Written answers

Tuesday, 1 March 2005

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether years spent in the Civil Service Pension Scheme up to 2013 will continue to attract pension rights based on the final salary of the employee on...

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effect that the changes to the Civil Service Pension Scheme retirement age will have on serving prison officers who...

      Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people who transferred pension rights from the armed forces to the Prison Service who will work for a number...

      Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many serving (a) prison officers and (b) other civil servants will be affected by the changes to the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

      Statutory Regulatory Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many statutory regulatory bodies have been established since 1997.

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if hewill list his official engagements for 11 February 2005.

    • Lord Levy

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a list of all the individuals or organisations who have met Lord Levy in 2004 to discuss public policy; if he will list the representatives of the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole on 24 January, reference 211247.

      Queen's Flight

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

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Charters

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

    • Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on informing hon. Members of key decisions affecting their constituency transport infrastructure.

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines on the Pass Plus course are issued to driving instructors and others involved in driving tuition; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transportwhat statistics his Department collects for (a) motorway accidents and (b) motorway accidents involving newly qualified drivers; and if he will make a...

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics his Department collects for (a) all road traffic accidents and (b) road traffic accidents involving newly qualified drivers; and if he...

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the awarding of the East Coast Mainline Franchise.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on Aids to Transport by Rail, Road and...

      EU Committees

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

      EU Committees

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

      EU Committees

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

      European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Aviation Safety Agency in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its...

      Highway Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which highway schemes provisionally approved by his Department in the local Transport Capital Settlements announced in (a) December 2000, (b) December...

      Motor Cycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce the public consultation process for his Department's plans for a register for post-test motorcycle trainers; and if he will make...

      Motor Cycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make provision for Safety Camera Partnerships to fund the Bikesafe scheme when the Motor Cycle Industry Association's grant-aid finishes;...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new motorway service areas were opened in each of the last eight years.

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail plan to take to promote rail safety in the forthcoming 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents took place in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each year since 1997.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the provision of road safety cameras.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Tiredness Kills" signs there are on motorways in England; and where they are located.

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      A303 (Stonehenge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) the Stonehenge visitor centre and (b) the A303(T) Stonehenge tunnel project and Winterbourne Stoke...

      Tyre Pressure Gauges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the responsible authority for inspecting the calibration and accuracy of tyre pressure gauges on garage forecourts is; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aquariums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the animal welfare implications arising from the operation of aquaria, with particular...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review her Department's policy on the issue of licences to farmers and other landowners for the destruction of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons her Department no longer publishes data on bovine tuberculosis infection rates in badgers.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has conducted on public perception of the costs of the bovine tuberculosis control programme.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account she takes of public perception of badgers in determining her policy on badger culling for the purpose of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to support (a) a significant reduction in numbers of red deer in the Dulverton area and (b) the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of pockets of M. bovis infection in deer for the health of (a) cattle and...

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in identifying a BSE test capable of supporting British beef producers who plan to...

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will publish on its website the annual accounts of the Carbon Trust since its inception, including (a) incoming...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates the Government has made of the change in global temperatures between 2004 and (a) 2014, (b) 2024 and (c) 2054.

      Computers (Recycling/Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strategies her Department has put in place to aid the reuse and recycling of old computers.

      Computers (Recycling/Disposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of how many computers were disposed of in landfill in each of the last five years.

      Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is considering to encourage the formation of co-operatives for the purposes of tier-two payments.

      Date-based Export Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Date Based Export Scheme to be lifted.

      Energy Saving Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will publish on its website the annual accounts of the Energy Saving Trust since its inception, including (a)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Management Committees of the Common...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Management Committees of the Common...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Management Committees of the Common...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Management Committees of the Common...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Joint Meetings of Management and/or...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee (i) for the adaptation to...

      Flood Defence Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the allocation of seats for regional flood defence committees.

      Flood Defence Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the shared seat for City of York and North Yorkshire on the Yorkshire Regional Flood Defence Committee will be...

      Flood Defence Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the priority scoring system for flood defence funding; (2) what criteria are used to...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body is responsible in the event of flooding in a watercourse for which an internal drainage board is responsible (a)...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to reduce flood risk in Chorley constituency.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much rubbish was dumped by fly-tipping in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent National Audit Office report on foot and mouth procedures; and what action she...

