Written answers

Monday, 7 March 2005

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with countries affected by the Asian tsunami regarding the sexual exploitation of children left (a)...

    • Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received from the Malawi Government on the time scale for commencement of funds for the six-year health...

  • Transport

    • Metrolink (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will determine the bid for the upgrading of phases 1 and 2 of Manchester's Metrolink.

    • Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what major transport projects have been approved in the last year, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (a) how many and (b) what types of unmanned aerial vehicles have been licensed to operate over land in civilian airspace by the Civil Aviation...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Regulatory Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to review the cost of regulation to businesses.

    • Russian Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) she and (b) a representative from her Department will be meeting the Russian Federation's Minister of Energy and Industry during...

      UK Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in which industries the UK enjoys a significant comparative advantage relative to (a) the US, (b) China, (c) India and (d) EU accession countries.

  • Prime Minister

    • Annual Report

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to publish the Government's Annual Report.

    • Intercept Evidence

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 23 February, Official Report, column 302, on intercept evidence, when he saw the advice received by the Leader of the Opposition when he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether minutes were made of each meeting his special advisers held with the Attorney-General in March 2003 on the preparation of legal advice on the legality of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister which members of the Cabinet were shown the full text of the Attorney-General's legal advice on the legality of the war of 7 March 2003.

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he is required under the Ministerial Code of Conduct to show full legal advice received from the Attorney-General relating to matters before the Cabinet to each...

      September 11

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what representations he has received from the families of British victims of September 11 2001 concerning the investigation of (a) the events that took place in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact termination of the EU Life Nature Fund would have on her Department's ability to...

    • Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the transitional arrangements which will be put in place when section 53 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act...

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of possible benefits arising from global warming in respect of (a) lower energy costs and (b)...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the final results of the winter oilseed rape field scale evaluations will be published; in what form they will be...

      Green Taxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the effects of EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No. 148/04/COL of 30 June 2004, 2004/C...

      Planning Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the consistency guidelines produced by the Planning Inspectorate that relate to rights of way and definition...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to protect society from the impact of...

      Village Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding streams are available for village hall facility improvements; and if she will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what legal advice the Government have received on the legality of fixed odds betting terminals in high street locations; (2) what...

    • Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate (a) the number of fixed odds betting terminals in operation and (b) the number of locations in town centres where...

      Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the average amount of money lost per head on fixed odds betting terminals each week.

      Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the total amount spent in the last week for which figures are available on (a) fixed odds betting...

      Betting Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of problem gamblers who attribute their problems mainly to fixed odds betting terminals.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Coventry, South constituency, the effects in the...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the Blackpool, North and Fleetwood constituency,...

      Licensing Fees (Amateur Sports Clubs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many representations the Department has received on the proposed increase in licensing fees for amateur sports clubs; and what...

      Regional Sports Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) the budgets and (b) the operating costs for each of the Regional Sports Boards in the last year for which figures...

      Sports' Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list reviews of sport which are in progress (a) which she has initiated and (b) to which the Department is contributing; and...

  • Treasury

    • Asset Transfers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the transfer of resources to Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise to reflect transfers of office assets from the Treasury in central London will...

    • Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many separate items of literature have been sent to parents of children entitled to child trust funds; how many parents have received these to date; how...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) the cost to date and (b) the planned cost to May of the Government's advertising campaign for child trust funds is.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the quarterly growth rates were for each of the last 17 years.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of (a) unemployment, (b) long-term unemployment and (c) youth unemployment in each borough of London has been in each year since 1997; and how...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average percentage change in lone parent employment was between (a) 1992 and 1997 and (b) 1998 and 2003.

      EU Partnership Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list partnership projects with the institutions of the EU for which UK Government provided funding in the past two financial years.

      Gershon Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what percentage of the savings identified by the Gershon Report relate to (a) UK-wide expenditure, (b) Great Britain-wide expenditure, (c)...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of income tax liabilities in the latest financial year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) gender and (b) 10-year age bands.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate is; and what assessment he has made of the trend in the level of job creation in the last five years.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the payment of national insurance by sub-postmasters.

      Palestine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role his Department is taking in international attempts to facilitate economic regeneration in Palestine.

