Written answers

Monday, 7 February 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government support for the agriculture industry in the last financial year.

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the levels of bovine TB in North-West Leicestershire.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the savings to UK public funds of reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy since their...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dairy farms there were in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what the...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm workers were employed on dairy farms in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available;...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which councils have benefited from support under (a) the Vital Villages Scheme, (b) the Quality Parish Scheme and (c) the...

      Fallen Stock Disposal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farmers have registered with the Fallen Stock Disposal Scheme; and if she will make a statement on its (a)...

      Fallen Stock Disposal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have signed up to the National Fallen Stock Company.

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average level of farm income has been in each year since 1987.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which types of farmers are eligible for single payment scheme hardship payments for agri-environment participants.

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the status is of the proposals contained in the consultation document issued by the Ministry of Agriculture,...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many areas in (a) the UK and (b) France, monthly cod quota allocations are imposed on individual vessels operated by...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what legal instruments set out her Department's powers to impose monthly quota allocations in the Channel fishery (ICES...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what (a) consultation documents and (b) other communications have been published by her Department since 11 June 1998...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Food Standards Agency about the quality of meat imported from (a) Brazil and (b)...

      Methane Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the percentage of worldwide methane emissions that arise from the (a) processing, (b)...

      Mr. Paul Joy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis was of the public statement made by Andus Radford, district fisheries inspector, that the fine...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the guidance issued to the national parks on the encouragement of people from the inner cities to use the...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to require national parks to discontinue activities in order to perform the new duties detailed in...

      Nitrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she requires to be taken in areas where declared levels of nitrogen in the air exceed accepted levels; and if she...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact of recent EU liberalisation of sugar production in its member states on...

      Veterinary Surgeons Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to review the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 with a view to introducing new legislation.

      Welsh Language Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was...

      Woodland Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her plans for a replacement for the Woodland Grant Scheme.

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what action his Department has taken to ensure that (a) Dalits and (b) indigenous peoples benefit from the UK aid money to the...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the (a) nature and (b) impact of development projects undertaken in Burma since 1997; and if...

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what cash donations for emergency aid the Government have given to Guyana (a) through the EU, (b) through non-governmental...

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) technical assistance, (b) advice and (c) cash donations the Government have given to the Caribbean for disaster management...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the objectives of British development and aid policy in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial help has been given to the Iraqi Government by the United Kingdom to help towards the cost of rebuilding the city of...

      Israel

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

      Ministerial Engagements

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

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is his policy to withhold aid from Rwanda if he receives evidence of attacks by Rwandan forces on groups seeking to...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the role of private companies in the provision of water in developing countries.

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Government of Ghana about their citizens' access to clean water.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Rape Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General what monitoring procedures the Crown Prosecution Service has in place to ensure good quality prosecution by the Bar in rape trials.

    • Rape Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General what training the Crown Prosecution Service (a) organises for and (b) delivers to the Bar to ensure that its new code of practice on rape prosecutions is followed at...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General what training is given by the Crown Prosecution Service to the Bar about resisting applications for the admission of previous sexual history in rape trials.

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General what instructions are given by the Crown Prosecution Service to the Bar in rape trials about meeting and speaking to the complainant.

      CPS Prosecutions (Essex)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, as amended, were referred to Essex Crown Prosecution Service in each year from 2000; and...

      CPS Prosecutions (Essex)

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 930W, on Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions, what the nature of the offences committed by the...

      CPS Prosecutions (Essex)

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2005, Official Report, columns 345–46W, on Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions (Essex), what the cost to public funds...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 663W, on the Court of Justice, if she will make a statement on UK interest in the case; and in how...

      Football Banning Orders

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many football banning order cases the Crown Prosecution Service has brought in (a) Essex and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997; and how many of these...

  • Transport

    • A3 ( Hindhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, columns 669–70W, on the A3, for what reasons Ministers did not inform the right hon....

    • Car Hire Services (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) car hire and (b) car breakdown services that are not accessible to disabled people; what proportion this...

      Car Servicing (Fatal Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce procedures to record the number of fatal car accidents that occur as a result of poor servicing of cars.

      Conditional Offer Fixed Penalty Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Swansea do not accept licences issued in Northern Ireland in respect of the...

      Departmental Spending

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

      DVLA Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of entries on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency system where details of an individual's address are not...

      Integrated Transport Strategy (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the (a) car parking charges imposed by the York council for parking in York at night and (b) closure of the...

