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Written answers

Monday, 21 February 2005

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Congestion Charge

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

    • Departmental Policies (Essex)

      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 Maldon and East Chelmsford constituency, the...

      Departmental Policies (Haltemprice and Howden)

      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 Haltemprice and Howden constituency, the effects...

      Departmental Policies (Tatton)

      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 Tatton constituency, the effects on Tatton of her...

      Departmental Policies (Woodspring)

      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 Woodspring constituency, the effects on Woodspring...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or...

      Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with English Heritage concerning its budget to retain and restore houses and other structures deemed...

      Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans the Government have to fight youth obesity through the further development of school sports; (2) what steps her...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2004, Official Report, column 166W on correspondence, when she will provide a substantive reply.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the sale of playing fields.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to enhance and protect playing fields in England.

      Social Exclusion (Midlothian)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution the lottery has made to combating social exclusion in Midlothian.

      Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in promoting the tax relief benefits available to sports clubs.

      Sports Clubs

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to recover documents lost by British citizensas a consequence of the tsunami in South East Asia; and...

    • British High Commission (Swaziland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to retain the British High Commission in Swaziland.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of (a) Colombia and (b) Venezuela regarding the dispute over the arrest...

      Commemorative Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement the European Communities have had in commemorative anniversary events held by the Government since 1997.

      EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the objectives of the Government are in relation to a common foreign and security policy in the European Union.

      EU MEDIA Training Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the (a) budget, (b) aims and (c) target group of the Communities MEDIA Training programme; and if...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 1 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 30 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. M....

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people in Cuba who are (a) serving prison sentences and (b) awaiting trial for...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the decision by the EU to suspend sanctions on Cuba.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often since 1997 (a) he, (b) officials in his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have (i)brought and...

      Departmental Cleaning Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the costs of cleaning the Department were in each year since 1997.

      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 (EC-Albania) met; when...

      EU Committees

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

      EU Committees

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

      EU Committees

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

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2005, Official Report, column 935W, on EU Constitutional Treaty, from which budget within...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff within his Department are working on publications relating to the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe;...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, columns 1020–21W, on the European Constitution, if he will...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the effect of Article III-305 of the European Constitution, concerning a common UK/EU position...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the application of Article III-296, subsection 2 and related articles, on the ceding by the...

      Genocide (International Obligations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what obligations there are under international agreements to act in confirmed cases of genocide; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Gibraltarians are being held in Spanish prisons; in which prisons they are held; what visits have been made by...

      Immigration Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the High Commission in Islamabad sent to the Home Office the case papers on Mr. I. H., husband of Mrs. S. B. of Aylesbury,...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the proceedings brought to the International Criminal Court since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) Iran's current nuclear capability and (b) the future progress of its nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department is taking to support the reform movement in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had concerning Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of people detained by Coalition forces in Iraq but not recorded on Camp Cropper prison rolls and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received concerning the possible involvement of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro with the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the electoral register in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department made of the percentage of the adult population of Iraq that was registered to vote.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement of 31 January 2005, Official Report, columns 573–91, on Iraq, what the nationality was of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what part officials from UK Government departments have had in the (a) management and (b) monitoring of reconstruction funds in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department was first informed of the mismanagement of reconstruction funds in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK-based private contractors enjoy immunity from prosecution under local Iraqi law.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will submit a declaration to the United Nations Security Council, in pursuance of Paragraph 23 of the United Nations...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the Absentee Property Law and its effect on Israeli policy...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the costof staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by (a) the UK and (b) the EU to help with preparations for the application of the EU acquis to...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Republic of Cyprus over the UK's steps to help Turkish Cypriots prepare for the application...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which EU member state diplomats attended the Turkish National Day celebrations hosted in northern Cyprus by the Turkish...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals put forward by the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr....

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Peruvian Government concerning its implementation of the recommendations of the...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Peruvian Government concerning the pace of the trial reviews for men and women...

      Postage

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

      Project Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the Government holds on the former South Africa regime's project code-named Project Coast; and if he will make...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the attempt by some members of the Russian Duma to ban all religious and ethnic Jewish...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Russia.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of South Africa about the promotion of democratic reform in Africa.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army's reaction to the Sudanese army's actions on 8...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the referral of the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court in accordance with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan on the rights of civilians to express their political views,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that security forces in Sudan opened fire upon civilian protesters from the Beja...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he plans to take to assist the African Union to deploy the full contingent of troops to Darfur without delay.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the capability of the African Union mission in Darfur to fulfil its mandate.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the views of the African Union's Chief Ceasefire Monitor, General Festus Okonkwo, concerning the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Government of Sudan's progress in implementing his Five-Point Plan for Peace within the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the security situation in the east of Sudan; (2) what discussions he has held with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will urge the UN to define the atrocities committed in Darfur as genocide; (2) if he will urge his colleagues in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what additional resources are being furnished to the African Union by the (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) UN to assist its attempts to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings (a) he, (b) officials in his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have (i)proposed, (ii)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) strategy and (b) actions of the US Administration to promote the...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by the Department; and, of these, which have been (a) met, (b) nearly...

      European Union (Court Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those organisations in receipt of European Communities funds that have brought actions against the European...

      European Union (Court Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 38W, on whistleblowers, what monitoring of whistleblowing...

      European Union (Court Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on expenditure planned under Council Decision 2005/12/EC of OJ L6 volume 48 of 8 January.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the announcement of elections in Zimbabwe and (b) the prospect of opposition participation in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Aircraft Charters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much money his office has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years.

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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) only a...

      Housing Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will make a statement on his role in the development of Government policy on illegal Traveller encampments; (2) if he will make a...

      Overseas Trips

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b)...

  • Education and Skills

    • 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 Advisory Committee on training in nursing met; when...

    • 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 Advisory Committee on the training of midwives met;...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each...

    • Cleaning Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the costs of cleaning the Department and its predecessors were in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Domestic Violence Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will take steps to prevent personal cross-examination of victims by an alleged domestic violence perpetrator in (a)...

      Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Principal Registry Judgments

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of judgments made by district judges in the Principal Registry (a) went to appeal and (b) were...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions the Department's Ministers used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years.

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether cattle in the early pre-patent stage of bovine tuberculosis may shed significant...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if, following the outcome of the four counties study of bovine tuberculosis in Ireland, she will abandon the Krebs...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has conducted on the possible use of polymerase chain reaction portable laboratories for the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of whether the conclusion of the four counties study on bovine tuberculosis in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many herds in Cumbria, where purchased animals were introduced, cattle to cattle spread of bovine tuberculosis...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether analyses of TB99 returns provide data on the number of tuberculosis breakdowns attributable to (a) cattle to cattle...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which the spread of tuberculosis by infected cattle in the re-stocking period...

      Cattle Passport Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average period of late receipt was for applications refused on the grounds of lateness under the British Cattle...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total expenditure by her Department on all external consultants was in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2003–04; and...

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many existing agri-environment scheme holders who provided access for walkers under the scheme are now ineligible to...

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of how many hectares of land mapped in areas one to four of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 mapping...

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of land mapped in areas one to four of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 mapping procedure are...

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of land mapped in areas one to four of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 has had a restriction or...

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the original estimate for the cost of the consultation, mapping and appeals and other associated costs for the...

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds have so far been allocated to the Access Management Grant Scheme; how much to date has been spent; and how much...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she nextplans to meet dairy farmers to discuss farmgate prices.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the averagefarm gate price paid to farmers in Lancashire for milk is.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average herd size is of dairy farms in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the ministerial design champion for her Department is.

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the deletion of e-mails by her Department; when this policy last changed; and how.

      Equine Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the European Union institutions (a) have made and (b) are considering legislation requiring coloured ponies born to...

      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 on Implementation of the...

      Exercise Triton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the results of Exercise Triton will be published.

      Farm Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initiatives her Department has introduced since 1997 to support farming.

      Food Miles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of food miles on (a) congestion on the roads and (b) the environment, through...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what actions were taken by the UK authorities in regard to the November 2000 foot and mouth disease outbreak in...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department was first informed that Northumberland Trading Standards had (a) mounted an investigation into and (b)...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what applications were made to her Department during January under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; what the (a) total...

      Sustainable Development (India)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent communications Ministers in her Department have had with counterparts in India on (a) sustainable development and...

      Ministerial Visits

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

      Ministerial Visits

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

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the costof staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      New Rural Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department and agencies (a) are and (b) will be fully or partly employed in preparing for the merger of...

      Postage

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

      REACH Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the REACH (Chemicals) Directive on UK industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Rural Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Rural Payments Agency to start making payments under the Single Farm Payment.

      Rural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the terms of reference of the agency to be created by the merger of English Nature and parts of...

      Sewage Discharge (River Thames)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of sewage were discharged into the River Thames in the last five years, broken down by water utility; and if...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State forEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make explicit reference in departmental plans and publications to enabling a wider role to be played by social...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the contracts signed by her special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available;...

      Stationery

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

      Strawberries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of methyl bromide in the strawberry growing sector, with particular reference to its...

      Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money is available in each region under the Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy.

  • Treasury

    • Cancer Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of deaths were due to cancer in the (a) North East, (b) South East, (c) North and (d) South in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Child Trust Fund Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Inland Revenue to complete the necessary procedures to allow credit unions to accept child trust fund accounts.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether existing credit unions will be included for support under the Social Fund loan scheme referred to in the report on Promoting Financial...

      Defence Contractors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Aldershot of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 595W, on defence contractors, which (a) military units...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out (a) with statistical information relating as closely as possible to Chorley constituency and (b) the effect of his actions and policies...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of Stockton, South are (a) employed and (b) unemployed; and what the figures were in 1997.

      Employment/Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in full-time and part-time work in Easington constituency in each year since 2001.

      Employment/Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 25 years were in either employment or education in (a) the County of Essex in each year from...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Parliamentary Commission for Administration concerning his inquiry into Equitable...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Confidentiality of Statistics Committee met; when and where...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 597W, if he will make a statement on appropriate vires concerning Government spending on...

      Financial Inclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the (a) Financial Inclusion Taskforce and (b) Financial Inclusion Fund will be set up.

      Financial Inclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the report on Promoting Financial Inclusion on existing credit unions.

      Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Departments agreed to the reallocation of funds for the purpose of allocating additional funds to local authorities; how much was reallocated in each...

      New Jobs (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new jobs have been created in (a) Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, (b) the Scottish Borders and (c) Scotland in each year since 2002.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with (a) only one adult aged over 65 years and (b) two or more adults aged over 65 years there were in (i) England and (ii) each...

      Pensions Selling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensions were sold in each of the past 10 years on the basis of (a) tied advice, (b) independent advice and (c) execution only; and if he will make...

      Postage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.

      Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

      Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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) changed...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received by the MP tax credits complaints team (a) by post and (b) by telephone in each month since the service was set up.

      Teenage Pregnancy (Leicester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage pregnancy rate in Leicester, South was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of those unemployed are (a) under 18, (b) under 21 and (c) under 30 years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average level of unemployment in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

      Unemployment (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in each year since 2002 in (a) Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, (b) the Scottish Borders and (c) Scotland, broken down...

