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Written answers

Thursday, 3 February 2005

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many respondents to the British Crime Survey believed their assailants were under the influence of alcohol when they were assaulted in...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers who were resident in (a) the City of Manchester, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) the North West of England and (d)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the outcome of the consultation and review of in-country leave to remain application charges will be made available.

      Cash in Transit Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cash in transit attacks have taken place in the UK in each of the last five years; how much cash has been stolen; and how many...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) gender and (b) familial relationship to the child victim was of offenders in substantiated child abuse cases in each of the last...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were killed by their parents or carers in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Christopher Alder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the Humberside Police Authority regarding the early retirement of the police officer involved in...

      Christopher Alder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what recent representations his Department has received on the Christopher Alder case; and if he will make a statement.

      Coroners Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many coroners courts operate within the Greater London area.

      Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to correspondence dated 21 December concerning a previous letter dated 21 November regarding a constituent...

      Custody Sergeants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of possible merits of changing the role played by the custody sergeant in the criminal justice system.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of unallocated departmental spending in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, and (c) 2007–08; and if he...

      EC Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy towards the amendments to the proposal to a Council Decision establishing the European Refugee Fund...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned into the safety of iris scan enrolment for identity card applicants.

      Missing Departmental Property

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

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice has been given to Chief Officers of Probation on the future structure of the probation service after the introduction of the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) 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 employing...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Precedent Book

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Precedent Book.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2004, Official Report, column 578W, on special advisers, if he will list the complaints made to the Secretary of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Anti-bribery/Corruption Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library the comparison of the Export Credits Guarantee Department revised anti-bribery and corruption procedures with...

    • Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much agent's commission the Export Credits Guarantee Department covered on the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia; and...

  • Defence

    • Annington Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the payments under the Profit Share Agreement with Annington Homes Ltd. were invoked for (a) Gunwharf, Portsmouth, (b) Royal Clarence Yard,...

    • Army Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what reasons the Army Prosecuting Authority was not involved in the case of a private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who was...

      Army Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monthly recruitment figures for the regular Army were during 2004.

      British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last reviewed the evidence relating to the compensation claims of the British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated 7 December 2004 with regard to (a) Mr. M. Thompson and...

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the figures were in each case in...

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial years 2002–03 and 2003–04 the MOD Police spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a...

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what percentage of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2002–03 the Defence Estates Agency spent in...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 215 unidentified smaller commitments referred to in the letter dated 17 November from the Minister for the Armed Forces to the hon....

      First Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which dates he has held meetings with the First Minister of the Scottish Executive since 1 January; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Council for British Archaeology concerning the proposed recovery of HMS Sussex; and if he will make a statement.

      Infantry Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-infantry soldiers in (a) Iraq and (b) Northern Ireland are deployed on infantry tasks.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers who have served in Iraq since March 2004 have (a) gone absent without leave and (b) been charged with desertion.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the objectives of British military policy in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total financial cost to the United Kingdom of its military involvement in Iraq during 2004 was; and if he will make a statement.

      Naval Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what health and safety requirements there are for the firing of naval munitions; and whether these requirements prohibit the firing of specific munitions.

      Panther Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Panther command liaison vehicle is intended to be from the same family as the Panther armoured reconnaissance vehicle; (2) who the...

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the Royal Regiment of Scotland will be formed; (2) when the Royal Scots and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers will be amalgamated.

      Swan Hunter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlay the decision not to assist Swan Hunter with the overrun in budget to build the Largs Bay and Lyme Bay vessels at its Wallsend yard;...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were employed by (a) his Department and (b) the Court Service in each year from 1998–99 to...

    • Magistrates (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to his oral answer of 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 159, whether magistrates are remunerated in...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with...

      Welsh Language Scheme

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the key impacts for (a) different regions, (b) different sectors and (c) the world as a whole...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department will be promoting the concept of contraction and convergence at the conference on climate change at...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets for carbon dioxide emission reductions by 2050 her Department will be promoting at the conference on climate...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many items of electrical equipment were used by her Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by her Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs...

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for greenhouse gas emissions of the absence of an agreed national allocation...

