Written answers

Wednesday, 9 March 2005

  • Cabinet Office

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of ending child poverty by 2020, and halving it by 2010; and if he will make a...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received requesting publication of the advice he was given by the Attorney-General in respect of the legality of the Iraq war.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he sought advice on what standard he should apply in determining on 14 March 2003 that Iraq was in material breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1441.

      Arctic Convoy Veterans

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions his officials have had with the Ministry of Defence regarding recognition for the Arctic Convoy veterans.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) documents and (b) other written material he has released to date in response to Freedom of Information requests; and what categories of...

      Global Political Challenges

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of what the most pressing global political challenges are.

      Syria

      To ask the Prime Minister what undertakings he gave to President Assad of Syria in December 2002 about future co-operation between the Government and Syria; and what subsequent discussions he has...

  • International Development

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with ministers in India and Africa on targeting aid more effectively towards areas suffering from high...

    • UN Aid Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the timetable for the UK to meet the UN target for aid of...

      New Partnership for African Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the New Partnership for African Development.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he is taking to boost the economy of the island of St. Helena.

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Department is providing to encourage economic growth in the Palestinian territories.

      Fairtrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote Fairtrade awareness.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on aid to Zimbabwe.

      Vaccinations (Developing World)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's work with others to promote vaccination in the developing world.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has funded (a) alternative employment for workers in the poppy industry and (b) the purchase of poppy crops in...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which countries he is giving resources devoted to the prevention of avian influenza.

      Guyana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a further statement on UK assistance to Guyana following the floods on 26 December 2004, with specific regard to (a)...

      Jammu Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions he has had with the Jammu Kashmir Government concerning what financial or material assistance is needed...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid Malawi will be given by his Department in 2005; and how much was given in 2004.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the proposed Middle East donors conference in June; and whether he plans to establish an international...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he takes to ensure that all aid from the UK, including that distributed via multilateral donors, is fully aligned with the...

  • Treasury

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the number of individuals in Southend who did not complete 2001 Census returns; (2) how many prosecutions there have...

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the statutory penalties are for refusing to complete a decennial population census form for England and Wales; and how many successful...

      Centenarians

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged 100 years and over live in the UK.

      Emigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who emigrated from the UK in each year since 1990; what percentage of those people he estimates were...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) telephone calls, (b) e-mails, (c) letters and (d) personal visits were recorded on an average working day at the Inland Revenue office in...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 724W, on the Licensing Act, if he will list the grounds on which a justice's licence may...

      Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals in each region of the UK that were more than £10,000 in debt in each month since January 1990;...

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) the gross domestic product (GDP), (b) his estimate of the output gap, (c) total public spending, (d) public spending per capita and (e) public...

      Staff Transfers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax policy staff were transferred from Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise to the Treasury in each of the last three years; and what their (a)...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost of making student loan repayments for graduates tax-deductible.

      Tax Credits (Overpayment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which Department of the Inland Revenue hon. Members should write in respect of representations relating to the desirability of remitting overpayments of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the findings from the collection of evidence from road traffic accidents affecting badgers in...

    • Carbon Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the UK National Allocation Plan for allocating carbon allowances to be approved by the European Commission.

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the breeding population of cormorants (a) in England and (b) on inland waters in England.

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library the correspondence she has had with the EU Commission regarding the European Union Emissions...

      EU Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of common agricultural policy production subsidies in the EU, including those...

      GM Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received since May 2003 in response to the challenge by the US in the World Trade Organisation...

      GM Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent approval given by the European Commission for the marketing of two GM maize varieties.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action is being taken to limit the increase of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

      Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate the cost of setting up a border inspection post for the entry of horses to the UK by sea; [218711...

      National Bee Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 933W, on agriculture, on what basis the decision was made...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the official residences for which her Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost...

      Rigby House Farm Waste Tip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers are available to her Department to close Rigby House Farm waste tip on the grounds of (a) emission of smells and...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) water companies and (b) Water UK on the potential for greater use being made of reed...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has in respect of single farm payments for those who had historic commoners' rights on the basis of the number...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many heating installations have been carried out in each constituency in England under the Warm Front Scheme in each of...

