Written answers

Tuesday, 8 February 2005

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Big Lottery Fund.

    • Departmental Spending

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

      Lottery Money (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery money has been granted to Derian House Children's Hospice in Chorley.

      Lottery Money (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery money has been granted in the Chorley constituency in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2004–05; and to which schemes.

      Lottery Money (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many lottery applications from the Chorley constituency are awaiting decision.

      Swimming Baths (Parental Supervision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the rules for parental supervision of children in public swimming baths.

      Swimming Baths (Parental Supervision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who has been invited to the meeting promised by the Prime Minister during his visit to Kent to Ms Carolyn Warner of the Right to Swim...

      Swimming Baths (Parental Supervision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children have drowned in public swimming pools in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with interested parties in respect of the use of rivers by anglers and cormorants.

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on biodiversity in the UK of allowing free trade in agricultural products.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the change in incidence of bovine TB in cattle has been since 1999.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of how much the Common Agricultural Policy costs an average sized family in (a) increased...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her latest estimate is of unallocated departmental spending in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, and (c)...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she will apply the single payment scheme to areas of common land, broken down by appropriate registration schemes for the...

      Fishing Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) discussions her Department has had with and (b) communications have been received from the European Commission since...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what systems were put in place by her Department to ensure that all relevant evidence was submitted to the Anderson Inquiry...

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the economic effects on (a) UK consumers and (b) the UK economy of allowing free trade in...

      Publicity

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

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure (a) her Department and (b) agencies for which her Department is responsible have made on research and...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) her Department's expenditure and (b) the expenditure of each agency for which she is responsible on research and...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) her Department and (b) each agency for which she is responsible spent on research and development with overseas...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what percentage of the expenditure of each agency sponsored by her Department went on research and development...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure was made by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible on research and...

  • Scotland

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the future rate of growth of the Scottish economy by comparison with the UK economy.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has held with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Scottish Executive on prospects for growth in the Scottish economy by...

      Disability Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet the Scottish representatives of the Disability Rights Commission to discuss disability rights in Scotland.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister about pensioner poverty in Scotland.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the costs of introducing identity cards in Scotland.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the level of central Government regulation of small businesses in Scotland.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many small businesses were created in Scotland during 2004.

      Burns Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on using national lottery funding for projects to mark the legacy of Robert Burns, with...

      Tax Credit Overpayment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Treasury on tax credit overpayment in Scotland.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Smoking Policy

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent developments there have been in the designation of no-smoking areas in the precincts...

    • Environmental Practice

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will instigate an audit of the House's environmental practices.

      Election Artist

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost is of the contract for the provision of the services of an election artist.

      Postal Services

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans he has to re-examine the recent changes made to postal services in the House.

  • Leader of the House

    • English Regions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to increase opportunities for hon. Members to debate matters affecting the English regions.

    • Citizenship Syllabus

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on giving more emphasis to Parliament in the school citizenship syllabus.

      Chartered Aircraft

      To ask the Leader of the House how much money his Office has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Appeal Judges (Training)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what advice and training is being provided to appeal judges on implementing new legislation aimed at combating antisocial...

    • Mental Capacity Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Archbishop of Cardiff regarding the Mental Capacity Bill.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on further reform of the House of Lords and indirect elections to that House.

      County Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government are taking to enable court cases to be heard more quickly by county courts.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs what his latest estimate is of unallocated departmental spending in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, and (c)...

      In-house Magazines

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department and its predecessors in each year...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department...

  • Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for North Norfolk of 5 January entitled, Chequers: Parliamentary Ombudsman's Decision.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Aerospace Industry (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the number of jobs (a) in the aerospace industry in Lancashire and (b) dependent on the aerospace industry in...

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the potential impact of reducing international trade barriers on reducing corruption in developing countries.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual cost of consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department was since 1997.

      Staff Surveys

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

      VAT Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many VAT registrations there have been in Stoke-on-Trent in each year since 1997.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance she plans to issue to the construction industry concerning the application of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what obligations will be placed on business end users discarding their waste electrical and electronic equipment to deliver that equipment to...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Tackling Intruders

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases have been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service with regard to people tackling intruders in (a) residential properties and (b) retail properties in...