      Residence Changes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the population changed residence in each year since 1979.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue impact for each of the next five years of raising the stamp duty threshold in Scotland to (a) £100,000, (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why people are being advised not to contact their hon. Member if they have sought the adjudication route to deal with a tax credit query.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of the child tax credit on the income levels of the poorest 20 per cent. of families.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many of the cases in 2004–05 where the Inland Revenue contacted child care providers to verify the details that had been provided by the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a specific tax credit for volunteers during the year of the volunteer.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis his Department estimated the cost of increasing the subsidy rate in the child care element of the working tax credit from 70 per cent. to 80...

      UK Population (Immigration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely increase in the population of the UK as a result of immigration in all forms over the next 30 years.

  • Education and Skills

    • 14–19 Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost was of the working group on 14–19 reform chaired by Sir Mike Tomlinson; and how much was spent on (a) research and...

    • Broadband Access (Coventry)

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

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools was in 2004 in (i) Greater London and (ii) each Greater London...

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time classroom assistants were (i) recruited and (ii) employed in each London borough in 2004.

      Cross-border Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what cross-border tracking of children in education takes place between English and Welsh local education authorities.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Coventry South constituency, the effects on the...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to increase the number of teachers in state schools in Battersea.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget was for the Brighton and Hove local education authority in each year since 1997–98.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in classes of 31 or more in infant schools and infant classes in primary schools in Brighton and Hove in each year...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers were working in maintained schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding was allocated to schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97.

      Further Education (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding gap is between school sixth forms and further education colleges; and what plans her Department has to reduce the funding...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough left school with no qualifications in 2004.

      School Medical Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirement there is for medical facilities at (a) junior schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education establishments to be...

      School Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will discuss with the Office for Standards in Education extending its powers of inspection to cover school toilets for pupils; and if...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of secondary schools in London have applied for specialist status.

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was to her Department of (a) the 2003 PISA survey and (b) the 2003 TIMSS survey.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether the Public Service Agreement target for 85 per cent. of 11-year-olds to achieve Level 4 or above and 35 per cent. to achieve...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of 19-year-olds who achieve qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the public service agreement target to make significant progress year on year to reduce rates of non-completion in higher education...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated cost to public funds is of achieving the public service agreement target to increase participation in higher education...

      Undergraduates (Bankruptcy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students in Greater London declared themselves bankrupt in 2004; and if she will make a statement.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2005, Official Report, column 858W on university admissions, whether the review of benchmarks for...

  • Defence

    • Army Legal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the structure is of the Army Legal Services (ALS); how many people are employed by the ALS; and what its duties are.

    • Citizenship Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Army does not sponsor applications from UK armed forces' personnel from elsewhere in the Commonwealth who wish to apply for dual or...

      Deaths in Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2005, Official Report, column 1254W, on military death (Amesbury), in what non-work related circumstances service...

      Defence Analytical Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget the Defence Analytical Services Agency spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total...

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people worked for the Pay and Personnel Agency (a) in 2003–04 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available; how many were...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Defence Service Agencies (Scotland)

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

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many acres of vacant, dormant, unused and under-utilised land are owned by his Department; and if he will estimate the number of homes that could be...

      Departmental Records Office (Hayes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many agency staff commissioned by TNT have been dismissed from working on the Departmental records office site at Bourne Avenue, Hayes on the grounds...

      Geneva Conventions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether further investigations are taking place in relation to alleged breaches of the Geneva Convention arising out of Operation Ali Baba; and if he...

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical testing is available for veterans claiming Gulf War-related illnesses.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims of Gulf War-related illnesses are waiting to be processed.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much financial compensation has been paid to Iraqi citizens for damage done to Iraqi property as a result of the actions undertaken by British...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list (a) armoured regiments and (b) artillery regiments that have been deployed in Iraq in an infantry role since the end of...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place between the US and UK about RAF Menwith Hill becoming a component of the American Missile Defence System; and if he...

      Parachutists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the parachute battalions are in receipt of parachute pay.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the drop-out rate for 16 to 24-year-olds from the Royal Air Force has been in each year since 1997.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF recruits in 2004 were from (a) London and (b) Essex.

