Written answers

Friday, 4 February 2005

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bottled Water

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 247, on bottled water, (1)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister in respect of the budget settlement for each responsible authority and the ability of each to...

    • Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the ability of the Council of the Isles of Scilly of the ability to fulfil its (a) legal duties under the Civil...

      Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with the council of the Isles of Scilly in respect of its ability to fulfil its legal duties to meet the requirements of (a)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts were awarded by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible to small and...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and (d) outdoor...

      Departmental Policies (Hull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull, North...

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many e-mails were deleted by (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which her Department is responsible in (i) January...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it an offence for vehicle users to cause damage to other vehicles or road users by throwing litter, with...

      Sheep Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce the EU system for sheep tagging; and what discussions she has had with the National Farmers...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the adequacy of measures to control TB in badgers in Gloucestershire; what further steps she...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adoptions were completed by each social services department in each of the last five years for children aged (a) nought to three,...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, columns 809–10W, on autism, if she will list the practical proposals for...

      Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were (a) taken into care and (b) placed for adoption in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much money per head has been provided for (a) nursery and (b) pre-school education in England in each of the last seven years; (2)...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list children's centres which are (a) open and (b) planned for the Islington North constituency; what the total cost of each is...

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many expulsions and exclusions of (a) children in foster care, (b) adopted children and (c) children in children's homes there were in...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many days' care was provided by foster carers in each year between 2000 and 2004.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ensure that the Learning and Skills Council is informed of its overall level of funding in sufficient time for it to be able to...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what length of contract was originally agreed with John Harwood as Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council; whether he resigned...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the severance terms of the former Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of looked-after children who entered university or further education in each year between 1997 and 2004.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of looked-after children who achieved five or more high grade passes (A-C) in each year between...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of looked-after children who suffer from drug or alcohol related problems.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her most recent estimate is of the number of looked-after children who have become homeless after leaving care.

      Low Income Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children lived in low income households in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Private Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) announced and (b) unannounced inspections of private children's homes have taken place in each of the last five years.

      Protection of Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why Protection of Children Act (PoCA) and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoVA) referrals are not automatically cross-checked; and if he...

      Security Industry Association (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether Learning and Skills Council funding is available for the Security Industry Association's training programmes.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost is per pupil of compiling a statement of special education needs by a local education authority.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average number of hours of intervention a pre-school child with special educational needs receives; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils with special needs attended each secondary school in Buckinghamshire in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding streams are available to (a) maintained special schools, (b) non-maintained special schools operated by the not-for-profit...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students admitted to (a) Staffordshire University and (b) the University of Keele were (i) overseas non-EU, (ii) EU and (iii) UK...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made about the number of girls aged under 18 years in (a) children's homes and (b) foster care who became pregnant in...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of antisocial behaviour orders served in 2004 had been breached by 31 December 2004; (2) what percentage of...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals are still resident in the UK more than six months after all appeals against their removal have been exhausted; and if he...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the asylum registration card issued by his Department establishes a right of abode in the UK.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Government's responsibilities to asylum seekers under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the European...

      Belmarsh Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005 Official Report, column 276W, on the Belmarsh detainees, whether subsistence costs for "G" are paid...

      Burglary (Householder Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many householders have been prosecuted for alleged offences arising out of the burglary of their homes in each of the last 10 years; and...

      CCTV (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been allocated for CCTV cameras in Coventry, South since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will send a further reply to the hon. Member for Walsall, North's letter of 9 November 2004, ref. P393908, setting out the latest...

      Crime (Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) anti-social behaviour and (b) alcohol-related crime there have been in (i) the Derbyshire constabulary and (ii) the...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to require volunteers to pay for checks with the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Fines/Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) fixed penalties and (b) fines imposed by the courts in England and Wales were collected in full in (a) 2001–02,...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in each authority for nuisance behaviour in each year since their introduction.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long, on average, it took to process an application by an international student for leave to remain in the last period for which figures...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department expects to raise in each of the next three years from levying charges on students applying for leave to remain.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of processing a visa extension application made by an international student studying at a UK...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data he has collected on the average level of income for an international student studying at a UK university; and whether he will take...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK economy of the proposed increase in visa extension charges for international students.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data he collects on the quality of service international students receive while processing a visa extension.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been lost by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate while processing international student applications for...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the plans to increase visa charges on the number of international students studying in the...

