Written answers

Wednesday, 9 February 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB will publish its fourth report; (2) when she plans to publish the...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has conducted on whether species of wildlife other than the badger are a significant reservoir...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether the availability of rapid assay methods for bovine tuberculosis would assist in the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of tuberculosis outbreaks in cattle over the past five years has been attributed by her officials to...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the loss of tuberculosis-free status in the UK on (a)...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the results of the four counties study on bovine tuberculosis in Ireland are consistent with results recorded from...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) meetings and (b) communications her Department has had with officials of the Irish Agriculture Ministry concerning...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of whether it is possible for farmers to apply biosecurity measures to their cattle...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the carbon dioxide emissions levels of each economic sector in the UK have been in each year since 1997.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the annual cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its...

      EC Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for the fisheries and...

      European Food Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the activity of the European Food Safety Authority in the UK in the last 12 months; and if...

      Farmers Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to support the development of farmers markets (a) in the North West region and (b) elsewhere in...

      In-house Magazines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost...

      Livestock Movements (Animal Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have been brought by her Department for animal abuse in the course of movement of animals to member...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the installations within England and Wales where materials contaminated with radioactivity may be...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the relationship between the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and Nirex.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department and its predecessors in each year since...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Community Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on community amateur sports clubs.

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the speeches her special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004, broken down by date.

      Welsh Language Scheme

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

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was in 2003–04 of dealing with complaints to the Parliamentary Commissioner...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Witnesses

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she expects to have completed her consideration of the representations she has received about the desirability of allowing prosecutors direct access to witnesses...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Cleaning Costs

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

    • Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out the (a) scope and (b) terms of reference of the study on the Effects of the Renewables Obligation on the wood panel...

      Nuclear Security Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what involvement her Department has had in the (a) planning and (b) arrangements for the international conference on nuclear security in...

      Premium Phone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer the operators of premium telephone number (a) 0906 124 2692 and (b) 0906 633 7066 to the Independent Committee for the...

      Premium Phone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer the operators of premium telephone number 0906 633 4228 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of...

  • Transport

    • A74

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he will announce the start of work to complete the upgrading of the A74 between Carlisle and Guardsmill; (2) if he will make a statement on...

    • A74

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries which have occurred on the A74 between Carlisle and Guardsmill in...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the ministerial design champion for his Department is.

      Drivers' Hours (Exemptions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, columns 586–87W, on EC legislation, if he will make a statement on the removal of...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what budget has been allocated for Project Heathrow; and how the costs of the working groups will be apportioned between his Department, the airport...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department's policy on an additional full-length runway at Heathrow has changed.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timescale is for the work being undertaken by each of the planned working groups in Project Heathrow.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reorganise the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

      Road Accidents (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, (c) drivers and (d) car occupants have been (i) injured and (ii) killed in each Greater London borough in each...

      Special Advisers

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

      Stonehenge (Road Projects)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the current estimated cost is of (a) the Countess roundabout flyover project, on the A303(T), (b) the A303(T) Stonehenge tunnel and Winterbourne...

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in the reconstruction of schools in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Russia

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

    • Ukraine

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Prime Minister of Ukraine and (b) other EU members regarding EU membership of Ukraine.

  • Defence

    • China Arms Embargo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the implications of ending the EU-China Arms embargo for (a) future UK defence technological capabilities and...

    • Cut and Sew Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the outcome of his Department's visit to China in connection with the cut and sew contract.

      Future Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what involvement the Royal Navy has in defining the requirements for the CVFs; and what arrangements are in place to ensure a continuing Royal Navy input...

      Defence Clothing and Textile Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on current suppliers of clothing at the Defence Clothing and Textile Agency, Bicester.

      Defence Service Agencies (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 the Warship Support Agency spent in Scotland (i) in monetary...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what time, using Greenwich Mean Time, and on what date the United States Navy authorities on Diego Garcia informed (a) British military personnel...

