Written answers

Thursday, 10 February 2005

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the effects of the aircraft carrier programme on funding for other major defence procurement projects.

    • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the...

      Defence Service Agencies (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997–98 the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre spent in Scotland (a) in...

      HMS Quorn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for HMS Quorn; and if he will make a statement.

      Lancashire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) hon. Members and (b) former officers made representations to the Army Board making a decision on the new name for the Lancashire Regiment.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 376W, on ministerial visits, if he will list the dates of each return flight.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what radar equipment (a) has recently been and (b) is planned to be transferred to RAF Machrihanish from other operating RAF bases; and if he will make a...

      Rosyth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Rosyth dockyard.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by the Department; and, of these, which have been (a) met, (b) nearly met, (c) not met, (d)...

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the impact of Tranche 2 of the Typhoon on the air defence of the UK.

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget the UK Hydrographic Office spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Lyons Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has had from Hartlepool in respect of the Lyons Review.

  • Prime Minister

    • Freedom of Information Applications

      To ask the Prime Minister what applications were made to his office during January under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; what applications were turned down, and for what reasons; what the...

    • Nepal

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he is taking charge of UK policy on Nepal following King Gyanendra's coup; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions have taken place between members of the Government and hon. Members concerning the asking of parliamentary questions on issues concerning their own...

  • International Development

    • Aid Agency Accreditation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what accreditation is required from aid agencies before they are provided with Government funding.

    • Aid Conditionality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made with the review of Government policy on aid conditionality; and if he will make a statement.

      Aid Pledges

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the pledges made by his Department (a) in response to international appeals and (b) at donor conferences in each of the...

      Civil Servants

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

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will set out the steps taken by his Department to alleviate the debt of each of the poorest countries in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Spending

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

      Electronic Barter

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the (a) economic and (b) social opportunities afforded to developing countries by electronic...

      Engineers without Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the value to the (a) rural and (b) environmental work force gained through the participants...

      Engineers without Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much (a) financial assistance, (b) logistical assistance and (c) assistance in kind has been provided to Engineers Without...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 or...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the gender gap among staff in his Department.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has set aside to contribute to Haiti's local and national elections in October and November; and if he...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on the alleviation of HIV/AIDS in each year since 1997.

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what priority his Department is giving to HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries in preparation for the UK...

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that his Department's field offices are able to track the spending of the...

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps will be taken by the Government to ensure that his Department's field offices in countries with large numbers of HIV/AIDS...

      HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that civil society organisations in developing countries are able to access resources for...

      In-house Magazines

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of how many people have returned to live permanently in Fallujah since the recent...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of levels of mental illness in Iraq (a) before and (b) since March 2003; and what assistance...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the numbers of livestock owned by Fallujah residents that were killed in recent military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 2 February 2005, Official Report, column 911W, on Iraq, whether his Department has undertaken research to...

      Publicity

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

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Casinos

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) regional chambers and (b) county councils will have a role in the allocation of regional casino licences.

    • Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the empty dwelling management orders will come into effect.

      Homelessness (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria were used to allocate funding to the London boroughs for initiatives to tackle homelessness in 2005–06.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the licensing system for houses of multiple occupation will come into force.

      Housing Health and Safety

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the finalised Housing Health and Safety Rating System provided for in the Housing Act 2004.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many employees in England and Wales retired under the 85 year rule of the Local Government Pension Scheme in each year between 1997 and 2003; (2) how...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate, in respect of the proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme, how many employees in England and Wales would be affected by...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees in England and Wales retired before the age of (a) 60 and (b) 65 years in each year since 1997 under the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Meden Valley Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions have taken place between the Meden Valley partnership and (a) Nottinghamshire Mental Health Trust and (b) Mansfield primary care trust...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what date has been set for the introduction of the tenancy deposit scheme.

  • Scotland

    • Aircraft Charters

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

    • Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Departmental Policies (Edinburgh, North and Leith)

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

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations his Department have made to (a) Ofgem, (b) the National Grid Company and (c) the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list his Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent, (b) purpose, (c) cost of over-run and (d) time of...

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) on what date the Government expects the Parliamentary Constituencies (Scotland) Order 2005 to secure Privy Council approval; (2) if he will...

      Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what formal representations he has made to the Department for Transport on rail links between Scotland and mainland Europe.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Secretary on energy pricing for renewables.

      Scottish Electors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate how many electors there are in each of the new parliamentary constituencies in Scotland.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

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

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since it was established; (2) how much was paid to...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Commercial Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set targets for the recycling of commercial waste.

    • Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on reform of the sugar regime.

      Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she next expects to meet sugar-beet growers from East Anglia to discuss changes to the EU sugar regime.

      Coral Reefs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2005, Official Report, column 209W, on coral reefs, if she will make a statement on the...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to extend the Energy Efficiency Commitment to the commercial sector.

      Supply Chain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the supply chain between growers and retailers.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on illegal meat imports.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in the west midlands.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered in the last recorded month as a result of bovine tuberculosis.

      Marine Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce marine conservation legislation.

      Animal Welfare Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the Animal Welfare Bill.

      Farm Animals (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes she plans to introduce to compensation arrangements for farm animals destroyed in epidemics.

      Agricultural Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the National Farmers Union on setting minimum prices for sourcing of agricultural produce...

      Animal Protection (European Legislation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on planned legislation at European Communities level on animal protection; what target groups...

      Avian Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports she has assessed on reductions in avian biodiversity.

      Bovine Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bovines there are in the UK without valid passports because of late applications; and if she will make a statement.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what scientific evidence the target of a 60 per cent. reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 is based.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the UK has made in meeting the Government's carbon emissions reduction targets for 2010.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the work her Department is undertaking in respect of adaption policies as a result of climate...

      Clinical Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what studies her Department has carried out into the consequences of incorporating clinical waste into the normal...

      Cockling (Morecambe Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries will make an official visit to the Morecambe Bay Lifeboat to discuss...

      Cockling (Morecambe Bay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries will meet the hon. Members for Morecambe and Lunesdale and for...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time members of staff in her Department, excluding agencies and secondees, are working on...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the benefits to English farmers of the reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy made in 2003.

      Community Plant Variety Office

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to the letter dated 24 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      Egg Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure the retention of a competitive UK egg industry after the next World Trade Organisation round.

      Environmental Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the US Administration about its policy on countries entering into international...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on waste...

      EU 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 adaptation to...

      European Environment Agency

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

      Farming Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount of subsidy received by the British farming industry was in each of the last three years; how much will...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of the 10 most landed fish species under North Sea Total Allowable Catches...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures relating to (a) UK vessels and (b) accession state vessels European Union institutions are bringing forward to...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list communities recorded by the Environment Agency as being subject to flooding in 2000, giving in each case the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many settled claims for compensation for animals destroyed in the foot and mouth epidemic payments were (a) below...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in each year since 1997 in (a) England and (b) Stoke-on-Trent.

      Intervention Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average intervention price for (a) skimmed milk powder, (b) butterfat powder, (c) wheat and (d) beef was in pounds...

      Intervention Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) UK-produced and (b) EU-produced (i) skimmed milk powder, (ii) butterfat powder, (iii) wheat and (iv) beef was...

      Intervention Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent from EU funds in (a) intervention purchases and (b) export restitution for each agricultural product for...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mobile phones have been recycled (a) wholly and (b) partly in each year since 1997.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to encourage the recycling of mobile phones and their component parts by (a) businesses...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply fully to question reference 211860 regarding civil contingency planning for major floods.

      Sewage Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information (a) her Department and (b) the Environment Agency collects on discharges of sewage into rivers; which rivers...

      Sewage Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to prevent the network of combined sewage and storm water overflows discharging raw...

      Sewage Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what obligations there are on Thames Water to maintain and update its sewage system; and what action she has undertaken to...

      Soil/Ground Water Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned on the duration of damage to (a) soil and (b) ground water on land that was used for (i)...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the supermarkets' code of practice on purchasing from farmers.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of introducing a zero waste strategy; (2) what...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consult on the inclusion of redesign in the waste hierarchy; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has evaluated on the effectiveness of use of the Estech Europe waste disposal method by local authorities;...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to encourage increased clarity in the labelling relating to recycling on plastic packaging and...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on waste management in the United Kingdom as a proportion of gross domestic product in each of the last...

      Water Utilities (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which water utilities serving Greater London were prosecuted in 2004 for serious environmental offences which resulted in a...

      World Economic Forum (Davos)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos on 27 January 2005, and the outcome of...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Accounts (Muslim Organisations)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has discussed with senior representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland the closure of bank accounts of Muslim organisations by the bank.

    • Child Trust Funds (Coventry)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Coventry south will benefit from the child trust fund.

      Cold Weather Deaths (Greater London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths were attributed to cold weather and lack of heating in homes in the Greater London area in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect of his Department's actions and policies on...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Folkestone and Hythe constituency, the effects on Folkestone and Hythe...

      Departmental Policies

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

      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 (i) Customs Co-operation Committee-EEC-San Marino, (ii)...