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many representations he has received supporting the separate future of each of the three regiments due to merger into the Kings, Lancashire and...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will allow independent monitors to test for radioactive contamination at the Trident nuclear base on the Clyde.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Alcohol Policies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the report, Alcohol Policies", produced in 1979 by the Central Policy Review Staff.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to issue guidance on the conduct of civil servants during and in the period leading up to the referendum on the European Constitution;...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) sacked in each year since 2001 for gross professional misconduct; and in which Department each was...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) sacked in each year since 2001 under suspicion of breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989; and in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total subsidy provided by central Government to fund the transitional regime in respect of business rates was for the period 2000–01 to 2004–05.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average Band D level of council tax was in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2004–05 in (i) two-tier local government areas, (ii) unitary councils in...

      Design

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the ministerial design champion for his Department is.

      High Hedges

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

      Housing (Fylde)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations are being conducted between the management of the Northern Way and local authorities in Fylde on targets for future house building; and when...

      Housing Stock

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities in England have decided their stock options appraisal in favour of (a) stock transfer, (b) arm's length management organisation, (c)...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the 20 least populous lower tier local authorities in England are, measured by population per hectare; what the average annual earnings per capita in each of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those local authorities for whom the revenue budget settlement for 2005–06 has been based on 1991 Census data; and if he will make a statement.

      London Safety Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many responses to the public consultation that the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority has conducted on the Draft London Safety Plan (a) supported and (b)...

      Select Committee Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the Ninth Report of session 2003–04 of the Committee on the Office...

      Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what recent progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target to promote better policy integration nationally, regionally and...

      Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what recent progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target to narrow the gap in health, education, crime, worklessness,...

      Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to devolve decision making to the most effective level; (2) what...

      Water Mills

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances planning permission may be given for water mills to provide renewable energy where they are located in green belt areas.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with investigations established to examine the actions of the Accounting Officer of the Housing Executive in...

    • Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total investment by Invest Northern Ireland in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency was in each of the last five years.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total Northern Ireland Tourist Board investment in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency was in each of the last five years.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) applications and (b) expressions of interest have been received by the Belfast Regeneration Office in relation to the Neighbourhood...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether she has read the legal opinion on the case for war in Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Attorney-General provided written advice that the invasion of Iraq could be illegal.

  • Health

    • Agency Nurses (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust paid for agency nurses in each year since 2002.

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proposed restructuring of its ambulance service by Westcountry Ambulance Trust.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his statement of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 528, on the fall in the premature death rate from cancer since 1997, if he will...

      Cancer

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

      Cardiac Care (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained medical (a) doctors and (b) nurses specialising in cardiac care there are in Romford and Havering hospitals.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much NHS funding has been allocated to children's hospices in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of the total...

      Cleaning Costs

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

      Complementary and Alternative Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on general practitioners prescribing complementary and alternative medicine and treatments.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pieces of guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts (PCTs) in the last year regarding targets that need to be met for signing up...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted into (a) the NHS-private mix and (b) the age of dentists moving over to the personal dental service contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices are accepting new (a) children, (b) pensioner and (c) adult NHS patients, broken down by primary care trust.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Coventry, South constituency, the effects on the constituency of changes...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon, Central constituency, the effects of changes to departmental...

      Digital Hearing Aids (Gloucester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to help improve the delivery time for digital hearing aids in Gloucester.

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what input he has had to the review of the disabled facilities grant; (2) what assessment he has made of the health benefits of accessible housing...

      Distalgesic and Co-proxamol Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice is given to general practitioners who are unwilling or discouraged from re-issuing prescriptions for distalgesic and Co-proxamol; (2)...

      East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-clinical staff are employed by the East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey Primary Care Trust.

      East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total budget of the East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey Primary Care Trust was spent on administration in each of the last three years.

      East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey Primary Care Trust owes to the NHS Bank.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist epilepsy nurses have been working in the NHS in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      FSA Eat Well Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the Food Standards Agency Eat Well campaign; and how much of this money was spent on each aspect of expenditure on the campaign.