      Waste Incineration Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what installation and plant will be (a) exempted and (b) derogated from the requirements of the waste incineration directive...

      Waste Incineration Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what category of installations and plant that burn waste will not be covered by the waste incineration directive when it...

      Waste Incineration Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether incineration by (a) asphalting companies, (b) cement manufacturers, (c) chemical firms, (d) merchant incinerators,...

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for each of the Merseyside local authorities the proportion of household waste re-cycled in the last three...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funding has been allocated to facilitating the visit of the International Olympic Committee evaluation team to London in...

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the total cost of (a) promoting and (b) hosting the 2012 Olympics in London.

      British Art Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's estimate is of the cost to the British art market of the European Union's Directive 2001/84/EC, Artist's Resale...

      British Art Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's estimate is of the proportion of art sales that may be diverted from the United Kingdom following implementation...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Heritage Lottery funding was awarded in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough in 2004–05; and how many projects...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what priorities she has set for lottery funding.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to amend the criteria for lottery awards to ensure that poorer areas receive a higher level of award.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase and broaden the impact of culture and sport...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) Executive agencies within the remit of her Department have regional offices based on...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what regional (a) bodies, (b) institutions, (c) taskforces, (d) panels, (e) offices and (f) organisations the Government have...

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many candidates applied for the post of Chair of UK Sport; how many were interviewed; and what criteria were used to select the...

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who interviewed the candidates for Chair of UK Sport; and what role she played in the appointment.

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Chair of UK Sport is allowed to hold other public appointments; and what rules govern her conduct.

  • Defence

    • Cancer

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

    • Forces Recruitment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been recruited by Scottish Infantry regiments in each of the last 10 years from (a) Scotland, (b) the rest of the UK and (c) outside...

      Forces Recruitment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many domiciled Scots have joined the (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy in each of the last 10 years.

      Military Abuse (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pension rights the three men recently convicted of abuse of Iraqi civilians will have; and if he will make a statement.

      Parachutists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) trained strength and (b) establishment is of each of the parachute regiments.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the male to female ratio is in the Royal Air Force.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new recruits to the Royal Air Force there have been per year on average over the past five years.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Air Force's recruitment targets were met in the financial year 2003–04.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for recruitment to the Royal Air Force.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policing arrangements are at RAF Menwith Hill; how many people have been arrested there; and what discussions the local police have had with...

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many additional hirings from private sector landlords his Department expects to take on in the first year of his policy to house Armed Forces...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Attorney-General (Iraq)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether Lord Irvine was involved in (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up the parliamentary answer given by the...

    • EU Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs when he expects to announce what public monies will be made available to assist promotion of the forthcoming referendum...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will undertake research to assess what the implications would be of the introduction of a minimum turn-out...

  • Education and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has commissioned into the differences of performance levels between further education colleges in the North and...

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has commissioned into the relationship between the quality of individual schools and further education colleges...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what processes Ofsted interprets and utilises performance data for the purposes of inspection judgments; and if she will make a statement.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to issue further guidance on the relationship between the provisions in the five-year strategy on new school sixth forms and...

      Teachers (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers there were in (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in Leicester local education authority in...

  • Advocate-General

    • King's Own Scottish Borderers

      To ask the Advocate-General if she will make a statement on the writ served on her by the Edinburgh branch of the King's Own Scottish Borderers concerning the amalgamation of the regiment.

  • Scotland

    • Cancer

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

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removal notices for failed asylum seekers have been issued in each year since 1997.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been removed in each year since 1997.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken since March 2004 to increase the rate of removal of failed asylum seekers.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter dated 31 January from Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau...

      Custody Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Runciman Royal Commission on Criminal Justice in relation to custody officers; and...

      Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported from the UK in 2004.

      Detention Rates (Young Men)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the Audit Commission's findings relating to detention rates of young black and young white men.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on links between drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

      EU Committees

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

      Fresh Talent Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to devolve responsibility for the aspects of immigration policy relating to the Fresh Talent initiative to the...

