Written answers

Thursday, 10 March 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bridleways (Bolton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she is taking to resolve the PROW claim regarding bridleways linking the villages of Darcy Lever, Little Lever,...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days of (a) moderate, (b) high and (c) very high air pollution have been recorded by each automatic monitoring...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the concentration was of (a) nitrogen dioxide, (b) sulphur dioxide and (c) benzene in each (i) London borough and (ii)...

      Animal By-Products Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the processing of slaughter house waste is designated by her Department as a major hazard operation; and...

      Animal By-Products Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how long temporary licences will be granted to businesses that need to make changes to their operations to comply with...

      Animal By-Products Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the other ways are in which Intermediary Plants can demonstrate compliance with the Animal By-Products Regulation (EC)...

      Bovine Artificial Insemination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether test samples from bulls for artificial insemination purposes may be sent to approved laboratories in other member...

      Bovine Artificial Insemination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of testing a bull for the purpose of artificial insemination is (a) in Great Britain and (b) in Northern Ireland.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of whether biosecurity measures applied by farmers to their cattle herds to prevent...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of (a) the length of theperiod in cattle affected by bovine tuberculosis...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate of the badger population in England and Wales is; and what estimates have been made of the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in the West Midlands region.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to announce the outcome of the gamma interferon test to identify cases of bovine TB in cattle.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects a vaccine against bovine TB in (a) badgers and (b) cattle to become available.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the Irish four counties bovine TB study regarding the relative methods of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the merits of reintroduction of reactive culling of badgers to eradicate bovine TB.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes dated 9 December 2004 with regard to Mr. and Mrs. K....

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-New Zealand Joint Committee met;...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Canada Joint Committee met; when...

      EU Committees

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

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the 20 largest farms or farm companies were in each county in England in each of the last three years; and how much...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent evidence she has found of pair trawlers fishing in the offshore sea bass fishery.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to monitor the pair trawl sea bass fishery in the south west; (2) what recent reports she has...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission regarding the pair trawl sea bass fishery.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) Government and (b) EU aid was paid to the UK fishing industry in each of the last eight years for which figures...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much has been spent by the Government on flood management and defence in each year since 1997; and how much was...

      Food Safety (Imports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from which countries known to be experiencing outbreaks of (a) foot and mouth disease, (b) avian influenza, (c) bovine...

      Foodstuff Importation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the measures in place to control the importation of foodstuffs; (2) what the budget is...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions were drawn from Operation Hornbeam regarding the role of local knowledge in combating future outbreaks of...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the 10 largest amounts paid in the UK to valuers during the foot and mouth epidemic were; and to whom they were paid.

      Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2005, Official Report, column 773W, on footpaths, for how many footpaths the Secretary...

      Harmful Cargoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring of (a) fish stocks and (b) other marine wildlife occurs in parts of UK waters where harmful cargoes are known...

      Horse Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the effect of the introduction of horse passports on the number of equines exported live from...

      Mr. David Blunkett

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what enquiries she has made into payments made to the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett) by a company...

      Peat-free Soil Improvers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what market data her Department (a) collects and (b) plans to collect on progress towards the Government's targets for...

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regional (a) bodies, (b) institutions, (c) taskforces, (d) panels, (e) offices and (f) organisations the Government has...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State forEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies within the remit of her Department have regional offices...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in adopting private sewers; and when a framework will be available to explain how this will occur.

      Sudan 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with officials in (a) the Department of Health and (b) the Food Standards Agency...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of birds which have been killed by wind farms in the UK in each of the last three...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what notice she gave of her intention to alter the terms of general Licence WLF18 to include an obligation to consider...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she undertook before adding to the General Licence WLF18 the obligation for the authorised person to...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she intends to issue to authorised persons under General Licence WLF18 on how they should assess whether...

      Cross-compliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from what date cross-compliance will take effect; when the first payments will be made under the Single Farm Payment Scheme;...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons negotiations on the application to opt out of phase one of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme have been linked...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she has taken to ensure that a complete and definitive list of those installations wishing to opt out of phase...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact on the UK of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will press for the abolition of climate change agreements in Phase 1 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      EU Export Refunds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her Answer to Question 217200 tabled by the honourable Member for Rutland and Melton, if she will list the EU...