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rate of change for entitlements within the Emissions Trading Scheme her Department is prepared to accept to ensure its...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what visits her officials have made since 1997 to (a) Germany, (b) the Netherlands and (c) other EU member states to...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the co-ordination of contingency planning in the event of major floods. [211860 Question...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response she has made to the recent Royal Society report on GM crops based on the management of GM herbicide tolerant...

      Household Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of household waste in West Derbyshire has been recycled in each of the last three years.

      Oil Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has sponsored into the effects of oil leakage on land on (a) sources of drinking water, (b) soil conditions...

      Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what action her Department takes against site operators not carrying out a risk assessment at a petrol station as...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the people working within her Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the...

      Shooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the groups (a) supportive of shooting, (b) critical of shooting and (c) neutral on shooting interviewed by...

      Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Tidal Waves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been carried out into the likelihood of the UK being struck by a tidal wave in the foreseeable future.

      Tidal Waves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what preparations her Department has made for the possibility of the UK being struck by a tidal wave.

      Tidal Waves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of (a) which areas of the UK are likely to be affected and (b) the scale of likely damage which...

      UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the UK (a) independently and (b) as part of the EU (i)proposed and (ii) co-sponsored UN resolutions (A)...

      Water Companies (Insurance Policies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effects of the practice of water companies of selling insurance to...

      Pollution Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many incidents of pollution in the domestic and residential sector there were in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; (2) how...

  • Transport

    • Bromsgrove Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive about selective door opening at Bromsgrove station.

    • Bromsgrove Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail about the lengthening of Bromsgrove station platforms.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b)...

      Departmental Policies (Edinburgh, North and Leith)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

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

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many individuals (a) failed and (b) passed all parts of the driving test in each of the last five years.

      Footpaths (Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy not to renew the prohibition on pedestrian traffic on Footpath No. 10, Dartmouth to Castle Cove; and if he will instruct...

      M1 (Closure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 Motorway was closed between junctions 27 and 28 on 20 January; how long the closure lasted; at what time northbound lanes...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of how effective the ban on the use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving has been since its introduction.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned into the suitability of the level of the fine awarded for use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

      Parking Spaces

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

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 958W, on railways, what assessment he has made of the priorities for the expansion...

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to meet the Railfreight Interchange Investment Group.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on large-scale railfreight interchanges.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the timetable for the distribution of services provided by Central Trains between other train operating companies;...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the quality and reliability of information to passengers (a) on trains, travelling between and (b) at stations in...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that expansion of powers to passenger transport executives does not have an adverse impact on train services in...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of line speed restrictions in Worcestershire on the punctuality and reliability of local train services.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans there are (a) to renew signalling in the Worcestershire area and (b) to introduce a new signalling section between Worcester and...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have travelled (a) to and (b) from Stoke-on-Trent railway station in each of the last seven years.

      Railway Stations (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much is available in the Access for All fund to improve disabled access at railway stations; and what criteria are used for distribution of...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the length of time a driver has had a licence is recorded at motorway accidents.

      Rural Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what initiatives his Department has introduced since 2001 to support transport provision in rural areas.

      Transport for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and Transport for London on the definition of rail...

      Welsh Language Scheme

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Learning Inspectorate

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

    • Advance Level Qualifications (Examinations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) research she has commissioned and (b) discussions she has had on devising examinations which can identify performance over the full...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work is being conducted on integrating apprenticeships into the diploma framework in the Tomlinson Report; and what discussions she has...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of cared for children who received an official police caution in each year between 1997 and 2004.

      Environmental Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value is of her Department's financial support to non-governmental organisations involved in environmental education in...

      GCSE Scores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCSE points scores for each school type in England excluding GNVQ Part One qualifications and GCSE short courses have been...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she has conducted a study into the impact of the introduction of identity cards on her Department's business.

      Institute of Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in setting up the Institute of Assessment; and if she will make a statement.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ensure that letters from the Learning and Skills Council responding to parliamentary questions, which neither contain...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what actions her Department is taking to mark National Salt Awareness Day on 26 January; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list the speeches her special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004, broken down...

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much expenditure by his Department in response to the tsunami emergency has been allocated to Ministry of Defence Resources.

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on aid to victims of the Asian tsunami.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 52W, on Bangladesh, what changes to the Chars Livelihood Programme:...