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been the victim of identity theft in the latest three years for which figures are available.

      Illegal Immigrants (Albanians)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Albanian Government on illegal immigrants from that country who have entered the United Kingdom in each...

      Immigrant Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in the introduction of language and knowledge tests for immigrants.

      Irish Republic (Extraditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extradition requests from the United Kingdom Government to the Government of the Irish Republic have resulted in the extradition of...

      Jamaican Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Jamaica about repatriating Jamaican nationals serving prison sentences in the...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of visas issued to migrant workers relate to (a) agricultural employment, (b) catering and (c) the care system.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Department keeps records of the companies who offer work to migrant workers.

      National Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget change for the National Probation Service will be for 2005–06, broken down by area.

      Newspapers/Periodicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mentally ill people have died in police custody since 2001 in (a) the UK, (b) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland and (c) the...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve training of police officers to enable them to deal more effectively with mentally ill people.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals there have been against the recent re-valuations of business properties, broken down by local authority area.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the outturn Band D council tax precepts are for 2005–06 for each fire authority in England and Wales.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average Band D council tax in England was in 2004–05; and what percentage of national annual average earnings this represented.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Band D council tax equivalent figure his Department uses in respect of each new property in (a) Aylesbury Vale district, (b) Chiltern district, (c) Wycombe...

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) was made available in 2004–05 and (b) will be made available in 2005–06 to (i) local authorities in south-east England, (ii) Aylesbury...

      Electrical Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of training places available for electricians wishing to obtain qualifications under the part P electrical regulations.

      Electrical Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of whether local authorities will need to employ additional staff to monitor part P electrical regulations.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the population of Leicester were homeless in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which sites have been transferred from the Department of Health to his Department for affordable housing for key workers.

      Local Government Finance/Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects the Lyons Review into the balance of funding to report.

      Local Government Finance/Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what research his Department (a) has (i) conducted and (ii) commissioned and (b) plans to commission into the costs of providing services in rural areas;...

      Neighbourhood Renewal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money the Government have given to neighbourhood renewal programmes in each year since 1997; and which neighbourhoods have been included in such programmes.

      NHS Estate Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) sites and (b) assets transferred to (i) his Department and (ii) English Partnerships by NHS estates as land surplus to the NHS in each of...

      Rural Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received regarding the costs of providing services in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost to public funds of providing legal advice, assistance and support in relation to planning applications and appeals in respect of Traveller...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what policies her Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.

    • Child Poverty

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

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on congestion (a) charges and (b) penalty charge notices by the Department since the commencement of the congestion...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in which Muslim newspapers the Department advertises; and what kinds of advertising the Department places in Muslim newspapers.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much expenditure her Department has incurred in each year since 2002 on employing external consultants to deal with the press and public...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department has spent in each year since 2000 providing printed information for the public.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee of experts on the transit of natural gas...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Canada Joint Committee on scientific and...

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of all the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by her Department in the 2003–04 parliamentary session...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the British companies being assisted by her Department who have won contracts in Iraq.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints about claims handling companies were made to her Department in 2004; and how many of these were referred to the Law Society.

      Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to question reference 213225, tabled for answer on 31 January.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to question reference 214200, tabled on 1 February.

      Small Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when her Department intends to adjudicate on the application lodged on 19 January by Green Amp Ltd. concerning compliance approval under the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that successful competitions have been...

      VAT Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses were (a) registered and (b) de-registered for VAT in each year since 2001 in each (i) constituency and (ii) region.

      VAT Registrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many VAT registrations there have been in Hartlepool in each year since 1997.

  • Transport

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed by (a) the Driver Standards Agency, (b) Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority, (c) Vehicle Certification Authority and (d)...

    • Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Home Office, (b) the Security Services, (c) the National Criminal Intelligence Service, (d)...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Croydon, Central, the effects of the Department's policies and actions...

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent data are for levels of emissions, expressed (a) per person/km and (b) per vehicle/km, of (i) carbon monoxide, (ii) benzene, (iii)...

      Highway Schemes

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

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central Government funding was provided to London Underground in each financial year between 1997–98 and 2004–05 (a) at current...