      Vitamins and Supplements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have died from the effects of vitamins and supplements in (a) Lancashire, (b) Chorley and (c) the north west in the last three years.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to increase the removal of failed asylum seekers in the last 12 months.

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's targets are for (a) the proportion of asylum cases to be decided within (i) two and (ii) six months, (b) the proportion...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether special measures have been put in place to assist asylum seekers and refugees (a) to find family members directly affected by the...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a body independent of his Department to compile immigration statistics.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has received from the High Commission in Islamabad case papers on the case of Mr. I. H., husband of Mrs. S. B. of...

      British Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British passports have been reported lost or stolen (a) in the UK and (b) abroad in each year since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 30 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Dwight Swanson.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Deportation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportation orders against British prison inmates who were also Irish nationals there have been since 2000.

      European Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the(a) budget, (b) role and (c) staffing levels of the European Agency for the Management of Operational...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued during the last week of October and the first week of November 2004 for (a) letting off or...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been against people found doing graffiti in each of the last five years in (a) Essex and (b) Southend.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) the Metropolitan police, (b) the UK Atomic Energy Authority constabulary and (c) the British...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount of revenue from speed cameras was in the area policed by the Lancashire Constabulary in the last year for which figures...

      Student Visa Extensions

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

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications made in the UK prior to 1 August 2003 remain to be dealt with; how many personnel are dealing with the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected expenditure of his Department for advertising and publicity is for the year 2004–05, broken down by campaign; and what...

    • Benefit Claims

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

      Benefit Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people claimed job seekers' allowance in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available; (2)...

      Benefit Payments (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Chorley constituency received the winter fuel allowance in 2004–05; and what total amounts such payments...

      Benefit Payments (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Chorley constituency have received pension credit in each year since it was introduced.

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department gives to the Benefits Agency on steps to be followed in relation to payment of income support when the Agency has...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children in (a) the UK and (b) Vale of Clwyd were living in poverty in each of the last 30 years; and what...

      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 Chorley constituency, the effect of his Department's...

      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 Havant constituency, the effects on Havant of his...

      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 Reading, West constituency, the effects on Reading, West...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Technical Adaptation Committee on the protection of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of private landlords in the pilot areas who (a) will and (b) will not participate in the new flat-rate...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the processing of housing benefit by local authorities is measured in terms of (a) efficiency, (b) accuracy and (c) fraud.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much housing benefit expenditure was overpaid by local authorities due to fraud and error in each year for which figures are available.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a claim for housing benefit was in each year since 1975.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the 52 week linking rule; and what qualitative research his Department has...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to change the conditions for receiving income support on the grounds of incapacity.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to assess the speed, efficiency and accuracy of the provision of benefits at Jobcentre Plus.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers are currently in issue.

      Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking in co-ordination with other Government Departments to (a) disseminate advice and good practice on occupational health...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of pension credit in Birmingham, broken down by constituency; and what the total value of pension credit...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners have received pension credit in the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East; (2) how many...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average charge was for selling a pension in each of the last 10 years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensions were sold to each income decile of the population in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the current level of stakeholder charges on the uptake of personal pensions by low...

      Postage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Rehabilitation Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming the new Rehabilitation Support Allowance each year whose benefits will be reduced on...

      Unemployment (Ilford, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in (a) youth unemployment and (b) long-term unemployment in Ilford, North on 31 December (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's spending on (a) new aircraft and (b) up-grades to aircraft since 1997; and how much of the money was spent in (i)...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to sign contracts placing orders for the two CVFs.

      Armed Forces Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to apply the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Decent Homes Standard to housing provided for members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes are provided in the UK for members of the armed forces, broken down by location at which such homes are provided; and when the last time...

      Armed Forces Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on housing for members of the armed forces in (a) the UK and (b) abroad, broken down by (i) revenue and (ii)capital...

      Army Legal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to review the Army Legal Services; and if he will make a statement.

      Autonomy plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts for which his Department is responsible have been awarded to Autonomy plc.

      B-52 Crash (1991)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the loss in February 1991 of the US B-52 bomber in the Indian Ocean en route to Diego Garcia; and whether survivors were...

      Battalion Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) personnel costs and (b) equipment and maintenance costs were of (i) an armoured infantry (Warrior) battalion, (ii) an air-portable infantry...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter dated 11 November from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent, Mr. G. Evans of Banffshire.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter dated 22 March 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Mr. Karel Bartosik.

      Cost Recovery (DFID)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 1080W, on military assistance following the tsunami, if he will list the costs his...

      Deaths in Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to invite the participation of bereaved relatives in hearings of Boards of Inquiry into the deaths of service personnel who...

      Defence Airfield Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Defence Airfield Review has been completed; how the review differs from the Airfields Review Study; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Logistic Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Department's Defence Logistic Organisation employees are located in the West Midlands region.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the defence procurement contracts with a value of greater than £5 million in each year since 1999 and (b) the companies involved...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Staff and Facilities (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated human resources bill associated with his Department's facilities in Scotland is for the 2004–05 financial year.

      Departmental Staff and Facilities (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many armed forces personnel are based in Scotland; (2) how many armed forces civilian support staff are based in Scotland.

      Departmental Staff and Facilities (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated capital value is of his Department's buildings and facilities based in Scotland.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are serving overseas; and how many of these have submitted overseas service declarations to their electoral...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the advice contained in the Army Families Advice Bureau Factsheet 7.1 on the Ministry of Defence website states that a serviceman only...

      European Armaments Research and Military Capabilities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the objectives are of the Government's policy on the European Armaments Research and Military Capabilities Agency.

      Falcon Communications System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the procurement of the Falcon secure communications system.

      Falklands Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what talks have taken place between (a) Falklands veterans, (b) Falklands representatives and Government and (c) the British Legion and his Department on...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to replace Harrier jets deployed in Afghanistan with Jaguars.

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 730W, on infantry regiments, what other options were proposed as names for the new...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the financial value of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines' equipment which remains in the possession of the Iranian authorities.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the medical units serving in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received from British troops in Iraq on the effectiveness of (a) SA80A2 rifles, (b) Minimi light machineguns and (c) grenade...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Iraqi and (b) non-Iraqi nationals are held in prisons administered by United Kingdom armed forces; how many of these prisoners are female;...

      Landing Ships Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State forDefence what the original contract price was for the delivery by Swan Hunter of two landing ships dock (auxiliary) vessels; and whether there has been a change in...

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total manpower is of in role (a) airborne engineer forces, (b) airborne Army logistic forces, (c) parachute artillery forces and (d) airborne...

      Medical Supplies Agency

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

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) 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; (2)...

      NATO Transformation Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress made on the NATO Transformation Programme in respect of British forces.

      Network Interoperability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for improving network interoperability; what Ministry of Defence agency is responsible for funding the Joint Network Management...

      Overseas Defence Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the defence estates the Department has overseas.

      Parachute Battalion (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) an in role parachute battalion and (b) a parachute battalion not in role was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Parking Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many car parking spaces are provided for those (a) working in and (b) visiting his Department.

      Pendle Hill Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the munitions recovered on Pendle Hill, Lancashire, in the last four years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in each service have opted to move to the new pension arrangements; and what proportion of serving personnel that represents...

      Pentagon (Nuclear Weapons Plans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from his United States counterpart in respect of Pentagon plans to build earth-penetrating nuclear weapons designed to...

      Postage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.

      Rapid Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to procure equipment to improve the rapid deployability of the British armed forces.

      Recruitment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recruitment levels to the armed forces in the past three months from applicants in Scotland.

      Research Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on research by his Department in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

      Research Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's research budget is spent on the development of new weaponry.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many orders were placed for Royal Navy ships in each year between 1980 and 2004.

      Royal School of Military Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he intends that final payment on the Royal School of Military Engineering private finance initiative project should be made; and if he will...

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where he plans permanently to base the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

      St. John's Wood Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of St.John's Wood barracks; and for how long he expects the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery to be stationed...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Submarine Acquisition Modernisation Initiative: who the participants are; and what the (a) purpose and (b) timescale...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what stage the prosecution of Brett Richard Mallinson and David Moffett of the Light Dragoon Guards by the legal authorities of Tanzania has...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate how many (a) direct and (b) indirect civilian jobs in (i) Scotland and (ii) the rest of the UK rely upon the Trident programme.

      War Remnants (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many explosive remnants of war have been cleared in Iraq to date; at what cost; how many casualties have resulted; what assessment has been made of...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencewhat he expects the average age by 2009 of the Royal Navy's (a) frigate fleet and (b) destroyer fleet tobe.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow many new (a) frigates and (b) destroyers will be delivered to the Royal Navy between 2005 and 2009.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend section 1(3a) of the Abortion Act 1967 to allow women to have abortions at home.

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of (a) the new general practitioner contract and (b) the four-hour waiting time target for...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated in accident and emergency departments in hospitals in Worcestershire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat plans he has to relocate the accident and emergency department at the Royal County Hospital, Winchester.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Taunton and (b) Somerset used accident and emergency services in each of the last five years.

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the incidence of alcohol-related problems in the under 60s.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the availability, in advance of the outcome of the appraisal by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, of...

      Ambulance Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for UK ambulance drivers' working time limits of European Court of Justice cases C-397/01 to C403/01,...

      Cancer Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trained cancer specialists were practising in England (a) by headcount and (b) expressed as a whole-time equivalent figure in each year...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) privately owned and (b) local authority owned nursing and residential homes are located in the Easington constituency; and what the bed...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) privately owned and (b) local authority owned care homes there are in the Vale of York; where each is located; and what the bed capacity of...

      Chiropodists/Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with organisations representing chiropodists and podiatrists; and what issues were discussed.

      Chiropodists/Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of practising chiropodists and podiatrists who will not seek registration with the Health Professional Council.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community hospitals there were in England in each year since 1997.

      Consultant Urologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant urologists are working in the NHS in the areas served by the (a) Birmingham and Black Country and (b) West Midlands South strategic...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the results of his most recent meeting with the Scottish Health Minister on bringing in foreign dentists to Scotland.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money his Department has spent in total on the Keeping in Touch scheme to recruit dentists back into the NHS.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the working group on undergraduate dental school places to publish its report; and whether the dental profession has been involved in the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to attract more dentists to the Community Dental Service.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many full-time equivalent dentists were employed by the NHS in England per 10,000 of the population in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to increase the number of NHS dentists in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many NHS...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental schools are operating within the Greater London area.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) general dental service and (b) personal dental service dentists have left the NHS for wholly private practice in (i) England, (ii) each...

      NHS Dentists

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

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of dentists in (a) North West London Strategic Health Authority, (b) Brent and (c) Brent, East has stopped taking NHS patients in each...

      NHS Dentists

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what percentage of his Department's expenditure went on research and development in each year between 2001–02 and 2003–04.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what expenditure was made by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible on research projects by private sector...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency for which his Department is responsible spent on research and development with overseas Government...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of changes to his Department's...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of his Department's policies since 2 May...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Design

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

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a patient to receive a digital hearing aid in England has been in each year since 2000.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many audiology departments there are in England; what proportion are routinely fitting digital hearing aids; and what he expects the proportion to be...

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will encourage hospitals to discharge patients into the community for treatment as soon as clinically possible to reduce exposure to MRSA and...