      Gangmaster (Licensing) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with gangmasters on the implications of the Gangmaster (Licensing) Act 2004 for their supply chains.

      Land Degradation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to reverse long-term land degradation.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the responsibility of Chorley council to provide recycling facilities.

      Rural Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was given in grants to rural bus services by the Countryside Agency in each year since 1997; and what plans she has...

      Salt Marshes (Lymington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects a specific defence option to protect the salt marshes of Lymington from erosion to be approved; and if she...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the US based Sustainable Forest Initiative has been endorsed by the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Waste Tips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the Environment Agency has to close tips which cause a nuisance for local residents.

      Yorkshire Flood Defence Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the City of York will receive an individual seat on the Yorkshire Regional Flood Defence Committee.

      Yorkshire Flood Defence Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many rural flood defence projects are funded by the priority scoring system.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe.

    • Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka to discuss the current political situation.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Cyprus.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Turkish Cypriot elections on 20 February.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Pakistan concerning the situation in Kashmir.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions on human rights he has had with the Government of China.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of ratification of the proposed Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK relations with Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) European Union and (b) African Union counterparts on how to ensure the safety of aid...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Sudanese Government on clemency in the case of Nagune Idin Abdallah, who is sentenced to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the establishment and growth of local women's organisations in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on investigations being undertaken by OLAF concerning illegal exports to Iraq indicating (a) what...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations were held following the loss of nuclear material held by Iraq after the first Gulf War; and if he will make...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what grounds the Government have refused to publish the letters of Dr.Rod Barton of the Iraq Survey Group concerning weapons...

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed nuclear proliferation with his US counterparts.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Libya.

      China (Military Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assurances he gave to US Senator Lugar regarding EU restrictions on arms sales to prevent sensitive US technologies...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on (a) new furniture and (b) hired furniture in each year since 1997.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Joint Council (EEC—Countries of...

      EU Committees

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

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what dates have been agreed for meetings of (a) the European Council and (b) configurations of the Council of the European Union...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress of the recent discussions between the UK and Spain concerning Gibraltar.

      Religious Organisations (EC Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those religious organisations that are in receipt of financial support from the European Communities.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funds his Department has allocated for programmes to help the sharing of information and experience to support the...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government are providing to the exiled Somali Government to enable it to return to Mogadishu.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government and international partners regarding the prospects for (a)...

      South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations there have been into the loss of decommissioned nuclear weapons and related material and equipment following...

      Togo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the political situation in Togo; and if he will make a statement.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bodies of British victims of the tsunami have been (a) identified and (b) repatriated.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the time taken to identify the British victims of the tsunami; and what assessment he has made of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK was represented at the recent launch of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change in Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of support by President Museveni for Robert Mugabe's land policies.

  • Treasury

    • Babies (Mortality Rate)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rate was for babies born prematurely with a birth weight of (a) less than 1500g and (b) less than 2500g in each year since 1975.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Inland Revenue will compel investment in an investment of the Revenue's choice in the event that an Islamic parent cannot find an investment...

      Deaths (Civil Registration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to make available to the financial sector details on deaths known to civil registration authorities.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on trends in economic growth in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK since 1997.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average age of women employed within the (a) manufacturing and (b) service sector was in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii)...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the EC draft budget for 2005 to be completed.

      EU Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what budget was allocated for EU Communications in each of the past five financial years; and what is budgeted for the next financial year.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Sub-committee (i) EEC-Korea, (ii)...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 701W, on the European Constitution, when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office budget for...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list budgets the Treasury has agreed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for financial year 2004–05 which could be used to fund the...

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the UK's GDP was spent on health in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) public and (b) private expenditure; and what estimate he has...

      Malaria Vaccines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreements with the private sector he has reachedsince his announcement on 24 November 2004 on the advance purchases of malaria vaccines; and what...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to visit the London borough of Havering this year.

      Mr. Nelson Mandela

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met Mr. Nelson Mandela; and what matters were discussed.

      Near Cash

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition he uses of near cash.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply substantively to the question tabled by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on 7 February, reference 215780.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations he plans to hold with trade unions on the move to strategic zones within Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

      Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the SavingsGateway in each of the first five years after itslaunch.

      Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2005, Official Report, column 1186W, on savings plans, what methodology was used to calculate (a) that the estimated...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) working and (b) child tax credit award notices issued to couples in 2003–04 omitted the earnings of one of the partners resulting in an...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Stroud constituency have been required to pay back overpayments of (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit and (c) both working...

  • International Development

    • Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development aid has been provided by the UK to Cambodia in each year since 1997; and whether the aid programme has been tied to...

    • Iran Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment has been made of the extent of the damage caused by the Zarand earthquake in South Eastern Iran; and if he will...

      Low Income Countries (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much each low income country has spent on (a) health, (b) education and (c) debt repayment in each year since 2001.

      Malaria Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on the development of malaria vaccines in each year since 2001.

      Ministry of Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been paid by his Department to the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2001, broken down by project.

      Tsunami (Military Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence concerning charges for services relating to the relief operation following the...

      Tsunami (Military Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to his Department is of hiring (a) a UK military helicopter and (b) an equivalent private helicopter for a period of (i)...

      Tsunami (Military Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to his Department is of hiring (a) a UK military plane and (b) an equivalent commercial plane to deliver an equivalent...

  • Education and Skills

    • Education Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will break down by project the activities to support all objectives in Annex B of the Resource Budget of the 2004 Annual Report; if...

    • 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 (i) Socrates Committee and Erasmus and Comenius...

      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 EC-United States of America Joint Committee met;...

      Home Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on Home Start in Chorley; and what funding can be accessed by Home Start in Chorley.

      Marriage Support Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions her Department has had with the Local Government Association on local authority support for marriage and relationship...

      Child Care Morecambe and Lunesdale

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how many child care places have been created in Morecambe and Lunesdale since 1997.

      School Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for each of the last five years, if she will list the cases referred to the school adjudicator in each of the last five years in respect of...

      School Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage rate of school attendance in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England and Wales was in the last period for which figures are available.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the average cost of the food content of school meals; and if she will make a statement.

      Sickness Absence

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

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on the Sure Start Strengthening Families Grant has been in each year that it has been in operation; and what the...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on (a) the operation of the Sure Start programme in Gloucestershire, and (b) planned further schemes.

      Schools (Surplus Places)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the projects to reduce surplus places funded through the Targeted Capital Fund in each of the last three years; what the...

      Schools (Surplus Places)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times she has used the powers under schedule 7 of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 to require local education...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General what involvement (a) the Lord Chancellor and (b) Baroness Morgan had in preparation of the reply to the parliamentary question tabled by the hon. Member for Stone to...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many officials were involved in drafting the parliamentary answer to Baroness Ramsey (HL2172); and from which Department each came.

  • Health

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will guarantee that all Whitley conditions of employment are protected during the implementation of Agenda for Change.

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will exempt asthma medication from prescription charges.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed in the NHS on the latest date for which figures are available; how many were employed in 1997; and...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been paid to date by his Department to individuals or their families where it has been found that they were inappropriately charged for...

      Cossham Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on communities served by Cossham hospital arising from the transfer of services from Cossham hospital to...

      Cossham Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional services will be available to the community hitherto served by Cossham hospital as a result of the transfer of services from Cossham...

      Cossham Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the objectives were of the transfer of services from Cossham Hospital to community health facilities in Kingswood town centre.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists' surgeries in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough were accepting new NHS patients in each of the last five years for which...

      Departmental Policies (Rochdale)

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration for a general practitioner was in each of the past 15 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the arrangements for sick pay provision for general practitioners are.

      Health Tourism (Cost)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount health tourism cost the NHS in England in each year between 1997 and 2004.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doses of (a) amantadine and (b) other flu vaccines or antivirals his Department has stockpiled in preparation for an influenza pandemic;...

      Mixed Sex Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of inpatients accommodated in mixed sex accommodation.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2005, Official Report, columns 1337W, on MRI scans, what funding has been identified to cover additional diagnostic...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA have been found in each hospital of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust since 2002.

      National Burn Care Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will consult on the recommendations of the national burn care review.

      National Burn Care Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the recommendations of the national burn care review.

      NHS Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the full results of the last annual condition surveys for (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03 and (d)...