      EU LIFE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which applications to her Department for funding under the EU LIFE Directive have been (a) successful, (b) unsuccessful and...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere relative to the increase in the concentration of...

      Milk Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of (a) the Milk Forum and (b) its sub-committees.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid by her Department to external companies for (a) flowers and (b) plants in each of the last five years.

      Rendering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what circumstances A2 permits under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 can be granted to rendering plants...

      Shooting Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who was consulted by her Department prior to the publication of the orders varying the terms of a general shooting licence...

      Shooting Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the amendments made to the open general licence for shooting of pest species.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of tax credits on family incomes in Warrington, North.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on levels of unemployment in Wirral, South since 1997.

      Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on spending plans for education.

      Government Staffing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of central government staffing levels on the level of taxation.

      G7 Presidency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on how he intends to further the millennium development goals at the G7 meetings to be held in April.

      G7 Presidency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the UK's presidency of the G7 and progress towards the millennium development goals.

      Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relationship between the level of taxation and levels of Government net borrowing.

      Tax Compliance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Inland Revenue's revised compliance strategy and supporting performance measures, will be published; and what assessment he has made of consequent...

      Pre-owned Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will issue final regulations and guidance notes on implementation of legislation on pre-owned assets.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Capping Criteria

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he will make a statement on the Government's criteria for capping for 2005–06; (2) what the expected time scale and procedure for capping local...

    • Car Parking

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the terms of reference of the research study being carried out by his Department into car parking provision consistent with policies on...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average parish council precept in areas with parish councils in England is on band D bills for 2004–05.

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require English Partnerships to ensure that social rented housing is included on the long-term derelict site chosen as part of its pilot hardcore...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many social rented homes will be built on the East India Dock Road site acquired by English Partnerships under its London-wide initiative.

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which development and management partnership has been chosen for the East India Dock Road site acquired by English Partnerships under its London-wide initiative.

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the London borough of Tower Hamlets can require planning gain as a condition in relation to the properties for market sale to be built on the East India...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which three long-term derelict sites have been identified in Tower Hamlets for consideration under English Partnerships hardcore brownfield programme.

      Growth Areas

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

      London Safety Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many responses were received to the public consultation exercise by the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority on the Draft London Safety Plan (a) supporting...

      RAF Aston Down

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list representations he has received in the last 12 months regarding future (a) planning and (b) business uses of the former RAF Aston Down site.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Service Personnel

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what action the Electoral Commission is taking to ensure that all members of the armed...

  • International Development

    • CAMFED Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding he has provided for CAMFED International projects in the last five years; and what funding he plans to provide for those...

    • Drug Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to expand the use of proven effective drug combinations for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is being provided to the Iraqi Health Ministry for the provision of prosthetic limbs to Iraqi children injured in the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to provide assistance to disabled children in Iraq, with particular reference to children disabled...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to bring together representatives of countries prepared to help a new Palestinian state to discuss a co-ordinated...

      Relief Initiatives (HIPC)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he is taking to address poverty in heavily indebted poor countries in conflict.

      Relief Initiatives (HIPC)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to use the UK's presidency of the EU to press for 70 per cent. of the EU's aid budget to be given to low income countries.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the dispersal powers under section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 have been used.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iranian citizens are in the UK after having been refused asylum.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department when he expects to respondto the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 20 December 2004, reference M130/5.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received of actions by hunt supporters against those who support the ban; and what guidance he has issued to police...

      Burglary (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were committed in Hartlepool in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures Lancashire police follow for dealing with people in custody who have mental health problems.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the proposal to abolish the right of appeal against refusal of leave to enter the UK to study will be put into practice.

      Police/Crime Statistics (Durham)

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

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police stations within the Greater London area have been (a) opened and (b) closed in each of the last three years.

      Prisons (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what proportion of prisoners have tested positive under the mandatory drug testing programme for (a) an illegal substance,...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his Department's policy to pay special constables; and if he will make a statement.

      West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the length of employment of each Chief Superintendent in the West Mercia Police Constabulary is; (2) what the salary is of (a)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Arts Council England in each year between 1997–98 and 2003–04; and...