      Doctors (Refugees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made in employing refugee doctors; (2) what assistance is given to refugee doctors to enable them to (a) register...

      Drug Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role his Department is allocating to drug action teams (DATs) in delivering the Government's alcohol strategy; and what funding is being provided to...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time is in the Greater London area for a person suffering from drug addiction to receive treatment; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has undertaken of treatment regimes for drug abuse in other countries.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for residential drug rehabilitation in the Easington constituency; and how many patients are awaiting treatment.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received treatment for drug abuse in Easington constituency over the last three years.

      Drugs

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

      E111 Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of British citizens possessing E111 forms issued (a) before and (b) after August 2004; and if he will...

      E111 Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to publicise the expiry of old E111 reciprocal health certificates and the introduction of new ones; and if he will make a statement.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many strategic health authorities provide outreach workers to support people with eating disorders in the community; (2) how many primary care...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what ministerial visits are planned for each minister in his Department in the next six months; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on the approximation of the laws, regulations and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the training of dental practitioners met,...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the training of chemists met, when and where...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee of senior officials on public health met; when and where...

      NHS Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients failed to attend NHS appointments in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each...

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of female prisoners who are users of prescription medication (a) on entering prison and (b) on release.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 selection...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2004, Official Report, column 192W, on general practitioner referral, what his Department's policy is on encouraging...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the flexibility of continued professional development for general practitioners, with particular reference to opportunities...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were per 100,000 population in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust for...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by name and address each of the general practitioner surgeries in (a) Mendip primary care trust (PCT), (b) South Somerset PCT, (c)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners were practising in the London borough of Redbridge at 31 December (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      Health Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to ensure that numbers of health professionals in London's schools are sufficient; and if he will make a statement: (2) how much...

      Health Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat tests are conducted on health professionals trained in England for (a) HIV, (b) tuberculosis and (c) hepatitis B.

      Health Services (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of capital of expenditure on health care was in North Durham in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Services (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change has been in waiting lists in North Durham since 1997.

      Health Services (Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many consultant episodes have been completed in Somerset in each year since 1997; (2) what the (a) maximum and (b) average waiting times for...

      Health Services (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the number of (a) nurses and (b) doctors employed in Stockton, South has changed since 1997.

      Health Services (Stockton, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens in Stockton, South have received (a) free eye tests and (b) assistance for glasses and contact lenses since 1997.

      Healthy Eating (Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on promoting healthy eating in hospitals.

      Hospital Patient Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay for an in-patient at (a) Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and (b) other tertiary hospitals in England was in the latest period...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the updated influenza pandemic plan.

      Lancashire Teaching Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the foundation hospital application of Lancashire teaching hospitals.

      Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will conduct an assessment of the level of consultation undertaken by the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust with its service users on...

      Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust of purchasing acute beds from outside trust boundaries was in the most recent year for which...

      Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rate in the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust in acute (a) under-65s and (b) over-65s wards is.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer of 18 January, Official Report, column 679, on alcohol misuse, what advice his Department gave to the (a) Home Office and (b)...

      Long-term Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he proposes to publish the National Service Framework for long-term conditions including multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement.

      ME Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on funding for ME treatment in Lancashire.

      Medical Staff (Pharmaceutical Company Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital trusts in England are employing (a) nurses and (b) doctors paid for in part or wholly by pharmaceutical companies.

      Men's Health Tsar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will appoint a men's health tsar.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer from the Minister for Pensions of 2 February 2005, Official Report, column 942W, on benefit rates, if he will request that the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Easington constituency have consulted an NHS mental health doctor in each of the last three years.

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of health authorities in England and Wales are experiencing staffing shortages in midwifery.

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of people in England and Wales training to become midwives.

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of midwifery students left theircourse before completion in each of the last five years.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mixed sex Nightingale wards are still in operation.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted the MRSA virus within the East Kent hospitals trust area between January and March 2003; how many of these were children; and...

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with multiple myeloma in each of the last 10 years.

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the life expectancy is of a patient with multiple myeloma.

      National Patient Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of recent changes in the National Patient Safety Agency budget on patient safety.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS walk-in centres there are in England.

      NHS (Vacancy Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the three-month vacancy rate is for (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) psychiatric nurses and (c) all medical and dental staff in the NHS, for the...

      NHS Business Services Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he expects the financial effects to be of the NHS Business Services Authority taking over the functions of the Dental Practice Board.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure per weighted head of population was in (a) the Guildford and Waverley primary care trust area and (b) the Surrey and Sussex strategic...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his latest estimate is of the percentage of people who have used the NHS Stop Smoking Services programme and who are no longer smoking after 12...

      Nurses' Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what policy guidelines have been issued to NHS trusts since 1997 on the wearing by nurses of hospital uniform while travelling to and from their...

      Patient Charges Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Department's review of patient charges; what the remit of the review is; and when it is expected to report.

      Payment by Results Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to introduce the payment by results initiative; what assessment he has made of the likely consequences of the initiative for the Royal...

      Payment by Results Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to ensure that hospitals and other healthcare providers are able to remove themselves from the menus of outlying primary care...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the optimum number of patients in a primary care trust.

      Pharmaceuticals Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure per capita was on pharmaceuticals in each OECD country in each of the last five years.

      Postage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the administration cost of prescription charge pre-payment certificates per certificate.

      Radiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the impact of the setting of targets on (a) total time in accident and emergency and (b) in-patient waiting times...

      Research Reports

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

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were resident in residential care homes in each year from 1991 to 2004.

      Roaccutane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether there is a correlation between the number of prescriptions for Roaccutane and recorded suicides in the last 10 years.

      Safer Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on encouraging safer drinking in each year since 1997.

      Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with food manufacturers concerning salt levels in processed food; what recent progress has been made towards further...

      Secondment

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

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to general practitioners since August 2004 on prescription of Seroxat; and to which parts of the United Kingdom the guidance...

      Shipman Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours the Shipman Inquiry sat in public; how many statements were taken by the inquiry; and how many witnesses were called.

      Southend Health Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will adjust the funding allocation to Southend health trusts to take account of differences between numbers of residents reported in the 2001 census...

      Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have died from the adverse effects of vitamins and supplements in the last five years; (2) when the Government expects the European...

      Treatment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of (a) a general practitioner consultation and (b) an attendance at an accident and emergency department was in the last period for...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS counselling and family support services have been made available to the relatives of victims and witnesses of the Indian Ocean tsunami who are...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each primary care trust have received the (a) flu and (b) pneumonia vaccine this winter; and what percentage of eligible people this...

      Vioxx

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in the UK were prescribed the painkiller Vioxx in each year since 1999; (2) how many people in the UK suffered (a) heart attacks...

      Volunteer First Aiders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether attendance by an unqualified volunteer first-aid 'responder' at the scene of an emergency call to the ambulance service is assessed as fulfilling...

      Yorkshire, Wolds and Coast PCT (Office Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of the acquisition and refurbishment of the Four Winds office accommodation at Driffield for the Yorkshire, Wolds and Coast...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the link between trees in urban areas and air quality.

    • Catering Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each...

      Cleaning Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the costs of cleaning the Department and its predecessors were in each year since 1997.

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent to date on implementing the right to roam as required by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants her Department makes available to villages in Chorley constituency.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency,...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State forEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the control and...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on how many occasions her Department's Ministers used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years; (2) how much...

      Street Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines she has issued on the optimum intervals for (a) street sweeping and (b) gulley emptying.

  • House of Commons

    • First Aid

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will issue first aid equipment including treatment for burns to all areas where constant...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Public Sector IT Projects

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what assessment he has made of the resources available to National Audit Office staff to enable them to facilitate greater parliamentary...

  • Prime Minister

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has had with (a) board members and (b) staff of BAE Systems since 1 January 2004.

    • Departmental Policies

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect of his Office's actions and policies on Blackpool, South...

      Departmental Structures

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to change departmental structures, with particular reference to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      G8 Presidency

      To ask the Prime Minister what his priorities are for the Presidency of the G8.

      Government Whips

      To ask the Prime Minister whether all Members of the Government Whips Office receive ministerial salaries.

      Ibm

      To ask the Prime Minister what the purpose was of his meeting at No. 10 on 2 December 1999 with Mr. Louis Gerstner Junior of the IBM Corporation of New York; which Department of Government...

      Iran

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with President Bush regarding military options should Iran continue to develop its nuclear weapons programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the leading figures referred to by his official press spokesperson on 8 December 2004, other than those representing Her Majesty's Government or the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the advice from the Attorney General on the legality of the war in Iraq published in the Official Report on 17 March 2003 was a summary of the advice received.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the long-term prospect of the US signing up to the Kyoto Protocol.

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether the UK will meet its Kyoto targets by 2010.

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Prime Minister what criteria he applies when deciding whether to issue public apologies to the victims of miscarriages of justice.

      Prince of Wales

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he was consulted on the date for the proposed marriage between HRH The Prince of Wales and Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Spending

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

    • Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Regulatory Impact Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of staffing and running the Regulatory Impact Unit was on the last year for which figures are available.

  • Wales

    • Freedom of Information

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

    • Job Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales on the relocation of jobs from England to Wales.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government concerning the release of MRSA figures for hospitals in Wales.

  • Transport

    • A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which existing road schemes in addition to the A3 at Hindhead have been downgraded from national to regional significance; and what the peak traffic...

    • Bridgwater Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Wessex Trains with regard to parking facilities at Bridgwater station.

      British Transport Police (Westminster Station)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the strategy of the British Transport Police is for responding to calls for assistance from Westminster tube station; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Routes (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on funding for new bus routes in Lancashire.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East dated 29 September 2004, regarding Mr. R. Boyd of EDPA, Reference...

      Cycle Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding the wearing by young people of cycle helmets; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Slovak Republic Joint Transport Committee met; when...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU, the Advisory Committee on the control and reduction of pollution...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Poland Joint Transport Committee met; when and where...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the (i) Committee for granting Community financial aid in the field...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Technical Adaptation Committee on the minimum safety and health...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Advisory Committee on the management of the research...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for the application of legislation on...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Transport...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Consultative European Energy and Transport Forum met;...

      Free Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of providing free public transport (a) in each local transport authority area and (b) in England for (i)disabled...

      Hengistbury Head

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency make their watch section at Hengistbury Head available to members of National Coastwatch.

      Home Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Home Zones there are in England; and how many of them were established with the aid of funding from his Department.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2005, to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey), Official Report, column 1034W, on mobile phones, if he...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 10 February 2005, Official Report, columns 93–96WS on rail spending, what the cumulative level...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected level of new borrowing by Network Rail is in each of the next four years.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Network Rail is free to negotiate contracts exclusively for the installation of ATMs for which there is a charge in stations.

      Northern Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recommendation of the Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in its fourth report of session...

      Official Residences

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

      Powered Wheelchairs/Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in his review of powered wheelchairs and scooters.

      Powershift

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Powershift energy efficient vehicle programme; and what new initiatives he plans on more...

      Rail Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Wessex Trains with regard to recent fare increases.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority on the publication of the Freight Assessments Need South East report.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much freight was moved, by tonne kilometres, on the UK railways, in each year since 1990.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the number of Railfreight interchanges which will be required in the UK.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with train operating companies about the frequency of the services to and from Ashchurch station near Tewkesbury; and if he...

