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Written answers

Thursday, 24 February 2005

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2004, Official Report, columns 206–07W, on the Crown Prosecution Service, what progress has been made with the planned...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on reform of the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Child Witnesses

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service takes to prevent trauma suffered by children serving as witnesses at trials.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the use of information technology to improve efficiency of working between the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts.

  • Education and Skills

    • School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to involve parents in assessing the quality and nutritional value of school meals.

    • Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the take-up of vocational training in schools and colleges.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects schools in Northumberland to benefit in the building schools for the future programme.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the next stage of funding under the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

      Special Schools (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of special schools in Gloucestershire.

      Education Select Committee Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the recent report of the Education Select Committee on Public Expenditure on Education and Skills.

      Music Manifesto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress in implementing the music manifesto.

      Broadband Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Leicester, South and (ii) England have broadband internet access.

      Ema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Leicester, South are receiving education maintenance allowance.

      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 programme...

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total costs of promotion of the learndirect scheme have been since the scheme's inception.

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have completed learndirect courses.

      National Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how her Department will tailor the curriculum to stretch academically able pupils.

      Plater College, Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice the Learning and Skills Council gave Plater College, Oxford, following the report on the College of 20 October 2004 by the Adult...

      Plater College, Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council have a claim on any part of the assets of Plater College, Oxford, should...

      Plater College, Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of Plater College, Oxford.

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is of setting up a new pupil referral unit; and what the average running costs were for pupil referral units in the last year...

      School Playground Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support the Government are giving to school playground schemes.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children played truant in the last year for which figures are available.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will next visit a further education college in the south-east to assess the provision of vocational training places.

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the decision by the Metropolitan police to interview hon. Members as part of an on-going Official Secrets Act investigation into the disclosure of Iraq-related...

    • Official Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has used a signing machine for official correspondence.

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK has given to democracy-building in Iraq; what the cost of that support has been; and what proportion of the budget...

    • Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK has given to democracy-building measures in Kosovo, including training of local and national legislators; what the...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the funds from the new six-year health programme for Malawi, announced in December 2004, is earmarked for salaries...

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development aid has been provided by the UK to Swaziland in each year since 1997; and what assessment his Department has made of...

  • Treasury

    • Catering Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on (a) tea and (b) biscuits in the Department in each year since 1997.

    • Charities (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to accept registration of charities in Scotland by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as providing proof of...

      Debt Cancellation (Africa)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries in Africa have had their debts cancelled in each year since 1997.

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths there were in people aged under (a) 21, (b) 30 and (c) 40 years in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough in the last...

      Earnings (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for (a) male, (b) female and (c) all workers in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough the (A) weekly median earnings and (B)...

      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 Contact Committee on Certain Schemes for Collective Investment in...

      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 European Securities Committee met; when and where these meetings...

      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 Insurance Committee met; when and where these meetings took place;...

      Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Policies

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

      SR2004

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Ministry of Defence's SR 2004 settlement letter.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by his Department to investigate tax credit fraud (a) in total and (b) per 100,000 recipients of tax credits; and what his...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reports of computer failure the Inland Revenue has received since the introduction of new tax credits in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Windfall Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his definition of a windfall receipt is.

  • Transport

    • Disabled Access (Chorley)

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

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how application forms for disabled badges are made available to the public; and what the cost to public funds is of each method.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tins of beans have been distributed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency as part of its recent campaign; at what cost; and if he will...

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of congestion on the M5 between junctions 23 and 25.

      Northern Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the remit is of the study commissioned by the Strategic Rail Authority into the respecification of the Northern Trains franchise; and if he will...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway stations have (a) opened and (b) been re-opened since 1 May 1997.

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change in the relative costs of travelling by (a) car, (b) train and (c) bus has been in each year since 1975, taking 1975 as a base figure of...

      Roads (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency has been approached by Newcastle city council for (a) a 50 mph speed limit and (b) additional (i) accesses and (ii) slip...

      Train Operating Companies (Car Parking Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to discourage train operating companies from introducing car parking charges where none currently exist.

  • Wales

    • Regional Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received about mismanagement of EU regional development grants; and if he will make a statement.

    • Regional Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what procedures are in place in his Department to ensure that EU regional development grants are used in accordance with European Commission rules.

      Welsh Language Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the outcome of his latest meeting with the Chair and Chief Executive of the Welsh Language Board.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the United Kingdom will seek to ensure that it remains mandatory for member states to support measures to...