      European Investment Bank Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list projects during the last five years for which Treasury approval has been granted for European Investment Bank Loans in response to...

      G7 Finance Ministers' Meeting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what matters were discussed and what decisions were taken at the G7 meeting of Finance Ministers on 4 February; and if he will place in the Library copies...

      Primate Seizure (Customs and Excise)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the countries from which the primates seized by HM Customs and Excise since 1999 originated; (2) what estimate his Department has...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money has been charged to the Reserve in the last year for which figures are available in respect of UK operations in Iraq.

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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 Department has spent...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters about tax credits have been received from hon. Members by (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Treasury Ministers in each reporting period from...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he received in December 2004 about problems relating to the overpayment of tax credits.

      VAT (Colleges)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the level at which further education colleges pay VAT to the level paid by schools.

      Youth Unemployment (Coventry)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of youth unemployment was in Coventry south in 2004.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were blue lighted in the Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust hospital in each of the last five years.

    • Aircraft Charters

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

      Antiviral Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has stockpiled the antiviral drugs (a) Tamiflu and (b) Relenza; (2) how many doses of (a) Tamiflu and (b) other antivirals the...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people were diagnosed with mental health problems directly relating to consumption of cannabis in the last year for which figures are...

      Childhood Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will remove (a) formaldehyde, (b) mercury, (c) foetal calf serum and (d) monkey kidney cells from UK childhood vaccines.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to respond to the request of the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam for a meeting to discuss plans for a critical care hospital in Sutton...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what average length of time posts were vacant in the Community Dental Service for each year since 1997, in (a) England, (b) strategic health...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have started work full-time in the NHS in response to the returning to dentistry campaign.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve NHS dentistry in the Eastleigh area.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS dentists in Hendon.

      Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was granted to the Dorset and Somerset strategic health authority for (a) capital improvements and (b) capital new build in each of the last...

      Draper Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines, to be published; (2) when the data on...

      Drug Addicts/Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made a comparative assessment of the social outcomes for drug users who are under treatment with (a) methadone and (b) buprenorphine; and...

      Drug Addicts/Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have received treatment for drug abuse in Coventry, South in the last 12 months.

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of people living within a 50 mile radius of Government-funded drug rehabilitation facilities.

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on provision of drug treatment in Somerset.

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a residential drugs rehabilitation place in Lancashire is.

      Elective Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned regarding the complication rates following elective surgery paid for by the NHS and carried out in (a) NHS...

      Infertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts in England offer women at least one cycle of IVF treatment on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      LIFT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total cost of the NHS LIFT programme to date.

      LIFT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend the NHS LIFT programme to cover dental practices; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Care

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

      National Institute for Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many reports the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has produced in the last five years. (2) how many new (a) technologies and (b)...

      Parking

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Chichester on 6 December 2004, ref. 202257.

      Performance Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what sources the data for measuring performance against standards on medicine review in (a) the National Service Framework for Older People and (b)...

      Prevenar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the vaccine Prevenar will be available on the NHS; (2) what recent representations he has received on the effectiveness of Prevenar in...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an official...

      Teenage Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what part the teaching of abstinence in regard to sexual activity plays in Government policy on sexual health; and if he will make a statement.

      Variant CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Medical Research Council on research into effective treatments for variant CJD.

      Women's Bleeding Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) activities and (b) methods his Department is adopting to make (i) women and (ii) the medical profession aware of the possibility that the von...

  • Transport

    • A5 (Dunstable)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Dunstable A5 Queue Relocation Scheme, known as the Green Wave, cost.

    • A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the necessary statutory processes and value-for-money assessments to be completed in relation to the Glossop Spur of the A628 Mottram...

      Aviation Emissions Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will urge his EU counterparts to agree to a tax on aviation emissions.

      Car-share Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps will be taken to prevent mannequins being used to deceive enforcers of the motorway car-share scheme when it is introduced.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Coastguard (Swanage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects negotiations for the construction of a new coastguard station at Swanage to be completed.

      Coastguard (Swanage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Swanage coastguard operation.

      Consultants

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 or (ii) a...

      Great Yarmouth Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the public funding approved for the outer harbour for Great Yarmouth will have to be referred to the European Commission for approval under...

      Great Yarmouth Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the decision to approve public funding for the outer harbour for Great Yarmouth was based on (a) regeneration, (b) economic and (c) commercial...

      Hatfield Peverel-Witham Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed Hatfield Peverel to Witham link road.

      Hauliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he has taken in relation to the illegal sale of international operators' licences for hauliers through the trade press.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of road the Highways Agency plans (a) to build and (b) to repair in each of the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd. will allow for unforeseen additional works to be carried out; and if he...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd. allows for changes to be made to the per vehicle charge.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provision he has made to allow for the review of the contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how environmental objectives and criteria were dealt with in the contract between the Highways Agency and Highway Services (UK) Ltd; and if he will...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what priority the Highways Agency gives to environmental criteria in deciding whether to approve works on (a) motorways and (b) other trunk roads.

      In-house Magazines

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

      M40

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projections of (a) traffic volumes and (b) road noise were made in respect of the M40 through Stokenchurch and Lane End at the time of the road's...

      Motor Toll Systems (England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the motor toll systems in operation in England.

      Private Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what restrictions are applicable to private companies operating within private car parks that issue fines for alleged offences; and if he will...

      Private Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is allowed to issue details of car ownership to private companies who operate within...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the Government expects to spend in overall improvements including safety improvements, to the Rail Network over the next five years; (2)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the opening of Buckshaw Village railway station.

      Road Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on local authorities' obligations to keep pavements and highways in a good state of repair.

      Speed Cameras (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of road traffic accidents occurred on or near to the calibration lines of speed cameras in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned into headway control as a means of controlling traffic density and congestion.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total travel costs to his Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials for each year since 1997.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Correspondence

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

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will send a substantive reply to the letter dated 8 December 2004, ref. GV100/90815/H post ref. 74117 from the right...

      Departmental Costs

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

      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 EEC-Slovenia 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 Joint Committee (EEC-Turkey) met; when...

      European Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in...

      European Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Training Foundation in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i)...

      Intelligence Gathering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2005, Official Report, column 940W, on torture-obtained information, on how many occasions...

      Iran/Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of support for terrorist groups by the governments of (a) Iran and (b) Syria; and if he...

      Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what commitments he has given to decoupling the proposed EU aid and direct trade regulations for northern Cyprus; and if he will...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what opposition within the EU there is to the proposed regulation (a) for aid to and (b) on direct trade with northern Cyprus;...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity;...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the UN's decision not to find that the situation in Darfur is one of genocide; (2) what...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will intercede in the case of the threat to members of the Sudan Liberation Army in Nyala which could result in the use of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what verification his Department has (a) sought and (b) received concerning the reports of the offensive use of helicopter...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) size and (b) nature of the Sudanese army deployment in December 2004 in El...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of claims of Sudanese air force activity around Thabit near El Fasher on 8 December...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report on the justice system in Zimbabwe...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Aircraft Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money her Department has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years.

    • Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plan to amend the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 by statutory instrument to enable betting shops to open...

      Burnley

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

      Cleaning Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the costs of cleaning the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State for Sport on 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 109, undertaking to write to...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the ministerial design champion for her Department is.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ensure that there is adequate information for the public in advance of digital switchover on purchasing television...

      Free Television Licences

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

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the items of art purchased by the Government Art Collection since 1997; and what the cost of each item was.

      Licensing Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her latest estimate is of how many applications for extending licensing hours will be made in each police authority area in England...

      Mobile Phones

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

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many foreign nationals have visited museums in England in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to measure the (a) socio-economic background, (b) area of origin, (c) ethnicity, (d) disability and...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost to public funds of free admission to museums and galleries sponsored by her Department was in each year from...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visitors to national museums and galleries sponsored by her Department were (a) from the United Kingdom and (b) visiting the...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the change in revenue from (a) ticket sales for special exhibitions, (b) catering facilities,...

      PE Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Department of Education and Skills regarding the quality of physical education teaching in schools.

      Postage

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

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii)...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the New Opportunities Fund has been spent on (a) school and (b) community sport since 2000.

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the department were in each year...

      Stationery

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

      Television Licences (Fines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have been fined in each of the last three years for not possessing a television licence while using a television set.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many students who live in shared accommodation paid the television licence fee in the 2003–04 financial year.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many undergraduate students in the UK paid the television licence fee in the 2003–04 financial year and how much revenue was...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on tackling anti-social behaviour in Lancashire.

    • Demoted Tenancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tenancies have been downgraded under the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 in (a) Birmingham, (b) Bristol, (c) Leeds,...

      Anti-terrorism Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information the Government have published for (a) the general public and (b) small businesses on terrorist alertness and prevention.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total Government spending on asylum and immigration was in each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04; what the planned...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what means were used to inform (a) the public and (b) interested bodies of the 31 December deadline for applications for special...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Zimbabwean asylum seekers have had their applications declined and been repatriated in each month since January 2002.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to ensure that asylum seekers can undertake voluntary work.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision has been made to provide asylum seekers, including end of process asylum seekers, from those countries affected by the tsunami...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seekers are located in the Easington constituency.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made with the application for indefinite leave to remain lodged in April 2004 by Mr. Hameed Al Haddad of Solihull...

