Written answers

Tuesday, 22 February 2005

  • International Development

    • Kazakhstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Government of Kazakhstan concerning (a) human rights and (b) the implementation of good...

    • Official Residences

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

      Publicity

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

  • Treasury

    • Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

    • Death Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the death rate from suicide and undetermined injury has been in each year since 1986 for (a) men, (b) women and (c) in total.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in full-time employment in Leicester, South constituency in each year since 1997.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of Wallasey constituency are (a) employed and (b) unemployed.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were unemployed in the Bridgwater constituency in each year since 1990.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people aged 16 to 24 years, (b) men and (c) people of working age in Bridgwater constituency were economically inactive in each year since 1997.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in (i) 1997, (ii)2003 and (iii) 2005; what percentage were (A) male...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment has been in Morecambe and Lunesdale in each year since 1997.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in (a) Rochdale and (b) the North West in (i) 1997 and (ii)2004; and what percentage were (A) female and (B)male.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) unemployed people and (b) unemployed young people there are in the constituency of Wellingborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which local authorities fall within Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3.

      Regional Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which statistics relating to England the Office for National Statistics (a) collates, (b) publishes and (c) aggregates at a Government Office for Region level.

      Pupil Absence Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ask the Office for National Statistics to publish pupil absence rates by local authority ward on the Neighbourhood Statistics website.

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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...

      Suicides (Lancashire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people committed suicide in Lancashire in 2003–04.

      Swimming Pool Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fatal accidents have occurred to (a) adults and (b) children in domestic swimming pools in each of the last five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what monitoring his Department is carrying out to ensure that the Tax Credit Office liaises with those individuals who are required to repay...

      Tax Exempt Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list increases to the premium limit of tax exempt savings plans since 1992; (2) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Treasury of...

      Women (Dismissals/Redundancies)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women were (a) dismissed and (b) made redundant in each year between 1997 and 2004.

  • Health

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in the NHS have lists closed to new patients.

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he issues on standardisation of computer equipment used by general practitioners.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioners are women in (a) England and (b) the area covered by Durham and Tees Valley strategic health authority.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to inform general practitioners about additional training requirements necessary to assist the delivery of patient choice; how...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS dentistry.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with a NHS dentist in (a) each Government office region and (b) each parliamentary constituency in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists ceased providing NHS dental services in each of the last three years (a) in England and (b) within Durham and Chester-le-Street...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unfilled dental clinical academic staff vacancies there are in dental schools; how he plans to assist in filling them; and if he will make a...

      South Gloucestershire PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the funding of South Gloucestershire primary care trust.

      New Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's policies on the construction of new or replacement community hospitals.

      New Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the criteria for establishing community hospitals.

      Foundation Hospitals (England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many three star hospitals there are in England; and how many have applied for foundation status.

      Private Sector Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the proportion of NHS funding which was spent purchasing private sector services in 2003–04.

      Wycombe Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received about Wycombe hospital.

      Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of people employed directly by the Dorset and Somerset strategic health authority.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) ambulances and (b) paramedic staff the Lancashire Ambulance Trust has; and what the average time taken to respond to a 999 call was in each...

      Burns Unit (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision he has planned for specialist burns unit provision for patients in Kent; and if he will make a statement.

      Catering Costs

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

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the roll-out of the liquid-based cytology system for cervical cancer screening in each of the strategic health authority...

      Children's Burns Unit (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the capacity is of the children's burns unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle; and what the patient throughput was in the most recent year...

      Co-Proxamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what alternative drugs will be available for prescription in place of co-proxamol following its withdrawal by the Medicines and Healthcare Products...

      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 South Thanet constituency, the effects of changes to the...

      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 effect of his Department's actions and policies...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on patients of waiting times for assessments for digital hearing aids in Bournemouth west; what proposals he...

      Drug Addiction/Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has gathered on the relative addictiveness of (a) nicotine, (b) heroin and (c) methadone; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Addiction/Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated by the Somerset drugs service in each of the last eight years.