      NHS Reference Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS reference costs are the costs for (a) all treatments, (b) elective and day care and (c) critical care services were for the Surrey...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS staff are (a) medical, (b) nursing, (c) technical, (d) administrative (managerial and clerical) and (e) auxiliary and support; and...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the numbers of NHS staff referred to in his answer of 15 November 2004, Official Report, column 1171W are (a) headcount and (b) whole-time...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) hospital, (b) public health medicine and (c) community health service (i) doctors and (ii) nurses in training were employed in the...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) practice nurses and (d) school nurses were employed (i) in England and (ii) in Huddersfield constituency in...

      Patients (Leicestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients were treated in Leicestershire in each year between 1992–93 and the last year for which figures are...

      Student Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives who entered training in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 were over the age of 25 years.

      Student Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives dropped out of training in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Sunlight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what published scientific evidence the Government's recommendations to the public concerning exposure to sunlight are based, with particular...

      Telephone Numbers (0870)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will prohibit the use of national rate 0870 telephone numbers by general practices and other frontline primary care services; and if he will make a...

      Waiting Times (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for surgery for patients in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley was in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2005.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what policies her Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.

    • Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she expects to announce the areas of the United Kingdom in which digital switchover will first take place; (2) what criteria...

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to announce the details of regional pilot schemes in preparation for digital switchover; what role regional pilot...

      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 Committee for the implementation of the training...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Government Art Collection has spent on new works of art in each of the last 10 years; where each item purchased since 1997...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1724W, on Government Art Collection, how much the Government Art...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the membership and political background of the members of (a) non-departmental public bodies of the (i) Department of...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual...

    • Visa Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many visitor visa appeals were successful in 2004.

      Visa Appeals

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many of the successful visitor visa appeals in 2004 were (a) oral and (b) written.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack house closures have been secured under the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 in (a) Birmingham, (b) Bristol,...

    • Armed Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many armed police officers are employed by the Metropolitan Police Force.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letter dated 29 November 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. S. Bhakar;...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the risk to pedestrians in Central London of cyclists ignoring red traffic signals; (2) what advice he...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for the offence of cycling on a pavement since 1 August 1999.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2005, Official Report, column 895W, on cycling, how many cyclists involved in road accidents were...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for supplying class A drugs to children in each of the last six years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what area surveys of illicit drug use have been conducted by his Department; and which age groups they covered.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders per head of population charged with trigger offences have tested positive for (a) opiates and (b) crack cocaine in (i)...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the percentage of crime linked to drug misuse in (a) Birmingham, (b) Bristol, (c) Leeds, (d) Liverpool, (e) Manchester,...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantity of illegal drugs was seized in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and what the estimated street value was of...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to ensure that drug users and the wider public are made aware of (a) what drug treatment involves and (b) the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy that drug treatment should be available on demand in the community.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes he estimates were committed by drug users in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Lancashire in the last period for which...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for drug-related crime there were in the Easington constituency in the last year for which figures are available.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change in the price of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack, (d) cannabis, (e) ecstasy and (f) magic mushrooms has been in each of the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list organisations and individuals consulted in the formulation of the Drugs Bill.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people in Greater London who took (a) heroin, (b) marijuana, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy in each...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for selling drugs where there was evidence of drug selling near schools there were in (a) Birmingham, (b) Bristol, (c)...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) dealing in and (b) being in possession of (i) cocaine and (ii) LSD (A) Essex police and (B) Southend police...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) dealing in and (b) being in possession of (i) ecstasy and (ii) heroin (A) Essex police and (B) Southend police...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) dealing in and (b) being in possession of (i) amphetamines and (ii) cannabis (A) Essex police and (B) Southend...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the protection of animals used...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the programme...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Committee for the implementation of the...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Initiative 2004/C 317/06, OJ C317 of 22 December 2004, the designation of Europol as the central office for...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the raids which have been conducted by Europol in the United Kingdom in the last 10 years.

      Extradition (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure reciprocity of extradition arrangements with the United States, following the recent agreement allowing...

      Extradition (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the House was informed of the content of the treaty amendment agreed in 2003 between the USA and the United Kingdom relating to...

      Extradition (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the URL is for the internet text of the US/UK extradition treaty as amended in 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Extradition (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths were caused by (a) legally held and (b) illegally held firearms in each year since 1996.

