Written answers

Monday, 28 February 2005

  • Work and Pensions

    • New Deal (Nottingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the new deal in Nottingham, North.

    • Attendance Allowance (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Coventry receive attendance allowance.

      Income-related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the latest take-up rates for income-related benefits.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of services in Welsh provided by third parties acting on behalf of his Department.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the operation of the Child Support Agency.

      Departmental Staff (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from (a) the National Assembly for Wales and (b) local authorities in Wales regarding the proposed closure...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his plans for reforms of incapacity benefit; and what estimate he has made of the number of people who will find...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposed changes to the linking rules for existing receivers of incapacity benefit formed the basis of his Department's five year strategy.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's progress towards full employment.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received (a) full and (b) partial grants from the Access to Work programme in each year since its introduction; and if he...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households received (a) free TV licences, (b) winter fuel payment, (c) pension credit and (d) council tax benefit in (i)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Bridgewater constituency were in receipt of means-tested benefits in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost is of a job obtained through the new deal since it commenced.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role the new deal is playing in north-east Wales in progress towards his targets for full employment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people living in the Greater London area have participated in the new deal for disabled people.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the financial assistance that will be available to people who have been affected by the wind-up of their pension...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension service surgeries have been (a) cancelled and (b) earmarked for cancellation in Scotland as part of his Department's...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women received a state pension on the basis of their own contributions in (a) 1997 and (b) each year since 2001, broken down by region...

  • Prime Minister

    • Official Histories

      To ask the Prime Minister how many Government-sponsored official histories are in preparation; when each was commissioned; who the authors are; what the estimated date of completion is in each...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the statement made by the Attorney-General on 17 March 2003 setting out his views on the legality of the use of armed force against Iraq was a summary of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the complete text of the Attorney-General's opinion on the legality of the invasion of Iraq was seen by the full Cabinet.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many days he has spent overseas on official business in each year since 1997; (2) when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset...

      Prime Minister's Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of altering the format of Prime Minister's questions.

      Prime Minister's Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to alter the format of Prime Minister's questions.

      Prime Minister's Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has received representations from the public about the impression of the House given by the broadcasting of Prime Minister's question time.

      US Presidential Meeting

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) matters he discussed and (b) decisions were reached at his breakfast meeting in Brussels with President Bush on 22 February.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation process was undertaken with stakeholders prior to the announcement of changes to scientific resources...

    • Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reason was for the reduction in the funding allocation to the Bee Health Programme at the National Bee Unit.

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned on the effectiveness of shook swarming as a means of controlling foulbrood.

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of inspection of bee colonies she is proposing when European foulbrood is removed from statutory controls.

      Earth Observation Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the results of the Earth Observation Summit in Brussels on 16 February.

      EU Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the monetary value of direct EU export subsidies for agricultural goods exported by the EU to...

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated revenue raised from (a) horse passports and (b) animal passports is.

      Meat/Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the main export markets are for (a) beef, (b) lamb, (c) dairy products and (d) pork produced in England.

      Meat/Dairy Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of (a) milk, (b) eggs, (c) beef and lamb, (d) chicken and (e) pork was imported to the UK from (i) the EU and...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the timing of single farm payments to farmers entitled to receive them in 2005–06.

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how waste from schools is defined with respect to the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and what duties are incumbent on (a)...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date Newcastle upon Tyne city council applied for a grant for a gas from waste burning plant; what (a) volume and (b)...

  • Transport

    • Congestion (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on congestion of the suspension of bus lanes on Tyburn Road in Birmingham.

    • Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) applications for special authorisation orders were made and (b) special authorisation orders were granted under section 43 of the...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation he undertakes before issuing special authorisation orders for public service vehicles under section 43 of the Disability...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public service vehicles are subject to current special authorisation orders granted under section 43 of the Disability Discrimination Act...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the fines which have been issued under section (a) 40 and (b) 41 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and what plans he has to...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish revised draft regulations for disabled parking permits.

      Highway Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the percentage of road length, broken down by highway category type, which should be considered for structural maintenance work...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) income was derived from and (b) expenditure has been incurred by each local authority on parking, broken down by (i) charges and (ii)...

      Public Service Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of public service vehicles are required to comply with public service vehicle accessibility regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Railway Property (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many persons were prosecuted for criminal acts committed on or against railway property in the last year for which figures are available.