      Enbrel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 3 February 2005, Official Report, column 1117W, on Enbrel, if he will refer the drug Enbrel to the National Institute for...

      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 Pharmaceutical Committee met; when and where these meetings took...

      Forensic Medical Examiners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many female doctors are forensic medical examiners at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will exempt HIV treatment and care from the regulations applying charges to those not entitled to free NHS care.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005,Official Report, column 883W, for what reasons only initial diagnostic testing and associated counselling given...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is his Department's procedure for the use of new infection control technologies in the NHS following a recommendation from its Rapid Review...

      Lancashire Teaching Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for (a) doctors, (b) consultants and (c) nurses there are at the Lancashire teaching hospital; and for how long each vacancy has been...

      Incubators (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many baby incubators are available at each relevant hospital in the north-east; how many were available in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001; and what plans there...

      Lancashire Ambulance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans Lancashire Ambulance Trust has to merge with other ambulance trusts in the North West.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates suffer from Alzheimer's disease in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust; and which PCTs in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medical staff and (b) non-medical staff employed in mental health services there have been in the NHS in England in each year since 1986,...

      Midwives (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives work at (a) Chorley and (b) Preston hospital.

      Minor Injuries Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on minor injuries unit hours of opening.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) advice has been given and (b) precautions are taken against the spread of MRSA in ambulances; and if he will make a statement.

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that patients suffering from rare cancers, with particular reference to multiple myeloma, should receive equal priority within...

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, columns 556–7W, on the NHS Bank, how the budget of £732 million will be spent.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have been recruited to work in the NHS from (i) Sub-Saharan Africa and (ii) India.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS of paying the salary of (a) a radiographer and (b) a radiologist was in the last year for which figures are available.

      NHS University Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005 to the hon. Member for Aberavon (Dr. Francis), Official Report, columns 183–184W, on the NHS university,...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many obesity clinics there are in England; (2) what the waiting time to attend an obesity clinic in England is.

      Patient and Public Involvement Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Patient and Public Involvement Forums since their inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Premature Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the merits of introducing a respiratory syncytial virus preventative treatment programme for premature babies who are most vulnerable to...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the 88 spearhead primary care trusts referred to in his statement of 9 February.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what he deems to be (a) an appropriate and (b) a maximum period for a primary care trust to respond to correspondence from an hon. Member concerning...

      Research

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

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will ask the Rapid Review Panel to look into preventative treatments for respiratory syncytial virus as part of its programme to reduce...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Temporary Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken by his Department to implement the recommendations on temporary nurses in the Audit Commission report Brief Encounters.

      Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been assessed and accepted for (a) heart, (b) lung and (c) heart and lung transplant waiting lists in each of the last three years;...

      Travel Costs Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which part of his Department has the power to change the rules of the Hospital Travel Costs scheme.

      Triage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS trusts have introduced orthopaedic triage systems using (a) general practitioners with a special interest, (b) physiotherapists and (c)...

      Waiting Times (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for surgery on the NHS was for patients in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has made concerning entitlement to the child care element of working tax credit of a couple where one person is engaged in...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bus services in Morecambe and Lunesdale are supported by rural bus grants.

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs of cleaning the Department and its predecessors were in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

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

      Ministerial Stationery

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

      Mobile Phones

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

      Motorway Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what purpose cameras are being placed on traffic message gantries on some sections of the M1 motorway; and what the total cost is thereof.

      Noise Pollution (Maidenhead)

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

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to continue the Strategic Rail Authority's policies towards large-scale Railfreight interchanges.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains on the West Coast Main Line from Manchester to London (a) were cancelled, (b) broke down during the journey and (c) arrived over 30...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway stations have closed since 1 May 1997.

      Staff Surveys

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

      Stationery

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

      Targets

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

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Armed Services

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much was spent by the Electoral Commission on raising voting awareness among service...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Racial Hatred

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been charged with offences relating to the stirring-up of racial hatred; how many files on such cases have been put to the Attorney-General; in...