      Black Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to commission research into the reasons for increases in the number of black offenders in custody.

      Chief Constable of Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) process and (b) timetable for replacing the chief constable of Lancashire.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Asylum and Immigration will reply to the letter of 15 November 2004 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Spelthorne dated 29 September 2004 about Mr. Ayoub Soobhanu (Ref: Ruhomaun R299459).

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply in full to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes about Mr. Henry Arthur dated 17 November 2004, acknowledged by his...

      Deportation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to determine deportation applications for British prison inmates who are Irish nationals; and whether this differs...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been used by Devon and Cornwall constabulary since their inception.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on the introduction of a uniform format for...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by (a) police and (b) non-police personnel in each Lancashire district in each year since 2000.

      Gurkha Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Gurkha soldiers living in the UK are not entitled to UK citizenship because their service ended prior to 1 July 1997; and what...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who drew up the guest list for the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration in Westminster Hall on 27 January; and which hon. and right hon....

      House Arrest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the First Minister of the Scottish Executive about the compatibility of the proposals for detaining...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the study conducted by Consult Hyperion Ltd. commissioned by the Immigration and Nationality...

      Initiatives (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to the Home Office Communications Directorate in each of the last two years; and how many staff have been...

      Magic Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue was raised from VAT on the sale of magic mushrooms in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to public funds of the security works at his London home is; and what proportion of the total cost this represents.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the individual departments and units that (a) are already established and (b) are planned to be established within the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the employer of offender managers will be under the National Offender Management Service.

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Neighbourhood Watch in Lancashire.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2005, Official Report, column 276W, on identity cards and passports, what the reasons are for the fall...

      Passports

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures (a) are in place and (b) he plans to introduce to ensure that people and bodies in the arts field can work together to increase...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how (a) his Department and (b) the Prison Service establishes and maintains links between prisons and local employers.

      Queen's Flight

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

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much and what percentage of the Department's expenditure went on research and development in each year between 2001–02 and...

      River Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure an integrated policing approach across the boundaries of different police forces responsible for sections...

      Secure Juvenile Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many secure unit places for juvenile offenders there are in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Visa Extensions (Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to achieve a reduction in the costs of processing a visa extension for an international student.

      Visa Extensions (Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of grants of visa extensions for international students granted an incorrect period of extended leave in the last period for...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were granted in 2004 to health workers from overseas; and from which countries they have come.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Aircraft Charters

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money his Department has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years.

    • Crown Courts (Nurses)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Crown courts have a resident medical nurse.

      Departmental Policies (Pendle)

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library...

      Judicial Appointments (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many judicial appointments there are in Northern Ireland from the pool of solicitors engaged in private practice and...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many rape trials were listed as floating cases at (a) the Central Criminal Court, (b) Teesside Crown Court and (c)...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria are used to determine whether to list rape trials at Crown courts as floating trials.

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what arrangements are made by the Courts Service for the presence at court of complainants in rape trials which are...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training judges in sexual violence cases are given in preparation for the trial of rape cases.

      Stationery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department and its predecessors spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ballymacarrett Parade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken against the branch of the Monkstown Young Citizens Volunteers that displayed paramilitary regalia and flags...

    • Ballymacarrett Parade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken against the two bands that participated in the District Loyal Orange Lodge No. 6 Ballymacarrett Parade without...

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      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 with depression and anxiety.

      Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from his Department, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by his Department in each year...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in what circumstances Control Orders as announced by the Home Secretary on 26 January 2005 could be used against suspected terrorists in...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many NHS whole-time equivalent dentists there are in the Province.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dentists in the Province left the NHS for the private sector in each of the last 10 years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of diabetes sufferers in the Province received retinal screening in the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what incentives have been provided to discourage nurses from leaving (a) the profession and (b) the Province to work elsewhere.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list recently appointed magistrates broken down by those appointed on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time basis; and what their...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

      NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many consultant vacancies there are in each health trust in the Province, broken down by specialty; and what the duration is of each vacancy.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for East Londonderry on 20 January 2005, reference 210847.

      Post-primary Admissions (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Government plans to deliver the consultation on new post-primary admissions criteria to every household in Northern Ireland.

      Pre-school Children (Child Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pre-school age children there were in Northern Ireland on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Radio Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many commercial radio licences were in use in Northern Ireland at the end of 2004.

