higher education establishments from schools within the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last...

      International Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK's ability to recruit international students by increased charges for visa extensions as...

      International Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the attractiveness of studying in the UK to international students.

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii)...

      Specialist College Status (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in the Coventry area have specialist college status.

      Youth Clubs/Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many youth clubs were available for young people to use in (a) England, (b) Kirklees and (c) Huddersfield in each of the last 10years.

      Youth Clubs/Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was available for youth services in (a) England and (b) Kirklees in each of the last 10 years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Crown Servants (Pensions)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many former crown servants including defence personnel are in receipt of state pensions; and how many of those are payable (a) within the United...

    • Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in...

      Public Service Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with officials from the public sector unions on public service reform.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to protect workers over 65 years from unfair dismissal.

    • Airbus A380

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the potential for job creation in the UK of the Airbus A380 Project.

      Airbus A380

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the UK contribution to date has been to the development of the Airbus A380; and how many aircraft will need to be sold for the investment...

      Bank Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to assist people who are unable to open bank accounts due to a lack of key identification documents, with...

      Canatxx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with Canatxx Gas Storage Ltd. and Canatxx Energy Ventures Ltd. with regard to their proposal for a new...

      Company Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans there are to protect funds owed to employees when a company goes into liquidation.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of developments in the renewable energy industry in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK since 1997; and if she will make...

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department has taken (a) to export renewable energy technologies developed within the United Kingdom to the developing world...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate she has made of the likely change in the number of households containing young children that are fuel poor as a result of...

      Launch Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid by her Department in launch aid in each year since 1997; how much has been repaid since 1997; and if she will make a...

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland fall within her Department's definition of rural post...

      Swan Hunter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial support her Department has given to the Swan Hunter Shipyard in each of the last five years.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what obligations she plans to place on the producers of business waste electrical and electronic equipment to finance the building up of the...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the likely collection rate for operation schemes dealing with business compliance with the waste electrical and...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) examined into the low frequency noise impact of wind turbines.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the separation distances required for the erection of wind turbine pylons over 100 metres in height.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in improving women's rights in Afghanistan.

    • Armament Sales (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of human rights in China.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many reports his Department has received of crimes against humanity committed by the government of Burma in each year since...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department's travel advice with regard to Burma was last (a) reviewed and (b) changed; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the number of UK citizens travelling to Burma in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the massacre at Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi on 13 August 2004; and if he will...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of alleged Mai Mai and Rwandan Hutu militia involvement in the massacre at Gatumba...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have had with members of (i)...

      Central Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the scale and (b) the nature of activity by the Conseil national pour la de"fense...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many copies of the Commentary on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, released on 26 January, have been...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Foreign Office staff worked on the compilation of the Commentary on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe,...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what date and in what form he will publish the range of material to accompany the constitutional treaty to which the Prime...

      Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department provides to Georgia.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last contacted his Iranian counterpart about the return of the Royal Marine boats and equipment that were seized on 21...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the (a) social, (b) economic and (c) humanitarian impact of the Absentee Property...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the objectives of the Middle East roadmap to peace, with particular reference to...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list overseas trips he and his departmental Ministers have made on official business or using official transport...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government in Pakistan on its treatment of Christians.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the source is of the information on the Foreign Office website on travel advice for those visiting Sri Lanka; and how the...

      Staff Vacancies

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Sudanese authorities regarding the cases of (a) Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam of the Sudan...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct the UK representation in Sudan to investigate the case of Shamseldiu Idries-Al-amiu recently deceased.

      Torture-obtained Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture by another country since May 1997.

      Travel Costs

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who signed the Agreements of OJ L 391 volume 47 of 31 December 2004 on behalf of the Zimbabwean Government; where the signing...

  • Wales

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04; and what the estimated cost of...

    • Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

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

      Departmental Policies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each property;...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which...

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 773W, on benefit rates, if he will make it his policy to collect figures for...

    • Departmental Policies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

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

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance is available to lone parents who wish to return to work in Hendon; how many people have taken up this assistance; and if he...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's take-up targets are for pension credit for (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to alter the regulations covering entitlement to pension credit to take account of the aspects of the Civil Partnerships Act...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department decided to publish information on pension credit figures on a quarterly basis.

      Sheffield Forgemasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received about the Sheffield's Forgemasters pension scheme.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Fuel Poverty

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

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what categories of homes are eligible for assistance under measures to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.

      Pay Television Subscriptions

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

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many rooms within his Department smoking is allowed.

      Taskforces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department in each year since 1997 on taskforces and similar bodies.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) applied for and (b) obtained in each police authority in each year since their introduction,...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for extensions to existing antisocial behaviour orders in Stoke-on-Trent have been (a) granted and (b) refused in...

