Written answers

Friday, 4 March 2005

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Gaelic Language

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what his Department's policy is on the use of the Gaelic language; and what plans his Department has to prepare and...

    • Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what value of court-imposed fines have been defaulted on in (a) each London borough and (b) England in each...

  • Treasury

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chairman of the Inland Revenue will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 20 December 2004 with regard to Mr. and Mrs. J...

    • Euros

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many euro coins and notes have been produced (a) in and (b) for the United Kingdom in preparation for possible British membership of the euro; and what...

      Bereavement Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether bereavement grants are taxable.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much UK corporation tax revenue was collected in each of the last 10 years, broken down by industry.

      Growth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK's five year rolling average growth rate has been in each year since 1992.

      Growth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the effect of migration on the underlying growth rate of the UK economy.

      Inland Revenue/Customs and Excise (Merger)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the Inland Revenue office in Alexandra House, Salisbury of the merger of the Inland Revenue with Customs and Excise.

      Rent-a-room Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) landlords and (b) tenants have participated in the rent-a-room scheme.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer of 11 November 2004, Official Report, column 922, on tax credits, when the figures for overpayments of tax credits referred to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what safeguards are in place to ensure individuals do not suffer financial hardship through the recovery of overpayment of tax credits by the Inland...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 5 January (PO Ref: 1/38019/2005) regarding the tax credits position of a constituent;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a giro for an underpayment of tax credits for the 2004–05 tax year will be sent to Mr. David Crawford of Galmpton; why it has not been issued to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the reasons for working family tax credit being reclaimed from Ms Deborah Porter of Paignton; and for what reasons the Tax Credit...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the annual saving to the Exchequer of the introduction of (a) self-assessment tax returns and (b) online filing of self-assessment tax...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many random checks on (a) self-employed and (b) small business tax returns there were in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) the last year for which figures...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost of random checks of self-assessment tax returns in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the last year for which figures are available.

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the tax fee insurance being offered by accountancy firms to cover costs in the event of a random audit by the Inland Revenue;...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average costs borne by an individual facing a random audit of their income tax return; whether financial assistance will be...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is a difference in the average cost for the Inland Revenue when undertaking a random audit of an individual's income tax return when the...

      Tax Take (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact (a) in total and (b) as a percentage on (i) total Government revenue, (ii) income tax take, (iii) corporation tax take, (iv)...

      Tax Take (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact (a) in total and (b) as a percentage on (i) total Government revenue, (ii) income tax take, (iii) corporation tax take, (iv)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Portcullis House (Fire Alarms)

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many fire alarms have gone off in Portcullis House in each of the last two years; how many...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) fraud, (b) forgery, (c) gun crime, (d) internet crime, (e) robbery, (f) snatch theft and (g) alcohol-related violent offence cases the Crown Prosecution...

    • Freedom of Information Requests

      To ask the Solicitor-General what her policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the...

      Rape/Sexual Assault

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans she has to improve the prosecution attrition rate in rape cases.

      Whiterock Parade

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the reasons were for the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions not to proceed with charges arising from events associated with the Whiterock Parade in...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Solicitor-General what powers of investigation are granted to the Crown Prosecution Service to check the credibility and reliability of witnesses, in addition to the initial...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in the last two years.

    • Foreign Airlines (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will press for measures to ensure that deaf and other disabled people are not refused carriage by foreign airlines operating in the UK...

      Growth Areas (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what undertakings the Government have given to the London bid team on meeting shortfalls in the budget for the London 2012 bid; and who...

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Transport for London on special arrangements to control the flow and numbers of passengers using the...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) local authorities, (b) businesses and (c) representatives of users of public roads regarding the...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on promoting London's bid for the 2012 Olympics; how much has been spent in London; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • 12 Mechanised Brigade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the date is for the deployment of 12 Mechanised Brigade to Iraq; (2) what training in prisoner handling 12 Mechanised Brigade will receive...

    • Commando Training Centre (Lympstone)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons were for the decision to drop assault charges against the six Royal Marines instructors based at the Commando Training Centre at...

      Infantry Armoured Artillery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of infantry armoured artillery was deployed at 1 January.

      Recruitment (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Black Watch, (b) King's Own Borderers and (c) Scots Guards were recruited from Lancashire in the last year for which figures...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Exports (Sudan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many prosecutions have been brought in courts outside the UK against (a) UK nationals and (b) UK bodies for breach of the embargo on...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 2 February concerning the malfunction of pensioners' PIN cards.