      Extradition (United States)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilians have been issued with a licence to own a pistol for self-defence pursuant to section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 in England...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the future of the Forensic Science Service; (2) what representations he has received on the future of...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what arrangements he plans to put in place for Swedish citizens resident in the UK in relation to identity cards and access to public...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department conducted an assessment of the impact that the measures in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill would have upon...

      Inquests (Teesside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests in the jurisdiction of the Teesside coroner were heard in (a) August, (b) September, (c) October, (d) November and (e)...

      International Organisations Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Europol informants would be protected by the provisions contained in the International Organisations Bill, with particular reference...

      Justice and Home Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held on 25 and 26 October 2004; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to outlaw the sale of knives to those under the age of 18 years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health concerning people who have mental health problems.

      Operation Reptile

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of Operation Reptile was.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police dogs and (b) police horses are available to Lancashire police.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are trained to use (a) guns and (b) taser guns.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions for drug-related crime have been secured in Durham since 2001; (2) how many convictions for drug-related crime...

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and if he will introduce further legislation to increase the powers...

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value of all recoveries made under the Proceeds of Crime Act has been since it came into effect.

      Replica Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions there are on the sale of replica guns; and if he will make a statement.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget has been allocated to the Security Industry Authority in each of the last two years

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the decision that National Crime Squad and National Criminal Intelligence Service officers transferring to the...

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what speed drivers found guilty of speeding offences automatically qualify for (a) speed awareness workshops and (b) refresher driving...

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals received (a) points penalties and (b) convictions in respect of speeding offences in each of the last five years.

      Taser Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the health risks posed by the taser guns to be used by the police.

      Taser Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what controls will be placed on the use of taser guns by police; (2) in what circumstances taser guns may be used by police.

      Halliday Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Halliday report on traffic offences resulting in death or serious injury to be published.

      Traffic Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic wardens for which his Department has responsibility operate within the Greater London area; and how many there were in each...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that penalties for uninsured drivers are commensurate with the financial gain achieved by not paying...

      Visa Extensions (Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of increased student visa charges on international applications to UK universities with particular...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase the supply of affordable housing in London over the next five years.

    • Antisocial Owner-occupiers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce legislation to deal with antisocial owner-occupiers.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) changes and (b) additions have been made since 1993 to the Building Regulations; when each (i) change and (ii) addition came into effect; and what the...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) additions and (b) changes to building regulations are under development; when each is planned to take place; and what the estimated change to the annual...

      Business Rates (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely average increase in business rates for 2005 for commercial properties in each London borough following revaluation of...

      Business Rates (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many properties in each London borough will benefit from the new business rate relief scheme, based on the revaluation of commercial property in 2004;...

      Business Rates (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average increase in rateable value for commercial properties in each of the London boroughs is following the revaluation of businesses in October 2004.

      Consent Regimes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 1576W, on consents, if he will list the consent regimes that regulate the activities of local...

      Consent Regimes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the consent regimes that regulate the activities of local government that have been created since May 1997.

      Council Tax (Second Homes)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of total council tax revenue raised by local authorities from charging on second homes in 2004–05.

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of his Department's policy since 1997 on Dudley,...

      Entertainment Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on entertainment by his Office in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation.

      School Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fires in school buildings were attended by each fire and rescue authority in England and Wales during the period from 1999 to 2004.

      Fire Authorities (Leaked Information)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the evidential basis was for the assertions made in the letter to chairs of fire authorities in the south-west that one of them had leaked figures for...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to offer training to local councils with regard to the high hedges provisions contained within the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2004.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he expects antisocial behaviour legislation relating to high hedges to be implemented before Easter.

      Mayoral Elections (Expense Limits)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to take steps to change election expense limits for local government mayoral elections.

      Local Government Employees (Medical Retirement)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many members of local government pension schemes were granted ill-health retirement in each of the last three years.

      Structural Funds (East Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) projects and (b) organisations which have received EU Structural Funds in the East Midlands Objective 2 Programme, broken down by amount received.

      Structural Funds (East Midlands)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the East Midlands Objective 2 Programme.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what purpose his Department requested copies of campaign material from North East Says No" during the North East referendum period in 2004.