      Burglars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) householders and (b) shop-owners who have injured burglars on their property have been charged but not prosecuted by...

      CCTV (Stoke-on-Trent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been allocated for CCTV schemes in Stoke-on-Trent in each of the past seven years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 29 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Yulima Vicentre Vidal.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Basingstoke...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letters dated 6 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mrs Saima...

      Crime (Sentences) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mandatory minimum sentences have been imposed under the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 in respect of (a) third-time burglars and (b)...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the South Dorset constituency, the effects of changes to...

      Essex/Southend Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions for (a) failing to provide a breath test and (b) failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis (i) Essex...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firework-related prosecutions occurred in (a) England and Wales, (b) Wales and (c) the South Wales Police Force area in (i) 2002,...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices for littering have been issued by Coventry community support officers in the last year.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the assessment of the UK Passport Service biometric trial has been completed.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where each of the focus groups convened for the consultation on the legislation on identity cards met.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of adults in Scotland who for physical reasons are unable to provide (a) fingerprints and (b) iris...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of (a) false positive matches and (b) false negative matches in the UK Passport Service biometrics trial has been; and what...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of UK adults who for physical reasons are unable to provide (a) fingerprints and (b) iris scans for...

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) scale and (b) nature of working by illegal immigrants in the UK.

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applicants for asylum who have been granted temporary leave to remain in the UK who have served, or are serving, custodial...

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down the numbers of people who migrated to the UK in each of the last three years by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity.

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of central Government grants to each local authority to supportasylum seekers was in each year since 1996–97.

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been removed from the UK less than three months after all appeals have been exhausted in the last year for which...

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Stoke-on-Trent who are applying for asylum are (a) male, (b) female, (c) married and (d) single; and how many...

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum registration cards have been issued in each of the last six months; and how many in each month prohibited employment.

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of asylum registration cards with employment prohibited have left the UK (a) voluntarily and (b) through deportation in each...

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people to whom asylum registration cards have been issued are resident in the UK.

      IND Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when officials at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will resolve the immigration status of a constituent of the hon. Member for...

      IT Projects

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

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a national programme for dealing with juvenile offenders in custody who have been (a) subjected to and (b) convicted of...

      Juvenile Travel (Parental Consent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether a 16 to 18-year-old domiciled in the UK requires written or verbal permission from a parent or guardian to leave the UK (a)...

      Managed Migration Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many caseworkers of the Managed Migration Directorate were at work on (a) 6 and (b) 7 March.

      Managed Migration Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the operating budget of the Managed Migration Unit of the Home Office is for 2004–05.

      Mr. Richard Watson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the results were of the investigations into how the written parliamentary questions tabled on 11 October by the hon. Member for...

      Peter Sutcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances he would permit a return visit by Peter Sutcliffe to Arnside in Cumbria.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) crime and incident and (b) custody unit staff employed by (i) Essex police and (ii) Southend police have been dismissed in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in the numbers of full-time police officers in (a) Lancashire Constabulary and (b) Burnley has been since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) part-time, including reduced hour and short-time working and (b) full-time police officers there were in each constabulary in...

      Police Command Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police Basic Command Units (BCUs) there were in each of the last seven years; and how many BCUs he estimates there will be in (a)...

      Policing (Dagenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average spending per capita on policing in the Dagenham constituency has been in each year since 1996–97.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners have been transferred to Standford Hill Open Prison from (a) Elmley Prison and (b) Swaleside Prison in each year...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates there are at HMP Holloway; what the average period of stay was of an inmate at that prison at the last date for which...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners at (a) Elmley prison and (b) Swaleside prison have been reclassified from Category C to Category D in each year since 1997.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will ensure that future organisational change in the probation service does not have a negative impact on (a) staff morale and (b)...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the performance against targets of the national probation service during the period of April to September 2004 was; and what assessment...

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii)...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what percentage of the expenditure of each agency sponsored by his Department went on research and development in each year...

      Rural Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will encourage (a) police authorities and (b) police forces to give higher priority to rural policing when allocating resources.

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of individuals wrongly convicted of historical sex abuse have been awarded compensation in each of the last five...

      Sex Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the findings of the joint Metropolitan Police Service and the Institute of Psychiatry research project to...

      Sikh Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will revise the statutory code of practice to ensure that all public bodies separately recognise and monitor Sikhs for the purposes of...

      Sikh Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Indian High Commission concerning India's opposition to the separate recognition and monitoring...

      Sikh Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plan to undertake a comprehensive review of the proscription of the International Sikh Youth Federation.

      Sikh Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet representatives from the (a) Sikh Federation (UK), (b) National Council of Gurdwaras, (c) Young Sikhs and (d) Sikh...

      Statement Validity Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has conducted into statement validity analysis; and what the findings were.