      Southern Education and Library Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of the investigation undertaken by the Southern Education and Library Board against an officer accused of receiving bribes...

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drivers have been caught speeding by the Police Service of Northern Ireland Traffic Branch since November 2004; and in which areas...

      Traffic Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to change arrangements for employment of traffic wardens in Northern Ireland.

      Trauma Counsellors

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claims (Processing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time taken to process a claim for attendance allowance was in each year since 1975; (2) what the average time taken to...

    • Benefit Claims (Processing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a claim for pension credit was in each year for which figures are available.

      Benefit Payments (Wales)

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

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been declared ineligible for a carer's allowance in each of the last five years because they have a state pension.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the 20-week delay in the making of maintenance awards by the Child Support Agency; what action is being taken to (a)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for child support submitted to the Child Support Agency are still outstanding after (a) three months, (b) six months and...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints were received by the Child Support Agency in the past three years.

      Civil Servants (Retirement)

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

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) computer terminals and (b) laptop computers are held by his Department and its executive agencies.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter dated 20 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms. Julie Walker,...

      Crisis Loan Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest figure is for the average timescale for dealing with crisis loan applications; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of his Department's policies...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Disability Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) turnover rate and (b) average caseload has been for disability employment advisers in each of the last 10 years; (2) how...

      European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training in the UK in the last 12 months;...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Financial Assistance Scheme will cover circumstances where an employer was solvent prior to their pension scheme being wound up; and if...

      Five-year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis was in terms of absolute figures for spending on (a) benefits, (b) tax credits and (c) gross domestic product in each...

      Free Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of free television licences in Warrington, North.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 13 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1384–86W, and of 24 January 2005, on incapacity benefit, when he...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason incapacity benefit claimants have to register within one month of moving into a job for the 52 week linking rule to apply.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new incapacity benefit claimants had claimed incapacity benefit in the previous 12 months, broken down by the reason for which they...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people left incapacity benefit to return to work in each year since 1997.

      International Labour Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department informed the International Labour Organisation that it would withhold its funding contribution if it published the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the new deal for young people have joined (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) more than three times since its...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job brokers there have been within the new deal for disabled people scheme in each year since it started.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the new deal for disabled people in (a) cash and (b) real terms since its creation; what the cost has been (i) per...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure on the new deal has been since its commencement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional funds have been allocated to the new deal for disabled people (NDDP) up to March 2006; and how much has been allocated to the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have left the new deal for young people, broken down by constituency; what percentage in each constituency found...

      Pathway to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has so far been spent on the Pathway to Work pilots, broken down by (a) jobcentre plus services, (b) payments to claimants, (c)...

      Pathway to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many specially trained personal advisers there were in the (a) original and (b) new Pathways to Work pilot areas; and what the average...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what statistics his Department has collected on (a) take-up and (b) eligibility to pension credit since 31 October 2004; and if he will collect...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit in each Greater London borough are receiving (a) less than 10p, (b) 10p to 19p, (c) 20p to 29p, (d) 30p...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are eligible to receive the pension credit severe disability premium; and how many people receive it; (2) how many...

      Pension Credit

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

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have received pension credit in North Durham since its inception.

      Pension Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to post offices on procedures to be followed in relation to payment of pensions over Post Office counters to...

      Pension Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have had payment books withdrawn by Post Office staff on instructions from the Benefits Agency relating to new pension...

      Pension Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money the average pensioner in North Durham received in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Pension Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money the average pensioner received in Warrington, North in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Personal Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of new claimants underwent their personal capability assessment within 12 weeks of applying for the claim in each year since 1997.

      Return to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance is available to people with disabilities to return to work in Hendon; how many people have taken up this assistance in each of...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the people working within his Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or industry...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in each of the next six financial years, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional income tax...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of state pensioner households in England and Wales was in each year from 1991 to 2004.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each electoral ward in Dartford constituency claimed the winter fuel allowance in 2003–04; and how many claimed the...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received the winter fuel allowance in the Easington constituency in 2004.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance in Warrington, North; and how much has been spent on this allowance in the constituency.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have received the winter fuel allowance in North Durham since its inception.

      Workstep Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sheltered workshops approved under the Workstep programme are operating in each of the counties and metropolitan districts in the...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Sales (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed of the decision by Alvis to use (a) PT Truba, (b) PTSK and (c) Global Select...

    • Biomass Power Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many working biomass power plants have been built since 1997.

      Business Start-ups (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new business start-ups there have been in Warrington in each year since 1997.