      Carbon Capture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects on carbon capture and storage have been supported by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding has been provided by the Government under the debt initiative recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer,...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of investment his Department is seeking in (a) energy efficiency and (b) renewable energy from the World Bank Group.

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the UK Government are taking to ensure that civil society organisations in developing countries are able to access allocated...

      International Financial Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on how International Financial Institutions (IFIs) should conduct consultations; what his policy is on which aspects...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was received by the Palestinian Authority for (a) humanitarian and (b) military purposes from (i) the Government of the...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what action his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in response to UN General Assembly Resolution A/58/L60 on...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the cost of the new debt initiative announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his recent visit to Tanzania.

      Welsh Language Scheme

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

  • Treasury

    • World Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution the UK is making to meeting the 2015 targets for reducing world poverty.

    • Welfare to Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his assessment is of the effectiveness of welfare to work policies.

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in representations to the IMF and World Bank on the international finance facility.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of taxation on the state of the economy.

      Tax Credit Overpayment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the current level of tax credit overpayment.

      Small Shops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the tax burden on small shops.

      Government Staffing Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the influence of central Government staffing levels on the level of taxation.

      Government Staffing Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of public spending increases on levels of central Government staffing.

      Stolen Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is planning to ensure that assets stolen from poor countries, held in bank accounts abroad, are returned.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants have (a) been relocated and (b) been agreed for relocation in the last 12 month; and to which areas of the United Kingdom, broken...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer the letter of the hon. Member for Birkenhead, dated 17 January, regarding the tax credits of his constituents, Mr and Mrs Newnes.

      Education Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on spending plans for education.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his estimates for projected levels of public expenditure on health.

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic effects of the New Deal.

      PES Database

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a list of the tables and related fields of his Department's Public Expenditure Survey database together with diagrams...

      Working Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Stoke-on-Trent have claimed working tax credit in each year since the credit was introduced.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of whether the BBC was in breach of its duties under the Communications Act 2003 in screening...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total expenditure by her Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04; and what the...

      Departmental Policies (Edinburgh, North and Leith)

      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 Edinburgh, North and Leith constituency, the...

      Departmental Policies (Hull, North)

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

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the projected grant in aid funding for English Heritage is for each of the next three years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that investment income accruing to the lottery distributor during delays in complex heritage projects remains with...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from national governing bodies for sport on the impact of devolution on UK medal prospects in...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the balance of payments in the tourism sector was in each of the last two years for which figures are available.

      Pay TV

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

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions her Department's Ministers used the Queen's flight in each of the past five years.

      Religious/Cultural Bodies (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will establish a fund similar to that set up with national lottery funding but which is accessible to those unable to accept...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date she expects Lord Carter to publish the report on the review of the co-ordination of national sports effort and resources.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Taxi Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on taxi drivers in North Belfast have been reported in the last year; and who was found to be responsible in each case.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time from diagnosis for (a) occupational therapy and (b) speech therapy assessment of children with autistic spectrum...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been provided for the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders in the Western Health Board area.

      Consultant Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many consultant vacancies there are in each health trust in the Province, broken down by specialty; and for how long each post has been vacant.

      Costello Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons pupils in special units were not included in the figures on post-primary enrolments used in the Costello Report".

      Counterfeit Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received of counterfeit medications being discovered in the Province within the legitimate wholesale medicines supply chain.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase the number of dentists in the Province.

      Dismissed Health Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken to ensure health service employers are fully informed (a) of potential employees who have been forced to leave other posts...

      Firearms Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how he defines a fit person to be entrusted with a firearm within the terms of Article 9 of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004; and if...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Irish Football Association on the staging of the under-19 European Football Championships in venues across...

      Former Loyalist Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had on the funding of measures dealing with schemes for former loyalist paramilitaries.

      Health Service Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice has been given to health boards and trusts in the Province by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety regarding...

      Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children (a) attended and (b) were admitted to hospital in the Province as the result of (i) alcohol and (ii) illegal drug use in the...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce legislation for Northern Ireland equivalent to the legislative provisions regarding knives proposed by the Scottish...

      Legionnaires' Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the recent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the North Down area; and what steps he is taking to prevent such...

      Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 977W, on maternity units, what the reasons were for the temporary arrangement...

      Migrant Workers (Translation Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide information about emergency services to newly arriving migrant workers in their own language upon arrival.