      St. Pancras Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will set a completion date for the fitting-out of the Thameslink Box at St. Pancras station; (2) when the Department expects to complete...

      St. Pancras Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the fitting-out of the Thameslink Box at St.Pancras station will cost.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason trust ports which are classified as public corporations have not produced resource accounts for 2003–04; and whether they will be...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the final details of the Working Time Directive regulations applicable to road haulage operators.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what professional regulation applies to academy teachers.

    • Faith Schools (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private faith schools there are in the West Midlands region, broken down by constituency.

      Grammar School Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list each request for an electoral roll in connection with a grammar school ballot made in the last 12 months; and what the (a)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of university students who would have been entitled to receive the higher education grant in the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the higher education sector concerning the future take-up of courses in (a) mathematics and (b) scientific...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children have not had a school place in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) accommodation and (b) age.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate the Government have made of the number of looked-after children that receive lay visitors; and what measures the Government...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the official residences for which her Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running...

      Primary Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what financial support is available to students undertaking qualifications to enter teaching at primary education level; (2) whether...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been made available for computers for schools in Coventry since 1997.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many competitions have been held by local education authorities for the provision of a new school since the powers were introduced.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the ratio is of students to teachers in the town of Romford.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, on the effects on...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary schools in the Greater London area she estimates will need to be replaced within the next five years; and if she will make...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in the Greater London area have only outside toilet facilities on their premises; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Greater London, broken down by London borough, ran a budget deficit in the year ended 31 March 2003; and how much this...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of the fast track teacher recruiting programme in each year from 2001–02 to 2009–10; and...

      Teacher Training Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the administration budget of the Teacher Training Agency was in the last financial year for which figures are available; and what...

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol/Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action his Department is taking to clarify the rules on the importation of cigarettes and alcohol for personal use only following visits to Europe; and...

    • Alcohol/Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals have been prosecuted for bringing (a) too many cigarettes and (b) too much alcohol into the UK from Europe in each year since 2001; and...

      Alcohol/Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many privately owned vehicles have been destroyed following seizure at UK ports by HM Customs and Excise due to suspicion of smuggling cigarettes...

      Alcohol/Tobacco Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) annual and (b) monthly cost of using private security firms to secure and patrol the vehicles seized by HM Customs and Excise at UK ports has...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ask the Director of Child Benefit and Tax Credit Operations to reply to a letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 4 February about Mr. and...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Clwyd, South constituency, the effect on the constituency of policies...

      Energy Products Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue forgone in respect of rebated diesel for private leisure craft in each year since the Energy...

      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 Committee on Excise Duties 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 Economic Policy Committee: Working Party and Reduced Compositions...

      Inspection and Enforcement Activities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of inspection and enforcement activities carried out by (a) his Department and (b) regulatory bodies and agencies sponsored by his Department...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax and national insurance benefits will be available from April to employers who supply mobile phone and associated contracts to employees and their...

      Pensioners (Employment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) men aged 65 years or over and (b) women aged 60 years or over are in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time employment; and if he will...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in how many cases where the Inland Revenue has contacted child care providers whose details have been provided by claimants of the child care element...

  • Leader of the House

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is taking to limit the number of deaths and injuries in Afghanistan resulting from unexploded ammunition;...

    • Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the principal lessons learned by his Department on reconstruction and development during the reconstruction period in...

      Emergency Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much in the aid budget for 2004–05 is set aside for dealing with emergency situations; where the money has been pledged; and...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance his Department has provided in each of the past five years to voluntary organisations working to prevent...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether the Department's field offices will be producing detailed action plans in addition to the revised country assistance...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the issue of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS is made a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what investigations the Government has undertaken on the possible involvement of UK (a) individuals and (b) companies in the...

      Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to eliminate the problem of landmines; and what funding was made available to countries affected by...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the extra funds from the new six-year programme of support to the Malawi health service will be released.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development assistance has been provided by the UK Government to Uganda in each year since 1997; and what it has been spent on.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Electricity Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to reduce the differentials between pre-payment meters for electricity and other payment methods.

    • 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 on 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 Committee for the harmonisation of credit insurance...

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the causes of wholesale gas price rises in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many incidents characterised as failures of security leading to unacceptable or undesirable consequences (a) have occurred at and (b) have...