      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) Advisory Committee for the Technical Adaptation of...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of proposals in the International Atomic Energy Agency publication, Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms are used to monitor and track nuclear waste materials; and if she will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what provisions are made for those who withdraw their pension using the Post Office account card and forget their pin; and if she will make a...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many wind turbines she anticipates will be erected in the UK by 2010.

  • Education and Skills

    • Complaints about Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many complaints the Commissioner for Local Administration in England has received concerning schools in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

    • Complaints about Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action the Commissioner for Local Administration in England has taken in relation to complaints that he has upheld concerning schools...

      Post-16 Education (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of young people in York continuing in education and training after GCSE was in (a) each year since...

      Education Maintenance Allowances (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students at education institutions in York are receiving education maintenance allowances; what the average weekly value of those...

      Permanent Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what change there has been in the level of unsatisfactory behaviour leading to permanent exclusions since 1997.

      Primary Teachers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary school teachers were on permanent contracts in London in September in each year since 1997; and how many unfilled vacancies...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what security measures are implemented in pupil referral units; and what the costs of those measures were in the last year for which figures...

      School Budget Deficits (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in each borough in Greater London ran a budget deficit in the year ended 31 March 2004; and how much this deficit was for each...

      School Playground Schemes

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

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage head teachers who have not applied for specialist status for their schools to do so.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children in North Durham have benefited from the Sure Start programme since its inception; (2) how much money has been spent...

      Unauthorised Absence (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many half-days have been lost owing to unauthorised absence of pupils in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in each year...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with the business rate property revaluation.

    • Departmental Policies (Hull, North)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston-upon–Hull, North constituency, the effects on...

      Faith-based Volunteers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he gives to local authorities regarding the funding of voluntary projects run by churches and religious groups.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units were built as part of each affordable housing scheme funded in Reading, West in each of the last three years; and how many units in each scheme are...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on funding plans for key worker housing in Reading, West.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will break down the expected building costs of building the Government's planned £60,000 homes by each estimated unit construction cost.

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints were received by the Local Government Ombudsman in the last year for which figures are available; and how many were upheld.

      Ordnance Survey Maps

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria Ordnance Survey uses in deciding whether to include school names on maps it produces.

      Planning Appeal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the reason was for the delay in (a) determining the appeal against refusal to grant consent to fell an oak tree at 8 Langley Close, St. Ives, Ringwood,...

      Planning Appeal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason the inspector who carried out a site visit in connection with a tree preservation order appeal at 8 Langley Close, St. Ives, Ringwood, Hampshire...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that stable resources are available to local government.

  • Prime Minister

    • Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 194W, on Miscarriages of Justice, if he will place a copy of the transcript in the Library.

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the towns and cities in the UK he visited in 2004 in an official capacity; and what the purpose of the visit was in each case.

      The Progressive Consensus

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the role of Government employees in the preparation of The Progressive Consensus; and if he will make...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Atomic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much atomic waste was produced in the UK in each of the last five years; and how much atomic waste in total was disposed...

    • Bio-energy/Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received from the biomass study group on (a) barriers to developing bio-energy and (b)...

      Bio-energy/Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on further fiscal measures to encourage the production of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is in respect of areas of grazing where it is too dangerous to graze cattle due to the high...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will undertake research to determine what measures would be needed to alter public perception of the culling of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on tests for a vaccine for bovine TB using the BCG vaccine; and whether she expects...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will reconsider the decision to end the reactive element in the Bourne/Krebs bovine TB trials.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether pockets of M. bovis infection reported in wild deer in the Dulverton area of Exmoor...

      Environment and Development (Ministerial Meetings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environment and development ministerial meeting scheduled for 17 and 18 March in Buxton,...

      Environment and Development (Ministerial Meetings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her statement on 8 February 2005, Official Report, column 1368, on climate change and the environment, which 20...

      Emissions Trading (Brick Industry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the consequences for the brick industry if the European Commission does not ratify Phase 1...

      Energy from Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of energy from waste.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many companies have not yet been paid by her Department for work on the foot and mouth epidemic; (2) how many...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which companies have disputed claims outstanding from the foot and mouth epidemic; and what amounts are involved in each case.