      GP Service (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have registered with general practitioners in Southend in each year since 1997.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures the Food Standards Agency has in place to ensure that meat imported into the UK from EU countries is fit for human consumption; (2)...

      Mr. Alan Milburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what inquiries he has made into payments made to the right hon. Member for Darlington by companies involved in major commercial deals with the NHS; and if...

      Mr. W. A. Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the position of Mr.W. A. Wood of Solihull on the waiting list for hearing appliances with Birmingham Heartlands and...

      NICE Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued on the use by NHS trusts of treatments within a class of treatments during the period of the appraisal of that class of...

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to address the shortcomings in the management of the Paddington Health Campus Project identified in the National Audit Office,...

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the land arrangement set out in the December 2004 outline business case for the Paddington Health Campus was rejected by his Department.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it remains the intention that the Paddington Health Campus will have 1,088 in-patient NHS beds.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the outturn costs of the Paddington Health Campus Project set out in the outline business case of December 2004.

      Prostate Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase expenditure on treatment of prostate cancer.

      Prostate Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long the waiting time is for treatment for prostate cancer at the Leicester General Hospital; and what the equivalent time was in 2004.

      Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996–97, (ii) 1997–98 and (iii)...

      Treatment Abroad (NHS Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients living in the London borough of Wandsworth have had operations or other medical treatments funded by the NHS in European countries in...

      Waiting Times (Mental Illness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time is for a patient with a mental health illness to receive an initial out-patient appointment with a consultant, following...

      Waiting Times (Rochdale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for surgery for patients in Rochdale was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures he is taking against legal advisers facilitating unfounded claims for (a) asylum and (b) applications for...

    • Child Support

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in assisting Jane Green, the constituent of the hon. Member for Stafford, in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Exports (EU Code of Conduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 171WS, on EU Code of Conduct on Arms...

    • Arms Exports (EU Code of Conduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 171WS, on EU Code of Conduct on Arms...

      Arms Exports (EU Code of Conduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 December 2004, Official Report, column 171WS, on EU Code of Conduct on Arms...

      Attorney-General (Iraq Advice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he had a role in the (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up of the parliamentary answer given by the...

      Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Bolivian Congress's decision to charge former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada...

      China (Arms Embargo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the US Administration on the lifting of the EU's arms embargo on China; what the US's position...

      Craig Murray

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what redundancy package was negotiated with Mr. Craig Murray; and whether confidentiality clauses were included.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the attack on UN peacekeepers in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are employed in the FCO Services: Visits section; and what training they received in advance of taking up their...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how individuals were recruited by the FCO Services: Visits section in the last year for which figures are available.

      Europe Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has made for the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May.

      Europe Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget his Department has allocated for the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May.

      Europe Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in his Department will be involved in activities to mark or celebrate Europe Day on 9 May.

      Falklands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the situation is regarding air links between the Falkland Islands and the South American mainland; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received regarding the export of oil from the Iraqi port of Khor al-Amaya in January and February 2003; and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities on the extension of the Nationality and Entry into Israel Law...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning (a) the assassination of two members of the Al Asqa...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning (a) the planned construction of a new settlement,...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the evacuation and dismantling by the Israeli army of...

      IT (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures following breaches of...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government have given to Kroll in its work to recover moneys obtained through corruption in Kenya.

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking to promote a democratic and pluralistic society in Kyrgyzstan.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors determined his Department's selection of Lahore and Gujarat for inclusion in the itinerary of his 2005 South Asia...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rules apply to the conduct of Ministers in the selection of foreign destinations for ministerial visits.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK Muslim community of the scheduling of Ministerial visits to Lahore and Gujarat.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who in his Department took the decision to include Lahore and Gujarat in the itinerary of his recent visit to South Asia.

      Public Diplomacy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs within what Directorate in his Department the Public Diplomacy Unit is based; and what the remit of the Unit is.