      Rail Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the target set in the 10-Year Plan 2000 to increase rail use by 50 per cent. by 2010 is still in force.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported road accidents involved drivers who had passed their test within one year of the incident in each of the last five years.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of a possible link between prominent roadside advertising and road accidents.

      Transport Authorities (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport how many local transport authorities in the Thames Gateway outside Greater London have reported on the six core accessibility indicators as part of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many apprenticeships funded by the Learning and Skills Council were begun in eachregion during the six months ending 31 December 2004.

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she next plans to review the education funding formula for schools in England.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital allocations have been made to Leicestershire county council for education purposes in each year since 1996–97.

      Education Spending (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the amount spent per pupil was in North Durham in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available.

      League Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the oral answer of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 948, on league tables, what assessment her Department has made of...

      New Deal for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many bids Surrey local education authority has made for funding under the New Deal for Schools; what the total monetary value of these...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what spending is planned on Ofsted for each year from 2003–04 to 2007–08; and if she will make a statement.

      School Extensions and Repairs (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the capital spend on school extension repairs and classroom upgrades was in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each year since 1997.

      School Extensions and Repairs (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Chorley have benefited from new classrooms, school extensions and upgrades since 1997.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when Ofsted will take school meals into account during inspections as set out in the White Paper, Choosing Health: making healthy choices...

      Science Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entries there were at A-level in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology and (d) mathematics from schools designated as specialist...

      Sprinklers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on installation of sprinklers in schools; what advice she has given to schools on installation of sprinklers; and if she...

      Teachers (Abuse Allegations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons teachers accused of assaulting pupils are not granted anonymity.

      Teachers' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was provided for schools to support teachers' pensions in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 in (i) school sixth forms and...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unauthorised absences from secondary schools there were in each (a) local education authority and (b) Government Office Region in...

      Vocational Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with employers' organisations on the requirements for structured work placements arising from the Tomlinson...

      Welsh Language Scheme

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

  • Treasury

    • African Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy for funding aid for Africa.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to resolve the issue raised in the letter to the Inland Revenue on 19 June 2004 from the hon. Member for Bassetlaw regarding overpayments...

      ATM Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with (a) the LINK network, (b) high street banks and (c) cash machine operators on charges for use of cash machines.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of breast cancer patients live for at least five years following treatment in the United Kingdom; and what the average survival rate is in...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Lancashire have benefited from corporation tax reduction since 1997.

      Debt/Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) unsecured debt per person, (b) secured debt per person and (c) annual income per person has been in each year since 1997.

      Internet Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans are being developed by Customs and Excise to levy a tax on internet gambling.

      Life Expectancy (North-East)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy is of (a) men and (b) women in (i) Hartlepool, (ii) Tees Valley, (iii) the North East Region and (iv) the UK.

      M&S v. Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely reimbursement of tax revenues necessary if actions of a similar class to the Marks and Spencer case against the...

      North Durham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from child tax credit in North Durham since its inception.

      Population Figures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population was in each of the last eight years in (a) South Gloucestershire, (b) City of Bristol, (c) North Somerset, (d) Bath and North East...

      Redundancies (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies have taken place in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Small Firms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes his Department has made since 2001 to the way in which small firms are required to calculate the tax due on profits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many compensatory payments have been made by the Inland Revenue for errors in tax credit payments in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the computer problems which have been experienced by the Inland Revenue Tax Credits department over the last 18 months.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the total (a) number and (b) monetary value of overpayments of (i) child tax credit and (ii) working credit in (A) 2002–03 and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many incorrect payments of tax credits have been made by the Inland Revenue in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; and if...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy not to reclaim overpaid tax credits where the Department is responsible for overpayment.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of (a) child and (b) working tax credit applications in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05; and if he will make a...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of persons filing tax returns late for 2003–04 were (a) pensioners and (b) self-employed.

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mitigating circumstances would prevent the application of financial penalties to people failing to file tax returns on time.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment were in North Southwark and Bermondsey in each of the last eight years.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend entitlement to the child care element of working tax credit to a couple where one person is engaged in qualifying remunerative work and...

  • Defence

    • Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Hercules C130J and C130K aircraft have a full defensive aids suite.

    • Military Conduct (Detainees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to end all hooding of detainees by members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Afghanistan.

      Future Infantry Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with serving and retired service men and women about the conduct of the future infantry structure exercise.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of possible damage caused to sites of archaeological and historical significance by the British Army in Iraq; (2) what...