      Identity Cards and Passports (Forgery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many forged passports have been confiscated or impounded by Customs and Immigration officers in the last 12 months; (2) how many...

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what technical surveillance equipment is installed at ports of entry to the UK; and how many sniffer dogs are deployed at ports of entry.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints from (a) England and Wales, (b) Essex and (c) Southend have been (i) made to the Independent Police Complaints...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the response time for the Independent Police Complaints Commission to acknowledge receipt of a complaint by letter was in the latest...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by...

      Littering (Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices for littering have been issued by Derbyshire community support officers in the last 12 months.

      Motoring Offences (Sentencing Review)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the review of sentencing for motoring offences commenced; and when he expects the review to conclude.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of the trafficking of (a) men, (b) women and (c) children into the UK have been investigated in each of the last five...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of human trafficking into the UK have been returned to their home countries in each of the last five years; to which...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance targets have been set for individual basic command units by his Department.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers have been employed by Staffordshire constabulary in each of the past seven years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records of (a) alcohol-related crime and (b) antisocial behaviour offences are kept by police forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect on policing in the event of the closure of the beat house in Preston Candover, Hampshire; and if...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been employed as special constables in Stoke-on-Trent in each of the last seven years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many day releases there have been from London prisons during the last 12 months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were in care as a result of their mother's imprisonment in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners shared cells in each month since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prison officers and (b) staff have been injured in incidents involving fires at (i) Wetherby, (ii) Ashfield, (iii) Camphill,...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost for the supplies of drugs and pharmaceuticals prescribed to prisoners in Prison Service establishments was in each year...

      Stafford Prison Escape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his written answer of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 1088W, if he will ensure that his Department notifies the hon....

      Stop and Search (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and searches have been made by police officers of the Metropolitan police in the Greater London area in each of the last three...

      Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone wire taps have been authorised in the last 12 months in the West Mercia police constabulary area.

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been stopped and searched at RAF Menwith Hill under the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since the Act came into force.

      Under-age Drinking (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for under-age drinking in Hartlepool in each year since 1990.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 15 December from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

    • Courts (Photography)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government intends to amend or repeal section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925, following the statement by...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what checks are made on people whose names appear on electoral registers to ascertain whether they are eligible to vote...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Secretary of State has to remove the £100,000 equity disregard for home owners in the assessment of...

      Newcastle Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what changes have been made to sittings of the Law Courts in Newcastle as a consequence of security arrangements for the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publications were issued by her Department in each of the last four years.

    • Liverpool (Redevelopment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about the proposed plans to redevelop parts of...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of staff surveys in the Department was in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the expenditure of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate and its predecessor was in each year since 1996–97; and what the estimated budget...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many credits only recipients of incapacity benefit are (a) in receipt of income support, (b) in receipt of other benefits and (c) in...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals were in receipt of (a) income support, (b) council tax benefit and (c) housing benefit in Southend-on-Sea in (i)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made of the anticipated take-up levels via (a) bank accounts and (b) Post Office card accounts prior to the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Bassetlaw of 13 October 2004 about the Child Support Agency and his...

      Low Income Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were living in poverty in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Child Poverty (Stoke-on-Trent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many children were living in poverty in Stoke-on-Trent in each of the past seven years; (2) how many children lived in low income...

      State Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the operational costs of the pension book in each year since 1997; and what percentage that represents...

      State Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of fraud connected with the operation of the pension book in each year since 1997.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many low cost home-ownership schemes promoted by his Department do not involve means-tested entry requirements.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to increase the provision of affordable homes for people in Warrington.

      Arup Economics and Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1557–58W, on Arup Economics and Planning, whether he has received the interim report on...

      Buildings (Liverpool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with which conservation bodies he has discussed his current plans to demolish buildings in Liverpool.