      Charities (Employment Tribunals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many volunteers have claimed (a) unfair dismissal, (b) sex discrimination, (c) race discrimination and (d) disability discrimination...

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will break down the Export Credits Guarantee Department unrecovered debt from each country on guarantees issued since May 1991 by project.

      Departmental Policies (Clwyd, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in the Clwyd South constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications have been received to date from potential operators of the pathfinder round of Enterprise Capital Funds; and when the...

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated (a) administration and (b) programme costs of the Enterprise Capital Funds are in each year between 2004 and 2008.

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the fund limit of the Enterprise Capital Funds is; and what criteria were used in setting the limit at this level.

      Enterprise Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) programme and (b) administrative costs of the Enterprise Fund were in each year between 2001to 2004.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Coordinating Committee on Fusion Energy EC-USA met;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for the implementation of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for implementation of multiannual framework...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Government's role in partnership agreement negotiations between MG Rover and the Shanghai Automotive...

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) associated gas and (b) non-associated gas has been (i) flared and (ii) vented (A) offshore and (B) onshore in each year for which...

      Miners' Compensation

      Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress is being made with including coal preparation plant-workers in the health claims compensation scheme.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miner compensation claims have been submitted so far in 2005 by (a) AJ Revill Associates, (b) Thorn Legal Services Ltd., (c) Union...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average level of compensation paid to opencast miners at Longannet was; and what the average level of compensation paid to opencast...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 20 solicitors have received most in fees paid by the Department under the Coalminers' Compensation Scheme; and how much each has been...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average settlement is for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims for the 20 solicitors who...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 20 solicitors have the largest number of unsettled (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger claims under...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to reduce the qualifying age for the higher rate of the national minimum wage from 22 years to 21 years; and if she will...

      Natural Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the volume and value of liquefied natural gas imported to the UK was in 2004.

      Natural Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the gas storage capabilities of the UK at the point when the UK becomes a net importer of gas.

      Natural Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the monthly (a) volume and (b) value of gas (i) exported from and (ii) imported to the UK was in 2004.

      Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the activity of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market in the UK in the past 12 months; and if...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005, Official Report, column 800W, on rural post offices, how many of the 1,500 additional post offices...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have closed in the Greater London area in each of the last five years.

      Pregnant Women (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to prevent discrimination against (a) pregnant women and (b) new mothers.

      Pregnant Women (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to give pregnant working women greater knowledge of their (a) maternity rights and (b) employer's...

      Trade Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is her policy to invite trade associations to play a greater role in training and the provision of apprenticeships.

      UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the UK Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary IT programme.

      Vehicle Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the difference in the purchase costs of new vehicles between the UK and (a) other European countries and (b)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research projects she is supporting in wind power generation.

  • Education and Skills

    • Brixton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on employer's liability insurance cover for prison education staff at HMP Brixton; and what measures...

    • Consultants

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

      Contract Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two...

      School Leavers (Easington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school-leavers in the Easington constituency went on to (a) higher education, (b) further education and (c) full-time employment in...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Co-ordination Group to promote uniformity of...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been spent (a) per school sixth former and (b) per student in a collegeof further education in (i) England and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils entered higher education from schools and colleges in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1991 to 1997 and (b) the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough have gone on to higher education in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students were pursuing courses in higher education institutions on the last date for which information is available;...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants to higher education were from educational establishments in the Stockton, South constituency in each of the last seven years.

      In-house Magazines

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

      Prisoners (Internet Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which European countries her Department consulted on how they provided internet access to prisoners during the planning of the...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on how many occasions her Department's Ministers used the Queen's flight in each of the past five years; (2) how much money her...

      School Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many fires there were in schools in England in each of the last three years; and how many she estimates were caused by arson.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Student Loan Company expenditure there has been on (a) grants, (b) income contingent loans, (c) tuition fees, (d) hardship and...

      Schools' Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collects on the income of individual schools.

  • House of Lords

    • Tourism Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why it was necessary to check the legal position of the appointment of the former Northern Ireland Tourist Board Chairman to Tourism Ireland, as reported in the...

    • Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President of 11 January (WA 28), whether the investigation into staff bullying at Waterways Ireland found that there had...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 28), when the investigation into staff bullying at Waterways Ireland started; who were the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17 November 2004 (WA 159) which indicated that the Northern Ireland Assembly had been wrongly informed about...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 28) concerning allegations of staff bullying at Waterways Ireland, when the collective...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 28) concerning allegations of staff bullying at Waterways Ireland, what action is being taken...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 January (WA 27–28) concerning staff bullying at Waterways Ireland which indicated that the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the chief executive of Waterways Ireland was not suspended during an investigation into allegations of staff bullying, mismanagement and incorrect procedures...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to date of the inquiries into staff bullying and mismanagement at Waterways Ireland.