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial...

      Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administration costs of the Arts Council England were in each year between 1997–98 and 2003–04, broken down by (a)...

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department sold surplus stock on the e-Bay auction website in each year since 2000–01.

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of sales of surplus assets from her Department was in each year since 2000–01.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions she has had with the Office of Fair Trading on minimum pricing as a means of tackling alcohol misuse.

    • Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated number of people employed in call centres in the UK is; and what percentage of the work force that figure represents.

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industrywhat steps she is taking to ensure that economic partnership agreement are being negotiated in such a way as to benefit developing countries.

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to ensure the economic partnership agreements between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries give...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the appropriate level of regional integration which African, Caribbean and Pacific countries should reach...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on the competitiveness of British industry in comparison to its...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Department expects to reach an agreement with the European Commission on first phase exemption from EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding, and in what form, is being provided by the Government to assist trade associations and other industry representative bodies...

      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-Argentina RTD Co-operation Steering Committee met;...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent progress has been made towards reducing fuel poverty in the west midlands.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has for (a) amendments to and (b) elimination of the development rate of the minimum wage.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will require the prevailing rate of the national minimum wage to be printed on pay slips.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action her Department is taking to reduce the number of employers who consistently refuse to pay the minimum wage.

      National Radiological Protection Board Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the National Radiological Protection Board Report W62; (2) if she will instigate a formal measurement...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to question reference 214199, tabled for answer on 3 February 2005.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria have been used to define (a) urban and (b) rural sub-post offices.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if she will ask Post Office Ltd. to reconsider its decision to close the sub-post offices in (a) Hurcott road, Kidderminster, Wyre...

      Vehicle Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, columns 1801–02W, on vehicle pricing, what steps she is taking to encourage...

  • Education and Skills

    • A2-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants graded A and B at A2 level in (a) mathematics, (b) chemistry and (c) physics were from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and...

    • A2-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many entrants graded A and B at A2 level in (a) French, (b) German and (c) Spanish were from (i)independent, (ii) grammar and (iii)...

      Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital funding has been made available to (a) Dartford primary and secondary schools and (b) schools in the Kent local education...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to reply to the letters from the constituent of the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Richard Carter, dated 29...

      Regional Bodies

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

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies within the remit of her Department have regional offices based on the...

      Replacement Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the time that local education authorities and promoters will need to plan and implement proposals for...

      Retirement Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) award schemes and (b) other forms of official recognition are available in respect of retiring teachers who have completed...

      Teachers (Student Loans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to continue the pilot scheme to repay the students loans for teachers under the Secondary Shortage Subject Scheme.

      Teaching and Administrative Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate how many full-time equivalent staff are employed in (a) schools and other institutions of non-advanced further...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her latest estimate is of the total amount that has been paid by students in tuition fees since their introduction.

  • Health

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to reduce the number of deaths for which alcohol is the primary cause.

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the World Health Organisation's estimates of numbers of people likely to be affected by an avian influenza pandemic.

      Bone Marrow Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding was made available to (a) the NHS and (b) charitable bodies to recruit bone marrow donors in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04;...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women aged (a) 50 to 64 and (b) 65 to 70 have been screened for breast cancer by the NHS in (i) England, (ii) each strategic health...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tendering process was completed by Methods Consulting prior to the award of the contract for the recruitment of dentists from Poland; and what...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 1616W, on dentistry, if he will list in value order the number of bursaries awarded to...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers to questions of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 682W, how many dentists in Kent have closed their lists to NHS patients...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of providing free annual dental checks for adults.

      Doctor Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of doctors who trained in England continued to work in the national health service for five years in the last period for which figures are...

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of including the calorific content on the labelling of alcoholic products.

      Insect-borne Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) insect-borne diseases and (ii) Lyme disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Insect-borne Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment protocols are available to NHS patients suffering from (a) insect-borne diseases and (b) Lyme disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

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

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how frequently doctors are swab-tested for MRSA in the NHS.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 1623W, on MRSA, what assessment has been made by the National Health Service Litigation...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the Health Select Committee's report on obesity.