      Motorcycling Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation the Government conducted with organisations or interests other than motorcycle users and manufacturers prior to publishing its recent...

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under whose authority temporary speed limits on motorways are imposed when roadworks are taking place; and what criteria are used to decide the level...

      Motorway Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons a temporary speed limit of 40 mph was in place on the M1 motorway on the northbound carriageway south of junction 5 on 24 February;...

      Pilots (Security Clearance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to have an appeals system in place to review the removal of pilots' security clearance.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to provide capital funding to local authorities for school bus schemes using accessible low floor buses fitted with satellite...

      Snow Ploughs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many snow ploughs and other snow-moving vehicles are operated by each local authority in England.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce congestion on the inter-urban trunk road network...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to secure improvements in rail punctuality will be met by 2010.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to improve the punctuality and reliability of rail services to at...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to increase rail use in Great Britain by 50 per cent. from 2000...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce the number of children killed or seriously injured in road...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target to reduce the significantly higher incidence within...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target to improve air quality by meeting the National Air Quality...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 12.5 per cent. below 1990...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target of moving towards a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will make a decision on whether to reopen the inquiry into Thameslink 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Traffic Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the present position is concerning the new code of conduct for traffic wardens; at what intervals he plans to revise the code; what provisions are...

      Trip Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average (a) number and (b) distance of trips as calculated by the National Travel Survey was by (i) car driver, (ii) car passenger, (iii) bus,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in each London borough have been reported to be living in poverty in each year since 1995.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision is available to support a claimant whilst a re-evaluation of Child Support Agency payments is taking place.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people, (b) pensioners and (c) people aged 65 years or over in England receive 100 per cent. council tax benefit.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much of his Department's annual expenditure was spent on (a) pensioners, (b) the sick and disabled, (c) the unemployed, (d) lone...

      Job Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of refurbishing jobcentres at (a) Blandford, (b) Bridport, (c) Christchurch, (d) Poole and (e) Wareham in the last three...

      Job Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-focused benefit interviews were carried out at jobcentres in (a) Blandford, (b) Bridport, (c) Christchurch, (d) Poole and (e)...

      Jobseekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions his Department places on the jobs which may be offered to jobseekers which raise issues of conscience for those taking them up.

      Maternity Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government has to increase the rate of (a) statutory maternity pay and (b) maternity allowance.

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to inform employers about the new deal for disabled people; and how it assesses the success of measures to...

      Social Security Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of past advice on tax that he has received from the Social Security Advisory Committee.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Diabetes (Public Service Recruits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been put in place by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to medically assess people with diabetes who apply to become...

    • Diabetes (Public Service Recruits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been put in place by the Fire Service of Northern Ireland to medically assess people with diabetes who apply to become...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) donepezil, (b) rivastigmine and (c) galantamine in treating Alzheimer's sufferers in...

      Ards Borough (Planning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the impact that the number of site meetings being requested by Ards borough council is having on the planning...

      Belfast Regeneration Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by the Belfast Regeneration Office in each year since it was set up; and how much has been spent by each team set up by...

      Contaminated Land (Carrickfergus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on underwriting the value of residents' property if contamination is found on lands in the Brackenridge area of Carrickfergus.

      Cookstown Police Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria were used to determine the siting of the new police station in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to change the system of domestic rates in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to reintroduce social security payments to fishermen who are unable to go to sea in Northern Ireland; how many...

      Housing Association Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list for each financial year since 2001–02 the dates on which each housing association in Belfast was required to submit annual...

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) deaths and (b) disabilities resulted from medical negligence in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the total value of proceeds received by the Provisional IRA from robberies in the Province since 1998.

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the scale of intellectual property crime in the Province by the Provisional IRA concerning (a) pirate DVDs,...

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of connections between the Provisional IRA and criminal syndicates in (a) the British Isles and (b) Eastern Europe;...

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the scale of ownership and influence over pubs, clubs and hotels by the Provisional IRA in the Province.

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the scale of investment in property and business by the Provisional IRA in the Province.