    • Under-age Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions were brought by the Crown Prosecution Service in Devon for supplying alcohol to underaged purchasers in 2004; and if she will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Aircraft Charters

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

    • Civil Servants

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

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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)...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions departmental Ministers have used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established strength and (b) current trained strength is of officers in (i) the Royal Air Force, (ii) the Royal Navy and (iii) the Army.

    • Defence Transport and Movements Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people currently work for the Defence Transport and Movements Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency...

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Vetting Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the equivalent figures were in 2004; what the personnel...

      Falklands War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who the (a) members and (b) stenographer of the board of inquiry into the sinking of HMS Sheffield were; (2) which individuals were called to give...

      HMCS Chicoutimi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Ministry of Defence and (c) other UK Government personnel have given evidence to the Canadian House of Commons inquiry into...

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last transfer of nuclear material between the United States and Britain under the Mutual Defence Agreement took place; and if he will make a...

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what infrastructural improvements have been undertaken at RAF Machrihanish in each of the last five years; whether there is work under way; and if he...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the use of satellites for extremely high frequency communications with Trident nuclear submarines; which...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Trident submarines are on active service; how many are being repaired; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much money has been spent by her Department on funding apprenticeships in Lancashire since 1997; (2) how many apprenticeships...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on apprenticeships in Lancashire.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list, by Learning and Skills Council area, the number of apprenticeships that have been granted in each of the past three years.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on Building Schools for the Future in Lancashire; and if she will list the new projects (a) planned, (b) under...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven years were taught in class sizes of over 30 in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley in...

      Education (16-to-19 year olds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the components are of the unit cost funding gap between the cost of educating (a) a school sixth-former and (b) a further education...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are in receipt of education maintenance allowance (EMA) in Birmingham, broken down by constituency; and what the total value...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students received the £100 education maintenance allowance cash bonus in January; how many payments are outstanding; what the...

      Extended Schools Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what support her Department plans to offer schools serving disadvantaged communities to develop extended schools; (2) what will...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the staying-on rate at 16 years was for Greater London, broken down by local education authority, in each year since 1997.

      Local Learning and Skills Councils (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) the national, (b) each regional and (c) each local learning and skills council spent on (i) marketing and (ii) audit in...

      National Europass Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) budget and (c) staffing level of the National Europass Centre.

      Nuclear Energy Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate degree courses involving training in atomic energy related skills are available in England.

      Nursing Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop-out rate for nursing courses has been in each year since 1997, broken down by teaching institution.

      Stockton, South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the amount of funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary education has changed in the constituency of Stockton South since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department has introduced to increase the efficiency of the system for dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to ensure that teachers are protected from false allegations of abuse by pupils.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the guidelines for protecting teachers accused of abuse by pupils.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants there were in each local education authority in Greater London in each of the last seven years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers there were in North Durham in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on the charging of top-up fees to students who leave school in 2005 and take a gap year, but change the course that they...

      University Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding her Department has provided for (a) teaching, (b) research and (c) staff development since 1996–97 for (i) Newcastle and...

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the UK will provide to the South East Asia region in establishing a tsunami early warning system.

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he plans to give to allow farmers in places affected by the tsunami to start farming again, and in particular to begin...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial assistance, (b) logistical assistance and (c) assistance in kind has been provided to Engineers Without Borders...

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries there have been as a result of the recent flooding in Guyana.

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether his Department's field offices covering countries with large numbers of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and...

      Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost is...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian consequences of the confiscation of land in the West Bank from Palestinians following...

      Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid has been given by the United Kingdom to Namibia in each of the last three years.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial assistance, (b) logistical assistance and (c) assistance in kind has been provided to Engineers Without Borders...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) on how many occasions departmental Ministers have used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years; (2) how much money his...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year...

      Water Shortage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of its progress in combating the world's impending water shortage, with specific regard to the...