      Patients' Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that there is good communication between healthcare professionals and their patients, with particular reference to the...

      Pharmacy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what financial support is available to pharmacists dispensing fewer than 2,000 items a month from (a) primary care trusts and (b) central...

      Residential Care (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential, (b) nursing and (c) elderly mentally infirm (i) homes and (ii) places were available in London in each of the last 10 years,...

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the contribution of Saneline to the provision of support and advice to mentally ill people and their families; what...

      Staff Abuse (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have suffered (a) physical and (b) verbal abuse at Lancashire teaching hospitals in each of the last three years.

      Sudan 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency has made to ensure that concerns about food which may contain Sudan 1 have been...

      Sudan 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency first became aware that Sudan 1 was being used as an additive to food for human consumption in...

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of sales of surplus assets from his Department was in each year since 2000–01.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce mortality rates from cancer by at least 20 per cent. in people...

      Transsexuals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether transsexualism is classed as a mental disorder for the purposes of sections 1 and 3 of the National Health Service Act 1977.

      Trumpington House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health on 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 63WH, if he will...

  • Defence

    • Air Tanker Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the air tanker programme; and from where the proposed air tanker will be (a) serviced and (b) operated.

    • Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's personnel are assigned to the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Camp Cropper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that the UK meets its obligations under the Geneva Convention with regard to prisoners held at Camp Cropper for whom...

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library (a) the Boscombe Down CA Release Recommendations as they applied to the HC2 Chinook standard embodied in ZD576 at the...

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 651W, on Air Crash (Board of Inquiry), whether the Chief of the Air Staff, the Air...

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 651W, on Air Crash (Board of Inquiry), if he will place in the Library the memoranda,...

      Chinook Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment other than by Racal he has examined of the findings of Racal regarding the SuperTANS on Chinook ZD576.

      Civil Servants (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether TUPE rules will apply to the transfer of his Department's jobs in Gibraltar to the private sector.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2005, Official Report, column 729W, on cluster munitions, whether any foreign-owned company has (a) manufactured...

      Death in Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are made for parents of service personnel who have died (a) while on active service abroad and (b) while stationed at overseas barracks...

      Defence Information Infrastructure Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to award the contract for the Defence Information Infrastructure project.

      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 Duke of York's Royal Military School spent in Scotland (a) in monetary...

      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 Defence Medical Services Department spent in Scotland (a) in monetary...

      Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what departmental reviews currently under way affect the future of Devonport Dockyard and Devonport Naval Base.

      Equipment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will begin Equipment Programme 06.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service quarters are available for the armed forces in Gibraltar; how many are (a) being and (b) planned to be improved; which are planned to be...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have been deployed in private security companies on behalf of coalition forces during the course of the Iraq war; and how many...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi casualties in the UK sector since the end of the war; and what percentage this represents of the total...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent by the Government on military operations between the outbreak of hostilities in Iraq on 19 March 2003 and 1 May 2003; and how...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to move Royal Military Police training from Chichester to HMS Dryad in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Tanker Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to match military tanker capacity to defence requirements.

      Naval Refit Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the competition process for the contract for the repair of HMS Nottingham.

      Naval Shipbuilding Implementation Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the UK naval shipbuilding implementation study; what its terms of reference are; and when it will report.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which squadrons will be affected by planned changes to the Royal Air Force.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for the future of RAF High Wycombe.

      RAF Flights (Ascension Island)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian passengers have flown on RAF flights to Ascension Island in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Flights (Ascension Island)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on UK military operations on Ascension Island of civilian aircraft using Wideawake Airport.

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for regimental headquarters which will not be used following the formation of the Kings, Lancashire and Border Regiment; (2)...

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances an Army Board decision on a regimental name could be changed.

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the regimental headquarters for the King's Lancashire and Border Regiment will be located; and when he expects relocation to take place.

      RFA Argus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs were of maintaining RFA Argus for the last year for which records are available; and what the forecast is for...

      Rosyth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department had with the right hon. Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown) prior to the...

      Rosyth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what basis the contracts to refit HMS Edinburgh and HMS Ark Royal were awarded to Rosyth Dockyard; and what the cost to public funds is of each...