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the scale of mortgage application fraud by the Provisional IRA in the Province.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of individuals commencing work as social workers in each of the last five years in Northern Ireland graduated with (a) social...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many social workers within the Province have completed degree courses; and how many individuals commence training in social work in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abdelbaset Megrahi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Libyan Government regarding the transfer of Mr. Abdelbaset Megrahi from...

    • Africa (Departmental Groups)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding has been allocated to support his Department's Africa research team in each of the last 10 years; and how many...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Brazil regarding (a) extrajudicial killings of Brazilian...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Burma regarding (a) persecution of the Chin people and (b)...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Burma regarding the detention and treatment of NLD member U Soe...

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Cambodian Government regarding (a) the forced repatriation of Montagnard refugees in...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government abroad have had with (i)...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget was allocated to his Department's (a) Europe Directorate and (b) Public Diplomacy Unit in (i) each of the last three...

      Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the United Kingdom plays in providing international election observers.

      Entry Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many entry visas have been granted by the British embassy in Albania to (a) male and (b) female who were Albanian nationals...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will propose (a) sanctions and (b) alternative measures to be brought against the Eritrean authorities to prevent the...

      Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the establishment of Scotland House in Estonia; (2) whether he has discussed the...

      Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide financial and logistical support to business consortia looking to establish Scottish trade offices, similar...

      Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many requests for assistance were received by the British embassy in Estonia from Scottish businesses looking to invest in...

      Freedom of Information Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a) documents and (b) other information released to date by his Department following Freedom of Information...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports have been received from the British high commission in India regarding the effects in Jammu and Kashmir of the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which dates during December 2003 the UK special representative in Iraq was acting Coalition Provisional Authority administrator.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 22 February 2005, Official Report, column 13WS, on British Detainees (Iraq),...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made regarding the Kurdistan Democratic Party's blocking of the delivery of ballot boxes to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent attacks by Kurdistan Democratic Party militiamen against Chaldo-Assyrians in northern Iraq.

      Iraq

      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 his policy in relation to Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the position of the Government is on the acceptance by the Government of Canada of the principle that the issue of the...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish administration in Northern Cyprus on the number of people from Turkey moving...

      Occupational Health Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which external consultant advised his Department on the preferred bidder for the contract for occupational health formerly held...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve the visa operation in Pakistan.

      People's Redemption Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent activities of the People's Redemption Army.

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Peruvian authorities concerning the imprisonment of the trade union activist...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Peruvian authorities concerning the death threats made against Christina Olazabal, the...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department's international science network of support has made of industrial research and development in (a)...

      Russian Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the Russian Federation's progress in moving towards a market based democracy with economic...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of changes in the numbers of student visa applications from China in recent years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what means UK security authorities are able to monitor the activities abroad of foreign nationals who accept voluntary...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with countries affected by the Asian tsunami regarding the sexual exploitation of children...

      Tyrannies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries classified as tyrannies by his Department; what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent appointment of Sam Kutessa as Uganda's Foreign Minister.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Ugandan authorities regarding the kidnapping in Kenya of Mr. George Tumwesigye Owakukiroru.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent visit of President Bush to the EU headquarters in Brussels.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Zimbabwe regarding the legal case against the MDC Deputy Chief...

  • Health

    • A and E Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the success of implementing a four hour target for waiting time in accident and emergency departments; (2) what...

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will re-examine the level of NHS prescriptions charges in respect of asthma medication.

      Body Mass Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average body mass index in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust was in each year since 1997.

      Body Mass Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average body mass index was in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      Botox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to ensure that the botox which is used for cosmetic purposes in the UK has been safety-tested; and if he will make a...

      Community Pharmaceutical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the new contract for NHS community pharmaceutical services on primary care trusts; (2) what assessment...

      Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on current and planned future regulation of the counselling and psychotherapy profession in England; and what discussions he...

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training the staff of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service who are directly involved in investigation receive; and what plans he has to...

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many investigations by the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service are ongoing with respect to (a) GPs, (b) nurses, (c) hospital doctors and...