      Social Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether centrally pooled capital receipts from the sale of council homes under the Right to Buy in debt-free authorities will be used as Approved Development...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Anti-bribery/Corruption Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2005, Official Report, column 1011W, on anti-bribery/corruption procedures, if she will make a statement...

    • Caviar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) wild and (b) farmed caviar was imported into the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by country of origin.

      Company Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the (a) next steps and (b) timetable for the Government's review of company law; and what proposals she is...

      Department Store Chargecards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the levels of interest charged on department store chargecards.

      Departmental Policies (Havant)

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

      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 (i) Committee on security of information systems, (ii)...

      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 management of generalised...

      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 conformity assessment and surveillance of...

      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 Advisory Committee on Protection Against...

      Flexible Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) men and (b) women have so far exercised their right to request more flexible employment arrangements; and how many have been...

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department is taking to limit the impact of the recent gas price rises on customers with low incomes.

      Hydrogen Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to develop new and renewable energy sources in the North East and Tees Valley, with particular reference to the use of hydrogen.

      Kazakhstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many visits were made to Kazakhstan by her (a) officials and (b) Ministers in 2004.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Department's policy is towards burying nuclear waste.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post office closures have been stopped following objections from local users in each of the last five years.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have been closed since the start of the Post Office Reinvention Programme.

      Postal Services (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations were conducted with mail users in Scotland on the opening of the UK postal services market to full competition by 1 January...

      Solar Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's estimate is of the number of jobs that will be affected in the solar PV industry and related sectors in (a) Wales and...

      Solar Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure continuity of capital grant support for large scale solar PV installations when stream 2 funding...

      Trade Balance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent steps her Department has taken to promote trade with Europe.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Recipients (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Scotland were in receipt of (a) the minimum income guarantee, (b) council tax benefit, (c) jobseeker's allowance and...

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue notifications of basic entitlement to council tax benefit to relevant claimants of pension credit.

      Disability Awareness Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on disability awareness training in 2003–04; and what information he collects concerning the (a) number and...

      Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many company (a) directors, (b) managers and (c) secretaries have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted for health and safety offences...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the question tabled by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on 19 January, reference 210053.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of calls made to the crisis line from Scotland in each month since July 2004 (a) were answered within 30 seconds,...

      Public Service Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the review of the local government, health and other public service pension schemes.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund (a) community care grants, (b) crisis loans and (c) budgeting loan applications have been (i) made and (ii) received by...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan/Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent since 2001 on UK military operations (a) solely and (b) mainly relating to (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the (a) timescale for, (b) size of, (c) capability of, (d) contracts for, (e) sub-contracts for and (f) cost of the new...

      Army Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established and (b) current trained strength of officers in the British Army is, broken down by arm.

      Canberra PR9

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Canberra PR9 to be withdrawn from service; what will replace the capability; and when.

      Chief of the Defence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methodology is used to calculate the Chief of the Defence Staff's performance-related pay.

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date flight lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook were given self-authorisation status for VIP flights, prior to the crash of Chinook...

      Civil Contingency Reaction Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel are employed as part of the Civil Contingency Reaction Forces; (2) how many personnel are employed as part of the Civil...

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will re-examine the operation of courts martial; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether commanding officers are advised in all cases by military lawyers prior to deciding on the most appropriate disciplinary action to take against...

      Falcon II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Falcon II tactical radio sets have been used in Iraq since November 2004.

      Infantry Future Army Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 50W, on Infantry Future Army Structure, what procedure will be used for a regiment...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when UK armed service personnel first received the United States military planning document on the Iraq war which contained references to P day, A day...

      Joint Strike Fighter Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's current estimate is of the cost of the Joint Strike Fighter programme.

      Military Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department is of maintaining the military bands of (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army, (c) the Royal Air Force and (d) the Royal Marines.

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in each of the past three years an aircraft from the Queen's Flight carrying Ministers on official business has stopped off at a UK...

      RAF Personnel (Warton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel work at BAE Warton, broken down by rank.

      Secondary Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which naval bases have a policy of mandatory secondary monitoring; which do not; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the reasons were for...