      Submarine Acquisition Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the submarine acquisition study; what its terms of reference are; and when it will report.

      Surface Combatants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the surface ship support study; what its terms of reference are; and when it will report.

      Surface Ship Refits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent, in each of HM Dockyards on repairs and refits of warships and auxiliaries in each year since 1997.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to achieve the objectives established by Ministers for operations...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the depth support maintenance will be undertaken by (a) RAF personnel and (b) BAE Systems personnel at RAF Marham when Tornado GR4s...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether arrangements are in place for the transfer of command and control functions for the Trident nuclear system to (a) the Australian Government and...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has assessed the merits of converting Trident nuclear submarines to carry Tomahawk cruise missiles; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alterations would be required to enable the UK to mount current Trident nuclear warheads on cruise missiles.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether research is being undertaken in the UK on miniaturisation of current Trident nuclear warheads.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nuclear warheads are deployed on Trident submarines.

      UK Nuclear Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has assessed the merits of mounting nuclear warheads on cruise missiles as part of the UK's current or future nuclear deterrent.

      Union Flag (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the size of the Union flag flown on his Department's site on top of the Rock of Gibraltar has been reduced; and if he will ensure that...

      US National Ignition Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been invested to date by his Department in the US National Ignition Facility.

      Vice Chief of Defence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work is being undertaken in Vice Chief of Defence Staff Medium Workstrands; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cocaine (South America)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the level of production of cocaine in each of the past 10years in (a) Colombia, (b) Peru, (c) Bolivia...

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department had with the organisation Britain in Europe regarding the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department received (a) briefing, (b) research and (c) other submissions from the organisation Britain in Europe...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from what non-governmental (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department received advice, market research or the results...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a copy of the proposed European constitution for each household in the UK.

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) France, (b) Russia and (c) China on (i) the Volcker investigation into...

      Poppy Cultivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that any reduction in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is not replaced by increased...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Sudanese authorities concerning their seizure of the Anglican Church headquarters...

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value of sales of surplus assets from his Department was in each year since 2000–01.

      Suspected Terrorists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have received requests from a Department or Agency of the United States Administration to use United...

      UK Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list each multilateral negotiating forum in which United Kingdom nuclear weapons are under discussion pursuant to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Butler Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether all the Butler Committee recommendations concerning the proper recording and minuting of committee meetings have been implemented.

    • EU Rapid Reaction Civil Emergency Force

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with EU Governments regarding (A) the provision of a rapid reaction civil emergency force within...

      Parking

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been spent on (a) provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties incurred by civil servants in the...

      Regional bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what regional (a) bodies, (b) institutions, (c) taskforces, (d) panels, (e) offices and (f) organisations the Government has established since May 1997...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asbestos (Trains)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what part was played by the Department in the processing of train carriages containing asbestos in the Crosshill Quarry Site between November...

    • Cabra Towers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the impact of the closure of the South Eastern education and library board's Cabra Towers outdoors facility on...

      Cabra Towers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what services are provided by the Cabra Towers outdoor facility; which of these services are classed by his Department as front-line services...

      Cabra Towers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the schools that have made use of the Cabra Towers outdoor facility in each of the last five years were from the (a) controlled...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) male and (b) female victims of domestic violence in Northern Ireland have been recorded in each year since 1997.

      Inward Investment (Strangford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much inward investment there has been in Strangford during the last four years; how many new businesses have opened in this period; and what...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the amount of money earned by the Provisional IRA in advising (a) FARC terrorists in Colombia and (b) ETA...

      Sea Trout Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment and Heritage Service has made of the viability of (a)...

      Student Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent change there has been in the provision of financial support through the education and library boards to students undertaking...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will meet local representatives of the Alzheimer's Society to discuss the implications of the recent National Institute for Clinical...

      Bereavement Care

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

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether all projects already established through the Children's Fund will be sustained following the withdrawal of the fund.

      Corporate Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will bring forward legislation to create an offence of corporate manslaughter in Northern Ireland.

      Crohn's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed as suffering from Crohn's disease; what treatment provision is available to them; what the...