    • Behzti"

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Attorney-General considered initiating a prosecution against the producers of the play Behzti" on the grounds that it was allegedly offensive to Sikhs;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the Burns Report into the renewal of the BBC Charter.

    • Free TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners have received a free television licence in North Durham.

      Government Art Fund

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

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether guidance on licensing policy to local authorities allows local authorities to impose a requirement on licensed premises to...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued concerning the status of (a) parish and (b) town councils in relation to consultation under sections 13 and...

      Public Service Publisher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the role of a public service publisher.

      Royal Parks Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many police officers there were in the Royal Parks Constabulary in each year since 1994; and what projections there are for numbers...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he plans to introduce to divert youngsters from antisocial behaviour.

    • Drug Crime (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many arrests of drug dealers Lancashire police have made in each Lancashire constituency in each of the last three years; (2) how...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to remove from the UK a higher proportion of failed asylum seekers; and whether asylum seekers are...

      British Crime Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the value of the British Crime Survey.

      British Crime Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of public confidence in the British Crime Survey.

      Control Techniques (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms of reference are of the review of control and restraint techniques in facilities for young people; and when he expects to...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answers of 25 January 2005, Official Report, columns 268–69W, on crime, if he will make it his policy to record (a)...

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the responsibilities are of Essex police's mobile support unit; and which other constabularies have mobile support units.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for the European Refugee Fund met; when and...

      Illegal Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is taking to reduce illegal working.

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile offenders are currently held in (a) young offenders' institutions and (b) elsewhere within the Prison Estate; and if he...

      Lancashire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women are training to join Lancashire police.

      Lancashire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have joined Lancashire police in each year since 2001.

      Paedophiles (Grooming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the civil and criminal provisions in the Sexual Offences Act 2004 to tackle grooming by paedophiles on the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to police authorities on how the integrity of evidence would be protected in the event that custody officers are...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many searches of (a) persons and (b) vehicles under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 were carried out by each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) community safety officers were based in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there are in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much public funding has been spent on CCTV security cameras in Morecambe and Lunesdale since 1997.

      Probation Service (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much will be spent on the probation service in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in 2005–06.

      Secure Sites (Young People's Deaths)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people under 21 years have died in each of the last five years for which figures are available in (a) police custody, (b)...

      Shannon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support his Department gives to the Shannon Trust; and what plans there are for further support.

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in (a) south Yorkshire and (b) England of retailers for selling alcohol to people under 18 years in...

      West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid by West Mercia constabulary in out of court settlements in the last 12 months.

      West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made against West Mercia Police Constabulary in the last 12 months.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which landfill sites in England are licensed to accept hazardous waste.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (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...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (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...

      Stationery

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

      Swan Hunter

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Swan Hunter shipyard.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were adopted in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

    • Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment the Government have made of the impact of the Children Act 2004 on the costs of local authorities.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in reducing infant class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds in Leicestershire since 1997.

      Congestion Charge

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 5 March 2004 sent to her predecessor by the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Mr. Christopher...

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free nursery and pre-reception class places have been created for three, four and five-year-olds in the constituency of Stockton,...

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free early years education places were taken up in Bedford and Kempston in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      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 Leonardo da Vinci Committee met; when and where...

      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 Committee for the implementation of the community...

      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 medical training met; when and...

      Marriage and Relationship Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has made available for (a) marriage and relationship support agencies and (b) parenting and family agencies...

      Marriage and Relationship Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding is available in 2004–05 to couples for relationship counselling (a) within marriage, (b) outside marriage and (c)...

      Ministerial Stationery

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

      Offenders' Learning and Skills Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the creation of the Offenders' Learning and Skills Service will affect offender learning provision in Wales.

      Offenders' Learning and Skills Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected budget for the offenders' learning and skills service is for the next three years; and what ring-fencing of these budgets...

