Written answers

Friday, 25 February 2005

  • International Development

    • HIV/AIDS (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development by what date the review of country assistance plans in countries with large numbers of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and...

  • Transport

    • A38 (Ivybridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide a second entrance/exit for Ivybridge on the A38; and if he will make a statement.

    • Catering Costs

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

      Highways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice he gives to highways authorities regarding the use of keep clear zones on (a) highways and (b) other roads.

      Noise Pollution (Heathrow Airport)

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

      Railways (Trespass)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action is being taken (a) by his Department and (b) by Network Rail to warn young people of the dangers of trespassing on railway property.

      Trunk Roads (Bristol)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all major trunk roads west of Bristol.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Kempton Park/Betting Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations she has received from the Racecourse Holdings Trust regarding its plans to build an all-weather horseracing...

  • Treasury

    • Business Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions of (a) small and medium enterprises and (b) large businesses were brought in 2003–04 for breaches of regulations sponsored by...

    • Carers (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of carers in Leicester, South.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, to each year from...

      Earnings Distribution (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average weekly earnings for full-time employees were in (a) London, (b) the borough of Brent and (c) the constituency of Brent East in each year...

      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 Banking Advisory Committee met; when and where these meetings took...

      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 Combating Money Laundering met; when and where...

      EU Financial Services Action Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the remaining measures of the EU Financial Services Action Plan not yet implemented into UK law are considered to be minimum harmonisation...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 1598W, on taxation, if he will re-state Table...

  • Home Department

    • Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rates for domestic burglary in Northamptonshire were in (a) October 2003, (b) March 2004 and (c) November 2004.

    • Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the timescale for the introduction of graffiti removal notices under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

      International Labour Organisation Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to commission an investigation into the findings of the International Labour Organisation report, Forced Labour and...

      Police Custody (Mental Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the training given to police officers in dealing with mentally ill people in custody.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the average weekly assessments for child support maintenance are different to the average weekly payments made under (a) the...

    • Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria were used when disability benefits were last uprated.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people who claim disability living allowance before reaching pensionable age can continue to claim it after reaching pensionable age;...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Disability Living Allowance applications were made for children in each of the last three years; and how many were (a) rejected, (b)...

      Eds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what date he has set for his summit meeting with EDS.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit for mental health reasons (a) in the UK and (b) in the parliamentary constituencies of (i)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who have obtained jobs through the new deal were still in employment 12 months later in each year for which figures are available.

      Targets

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Policies (Blackpool, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect of the Duchy's actions and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Al-Takfir wa al-Hijra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the activities of Al-Takfir wa al-Hijra in (a) the EU and (b) North Africa since...

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he plans in conjunction with other EU member states for co-operation on essential border controls between the EU...

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of corruption in Cambodia; what assistance is being given to Cambodia to eliminate corruption; and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department will reply to the letters on behalf of Ms Amani Hamadalla (a) to Mr. Goldsmith of the Libya Desk dated 1...

      EU Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) gross and (b) net contributions of each EU member state since 1986.

      Europe Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total budget of the Europe directorate within his Department is in 2004–05; and how many staff work in the Europe...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2005,Official Report, column 1455W, on the European Constitution, under what circumstances...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those items of legislation introduced since 1997 in response to a ruling against the Government at the European...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions over the last year UK embassy staff have visited Aceh in Indonesia to assess the risk of UK-sourced equipment...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of Joel Boutroue's press briefing on 8 February 2005; what assessment his Department has...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of UK (a) companies and (b) individuals receiving mismanaged Iraqi reconstruction funds.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he (a) requested and (b) received figures for Iraqi casualties from the Interim Iraqi Government prior to those...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral statement of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 584, what the serious methodological difficulties are...

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK will be sending election observers to Kyrgyzstan for the election on 27 February.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia's call for the UK to join Saudi Arabia in the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there has been conflict between NATO and EU contingency plans for military intervention in the Sudan.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of corruption in Uganda; what assistance is being given to Uganda to eliminate corruption; and if he...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 1626W, on West Papua, what format he expects a review of the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the committee on the service in the...

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many questions were drafted and considered before the final text of the question for the referendum on approval of...

      High Court Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average age of current High Court judges is.

      Training Budget

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total education and training budget of the Department is for 2005–06.

      Training Budget

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the training budget for (a) lay magistrates and (b) High Court judges is in 2005.

  • Education and Skills

    • Cleaning Costs

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

    • Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether all buildings in her Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.

      Doctorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many doctorates were awarded in each subject in each of the last three years, broken down by gender.

      Education and Youth Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the Education and Youth Council held on 21 February 2005; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      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 on the second general system for the...

      Financial Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to include financial education as a compulsory element of the national curriculum.

      Formal Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many formal consultation processes the Department has initiated since 1997.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Growth Areas (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding her Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing...

      Higher Education (EU Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether students from EU accession states will be eligible for (a) university bursaries and (b) higher education grant from 2006 onwards;...

      Higher Education (EU Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from EU accession countries have obtained places at English universities in each year since 1997.

      Maintenance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of the maintenance grant payable to poorer students was in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make...

      Maintenance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the cost of educational maintenance allowance bonus payments in each year from 2003/04 to 2009/10; and if she will make...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas students there were at each university in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; and what percentage...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of certain universities' plans to increase the number of overseas students; what plans she has to ensure that...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) local education authorities and (b) universities have (i) complied with their statutory duties under the Race Relations...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the specialist schools closed since 1997, broken down by (a) local education authority and (b) constituency.

      Staff Identity Passes

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

      Stationery

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

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has undertaken on whether student loans are a disincentive to (a) mature students and (b) students from ethnic...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department allocated to the Student Loans Company in 2004–05.

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many deferral applications the Student Loans Company has received in each year of its operation; and what percentage this represents of...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many default notices the Student Loans Company has issued in each year of its operation; and what percentage this represents of all...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will commission research to determine what percentage of student debt is a consequence of the introduction of the student loans system.

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many student loans debts have been written off in each of the last five years; and what the total cash value of the deleted debt was.

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has undertaken to assess the impact of Student Loans on students from less affluent backgrounds entering...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Carbon Dioxide Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the projected reduction in carbon dioxide levels by 2010 will be if Government renewable energy targets are met.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many gyms are available to staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which figures are available.

      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 EC-Republic of South Africa Joint Committee on...

      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 the implementation of the multiannual...

      EU Committees

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

      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 Co-ordinating Group for the Community regime for the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Quota Administration Committee met; when and...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much UK Trade and Investment was spent on external consultants and advisors in each of the last three years.

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of changes in wholesale gas prices on the ability of the UK to meet its carbon dioxide reduction...

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the (a) environmental and (b) financial effects of the use of hydrogen fuel for (i) transport and (ii) other users.

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial support (a) has been and (b) will be made available to support the development of hydrogen fuel cell technologies in each of...

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to publish the report produced by E4tech for her Department on hydrogen fuel technologies.

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the economic value of hydrogen fuel technologies to (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in (i) five, (ii) 10 and (iii)...

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the PURE hydrogen fuel cell project in Unst; and if she will make a statement.

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the (a) environmental impact and (b) financial cost of small scale hydrogen fuel cell projects where the...

      Internet (Premium Rate Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many incidences of consumers unwittingly using premium rate services when accessing the internet have been recorded in the past 12 months,...

      Langage Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the licence granted for a power station at Langage, Plymouth, is conditional upon the developer establishing an energy park adjacent...

      Legal Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the expenditure by her Department on legal fees was in each year since 1997.

      Mobile Phones (Health Implications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what progress she has made in implementing the recommendations of the National Radiological Protection Board report, mobile phones and...

      Nuclear Industry Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has had from (a) the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee and (b) the Health and Safety Advisory Committee in relation...

      Nuclear Industry Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to publish the latest annual nuclear material unaccounted for data for United Kingdom civil nuclear installations; what...

      Nuclear Industry Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will ask the European Commission to publish the letters on Euratom safeguards inspections at Sellafield, to which she referred in her...

      Offshore Wind Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the value of offshore capital funding following the SR04 spending review.

      Offshore Wind Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many rounds of funding will be available as part of the Government's offshore wind programme.

      Offshore Wind Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are used to determine capital grant funding for the offshore wind programme.

      Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account was taken of the recent Renewables Innovation Review in planned expenditure on renewables up to 2010; and if she will make a...

      Research and Development (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what expenditure her Department and its agencies have made on research and development with overseas government laboratories or research...

      Research and Development (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what expenditure her Department and its agencies has made on research and development by private sector companies in each financial year since...

      Research and Development (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what expenditure has been made by her Department and its agencies on research and development relating to the UK university departments and...

      Russian Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) she and (b) members of her Department plan to visit the Russian Economic Forum in London from 10 to 12 April.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role is fulfilled by the third special adviser in her Department.