      Migrant Workers (Translation Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many migrant workers were estimated to be in Northern Ireland on 1 January; and how many he estimates had (a) a basic understanding of the...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many whole-time equivalent nursing vacancies there are at each health trust in the Province.

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses from overseas were employed by each health trust in the Province on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were on duty on average during (a) day and (b) night shifts in the last period for...

      School Interface Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which schools in North Belfast have received funding to address interface problems in each year since 2000.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing (Greater London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to assist key workers in obtaining affordable housing within the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement.

    • Buildings Demolition (Liverpool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) the Minister for the Arts and (c) the Minister for Media and...

      Buildings Demolition (Liverpool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with English Heritage about his plans to demolish buildings in Liverpool.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average business rates bill for businesses in England has been in each year since 1997–98; and what the estimated average bill will be in 2005–06.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when his Department will reply to the letter of 21 December 2004 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North transferred from the Department of Trade and Industry,...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average band D council tax has been in each Government office region in each year since 1997–98.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 years; whether they were...

      Departmental Policies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of...

      Departmental Television Subscriptions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which television channels comprise the cheapest available business cable and satellite package that his Department subscribes to.

      Departmental Television Subscriptions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether private ministerial offices had access to the Sky Sports 1 television channel prior to November 2003.

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much Swale borough council has paid in disabled facilities grant in each year since 1997; (2) how much Swale borough council has allocated to disabled...

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average domestic rates bill per household in England was in each year from 1975 to its abolition.

      Fire Cover

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department was consulted on the proposed reduction in fire cover for the King's Cross/St. Pancras transport interchange.

      Fire Cover

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department was consulted on the possible impact on the response to a terrorist incident in central London of the proposed reductions in fire cover in...

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have for revisions to the injury benefits arrangements for firefighters.

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the proposed new minimum pension age for firefighters is.

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) Gypsy and (b) Traveller families are seeking permanent settlements in Kent.

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) Gypsy and (b) Traveller families have made illegal encampments in Kent since 1997.

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many court cases there have been in Kent involving illegal encampments by (a) Gypsy families and (b) Travellers since 1997.

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) Gypsy and (b) Traveller camps have been opened in (i) Kent and (ii) Medway since 1997.

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated public expenditure by central Government on (a) authorised Traveller sites and (b) illegal Traveller encampments has been in each year since 1997.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received about high hedges; and if he will make a statement.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to issue guidance to local authorities in respect of provisions to address problems with high hedges contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the number of complaints relating to high hedges that will be submitted to local authorities once the new system is fully...

      Homeless Children

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many children were living in temporary accommodation in (a) the South West region and (b) South Gloucestershire in each year since 1997.

      Homes (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he intends to designate specific sites for development within Hartlepool under the policies set out in Sustainable Communities: Homes for All.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans there are for providing new housing with a selling price of £60,000 in the Chorley constituency.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list local housing associations that have been given consent to impose a right of first refusal on Right to Buy or voluntary sales under section 197 of...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government's policy on the extension of the right-to-buy to housing associations has changed.

      Letter Boxes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning regulation changes his Department is planning to introduce to address safety concerns over low-level letter boxes, in line with standard EN 13724.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to reduce the level of inspection of local government in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c) 2007–08.

      Ministerial Tour

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what complaints he has received concerning his tour of the North East on 1 November 2004; what action has been taken concerning these complaints; and if he will...

      Regional Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) polling, (b) focus group research and (c) other measures of public opinion were undertaken by his Department since June 2003 in relation to (i) the...

      Satellite Dishes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish his Department's response to the consultation paper, Satellite dishes and other antennas: consultation on possible changes to planning...

      Second Homes (National Parks)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of how many and what percentage of houses in each National Park in England are second homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) staff and (b) running costs of the Social Exclusion Unit was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless people there were in each local authority which has effected a large scale voluntary transfer in each of the two years (a) before and (b) after...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what basis additional land can be (a) given and (b) sold to registered social landlords after large scale voluntary transfers have been agreed.

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated expenditure on the National Centre for Sustainable Communities Skills is in the next financial year.