      Railway Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with Network Rail the modification of train horns which have been installed to meet the now obsolete specification for minimum noise...

      Railway Stations (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on funding for (a) new and (b) reopening railway stations in Lancashire; (2) if he will make a statement on the new...

      Regional Transport Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expenditure on regional transport boards was in 2003–04; which areas each covers; and how many staff each employs.

      Regional Transport Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he next expects to update guidelines on the use of road humps.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have been recorded in the most recent 12 months for which data are available involving a vehicle turning left across a bus or cycle...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued regarding priority when motorists are required to manoeuvre across a bus or cycle lane to turn left from a highway into a...

      Speed Cameras (M25)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speeding offences have been identified by temporary speed cameras between junctions 12 and 15 of the M25 since the current road works began;...

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has evaluated on the effects of utility street works on traffic congestion levels; and if he will revise the Government's published...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 1040W, on taxis, how his Department would define purpose built taxis if the...

      Traffic Management Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what new responsibilities the Traffic Management Act 2004 places on local authorities.

      Traffic Management Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated expenditure on the regional control centres established under the Traffic Management Act 2004 is.

      Traffic Management Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government has made of the impact of the Traffic Management Act 2004 on the costs of local authorities.

  • Treasury

    • 1992 Treasury Rules

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the payments under the 1992 Treasury Rules were invoked for (a) Gunwharf, Portsmouth, (b) Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, (c) Peninsular Barracks,...

    • Airline Cabin Crew

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue withdrew the flat rate expenses allowance for airline cabin crew; what criteria were used in making this decision; and if he will...

      Alcohol-related Deaths (Leicester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths within Leicester, South alcohol was found to be the primary cause in each year since 1997.

      Aviation Fuel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the merits of introducing a tax on aviation fuel.

      Capital Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the system of capital allowances for plant and machinery.

      Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of carers who are over the age of 65 years.

      Child Trust Fund Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in each ward of Wallasey constituency contain children who qualify for child trust fund payments.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was received in 2003–04 from those companies paying the climate change levy at 20 per cent. of the full rate.

      Design

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the ministerial design champion for his Department is.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many job vacancies there were in Leigh in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (i) adult and (ii) youth...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Morecambe and Lunesdale were in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Section of the Joint Committee (EEC-Norway) met; when and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Section of the Joint Committee (EEC-Iceland) met; when and...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the eventual phasing out of national designs on euro notes and coins is planned; and what (a) volume and (b) value of euro notes and coins has been...

      Football Testimonials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to end tax-free testimonials for professional footballers; and if he will make a statement.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the recent release of documents relating to the United Kingdom's exit from the ERM in 1992 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Health Treatment (Charitable Donations)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of exempting charitable donations for health treatment from income calculations in relation to tax credit entitlements.

      Home Repossessions (North Durham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many home repossessions there have been in North Durham in each year since 1990.

      Departmental Policies (Huddersfield)

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

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the total value of gifts made in a year which become exempt from inheritance tax because they have been made at least...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on the inheritance tax yield of changing the rate at which inheritance tax is chargeable to (a) zero per cent. for...

      Insulation Material

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for the environment of the differential rates of VAT applied to insulation material when bought privately...

      Ivory

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what weight of ivory and how many ivory products were seized by HM Customs and Excise since March 2004.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was generated by the landfill tax in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2002–03.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many people who pay national insurance contributions would not do so if the threshold for payment were to be raised to £10,000...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated expenditure by the Office for National Statistics on producing and compiling statistics relating to England at Government Office for...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the influence of public spending increases on the state of the economy.

      Royal Marriage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to public funds which will arise from the proposed marriage between His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Mrs....

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the reduction in stamp duty yield from residential property which would result from raising the threshold at which 1 per cent. stamp...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the cost of reliefs from stamp duty for transfers in designated disadvantaged wards was accounted for by (a) residential transfers and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many families in Morecambe and Lunesdale have received (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit; (2) what the average monetary value is of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Tax Credit Office does not reimburse members of the general public for overpayments until the end of the financial year.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances individuals who have made overpayments to the Tax Credit Office due to errors by the office are eligible to claim financial...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families who will benefit from the extension of the subsidy in the child care element of the working tax credit...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency claim working tax credit.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT registered businesses there were on average in the area of (a) Selby district council and (b) City of York council in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy, in cases where the Inland Revenue is persuaded that a VAT registration is unnecessary and mistaken, that (a) penalties for...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in implementing the Licensing Act 2003.

    • Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's advice to local authorities is on assessing the local cumulative impact of licensing applications made under the...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the financial implications of the Licensing Act 2003 for sports clubs.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the impact of licence fee levels on amateur and voluntary sports clubs.

      Faith Communities (Built Heritage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policies towards financial support for the protection of the built heritage of faith...

      Alcohol Licensing (Bridgwater)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many alcohol licences are currently issued to premises in the Bridgwater constituency.

      Children's Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children participated in (a) boxing, (b) rugby, (c) football, (d) netball and (e) hockey in the last period for which figures...

      Children's Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many schoolchildren there are in the Bridgwater constituency; and what percentage participate in two hours of quality physical sport...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      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 Huddersfield constituency, the effects on...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which constituencies in England are not able to receive digital reception.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the percentage of the population in the Bridgwater constituency which does not have access to digital television.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when digital reception will be available in (a) the constituency of Solihull and (b) postcode area B92; (2) for what reasons...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that people in the constituency of Solihull will be able to receive analogue reception up to the point of their being...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support the Government are offering the UK film industry.

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on the use of the Gaelic language; and what plans her Department has to prepare and implement a Gaelic...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when licensing authorities were informed that Government-approved forms for the new licensing regulations were available; (2) in...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public house licences were withdrawn in 2004 due to the sale of alcohol to (a) individuals below the minimum legal age and (b)...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received proposing that lottery tickets should indicate that grants may be restricted to exclude...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reason lottery funding is denied to specific geographic areas in the UK on the grounds of perceived affluence.

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many overseas visitors to the UK there were in each quarter of the last five years.

      Playing Fields (Bridgwater)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many playing fields that were in use in 1997 in the Bridgwater constituency are no longer used for that purpose.

      Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the ministerial group on better public buildings last met; what assessment she has made of the work of the group; and if she will...

      Sports Clubs (Bridgwater)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many amateur sports clubs there are in the Bridgwater constituency.

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Government funding is available towards the building of (a) full all-weather pitches, (b) running tracks and (c) sports stadiums...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many letters Television Licensing have issued in each of the last 10 years threatening legal proceedings; how many of these have led...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Leicester, South are receiving a free television licence for over-75s.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency (a) are entitled to free television licences and (b) have claimed free television...

      Visitor Attractions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to visitor attractions in England.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incentives are available for the researching of alternatives to experimental testing on animals.

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on its business rates proposals in relation to green generation of...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) capital and (b) running costs of providing supplementary heating was in her Department's buildings in London in each of the last...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the ministerial design champion for her Department is.

      ECGD (Anti-corruption Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2004, Official Report, column 1242W, on the Export Credits Guarantee Department, if she will place in the...

      ECGD (Anti-corruption Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations were made by BAES, Rolls-Royce and Airbus to the Export Credit Guarantees Department about its anti-corruption...

      ECGD (Anti-corruption Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library a copy of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's anti-bribery and corruption provisions that applied to...

      EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the likely costs to local authorities of complying with the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has carried out analysis of the impact of the non-domestic property rating system on the development of a competitive...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her policy on state aid case C 39/2004 (ex N613/2003), 2004/C 315/05 of OJ C315 volume 47 of 21 December 2004,...

      Oil and Gas Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licences have been issued for oil and gas exploration in UK territorial waters off the coast of Northern Ireland.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will answer the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Gordon, with reference numbers (a) 206155, tabled on 21 December 2004, (b)...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research her Department (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission on (i) impulsive noise and noise modulation effects arising from...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Commonwealth Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces from Commonwealth countries have requested British nationality in the last six months; in which branches and units...

    • Armed Forces Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what housing standards are applied in the management of current and former Ministry of Defence housing provided for members of the armed forces.

      BAE Warton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for servicing of aircraft at BAE Warton.

      Design

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

      Falklands Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict; and whether he has set up a group to organise a veterans' visit.

      Fire Control and Retargeting Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the functions of the Mk98 Mod 5 Fire Control System and the SLBM Retargeting System; when this...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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) only a...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been treated at the Ministry of Defence hospital in Gibraltar in each of the last five years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Gibraltar Government on joint administration of the Gibraltar hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 354, on Gulf War-related illnesses, if he will provide further details on the funding...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what obstacles have been encountered in training and equipping British soldiers in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the United States Pentagon about the cause of the Hercules crash in Iraq.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list overseas trips he and his departmental Ministers have made on official business or using official transport, since 1997, broken down by date.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 376W, on ministerial visits, whether on any occasion the flight returned to the United...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of MRSA have been recorded in Ministry of Defence hospitals since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will withdraw the minute, dated 20 January, concerning the gifting of non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal;

      New Aircraft Carrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the physical integrator for the new aircraft carrier project; (2) what assessment his Department has made of the...

      New Recruits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms his Department uses to promote the importance of physical fitness to new recruits in training.

      Publicity

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

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) RAF personnel and (b) civilian personnel were relocated each month from RAF Lossiemouth from September 2004 to February 2005, including...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the (a) technical and (b) tactical advances offered to the armed forces of Russia by the Bulava (SS-N-30)...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of (a) the Russian Kh-555 conventional missile and (b) what (i) technical and (ii) tactical advances this missile...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of Russia's supersonic anti-ship cruise missile capabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Scottish Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the Royal Regiment of Scotland will have its (a) headquarters and (b) museum; (2) what plans he has for the current Scottish Regimental...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of sick days taken by staff in the Department.

      Staff Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 identity...

      Suez Canal Zone Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the application for a Suez Canal Zone Medal of Mr. Samuel Hill of Whitburn, West Lothian, referred to in the letter of 27 April 2004 from the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects the UK to make a decision on a replacement for the Trident nuclear weapons system in the next Parliament.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost per year of maintenance for one Trident nuclear submarine has been since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clergy (Employment Rights)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress is being made in granting employment rights to clergy.

    • Hunting Act

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what action the Church Commissioners have taken to ensure that their tenants comply with the Hunting Act 2004.

      York Minster

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the commissioners have made of the cost of restoring the fabric and maintaining the structures of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on steps taken by local education authorities to stop bullying in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

    • Capita SIMS System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the 2005 Pupil Level Annual School Census returns derived from Capita SIMS systems in schools.

      Capita SIMS System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools have reported problems with Capita SIMS.net systems.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her targets are for reduction in child abuse deaths over the next 10 years.

      Child Care Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change has been in the number of child care places in North Durham since 2001.

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Children Act 2004 amends the inspection regimes facing local government.

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new responsibilities the Children Act 2004 places on local authorities.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are in (a) children's homes and (b) foster care, broken down by ethnic group.

      Children's Fund Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of (a) the Redbridge Children's Fund partnership and (b) the Waltham Forest Children's Fund partnership submitting a...