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many deaths in (a) Greater London and (b) North Southwark and Bermondsey alcohol was the primary cause in each of the last five years.

    • ATM Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the impact of ATM charges on basic bank account customers; (2) what assessment his Department has made of...

      Care Homes (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will conduct an investigation into what medical aids and other essential household items should be available to nursing and residential homes free of VAT.

      Child Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children have died by drowning in each of the past five years.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many child tax credit appeal cases have beenreceived in each month since the inception of tax credits; (2) how many people in each region have...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average timescale is for a child tax credit appeal, broken down by region.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 5 January from the hon. Member for Northavon, regarding the tax credit entitlement of a constituent, Ms. Hewitt.

      Council Tax (Braintree)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties there were in each council tax band in each of the Witham wards of Braintree district council in 2004–05.

      Departmental Policies

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

      Stockton, South

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of Stockton, South claim (a) pension credit and (b) working tax credit.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Sub-committee—EEC-Albania met; when and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Subcommittee-EEC-Romania met; when and where...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Cooperation Subcommittee-EEC-Russia met; when and where...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on statistics relating to the trading of goods with...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials have worked on the changeover planfor British euro membership since 9 June 2003; how many officials' man-hours were spent on the plan;...

      Further Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the level at which further education colleges pay VAT to the level applied to the school sector.

      Greater London Jobs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of jobs created in the Greater London area as a result of public investment in each of the last five years.

      Home Reversions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce legislation to bring home reversions under the regulation of the Financial Services Authority.

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage change in household net income has been for each decade over each of the past 30 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated loss of revenue would be if the 10 per cent. band of income tax were to be increased by (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000 and (c) £3,000.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated loss of revenue would be if the lower threshold for income tax were increased by (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000 and (c) £3,000;...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated yield arising from levying income tax at a rate of 50 per cent. on all taxable incomes in excess of £50,000 per annum would be.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2004, Official Report, column 987W, on Inland Revenue informers, when the Inland Revenue first categorised members of...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the North West, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Chorley was in (A) 1980–89, (B) 1990–99 and...

      North Durham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from the minimum wage in North Durham since its inception.

      North Durham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in North Durham will benefit from new child trust fund.

      Pensioner Concessions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide the necessary funding to the relevant Government Department to permit the provision of (a) free television licences and (b) free off peak...

      Public Sector Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of the number of people who work in the public sector.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the (a) total costs and (b) total benefits to date of the modernisation of stamp duty; and whether those costs and benefits are in line...

      Tax Credits

      Mr. Chapman: To ask the Chancellor of what proportion of those in receipt of tax credits in (a) Wirral South and (b) the UK have been subject to overpayment demands.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of cases of official error in the payment of tax credits in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; how many of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the Inland Revenue's percentage accuracy rate for processing and calculating tax credit awards for 2003–04; and if he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of managing and payingall tax credits in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c) 2003–04 and (d) 2004–05; and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people received (a) working family tax credits and (b) child tax credits in Easington constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Warrington, North are claiming tax credits; and what the average award for each creditis.

      Taxable Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers received taxable incomes in excess of £50,000 in the last year for which figures are available.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in North Durham in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of the relevant working population claim the disability and severe disability elements within the working tax credit, broken...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the distribution of eligible child care costs is, in £20bands, among in-work families benefiting from the child care element of the working tax...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the financial effects of changing the subsidy rate in the child care element of the working tax credit (a) to (i) 50 per cent., (ii) 25...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) incidents of violence against the person and (b) police emergency call-outs resulting from incidents occurring (i) on and (ii)...

    • ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the City of Durham since their inception.

      ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made by courts within the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he issues to his officials in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate regarding treatment of foreign nationals who have been...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those detained under anti-terrorist measures (a) were seeking asylum at the time of their detention and (b) have subsequently...

      British Citizens Killed Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend Criminal Injuries Compensation Board payments to include British citizens who are killed abroad.

      Burglary (Homeowners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been charged with offences arising from the defence of their home against a burglar or other intruder in each of the...