      Urban Task Force Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which recommendations from Lord Rogers's Urban Task Force report the Government have not yet implemented.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of his Department's budget has been spent on public promotional and advertising campaigns on financial support available to...

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; (2) how many departmental staff have...

      Departmental Policies (Edinburgh, North and Leith)

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

      Departmental Policies (Hull, North)

      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 Hull, North constituency, the effects on Hull, North...

      Employment Advisers (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with (a) Ministers in the Scottish Executive, (b) the British Medical Association in Scotland and (c) the Royal...

      New Deal (Selby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Selby parliamentary constituency have found work through the (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal for Disabled...

      Outsourced Contracts (TUPE)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he (a) gives and (b) has givento contractors regarding the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work andPensions if he will estimate the number of people who would be entitled to pension credit if (a) every pensioner individual and (b) pensioner couple was...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 54 years and over were contracted out with an appropriate personal pension or stakeholder pension into which age-related...

      Training (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what initiatives his Department has introduced since 2001 to promote training in rural areas.

      Unallocated Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of his Department's unallocated expenditure has been (a) spent and (b) carried over to the following year in each of the last five years.

      Welsh Language Scheme

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects a decision to be made on whether to lift the European Union's arms embargo on China.

    • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts he is making to secure the arrest of indicted war criminals (a) Ante Gotovina, (b) Ratko Mladic and (c) Radovan...

      International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the French Government about Ante Gotovina.

      International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with EU member states on the failure by Croatia to hand over indicted war criminals to the...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of the practice of the Iranian Government not to keep documentary records of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the threats to withdraw the protection of the law from the Baha'i community in Iran; and if he...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the UN, with particular reference to the Commission on Human Rights, concerning the position...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran regarding its demand that Baha'is cease communal activities; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the size of the black market in Iraq in respect of the supply of petrol and oil for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the political impact of possible under-representation of Sunnis in a future Iraqi legislature...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the potential for instability in Kirkuk between Kurds and Arabs.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the desire among Kurds for (a) an independent Kurdistan and (b) Kurdish autonomy within a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely Kurdish participation in the forthcoming Iraqi elections.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Coalition Provisional Authority complied with United Nations resolution...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations for (a) the winding up of the UN Compensation Commission as soon as the new Iraqi Government is...

      Middle East (London Conference)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) countries and (b) organisations will be represented at the forthcoming London conference on the Middle East peace...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the Unilateral Statement by the European Community on competence division was included in the Co-operation...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the deployment of Palestinian police in Southern Gaza on 26 January; what...

      Small Grants Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list, for each country where it has been utilised over the last two years, the grants made from the Small Grants...

      Srebrenica Massacres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he is making to mark the 10th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres; and if he will make a statement.

      Tsunami Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes to the allocation of (a) resources and (b) funds his Department has had to make as a consequence of the tsunami...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on political prisoners being held in Turkey; how many political...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on discussions his Department has had with the Ukraine Government on EU membership.

  • Health

    • Alcohol-related Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) accident and emergency admissions and (b) ambulance call-outs resulting from incidents occurring (i) on and (ii) in the vicinity of premises...

    • Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Alzheimer's disease patients are being treated in West Derbyshire; what the total spending ondrugs to treat Alzheimer's disease was in West...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Health what (a) instructions and (b) policy guidelines on proposed mergers of ambulance services have been given by his Department to health authorities.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the merging of ambulance services.

      Chiropody Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer of 18 January 2005, Official Report, column 675, on chiropody services, when the guidance on the provision of podiatry...

      Conquest Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made involving direct admission of children to the paediatric department rather than the accident and emergency department at the...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in the Greater London area have been diagnosed as suffering from dementia.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Stoke-on-Trent have signed up for the new dental contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) principal and (b) assistant dentists offered NHS treatment in the strategic health authority of Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in each...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what aspects of the implementation of the new contract for NHS dentists have led to the delay in the transfer of responsibility for dental services to...

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on recent interruptions in the supply of diamorphine.

      Enbrel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each primary care trust are receiving Enbrel on NHS prescription for juvenile arthritis.

      Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will receive a delegation comprising the hon. Member for Gosport and leaders of the main party political groups in Gosport to discuss the...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Health Funding (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) grant levels calculated on the capitation formula basis and (b) amount of grant paid to (i) the East Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust and...