      Public Diplomacy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget for the Public Diplomacy Unit (a) is in 2004–05 and (b) was in 2003–04; and how many staff work in...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received relating to the commissioning by President Museveni of members of the paramilitary Kalangala Action...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to investigate alleged human rights abuse in Uzbekistan.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between Venezuela and the United States of America, with particular...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government and (a) the US Administration, (b) EU member states and (c) the South...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions have taken place between the Government and the UN regarding election monitoring in Zimbabwe; (2) what...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese Government concerning the recent shipment of assault rifles, military vehicles,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • APW Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the additional voluntary contributions which some APW scheme members paid will be combined with ordinary scheme benefits in order to...

    • APW Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Oral Statement of the Minister of State for Pensions on 22 February 2005, Official Report, column 22WH, on APW Pension Scheme,...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) male and (b) female recipients of (i) the basic state pension, (ii) SERPS and (iii) pension credit.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases in Midlothian have been submitted to the Child Support Agency since its inception; and how many cases in Midlothian are before...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of parents who contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of their children through the Child Support...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many risk mitigation plans the Child Support Agency has prepared in each of the last four years.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Coventry, South constituency, the effects in Coventry,...

      Disabled People (Battersea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with disabilities in Battersea have returned to work in each of the last seven years.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by schemes in making data returns in relation to the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), broken...

      Five-year Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide the figures on which the percentage national off-flow rates illustrated in Figure 13 on Page 46 of his Department's Five...

      Intensive Activity Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the private sector contractors supplying services relating to the intensive activity period pilot scheme for those aged between...

      Job Centres (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that the job centres at (a) Blandford, (b) Bridport, (c) Christchurch, (d) Poole and (e) Wareham are open on a full-time...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of incapacity benefit and other means-tested benefits paid to incapacity benefit recipients was in the last year for which...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of income support for claimants of the disability premium and other means-tested benefits which are drawn by these claimants was...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claimants within the Pathways to Work pilots have completed five compulsory work focussed interviews.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving pension credit have earnings.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance his Department provides to pensioners during the coldest winter months.

      Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Midlothian were paid compensation under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at...

      Sure Start (Battersea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers have received the Sure Start maternity grant in the Jobcentre Plus district which includes Battersea.

  • Home Department

    • Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of special constables.

    • Religious Incitement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to limit the availability of anti-Semitic and extreme anti-Israel incitement on the internet.

      Custody Suites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the overall availability and capacity of custody suites in police stations.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the integration of asylum seekers into local communities in Glasgow.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many measures theUK has opted into under title IV of the EC treaty covering visas, asylum, immigration and movement of persons.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of measures he has taken to control (a) illegal immigration and (b) unfounded asylum claims.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there has been to the average time taken to process initial asylum applications in each year since 2000.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department what plans he has to introduce compulsory testing of immigrants for (a) HIV and (b) tuberculosis.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to visit the Vale of York to discuss problems relating to antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what redress victims of antisocial behaviour have if they feel the police or local authority are not responding to their concerns.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on steps his Department is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour in Sussex.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration has been given to listing Hamas as a proscribed international group.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were in prison on 1 March (a) 1975, (b) 1985, (c) 1995 and (d) 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on reducing the prison population.

      Abuse (False Allegations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last five years the police have enforced a criminal sanction against an individual who has made a false...

      Crime (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many burglaries have been reported to (a) Essex police and (b) Southend police in each year since 1997; and how many reports led to...

      Car Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car thefts have taken place in each of the last three years within the Greater London area.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many times in each year since their inception (a) Essex and (b) Southend community support officers have used the power to maintain...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers were employed in the London borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are working in Wandsworth; and how many there will be in April 2005.

      Crime Statistics (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crimes, (b) burglaries, (c) thefts and (d) vehicle-related crimes were reported to the police in Leicester, South in each year...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in identifying issues for possible reform of criminal...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on theresults of the liaison between the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Historical Abuse Appeals Panel.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact the Cannings case has had on the type of evidence the Criminal Cases Review Commission uses to justify a referral of a case to...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission's section 17 powers will be extended to Scotland.

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on the use of the Gaelic language; and what plans his Department has to prepare and implement a Gaelic...

      Illegal Immigrants (Albanians)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Albanian nationals have been deported from the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

      Infectious Diseases (UK Entrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers, (b) tourists and (c) immigrants entering the UK were tested for (i) tuberculosis, (ii) HIV and (iii) hepatitis...