      Cash in Transit Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the Government's strategy is for preventing attacks on cash in transit vehicles; (2) what assessment he has made of regional...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide further funding for CCTV schemes in Lancashire.

      Child Curfew Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew schemes under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 have been established in each year since their introduction.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 11 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Pauline Clear.

      Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many curfew orders with electronic monitoring were made by the courts in England and Wales in each of the last three financial years.

      Custody Plans/Prisoner Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make it mandatory for all prisons to provide custody plans or prisoner passports; and if he will estimate the cost of...

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many departmental mobile telephones were used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are undertaking drug rehabilitation under drug treatment and testing orders.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have failed to complete Drug Treatment and Testing Order programmes since they were introduced.

      Fear of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of links between media publications and fear ofcrime.

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices for public nuisance under chapter 1, part 1 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 have been issued by...

      Futurebuilders fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the beneficiaries of the Futurebuilders scheme to date; (2) how much has been awarded from the Futurebuilders fund;...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who initiated the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration in Westminster Hall on 27 January; and if he will make a statement on the role played...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish categories of homicide, other than justifiable homicide, that do not automatically carry a life sentence upon...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedure is followed on the discovery of victims of human trafficking; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, columns 115–16W, on identity cards, when a decision will be made on the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected cost is of each of the individual departments and units that (a) are already established and (b) are planned to be...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when regional offender managers will assume responsibility for budgets in the Prison and Probation Services.

      OASys IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 326W, on the OASys IT System, what estimate he has made of the cost of...

      OASys IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were subject to OASys assessments in the last 12 months.

      OASys IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of operating the OASys system has been in the last 12 months.

      OASys IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to his answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 326W, on the OASys IT System, if he will list those prisons which...

      Offender Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which agency is responsible, where an offender is a danger to himself, his immediate family and the wider public, for ensuring that the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, columns 121–2W, on passports, when a final decision will be made on the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whom Government offices of the regions consult when setting crime reduction targets for each police authority; (2) if he will list the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of officers of inspector rank and above in each constabulary are (a) women and (b) from ethnic minorities,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what programmes are in place within the police service to develop the skills of officers of inspector rank and above.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age is of serving police officers, broken down by (a) rank and (b) police force area.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the review of the police grant formula will be completed.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the Police Best Value Performance indicators for (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the procedure for carrying out a police search of a private residence.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Crown immunity was removed from HM Prison Service.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies for staff in prison establishments there were on the latest date for which figures are available; how many staff are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds he will not publish the case he is making to the Treasury to close smaller prisons and build larger prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost is of providing satellite television facilities to prisoners in Leicester prison; (2) which prisons in the UK provide...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the policy of the Prison Service is on faith-based offending behaviour initiatives; what the contractual arrangements at Dartmoor are...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how the proposed purchaser/provider split for the probation service in England and Wales will affect the key...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) multi-agency public protection work, (b) drug treatment and testing supervision hostels and (c) probation work in prisons under...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of opportunities for research or consulting disseminated by the Department resulted in (a) research reports and...

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will enable the formation of panels of local people to help to decide what form unpaid community work should take in their areas.

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the comparative rates of detention of black men and white men.

      Student Visa Extensions

      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.

      Tobacco Sales (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in (a) South Yorkshire and (b) England of retailers for selling tobacco to under-age children in each...

      West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the last appraisal was carried out of the chief constable for West Mercia police.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in 2004.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported to Zimbabwe during 2004.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which other policies in addition to the £60,000 home scheme are planned to make housing more affordable for young adults.

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to increase the number of affordable homes for the people of Chorley.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what conclusions he has reached following the collation of issues raised by the consultation on amendments to PartL of the Building Regulations.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whatrepresentations he has received relating to the consultation on amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations on (a) the number of surveyors required to...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received urging for a delay in the implementation of revised building energy standards; what main reasons were given for the need for...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether in preparing the fuel cost data for amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations he took account of recent variations in domestic energy prices; and...