      Airborne Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) soldiers and (b) officers in the Army are employed on full-time duties concerned with maintaining airborne forces in role.

      Anthrax Vaccines (Gulf Wars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on adverse reactions by service personnel and their families who received anthrax vaccines prior to each war in the Gulf.

      Anthrax Vaccines (Gulf Wars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel and their families involved in each war in the Gulf who received anthrax vaccine have reported (a) miscarriages, (b) infant...

      Anthrax Vaccines (Gulf Wars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from the US Administration or its agencies relating to illnesses suffered by service people and their families as a...

      Anthrax Vaccines (Gulf Wars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the constituent parts of the anthrax vaccine given to Defence personnel were in each war in the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.

      Anthrax Vaccines (Gulf Wars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evidence has been (a) found by and (b) reported to his Department's medical services of clusters of persons suffering ill health who were associated...

      Anthrax Vaccines (Gulf Wars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will commission research into whether carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome has been a result of reactions to the anthrax vaccine given to...

      Chartered Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money his Department has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years.

      Defence Agencies' Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the (a) Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency, (b) Defence Housing Executive and (c) Defence Intelligence and...

      Defence Agencies' Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget the Defence Medical Education and Training Agency spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies hold the largest defence contract with his Department.

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the MoD Police; how many are employed in Scotland; what the figures were in each case in January 2004; what the personnel costs...

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Estates Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; and what the personnel costs of the agency (i) are in...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid to consultants carrying outstaff surveys in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the costs of cleaning the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

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

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the development of the Future Rapid Effects System.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are security implications relating to signals equipment, frequencies and codes arising from the seizure by Iran of UK armed forces' equipment.

      Military Death (Amesbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the circumstances were of the death of a soldier who was crushed when an armoured vehicle overturned in Amesbury, Wiltshire in the first week of...

      Operative Activities (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the net cash outflow from operating activities in financial year 2003–04 was by the (a) British Forces Cyprus, (b) British Forces Gibraltar,...

      Pilning Rifle Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for the Pilning Rifle Range.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to change RAF Machrihanish from enhanced care and maintenance status; when this status was last (a) reviewed and (b)...

      Service Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what cosmetic dental work is offered to military personnel by service dentists; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the attributable interviews that his Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary Select Committees in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

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

      Torture-obtained Information

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

      Veterans' Appeals Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to establish an appeals panel, independent of his Department, for veterans whose claims have been rejected by the...

      Wounded British Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions he has visited wounded British soldiers in the UK in the last 24 months.

  • Prime Minister

    • Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Prime Minister what method was used to select the invitees to the reception to be held in Downing Street on 7 March in recognition of those who served on the Arctic Convoys during the...

    • Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to announce a decision on 7 March on whether to award a medal specific to those who served in the Arctic Convoys; and if he will make a statement.

      Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Prime Minister what the average cost of an inquiry by the Committee on Standards in Public Life has been in the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column583W, on the European Constitution, (1) if he will list the stakeholders and their affiliation; if he...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will arrange for (a) a link to the publication scheme for his Office and (b) an email address for applications for information under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Her Majesty the Queen

      To ask the Prime Minister how often he meets Her Majesty the Queen; and when the last such meeting took place.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made concerning the ill treatment of prisoners by Iraqi forces in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what reports and recommendations by Lord Birt in the course of his work in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) as an adviser to him are available to hon. Members; (2)...

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister what grade of security clearance is accorded to Lord Birt; what secretarial and research backing he is given; and where his desk is located.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has made an official visit to (a) an injured soldier and (b) bereaved families of soldiers.

      Nelson Mandela

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met Mr. Nelson Mandela; and what matters were discussed.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the current levels of employment in the UK aerospace industry.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives are offered by the Government to UK manufacturers who choose not to carry out experimental testing on animals.

      Arms Sales (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department issued guarantees to Alvis in connection with the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles...

      Ellington Colliery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much in public funds has been made available to UK Coal in support of Ellington Colliery, Northumberland.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance has been given to small charities and religious organisations to ensure that they are able to comply with the Employment...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Scientific Steering Committee met; when and where...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the Renewable Energy Initiative of the Export Credits Guarantee Department has been allocated to projects; and if she will make a...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial support has been made available in each year since 1997 through the Export Credits Guarantee Department for (a) fossil fuel...