      Harrier Jets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where Harrier jets returning from Afghanistan will be serviced and repaired.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from his US counterpart regarding the length of deployment of the multinational forces in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the US Administration concerning (a) the number of and (b) assistance provided to Iraqi civilians travelling on boats...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children under 18 years are in British custody in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regiments came into contact with members of the United States 800th Military Police brigade during their deployment in Iraq; and on what dates and...

      Major George O'Kane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Major George O'Kane was reporting to a British military lawyer based at Coalition headquarters in Iraq, as stated in the Official Report of the...

      MOD Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many police officers there were in the Ministry of Defence police force in each year since 1994; and what projections there are for numbers of...

      Postal Packet Service (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reinstate the free postal packet service to the Iraq theatre of operations.

      Postal Packet Service (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the number of Christmas parcels sent to British servicemen in Iraq which have not been delivered.

      Regimental Names

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rank was of the officers of the Army Board who took the decision on the new name for the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, the King's Own Borderers...

      Supply Chain Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the rationalisation programme as part of the Future Defence Supply Chain Initiative; when he expects to make an...

      Supply Chain Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to rationalise DLO Donnington as part of the Future Defence Supply Chain Initiative.

      Swan Hunter Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 81W, on Swan Hunter, on what date the decision was taken to award Swan Hunter an...

      Terrorist Threat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of terrorist threats to the UK and security threats coming from sovereign states with standing armies; when this...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the cost to his Department in each year since 1993 of modifications to the shore-based target planning system...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Trident programme have been since it came into service; what the running costs of the Trident programme are in this...

  • Home Department

    • 2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff will be housed at the new Home Office buildings in 2 Marsham street; and to which agencies each of the staff belongs.

    • 2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which body has responsibility for the furnishings of the new Home Office buildings in 2 Marsham street.

      Antisocial Behaviour Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all the antisocial behaviour measures introduced by his Department since 1997; and if he will give the total figures for...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 739W, on asylum seekers, if he will list the special and specific grants...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department show much central Government grant has been paid to local authorities in (a) each Government Office region, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers resident in Loughborough are in receipt of hard case payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Care Home Staff Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reduce the cost of Criminal Records Bureau checks for new staff in nursing and residential homes.

      Carter Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the Carter Report.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are working in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington, North.

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in relation to the introduction and operation...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether homeless people subject to house arrest without trial under his proposals for the detention of terrorists will receive help in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 4 January 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Miss Calnette...

      Doormen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether doormen who have passed their examinations but have not yet received their certification may work as such; (2) what the...

      European Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in the UK in the last 12 months; and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed by the Home Office and each of its agencies (a) in London and (b) in each location outside London.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he (a) has taken and (b) plans to introduce, to help homeless people who are addicted to (i) alcohol and (ii) drugs.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the work conducted by Consult Hyperion Ltd. on (a) the biometric technology roadmap for person...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) biometric passports and (b) identity cards will contain (i) radio frequency identification chips and (ii) contactless integrated...

      Legal Proceedings (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average total cost, including all staff, legal, court and other process costs, of securing (a) an antisocial behaviour order, (b) an...

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were reported to the police as missing from home in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Albanian nationals Taulant Merdany and Elidon Bregu, sentenced at Sheffield Crown court for the trafficking of women into the...

      Police Officers (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future role and strength of special constables in Lancashire.

      Police/Crime Statistics (Durham)

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

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the change in capital charges payable by the Prison Service has been following the revaluation of the estate; (2) if he will list...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average time taken by the Security Industry Authority to process licensing applications is; (2) how many door supervisors...

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's targets are for numbers of residential rehabilitation places in each of the next three years.

      Stop Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet representatives of police forces to discuss the implementation of stop forms.

      Torture-obtained Information

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

      UN Office on Drugs and Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime contribution, in terms of development of knowledge and policies,...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements in (a) class size and (b) pupil-teacher ratios apply to academy schools.

    • Civil Servants (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its agencies was in each year from...

      Departmental Policies (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of...

      Disruptive Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives the Government are proposing to urge schools to collaborate on tackling disruption by pupils.