      North/South Ministerial Secretariat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis a meeting of the North/South and British Irish Council on 14 November 2002 was informed that the Republic of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs...

      Northern Ireland: Parliamentary Questions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the paper on handling arrangements for Parliamentary Questions circulated by an official of the machinery of government section of the Northern Ireland...

      Palace of Westminster Medal Collection

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 11 October 2004 (WA 1), when the specimen of the medal issued for the 2004 Iraq operations supplied by the Army Medal Office for...

      Saddam Hussein: Iraqi Special Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the court to be constructed to try Saddam Hussein will be capable of trying other persons.

      Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people on the drug intervention programme (DIP) in England and Wales have received treatment for addiction to crack cocaine for each year for which...

      Prisons: Female Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 January (Official Report, col. 871–872) that "we have fewer women in prison today than we had a...

      Refugees: Recognition Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2003 Global Refugee Trends, they will consult with other governments on the...

      Housing Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their timetable for the commencement of the different parts of the Housing Act 2004, and for the issue of consultation documents, orders, circulars and...

      Referendums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many national or regional referendums have been held since 1990; on what issues; and with what outcomes.

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests for information were made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the first month of its operation; and, of that total, how many resulted in...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many responses to requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the first month of its operation breached the deadline for...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether correspondence between councillors and council officials is subject to release under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and under what...

      Northern Ireland: Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the established working hours per week of the six part-time coroners in Northern Ireland; how many weeks per year they are on duty; and what are their...

      Northern Ireland: Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the remuneration, pension entitlement and permanent secretarial support for the six part-time coroners in Northern Ireland; and what are the comparable...

      Northern Ireland: Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have costed the proposals for reform of the coroners' system in Northern Ireland; and whether they will provide a detailed analysis, including...

      Northern Ireland: Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the six part-time coroners in Northern Ireland have a right to pursue their current complaint on the grounds of unlawful discrimination through the courts...

      Northern Ireland: Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as appointed judicial officers, the six part-time coroners in Northern Ireland fall within the definition of employees in order to be able to pursue their...

      European Convention on Human Rights: Article 5(4)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider United Kingdom law to be compatible with the obligation imposed by Article 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights to ensure that...

      Schools: Competition Proposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the view of local education authorities and their representative organisations to the consultation launched on 8 July 2004 which proposed that all...

      Schools: Competition Proposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have outsourced the administration of competitions for additional secondary schools under Section 70 of the Education Act 2002.

      School Places: Rationalisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a direction has been issued since 1993 to any local education authority requiring rationalisation of school places.

      Medical Education for Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the statement that they are acting to secure a strong academic base in medical education and research, they intend to ensure students have...

      Pre-Budget Report: Interest Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assumptions underlie the Pre-Budget Report for interest rates in the United Kingdom, the United States, the euro-zone and Japan for each of the years...

      Pre-Budget Report: Exchange Rate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assumptions about the exchange rate index underlie the Pre-Budget Report for each of the years 2004–05 to 2009–10.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of claims received by the Financial Ombudsman Service for each year since its inception have been resolved in favour of the consumer; and what...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Financial Ombudsman Service is funded; and how it is monitored.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Financial Ombudsman Service offers a bonus for adjudicators who close their cases within a time frame; and, if so, how much is the bonus.

      Benefit Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown by type of benefit of the £3 billion of fraud and error in benefit payments referred to in the Comptroller and...

      Fidelity Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to take action to ensure that retailers who take deposits from customers are obliged to arrange fidelity insurance or similar protection to cover...

      MMR Vaccines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Rubini strain of mumps vaccine and the Edmonston-Zagreb, Enders or Schwarz strains of measles vaccines were ever incorporated into measles, mumps and...

      Healthcare Associated Infections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the findings of the Rapid Review Panel concerning hospital acquired infections will be promulgated; and what large-scale multi-centre trials are planned to...

      Railways: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the annual government contribution to the railways (a) for the last five years of British Rail and (b) for each year since privatisation; and What was the...

      Railways: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of Network Rail's income for the current year is expected to come (a) direct from the public sector; (b) from revenue from passenger train...

      Left-hand Drive Vehicles: Safety Record

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the safety record of large, left-hand drive lorries on British motorways; and whether they have any plans to reduce the risk they pose.

      DVLA: Telephone Lines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12 January (WA 69), how much money was raised by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from its...

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