      Chorley High Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils are attending Chorley high schools; and how many pupils attended each such school in each of the last five years.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Greater London have been taught in classes of more than (a) 25 and (b) 30 in each year since 1997, broken down by local...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 29 July 2004 sent to her predecessor by the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Ms Margaret Thomas.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 30 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Wright Robinson...

      Data Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what statistical data is collected from schools by (a) local education authorities and (b) her Department on a termly basis.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect of her Department's...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to Chorley constituency, the effect of her Department's...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of her Department's...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the ministerial design champion for her Department is.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding has been invested in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Dudley, North in each year since...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council to institutions in each region of England in (a) 2003–04 and (b)...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding from the New Deal for Schools has passed to schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and if she will list the schools...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much central government education funding was allocated on average to each (a) three to 10-year-old and (b) 11 to 15-year-old in...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on teaching of (a) science, (b) history, (c) mathematics, (d) religious education and (e) physical education in...

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the extent to which her Department's policies are meeting the needs of ethnic minorities.

      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 Advisory Committee on vocational training met; when...

      Expenditure per Pupil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much central Government funding was spent on average per child in England in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Expenditure per Pupil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding central government provided per head for each East Devon pupil in 2003; and how much is provided per pupil for 2005.

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what criteria a school is judged to be a failing school.

      Faith-based Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private faith-based schools there were, broken down by faith, in each year between 1997 to 2004.

      Free Nursery Places (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Birmingham have benefited from free nursery places since the policy was introduced, broken down by constituency.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding gap is between school sixth forms and further education colleges in the London North Learning and Skills Council area; and...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to reduce the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges in the London North Learning...

      GCSE Results (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the GCSE results were for students in North Durham in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available.

      Increased Flexibility Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the Increased Flexibility Programme.

      Independent Schools (Pre-registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pre-registration independent schools which did not comply fully with regulations 2e and 2d on the first visit complied on the...

      International Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1701W to the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman), on...

      Hillingdon LEA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the members of the School Organising Committee for the London borough of Hillingdon local education authority.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate she has made of the number of (a) looked-after children and (b) former looked-after children who received custodial...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of cared-for children who become involved in prostitution.

      Morecambe and Lunesdale (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Government funding has been spent on education in Morecambe and Lunesdale in each of the last 10 years.

      Morecambe and Lunesdale (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on computers for schools in Morecambe and Lunesdale since 1997.

      Morecambe and Lunesdale (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what expenditure there has been on schools in Morecambe and Lunesdale since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Morecambe and Lunesdale (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many residents of Morecambe and Lunesdale have undertaken apprenticeships since 1997.

      Northumberland Education Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per pupil funding allocation to the Northumberland education authority was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest year for which...

      Popular Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how a school's popularity will be determined in order to allocate additional money to popular state schools due to a rising enrolment...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost of providing a pupil with education in a referral unit was in Lancashire in each year since 2000.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what training is required for a teacher to teach in a pupil referral unit; what the cost of the training is; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers are teaching in pupil referral units in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority; and how many...

      Pupil-Teacher Ratios

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) students and (b) teachers there were in Essex county in the 2003–04 school year.

      Romford Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money is allocated to each school in Romford.

      SATs Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the grounds on which children can be excused or withdrawn from sitting SATs tests for (a) reading, (b) writing.

      School Admissions Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the local education authority admissions authorities determine which address is used for a child seeking a school place in an...

      School Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the accuracy of the data provided by schools to her Department for the last three years regarding attendance.

      School Building (Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) commitments and (b) undertakings she has made to the Isle of Wight Council regarding future capital allocations provided (i)...

      School Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for how long her Department has collected information on the income of individual schools; and if she will provide that information and the...

      School Leavers (City of Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school leavers in the City of Durham moved on to (a) higher education, (b) further education and (c) employment in each of the last...

      School Organising Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has provided on declaration of interests by members of school organising committees.

      School Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will extend school premises regulations to stipulate the (a) suitability, (b) condition and (c) accessibility of pupils' toilets.

      School Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce legislation governing toilet provision for pupils in schools to bring provisions into line with those governing the...

      School Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how adherence to the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 is monitored with regard to the number of toilets and washbasins provided...

      School Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Department's policy is on school uniforms in primary schools.

      Secondary Schools (Romford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the performance of secondary schools in Romford.

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will establish abstinence as the starting point for all sex education lessons; and if she will make a statement.

      School Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the number of (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants has changed in Stockton, South since 1997.

      School Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were employed at all schools in Easington constituency in each year since 2001.

      School Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistant posts there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      School Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants are employed in schools in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington, North.

      University Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the university drop-out rate was in (a) England and (b) the North East in 2003–04.

      University Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of those between the ages of 18 and 22 years from the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East are studying...

      University Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18 to 22-year-olds from Chorley constituency are studying at university.

      Youth Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage provision of further youth clubs and other recreational places for young people.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Doctor/Nurse Ratios

      Mrs. Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) doctor and (b) nurse to patient ratio is at each hospital in the Province; and what it was (i) 10 and (ii) 20 years ago.

    • Nursing Vacancies

      Mrs. Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many whole-time equivalent nursing vacancies there were on the latest date for which figures are available at each trust in...

      Police (Medical Retirements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) regular, (b) full-time reserve and (c) part-time reserve police officers were medically retired as a result of an injury on duty in...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many television licences have been issued in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been paid in television licence fees in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of households in Northern Ireland which have not paid for television licences where such licences should...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Children and Young People Action Plan

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total costs of publishing the Involving Children and Young People Action Plan 2004–05 were; and what he...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that only the names of bona fide electors appear on the electoral register...

      Equality of Opportunity

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether under the Equality Bill it will be the responsibility of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to promote...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were received by Government departments between 1 and 12...

      Judicial Studies Board

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on the training programme of the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) in relation to section 101 of...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on (a) the provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches,...

      Prince of Wales

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Privy Council was consulted on the date for theproposed marriage between His Royal Highness the Prince of...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will take steps to stop rape trials at Crown courts from being listed as floating trials.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how much was paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

  • Health

    • ATMs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS trusts are free to negotiate contracts exclusively for the installation of ATMs for which there is a charge in hospitals.

    • Better Healthcare Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he gave to the Merton, Sutton and Mid-Surrey NHS Trust during the recent consultation Better Healthcare Closer to Home, with particular...

      Botox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much botox is manufactured in the UK by (a) Ipsen (Dysport) and (b) Allergan (botox).

      Chiropodists/Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the organisations representing chiropody and podiatry practitioners who responded to his Department's consultation on the establishment of...

      Waiting Times (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many consultant episodes were completed in Worcestershire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the (a) maximum...

      Dentistry (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists are working in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire.

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources are available from the NHS for people suffering from depression.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffer from diabetes in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley and South Ribble primary care trust.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the NHS in a year of treating (a) diabetes, (b) diabetes type 1 and (c) diabetes type 2.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Leicester, South are on waiting lists for digital hearing aids.

      Dr. Chai Patel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what capacity Dr. Chai Patel advises his Department.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of outreach workers on the rates of readmission for in-patient care by people with serious eating disorders...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to primary care trusts on commissioning primary care services for people with serious eating disorders.

      Elective Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned into the information on which patients would want to base their choices for elective surgery; and what steps he is...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average proportion of patients to general practitioner is in each primary care trust in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Dorset and (d) North Somerset.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are in each primary care trust in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Dorset and (d) North Somerset.

      Health Expenditure (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the health expenditure per head of population in Leicester, South constituency has been in each year since 1997.

      Health Funding (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will adjust the funding allocations to Chorley to take account of the increased number of residents.

      Health Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been put in place by the Government to tackle (a) cardiovascular disease and (b) diabetes in the South Asian population in England.

      LIFT Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Scheme to fund general practitioners' surgeries was announced; (2) when the Local Improvement...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates are suffering from depression in Lancashire.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) wards, (b) medical assessment units and (c) surgical assessment units in NHS hospitals in England are operated on a mixed-sex basis.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Healthy Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister about future funding for healthy living centres and healthy lifestyles workers.

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many village and intentional communities have been established for people with learning disabilities since the publication of his Department's White...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the infection rates of MRSA have been by age groups in (a) the London borough of Havering, (b) Greater London and (c) the United Kingdom for the past...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases there were in each Government Office region in each year since 1997.

      Orthopaedic Surgery (Ashford Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the delay to his plans to privatise routine orthopaedic surgery at Ashford (Middlesex) hospital;

      Paediatric and Congenital Services Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the recommendations of the paediatric and congenital services report; (2) when he plans to implement the...

      Payment by Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is for the commencement date of payment by results in NHS acute hospitals.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reorganisations in the geographical composition of primary care trusts (PCT) there have been since their establishment; and how many PCTs are...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will allocate more funding to the NHS to allow preventative treatment for respiratory syncytial virus in premature babies; (2) how many...

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was allocated to the mental health charity Sane for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; and what the allocation will be in (i)...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for primary care trusts to fund the capital and revenue costs of new sexual assault referral centres; (2) what advice he has...

      Silverlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to complete the sale of the Silverlands mansion in Chertsey, Surrey.

      Smoking Cessation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the use of psychotherapy in smoking cessation programmes.

      Smoking Cessation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether officials from his Department have met representatives of the Allen Carr Easyway to Stop Smoking organisation; (2) what recent...

      Staff Surveys

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

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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) changed...

      Vacancy Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the three-month vacancy (a) rates and (b) numbers were for (i) midwives, (ii) nurses, (iii)GPs, (iv) district nurses, (v) health visitors, (vi)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how and where he plans for houses to be constructed for a selling price of £60,000.

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to change business rates for those who generate electricity using green methods.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax per dwelling was in each local authority in England in each year since 1996–97.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average parish council precept on council tax levied was in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether each collecting local authority's council tax register is available for public inspection.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing to SAP 65 the thermal requirements set out in the Decent Homes Standard for Social Housing in all buildings...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Office's expenditure has been on (a) Romford and the (b) London borough of Havering in each of the last seven years.

      E-Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to continue funding for e-government after the completion of IEG4.

      Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there have been in each Government Office Region in England in each year since 1997.

      Exchange Flags

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in reinvesting in Liverpool the sum repaid by the Walton Group in respect of Exchange Flags, as promised by his Department on 4 April 2003.

      Fire Authority (Lancashire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make provision for district council representation on the Fire Authority in Lancashire.

      Fire Deaths (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths in dwellings in Leicester, South there were in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's estimate is of the (a) capital and (b) start-up cost of the Firelink communications system.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has given to fire and rescue authorities regarding retention of skilled fire control staff in the period up to the introduction of regional fire...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the capital receipt that would be achieved from the sale of radio spectrum released by the fire and rescue services upon...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent studies his Department has commissioned on fire services.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters were (a) wounded and (b) killed on duty in (i) 2004 and (ii) each of the previous seven years.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the impact his proposed regional reorganisation of the fire service will have on services in North Yorkshire; and if he...

      Fires (Romford)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the statistics on recorded fires in Romford in each of the last five years.