      Disruptive Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role parents of disruptive children are expected to play in individual plans for behaviour support.

      Disruptive Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new plans there are to cater for pupils who are excluded from schools.

      Capital Costs (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the capital cost of new school building and extension, repair and renovation of school buildings was in (a) the County of Essex in each...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase central funding to schools in Lancashire.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on construction and maintenance of school (a) playing fields and (b) sports halls in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been spent on (a) science blocks and (b) classrooms in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley since 1997; and how much has been...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much revenue funding was spent per pupil in Warrington in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount spent on capital projects in Warrington schools has been in each year since 1997.

      Exclusions (Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have been permanently excluded from schools in (a) the West Derbyshire parliamentary constituency and (b) the county of...

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of adults in London she estimates were illiterate in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Baseline Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines she has issued to infant schools on baseline assessment; and if she will make a statement.

      Baseline Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what baseline assessment the Government uses to evaluate school and student improvement at the end of Key Stage One.

      Literacy and Numeracy (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the levels of literacy and numeracy among school-age children in North Durham were in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for...

      Ministerial Engagements/Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since her appointment.

      Ministerial Engagements/Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in her Department in the next six months; and if she will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to distribute Government guidance on the use of mobile phones in schools.

      Literacy and Numeracy (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of 11-year-old pupils in London reached Level 4 in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven...

      Salt Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether support is provided in schools to young people with (a) diabetes and (b) kidney-related illnesses to educate them about the...

      School Budgets (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school budgets in Greater London, were in deficit in each of the last seven years, broken down by local education authority.

      School Toilets (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money her Department has granted to schools in Lancashire for construction of school toilets in each of the last five years.

      School Transport (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have used home-to-school transport in Greater London in each of the last five years, broken down by local education authority.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the performance of secondary schools in Ilford, North based on Key Stage 2 to GCSE results since 1997.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on secondary education in Chorley constituency.

      Staff Numbers (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) learning support assistants and pupils there are in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Lancashire...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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.

      School Performance (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes there have been in (a) GCSE and (b) A level results achieved by students in the constituency of Stockton, South since 1997.

      Unallocated Spending

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

    • Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on congestion (a) charges and (b) penalty charge notices by the Department since the commencement of the...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

      Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 the Government has waived the immunity of British diplomats or members of their families;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Association Committees with the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Joint Committee (EEC-Andorra) met; when...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Armenia Co-operation Committee met;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Kazakhstan Co-operation Committee...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what research his Department undertook regarding the question in the referendum on the EU constitution; (2) what opinion...

      European Constitution (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal advice he has taken on the consequences for the UK referendum on the EU Constitution of a decision by Gibraltar not...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the awarding of contracts for (a) reconstruction and (b) the privatisation of public services...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government following the recent killing of an 10-year-old schoolgirl and the...

      Jamatta Islah-ul-Mushimeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's discussions with the government of the United Arab Emirates about the Islamic...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations he has had with European countries regarding the human rights situation in Kosovo; and if he will make a...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is...

      Peacekeeping Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost has been to the United Kingdom in each of the last five years of UK peacekeeping forces; and if he will make a...

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what contracts his Department has agreed with organisations for opinion polling or related research in the past 24 months;...

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public opinion research his Department has undertaken, commissioned or received regarding (a) the EU Constitution and (b)...

      Qualified Majority Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the annex setting out policy areas in the new treaty which have moved to qualified majority voting or co-decision, to...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions his Department's Ministers used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years.

      Severance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January, Official Report, column 27W, on severance grants, what monitoring of the internal...

      South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the decision to suspend the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation summit...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the recent problems in Port Sudan, Province of Sudan, with particular reference to (a) the...

      UN Office on Drugs and Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to achieve their target of eradicating drug misuse...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Recipients (High Peak)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the High Peak constituency are receiving (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) income support; and how...

    • Credit Union Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether benefit recipients may receive their benefits directly into a credit union account; and what agreement has been made with the...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what timetable he has set to extend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to cover general qualifications.