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) rateable value thresholds, (b) rate relief levels and (c) multipliers operated (i) before and (ii) after the business rate revaluation.

      Civil Servants

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

      Consents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the discretionary activities of local authorities which require consent of central Government to proceed in 2004–05.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding has been available for disabled facilities grants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Brigade (Lancashire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the Lancashire fire brigade.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions have taken place in each region between fire, ambulance and police services on how they will co-operate in the eventuality of regional control...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty residential dwellings there have been in each Greater London borough in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much previously developed land has been (a) vacant and (b) derelict in each Greater London borough, in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effect in Crosby of the changes to council tenants' rights since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was received by Sefton in 2003–04 to help fund housing related services for vulnerable people through the Supporting People" programme.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) inspection regimes and (b) regulators to which housing associations are subject.

      Local Government/Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what future roles are planned for (a) county councils, (b) district councils and (c) parish and town councils.

      Local Government/Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding Durham county council received in (a) 2001 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Local Government/Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding was received by Chester-le-Street district council in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which funding was available.

      Local Parking

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on local authorities' obligations to (a) assess the requirement for and (b) provide adequate local parking facilities for residents.

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to give details of the futuredistribution of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund monies.

      Northern Way Document

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) framework for consultation and (b) list of consultees were for the Northern Way document; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whatthe timetable is for consultation upon the South West regional assembly's housing proposals for Gloucestershire; and whether this will parallel the...

      Planning (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the relationship between the third review of the Gloucestershire structural plan, Stroud district council's local plan and the...

      Renewables Promotion

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made towards promoting renewables within the context of planning policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes have been sold under the right to buy scheme in Sheffield in each year since 1980.

      Staff Training

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the strategy for building sustainable communities.

      Unallocated Spending

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

  • Transport

    • Bolton Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Oral answers to the hon. Members for Leigh (Andy Burnham) and Wigan (Mr. Turner) of 1 February 2005, Official Report, columns...

    • Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Disabled Access to Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been made available to improve disabled access transport services in Coventry, South.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which Minister in his Department approved for publication the document Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving; (2) on what date...

      Noise Pollution (Maidenhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has conducted of the effect at different times of day of noise pollution from Heathrow airport in Maidenhead and the...

      Publicity

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

      Rural Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2005, Official Report, column 1038W, on rural transport, if he will set out with statistical information that...

      Solent Secondary Surveillance Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department has taken to ensure that the Solent Secondary Surveillance Radar is repaired; when he expects it to be functioning again;...

      TOC Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what gross subsidies were paid to each train operating company in each year since 1995–96.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the persecution of religious minorities, specifically Christians, in Bangladesh; (2) he...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) the Government and (b) the EU are taking to tackle human rights abuses by the military junta in Burma.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the policy of the Chinese Government of returning North Korean refugees.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Administration on its policy on the requirement of the European Union that...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much was paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department in each year since 1997; (2) what the cost...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2005, Official Report, column 427W, on the European Constitution, what the names and...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's implementation of Article IV-444 of the EU Constitution; (2) if he will...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he sought legal advice regarding the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights within the EU Constitution on...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights within the EU Constitution on industrial relations law...

      General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 31 January and 1 February; what the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many citizens have been killed as a result of military action by coalition forces in Iraq since April 2002.

      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 representations he has made concerning the ill treatment of prisoners by the Iraq forces in Iraq; and if he will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what categorisation system the Iraqi Ministry of Health uses to calculate casualty figures in Iraq.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to encourage the restoration of multi-party democracy in Nepal.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) weaponry, (b) military training and (c) other military equipment the UK Government have provided to the army of Nepal...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with (a) EU partners and (b) India regarding (i) Maoist insurgency in Nepal, (ii) the recent...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to advise (a) UK citizens in Nepal and (b) their families in the UK of the changing...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the strength and the military capabilities of Maoist insurgents in Nepal and (b) the threat...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings John Freeman, UK Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, has had with non-governmental organisations...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan about Mrs.Hanifan Bibi.

      Rio Tinto/Mittal Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the actions and interests of Rio Tinto or Mittal Steel have been brought to his or his Department's attention since...