    • Congestion Charge

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

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of dairy farming in Lancashire.

      Departmental Catering

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

      Departmental Policies (Chorley)

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

      Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many footpaths have been temporarily closed for over five years; for what reasons in each case; and when she expects each...

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Solihull (Mr. Taylor) of 8 February 2005, Official Report, columns...

      Green Box Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to support proposals at the World Trade Organisation for a review of the Green Box.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse passports have been issued in London.

      Parking

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

      Pay Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pay television subscriptions the Department had in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Rural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress towards modernising rural delivery within the Department's strategy.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which (a) countries and (b) regions affected by the tsunami removal of failed asylum seekers has been suspended; for how long suspensions...

    • Commonwealth Working Holiday Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) professions allied to medicine from Commonwealth countries are working in the UK on two-year visas...

      Crime Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to answer the Crime Line in London was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Department's answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1182W, on police divisions, what progress he has made in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what family details are recorded on police charge sheets; and what guidance is issued to police officers on how charge sheets should be completed.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of the Essex Constabulary about plans to review police divisional boundaries in Essex;...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police driving schools there were in England and Wales in each of the past 10 years; and how many police officers took (a) a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which department of the Prison Service advises prisons on producing information booklets for prisoners; whether the distribution of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is taking to increase the amount of purposeful activity available for prisoners.

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many NHS trusts have (a) complied with their statutory duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, (b) published a race...

      Royal Parks Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what mechanisms the Royal Parks Constabulary staff pay and conditions will be protected if they transfer to the Metropolitan Police...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions Ministers have had with the Football Association on the scheduling of local derby football matches.

    • Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne), 4 February 2005, Official Report, columns 1162–63W, on staff...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list organisations registered to provide competent person self-certification schemes for the purposes of compliance with Part P of the Building Regulations.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Minister of State for Housing and Planning expects to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 11 January.

      Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty dwellings there have been in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what average length of time (a) council and (b) housing association properties were empty in the last period for which figures are available.

      Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) interim and (b) final empty property management orders have been issued in London since the Housing Act 2004 entered into force, broken down by local...

      Green Flag Award

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in respect of how many parks and green spaces (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications were made for the Green Flag Award scheme in each year since 1997;...

      Mobile Phone Base Stations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make low-height base stations with wall-mounted antennae subject to normal planning and public consultation requirements; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Base Stations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will subject the planning process associated with the erection of mobile phone base stations to independent review as recommended by the National...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what initiatives his Department is taking to reduce the numbers of sick days taken by staff in the Department.

  • Health

    • Bedside Telephones (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the rates of telephone charges for patients using bedside telephones in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

    • Crohn's Disease (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in England are diagnosed as suffering from Crohn's disease; what treatment provision is available to them; and what the average cost of...

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patient admissions there were for deep vein thrombosis in drug addicts in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004, broken down by hospital.

      Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much money each primary care trust in the Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority area has received for helping general practitioner...

      Free Eye Tests (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many free eye tests for pensioners there have been in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incidence of MRSA in hospitals in Sussex.

      Nurses' Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS trust nurses' uniforms were (a) laundered at home and (b) cleaned under (i) commercial contract and (ii) in-house arrangements in...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of running primary care trusts was in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipman Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of each stage of the Shipman Inquiry, broken down by main budget headings; and what the cost was of legal fees paid to each party...

  • Scotland

    • Congestion Charge

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

    • Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Regional Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received about mismanagement of EU regional development grants; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedures are in place in his Department to ensure that EU regional development grants are used in accordance with European Commission rules.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      G8 Summit (Gleneagles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to be able to estimate the cost to public funds of the G8 summit at Gleneagles in July.

      Mobile Phones

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

      Targets

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Catering Costs

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

    • "Delivering on the Promise"

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the total cost was of the "Delivering on the Promise" technology programme.

      "Delivering on the Promise"

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the discontinuation of the DotP technology programme and the decision to switch to a commercially available off-the-shelf...

      Equal Pay Review

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the most recent equal pay review conducted by his Department included comparisons of (a) ethnic groups, (b) disabled and able-bodied employees...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what initiatives his Department is taking to reduce the numbers of sick days taken by staff in the Department.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress she is making in defining the structure of proposed community interest companies; and if she will make a statement.

    • Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on changes in employment rights since 1997.