      Disability/Sickness Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the size range of the proposed (a) rehabilitation support allowance and (b) disability and sickness allowance are expected to be.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs he estimates will be lost on Merseyside as a result of the Gershon Review.

      Housing Benefit

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

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many directives his Department has issued to local authorities regarding the processing of housing benefit in each year since 1997;...

      Incapacity Benefit

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

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in each year from 1996.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) short-term incapacity benefit at the lower rate, (b) short-term incapacity benefit at the higher rate and (c)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there are in each constituency in the County of Durham other than Easington.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the change in benefit payments that will occur as a result of the replacement of incapacity benefit for some...

      Official Residences

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

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of the Pathways to Work projects in the year to March; and what the estimated cost will be in each of the...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average amount budgeted per claimant on Condition Management Schemes in the new Pathways to Work pilots is; (2) how many...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) voluntary and (b) private sector providers are contracted to provide services which aim to get and keep disabled people into work...

      Advance Payments (Bank Holidays)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons pension allowances due to be paid on bank holidays over the Christmas period were not paid before Christmas; and what steps he...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners receive pension credit in the Easington constituency.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington, North are receiving pension credit; and what the average award is.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Blyth Valley were receiving (a) pension credit and (b) winter fuel payments on the latest date for which figures are...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long he plans to retain pension credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners were living below the poverty line in each of the last 30 years.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in Pendle have received the Sure Start maternity grant.

      Thalidomide Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will alter the rules relating to income support so as to allow recipients of grants from the Thalidomide Trust to spend such grants...

      Winter Fuel Payment (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in each electoral ward in Stockton, South constituency claimed winter fuel allowance in 2003–04; and how many have...

      Workstep Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many programmes under the Workstep Scheme have (a) failed their audit and (b) been subject to re-audit.

      Workstep Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per client of the Workstep scheme was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Workstep Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent changes have been made in the provision of funds for training for the Workstep programme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses he expects will be built in the Southend area under his plans for housing development in the south-east of England.

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase investment in modernising publicly owned homes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to build more affordable accommodation over the next five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on housing allocations for the south-east.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to improve the quality of existing homes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable houses were built in (a) Plymouth and (b) Devon in 2004.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the affordable housing schemes funded in Milton Keynes in each of the last three years indicating (a) the numbers of units in each location and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many non-decent council homes there are in Crosby; and how many there were in 1997.

      Regional Spatial Strategy (North-East)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role his Department has had in the preparation and approval of the regional spatial strategy for the north-east.

      Fire Service (Scotland)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with Scottish Executive Ministers regarding fire service pay.

      Area Cost Adjustment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will undertake a review of the methodology used to calculate Area Cost Adjustment.

      Consents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the consent (a) requests and (b) permissions from local authorities which his Department has (i) accepted and (ii) refused in the most recent full...

      Consents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to change the consent regimes that regulate the activities of local government.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter dated 29 March 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Ms Kate Stone.

      Council Tax (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of council tax has been collected in each Greater London borough in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of administering council tax...

      Council Tax (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total amount of unpaid council tax in each borough in Greater London in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile telephones...

      Directors' Awayday

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of his 2004 Office's Directors' Awayday in Southampton.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to minimise the possibilities for electoral fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when local authorities will be able to implement powers within the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2004 relating to high hedges.

      Household Electrical Supplies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes he has made that have not yet come into force to the regulations covering household electrical supplies and systems and those who maintain them; and...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much in contributions was paid into the Local Government Pension Scheme by employees in England and Wales in each year between 1997 and 2003.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of employees in England and Wales who will qualify for retirement under the 85-year rule of the Local Government Pension...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many members of the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales retired before the age of 55 in each year since 1997.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effects of the Human Rights Act 1998 on planning enforcement.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his aims were for the conference on regenerating UK towns and cities held in Manchester on 31 January.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are employed in each regional assembly; how much funding from council tax went to each regional assembly in...