      Saddam Hussein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials of the UK Government have visited Saddam Hussein since he has been in custody; what reports he has received on...

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Singapore Authorities to encourage them not to agree to restrictions on their right to sign...

      Tim Spicer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions on which his Department's staff have met Tim Spicer in the past 24 months in their official...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the number of (a) allegations of police mistreatment, (b) charges brought against...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the death toll in Turkey in each year since 1984 due directly to (a) Kurdish action,...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the statement released on 25 January by the Turkish Human Rights Association Ynsan...

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent talks with Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Vietnamese Government about the recent detention of six Mennonite pastors and the...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what technical support the UK has offered the Government of Vietnam to facilitate World Trade Organisation membership.

  • Health

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on (a) treating and (b) rehabilitating alcoholics in each of the last seven years.

    • Ambulance Services/Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedic ambulances are based in (a) Lancashire and (b) each constituency in Lancashire.

      Ambulance Services/Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what minimum standards of service must be met before he approves the merger of ambulance trusts.

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what preparations he has put in place to ensure that UK citizens are protected against the risk of contracting bird flu; and if he will make a statement.

      Burns Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist burns services units there are in (a) the Greater London region and (b) each strategic health authority in London.

      Cancer Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into whether lycopene found in organic red ketchup is a useful agent against cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Chorley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds were located in Chorley hospital in each of the last five years.

      Communicable Diseases (NHS Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tests for communicable diseases are conducted on those coming from abroad to work in the health service.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of dental academic staff to take account of his undertaking to increase dental undergraduate places by an extra...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards recruiting an extra 1,000 full-time dentists into the NHS by October 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have signed up for the new dental contract to date; and what assessment his Department has made of the ages of those who have signed up.

      Diabetes Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the European Medicines Evaluation Agency's call for more clinical trials on analogues used in diabetes treatment; (2)...

      Faye Emily Brandon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Health Care Commission will report on the death of Faye Emily Brandon, of Loddiswell, who died at Derriford hospital, Plymouth on 14 April 2004...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Food Standards Agency spent on inspecting and auditing the performance of local authorities in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Health Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on health promotion among black and minority ethnic communities in England in each year since 2000; (2) how much was spent on...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in the United Kingdom have resources to treat HIV/AIDS.

      Kidney Disease (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the likelihood of developing kidney disease of children under the age of six years consuming more than three grams...

      Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the financial position of the Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust.

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that women in the north-west receive appropriate (a) pre-natal and (b) maternity medical care.

      Mental Health (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time for a mental health appointment in Lancashire is; (2) how many people consulted an NHS mental health doctor in...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to raise public awareness of MRSA and potential safeguards against contracting infections.

      NHS Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect the introduction of charges for (a) eye tests and (b) dental check-ups had on demand for these services.

      Orthodontists (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were awaiting treatment by a consultant orthodontist on the latest date for which figures are available; and what the average time taken...

      Out-of-hours Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 1119W, on out-of-hours services, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Passive Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died in each of the last five years whose death was partly or wholly attributable to passive smoking.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the scheme for exemption from prescription charges for people with chronic diseases was established; and in which years since its establishment it...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has obtained from local authorities on the (a) number and (b) proportion of pubs that do not serve prepared food.

      Residential Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual increase in fees for residential care for residents in properties (a) owned or run by Kent county council and (b) in Kent run by Southern...

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what efforts his Department has made to raise awareness of the salt content in processed food.

      Smoking-related Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the procedures adopted by the NHS in determining whether a patient is suffering from a smoking-related disease.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of social worker vacancies was in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority; and how many were posts dealing...

      Trans Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects of partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) in the food supply; and...

      Tricyclics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's review of tricyclic drugs; and what methodology the agency will use for...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list health authorities where radiotherapy waiting times do not comply with the clinical guidelines on the maximum acceptable delays...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to reduce waiting times for treatment for patients with (a) cancer and (b) brain cancer who are initially referred...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Great Britain entitled to council tax...