      Oil and Gas Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the ratio of offshore and onshore (a) flared and (b) vented associated gas to oil produced gas was in each year for which figures are...

      Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many retail petrol stations there were in the UK in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by region.

      Small Businesses (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government have taken to help small businesses in Morecambe and Lunesdale since 1997.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Congestion Charge

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

    • Ministerial Vehicles

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what proportion of the fleet of ministerial vehicles used low sulphur fuels; (2) how many ministerial car journeys (a) over 10 miles and (b)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Contact Committee for implementation of the...

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times during the(a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for Cooperation in the Field...

      National Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions (a) she and (b) her Department has had with the Director General of the National Trust.

      National Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance (a) she and (b) her Department has given to the Director General of the National Trust about its proposed administrative...

      National Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has received about the proposed changes at the National Trust.

      Sport (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding has been allocated to building new sports facilities in the West Midlands region in the last five years.

  • Defence

    • Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps' training programme is for the next 18 months.

    • Army Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on (a) the remit and (b) the powers of the Army Prosecuting Authority in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the rest of the...

      Colombian Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2005, Official Report, column 1173W, on the Colombian Army, to which Colombian (a) engineer units and (b) national...

      Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to investigate the allegations of Surrey police concerning intimidation of witnesses stationed at Deepcut Barracks by uniformed...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for each financial year from 1997–98 to 2001–02 the RAF Personnel Manning Agency spent in Scotland (a) in...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2001–02, (b) 2000–01, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 1998–99 and (e) 1997–98...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997–98 the Disposal Services Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b)...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997–98 the Defence Secondary Care Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what percentage of the UK procurement budget was spent in non-NATO countries in each year since 1997; what these figures represent as a...

      Departmental Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list extant Defence Council Instructions.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much his Department's end of year flexibility was changed following the introduction of the Treasury's cash management scheme in financial years...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the monthly forecasts of payments and receipts provided to the Treasury under its cash management scheme for...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to publish his Department's SR 2004 Departmental Investment Strategy.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Diversity and Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officially designated diversity and equality officers have been appointed in each of the three armed forces to date; whether he plans to appoint...

      EU Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his policy towards COM (2004) 608, the Communities Green Paper on Defence Procurement.

      Financial Submissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's monthly financial submissions to the Treasury's general expenditure monitoring system for (a)...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers in his Department have visited Gibraltar in the last six months; how long each visit was; what the reason for the visit was; whom each...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the number of jobs in his Department in Gibraltar; and what plans he has to change the number.

      Interrogation Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK Government has carried out a comparative analysis of the interrogation techniques used by UK forces in South Eastern Iraq and US forces at...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the longest period of time that a (a) man and (b) woman has been held in detention or imprisonment by British military forces in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women have been released from detention or prison in Iraq by British military forces since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Iraqis killed in respect of whom UK military personnel are subject to investigation but where charges have not yet been brought; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on troop deployments in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has made for permanent military bases and posts in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many deaths there have been in custody in Iraq (a) under UK forces control and (b) under US forces control; how many individuals taken into custody...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the UK was of military action in Kosovo.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to review the provision by his Department of military assistance and training to the Government of Nepal following King Gyanendra's...

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what figures the Government uses as representing the total number of service personnel who have died in the troubles in Northern Ireland (a) on active...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the letter reference D/US of S/K 0565/05/L of 8 February to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, when he expects to obtain a date for the Judicial...

      Procurement Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current forecast unit production cost is of the (a) Nimrod MRA4 and (b) Type 45 destroyer.

      Procurement Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with BAE Systems on (a) price and (b) time variations on the (i)Nimrod and (ii) Type 45 destroyer projects.

      US Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United States nuclear weapons are deployed in the United Kingdom; and what plans there are to change the numbers.

      US Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the interoperability of United Kingdom nuclear weapons with (a) current United States forces and (b) future United States...

      World Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the nature is of the standing commitment referred to in each of the tables in the annex to Cm 6269, Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the UN Security Council regarding illicit drug production and trafficking in Burma.

    • Chagos Archipelago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the British representative in Diego Garcia and (b) the US authorities about the impact of...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities about the detention of the Chinese journalist Zhao Yan; and if he...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the differences are between the European Code of Conduct on Arms Export criteria and the European Arms Embargo criteria as...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on (a) indoor bought plants, (b) indoor hired plants, (c) outdoor bought plants and...