      Right to Buy (Pendle)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes have been sold under the right to buy in Pendle in each year since 1990.

      Sand Reserves (Lancashire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what sand reserves are recorded in the Lancashire Structural Plan; where deposits are located; and what planning guidelines apply to (a) sand quarries and (b)...

      Travellers (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many illegal encampments of Travellers there are on private land within the Greater London area.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much floor...

    • Directgov Website

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish detailed visitor activity logs for the Directgov website.

  • Treasury

    • Catering Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with the Association of British Credit Unions proposals to allow credit unions to set up hardship funds which will allow access to...

      Departmental Policies (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs have been created in Stockton, South constituency since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      EC Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest estimate is of the UK share of the European Communities' pension liabilities; and how much the UK has contributed.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 594W, on the EU budget, if he will make a statement on what additional liabilities arise...

      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 Customs Cooperation Subcommittee-EEC-Czech Republic met; when...

      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 the European Communities statistics programme...

      EU Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 594W, on EU fraud, if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from whom the application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for release of papers relating to the exit of the UK from the Exchange Rate Mechanism in...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all and (ii) a selection of...

      HIV/AIDS (Africa)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the availability of burial space for those dying of HIV/AIDS in Africa; what discussions he has had on this with heads of...

      Make Poverty History Campaign

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Make Poverty History in 2005 campaign; and what actions he has taken as a result.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mobile telephones have been reported lost or stolen from the Department in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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)...

      Redundancies (Coventry, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies there have been in Coventry, South in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken by ECOFIN ministers to facilitate business recognition in the UK of the euro.

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the definition of unearned income in the context of the Single Farm Payment Scheme.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the speeches his special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004, broken down by date.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many overpayments of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit have been waived by the Inland Revenue over the period 2003 to 2005; and if...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what problems have been experienced in the administration of the working families tax credit in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what assessment...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what grounds the Inland Revenue will remit tax credit overpayments in instances where they have not acted upon information received within 30 days.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Miss Begg) of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 129W, on tax credits, in how many...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people he estimates faced combined marginal tax and benefit deduction rates of (a) over 50 per cent., (b) over 60 per cent. and (c) over 70 per...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of reducing marginal deduction rates for taxes and benefits to 50 per cent. or less for all those on tax credits; and...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will re-state Table 4.2, page 88, of the November 2004 pre-Budget report (Cmnd 6408) to include figures for the marginal deduction rates of over 50...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Benefits and Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province were receiving (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) severe disablement allowance...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency is in respect of new applications under the new child support scheme to...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many telephone calls were made to the customer help line of (a) the Eastern Business Unit and (b) the Northern Ireland Operations of the...

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on congestion (a) charges and (b) penalty charge notices by the Department since the commencement of the congestion...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies there are in community dentistry in the Province.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will estimate the cost of treating Northern Ireland eating disorders sufferers outside the Province in each of the last five years;...

      Health Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what actions are taken to inform health service employers of potential employees who have been forced to leave other posts within the health...

      Health Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what circumstances police checks are conducted on applicants for (a) permanent and (b) agency health care staff posts.

      Health Service (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement regarding losses from fraud affecting the health service in the Province.

      Health Service (Fraud)

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

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which posts, not including Housing Executive staff, are funded by the Housing Executive to assist local communities and residents' groups in...

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy of the Housing Executive is in respect of the letting of properties to commercial lessees.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province provide cognitive behavioural therapy within the NHS for those suffering depression and anxiety.

      Speech Defects (Social Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what allowance is made for claimants in Northern Ireland who have speech defects, when such defects result in errors regarding social security...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of staff surveys in the Department was in each year since 1997.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Trauma Counsellors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many specialist trauma counsellors are working in the Province.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province died while (a) on waiting lists for (i) in-patient admission and (ii) initial out-patient assessment and...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many wind farms were in operation in Northern Ireland at the end of 2004; what their total output was on 31 December; and what percentage of...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for new wind farms in Northern Ireland have been accepted; and what estimate he has made of the percentage of the total...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departmental Policies (Burnley)

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

    • Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 1028W, on the Constitutional Treaty, with which...