    • Direct Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with organisations that represent blind and partially-sighted people on problems they may encounter in...

      Direct Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what access arrangements are in place at Post Offices for benefit and pension recipients who are unable, due to age or disability, to access...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance in (i) the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and (ii) the...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each electoral ward in Stoke-on-Trent claimed disability living allowance in each of the past seven years.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with disabilities in Coventry, South constituency have returned to work in the last five years.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent have returned to work in each of the last seven years.

      Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations have been made by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department to the International Labour Organisation about (i) the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) start-up costs and (b) annual running costs of the incapacity benefit pilot projects, broken down by cost...

      Lyons Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which of the recommendations from Sir Michael Lyons' report relating to his Department have been implemented; (2) how much money his...

      New Deal for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total expenditure on the New Deal for Lone Parents was in each year that the scheme has been in operation; (2) what proportion...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Telephone Answering Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which telephone answering services in the agencies for which the Department is responsible are (a) staffed by employees of the Department, (b)...

      Training Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by his Department for its staff in each...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast City Airport (Road Congestion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment the roads service has made of the impact of the removal of the planning restriction on the total number of annual passengers...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his target time is in 2004–05 (a) to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) for the officials in his Office to reply to letters...

      Dentists

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure equal access to diabetes services in all areas of the Province.

      Economic Activity (East Londonderry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the employment rates of people of working age in the East Londonderry constituency were (a) on the latest date for which figures are...

      Education Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average GCSE point scores, excluding GNVQ Part 1 and GCSE short courses were for each category of school in Northern Ireland in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland how many homes have been assisted under the Warm Homes Scheme in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) North Belfast in each year since its introduction.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when funding will be made available for the Fuel Poverty Partnership Fund; and when this Fund will be available to those working to reduce fuel...

      Health Trust Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money each health trust in the Province spent on cleaning in the last year.

      Heart Failure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on support offered to heart failure sufferers in the Province.

      Illegal Fuel Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many seizures of illegal fuel there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what quantities of fuel were seized...

      Illegal Fuel Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been prosecuted as a result of seizures of illegal fuel in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he plans to take in relation to Sinn Fein in response to the chief constable's assessment that the IRA was responsible for the...

      Positive Steps Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether reconviction rates for young offenders have met the target set by the Positive Steps programme.

      Positive Steps Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has undertaken a cost benefit analysis of the Positive Steps Programme.

      Primary Schools (Coleraine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the scheme to provide new school buildings at (a) Killowen Primary Coleraine and (b) Millburn Primary Coleraine are likely to commence.

      Religious/Political Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of discrimination on the grounds of religious or political belief in Northern Ireland are awaiting resolution through the appeals...

      Safeguarding and Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what account the Department of Finance and Personnel took of safeguarding and child protection in setting its budget and priorities; and what...

      School Transport Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland what criteria are applied in awarding school transport contracts other than the lowest cost tendered.

      Sinn Fein (USA Visas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations the Government have made to the US Administration regarding the granting of visaapplications to members of Sinn Fein to...

      Social Work Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will issue regional guidance on the structure and content of trust family and child care social work file records.

      Violent Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland if he will introduce legislation to bring Northern Ireland arrangements for interagency assessment and management of violent offenders into line...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of participants in the Northern Ireland Prison Service Young Offenders' Centres Positive Steps Programme have...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reconviction rate for young offenders in Hydebank Wood young offenders centre has been in each year since 2000 for (a) all inmates,...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many inmates at Hydebank Wood young offenders institution are registered drug addicts.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 21 December 2004 (WA 135), what additional benefits have occurred to cross-border co-operation as a result...

    • Northern Ireland: North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the budgets for the cross-border bodies for 2005 taking the two sections of the Language Body as separate; and what percentage increase this represents...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 29) concerning staff bullying at Waterways Ireland, what grades are the individuals...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 28) concerning applications for posts in Waterways Ireland, how many people were interviewed...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those civil servants who had been seconded to Waterways Ireland before March 2002 have had their secondments terminated by 31 March 2002 as proposed in the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications were received by Waterways Ireland as a result of advertising 47 administrative posts at the end of November 2001.