      Nordic Customs Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the operation of the Nordic Customs Union in relation to the proposed restrictions on Norwegian imports of...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes to paternity and maternity leave have been introduced since 1997.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated Government expenditure by regional development agencies is expected to be in 2004–05; and what expenditure is...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Appointments

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to his Answer of 9 February to Question reference 215189, if he will break down the figures provided in tables...

    • Parental Contact Orders

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2005, Official Report, column 568W, on parental contract orders, how many of the...

  • Defence

    • A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the A400M.

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been spent on aircraft research by his Department in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West since 1997.

      Assault Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of out-of-court settlements for assault cases involving members of the armed forces has been in the last 12 months; and how many cases this...

      Bae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of the enabling contract for the Harrier Joint Upgrade and Maintenance Programme awarded to BAE Systems on 15 November 2004.

      Bae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier GR7s are being upgraded at BAE Warton; and at what cost.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of letters sent in the current Parliament by defence Ministers to hon. Members following undertakings given in...

      Counter-Mobility Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on British counter-mobility capability; what progress has been made on the Mines in the Next Century project; and if he will...

      Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons were for the cancellation of the Future Surface Combatant project.

      Landing Ship Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original agreed contract price in relation to the contract with Swan Hunter (Tyneside) for the construction of Landing Ship Logistics (LSL)...

      Military Aircraft Crashes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military aircraft crashes have occurred in the UK in each year since 1993.

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Exchange of Information and Visits reports have been generated since 1975 as part of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement; and if he will place...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 property;...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will cause additional service married quarters accommodation to be built to house armed forces personnel of the same sex living together in...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects upon availability of accommodation in married quarters for service families of making them available to...

      Service Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2004, Official Report, column 1229W, on service medals, how many personnel who have served in operational theatres...

      Tornado GR4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where he plans to house the additional service personnel who will provide depth support for the Tornado GR4 at RAF Marham; and at what estimated cost.

      Transport Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the lift capability of the (a) A400M and (b) C-130 Hercules is.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the total value in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the country's total...

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the annual cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 20 October 2004, from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford, transferred from the Home Office...

      Counter-terrorism Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries with which the UK officially shares intelligence of a counter-terrorism nature; through what...

      Departmental Publications for the Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of publications issued by his Department are available in (a) Braille, (b) autoprint, (c) large...

      Diplomatic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons he is closing the British Embassy in Madagascar.

      Diplomatic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether closures of British missions other than those already publicly announced are planned for financial years 2005–06...

      Diplomatic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on British interests of the closure of the British embassies in (a) El Salvador, (b)...

      EC-Canada Joint Committee

      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-Canada Joint Committee met; when and...

      EU Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on EU Commissioners' involvement in the domestic politics of member states.

      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-Russia Co-operation Committee,...

      Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are being taken within the Counter Terrorism Policy Department to optimise systems for the processing of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many persons under 18 years he estimates are held under death penalty sentence in Iran; what information he has received in...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received on the number of sentences of (a) execution and (b) amputation in Iran in each of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Syria, (b) Iran and (c) Jordan on insurgency in Iraq.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likelihood of the Israeli Government's budget being approved by the Knesset...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom regarding Shalom's announced plan to campaign for a...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Israel's opening of the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza; what assessment his...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the factors that might result in a breakdown of the ceasefire announced by Israel and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian talks in Sharm el Sheikh on 8 February 2005;...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the nuclear weapons capability of North Korea; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will provide a substantive answer to the Question from the hon. Member for North Tayside tabled on 6 December 2004, ref....

      Presidency of the European Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on planned (a) commemorative (i) coins and (ii) stamps and (b) other commemorative items in the...

      Publicity

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

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made to the Government of Spain regarding its decision to legalise over a million illegal immigrants.

      Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral evidence to the European Scrutiny Committee on 8th February, whether it is his Department's assessment that...

      Stolen Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the property belonging to his Department that has (a) been stolen and (b) been reported lost in each year since...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which consultants were used to evaluate the cost of embassies and assess the value of embassy land proposed to be sold in...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will urge the Government of Uzbekistan to undertake an impartial review of all cases of imprisoned journalists in...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he has taken to discourage oil companies from operating within the disputed territory of the Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent report by the UN Secretary General about progress towards the referendum on...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK has taken to encourage a settlement of the disputed fishing lands off Dakhla, Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Morocco on the continuing detention of Saharawi dissidents in El Ayoun prisons.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what educational, scholarship or hardship funds are made available by his Department to Zimbabwean students wishing to study in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the benefit offices earmarked for closure in Scotland.