      Courts (Sitting Hours)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the current sitting hours of courts.

      Divorced/Separated Parents

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons were for the decision not to make negotiation compulsory in disputes between divorced or separated parents.

      Electoral Registration (Service Personnel)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many British service personnel registered as overseas electors in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.

      Electoral Registration (Service Personnel)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many service personnel have been prosecuted for failure to register on the electoral rolls, in accordance with...

      Electoral Registration (Service Personnel)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether all service personnel overseas voters have received a written reminder of their obligation to re-register on the...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time judicial officer appointments have been made in each year since 1975.

  • Health

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent advertising the dangers of excessive alcohol in each of the last seven years.

    • Ambulance Services (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average people waited for ambulances responding to 999 calls in Chorley in the last year for which figures are available; and how many times...

      Burns Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to enhance specialist burns treatment facilities in the south-east region; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer Research/Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on cancer research in each of the last seven years.

      Cancer Research/Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the additional cancer funding announced on 30 September 2003 has been spent; (2) what steps his Department is taking to address shortfalls...

      Care Homes (Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes and (b) care home places were available in West Derbyshire in each of the last seven years run by (i) Derbyshire county council...

      Cataract Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on steps taken to reduce cataract treatment waiting lists.

      Childhood Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of links between levels of chemicals revealed in the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory and levels of...

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on congestion (a) charges and (b) penalty charge notices by the Department since the commencement of the congestion charging scheme.

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department in the (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 session, broken...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists within the London borough of Wandsworth (a) only treat patients under the NHS, (b) treat patients under the NHS and also privately and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the differences are between the 2003 Keeping in Touch scheme for dentists and the Returning to Dentistry campaign launched in 2004.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how long the Returning to Dentistry campaign ran; how many calls it received; and what the total budget was, broken down by (a) advertising and (b)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with primary care trusts prior to launching the Returning to Dentistry campaign; and what feedback has been...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecast figures his Department has for (a) adults and (b) children registering with an NHS dentist in 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent dentists have been recruited back to the NHS through the keeping in touch scheme.

      Experimental Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely impact of draft guidelines published by the United States Food and Drug Administration regarding the regulation...

      Health Care Trusts (Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the trusts operating in Devon in (a) mental health care, (b) general health care, (c) elderly care and (d) special care; which of them...

      Hospital Chaplaincy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for the hospital chaplaincy service for the Sikh faith.

      Infertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he expects one cycle of IVF to be available on the NHS to those who meet the clinical criteria by April in (a) Gloucestershire and (b)...

      Inspectorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure of the (a) Social Services Inspectorate and (b) Commission for Social Care Inspection was in each year since its establishment; and...

      Milk Tokens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many eligible households (a) had and (b) had not had their milk tokens issued to them by the last day of each month for which his Department has...

      Mobile Diagnostic Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has received requests from his counterparts in (a) the National Assembly for Wales and (b) the Scottish Parliament to discuss the...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he takes to ensure the widespread distribution of guidance his Department publishes on the use of mobile telephones; (2) what plans he...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the needfor the NHS to set aside contingency funds in case of future civil litigation from patients who have...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which strains of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) acute trusts are required to report; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the annual increase in the NHS budget needed to meet the higher costs associated with (a) an ageing population and (b) improved...

      NHS It

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practices in each cluster area have been supplied with new computer systems under the terms of the National Programme for NHS IT.

      NHS It

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts in each cluster area have been supplied with picture archiving and communications systems.

      Portsmouth Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will delay any contractual commitment by Portsmouth hospitals trust to rebuild Queen Alexandra hospital, Cosham by way of a private finance...

      Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board was established; what its annual budget is in 2004–05; how many staff it employs; and how...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the income to be received by his Department from pre-payment certificates for prescription charges in real terms in (a) 2005–06,...

      Small/Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many research and development procurement opportunities were disseminated by the Department to small and medium-sized enterprises registered through...