      Government Building Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Government-funded building projects are under construction in (a) Romford and (b) Essex.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many homeless families with children were living in bed and breakfast accommodation on the latest date for which figures are available; (2) what...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless families there were in each Greater London borough in each of the last seven years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many families with children were housed in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than six weeks in Sefton in each year since 1997; (2) how many...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many rough sleepers there were in Crosby in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will ask the Housing Corporation to issue updated guidance on the use of ground 8, schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988 following Lord Justice Dyson's...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many residential properties have been built in each Lancashire district in each of the last five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority-owned properties in Leicester, South do not meet the Government's decent homes standard; and what the estimated cost of bringing them up...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of Leicester, South Housing Association homes are fitted with (a) smoke alarms, (b) fire doors and (c) double glazing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what help his Department gives to those people who need rented housing when the relevant council lists are very long and the relevant housing associations have...

      Housing Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will adopt the EcoHomes very good standard within his proposed sustainable building code.

      Housing Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what target he has set for new Government-funded housing to meet the EcoHomes very good standard.

      Housing Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what environmental standards he intends to incorporate into the Thames Gateway development.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Office in each year since 1997; and how much the Office spent on each in each year.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Office and its predecessors spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

      Key Worker Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his plans for developing homes for key workers on public sector land will include greenfield or green belt development; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate the Government has made of the cost of local government inspection to local government.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the establishment and implementation of local authority call centres.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost of establishing and running local authority call centres has been in each year for which figures are available.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what measures his Department uses to assess the (a) cost-effectiveness and (b) efficiency of local authority call centres in terms of local service...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many directives his Department has issued to local authorities regarding local authority call centres in each year since 1997.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the funding arrangements for local authority call centres; and what estimate he has made of the impact of this funding on (a) local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what level of balances his Department assesses as reasonable for each of the tiers of local authorities to retain in their budgets; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the change in the per capita grant was for (a) Worcestershire and (b) Worcester City between (i) 1993–94 and 1997–98 and (ii) 1997–98 and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what population statistics he relied upon in setting the revenue support grant for Stafford borough council for 2005–06; and what representations he has...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) cash and (b) percentage funding variance of Leicestershire county council from the county council (i) Standard Spending Assessment and (ii) Education...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount of (a) council tax raised by and (b) central Government grant paid to Sevenoaks district council was in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) 2003–04.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the practicalities of introducing a local income tax whose rates could be varied by county, district and parish councils; and if he...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will commission an external valuation of the Government's remaining interest in the Millennium Dome site, including the current value of its future expected...

      Northern Way

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to section C9 of Moving Forward: The Northern Way, First Growth Strategy Report, if he will list (a) the total number of houses proposed for demolition...

      Parish Councils (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage increase in the parish council precept in each parish council area in Chorley has been since 1997.

      Park Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require local authorities which implement the six metre rule on park homes to make appropriate grants to the owners of such park homes; and if he will...

      Planning Advisory Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose and (b) estimated yearly expenditure of the Planning Advisory Service.

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the longest time taken for the Planning Inspectorate to consider an individual appeal was, in each year since 1997.

      Policy Initiatives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) reports, (b) strategies, (c) five-year plans and (d) 10 year plans he has launched in his role as Deputy Prime Minister or Secretary of State for the...

      Polytunnels

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether under planning policy guidance polytunnels which are placed on the same agricultural land each year for several months, while being removed during winter...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) on how many occasions his Department's Ministers used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years; (2) how much money his Department has spent on...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to regional assemblies on holding meetings in different locations around the region.

      Regional Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2005, Official Report, column 1087W on regional referendums, if he will place in the Library copies of the research...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions his Department has had with each of the English regions with regard to their spatial strategies concerning (a) key priorities, (b)...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take when the consultation process on the South East Spatial Strategy is complete; and if he will make a statement.

      Rent Harmonisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what he expects the average change to council tenant rents will be when the measures designed to increase harmonisation between council and housing association...

      Rent Harmonisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason rent harmonisation measures for council and housing association rents have been postponed until the end of 2005.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Government policy is on commercial advertising alongside motorways and major roads.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether his Department maintains records of temporary wheeled billboards placed next to motorways; and if he will make a statement; (2) what provisions...

      Sand Reserves

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 1586W, on sand reserves, how much of the 3.2 million tonnes of sand released under the...

      Social Exclusion Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of the Social Exclusion Unit was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the working age population who are (a) economically active and (b) economically inactive are social housing tenants.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many social housing tenants there are; and how many are (a) employed, (b) unemployed and (c) economically active, broken down by age and gender.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) housing association tenants and (b) local authority tenants (i) have and (ii) do not have the right to buy in the Chorley constituency; and how many...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of staff surveys in the Department and its predecessors was in each year since 1997.

      Supporting People Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what factors underlay the decision to reduce the Supporting People grant; what assessment he has made of the effects of reduction of grant; and what plans he has...

      Supporting People Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire is to be reduced by 40 per cent. from the 2003–04 level; and what steps his...

      Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether terrorist suspects subject to house arrest in council housing under the Home Secretary's proposals for detaining suspects without trial will be eligible...

      Timber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he will take to ensure that environmentally sustainable building materials, with particular reference to sustainable timber, are used in the...

      Tri-service Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the evidential basis was for the statements made at the meeting with Ministers on 13 January (a) that local geographical knowledge of staff in a fire control...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on (a) relations within the ruling military Junta in Burma and (b) the position of the Junta...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Burmese regime on reported unrest within the region.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the future of democracy in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the statement of the Workshop of ASEAN Parliamentarians in November on the Myanmar Issue.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN Human Rights Commission regarding the Government of Burma's treatment of (a) Muslim...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letters dated 1 June 2004, 8 September 2004 and 25 November 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent, East...

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c)...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the ministerial design champion for his Department is.

      Diplomatic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of the Department's diplomatic bag service was in 2003–04; and what proportion of that cost is estimated to...

      EU Intelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 13W, on EUIntelligence Sharing and Co-ordination Service, if...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to translate the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe into (a) Gaelic and (b) Scots.

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the use of the Gaelic language; and what plans his Department has to prepare and implement a...

      GCHQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when child care vouchers will be made available to staff at GCHQ; and if he will make a statement.

      Global Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what proportion of the Global Conflict Prevention Pool has been spent on human rights since its inception; (2) what...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the security situation in Haiti of MINUSTAH since 1 June 2004; and if...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received regarding the killing of police officers in Clercine neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) nationalities and (b) identities of the foreign (i) suppliers and (ii)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with (a) the US Administration, (b) the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority and (c) others on the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what percentage of the total Iraqi adult population is estimated to have voted in the recent election; (2) what the...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the reign of King Gyanendra of Nepal since his coronation in 2001; and if he will...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the investigation announced by King Gyanendra of Nepal on 4 June 2001 into the...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will change his advice on travel to Nepal to indicate that travel there is unsafe.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with governments of other countries on the safety of travel by their nationals to Nepal.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his current assessment is of the (a) safety and (b) desirability of travel by British citizens to Nepal; and if he will...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the King of Nepal's recent political actions.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Nepal on progress towards democracy, with particular reference to freedom of...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the call by the Government of Nepal on 7 February for unconditional peace talks with...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the possibilities for resolving the situation created by the Maoist revolt in Nepal;...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on Government control over the media in Nepal since 1 February; and if he will make a...

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Prime Minister of Swaziland on his recent visit to the UK.

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding the proposed closure of the high commission in Swaziland; and if he will make a...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Vietnam regarding (a) the pre-Christmas mass detention of Montagnard...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Cambodian authorities on (a) the deportation of Montagnard refugees from...

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money the Government provided for aid in the first week after the Asian tsunami.

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with UK-based refugee communities from those countries affected by the tsunami concerning the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter dated 10 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Oscar Brogdan.

      Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist refugees from Cote d'Ivoire in (a) Liberia, (b) Guinea, (c) Mali, (d) Burkina Faso and...

      Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the number of refugees from Cote d'Ivoire that have arrived in (a) Liberia, (b) Guinea, (c)...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have had with members and...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answers of 3 February 2005, Official Report, columns 1044–45W, on debt relief and 1049–50W on Tanzania,...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the availability of (a) medical supplies and (b) adequately trained medical staff in the...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the (a) security and (b) humanitarian situation in the Manguredjipa area in North Kivu...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) financial, (b) logistical and (c) material assistance his Department (i) has provided since November 2004 and (ii) plans to...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries he expects will cease to receive development assistance from the UK in each of the next five years.

      Disaster Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what resources his Department plans to allocate to improve counter-disaster measures in the developing world; (2) what...

      EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1654, on the European Union budget, if he will make a...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Eritrea.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on co-financing operations with...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on food security and food aid met;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on implementation of humanitarian aid...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Joint Committee (EEC-Co(r)te d'Ivoire) met;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidencies of the EU the European Development Fund Committee met; when...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidencies of the EU the Advisory Committee on the special system of...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of theExpanding Exports Helpdesk on the (a) value and (b) volume of...

      EU Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the official initiatives in (a) the UK and (b) the EU to boost export opportunities for developing countries; and if he...

      Grenada

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the level of continuing need for aid and assistance in Grenada following Hurricane Ivan; and if he...

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to (a) the Government of Guyana, (b) non-governmental organisations in Guyana and (c)...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of recent research into (a) the drug Nevirapine and (b) the consequences of that research for...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to ensure that the EU's HIV/AIDS strategy in developing countries (a) gives priority to HIV/AIDS orphans and...

      Hurricane Ivan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the differences between pledges made by the international community of donations to assist with recovery...

      Hurricane Ivan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is being provided by his Department to (a) Grenada, (b) the Cayman Islands and (c) the Caribbean region as a result of...

      Iran (Bam Earthquake)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged and (ii) delivered to Iran after...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports his Department has received on corruption within the UN aid distribution network in Southern Iraq; what investigations...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps the Government have taken to provide medical assistance to civilians injured during the conflict in Iraq; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what resources the Government have provided to assist civilians suffering from psychological distress as a result of the conflict...

      Kazakhstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Government of Kazakhstan about the use of oil revenues to promote sustainable development.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of corruption in Kenya; and what discussions he has had with the Kenyan Government on...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms his Department has put in place to ensure that effective delivery of aid is not prevented by corruption in Kenya.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to reduce aid to Kenya in response to its slow progress in tackling corruption.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made by the Kenyan Government in (a) promoting and (b) implementing good governance practices.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Cartagena Declaration on the (a) definition and (b) treatment of refugees...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department (a) has made and (b) is making to the dispatch of emergency aid to Butuo, Liberia.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for its voluntary return programme for the...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the number of Liberian refugees in West Africa.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of projects aimed at diversifying the agricultural sector of the economy of Malawi; and if he...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the need to diversify the agricultural sector of the economy of Malawi away from tobacco...

      Mr. Nelson Mandela

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last met Mr. Nelson Mandela; and what matters were discussed.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to modify his Department's development programme in Nepal following King Gyanendra's recent actions in the country;...

      New Partnership for Africa's Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what measures his Department supports to improve the effectiveness of the New Partnership for Africa's Development peer review...

      New Partnership for Africa's Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the African Union (AU), (b) the South African Government and (c) the New Partnership for Africa's...