      Gangmasters (Licensing) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to take action against those gangmasters who contravene provisions of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.

      Institute for Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she had made of the effects the restructuring at the Institute for Animal Health will have on research into...

      Lard (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of shop stock levels of lard in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the north-west of England.

      Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution her Department has made to the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and what use she expects to...

      Salmon Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of the farmed salmon market was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Energy Efficiency (SMEs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the interest-free loan scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises that install energy efficiency measures...

      Supermarkets (Dairy Prices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with supermarkets on prices for dairy products paid to farmers; and if she will make a...

      Warm Front (Christchurch)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the waiting time is for Warm Front heating installations in Christchurch constituency.

      Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons the UK is withdrawing from the International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV); and by what...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many advertising contracts, and to what value, were signed by his Department in the periods (a) 1 September 2004 to 1 March...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women have been appointed in the Afghan cabinet; and what posts they hold.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh concerning the safety of British nationals resident in...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment the High Commission in Bangladesh has made of the security situation in that country; and if he will make...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Burma about human rights in that country; and if he will make a statement.

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to promote (a) democratic pluralist governance and (b) civil society in Cambodia.

      Departmental Staff (Cancer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.

      China (Military Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to develop a transatlantic consultative mechanism to prevent the transfer of sensitive military technology...

      China (Military Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received from his EU counterparts regarding the development of a transatlantic consultative...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter of 6 December 2004, reference 184348/04, from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford.

      Europe Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance has been issued to UK embassies in the EU regarding the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Papuans killed in civil conflict in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 621W, on Iran, and the oral answer to my hon. Friend...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department have tendered their resignation citing the war in Iraq as their reason for doing so.

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Lebanese Government about the treatment of Palestinian refugees.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the re-establishment of the six-country discussions on north Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the trend in the level of suppression of dissidents in north Korea in recent months; and what...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programmes his Department has in place to encourage the establishment of democratic institutions in Russia.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of charges for applications for student visas on the number of overseas students...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications were made for student visas to study in each country of the UK in each year since 2000; and how many...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was raised from charges for applications for student visas from students studying or seeking to study in (a) the UK and...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to remove charges for student visa applications for students studying or seeking to study in Scotland.

      UN Security Council (Japan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Japan's aspiration to become a member of the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Staff (Cancer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department plans to provide for victims of the recent earthquake in Iran.

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what countries his Department is funding mine clearance.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount of Palestinian (a) arable land and (b) water resources which are now on the Israeli side of the...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to deliver improved effectiveness of UK and...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of EC Overseas...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve the effectiveness of the humanitarian...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to enhance partnership at the country and regional...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to develop evidence-based, innovative approaches...

      UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department has made to the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and what use he expects to make of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease with entitlement to disability living allowance from the date of their diagnosis.

    • Benefit Payments (Angus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of each state benefit in total in the (a) Kirriemuir West, (b) Kirriemuir East, (c) Brechin West, (d) Brechin...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants there were for the post of Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency; where and when the post was advertised; and what...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of disability living allowance receive carers allowance to look after another person.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Technical Committee on Information Processing met; when...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 22 February 2005, Official Report, columns 16–18WS on the Financial Assistance Scheme, what estimate...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visits to Northern Ireland by potential inward investors have been organised by his Department in the past four years; and how many of...

    • Public Service Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's proposed changes to the local government pension scheme and the retirement age of school...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by the Department; and, of these, which have been (a) met, (b) nearly met, (c) not met,...

      Water Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost has been of the two consultation exercises on water reform in Northern Ireland; and what the (a) operational and (b) staffing...

      Water Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed in the Water Service, broken down by (a) professional engineer, (b) technical and (c) administrative grades; how...

      Water Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will extend the consultation period in respect of the integrated impact assessment which was due to conclude on 4 March.

  • Health

    • A & E Services (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Chorley and (b) Preston used accident and emergency services in each of the last three years.

    • Abortion (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors specialising in abortion procedure there are in the Romford and Havering constituencies.

      Alcohol-related Hospital Admissions (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged between 11 and 15 years were admitted to hospital in (a) Greater London and (b) each London health authority owing to...

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the threat posed to public health in the UK by avian flu; and if she will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted into the viability of full cost recovery of regulatory costs for care homes; and whether the information...