      Smoking-related Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating people with smoking-related diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total administrative cost of strategic health authorities was in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Unallocated Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of population are on in-patient waiting lists in (i) the Guildford and Waverley primary care trust area,...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited for out-patient treatment for longer than 13 weeks in each year since 1997 in Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Policies (Warrington, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what capital projects, detailed by type and cost, have been undertaken at Warrington hospital in each of the last seven years; (2) if he will set...

  • House of Lords

    • Questions for Written Answer: Reply Times

      asked the Leader of The House: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20 January (WA 121), on how many days since 24 November 2004 have her officials contacted the Home Office to...

    • Questions for Written Answer: Reply Times

      asked the Leader of The House: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 20 January (WA 121), why Questions were still awaiting answer on 25 January having been tabled between 24...

      African Peer Review Mechanism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the 53 African Union member states have not signed up to the African Peer Review Mechanism; and, of those which have acceded to the mechanism, how many...

      Iraq: Regional Majorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which of Iraq's 18 provinces are: (a) Sunni Arabs; and (b) Kurds in a majority.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ascertain why the report of the panel appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1564 was...

      Sinn Fein: Re-arming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reports in the Sunday Independent on 30 January, whether the Eire Government passed on information concerning the alleged re-arming, recruiting and...

      Irish President

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made or intend to make to the Eire Government concerning the description by the President of Eire, Mary McAleese, of approximately 1...

      Minors with Indian Nationality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16 November 2004 (WA 134) on minors with Indian nationality, whether they will place in the...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which articles, or other content of the European constitution, will not be subject to the decisions of the European Court of Justice.

      Planning Policy Statements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which planning policy guidance (PPG) documents have already been replaced by new planning policy statements (PPS); what is the anticipated timetable for the full...

      Schools: Attendance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the annual attendance rate for pupils in (a) secondary schools; (b) special schools; and (c) primary schools, in England and Wales in each of the past...

      Schools: Building Repair Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 11 January (WA 46), what is the total figure in England for (a) schools backlog repair work; and (b) future...

      Middle Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names and local education authorities responsible for each middle school which educates year 11 pupils.

      Schools: England/Wales Border

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any English local education authorities have schools situated on the border between England and Wales or in Wales; and what are the names of such schools...

      Stamp Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would have been the additional revenue to the Exchequer in 2003–04 from commercial property transactions if there had been no exemption from stamp duty...

      Worklessness Among Households

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of households in the United Kingdom are without a wage-earner; and what are the comparable percentages for France and Germany.

      Tax: European Court of Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether taxpayers are entitled to establish the effect of United Kingdom taxation laws through judicial processes and to pay any taxes due in accordance with the...

      Benefit Payments: Fraud and Error

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the amount of fraud and error in benefit payments will be reduced to the 1 per cent of gross expenditure that would be necessary to avoid the qualification by...

      Benefit Payments: Fraud and Error

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the level of (a) fraud, and (b) error in relation to incapacity benefit payments for 2003–04; and what plans they have to reduce...

      Lottery Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many examples they have received of bogus or fraudulent national lottery schemes; and what action they have taken to investigate them and bring the people...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Research Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority estimates that the cost of processing each research science application is £6,000.

      Health and Social Care: Deferred Payments Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to make people aware of the scheme under Section 55 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001.

      NHS: Wheelchairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients are currently waiting for (a) an outpatient appointment, and (b) delivery of indoor and outdoor electric wheelchairs and specialised wheelchair...

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many infectious tubercle bacilli may be voided by badgers with primary kidney disease onto pasture during urination.

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, of badgers that die as a result of bovine tuberculosis, there is a difference in time course of the disease depending on the route of infection.

      EU Sugar Regime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have undertaken on the impact of the reform of the European Union sugar regime upon (a) British farmers, and (b) the British sugar industry.

      Disability Discrimination Act 1995

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which orders have been made under Section 43 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; what conditions have been specified by or under such orders; and how those...

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