      Export Volumes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the volume of UK exports to (a) the USA and (b) China was in each of the last 10 years.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will invite the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services to regulate the marketing of...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of how many mobile phones were sold in each of the last five years; what percentage she estimates have...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to increase the extent to which the availability of the Post Office cheque payment service is advertised.

      Power Station (Plymouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect on the creation of new jobs on land at Langage Plymouth of delays in progress with the power...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much energy generated in the UK in 2003–04 was derived from (a) wind energy, (b) solar power and (c) biomass.

      Telephone Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to control (a) telephone cold calling and (b) unsolicited silent calls from commercial power diallers from...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many prosecutions of companies were brought in 2003–04 for breaches of the Working Time Directive; (2) how many visits were...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-Procurement Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been of adults found to have bought alcohol on behalf of persons under the age of 18 in (a) pubs, bars and...

    • Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has initiated into the use of biometrics for individual identification.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the information available to his Department on the accuracy of (a) biometric tests and (b) biometric card...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation he has conducted of the security of the proposed national identity register; and what weaknesses have been identified.

      Identity Cards Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 20 December 2004, Official Report, column 1950, on the Identity Cards Bill, how he intends that the Bill, if...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for leave to remain were processed after (a) 20 days, (b) 40 days, (c) 60 days, (d) 80 days, (e) 100 days and (f) more...

      Judicial System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Department is taking to ensure all citizens have equal access to justice.

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will carry out a risk assessment of (a) possible overlap of the National Offender Management Service with other Home Office programmes...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the level of risk that his Department will fail to deliver the National Offender Management Service change...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications for cost-effectiveness of the purchaser or provider model proposed for the Probation Service...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the business case for the introduction of contestability and market testing into the National Offender Management Service is...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the provisions on the organisation of offender management set out in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.4 (page 35) of National Offender Management...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the introduction of the National Offender Management Service on the input of the...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether offenders assessed as requiring specific offender behaviour programmes will be placed by regional offender managers in establishments...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether the purchaser/provider split for the Probation Service in England and Wales will create a conflict of...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role will be of the 10 regional offender managers as employers for offender management of the Probation Service.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of processing visa applications from overseas students coming to study at universities in the UK.

      Tsunami (Passports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what charges he is imposing on survivors of the recent tsunami to replace passports lost in the disaster.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when UK Visas will reply to the letter dated 6 January from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West with regard to Hakim Sadi.

      Wheel Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether all wheel clamping firms are now licensed under the Private Security Industry Act 2001; (2) if he will make a statement on the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list community courts which have been established in England.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total expenditure by his Department on all external consultants was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04;...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd South constituency, the...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Preseli Pembrokeshire...

      EU Committee on the Protection of Individuals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on the protection...

      European Constitution (Referendum)

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what market research, opinion polling and focus group research the Government undertook in relation to the...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Polling and Research

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) pursuant to his answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1140W, on polling...

    • Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what (a) advice and (b) guidance the Electoral Commission has issued relating to holding a (i)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Civil Protection

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Cabinet Office in respect of the funding requirements of (a) local authorities and (b) the Council...

    • Communities Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central Government expenditure on the Communities Plan is to be allocated to each programme which is part of the plan.

      Council Tax

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

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who is consulted on proposals for changing practices at fire stations in Lancashire.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Department's policy is on fire prevention.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what decision the South West Regional Management Board took at its recent meeting with regard to the outline business concern on south west regional control...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister howmany times the Fire Service has been called out on false calls in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley in each of the last five years.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for the future of the fire service control room in Eastbourne.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the implications for tackling domestic fires if regional control centres are established; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fires there have been in Romford in the last five years.

      Flooding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what environmental impact assessment was carried out in connection with his five year plan on sustainable communities; and what evaluation was made of increased...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes have been constructed in Romford, Essex in each of the last five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new homes have been built in rural areas in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new houses have been built in each local authority area in Sussex in each of the last five years; and what percentage that represents of the new-build...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money Sefton received in 2004–05 for repair and refurbishment of council homes; and how much is proposed for 2005–06.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people owned their own homes in Crosby in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of Sefton's housing debt was for each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which recommendations of the Barker review of housing supply the Government intend to implement; and if he will make a statement.

      Licensing Hours

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requirements there are on local councillors to declare an interest when considering applications for the extension of licensing hours.

      Licensing Hours

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures his Department plans to introduce training for local authority councillors who will sit on the new licensing boards that will grant extension to...