      Communities Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central government plans to spend on the Communities Plan in each year of its implementation.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from (a) people and (b) organisations in Kent about the introduction of regional control rooms for the Fire Service.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress in implementation of the high hedges provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; when constituents will be able to...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Public Sector Leasehold Working Party last met; and when it is scheduled to meet next.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place minutes of the meetings of the Public Sector Leasehold Working Party since February 2002 in the Library.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the current work programme of the Public Sector Leasehold Working Party.

      Leasehold

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice his Department has issued on (a) the groups of local authority leaseholders who should not be recharged their full share of the cost of capital works...

      Performance Assessment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's expenditure on the (a) Comprehensive Performance Assessment and (b) Best Value regime was in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities whose request to be included within the scope of the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendments) Order 2003...

      Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish (a) draft and (b) final regulations relating to the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004.

  • Health

    • MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce patient waiting times for MRI scans.

    • NHS Choice Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide information to general practitioners on how patient choice will be delivered.

  • Prime Minister

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Office was in each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04 and what the estimated cost...

    • Intercept Evidence (Members of Parliament)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether it is his policy that no (a) telephone tapping, (b) other interception of communications and (c) electronic surveillance shall be authorised in respect of...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel were based at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan in December 2002; how many had duties in connection with detainees; how many...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conditions have been applied to the physical integrator contract awarded to KBR in respect of the yard where final assembly of the CVFs will take place.

      British Troops (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the proposed timetable for withdrawing British forces from Northern Ireland; whether troops will be redeployed; and if he will make a...

      Colombian Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Colombian Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal units which receive UK military assistance are (a) discrete units and (b) integral parts of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 22 September, concerning the Dartmoor Rescue Group.

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Analytical Services Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the figures were in each case in January 2004;...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft are in service with the Royal Air Force.

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of achieving closure of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft project agreements by 31 December.

      General Pinochet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contacts the Government has had with General Augustus Pinochet since 1990 concerning military relations with Chile.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether classified new equipment was seized from the armed forces by the Iranians on 21 June 2004.

      Joint Service Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of Joint Service Publication 462, Financial Management Policy Manual.

      Military Manoeuvres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what manoeuvres or operations United Kingdom armed forces have conducted in (a) the Gulf of Guinea and (b) the Bight of Bonny since January 2003.

      Military Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual operating costs in near cash terms of an (a) armoured infantry battalion, (b) mechanised battalion, (c) air assault battalion and...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dates were of each visit conducted by UK military personnel to Nigeria since January 2003.

      Private William Reyes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the circumstances were of the death of Private William Reyes, service number 5320, at Holdfast camp; what the findings were of the court martial of...

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a Black Watch soldier posted away from his battalion following the creation of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will be permitted to wear the Red...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Swan Hunter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with Swan Hunter regarding a financial support package; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's plans are for (a) renewing and (b) replacing the Trident weapons system; when these plans were last reviewed; how often these plans...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) missiles and (b) warheads are deployed on Trident submarines; what the approximate yield of the nuclear warheads deployed is; and if he will...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the role of the Trident programme in combating international terrorism; when this assessment was last (a)...

  • International Development

    • Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the policy followed by his Department for the award of contracts of a value less than £100,000.

    • Development Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in the establishment of an advisory development science research board; and what mechanisms it will use to...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action his Department is taking with multilateral institutions in Eritrea to combat religious persecution of Christians.

  • Treasury

    • 2001 Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the last day for returning the 2001 census form was; how many such forms were issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS); how many were...

    • 2001 Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions were made for non-completion of the 2001 Census form, broken down by constituency.

      Departmental Policies (Burnley)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's...

      Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates for (a) all cancers and (b) each cancer classified by target organ were in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

      Court Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been paid to the Exchequer from court fines in England in each year since 1995.

      Departmental Allocations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury has given directions to other Government Departments to make provision for a contingency reserve out of their existing departmental...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected rate of economic growth in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley is in (i) 2004–05 and (ii) 2005–06.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) married, (b) cohabiting and (c) lone mothers are in (i) part-time and (ii) full-time work.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the prevalence of the use of the euro in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Goodison Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress his Department has made in implementing the Goodison Review; (2) which of the recommendations of the Goodison Review have yet to be...

      Departmental Policies (Hemsworth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason his Department sanctioned the severance payment to John Harwood as Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council.

      Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on (a) provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties incurred by civil servants in the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide funding to the Department for Work and Pensions to allow it to increase the winter fuel allowance to pensioners.

      Pre-Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the measures contained in the pre-Budget report on (a) pensioners, (b) working families, (c) parents and (d)...

      Saving Plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated total cost to the Treasury would be if the premiums of tax exempt saving plans were raised to £600 per annum; (2) when a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Stationery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

      Tobacco Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total tax take from cigarettes and cigars and connected products has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Tobacco, Alcohol, Pubs and Restaurants (Employment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in (a) the manufacture and retail of cigarettes, cigars and connected businesses, (b) public houses and restaurants and (c) the...

      UK Coins

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost is of minting each UK coin.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Witness Care

      To ask the Solicitor-General what monitoring the Crown Prosecution Service carries out of the standard of witness care by the Bar in (a) criminal and (b) rape trials.

    • Rape Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General what instructions are given to the Bar by the Crown Prosecution Service about dealing with defence applications to cross-examine about previous sexual history in rape...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what the conviction rate in contested rape trials was in 2004 in (a) England and (b) the jurisdiction of the Teesside Crown court; (2) what percentage of...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of the Law Officers' Departments' staff is based in London.

  • Transport

    • Highways Agency Traffic Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the uniformed Highways Agency traffic officers will be paid; and how much has been spent on recruitment costs to date.

    • New Car Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new car registrations there were in the year to 31 December 2004 (a) in total, (b) by volume and (c) by percentage in the (i) AAA: under 100,...

      Railway Track Removal (High Marnham/Shirebrook)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) economic and (b) environmental impact assessment has been made of the decision to remove the railway track between High Marnham and Shirebrook.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department supports the harbour revision order application submitted by Dover Harbour Board.

      Tyne Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision concerning the application by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority to build a new Tyne crossing; and if...

  • Minister for Women

    • Care Workers

      To ask the Minister for Women pursuant to her oral answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, columns 450–51, on pay rates for women employed in social care, what the evidential basis was...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women if she will make a statement on the relative rates of pay for women and for men in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women pursuant to her oral answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, columns 450–51, on rates of pay for men and women, what the evidential basis of the figure for...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what requirements are placed on UK manufacturers to publish (a) the number and (b) the severity of experimental tests carried out on animals...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what record is kept by her Department regarding the number of imported products which have been developed using experimental testing on animals.

      Civil Partnerships Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the registration provisions for civil partnerships in the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 will come into force.

      Clergy Terms of Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Report of the Church of England's Review of Clergy Terms of Service with particular reference to section...

      Computer/Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate she has made of (a) how many children play computer and video games on a regular basis and (b) how many hours a week on...

      Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions her Department has had with energy suppliers regarding the (a) accuracy, (b) comprehensibility and (c) timeliness of...

      Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of inaccurate energy bills on consumer debt; (2) if she will require energy suppliers to...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time members of staff in her Department, excluding agencies and secondees, are working on issues relating...

      European Union (Egality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on European Communities planned actions in the field of egality, with particular reference to...

      Extended Warranties (White Goods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on reform of the extended warranty market for domestic electrical goods.

      Farmers Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will invite the North West Regional Development Agency to assess the contribution of farmers markets to the economy in the North West.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the objectives of British commercial policy in Iraq.

      Mobile Phone Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she has discussed with Ofcom the control of advertising of mobile phone services through media products with a high level of...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Bassetlaw residents are benefiting from the national minimum wage.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the official residences for which her Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the length is of the contract between her Department and Post Office Ltd. for the Post Office card account service.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who has assisted her Department in the monitoring of the Post Office card account service.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what service standards have been set for the monitoring of her Department's contract with Post Office Ltd. for the Post Office card account...

      Software Patent Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the status is of the EU software patent directive; if she will make it her policy to oppose the directive as it stands; and if she will...

      Trade Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to encourage trade associations to play a greater role in helping to regulate their industries.

      Unallocated Departmental Spending

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the state of religious freedom in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports of religious persecution in Bangladesh his Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) the Bangladeshi...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairsif he will make a statement on what action he has taken following the bomb attacks on the British envoy in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

      Consultants

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

      Departmental Contracts

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

      EU Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under which (a) budget lines and (b) projects UK organisations may apply for money from the European Communities for (i)...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department's officials have recommended the suspension of arms sales to Indonesia in the last year.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) international organisations and (b) non-governmental organisations concerning monitors...