      Inquests (Teesside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many days in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 the (i) coroner, (ii) deputy coroner and (iii) assistant deputy coroner for Teesside sat on inquests.

      Inquests (Teesside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salaries of the (a) coroner, (b) deputy coroner and (c) assistant deputy coroner of Teesside were on 1 December 2004.

      Internet Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward further proposals to control access to violent pornography on the internet.

      Mistaken Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of mistaken identity in relation to cases brought to prosecution he has been informed of in each of the last five years.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have been stopped by police for driving while using a mobile phone in (a) London and (b) England since the ban came into force.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what legal authority regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service structure are (a) taking responsibility...

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent police officers there are per 1,000 residents of (a) England, (b) Avon and Somerset police area and (c) south...

      Police Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average cost of employing, training and developing a probationary police constable in the last year for...

      Prison Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the annual prison statistics for 2003 will be published; and what factors have determined the timescale for publication.

      Prison System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of public attitudes to prison and its alternatives.

      Prison/Employer Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to encourage links between prisons and local employers.

      Prisoners (Art)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is taking to ensure that different parties involved in the arts work closely together to increase the range,...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers and staff have (a) been tested for tuberculosis and (b) tested positive for tuberculosis (i) in each year since 1997...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the recruitment moratorium by Her Majesty's Prison Service; (2) when the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the 2003 Prisoner Resettlement Survey.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons cookery classes in Bullwood Hall prison have been discontinued.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women have been transferred from Holloway prison to Cookham Wood prison in the last six months; and what the reasons were for the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve conditions at Cookham Wood Prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of mandatory drug testing programmes in prisons was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many prisons the population was in excess of the certified normal accommodation on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what mechanisms the future arrangements for the governance of the probation service will protect the employment rights and status of staff.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) the Probation Pay and Rewards Review and (b) the joint agreement on workload prioritisation will be implemented prior to further...

      Research and Development

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

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the punishments available for those found to have perverted the course of justice.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will re-examine the arrangements for (a) detention and (b) treatment of offenders with mental health problems.

      Sexual Violence (Legal Advice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many specialist sexual violence legal advice lines are funded by his Department in (a) England and Wales and (b) the North East;...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to improve the level of public confidence in the criminal...

      Terrorism (Arrests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 301, how many of those arrested post-11 September 2001 in connection...

      Ticket Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the number of fraudulent sales in 2004 of tickets for music events (a) by street based ticket touts and...

      Traffic Enforcement Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic enforcement officers, (b) traffic wardens and (c) council parking attendants were operating in each police authority...

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he plans to introduce to reduce the level of violent crime.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures (a) are in place and (b) he plans to introduce to ensure early intervention and preventive measures designed to reduce the...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of young people released from custody who re-offend within two years.

      Youth Offending Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to improve the understanding of youth offending teams of their role.

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Administration: Documents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 15 December 2004 (Official Report, col. WA 86) regarding the production of documents by the Northern Ireland...

    • Northern Ireland: Integrated Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there will be sufficient places in integrated schools in Northern Ireland by September 2005 to satisfy all parental requests; and, if not, what shortage of...

      Northern Ireland and Eire: Co-operation in Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which agreement provided for practical co-operation in education between Northern Ireland and Eire; who were the signatories to such agreement; and when it was signed.

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 February (WA 126) concerning incorrect information given to the Northern Ireland Assembly, whether it is...

      Northern Ireland: Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many canvassers are employed by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland in connection with the annual canvass of electors; what are their duties; and...

      Northern Ireland: Electoral Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 83,000 voters missing from the electoral register in Northern Ireland have been successfully visited by canvassers in order to ascertain if they...

      Montserrat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring systems exist to assess the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Department for International Development-funded reconstruction projects in...

      International Development Association

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the United Kingdom's contribution to the International Development Association over the next three years; what percentage increases this will...

      G8: UK Presidency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the likely cost of the United Kingdom's presidency of the G8; and how that cost is broken down between (a) security; (b) travel; (c) entertainment; and (d)...