      Sulaiman Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make a final decision in the case of the Sulaiman family (Home Office reference J1080623, J1080623/2, J1080623/3); and if he...

      Work Permit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responsibilities the Work Permit Scheme places on an employer who makes redundant an employee employed under that scheme.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is of a six-month custodial sentence in a secure unit for a 14-year-old.

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of a youth offending team's involvement with a juvenile was in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Health

    • Alcohol-related Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of alcohol-related health problems in people over 60.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will set a deadline for ending the current variation in the prescribing of anti-cancer drugs as recommended by the Public Accounts Committee...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources have been made available for further (a) research into cancer and (b) increasing public awareness of the causes of cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources he is making available to the National Cancer Research Institute and Clinical Studies Group on Alternative Therapies; and what assessment...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to conclude negotiations on the new NHS dentists' contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many extra dentists he plans to recruit; and how many of them he expects to (a) come from overseas recruitment and (b) be existing dentists returning...

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of the (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed by private diagnostic and treatment centres with contracts with the NHS were...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is required for audiologists qualified to fit digital hearing aids within the NHS.

      Dioxins and PCBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has conducted into the levels of (a) dioxins and (b) PCBs found in (i) wild salmon, (ii) farmed salmon and (iii) flame retardants; and...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug rehabilitation (a) units and (b) beds have been established in Stoke-on-Trent in each year since 1997.

      Foundation Hospitals (Borrowing Limits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the independent regulator for foundation hospitals regarding an increase in borrowing limits by the hospitals.

      General Practitioners (Southend-on-Sea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on general practitioner lists in Southend-on-Sea in (a) 1990, (b) 2000 and (c) 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the utility of existing health deprivation indicators for assessing the relative health deprivation of rural areas.

      Health Service Staff (Stoke)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) administrative staff are employed in the (i) Stoke-on-Trent North Primary Care Trust, (ii) Stoke-on-Trent South...

      Healthy Living Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of (a) healthy living centres and (b) healthy lifestyle workers to public health; and if he...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the value of Palantype speech to text reporting machines to hearing impaired people; and...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons no compensation is payable to the families of those who died before 29 August 2003 from Hepatitis C caused through NHS treatment with...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure is planned for the hepatitis C awareness campaign in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      Local Authority Caring Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities have sought determination from him in relation to which local authority is responsible for people for whom more than one local...

      MRI (Alliance Medical)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the MRI scanning service provided by Alliance Medical; and what proposals he has for monitoring this service.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children (a) contracted MRSA infections in hospitals and (b) died from MRSA infections in each of the last seven years.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that district nurses are informed that a patient discharged from hospital contracted MRSA while in hospital.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of MRSA infection in the UK is; and what information he collects on the rate in other countries.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA were reported at (a) Scunthorpe Hospital and (b) Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby in each year for which figures are available.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the funding allocated by the Department to multiple sclerosis specialist nurses for the financial year 2005–06 has been confirmed in writing...

      NHS Choice Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS choice pilots schemes have been subject to formal external evaluation; what plans he has to distribute the results of these evaluations to...

      NHS Choice Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage general practitioners to use choose and book; and what plans he has to monitor the use by general practitioners of...

      NHS Choice Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) monitor and (b) support the ability of primary care trusts to commission services as patient choice is introduced.

      NHS Choice Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the ability of patients to exercise choice in the provider of their elective surgery does not exclude hard-to-reach...

      NHS Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaners are employed at (a) Scunthorpe Hospital and (b) Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby.

      Parkinson's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which the needs of those who suffer from Parkinson's disease are being met; and what assessment he has made...

      Social Care (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the hourly average pay rate for workers in the social care sector.

      Supported Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Government has allocated for the support element of supported living in the next three years; (2) what mechanisms are in place for...

      Surgical Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of medical patients occupying surgical beds was in each local health authority in each of the last seven years.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are waiting for treatment in each Government Office region in England.

      Ward Environment Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated for ward environment budgets; and how that funding has been spent.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's policy is towards age discrimination.

    • Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils are enrolled for grammar schools in Northern Ireland; and what the change in enrolment numbers has been since the baseline...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs have been created in Northern Ireland as a result of foreign direct investment in the last three financial years; and what the...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much Invest Northern Ireland has spent in the last three financial years on acquiring equity in local companies.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what training is available to staff in the Juvenile Justice Centre in relation to the suitability of methods of restraint used.

      National Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which assets (a) the Northern Ireland Office and (b) the Northern Ireland Departments plan to dispose of in each of the next three financial years.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the major road schemes likely to commence construction in Northern Ireland within the next 12 months;

      School Performance Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will re-introduce school performance tables in Northern Ireland.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in...