      Parking

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

      Postage

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

      Post-compulsory Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 16-year-olds were in post-compulsory education in England in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c) 2003–04 and...

      Pre-school Funding (Warrington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been provided for (a) nursery and (b) pre-school education in Warrington in each of the last seven years.

      Pupil Referral Units

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

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the people working within the Department on secondment from the private sector, broken down by (a) the organisation or...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many families have received support from Sure Start in the constituency of Stockton, South.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of the Sure Start programme on families in The Wrekin; and if she will make a statement.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effects of the Sure Start programme in (a) Whitmore Reans and (b) Dunstall, Wolverhampton.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the impact of the Sure Start programme in the Dartford constituency.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what strategy her Department is using to promote vocational education to those students not wishing to enter further academic study.

      Youth Education, Employment and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people aged between (a) 16 and 18, (b) 18 and 21 and (c) 21 and 25 years in each parliamentary constituency were not in...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Autonomy plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contracts for which her Department is responsible have been awarded to Autonomy plc.

    • Chartered Aircraft

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

      Civil Service Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average annual increase in gross salary was for the year 2003–04 for (a) staff below the senior civil service and (b) the...

      Cold Calling/Doorstep Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to have completed her consultation on cold calling and doorstep selling; whether she expects to propose legislative measures...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many properties are held by the Department; what total floor space these properties provide; how many properties are vacant; and how much...

      EU Committees

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

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will make a statement on the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights within the EU Constitution on industrial relations law...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what work was commissioned by her Department's executive agencies to be carried out byexternal consultants and advisors in 2003–04.

      Homeworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to strengthen the employment rights of homeworkers (a) to enable them to claim the minimum wage and (b) to give them...

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases have been brought against her Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what the cost has been in (a) legal fees to...

      Labour Statistics (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of how many jobs have moved abroad from the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Halliburton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export credit guarantees have been entered into by subsidiaries of Halliburton in each year since 1997; what the terms were of the...

      Queen's Flight

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

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many formal applications have been made to each regional venture capital fund up to 31 December 2004.

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses in each region have been assisted by regional venture capital funds as at 31 December 2004.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives her Department is taking to reduce the numbers of sick days taken by staff in the Department.

      Staff Identity Passes

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

      Sub-postmasters' Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date she expects the Office of Fair Trading to make a final adjudication on the complaint made by the Association of Convenience...

      Targets

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

      Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Department has had with the Ministry of Defence about the procurement of textiles.

      Training and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997.

      UK-based Companies (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints were received by her Department in each year since 1997 regarding the actions of UK-based companies abroad; what procedure...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with trade unions on compliance by businesses with the Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to ensure that businesses comply with the Working Time Directive.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what basis the World Trade Organisation's Dispute Settlement Body rests its authority; and if he will make a statement.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the (a) role, (b) composition and (c) work of the World Trade Organisation's Appellate Body; and if...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the (a) function, (b) foundation and (c) make-up of the World Trade Organisation's Dispute...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Area Plan (Antrim)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Antrim, Ballymena, Larne Area Plan will be published.

    • Armagh Observatory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what budget has been allocated by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to Armagh observatory for the financial years (a) 2003–04...

      Armagh Observatory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to develop, expand or enhance the facilities at Armagh observatory.

      Belfast Regeneration Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by the Belfast Regeneration Office in each of the Belfast constituencies in each year since it was set up.

      Belfast Regeneration Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by the Belfast Regeneration Office in each of the district electoral areas of north Belfast in each year since it was set up.

      Catering Costs

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

      Charity Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in bringing forward changes to charity laws in Northern Ireland following the recommendations of the Independent...

      Child Mental Health Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many specialists in child mental health are employed by the North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust.

      Child Mental Health Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision is made for children and young peoples' mental health in north Belfast.

      City of Derry Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects a decision to be made on the funding application for the safety works at City of Derry Airport; and what assessment has been...

      Construction Industry Training Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the operation of the Construction Industry Training Scheme in Northern Ireland.