      G8: UK Presidency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the projected costs of the G8 summit, to be held at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, in July; and how those costs are broken down.

      Bangladesh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance has been sought by the government of Bangladesh from the Metropolitan Police in the investigation of: (a) the attempt on the life of the United...

      Bangladesh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose that at the 2005 meeting of the Bangladesh Development Forum a discussion should be held of the impact of terrorism on development in...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to initiate a review of the implementation and enforcement of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council in the light of...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will commit themselves to the emerging norm, as set out by the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, that "there is a collective...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to strengthen the role to be played by civilian police in peace keeping and security operations undertaken by the United Nations.

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposals on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, as put forward by the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposal for "a Peacebuilding Commission" of the United Nations, put forward by the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposal for the use of regional organisations by the United Nations, put forward by the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposal for the future of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, put forward by the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposals on the future of the United Nations Secretariat on Human Rights, put forward by the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what criteria and method they believe the Security Council of the United Nations should in future be selected.

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to encourage member states of the United Nations to sign, ratify and effectively implement the protocol to prevent, suppress and punish...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they expect the future role of the military staff committee of the United Nations to be; and how the United Nations Secretary-General's need for independent...

      United Nations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the following five basic criteria of legitimacy for the authorisation by the United Nations Security Council of the use of military force, as spelt out in...

      Croatia: International Criminal Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the assurances given to the European Union by Croatia in order to start talks for European Union membership, whether they are satisfied with...

      Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the legal advice on which they base their decision not to sign the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in its present form.

      Algeria: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What results have been achieved through the European Union human rights dialogue with Algeria; when the next round of such dialogue will take place; and whether...

      European Convention on Human Rights: Article 15 Derogations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which members of the European Union have obtained a derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of court martial proceedings for military...

      Lebanon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will send observers to the next parliamentary elections in Lebanon, scheduled for May 2005.

      People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Paris Declaration of the International Commission of Jurists dated 10 November 2004; and in particular, whether they are considering...

      Gun Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many gun crimes in England and Wales involved legally-held weapons in each of the past 20 years and what percentage they formed of all gun crimes, in each case...

      Prisons: Women Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women aged (a) 21 years; and (b) 18 years, serving custodial sentences, are currently pregnant; whether they will provide similar figures for women...

      Prisons: Women Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether pregnant women in custody receive pre-natal and post-natal care and services equal to those available to other mothers.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, having regard to the amendments to Section 4(1) of India's Citizenship Act 1955 now brought into force, they will update paragraph 4 of Annexe H to...

      Football Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that media coverage of certain football matches as "grudge fixtures" has increased crowd trouble at recent games; and how they will work with...

      UKeU

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money was spent by them on UK e-Universities Worldwide (UKeU) between its establishment in 2001 and its winding down in June 2004.

      Schools: Exclusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the past 10 years, how many pupils previously excluded by governing bodies in all types of maintained schools in England and Wales were reinstated by an...

      Outdoor Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide extra funding for the implementation of the manifesto for outdoor education to ensure that every pupil can experience outdoor learning,...

      Arts Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to respond to the concerns expressed by the chair of the Arts Council, Sir Christopher Frayling, in his Royal Society lecture 2005 on the...

      Child Support Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the minutes of the discussions they have had with Child Support Agency management over its corporate governance...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the framework for phase I of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme contains separate targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and for...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many European Union member states have submitted their national allocation plans under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme; and how many have been...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage reduction from 1990 levels of carbon dioxide emissions across Europe will be achieved by the national allocation plans for phase 1 of the European...

      A3

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been killed or seriously injured on the single carriageway portion of the A3 at Hindhead in each year since 1997.

      A3

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many serious accidents there have been on the single carriageway portion of the A3 at Hindhead in each year since 1997.

      Cyprus: Ercan Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) United Kingdom; (b) European Union; and (c) United States official trade delegations now fly into Ercan airport in Turkish Northern Cyprus; and whether...

      Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to institutionalise human rights dialogues with partners in the Euro-Mediterranean process during their presidency of the European Union, or...

      EU/US Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the extent to which the principles of equality in geo-strategic relations between the European Union and the United States have been...

      Slavery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which countries they believe that slavery is still in existence.

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