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 758W, on local elections, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the suggestion...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what freedoms councils with a (a) good and (b) excellent comprehensive performance assessment result have gained; and how long those freedoms last.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on plans (a) the Government and (b) the Audit Commission have to extend Comprehensive Performance Assessment to (i) the fire service...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the regulatory impact assessment produced for the Comprehensive Performance Assessment regime.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 1978W, on local government finance, for which grants Torbay unitary authority may apply; for...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the transition phase, following the introduction of the new formula grant system in 2003–04 will end; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what proportion of the staff employed in investigations on behalf of the Local Government Ombudsman previously worked in local government; (2) whether the...

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received expressing concerns about the proposed changes to the local government pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Meden Valley

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what legal opinion has been sought by English Partnerships in relation to compulsory purchase of properties in the Meden Valley; (2) how many repairs orders...

      Midlands Way

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the framework is for consultation on the Midlands Way; and if he will make a statement.

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total public expenditure on the Millennium Dome was in each year from 1997–98, broken down by (a) cost centre and (b) department.

      Moving Out of London Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many tenants who left London under the Moving Out of London scheme have since returned to London.

      Parliamentary Boundaries (Wales)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has received the report from the Boundary Commission for Wales on the proposed new parliamentary boundaries in Wales; when he will lay the Order...

      Parliamentary Boundaries (Wales)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what dates he has planned for implementing the recommendations of the Boundary Commission in Wales.

      Repossessions (Durham)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many repossessions by building societies and other providers of mortgages in the City of Durham there were in each of the last four years.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will update the affordability index used to determine the areas included within the scope of the Housing (Right-to-Buy) (Limits on Discounts) (Amendments)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role is fulfilled by the third special adviser in his Department.

      Standard Spending Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the standard spending assessment per capita is for each of the English regions in 2004–05.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the additional floor space required to accommodate the new jobs that the Government plan to realise in the Thames Gateway between 2003 and 2016 has...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the planned new dwellings in the Thames Gateway for construction between 2003 and 2016 have received planning permission.

      Traveller Sites

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

  • Northern Ireland

    • A-level Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the implications of the recent Trinity College Dublin...

    • Ceasefire (Police Numbers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of police officers that would be required in the Province if there were to be (a) a full-scale return to...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, for each year...

      Consultants

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

      DEL Guidelines (Whistle-blowing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines the Department of Employment and Learning has issued to universities on dealing with cases of whistle-blowing.

      New Deal (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have benefited from the New Deal for people with disabilities.

      Paid Informers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes have taken place in the use by special branch of paid informers within republican and so-called loyalist terrorist organisations...

      Primary School Enrolment (Lisburn)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) actual and (b) maximum total enrolment figures are for all primary schools within the Lisburn city council area.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1997–98...

      School Performance Tables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reintroduce school performance tables in the Province.

      Stevens Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of the Stevens Inquiry into allegations of collusion has been since it was first established.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been fined in Northern Ireland for not possessing a television licence in 2004, broken down by parliamentary constituency...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Authorities (Emergency Response Obligations)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what level of (a) central Government grant and (b) financial support has been made available to each local authority to meet its statutory (i) civil...

    • Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on cross-departmental co-ordination of policies for lone parents.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Lyons review.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role she will play in the sale of BBC Broadcast.

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether competent companies will be allowed access to BBC Broadcast's essential financial information in order to determine whether to...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the Green Paper on the BBC Charter renewal; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many departmental (a) canteens and (b) bars there are; and how much has been spent on the (i) running, (ii) staffing and (iii)...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on (a) provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties incurred by civil...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ensure that people living in multiple dwelling units have access to digital television after switchover.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that digital television reception will be available to occupants of multiple dwelling units via (a)...

      Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she received a copy of the Association of British Bookmakers report on fixed odds betting terminals; and what assessment her...

      Goodison Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Treasury about implementing the recommendations of the Goodison review.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her recent discussions with the Iraqi Minister of Culture on (a) Babylon and (b) Itatra.

      Liquor Licences (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many liquor licences were revoked from (a) public houses, (b) wine bars and (c) nightclubs in (i) Southend-on-Sea and (ii) Essex in...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her policy on ring-fencing lottery funds for children's play.

      Official Residences

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

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will press London 2012 to use the ground of Gloucester RFC for Olympic events if London's bid for the 2012 Games is successful.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on compensation to businesses which would be displaced by a successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic games.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who will bear the cost of (a) the Stonehenge visitor centre project, (b) the Countess roundabout A303(T) flyover and (c) the Stonehenge...