      Children's Weight

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

      Cruse Bereavement Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was made available by his Department to Cruse Bereavement Care in each of the past five years for which figures are available; and what plans...

      DEHP Plasticiser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the resolution by the European Parliament to restrict DEHP plasticiser in medical devices.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1688W, on dentistry, how many dentists returned to NHS dentistry from a career break...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1688W, on dentistry, and the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Westbury (Dr....

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on dental registration rates.

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is for drug rehabilitation in 2004–05; what allocation he has made up to 2007–08; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in the Standing Committee on the Drugs Bill on 3 February...

      East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of spending on acute services by the East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey primary care trust was spent at (a) Epsom and St. Helier, (b)...

      East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have become obese in the East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey primary care trust area in each of the past three years.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving a clear and simple contents labelling system for all prepared foods that includes essential nutritional...

      Health Services (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses there were in North Durham (a) in 2001 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Hospital Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in England are in debt; by how much in each case; and if he will make a statement.

      Imported Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much medicine the Government imported in the last year for which figures are available.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to visit Leicester general hospital.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's advice is on mobile phone use by under-16s.

      Independent Sector Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts the NHS has entered into with private diagnostic and treatment centres.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will provide a substantive reply to question reference 215855, tabled for answer on 10 February.

      Prosecutions (Non-entitlement to Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of civil action have been brought forward by the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service and its predecessors against those suspected...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to audit the implementation of the Renal National Service Framework; (2) whether the measurable benchmarks set out in...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to increase the number of haemodialysis patients with permanent vascular access as opposed to catheters to 80 per cent.

      Residential Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's targets are for the number of residential rehabilitation places over the next three years.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the numbers of sick days taken by staff in the Department.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of adults aged 16 and over who have smoked in each year since 1975, broken down by gender.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of smoking on health in Liverpool.

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the impact of the Human Genome Project on (a) the total number of animals, (b) the number of genetically modified mice...

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020 and (b) halving it by 2010; and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 14 October 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Ms Varsha Edeis.

      Criminal Justice Intervention Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the National Offender Management Service will interrelate with the Criminal Justice Intervention Panels; and what impact on crime rates...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what baseline figures will be used to measure his Department's targets to increase the proportion of (a) heroin seized from 10 per cent. in...

      Extradition Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects that the US Congress will ratify the amendment to the extradition treaty between the US and the United Kingdom; on what basis...

      Inquests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days on average in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 (i) coroners, (ii) deputy coroners and (iii) assistant deputy coroners in the north-east...

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the budget for the National Probation Service for 2005–06 will provide for the additional employment of front-line staff.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed in each probation area on 31 December 2004, broken down by grade; and how many vacancies there were on that...

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation staff he expects will be employed in each probation area in England and Wales by 30 March 2006, broken down by grade.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the performance of the National Probation Service in meeting its targets for (a) 2003–04 and (b) April...

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of probation staff in England and Wales were from ethnic minorities in the year ended March 2003.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation board members are from ethnic minorities; and how many were from ethnic minorities in March 2001.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of senior probation officers are from ethnic minorities.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Home Office has conducted stress surveys amongst staff in the probation service in England and Wales.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions during 2003–04 the (a) National Probation Service's and (b) local probation area bullying and harassment policies...

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps will be taken to improve morale within the National Probation Service.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are made by his Department of whether non-European Union citizens who enter the United Kingdom (a) take-up illegal employment and...

      Overseas Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting that took place on 27 October between his officials and the Confederation of...

      Police IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the integration of police IT systems.

      Prisoners (Resettlement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to involve families in the arrangements for the resettlement of prisoners upon their release; and what plans he has to...

      Prison Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prison officers and staff (a) were tested for HIV/Aids and (b) tested positive for HIV/Aids, following an incident in which...

      Prison Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with prison governors about the ability of prison officers to carry out front-line duties beyond the age of 60...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the proposed objectives of the Serious Organised Crime Agency have changed since the decision to establish it.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs have been incurred in the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency to date; and what estimate he has made of the total...

      Sexual Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the network of sexual assault referral centres to (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire.

      Unpaid Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were imprisoned because of (a) unpaid fines and (b) uncompleted community orders in each year since 1997.

      Victim Support (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the victim support scheme in the Greater London area.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the request from the Visa Section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the clearance of Mr. Abdulazeem...

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