      Department of Education (Judicial Review)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2005, Official Report, column 421W, what the basis for the judicial review against the Department of...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to increase the number of people in the Province provided with digital hearing aids.

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether each of Northern Ireland's five education and library boards request the same standards of service from their transport providers.

      Election Posters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many party election posters were removed in each constituency by the Roads Service in each year since 1997 because they were not removed by...

      Ferry Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's intentions are regarding the reinstatement of the ferry service between Ballycastle and Campbeltown.

      Freedom of Information

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals completed general practice training in the Province in each of the last three years.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many properties there are in the Housing Executive's Purpose Built Commercial Property Portfolio; what their value is; how many are (a)...

      Housing Executive

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

      Jobskills Traineeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of young people enrolled on year three of a jobskills traineeship in Northern Ireland had found a full-time job by...

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of deaths that resulted from medical negligence in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the total annual cost to the Northern Ireland economy of medical negligence in each of the last three years.

      Motorcycle Races (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public sector (a) funding and (b) support is being provided to (i) the International North West 200 and (ii) the Ulster Grand Prix at...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Roman Catholic and (b) Protestant members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary have been murdered by the IRA since 1 January 1975; and...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the part-time RUC reserve were required to transfer to either the full-time reserve or the regular police service as a...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the part-time RUC reserve were forced to move home as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the troubles.

      NHS Staff (Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce legislation to protect persons serving within the national health service from physical and verbal abuse.

      Official Residences

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

      Paramilitary Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary attacks on individuals there have been in the Province in each week since October 2004.

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions he has held meetings with the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland (Ards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers were stationed at Ards in each of the last six years.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his plans are for changing the free transport to school system for children in Northern Ireland from September; and what assistance he will...

      Schools Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce the new schools capital build programme and budget for 2005–06.

      Schools Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what new schools and colleges in the post-primary sector will be located in (a) Antrim town, (b) the Antrim district council area and (c) the...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Department of Education's (a) definition and (b) criteria are for classifying curriculum subjects and courses as (a) vocational and (b)...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why development proposals for post-primary arrangements in Antrim include only controlled schools; and what the results were of community audits...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why postage-paid oversize reply envelopes provided for responses to the consultation on new admissions arrangements for post-primary schools...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland upon what basis the consultation on the new admissions arrangements for post-primary schools is different from the consultation on the...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been spent on the post-primary review to date, broken down by (a) pre-Burns Report, (b) from the Burns Report to the...

      Staff Identity Passes

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

      Suicides (North Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have committed suicide in north Belfast in each year since 1997.

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48 hour week at any time in the last 12...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to implement the 1997 Labour manifesto pledge on localising business rates.

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020 and (b) halving it by 2010; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out with statistical information relating as closely as possible to Chorley constituency the effects of his actions and policies on Chorley since 1997.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Haltemprice and Howden constituency, the effects on Haltemprice and Howdenof...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, the effects on Huddersfield of his Department's...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Witney constituency, the effects on Witney of his Department's policies...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's estimate is of the total procurement cost for the proposed eight new English regional fire control rooms.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's budget is for each of the next three financial years for providing financial assistance to fire and rescue authorities to enable them to...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make an estimate of the expected net changes in costs to fire authorities in England and Wales as a resultof the implementation of the integrated risk...

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2005, Official Report, column 1294W, on parliamentary boundaries, on what date he intends to lay the Order implementing the...

      Publicity

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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)...

      Renewable Energy (Business Rates)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received, and when, regarding the impact of changes to the calculation of business rates on the renewable energy sector; and if he...

      Rent Harmonisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the additional rent revenue forgone as a result of the decision to postpone rent harmonisation measures between council and housing...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the grounds are on which a planning inspector may refuse permission for a telephone mast; (2) under what criteria a planning application for a...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he is able to call in a planning consent where the reasons for refusal of a planning application for a telephone mast have been contravened.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) projects and (b) measures in progress (i) to end the production of opium and...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will replyto the letters dated 3 August and 20 October 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent East regarding Mr.John Bennett.