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy that the Stonehenge visitor centre project should proceed if the A303(T) tunnel project is (a) cancelled and...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people over the age of 75 in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies were entitled to free television licences at the latest...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people owning a television licence live in multiple dwelling units in (a) the private sector and (b) social housing.

      Television Licences

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

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many students have been fined for non-possession of a television licence since 2000.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Exports (West Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on arms sales to (a) Burkina Faso, (b) Benin, (c) Ghana, (d) Co(r)te d'Ivoire, (e) Mali, (f)...

    • Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Government of Burkina Faso, (b) European Union counterparts and (c) members of the...

      Carbon Capture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what matters in respect of bilateral UK-China co-operation on carbon capture and storage were discussed during his recent visit...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the policy of the Chinese Government to repatriate refugees from North Korea; and if he will urge...

      Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 15 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Samiul Alam.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 9 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to S.Hameed.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Cuban authorities concerning (a) Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and (b) Jorge Luis Garcia...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the maintenance of the EU's Common Position on Cuba.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had with the Spanish Government concerning the EU Common Position on Cuba.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Cuban Government concerning section 3(b) of the EU's Common Position on Cuba.

      Departmental Spending

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

      Environmental Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on the policy of the US to specify non-adherence to international...

      International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague to complete its work.

      International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague has been (a) to the UN and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ballot papers for the Iraqi election will be (a) printed and (b) issued; what arrangements have been put in place to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to ensure that (a) democratic political parties and (b) trade unionists in southern Iraq are protected...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the measures his Department has taken to support polling for Iraqi expatriates in the forthcoming...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government last had discussions with...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the role of Amir Al-Saadi in dealing with UN weapons inspectors since 1991; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the full text of the Iraqi declaration on Weapons of Mass Destruction of 7 December 2002 to be published.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iraqi Government concerning the release of Dr. Amir Al-Saadi.

      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 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 General Ilker Basbug's statement on 26 January concerning the impact of Kurdish...

      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 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 latest estimate of civilian casualties he has received from the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations have taken place into allegations of misappropriation of oil during the period of the Coalition Provisional...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the next stage of the Volker Inquiry into the oil for food scandal in Iraq to report.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the British embassy in (a) Damascus and (b) Tehran has made of (i) the reaction of the regimes in (A) Syria and...

      Kongra-Gel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the involvement of Kongra-Gel members in (a) illegal and (b) terrorist acts since...

      Special Advisers

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

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action his Department is taking to help UK victims of the Asian tsunami to return to the UK.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the extradition request to Germany for Remzi Kartal announced by the Turkish Justice...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the size and (b) the nature of the fire at the Beko Elektronik warehouse in...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Roj TV announcement on 25 January, claiming PKK responsibility for the fire at...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the treatment of Huseyin Sunal while in police custody in Turkey in April 1996...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to facilitate the long-term goal of the Ukrainian Government of EU accession.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government will provide to the new Government of Ukraine to enable internal reforms in the legal system, the...

      Information Society World Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations his Department is undertaking for the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis; what Department is...

  • Scotland

    • Consultants

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

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1997–98 and (iii)...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times a Minister in his Department has made an official visit to (a) an injured soldier and (b) bereaved families of soldiers; and who the...

      Scotland Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what amendments have been made to the Scotland Act 1998 in each year since 1998.

  • Health

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) funding will be made available and (b) time will be set aside for training and development of health professionals under the Agenda for Change...

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Agenda for Change programme applies to staff employed by private companies providing services within the NHS.

      Blood Glucose Strips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts (PCTs) operate a policy restricting the number of blood glucose strips available to people with diabetes; and how many blood...

      Capital Investment (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital investment was made in NHS facilities in Worcestershire in each year since 1992.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change has been in the number of NHS dentists in south-west London in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were employed in Stoke-on-Trent in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have started work full-time for the NHS in Stoke-on-Trent since the inception of the Returning to Dentistry campaign.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of dentists in Kingston and Surbiton stopped taking NHS patients in each year since 1997; (2) what percentage of dentists in London...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time to become a patient of an NHS dentist in south-west London was in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary...

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the staffing levels in his Department's Tobacco Control Division were on (a) 31 May 1997, (b) 30 June 2001 and (c) 1 January 2005; and if he will...

      Food Supplements Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of which supplements will be (a) banned and (b) reformulated under the food supplements regulations; (2)...