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the role played by Amir Al-Saadi in Saddam Hussein's regime from 1981 to 2003; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under whose authority Amir Al-Saadi has been detained since his surrender in April 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Government were first informed of the allegations that the Coalition Provisional Authority had mismanaged funds...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what auditing assistance and financial administrative support the Government have (a) offered and (b) provided to the Coalition...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK (a) personnel, (b) contractors and (c) companies are involved in the allegations of mismanagement of Iraqi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the US Special Inspector-General for Iraqi Reconstruction's report into...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will work with the US Administration and the Iraqi Governing Authority to (a) investigate, (b) locate and (c)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received concerning the provision of legal representation to Amir Al-Saadi since his...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct the UK representation in Sudan to investigate why the National Security Agency of Sudan confiscated all...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to representatives of UK companies with operations in West Papua with respect to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether children have contracted MRSA in Northern Ireland.

    • NHS Staff (Recorded Attacks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) physical and (b) verbal attacks were recorded on (i) doctors, (ii) nurses, (iii) auxiliary staff and (iv) administrative staff (A)...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs have been of maintaining each of the North/South implementation bodies since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Sick Leave

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 27) concerning unacceptable levels of sick absence by Northern Ireland civil servants, by...

    • Khamisiyah: Nerve Agents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 18 November 2004 (WA 198), whether they will publish forthwith their assessment of the findings of the United States...

      Brownfield Land: ECJ Ruling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the European Court of Justice ruling that many contaminated brownfield sites need to be classified as "landfill" will have on their plans for urban...

      Brownfield Land: ECJ Ruling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to appeal against the European Court of Justice ruling that brownfield sites should be reclassified as "landfill".

      Pesticides Safety Directive Study

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Upon which evidence from: (a) human toxicological data; (b) non-human mammalian toxicological data; (c) general practitioner medical records; (d) pesticide company...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money is in dispute between the Government and the disposal company owned by Cumbria County Council following the foot and mouth disease outbreak; whether...

      Livestock: Road Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for unclaimed farm animals found at the roadside which require veterinary assistance.

      Liquid Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to establish a carbon accreditation scheme for liquid biofuels.

      Depleted Uranium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the 59,860 tonnes of depleted uranium held in the United Kingdom are regarded as an asset rather than waste; and for what purposes they can be used.

      Plutonium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of the spent plutonium held in the United Kingdom; and whether it is classified as an asset or waste.

      Radioactive Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total value of radioactive materials that are registered as assets in the national asset register; and Under what heading radioactive waste materials...

      Reprocessed Fuel Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 19 January (WA 116), in the event that operators of installations currently using reprocessed fuel oil switch...

      Government Departments: Personal Information Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which databases that hold personal information on individual citizens are currently maintained by government departments.

      Schools: Personal, Social and Health Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the conclusion of the Ofsted report of 25 January that "Personal, social and health education (is) still poor in many secondary schools...

      Schools: New and Replacement Schools

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

      Schools: New and Replacement Schools

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

      Schools: New and Replacement Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have abandoned their plans to give foundation bodies the power to establish new secondary schools.

      Schools: New and Replacement Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the number and type of respondents to the consultation launched on 8 July 2004 which proposed that all proposals to establish new...

      Schools: New and Replacement Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of possible delays in implementing secondary school reorganisation proposals if the requirement to hold a competition on the...

      Health and Social Care: Deferred Payments Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have used Section 55 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001, under which a local authority may take a charge on a person's home rather than a...

      Medical Research: Ethical Approval Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to pass the costs of ethical approval applications for medical research projects, made to local research ethics committees, on to the researchers...

      EU Rail Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce regulations to implement European Union railway open access directives before the start of the United Kingdom presidency in July 2005.

      Eurostar: Regional Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in discussions with rail industry representatives about the extension of Eurostar, and other high speed train linkages to...

      Rail Strategies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What strategies have been prepared by the Strategic Rail Authority under Section 206 of the Transport Act 2000.

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