      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 (i) EEC-Ukraine Co-operation Committee,...

      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-Palestinian...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Egypt Association Committee 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 ECC-Israel Association Committee met;...

      EU Opt-Outs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions since May 1997 the Government has opted into European Communities policy areas for which it previously...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which declarations drafted by the United Kingdom were appended to the European Constitution; and what legal status they will...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those amendments submitted to the Convention on the Future of Europe by the UK Government representative which...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) free and open elections and (b) the future of democracy in Hong Kong.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Ministers last visited Hong Kong; when Ministers last discussed Hong Kong with the Chinese Government; and what issues were...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total estimated value of assets transferred to China was on the handover of Hong Kong.

      Human Rights/Freedom of Worship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of (a) China and (b) Vietnam on (i) human rights and (ii) freedom of religious...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the resignation of John Githongo as head of Kenya's anti-corruption team.

      Macedonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement of the inclusion of Title 8710, tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles and parts, in the...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what proportion of Global Conflict Prevention Pool allocations to Nepal in the last three year has been spent on aircraft;...

      Shipping Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's spending was in each of the last two years with the shipping lines (a) P&O, (b) Nippin Yusen Kaisha,...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Taiwan's trade relationship with China; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he intends to (a) develop a relationship with the Ugandan opposition party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and (b)...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the attempt by the President of Uganda to amend the Ugandan Constitution in order to...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards a pluralistic civil society in Uganda.

      US Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has made to assist those seeking to liberate themselves from tyranny and to build democracy" as...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Character Evidence

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions bad character evidence of a defendant has been allowed in evidence since the coming into force of...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have opted for inclusion in the edited register of electors; and what percentage this is of all electors...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of letters electoral registration officers sent to (a) service personnel and (b)...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what records are kept of letters sent by electoral registration officers to service personnel.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what procedures electoral registration officers use to contact service personnel serving overseas.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how often electoral registration officers are required to contact overseas service personnel about their electoral...

  • Scotland

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department was in each year from 1997–98 to 2003–04 and what...

    • Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the costs of cleaning the Department were in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since it was established.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Parking

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

      Queen's Flight

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

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Department and its predecessors spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since it was established.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what responsibilities have been accorded to each of the alliance members in the future aircraft carrier programme.

    • Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are declared to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost would have been of providing an RAF flight to repatriate to the United Kingdom bodies of British citizens who lost their lives in the...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits there have been to the US by personnel from the Atomic Weapons Establishments during the last 12 months; and how many visits of US...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which facilities in the US have been visited by personnel from the Atomic Weapons Establishments during the last 12 months.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Atomic Weapons Establishment personnel are assigned to the US as part of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement; and where they are located.

      BAE Systems (Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of the Joint Repair Management Team contract awarded to BAE Systems in January 2003 at RAF Cottesmore.

      BAE Systems (Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of the Joint Repair Organisation contract awarded to BAE Systems in June 2004 at RAF Cottesmore.

      Catering Costs

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

      Chelsea Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the future of Chelsea Barracks.

      Clothing Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 729W, on clothing contracts, how many items of battle dress under the cut and sew...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his policy that all Tornado F3 programmes are to be carried out at the Defence Aviation Repair Agency St. Athan.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of replicating the Defence Aviation Repair Agency St. Athan capability at RAF Marham.

      Defence Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library the Defence Management Board balanced scorecard reports for each quarter since April 2000; (2) what the Defence...

      Dentistry

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate the Department has made of the financial effects of the proposed restructuring process between 2008 and 2013; (2) what the projected...

      European Multinational Formations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those headquarters units of European multinational formations to which the United Kingdom is not a party to which a liaison officer has...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of flying the released British detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United Kingdom was.

      Harriers GR7

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the conversions and repairs of Harrier GR7 at BAE Warton are on schedule.