    • New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on the New Deal for Young People in Leicester, South constituency have been placed on training courses for (a) up to one...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much council tax benefit was paid in Scotland in 2003–04 (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) local authority area and (ii)...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households are in receipt of council tax benefit in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Scotland in each local authority area, broken down...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average amount of council tax benefit was paid to each recipient in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) each local authority...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of council tax benefit are in receipt of another state benefit in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK, broken...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the impact on council tax benefit payments in Scotland and (b) the financial effects on his Department of...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects all Child Support Agency clients registered prior to 3 March 2003 to be transferred to the child support scheme introduced on 3...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of full-time equivalent Child Support Agency staff are employed as frontline staff.

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency staff have been employed in teams handling complaints in each year since 1997.

      Five-year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what impact he expects the proposals in his Department's five-year strategy to have on (a) the number of people who start claiming...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the treatment of lump sum payments for those who have deferred drawing their retirement pension under the terms...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Andersonstown News Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has sought European Commission state aids approval for all or part of the Government's and Invest Northern Ireland's financial...

    • Cleaning

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

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether offences proscribed in Part II of the draft Criminal Justice (Evidence) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 will include offences committed in...

      Decommissioning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the Independent International Decommissioning Commission has been in each year since it was established.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many electors in each constituency will have their names restored to the electoral register in Northern Ireland before the local government...

      In-house Magazines

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

      Invest NI/LVM

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much financial assistance has been offered by Invest NI to LVM to locate new premises in (a) West Belfast and (b) East Belfast; and if he...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the assessment made by Professor Goldstock, in his report on organised crime in...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has taken to ensure that, where reports of monitors acting on behalf of the Parades Commission contain evidence of breaches of...

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is available from the Police Service of Northern Ireland to assist the Parades Commission in establishing a Compliance and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police personnel were on duty in each police station in the Coleraine District Council area over each weekend during the first two...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average response time from a call to the emergency number to attendance by a Police Service of Northern Ireland officer at an incident...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place for full-time reserve officers to transfer from the Police Service Northern Ireland to other police services in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police service of Northern Ireland officers work within the Ards district of Northern Ireland, broken down by principal duty conducted...

      Police

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers stationed in Ards were on out-of-station duties on an average shift in the last period for...

      Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy that the commissioning of the new waste water treatment works at Killinchy should be delayed if there is evidence of...

      Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he expects the work under way to upgrade the waste water treatment works at Killinchy/Whiterock to be completed and commissioned by...

      Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Water Service has for replacing the Whiterock Bay sewer; and whether the Water Service plans to provide (a) a storm overflow with...

      Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether recent sewerage spillages occurring in Whiterock Bay have been found to be directly attributable to the unscreened storm overflow...

      Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there has been evidence of seawater ingress in the sewerage infrastructures at Whiterock.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Weapons Seizures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 19 January (WA 101), what weapons have been recovered by the Police Service of Northern Ireland since 10...

    • Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations have been made to the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on behalf of the 20 Waterways Ireland staff who will not accept...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which jetties in the Enniskillen area Waterways Ireland has recently replaced with floating jetties; when this took place; for what reason; at what cost; when the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 727) concerning recruitment to Waterways Ireland, whether the posts of directors were subject...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 31 January (WA 2) concerning recruitment to Waterways Ireland, what difficulties are being experienced in...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of complaints of bullying from 21 members of staff at Waterways Ireland, who decided that an external enquiry should be held in one case when internal...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 12 October 2004 (WA 49–50) concerning appointments to Waterways Ireland, what were the qualifications...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What marketing and communications qualifications the director of marketing and communications of Waterways Ireland holds.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the appointment to the position of marketing and communications director for Waterways Ireland was a promotion for the person appointed.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 8 February (WA 96) concerning Waterways Ireland appointments, who was appointed director of corporate services.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 173) concerning Waterways Ireland, what position the director of marketing and communications...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applicants there were for the post of head of administration in marketing and communications in Waterways Ireland; on what basis was the appointment made;...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the years 2003 and 2004, how much was paid in overtime to staff of Waterways Ireland in Eire and Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Act 1998: Section 75

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in the review of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act concerning the extension of the public bodies designated within the Act's...