      Health Funding (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts amalgamated to form the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust; when amalgamation took place; what grant payments were made to...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times for MRI scans in Coventry were for the latest period for which figures are available.

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the standard on medicine review in the National Service Framework for Older People is reconciled with the standard in the general practitioner...

      NHS Modernisation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what it has cost (a) to create and (b) to run (i) the NHS University and (ii) the NHS Modernisation Agency; and what the Modernisation Agency achieved...

      NHS Staff (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital consultants are employed in Coventry.

      Nurse Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) practice nurses and (d) school nurses were employed (i) in England and (ii) in Northampton in (1) 1997 and...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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;...

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list meetings which (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had within the last six months to discuss the Paddington Health...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of how many people in England suffer from (a) arthritis, (b) multiple sclerosis, (c) asthma and (d) mental illness; and...

      Safety of Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers the Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency has to compel drug companies to provide the Department with all of their clinical...

      Safety of Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow regularly his Department reviews the role of (a) the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and (b) the Committee on the Safety of Medicines.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients with kidney disease are made aware of the importance of seeking medical advice about their daily salt intake levels.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the health risks to patients on dialysis of failing to monitor sodium intake levels.

      Secure Psychiatric Beds

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

      Social Services (Care Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to social services departments on costs which must be taken into account when deciding weekly rates for care homes; and...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by each of the strategic health authorities in England; what the running costs of each authority were in the last year for...

      Swale Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Swale Primary Care Trust has allocated to the crisis resolution teams for (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      Swale Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds he will allocate to mental health treatment in Swale primary care trust for (a) children and (b) those over 60 years in the next financial year.

      Walsgrave Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds are available in the emergency admissions unit at Walsgrave hospital, Coventry.

  • House of Lords

    • Israel: Occupied Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning Palestinian families that have been separated due to problems arising from having...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to join with European partners to assist in timely, free and fair presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Public Service Workers: Legislative Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to introduce legislation similar to the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill in England and Wales.

      Police Service: Freemasonry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which police authorities are continuing to administer registration schemes for freemasons within their ranks; and How many officers in the Greater Manchester...

      Prison Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 26 March 2003 (WA 76), whether they will publish a table showing how many people were in prison...

      Gulf War: Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Prime Minister has received from Patrick Allen of Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors regarding the report of the Lord Lloyd of Berwick's...

      Russia: Missile Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have information about the Russian test-firing of an SS-18 Satan intercontinental ballistic missile on 22 December 2004.

      Russia: Missile Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have information about the Russian test-firing of a mobile version of the Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile on 24 December 2004.

      Russia: Strategic Missile Capability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of Russia's continuing capability to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

      Public Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the age of those persons given a public appointment from 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 listed in Annexe C of the 2004 Annual Report of the Office of the...

      Local Authority Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to bring forward the general implementation date of local authority agreements prior to the conclusion of the pilots which are...

      Regional Planning System: Northern Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the relationship between the policies set out in the Northern Way documents and the regional planning system; and whether regional spatial strategies must...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the criteria used to describe individuals as dignitaries or VIPs in Table 12.14, page 43, Volume 3 of the bid for the London Olympic Games varied between...

      Lottery Grants: Award Criteria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what grounds the applications by the Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team to the large grants programme of the community fund and by the Severn Area Rescue...

      Lottery Grants: Award Criteria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the decision to reject the grant applications of the Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and the Severn Area Rescue Association, they...

      Lottery Grants: Award Criteria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications to the large grants programme of the community fund or the Grants for All lottery scheme have been rejected on similar grounds to those of...

      Digital Radio: Reception

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local authority areas in England and Wales cannot receive a digital radio signal, or can receive only a very poor digital radio signal; and how many of these...

      EU: Productivity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek advice from other European Union member states on how to increase productivity in the United Kingdom in the context of their own advice to...

      Prescription Charges: Income

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the income from prescription charges, to the nearest million pounds, since 1993.

      Defra: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names and costs of reports and glossy publications which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published since the department was...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many comments to include land in the draft stage of the mapping consultation of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 were made by Miss Kate Ashbrook,...

      Duchy of Lancaster

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of time the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster works on (a) ministerial and Duchy responsibilities; and (b) other political responsibilities;...

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