      Heroes Return Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals have participated in the Heroes Return programme in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber; and at what cost.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the incidents that have led to compensation being paid to Iraqi people in the sector occupied by British forces for (a) death, (b) injury...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the circumstances surrounding the Hercules crash in Iraq; (2) when the air accident investigators will complete...

      Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the (a) level and (b) nature of military contacts with Japan.

      Military Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2004, Official Report, column 1372, on military clothing, for what reason the prime contractor has decided to...

      Morson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel Morson have employed at (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) RAF Marham; and what work they are undertaking.

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Joint Working Groups established under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement in which personnel from the Atomic Weapons Establishment...

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when and where in the UK the next Stocktake review meeting under the 1958 UK/US Mutual Defence Agreement is scheduled to take place.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what actions his Department is taking to maximise the return to public funds from the Department's shareholding in QinetiQ.

      RAF Defensive Aid Suites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests he has had from the Royal Air Force to upgrade defensive aid suites.

      RAFT Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what environmental assessments (a) were carried out before and (b) have been carried out during the lifetime of the RAFT project; (2) how much had...

      Research Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's research spending was directed towards conflict prevention in 2003–04.

      Salisbury Plain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much land in the Salisbury Plain area is rented by his Department to farmers; and what the average rent is per hectare.

      Shipping Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's spending was in each of the last two years with the shipping lines (a) P&O, (b) Nippin Yusen Kaisha, (c) Mitsui Osaka Shosen...

      Tornado F3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts were awarded to BAE systems relating to Tornado F3 in December 2004; and whether those contracts were put out to competition.

      Tornado GR4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether primary star servicings on Tornado GR4 jets are being transferred to front line squadrons.

      Tornado GR4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Investment Appraisal of the E2E review of air support which recommended rolling forward the Tornado GR4 including transferring work to RAF...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Aircraft Charters

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

    • Benefit Processing Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make a decision on the location of benefit processing centres; and what assessment he has made of the merits of Inverness as...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of 29 October 2004 from the hon. Member for Northavon on behalf on a constituent, Mr. Matthews, regarding...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much council tax benefit remained unclaimed by pensioners in London in each year since 1997, broken down by constituency; and what...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of refurbishments in his Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06.

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who the ministerial design champion for his Department is.

      Disabled People (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many disabled people will receive the personal budget for disabled people in the constituency of Middlesbrough, South...

      Dla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who were disabled before their 65th birthdays were unable to claim disability living allowance because they were incapable of...

      Electronic Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many electronic devices are owned by the Department, broken down by type.

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and...

      Five-year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which, under the plans published in his Department's five year strategy, existing...

      Five-year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people who would be entitled to statutory sick pay under the present system would receive (a) SSP and (b) the new holding benefit under...

      Five-year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what exceptions he plans to the requirement for claimants of his proposed disability and sickness allowance to attend work-focussed interviews;...

      Freedom of Information

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

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures his Department is implementing to encourage those claiming incapacity benefit to return to work if they are able to do so.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of incapacity benefit claims that subsequently proved to be unsubstantiated in the last year for...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he plans to take to discourage general practitioners from issuing sick notes that support dubious incapacity benefit claims.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what ways changes to incapacity benefit will affect long-term claimants.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Bridgwater constituency were claiming incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of people leaving incapacity benefit of the means-testing of new claims.

      International Labour Organisation Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the findings of the report on Forced Labour and Migration to the UK.

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of IT policy in...

      Job Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which job centres (a) are due to be closed and (b) are due to remain open; what the timescale is for those remaining open to become Jobcentre...

      Jobseekers (Nairn)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in the Nairn Jobcentre area are (a) in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and (b) required to sign on in person.

      Jobseekers (Nairn)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the Nairn and District area for a future telephone pilot project for jobseeker's allowance.