      Northern Ireland: Departmental Underspend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 171) concerning underspending by Northern Ireland departments, for each department, what the...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the 2003 budget for the Ulster-Scots Agency was agreed with the government of the Republic of Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Political Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 176) concerning a document of 10 April 2003 entitled Ministerial Decision Making: Interim...

      Northern Ireland: Political Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 176) concerning political advisers during a period of suspension of devolution in Northern...

      Prime Minister: Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions since 1 September 2004 the Prime Minister has attended meetings which included members of the Irish Republican Army Council; who attended those...

      Northern Ireland: Northern Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement of Chief Constable Hugh Orde that the Northern Bank notes stolen in the £26.5 million Belfast robbery were merely "waste paper" is...

      North/South Ministerial Council Secretariat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the North/South Ministerial Council Secretariat gave approval to Waterways Ireland to appoint a director without open competition despite the legal...

      Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the document Unemployment, Statistical and Technical Issues was commissioned from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; why it was...

      Northern Ireland: Equality of Opportunity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who commissioned a report on equality of opportunity in Northern Ireland from DTZ Pieda of Edinburgh; how the firm was chosen; how much the report cost; and...

      Northern Ireland: Housing Associations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many voluntary housing associations there are in Northern Ireland; how many of these associations had a performance audit by the housing branch of the Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Housing Associations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many meetings about staffing the housing branch of the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development has held with (a) the South Ulster Housing...

      Northern Ireland: Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have carried out any detailed analysis of funding for Nationalist and Unionist festivals in Northern Ireland since 1 January 2003; if so, how much...

      Northern Ireland and Eire: Co-operation in Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 19 January (WA 101), whether the Belfast agreement, signed on 10 April 1998, provided for practical...

      Northern Ireland and Eire: Co-operation in Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the entry into force on 2 December 1999 of the North/South Ministerial Council agreement, whether the Department of Education in Northern Ireland has had...

      Montserrat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further consideration they are giving to proposals for facilitating cruise ship visits to Montserrat, sports tourism, a safe harbour for fishing boats during...

      European Union-Japan Action Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to accelerate progress on the United Kingdom's proposals within the European Union-Japan action plan; and which priority areas they will put...

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, having regard to the judgment of the Supreme Court of Ireland in Corway v. Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited (1999) IR 485, that permission should...

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 February (WA 98), what is the relevant link between the benefits of the new provision against...

      Public Order Act 1986: Section 4A Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions have been brought for offences contrary to Section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986; and how many of these prosecutions were successful.

      Welsh and Scottish Regiments: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the recruitment statistics for the Welsh and Scottish regiments over the past 10 years.

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current best estimate of the in-service date for the two new aircraft carriers.

      Joint Combat Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current best estimate of the in-service date for the joint combat aircraft.

      RAF: Boards of Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what express provision of the statutory scheme for Royal Air Force boards of inquiry in force in 1994 senior reviewing officers could express their opinion...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 of entries in official ministerial diaries detailing the names of persons who attended...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3 February (WA 62), whether, for the avoidance of misunderstanding, they will draw to the...

      Rural Job Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many rural job centres were closed between 1997 and 2004; and whether any new centres were opened during this period.

      Benefit Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the past five years, how many payments have been made to local authorities by central government to encourage them to initiate fraud proceedings against benefit...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 26 January that "the major closedown of nuclear power stations begins in 2020" (Official Report, col....

      Supply of Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods Order 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the consultation period on the Supply of Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods Order 2005 (S.I.2005/37) was only one month long and ended on 20...

      Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for organising the ballot and counting the votes in an election to be held under Regulation 14 of the Information and Consultation of Employees...

      Pesticides Safety Directive Study

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 4 February (Official Report, cols. WA 68–69), on what evidence from: (a) human toxicological data; (b)...

      Freight Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each trunk road or motorway, how many lorry journeys would be added to road traffic volumes if the current levels of support for company neutral revenue...

      A12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list by date, cause and location, fatal accidents which have occurred since 1978 on the section of the A12 road between the north end of the...

      A12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the safety of the A12 road from Ipswich to Yarmouth since it was detrunked; and whether they have plans to retrunk it.

      Vehicle Registration Certificates: Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions have been made of those who are alleged to have forged signatures or committed other acts of fraud on Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency form D5.

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