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial benefit has been to the NHS of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service and its predecessor the NHS Counter Fraud Service in...

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service and its predecessor the NHS Counter Fraud Service has been in each year since...

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the proposals to strengthen the powers of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service announced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Polish dentists (a) have registered and (b) are waiting to register with the General Dental Council to practise consequent on his Department's...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate the different government groups working on the Personal Dental Service (PDS) contract; what the running costs...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts have not applied to the £59 million fund to help with access to dentistry in 2004–05; (2) how many...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage Personal Dental Service conversion rates are in each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been recruited overseas to work in NHS dentistry in England since 1 January 2004.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the Government's policy is on supplying digital hearing aids to those who have been diagnosed to be in need of them; (2) what the Government's...

      GP (Registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who are not registered with a GP; and what his most recent estimate is of the average length...

      Health Care Workers (Immunisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish new guidance on testing and immunisation of healthcare workers for HIV and hepatitis.

      Health Services (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was being spent in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available in (i) East Lancashire Acute Trust and (ii) Burnley General...

      Hospital Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he plans to publish on (a) Clostridium difficile, (b) vancomycin-resistant enterococci and (c) post-surgical infection in orthopaedics;...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure the continued availability of a reliable supply of animal insulin.

      Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the procedure is for informing hon. Members of the appointment of a new chairman for Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what evaluation he has made of the Appleby Report on the National Service Framework for Mental Health—five years on, with particular reference...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a national strategy for the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma; and if he will make a statement.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are available to NHS staff on the treatment of mesothelioma.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2005, Official Report, columns 1337W, on MRI scans, what aspects of the contract are monitored; how the information...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS MRI scans will be delivered under the Alliance Medical contract during the term of the contract.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of MRSA there have been at Conquest hospital in Hastings, East Sussex, in each year since 1997.

      NHS (Treatment Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS contracts with private diagnostic and treatment centres require the NHS to pay for all contracted operations whether they are carried out or not.

      NHS Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on hospital and community services in the NHS in each year since 1991.

      NHS University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses have been completed at the NHS University since its establishment.

      NHS University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many persons will be made redundant as a result of the decision to close the NHS University; (2) how many persons will be transferred to other...

      Physiotherapists (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists are employed at each hospital primary care trust within County Durham and Tees Valley, and Tyne and Wear Strategic Health...

      Practice Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust have had to be allocated to a GP list in each year since 1996.

      Prescription Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average costs (a) per patient and (b) per unit were of prescriptions issued by (i) dispensing and (ii) non-dispensing general practitioners for...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions his Department's Ministers used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years.

      Radiation Risks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes his Department plans to make to its (a) policies and (b) regulatory practices following the recommendations of the Report of the Committee...

      SSRI Review Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) membership and (b) attendance record of each member of the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency selective serotonin reuptake...

      Staff Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) medical and dental staff and (b) administration and estates staff was (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a proportion of total NHS...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce emergency bed days by 5 per cent. by 2008, through...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to increase the number of older people being supported to live in...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce the mortality rate from suicide and undetermined injury by at...

  • House of Lords

    • Licensing Act 2003: Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, during an interview on the BBC's "Today" programme on 13 January, the Home Secretary advised licensing authorities to phase the time at which public houses...

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, after consultation with relevant persons and groups, they will issue guidance on applying for anti-social behaviour orders in respect of certain types of...

      Non-custodial Sentences: Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue guidance to those responsible for imposing sentences on the ways in which non-custodial sentences can be combined with fines, compensation...

      Armed Forces: Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the actual strength of the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marines on 31 March 1997 and 31 March 2004.

      Standards Board for England: Remit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether equity requires that non-elected members of public bodies such as local strategic partnerships and health authorities should be subject to the same rigour...

      Sport Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in allocating money to grassroots and elite sports, they will take account of the wider intangible benefits of sporting success, including its effect on...

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) investigated the compliance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline with local law, as defined by the host...

      Nigeria: Bonny LNG Terminal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken concerning allegations made in the Guardian, BBC "File on Four", and the Nigerian newspaper This Day, that corrupt payments amounting...

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