      New Partnership for Africa's Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of incorporating into the African Union the New Partnership for Africa's Development.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) humanitarian and (b) other aid assistance is being provided by his Department to the Palestinian Lebanese refugees.

      Rohingya Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department (a) has set up, (b) is running and (c) is funding in Malaysia to assist the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of South Africa about (a) acknowledgement of the scale of the HIV/AIDS problem...

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 Surveys

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the United Kingdom is taking in partnership with other countries to ensure that the food, shelter, sanitation, healthcare...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in the Sudan.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the (a) social and (b) economic impact of the World Health Organisation's Framework...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of birth control policies in Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what safeguards are in place to ensure that UK development aid donated to Uganda is spent (a) appropriately and (b) where designated;...

      UN Millennium Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the report of the United Nations Millennium Project, with particular reference to its call for...

      Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Zambia concerning (a) good governance and (b) tackling corruption.

      Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid projects Her Majesty's Government are considering assisting in Zambia; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is taking in order to prepare for a possible food shortage in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the Zimbabwe Government's refusal to accept food aid from the United Nations.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Allowances (Midlothian)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Midlothian receive (a) reduced earnings allowance and (b) retirement allowance.

    • Benefit Claims (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people claimed attendance allowance in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available; (2)...

      Benefit Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many redundancies are proposed for each of his Department's benefit offices in Scotland.

      Benefits Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the policy of the Benefits Agency is on visiting people who wish to make a claim but cannot attend an office; and if he will make a...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of carers who are over the age of 65 years and receive carers' allowance.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers received both the carers premium and the basic state pension in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Chemical Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how the concept of normal handling and use contained in EU legislation on the classification and labelling of chemicals is applied in the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-employed people have been pursued (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for money owed to the Child Support Agency in each of...

      Cleaning Costs

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

      Consultants

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

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Bridgwater constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit.

      Data Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress the Department has made in sharing data on deceased claimants with (a) CIFAS and (b) other public agencies.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Offices, Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects his Department's offices in Beeches road, Chelmsford to close; and if he will make a statement.

      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 effect of his Department's actions...

      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 Folkestone and Hythe constituency, the effects on...

      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 Huddersfield constituency, the effects on Huddersfield of...

      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 Rochdale constituency, the effects of his Department's...

      Direct Benefit and Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Bridgwater constituency have been converted to direct payment of pensions and benefits.

      DLA and Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency claim (a) disability living allowance and (b) winter fuel payments.

      Employment Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether patients' referral to employment advisers based in general practitioners' surgeries will be made on a voluntary basis.

      Employment Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what standardised data he collates on the performance of UK agencies in securing rehabilitation into employment in comparison with that of...

      EU Committee of Senior Labour Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee of senior labour inspectors met; when and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Advisory Committee on the implementation of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Technical Committee for the implementation of...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Administrative Commission on social security for...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Scientific Committee for occupational exposure limits...

      External Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in the financial year 2003–04; and what the value was.

      Five Year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the employment advisers pledged in the Department's Five Year Strategy will be recruited; and if they will be exempt from the Department's...

      Five Year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a list of the wards referred to in paragraph 30, page 29, of his Department's Five Year Strategy, broken down...

      Generators (Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of accidents involving low voltage single phase generators since 1996–97 (a) in total and (b) in fair...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the impact that implementation of the Verification Framework has had on the processing of housing benefit...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming housing benefit in Blyth Valley on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Housing Benefit

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

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leaving incapacity benefit in each year since 1995 had received the benefit for (a) less than six months, (b) less than 12...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency claim incapacity benefit.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families with children have been in receipt of income support for more than one year.

      Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 59W on lie detectors, what plans he has to make a formal assessment of the...

      Mig

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners in the Bridgwater constituency were in receipt of the minimum income guarantee in September 2004; (2) how many...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Leigh constituency have participated in (a) the new deal for lone parents and (b) the new deal for partners since 1997; how...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people who have entered the new deal for lone parents have started jobs since the programme was launched; and...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs have been created in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley by the new deal .

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) lone parents and (b) young people have gained work through the new deal programme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each organisation contracted to deliver the new deal for disabled people receives in respect of each person they support into work.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobs have been created in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East under the new deal.

      Parking

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

      Pension Credit and Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of pension credit; and what the average value is of awards.

      Pension Credit and Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency claim pension credit.

      Pension Credit and Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Rochdale constituency have received pension credit in each year since it started.

      Pension Credit and Winter Fuel Payments

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

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library, from successful applications to the Pension Service Partnership Fund for (a) one year contracts and (b) two...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will restore the indexing of pensions to British subjects living in overseas countries where uprating no longer takes place; and if he...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the last pension order book was issued; (2) how many pension order books are in circulation.

      Publicity

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

      Queen's Flight

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

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance given to Social Fund staff covering crisis loan applications from those in receipt of...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time for Social Fund (a) community care grants, (b) crisis loans and (c) budgeting loans has been in each year...

      Staff Identity Passes

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

      Staff Surveys

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

      Stationery

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

      Sure Start

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

      Telephone Claims Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures the Government are taking to ensure that telephone claims lines are adequate to cope timeously with crisis loan applications; and...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Leigh constituency have received the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Morecambe and Lunesdale have received each level of the winter fuel allowance in 2004–05.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Rochdale constituency received the winter fuel allowance in 2004–05; and what total amount of payments this...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the winter fuel payment is treated as a recurring item of pension income expenditure in his Department's budget.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of overpayment of the winter fuel payment in each of the last three years; (2) if he...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) households in (i) Leicester, South and (ii) the City of Leicester were (A) eligible to receive and (B) received...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1526–27W, on alcohol-related crimes, what the level of...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in each district in Lancashire since they were introduced, broken down by age group and sex.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) criminal antisocial behaviour orders and (b) antisocial behaviour orders have been secured by courts since the introduction of...

      Anti-terrorism Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to institute anti-terrorism measures in inner-city schools, with particular reference to (a) the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement of 7 February 2005, Official Report, columns 1181–98, on the Five Year Asylum Strategy, what abuses he...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated public cost of supporting asylum seekers in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland has been in each year since...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement on 7 February 2005, Official Report, column 1190, what his estimate of the number of asylum seekers resident...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be able to authorise outstanding monies due from his Department to Kent county council in respect of payments for costs...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrived in Britain seeking asylum in 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to return unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to their countries of origin; and what consultation will be carried out on...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government are planning to return unaccompanied asylum seeker children to their countries of origin.

      Avon and Somerset Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian personnel were assigned to each basic command unit of the Avon and Somerset constabulary in...

      Avon and Somerset Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the full-time equivalent head count for Avon and Somerset constabulary was in each of the last eight years.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have broken their bail conditions in each year since 1997; and what offences they had committed.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grant schemes are available for CCTV in (a) villages in Lancashire and (b) railway stations at (i) Coppall, (ii) Acklington, (iii)...

      Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Child Curfew Orders have been made under the scheme introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to increase public confidence in community sentences as an alternative to prison.

      Community Support Officers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 20,000 community support officers the Government proposes to recruit by 2008 are to be posted in Greater London; and if he...

      Contempt Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform the laws of contempt.

      Coroners' Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances a delay of over three years might occur between a suspicious death and a coroner's inquest.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letter dated 30 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Amanat Ullah.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 6 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Jim Holloway.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of violent crime in Ribble Valley and Fulwood was in each year since 1997.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recorded level of (a) crime and (b) violent crime was in Surrey in each year since 1997.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to allow colleges and universities to have access to the Criminal Records Bureau for the vetting of potential students.

      Departmental Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent jobs (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies had in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) the City of...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect on prison overcrowding for each category of prison of foreign nationals who, having completed their...

      European Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the activity of the European monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction in the UK in the last 12 months;...

      European Refugee Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on UK participation in the European Refugee Fund.

      European Refugee Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the application of Article 8(c) of the European Refugee Fund in the United Kingdom; and what rules have been...

      Female Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of women were homeless on leaving prison in the last period for which figures are available.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1738W, on Gurkhas, what criteria were used to determine the cut-off date...

      High Visibility Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with chief constables concerning high visibility policing.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were committed by prisoners while released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the category of...

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, column 472W, on the Identity Cards Programme, what issues were under discussion...

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Passport Service biometrics trial has included groups who by reason of their disabilities are unable to provide biometric data.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce (a) a green card system and (b) an independent body to handle immigration requests.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) immigration officers and (b) senior immigration officers (i) are in post and (ii) form a full complement at the docks in (A)...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training members of staff in the front line services of immigration in the UK receive.

      Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether inquests can be adjourned indefinitely; and if he will make a statement.

      Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is a limit on the amounts of money that can be spent by coroners' offices on legal fees in opposing the re-opening of an...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he expects the (a) role and (b) function of the National Offender Management Service to be by April 2007; and what percentage of those...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether comments are being sought on the Vision Statement for the National Offender Management Service from stakeholders.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any members of the National Offender Management Service Performance Board have resigned during the last three months.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will ensure that probation boards continue to maintain probation accountability to local communities under the National Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations in favour of dividing the Probation Service into Offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role partnership between the probation service and the voluntary sector will have under the National Offender Management Service structure.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how career training and professional development of staff will be conducted under the National Offender Management Service structure.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the planned budget is for (a) the National Offender Management Service, (b) the National Probation Service local area boards, (c) the...

      Pieter Minnaid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports his Department has received on the current whereabouts of Pieter Minnaid.

      Pieter Minnaid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a request has been made to the Netherlands Government for the extradition of Pieter Minnaid; and what steps his Department have taken...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables will attend the National Special Constables Weekend on 25–27 February, broken down by constabulary; and if...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost for the National Special Constables Weekend from 25 to 27 February is; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are taken into account by police forces before suspending a police officer from duty.

      Prison Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons in England and Wales were considered to be overcrowded, as at 1 February.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish the independent monitoring of (a) performance and (b) market testing in the Prison Service; and if he will...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend (a) performance and (b) market testing within the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the progress made by each prison under (a) performance and (b) market testing.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Prison Service to be staffed to its operational staffing requirement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure was incurred by the Prison Service in providing faith-based offending behaviour courses at Dartmoor prison in the latest...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prisoners have been denied visitation rights in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government takes to tackle (a) racism and (b) violence in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records are kept of (a) violent and (b) racially motivated behaviour in prisons.

      Probation Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expenditure of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation was in each year since 1997–98.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role is of the Probation Service in England and Wales in working locally with other criminal justice agencies on public protection...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the increase in the probation service budget will be allocated to frontline services.

      Fire and Rescue Services (Race Relations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fire and rescue services have (a) complied with their statutory duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, (b) published...

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sexual assault referral centres are located in or adjacent to hospitals.

      Student Visa Extensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is for his calculations of the cost of processing a visa extension application made by an international student...

      Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female suicides there have been in (i) prison and (ii) police custody in England in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Tackling Intruders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been charged in connection with people tackling intruders in (a) residential properties and (b) retail properties...

      Women Remand Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of women remand prisoners did not receive a custodial sentence in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken in the last 12 months to grant further leave to remain status to a work permit extension that has already been...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken in the last 12 months to grant approval to a work permit extension application is.