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the 10 years ending on 31 December 2003, how many Northern Ireland Civil Service employees have been found guilty of (a) intentional harassment; (b) harassment...

      Prime Minister: Sinn Fein Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 25 January (WA 147), whether they will specify the individual meetings which have taken place between the...

      Zimbabwe: Orphans and Vulnerable Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the needs of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe are being met.

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to abolish the offence of blasphemy.

      Anti-binge Drinking Advertisements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to assess the effectiveness of the current round of anti-binge drinking advertisements.

      Licensing Act 2003: Enforcement Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What extra funding they will make available to police forces in 2004–05 to cover any additional work arising from the Licensing Act 2003.

      Metropolitan Police: Reports of Violence Against the Person

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many calls made to the Metropolitan Police between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. in each month of 2003 and 2004 respectively were classified as "violence against the...

      Offenders Convicted of Murder: Compassionate Release

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many convicted murderers were allowed out of prison on compassionate grounds in the past two years; and in each instance what is: (a) the name of the...

      Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many convicted drink-drivers were under the age of 18 in each of the past five years.

      Internet Service Providers: Co-operation with Law Enforcement Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether existing regulations of United Kingdom-based units of large global internet service providers may be contributing to the perpetuation of cyber crime and...

      United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the benefits to the United Kingdom of membership of the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the status of refugees.

      Faith Communities: Grants for Social or Welfare Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations within each of the main religious faiths have received government grants for social or welfare projects in the current financial year and in...

      Criminal Proceedings: Use of Intercept Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the practical difference between permitting the use in criminal trials of intercept material and permitting the use of material obtained by other forms of...

      Criminal Proceedings: Use of Intercept Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26 January (WS 52), whether the review of the evidential use of intercept material in...

      Anti-terrorism: Warrants to Search Premises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many houses have been raided by police on anti-terrorism warrants since 11 September 2001.

      Iraq: Security Measures for UK Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific steps they propose to take to reduce the danger to United Kingdom forces in Iraq in the period either side of the Iraqi election in January.

      Iraq: UK Force Levels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned level of troops in Iraq on 30 June and 31 December 2005.

      Pensions Appeal Tribunal for England and Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the criticisms made by the President of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal for England and Wales of the way in which examples of alleged abuse...

      Pensions Appeal Tribunal for England and Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contact the Ministry of Defence had with the president of the Pensions Appeal Tribunals or his office about the alleged cases of abuse of the war pensions...

      Welsh Regiments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the representations made to the Director of Infantry and the Chief of the General Staff by Major General Brian Plummer on behalf of the Royal Welch Fusiliers,...

      Welsh Regiments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the views expressed by the Lord Morris of Aberavon, the Viscount Tenby and the Lord Crickhowell to the Secretary of State for Defence about the battalion...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Purchase of Ships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the recently renegotiated contract for the purchase of two Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships from Swan Hunter: (a) what were the total prices in the...

      Sustainable Communities Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How any additional: (a) doctors; (b) nurses; (c) general practitioners; (d) dentists; (e) police; and (f) teachers will be required as a result of the communities...

      Local Authority Consultative Referendums: Use of Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether United Kingdom local authorities (other than parishes), who wish to conduct consultative referendums among their electorate, can use the full electoral...

      Works Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage the 162 multinational companies based in the United Kingdom which have not established works councils or similar machinery for...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost of the Rural Payments Agency for each of the past three years; and what is the budget for the cost of the agency over each of the next...

      Sea Defences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which areas of England have introduced sea defences to their coastlines in the past 10 years.

      Indigenous Food: Self-sufficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the United Kingdom self-sufficiency figures in indigenous food for the years 1994 to 2004 inclusive.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost of services provided by Bechtel in connection with the West Coast Main Line route modernisation.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rail service available to passengers on the West Coast Main Line at weekends is satisfactory; and whether they consider the journey times to the...

      Stonehenge Improvement Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the report of the public inquiry into the A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme was delivered by the inspector to the Secretary of State by the target date of...

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