      Ulster Scots Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to announce the name of the new Chairman of the Ulster Scots Agency.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Murders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names of those people murdered to date in Northern Ireland in 2004, indicating which are considered victims of (a) paramilitary murders; (b) domestic...

    • Northern Ireland: Chichester Street Security Barriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 November (WA 101), what agencies were consulted about the Chichester Street security barriers in Belfast;...

      Northern Ireland Police: Childcare Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendations in Section 15, paragraph 11 of the Patten report regarding the introduction of childcare facilities, childcare vouchers and flexible...

      Northern Ireland Departments: Expenditure on Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 September (WA 103), how much has been spent on consultants since June 2001 by each government department...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 29) concerning allegations of staff bullying at Waterways Ireland, whether the 20 staff...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 October 2004 (WA 50) concerning the appointment of the head of administration (marketing and...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the qualifications of the person appointed as director of marketing and communications at Waterways Ireland which enabled him to be appointed to the post...

      Northern Ireland: Ex-Prisoners Assistance Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Ex-Prisoners Assistance Committee was chosen to deliver a presentation at an office of the Northern Ireland executive in Brussels "Open Day" on 29...

      Irish Language Broadcast Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14 January (WA 83), whether it is still their policy to create an Irish Language Film and Television Fund;...

      Conflict Resolution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What principles they apply in working for conflict resolution; and how they attempt to ensure that agreements reached become self-sustaining.

      Libya: Capital Punishment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made, or plan to make, representations to the Libyan authorities about the death sentences passed on five Bulgarian nurses for allegedly...

      Cyprus: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, after rejecting the Annan plan, Greek Southern Cyprus was admitted as a constituent member of the European Union; and what benefits now enjoyed by Greek...

      Entente Cordiale: Anglo-French Celebrations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a detailed assessment of the practical effects of the entente cordiale programmes between France and the United Kingdom last year.

      Israel and Palestine: London Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will now reassess the need for the Government of Israel to take part in the Madrid-London meeting on Palestinian issues and re-open discussions with...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure close co-operation on weapons of mass destruction and non-proliferation targets between the United Nations, NATO and the...

      Army Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by the Lord Bach on 16 December 2004 (HL Deb, cols. 1444–45), which categories of the Armed Forces are "key specialist capabilities"...

      Iraq: Air Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many offensive air missions against targets in Iraq have been conducted by United Kingdom aircraft since 1 May 2003; how many weapons were released; and what...

      Asian Tsunami

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many units from the Royal Engineers have been sent to Sri Lanka as a consequence of the tsunami.

      Schools: Instances of Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many instances of: (a) actual bodily harm; (b) grievous bodily harm; (c) rape; (d) indecent assault; (e) common assault; (f) battery; (g) murder; (h)...

      Schools: Contraceptive Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their approach to condom vending machines located on school premises; and how many schools in England and Wales possess such facilities.

      Higher Education: French Studies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many students graduated in French for the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of graduates that represented.

      Schools: Unruly Pupils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to give more powers to head teachers to remove unruly pupils from schools both temporarily and permanently.

      Schools: Sex and Relationship Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to make sex education compulsory in schools in England and Wales.

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost to the Treasury of tax concessions detailed in paragraphs 6.5.1 and 6.5.3, page 99, of Volume 1 of the bid for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

      National Lottery: Regional Distributors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the stated priorities of each regional body distributing lottery money throughout the United Kingdom; and whether such priorities are consistent...

      Pre-Budget Report 2004: Exchange Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16 December 2004 (Official Report, col. 1507), whether they will explain how the exchange rates underlying...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the turnout in the elections of governors to foundation trusts among those who had registered as members and as a percentage of the electoral roll.

      Stem Cell Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of recent research indicating that existing embryonic stem cell lines are unsafe for human use because of contamination with animal...

      Rail Vehicle Accessibility Exemption Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 63 rail vehicle accessibility exemption orders listed on the Department for Transport's website apply to heritage railways.

      Rail Vehicle Accessibility Exemption Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many rail vehicles have ceased to be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act rail vehicle accessibility exemption orders; and for how long such orders...

      Parking Regulations: Traffic Wardens

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether parking regulations apply to traffic wardens and parking attendants when on duty; and whether the regulations are enforced on them.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions (i) Lord Birt, and (ii) the Chancellor of the Exchequer met the Prime Minister in each month of the final quarter of 2004, distinguishing...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lord Birt— (a) has an office or offices in Whitehall and, if so, where and at what notional cost, calculated at current equivalent private sector...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lord Birt— (a) has the use of lunch or dining facilities in Whitehall; (b) has claimed any expenses in his role as strategic adviser and, if so, what...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lord Birt has used the services of any consultants contracted to the Government or has had the cost of consultants met by the Government; and Whether Lord...

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