      Yukos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government of the Russian Federation has made representations to the UK Government regarding Yukos employees or executives...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 January (Official Report, col. WA 74), whether the Northern Ireland Department of Education compiles...

    • Belfast: Ballyhackamore Library

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What range of services are provided directly or indirectly by the Ballyhackamore Library in Belfast; which organisations use the facilities; and whether there are...

      Northern Ireland: Home Accident Prevention Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost to the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of producing Home Accident Prevention Strategy & Action Plan...

      Northern Ireland: Home Accident Prevention Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil service posts will be created as a result of establishing the multi-agency Home Accident Prevention Strategy Implementation Group, as proposed in...

      Northern Ireland Department of Regional Development: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which documents have been published by the Northern Ireland Department of Regional Development under the scope of the Shaping our Future initiative; when they were...

      Northern Ireland: Comber High School

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have for the future development of Comber High School; what is the timetable for any development; what is the budget for any developments; and...

      EU Market: Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect that developing countries will benefit substantially from the new Generalised System of Preferences Draft Regulations announced in October 2004...

      GM Crops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have awarded money in any form to the firm Syngenta, or any collaboration involving Syngenta, to develop genetically modified crops in Andhra, India;...

      Joint Committee on Security

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Answer on 21 February, whether he will clarify the Lords' membership of the Joint Committee on Security.

      Racial Hatred Offences: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Attorney-General on 31 January (Official Report, col. WA 4–5), whether any of the prosecutions or potential...

      Tampere European Council 1999: Conclusions

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

      Cyprus: Annan Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 1 February (WA 29–30), what are the complex issues concerning direct flights to the...

      Kazakhstan: British Embassy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made to establish an embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan; whether sites for this embassy have been identified; whether the authorities in Astana...

      Iraq: "Interim Government Statistics"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the source documents provided by the Iraqi interim government which refer specifically to: (a) the...

      Iraq: "Interim Government Statistics"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the definitions of categories of causes in the two sets of figures for Iraqi casualties for 16 June to 10 September 2004 of: (a) 516 Iraqis killed and...

      Afghanistan and Iraq: Criminal Justice Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways they and their allies are working to restore the criminal justice systems of Afghanistan and Iraq; and what categories of crime can be referred to the...

      Small Arms Transfers: UN Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that member states of the United Nations expedite and conclude negotiations on legally binding agreements covering the...

      UN Register of Conventional Arms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that all member states of the United Nations report fully and accurately on all matters covered by the United Nations...

      UN Special Representatives: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that the United Nations establishes a briefing and training facility for new and potential special representatives of the...

      UN Department of Political Affairs: Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that additional and adequate resources are provided to an appropriately restructured Department of Political Affairs in the...

      UN: Conflict Resolution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to encourage greater consultation by United Nations personnel with national mediators, regional organisations, non-governmental...

      Croatia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are confident that Croatia will meet the necessary conditions for membership of the European Union; and whether they are confident that membership...

      Croatia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether full co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal remains the main condition that must be fulfilled before negotiations between the European...

      Croatia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent representations they have received from the main prosecutor of the International War Crimes Tribunal concerning Croatia's co-operation with the tribunal.

      Croatia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with other European Union member states regarding Croatia's co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal for the...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: UK Compliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking together with other nuclear weapon states to honour their commitments under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: UK Compliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they are making to reaffirm their previous commitments not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: UK Compliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking together with the United States, the Russian Federation, and other states to ensure that practical arrangements are in place to reduce...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: UK Compliance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to promote a pledge by the United Nations Security Council to take collective action in response to a nuclear attack or threat of...

      Chemical Weapon Stockpiles: Destruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that all chemical weapon states expedite the destruction of all existing chemical weapons stockpiles by the agreed target...

      Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that states parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention return to negotiations for a credible verification...

      Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that states parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention negotiate a new bio-security protocol to classify...

      Iran

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the evidence on which the Prime Minister based his Statement to the House of Commons Liaison Committee on 8 February that Iran is a...

      Anguilla: Sombrero Island Lighthouse

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether full responsibility for Sombrero Island lighthouse, Anguilla, has been transferred to the Anguillan Government; and, if so, when responsibility was transferred.

      EU Single Market

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures concerning services, commerce and other economic activities they will propose in order to achieve their aim of "completing the single market", as set...

      Iraq: Casualty Estimates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have decided not to publish a report on Iraqi civilian casualties, contrary to their previous undertaking in November 2004.

      Israel: Palestinian Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to discuss with the Israeli Government the release of Palestinian detainees, especially those subject to lengthy periods of incarceration,...

      Nuclear Energy: Fissile Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to expedite and conclude negotiations to establish an arrangement based on Articles III and IX of the International Atomic Energy...

      Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to expedite negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament of a Verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty which would, on a designated...

      Nuclear and Chemical Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Association and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical...

      UN Convention on Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to expedite the successful conclusion of negotiations by the General Assembly of the United Nations to produce a comprehensive...

      Iraq: Oil for Food programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the abuse of the oil for food programme in Iraq to have contributed to Saddam Hussein's defiance of United Nations resolutions and to the...

      Middle East: Missing Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the scope of Mr Benon V Sevan's role as special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for issues related to missing persons in the Middle East; and...

      Diplomatic Representation: British Embassy in Paraguay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their reasons for the closure of the British Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.

      Drug Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people on drug treatment and testing orders (DTTOs) in England and Wales have received crack cocaine treatment for each year for which figures are...

      Home Secretary: Security Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money the security work to be undertaken on the private residences of the Home Secretary will cost.

      Asylum Seekers: Unfounded Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the success of their policies of deterring unqualified asylum seekers by juxtaposed controls, visa regimes, the Eurodac computer...

      Terrorism Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many arrests have been made since 11 September 2001 under anti-terrorism legislation; and how many of those arrested have been from ethnic minorities; and How...

      EU: Asylum and Immigration Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the United Kingdom reserve on participation in European Union asylum and immigration procedures.

      Airlines: E-borders Pilot Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At which ports the e-borders pilot project, Project Semaphore, is already in operation; which ports do not yet have it; and in what year the e-borders system is...

      Iraq: Service Personnel Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces at present in Iraq are in tented accommodation; how many are in other temporary accommodation; and how many are in...

      Iraq: Service Personnel Hospitalisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British service personnel deployed in Iraq have been hospitalised in consequence of hostile action, accidents or other incidents since the conflict...

      Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the reported veto by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the construction of new aircraft carriers at Rosyth represents government policy.

      Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned composition of the carrier air wing for the first of the new aircraft carriers.

      Royal Navy: Sports Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 27 January (Official Report, col. WA 179), what are the normal rules for Armed Forces personnel to claim an...

      Commando Engineer Regiment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the regimental number of the planned commando engineer regiment; and when is its planned formation date.

      Gulf War Veterans: Pension Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legal and other costs they have incurred, year-by-year, in contesting war pension claims from veterans of the 1990–91 Gulf conflict, inclusive of the...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 19 January (WA 108) regarding the Ministry of Defence's reaction to the report on Scientific Progress in...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House documents relating to the numbers of hulls required and type and quantity of weapon platforms on the Type 45...

      British Army: B Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House documents relating to the number of B vehicles required by the British Army.

      UK and France: Defence Co-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the progress made so far in defence co-operation between the United Kingdom and France under the 1998 St Malo Agreement.

      Asian Tsunami

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 2 February (WA 46), why they have not sent any unit from the Royal Engineers to Sri Lanka to aid the re-building...

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the offence of blasphemy is compatible with the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Schools: Homework Policies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the decision of the headmaster of St John's School, Marlborough, Wiltshire, to abolish homework for pupils; and What is their view on the need...

      Schools: Teaching of Intelligent Design

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Filkin on 31 January (Official Report, cols. 3–5), whether the scientific theory of intelligent design could be taught in...

      Landfill Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total revenue from the landfill tax in 2003–04; and how much of it, if any, is allocated to fund environmental improvements.

      UK Trade Deficit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider long-term steps to eliminate the United Kingdom visible trade balance deficit.

      Millennium Development Goals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether adequate progress is being made in fulfilling the 2002 monetary commitments for industrialised countries in the run-up to the United Nations millennium...

      UK Infrastructure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied that the current capital stock of housing, roads and other transport infrastructure, hospitals, schools and environment services is...

      Banking Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider the case for the additional regulation concerning the treatment of private customers by United Kingdom retail banks.

      Benefits Take-up

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What figures or estimates they have of the total amount in state benefits that went unclaimed by disabled people entitled to them in the latest year for which...

      Benefits Take-up

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What figures or estimates they have of the total sum in social security benefits that went unclaimed by those entitled to them in the latest years for which...

      Government Departments: 0870 Telephone Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any government advice exists informing government departments or agencies as to the use of 0870 telephone numbers; and, if so, what that advice is.

      Government Departments: 0870 Telephone Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11 January (WA 55), how many 0870 telephone numbers were being operated by the Department of...

      Droit de Suite

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19 October 2004 (WA 78), when they plan to issue a formal consultation document and a draft...

      UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the public expenditure that is likely to be incurred during the next two years as a result of their acceptance of the individual right of...

      UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total number of complaints that are likely to be incurred during the next two years as a result of their acceptance of the individual...

      UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the likely practical benefits for women in the United Kingdom resulting from the acceptance of the individual right of petition under the United Nations...

      Applied Construction Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 26 January (WA 160–161), how much they have spent on (a) research underpinning building...

      Fairclough Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 January (WA 183), what practical steps they have taken to facilitate the development of a...

      Mrsa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) babies under 18 months, and (b) pre-school infants have (i) contracted and (ii) died from methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in each...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much compensation has been paid in each of the past five years in respect of animals slaughtered as a result of bovine tuberculosis; and what sums they...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cattle have been slaughtered because of bovine tuberculosis during each of the past five years; and how many of these were dairy cattle.

      Traffic Regulation Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many traffic regulation orders have been made in the past five years relating to problems with vehicular use on byways open to all traffic.

      Aggregates Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money is raised in the aggregates levy; how much is spent on the aggregate levy sustainability fund; and for what purposes. [HL1207]

      Agricultural Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the European Union to reduce agricultural export subsidies in 2005–06 and subsequent years by an amount not less...

      Lake District National Park Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they gave to the Lake District National Park Authority for each of the last 10 years; and what is the sum proposed for 2005–06.

      Countryside Quality Counts Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were employed on the Countryside Quality Counts project in each of the years May 2002 to April 2003 and May 2003 to April 2004; how many are...

      Food and Local Agricultural Information Resource

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been employed in the Food and Local Agricultural Information Resource in each year since its inception; how much the resource has cost to...

      Countryside: Access Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum length of time intended by the phrase "as soon as practicable" in Regulations 23(2), 35(2) and 36(2) of the Access to the Countryside (Means of...

      Defra: Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which legislative provisions passed in the past 30 years and for which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is now responsible, have not yet been...

      Motorway Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information is available on the number and proportion of motorway accidents which involve a continental, left-hand drive lorry.

      Railways: Salisbury to Yeovil Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 February (WA 36), what is the annual cost to the regional economy of the south-west of having a...

      EU: Draft Ports Service Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the European Union's second draft Ports Service Directive; and, if not, what changes they wish to be made.

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