      Diplomatic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effects on UK interests in South America he expects there to be as a result of the closure of the British embassy in...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how he plans to co-ordinate his Department's efforts to promote the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union with the EU...

      EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of Article 1–5 of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe on (a)...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) a decision in Parliament and (b) a referendum will be required for the accessions of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey to...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) name and (b) nationality is of each member of the European Court of Justice; and if he will list for each member...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement on Iraq on 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 573, what the source is of the statement that the...

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of the UK High Commissioner to Lesotho.

      Ministerial Articles (Remuneration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial remuneration has been received by Ministers in his Department for the writing of articles in foreign media since...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs when (a) he and (b) a delegation from his Department last visited Russia.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to meet the Russian Foreign Minister.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have plans to visit Russia.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) members of his Department plan to visit the Russian Economic Forum taking place in London from 10 to 12 April.

      UN Committee on Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Nations Committee on Torture's conclusions in relation to the UK's adherence to the...

  • Health

    • Alcohol-related Hospital Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to (a) the Leicester Royal Infirmary accident and emergency department and (b) accident and emergency departments in England were...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on ambulance services within the Greater London area in each of the last three years.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulances are operational in Lancashire during the (a) day and (b) night; (2) what the average time patients waited to be taken home by...

      Child Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialists in child mental health are employed in Lancashire Mental Health Trust.

      Departmental Expenditure (Research and Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) his Department's expenditure and (b) the expenditure of each agency for which his Department is responsible on research and development relating...

      Drug Misusers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug misusers were also diagnosed with mental illness in each year since 1986; and what proportion these figures represent of the total number of...

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been provided for research into endometriosis in each year since 1997–98.

      Food Dyes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence the Food Standards Agency has examined concerning the effect of azo dyes other than Sudan I in food.

      General Practitioners (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of people per general practitioner is in (a) Chorley constituency and (b) the Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust.

      Health Service Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding has been spent on health in Morecambe and Lunesdale in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Service Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average health expenditure per head of population in Rochdale constituency was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to (a) Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust and (b) Preston Primary Care Trust for treating AIDS patients was in the last year for...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in NHS hospitals in England have been under the care of (a) a mental illness consultant and (b) a learning disabilities consultant in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women have been detained under (i) section 2, (ii) section 3 and (iii) section 4 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England in each...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on new money for mental health in Lancashire; (2) what funding has been allocated to health services in rural areas in...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on funding for the Lancashire Mental Health Trust.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of patients in hospitals in each NHS Trust in Greater London who are infected with MRSA.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the steps which are being taken to fight MRSA at (a) Chorley and (b) Preston Hospital.

      NHS Investment (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital investment was made in NHS facilities in Chorley in each year since 1998.

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions have been due to deliberate self-harm in (a) persons aged under 18 and (b) persons aged 18 years and over in each year since 1986.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Beneficial Ownership

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on progress with the review of beneficial ownership of land.

    • European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the United Kingdom Government plans to ratify the Seventh Protocol to the European Convention on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Lord Chancellor was involved in (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up the parliamentary...

      Targets

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by the Department and its predecessors; and, of...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Cleaning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the costs of cleaning the Department and its predecessors were in each year since 1997.

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the total council tax revenueraised by local authorities from charging on empty properties in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of total council tax revenue which will be raised by local authorities for charging on second homes in 2005–06.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual revenue grant increase was for Worcester city council in each year from 1992–93 to 2004–05 in (a) real and (b) cash terms.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 in each...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 passes have...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 funds in each case.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation his Department has had with the West Midlands Fire Authority on proposed changes to night-time cover in the West Midlands region.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has been able to provide the information on the location of the South West Regional Control Centre and related property issues requested by the Head of...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals are awaiting resolution at the Planning Inspectorate.

      Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by his Department; and, of these, which have been (a) met, (b) nearly met, (c) not met, (d) changed and (e)...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) who will manage education at asylum accommodation centres; (2) who will be responsible for providing education facilities at asylum...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to remove individuals after all appeals to stay in the UK have been exhausted is.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of supporting asylum seekers awaiting a decision on whether they have a right to remain in the UK was in the latest year for...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers there are in North Durham.