      Special Advisers

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

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the levels of carbon dioxide reduction achieved by the current stock of wind turbines.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the ETSU W/13/00921 REP report on low frequency noise and vibrations was compiled; what size turbines were studied; and if she will make...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is expected from the proposed wind turbine programme.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Northern Ireland since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.

    • Fair Employment and Treatment Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the Equality Commission has used its powers of investigation under Article 11 of the Fair Employment and Treatment Order 1998;...

      Fair Employment and Treatment Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the Equality Commission has used its powers in relation to contract compliance under Articles 62 to 66 of the Fair Employment and...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for action following the consultation on homelessness; and what steps will be taken once the consultation is completed.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been earmarked for the implementation of the homeless strategy.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many housing executive staff have been seconded to assist local communities and residents groups in each Northern Ireland constituency since...

      Police Service (Protestant Applicants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Protestant applicants who qualified to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been rejected since its establishment because...

      Social Inclusion Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members are of the sub-committee on housing of the Promoting Social Inclusion Working Group of the Office of the First Minister and...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Overseas Voter Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the estimated cost is of the posting of leaflets produced by the Electoral Commission to...

    • Voter Information

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent information the Electoral Commission has made available to (a) overseas, (b)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • "Homes for All" Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his proposal to provide starter homes at £60,000 each under the "Homes for All" initiative includes public subsidy for the construction of associated...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 employing...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Enterprise Gateways/Hubs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) location and (b) cost of each (i) Enterprise Gateway and (ii) Enterprise hubs is, broken down by county.

      Housing (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to transfer additional powers to the Mayor of London in respect of implementing housing policy for London.

      Mobile Phone Base Stations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will include microcells and picocells in low-height mobile phone stations in the normal planning process.

      Neighbourhood Improvement Districts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the maximum increase in council tax expected in a neighbourhood improvement district is; (2) which tier of Government will be able to introduce a...

      Regional Chambers (Incineration and Waste Disposal)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role regional chambers have in incineration and waste disposal matters.

      Regional Housing Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Regional Housing Pot funding will be available in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c) 2007–08, broken down by regional housing board.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the expenditure was on Transitional Local Authority Social Housing Grant in each Government office region in 2003–04; and what the estimated...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the redundant NHS sites designated for low-cost homes under the First Time Buyers Initiative will include provision for social rented housing.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the 10,000 new social rented homes that are planned to be built in 2007–08 will be delivered through the expanded private finance initiative;...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2005, Official Report, column 440W, on social housing, whether he expects any of the 14,000 social housing units planned to...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2005, Official Report, column 867W, on social housing, (1) how many of the 40,000 low-cost home ownership units will be...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the criteria for eligibility for the 15,000 homes planned under his First Time Buyer Initiative.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Department has made of the capital receipts that will be generated by Right to Buy in (a) indebted and (b) debt free authorities in (i)...

      Waste Disposal/Collection

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what effects the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 has had on the role of county councils in determining local policies on waste disposal and collection.

      Waste Disposal/Collection

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role regional spatial strategies play in the determination of policies on incineration and waste disposal.

      Westbury Homes Development (Plymouth)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will call in the proposed planning application by Westbury Homes at the former Blue Circle site, Pomphlett, Plymouth for determination by his Department;...

  • Health

    • A and E Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency admissions there were in (a) Chorley and (b) Preston for (i) adults and (ii) children in each of the last 16 quarters.

    • Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS bodies pay people employed by Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust; (2) how many people and what percentage of people employed by Bucks...

      Consultant Episodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes in NHS hospitals in England there were in each year from 1999 to 2004.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of exempting all patients (a) over 75 and (b) under 21 years from dental charges on the NHS; and if he...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has commissioned into the impact on dental laboratories of methods of working under personal dental services contracts; (2) what...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the average percentage of working time that all dentists operating under the general dental contract have spent on NHS...

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of implementing a policy of free eye tests for all NHS patients.

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the Ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments are available on the NHS for the treatment of multiple myeloma.

      Orthodontists

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

      Prosecutions (Non-entitlement to Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for obtaining free treatment on the NHS to which they are not entitled in each year between...

      Waist Size

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) weight and (b) waist size of (i) men and (ii) women was in each of the last 10 years.

      York NHS Hospital Trust (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much capital has been spent in (a) York District Hospital and (b) York NHS Hospital Trust in each year since 1992–93; and what the purpose was...

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