      Swan Hunter Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2005, Official Report, column 1017W, on Swan Hunter, what the clerical error was; what investigation he has...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment of possible acquisition costs for a replacement for the Trident nuclear submarine he has made.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last risk assessment was made on the transportation of nuclear material for the Trident nuclear system; and whether the Scottish Executive has...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many accidents have taken place since 1990 involving (a) nuclear warheads and (b) other nuclear material related to the Trident nuclear missile system.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last reviewed command and control procedures for the Trident missile system.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of potential risks of malfunction in the (a) nuclear warhead and (b) delivery system of the Trident nuclear missile.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they established the Quigley review on the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland; whether they have considered the report of the review; and what action they...

    • Northern Ireland: Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made to establish the identification numbers of banknotes stolen in the recent Northern Bank robbery; why a corrected list of numbers has...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord President on 8 February (WA 95), why the Special European Union Programmes Body, the Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights...

      Northern Ireland: St Louis Order Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the agreement regarding the St Louis Order property, reported to the North/South Ministerial Council on 11 April 2002, was made; what form the agreement took;...

      Government Press Notices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When, and to whom, a press notice dated 8 February from No. 10 Downing Street, deferring the appointment of a Permanent Secretary to the Department of Trade and...

      Palace of Westminster: Heat Loss

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What steps will be taken to reduce heat loss from the House of Lords end of the Palace of Westminster.

      Schools: Drug Seizures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial value of (a) heroin; (b) cocaine; (c) crack cocaine; (d) amphetamines; and (e) cannabis has been seized in schools in England and Wales during each...

      Internet Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the appearance of the worm VBSun-A and other fraudulent activities on the Internet, what action they are taking against online fraudsters seeking to...

      Police Vehicles: Road Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 15 March 2004 (WA 13–15) on road accidents involving police vehicles, whether they will...

      Asylum Seekers: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have regarding the return of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children without parents to their country of origin; and Whether the child care and...

      Asylum Seekers: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children there are in the United Kingdom, broken down by country of origin and age.

      Army: Infantry Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the location, the number and the units of British Army infantry soldiers currently on operations.

      Iraq: Missile Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What surface-to-air missile systems currently pose a threat to coalition forces in Iraq.

      Defence Procurement: NATO Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to abandon Standard NATO Agreements for defence procurement.

      Defence Procurement: EU Catalogue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution they are making to a European Union catalogue for common standards for defence procurement.

      Drug Treatment: Residential Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many beds on average were unfilled in residential homes for the treatment of drug and alcohol addicts in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

      Drug Treatment: Residential Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that beds in registered residential homes for the treatment of drug and alcohol addicts are filled to maximum capacity.

      NHS University

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been spent each year on the National Health Service University since its establishment in autumn 2003.

      NHS Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the planned merger by July of the National Health Service University with the National Health Service Modernisation Agency and the Leadership Centre to...

      Hospital Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) hospital wards; and (b) hospitals have been closed in the past five years due to a lack of patients.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the principal target organs in carcasses of badgers examined by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the period 1974 to 1998 that had died or...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the principal routes by which infection is spread from badger to badger is (a) respiratory, and (b) through bite wounds.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 7 February (WA 90), why the Independent Scientific Group has refused to disclose the results of post-mortems on...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many badger carcasses were examined by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between (a) 1974 and 1995; (b) 1996 and 1998; and (c) 1998 and 2004 in...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no badger carcasses from Gwent were examined for Mycobacterium bovis between 1996 and 1998.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no badger carcasses from Shropshire were examined for Mycobacterium bovis between 1974 and 1978.

      Red Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, as a protected species, the red squirrel is the responsibility of the Forestry Commission in accordance with Schedule 5 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act...

      EU Fruit Plant Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which European Union countries have yet to implement Commission Directive 2003/111/EC on the marketing of fruit plant propagating material and fruit plants...

      Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (No. 2) Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the timetable laid down in Regulation 6(3) of the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (No. 2) Regulations is the same for all other European...

      Waste Implementation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether school-based waste-education work will be included within the criteria for distribution of the £92 million allocated for 2005–06 to the Waste...

      Department for Transport: Taxi Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on taxis for departmental purposes by the Department for Transport in the past two years.

      Railways: Salisbury to Yeovil Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 21 February (WA 184), whether the responsible Ministers have considered the effect on the regional...

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