      Biometric Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government's plans for the storage of biometric data on (a) passports and (b) associated databases exceed the requirements of...

      Community Support Officers (Huddersfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, on the effects on...

      Private Finance Initiative (Consultant Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total external spend by his Department was on private finance initiative (PFI) consultants in each of the last two years; how many...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Stourbridge constituency, the effects of changes to...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Woodspring constituency, the effects on Woodspring ofhis...

      Electronic Devices

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

      Human Rights Act

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

      International Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average administration cost of granting an extension to an international student visa is.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the effect on the number of civil service posts of the introduction of the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an independent Chair will be appointed for each regional offender management area in England and Wales.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how duplication in terms of the provision of services and policies will be avoided following the creation of two arrangements for the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation on the role of the National Offender Management Service with trade unions he plans to undertake.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the National Offender Management Service Programme Board last met; and what plans it has to meet.

      Northamptonshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) community support officers and (c) wardens were employed by Northamptonshire police in (i) 1997–98...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2005, Official Report, column 1153W, on people trafficking, what administrative procedures would need to...

      Pieter Minnard

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations have been conducted into the decision to transfer Pieter Minnard to Leyhill open prison.

      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 merge the Southend and Rayleigh police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much total Government grant per capita was given to each police force in England in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of police force staff based in Milton Keynes was in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women gave birth in prison in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) actions and (b) adjustments have been made by the Prison Service Headquarters to reduce the Prison Service overspend in the current...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners who declared themselves as Muslims in each of the last five years were (a) British nationals and (b) foreign...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners declared themselves to be of a particular religion when they entered prison in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Research and Development

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

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which his Department is responsible have made on research and development by private...

      Research and Development

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

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure was made by (a) the Department and (b) agencies for which the Department is responsible on research and development projects...

      Sex Abuse (Interview Equipment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of using the video-link equipment available in prisons to record interviews between policeand...

      Visitor Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing in a system of counting in and out visitors to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Harcourt Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place between Northern Ireland government departments and agencies and Mr. Phil Flynn since 1998.

    • Harcourt Developments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place between Northern Ireland government departments and agencies and Harcourt Developments since 1998.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding the Housing Executive has provided in each year since 2001 to assist local communities and residents groups in each Northern...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many crimes in Northern Ireland knives were used in each year since 1997; and how many were committed by teenagers in each year.

      Media Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the newspaper and broadcasting companies in Northern Ireland that have received grants from public funds or from Invest Northern...

      Paramilitary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to tackle criminal activities by paramilitary organisations.

      Vehicle Recovery Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles have been recovered in each police district command unit as part of the Managed Vehicle Recovery and Storage Scheme in each...

  • House of Lords

    • Nigeria: Chief Joshua Dariye

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What charges have been preferred against the Governor of Plateau State, Nigeria, Chief Joshua Dariye, by the Crown Prosecution Service, and whether they will give...

    • Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 17 March 2003 (WA 2), whether the draft text of this Answer was discussed either by the Prime Minister's...

      Terrorism Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many arrests have been made under Parts I to VI and VIII of the Terrorism Act 2000; and under which sections of that Act the arrests were made; and How many...

      Drug Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of crack cocaine users in England and Wales for each year for which figures are available; and what estimates they have set...

      Religious Hatred Offences: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken, and what further steps are planned, to protect converts from Islam to Christianity in the United Kingdom from violence, threats of...

      War Memorials: National Inventory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What help they have given, or will be giving, to the United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials in support of its three-year project to record the names on...

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what form the organisation of the project for the new aircraft carriers will take; (b) who the participants in that organisation will be; (c) what will be the...

      Schools: Europe Day

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Filkin on 1 February (WA 31), whether they will further consider taking steps to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May 2005, in line...

      Commonwealth Institute

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will delist the Commonwealth Institute, in accordance with the unanimous wish of the trustees, in order to allow the trustees to eliminate the...

      Gambling Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact they expect the provisions of the Gambling Bill to have on the numbers of those addicted to gambling; and whether they and the gambling industry have...

      Post Office Card Account

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why those wishing to open a Post Office card account cannot complete the process entirely by post.

      A1: Colsterworth Roundabout

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many recorded traffic accidents there have been at the intersection of the A1 and the B6403 north of the Colsterworth roundabout in each of the past 10 years;...

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