      Planning (Strangford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department work on the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan and the Newtownards area plans; and what progress has been made in...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) admissions and (b) bed days resulting from admissions of young people under the age of 18 years who were admitted to adult...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what methodology was used to form the equality impact assessment's view that (a) Protestants and (b) Unionists are likely to bear a...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many social workers are employed in Northern Ireland; and how many vacancies for social workers there are in each health trust within the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list (a) individuals and (b) organisations that were consulted on the drafting of the question to be asked in...

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what advice was received from the Electoral Commission on the referendum question on the EU constitution; and if he will...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many courts were held each week at Chorley magistrates court in each month in 2004; (2) how many cases were...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Dementia Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits are payable for people suffering from dementia; and if he will make a statement.

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the(a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Committee for the Implementation of the Action...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Committee of the European Social Fund and (ii)...

      European Agency for Health and Safety at Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he...

      Social Fund Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Social Fund (a) Community Care Grant, (b) Crisis Loan and (c) Budgeting Loan applications were received in each of the social fund...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the public service agreement target to reduce the number of children in low-income households by at least 25 per cent. by 2004 was met.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to end child poverty by 2020 will be met; (2) what...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to halve the number of children in low-income...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to double the proportion of parents with care on income...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to deliver welfare payments into the bank accounts of 85 per...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to improve rights and opportunities for disabled people in...

      Unemployment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on programmes to help the unemployed move back to work in each year since 1997; if he will list the...

  • House of Lords

    • Montserrat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What implications of the tsunami disaster have been identified as relevant to the reconstruction programme in Montserrat and the disaster mitigation policies of...

    • Kenya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the recent allegations by the United Kingdom's High Commissioner in Kenya of corruption in named contracts concerning the Kenyan Government, and the...

      Attorney-General: Ministerial Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Attorney-General normally requires a minute or other record of ministerial meetings in which he is involved.

      Iraq: Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the advice the Attorney-General gave to the Government on the legality of war against Iraq on 28 February 2003, he received any comments or...

      Astute Class Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to order further Astute class submarines.

      Astute Class Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned build time for the fourth and subsequent Astute class submarines.

      Councillors: Complaints

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many councillors have been suspended or disqualified as a result of complaints to the Standards Board for England in each month since it was set up; and which...

      Schools: Truancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the past 10 years, what were the levels of truancy throughout England in: (a) specialist schools; (b) grammar schools; (c) community schools; (d) city...

      Public Sector Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are fulfilling their commitment to engage in effective dialogue over the future of public sector pensions; and whether they will soon engage in fresh...

      Public Services: Good Governance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the report Good Governance Standards for Public Services, issued by the Independent Commission for Good Governance in Public Services; and, if...

      Olympic Games 2012: London Bid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 24 February (WA 230), whether the differing criteria used in the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games...

      Maternity Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of statutory maternity pay is reimbursed to employers; and over what period.

      EU: Lisbon Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to provide examples of service sector companies and activities in the United Kingdom which would benefit from the greater deregulation and...

      Paternity Leave

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether men who have fathered children by more than one woman in the course of a year are entitled to claim paid or unpaid paternity leave in respect of each...

      Mrsa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they first became aware of the hazard to health caused by methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals.

      NHS: Medical Secretaries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they give to managers in National Health Service hospitals concerning the appropriate level of secretarial support and assistance provided to...

      Salt: Dietary Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the associated health risks to patients with kidney disease of the replacement of sodium with potassium chloride and monosodium...

      Salt: Dietary Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance is given to newly diagnosed diabetes patients with regard to recommended salt intake levels; and how this guidance is communicated to the health...

      NHS: Wheelchairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what means they monitor the effectiveness of their policy towards the supply of electric-powered wheelchairs through the National Health Service.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the most recent five years for which figures are available, what are (a) the total funds received from Brussels in respect of the Common Agricultural...

      Pigswill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reconsider their refusal to give pigswill feeders compensation, in the light of the Northumberland Trading Standards video of 24 February 2001.

      Railways: Greater Western Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Strategic Rail Authority decided not to include in its franchise specification for the proposed integrated Great Western service an hourly service between...

      European Court of Justice: Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names, countries of origin, legal backgrounds and judicial experience of each of the members of the European Court of Justice.

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