      Ministerial Stationery

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

      Mobile Phones

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

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions (1) how many national insurancenumbers have been issued to (a) non-British EU citizens and (b) non-EU citizens in each month since January...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of pension credit receive the severe disability amount; and what proportion they represent of all pension credit...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are (a) in receipt of carer's allowance and (b) have an underlying entitlement to carer's allowance; and what proportion...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of pension credit are (a) in receipt of carer's allowance and (b) have an underlying entitlement to carer's...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office report on the social fund published on 13 January; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

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

      Staff Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on advertising staff vacancies in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

  • House of Lords

    • Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the first month of its operation were responded to with holding answers.

    • HM Belmarsh Prison: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they did not try to reach an agreement with the Governments of Algeria and Tunisia concerning the treatment of their citizens detained in HM Belmarsh Prison in...

      Support Vehicle Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the Ministry of Defence support vehicle contract will be spent outside the United Kingdom.

      Hyde Park

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many motorists have received penalties for parking on double yellow lines on the north carriageway of Hyde Park during the hour before the end of the...

      Lloyd's Names

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers they have, under the Insurance Companies Act 1982, or other legislation, to enable the Secretary of State to require assets of Names at Lloyd's, or...

      Civil Servants: Work on Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants, broken down by grade, worked on (a) the Licensing Bill 2003; (b) the Communications Bill 2003; (c) the Horserace Betting and Olympic...

      Civil Servants: Work on Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants, broken down by grade, worked on (a) the Licensing Bill 2003; (b) the Communications Bill 2003; (c) the Horserace Betting and Olympic...

      Civil Servants: Work on Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants, broken down by grade, worked on- (a) the Licensing Act 2003; (b) the Communications Act 2003; and (c) the Horserace Betting and Olympic...

      Northern Ireland: Digital Television

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proposed timetable for the introduction of digital television in Northern Ireland; whether this timetable is dependent upon progress on the...

      Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel categorised cases 01/005/03, 13/006/03, 17/012/03, 03/036/03 and 07/037/03 as "not classified as an incident" when they...

      Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, when 11 railway track workers were allegedly exposed to pesticides while working together on tracks close to a field, the Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel...

      Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel case 01/008/03 was classified as "insufficient information" when the complainant had collected plant and soil samples,...

      Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contraventions of regulations were found and what regulatory action was taken by the Health and Safety Executive in relation to all incidents involving...

      Pesticide Incidents Appraisal Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which primary school in which education authority is referred to in the Pesticides Incident Appraisal Panel incident 20/065/03 which involved sulphuric acid.

      Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the weekly income thresholds, both before housing costs and after housing costs, against which they have determined that the proportion of working age...

      Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no reply has been sent to a letter of 23 July 2004 addressed to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills from Mr David Cannon, chair of the Advisory...

      Kyoto Protocol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that aspirations of the Kyoto Protocol are achieved; and what action they are initiating to engage the international...

      Fly-Tipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10 January (WA 17), what action the Environment Agency takes when dealing with a fly-tipping incident; why the...

      Pilotage Exemption Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the operation of the marine pilotage exemption certificates.

      Pilotage Exemption Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of each competent harbour authority, what offences have been committed relating to pilotage exemption certificates; and how many convictions there have...

      Port Marine Safety Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the Marine and Coastguard Agency's review of the port marine safety code; which ports have been found to be non-compliant; and...

      English Channel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for informing the authorised pilots operating within a competent harbour authority about any adverse shoal depths discovered, following a survey...

      Sustainable Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why grants for sustainable transport by rail and water for 2007–08 have been reduced from a total of £60 million, as set out in the European...

      Sustainable Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What ongoing support for Channel Tunnel rail freight is budgeted for in the £25 million budget for sustainable transport support as stated in the Department...

      EU Rail Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which departments will be responsible for representations on railway safety regulation in respect of European Union rail issues.

      West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 February (WA 110-111), whether the extended journey times currently in force on the West Coast Main...

      Cross-Channel Ferry Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with maritime transport representatives in the United Kingdom and France the options for new investment in cross-Channel ferry carriers...

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