      General Medical Services Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the new GMS contract on the operation of community hospitals in the out-of-hours period.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of pay variations in the remuneration of general practitioners working in different community hospitals in England.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of targets for general practitioner appointments on the new appointment systems general practitioner practices...

      Glaucoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with glaucoma in each year since 1989, broken down by age.

      Neck of Femur Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the mortality rate was of people admitted to hospital with fractured neck of femur in each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04, broken...

      In-house Magazines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the patient information leaflet for human insulin includes reference to the full range of side effects experienced by those taking...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the relationship between high blood pressure and kidney disease.

      Mental Health (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government intend to reduce the number of young people waiting over 26 weeks to see child and adolescent mental health service staff.

      Mobility Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ensure that walking sticks, crutches and similar aids are returned to the NHS by patients once they are no longer needed.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the recent contract with Alliance Medical to provide the NHS with mobile MRI scanning units; what assessment he...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) evaluation, (b) monitoring and (c) data collection his Department is undertaking on the implementation and performance of the contract with...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to put out to tender further contracts for (a) MRI scans, (b) CT scans and (c) other diagnostic procedures; and if he will...

      NHS Staff Suspensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the National Health Service of suspensions of medical and dental staff in the latest quarter for which figures are available.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS Trusts are taking part in merger talks/proposals.

      Paddington Basin Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish in full the outline business case for the Paddington Basin NHS Hospital project.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Ashford on 16 December 2004, reference 206718.

      Protection of Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable has been set for the extension of the Protection of Vulnerable Adults scheme to all NHS workers; and what plans are in place to ensure that...

      Residential Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average fee paid by each social services department in England for care for the elderly in a (a) privately owned and (b) local authority-owned...

      Retinal Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that NHS providers have the maximum choice of suppliers of retinal screening; (2)...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what initiatives his Department has introduced since 2001 to support health services in rural areas.

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received about his Department's support for Saneline.

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to increase his Department's funding for Saneline in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the contribution of Saneline to the provision of support and advice to mentally ill people and their families; what...

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of Saneline's planned closure of its Macclesfield office on the well-being of mentally ill people and their...

      Secure Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the medium secure units for peoplewith dangerous and severe personality disorders operating in England; and how many inmates have escaped...

      Specialist Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget is allocated for training and development for a specialist nurse post.

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made of the safety of the medium used to preserve embryonic stem cells.

      Welsh Language Scheme

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Adviser Discretion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Jobcentre Plus clients have received grants from the Adviser Discretion Fund, broken down by benefit received.

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions what his Department's policy is regarding the payment of benefits to claimants of working age who fail to supply account details to his Department.

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed unemployment benefit in each constituency in Wales for the latest period in which figures are available.

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions what evidence his Department has relied upon to conclude that over 90 per cent. of pension and benefit claimants in the UK are satisfied with...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimated saving will result from the switch of payments of pensions from payment books to direct payments; and what estimated reduction...

      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Health and Safety Commission's recommendations regarding gas safety in relation to (a) the introduction of a levy on gas suppliers to...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers in Stoke-on-Trent are in receipt of both the carer's premium and the basic state pension.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the current time scale for handling new applications for child support.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether the Child Support Agency has sufficient clerical resources to deal with the backlog of cases transferred...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency at the Falkirk Centre; how many of these cases are being dealt with under the...

      Civil Service Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average annual increase in gross salary was for the year 2003–04 for (a) staff below the Senior Civil Service and (b) the Senior...

      Contract Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of council tax benefit in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Great Britain in (i) each year from...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Freedom of Information

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

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Health and Safety Commission and Executive spent on inspecting local authorities in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Incapacity Benefit/Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Blyth Valley are claiming (a) disability living allowance and (b) incapacity benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit/Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the reasons for the growth in the number of credits-only incapacity benefit recipients; and if he will...

      Incapacity Benefit/Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the overall level of expenditure was on (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance in each year from 1997–98 to...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of removing the means test from the Independent Living Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      In-house Magazines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Medical Services Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what Welsh language requirements there are on Medical Services Ltd. in respect of services that they provide to the Department.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been assisted into work in Easington constituency under the New Deal since 1997.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have benefited from the New Deal in North Durham since its inception.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have started each of the New Deal for Employment programmes in (a) Stockton and (b) Stockton, South; and how many have entered...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in the Greater London area have gained work through the New Deal for Lone Parents.

      Non-geographic Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the use of non-geographic 0870 and 0845 telephone numbers by his Department and its agencies.

      Non-geographic Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much revenue his Department and its agencies received from the use of (a) 0870 and (b) 0845 telephone numbers in the last year for which...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the annual cost of administering (a) the pension credit and (b) the basic state pension; and what the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps pensioners need to take to continue to receive their pension payments over the counter at post offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) England have indicated that they wish to continue to collect their pensions at post offices.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of pensionable age in Stoke-on-Trent do not receive (a) the full basic state pension and (b) part of the basic state pension as...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were in receipt of (a) basic state pension and (b) over-80s pension in Southend-on-Sea in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on state pension entitlement of British citizens who move abroad; (2) if he will make it his policy to...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reports of computer failure his Department has received since the introduction of pension and benefit payment through the Post Office...

      Pensioners' Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) recipients of the state pension, (b) individuals eligible for a free television licence, (c) pension credit claimants and (d)...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of staff surveys in the Department was in each year since 1997.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were in receipt of (a) winter fuel payments and (b) over-80s annual payments in Southend-on-Sea in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990,...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will investigate the number of winter fuel payments that have not been received by pensioners in Hendon; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Stoke-on-Trent have been in receipt of winter fuel payments in each of the last seven years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average, (b) shortest and (c) longest time taken to make winter fuel payments between application and payment has been in (i) the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were eligible for winter fuel payments in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) each constituency in each of the last six years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Northavon constituency (a) were eligible for and (b) received winter fuel payments in (i) 2003–04 and (ii)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the winter fuel allowance to pensioners paying for residential care home accommodation.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has written to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor or any other law officer questioning, or...

    • Community Fund

      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...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Mr Brian McTaggart was relieved of the post of director of Waterways Ireland.

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement made by the British Ambassador to Sudan, on 27 April 2004, welcoming the deepening and extension of commercial and trading opportunities with...

      Kosovo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with the Six Nation Contact Group regarding the status of Kosovo; and What progress has been made by the Government of Kosovo...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the European Union Commission in connection with the accession negotiations with Turkey: (a) the constitutional limitation on the...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the European Union Commission in connection with the accession negotiations with Turkey the use of the Kurdish language in the state...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the European Union Commission, in connection with the accession negotiations with Turkey, the case for an amnesty for former...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the European Union Commission, in connection with the accession negotiations with Turkey, certain current restrictions, including...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the Government of Turkey: (a) restrictions on freedom of speech, which have been proposed under Article 49 of the new criminal code...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the Government of Turkey the case for establishing mechanisms for verifying the implementation of legislation already passed or...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Turkey on the recent decision to close the education trades union, Egitim Sen.

      UN Convention on Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many states are party to the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees.

      Tampere European Council 1999: Conclusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17 January (WA 85–86) concerning the establishment of agencies of the European Union,...

      Israel and Palestine: International Monitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the value of international monitors and observers in Israel and Palestine, both during and after elections; what assistance they...

      Israel: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about; (a) the planned expansion of existing settlements in the West Bank such as Ariel and...

      UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not ratified the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (the Vienna Sales Convention) which came into force on 1...

      Housing Provision: Rural Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any district council in England may bar those from outside the district from buying new homes in any area within it, as in the Yorkshire Dales National...

      Local Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each principal local authority in England what is: (a) the level of financial balances held by that authority at 31 March 2004; (b) the extent of any...

      Income Tax: Online Returns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current performance of their systems to accept income tax returns filed online is satisfactory; and whether they are prepared to extend the filing...

      Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to use audited accounts which have been drawn up in accordance with international financial reporting standards as the basis for assessing...

      Charities: VAT Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the amount of medical research undertaken by charities, they will consider making VAT recoverable on fundraising and recruitment by such charities.

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11 January (WA 57-58), for each item of expenditure by the Rural Payments Agency listed in the answer, how much...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reduction or increase in expenditure (expressed in euros) by the United Kingdom on the Common Agricultural Policy is expected from the change from the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: ISG

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the independent scientific group on bovine tuberculosis will begin its study; by when it has been asked to finalise its report; and whether that report will...

      Badgers: Roads Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a mechanism for recording all known badger deaths in addition to road casualties.

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have studied the findings regarding badgers and bovine tuberculosis of the trials conducted in the Irish Republic between 1997 and 2002, which were...

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statistics they collect on badger deaths with reference to tuberculosis infection record the severity of infection in each animal; and Whether they...

      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,...

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