Written answers

Monday, 14 March 2005

  • Leader of the House

    • Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Leader of the House whether his Office sold any surplus stock on the eBay auction website, in each year since 2000–01.

    • Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Leader of the House what the value of sales of surplus assets from his Office was in each year since 2000–01.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government intends to respond to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's Report entitled Aircraft in Flight; and if he will make a...

    • M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when an evaluation was last carried out of the need for traffic light controls at Junction 14 on the M5; who was consulted on the results; and whether...

      M5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transportif he will make a statement on the operation of the newly installed traffic lights at Junction 14 on the M5.

      Motor Cycling Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of the Government's motor cycling strategy, with particular reference to the proposal to amend the...

      Penalty Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport where responsibility will lie for the collection of penalty payments from train operating companies once the Railways Bill comes into force.

      Pollution (Ships)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding the timescale for UK compliance with (a) MARPOL, (b) the International Convention for the Prevention of...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will include the introduction of new rolling stock as part of the negotiations for the new East Coast Mainline contract.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on increases in rail fares for 2005–06; and what action he plans to take to invest in the rail network and improve...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) Executive agencies within the remit of his Department have regional offices based on the Government...

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether there were (a) chemicals and (b) biological weapons or component parts on board the SS Richard Montgomery when...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the reliability of Thameslink services from Mill Hill and Hendon.

      Train Operating Companies (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid, and on which dates, through the Strategic Rail Authority to train operating companies in respect of compensation for loss of revenue...

      Train Operating Companies (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he has set aside to compensate train operating companies in the event of industrial disputes on the railways in the 2004–05 financial year.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the 29 March deadline for the introduction of the Working Time Directive regulations applicable to road haulage...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she plans to issue to the police on criteria to be used in deciding whether non-lethal methods of control under...

    • Farmland Rental Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average rental price of farmland in each (a) Welsh and (b) English county was in each of the last five years.

      Horse Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horses have been exported live from the UK in the last 10 years.

      Soil Guideline Values Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what sub-groups have been set up to the Soil Guideline Values Task Force; when she expects them to report to the Task...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional resources she plans to commit to the Sustainable Development Commission in support of the new role of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Education Business Links (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the budget for Education Business Link in Kent is for 2004–05; and what she expects it to be in 2005–06; (2) how...

    • Direct Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the private and voluntary organisations to which her Department has made direct grants since April 2004.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money the Government allocated per child in (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in each constituency in (i) Norfolk and...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills what the level of funding per pupil in North Tyneside was in each year from 1996 to 2001.

      Further Education (Tunbridge Wells)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges in Tunbridge Wells to be closed.

      GCSEs

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

      GCSEs

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

      Liverpool Local Education Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has provided to the Liverpool local education authorityin each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will undertake an inquiry into the management of the London Metropolitan University.

      London Metropolitan University

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take-up representations urging her to seek a resolution of the industrial dispute at London Metropolitan University.

      Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was provided to support the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography project; at what stage; and through what...

      Plymouth Local Education Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total per pupil funding in the Plymouth local education authority area was in (a) 1999 and (b) 2004–05.

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department issues to schools on the provision of sex and relationship education.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has issued to local education authorities on reporting of expenditure under section 52 on special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department has taken to ensure the (a) descriptors and (b) guidance for the section 52 special educational needs (SEN) lines...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on interaction between local education authorities and the Learning and Skills Council in funding post-16...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has conducted on the accuracy and consistency of reporting by local education authorities, under section 52 of...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list companies involved in the collection of student loan repayments.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent in 2004 on keeping graduates informed of changes in collection arrangements for student loan repayments.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas students requiring visas to study in the UK are studying in (a) higher education, (b) further education and (c) other...

      School Staff (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in (i) Dartford primary and secondary schools and (ii) the Kent local...

      Teenage Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of teenage mothers aged under 18 years were in paid employment or full-time education in each year since 1997.

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Educationand Skills what steps the Government are taking to assist under-achieving pupils in schools in England.

  • Prime Minister

    • Arctic Convoys Medal

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Honours and Decorations Committee concerning a medal for veterans of the Arctic convoys.

    • Iran

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has held with President George W. Bush on relations with Iran.

  • Defence

    • Tsunami (Military Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force staff have been involved in delivering humanitarian aid and support equipment to Indonesia after the tsunami.

    • Defence Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to Defence Intelligence in the last two years, with particular reference to quality, methods of gathering and relevant onward...

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on changes in the number of trained personnel in the Army since 1997.

      Future Infantry Structure Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the conduct of the Future Infantry Structure Review.

      Infantry Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular and (b) territorial infantry battalions were in service in the British Army (i)in 1997 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures...

      Aircraft Carrier Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the first new aircraft carriers to become fully operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Carrier Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's aircraft carrier programme.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the gross weight is of the Panther armoured reconnaissance vehicle; and which aircraft type can airlift such a vehicle.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which nations (a) manufactured and (b) developed the Panther armoured reconnaissance vehicle.

      Arms Ban (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had with his EU counterparts regarding the EU proposals for lifting the ban on arms sales to China; and if he will make a statement.

      Arms Ban (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department's officials had with US Department of Defense officials regarding the EU proposals for lifting the ban on arms sales to...

      British Military Camps (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for the disposal of sewage from British military camps in Iraq; what environmental assessment has been conducted in...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) sacked from employment by his Department in each year since 2001 under suspicion of breaching the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) sacked from employment by his Department in each year since 2001 for gross professional misconduct.

      Clothing Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow many samples produced in China for battle dress under the cut and sew contract have been tested.

      Deaths in Service (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what figure he recognises as representing the total number of personnel from each of the armed services that have died in or in connection with...

      Defence Expenditure (Scotland)

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

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the production of in-house magazines in the Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cashable savings attributable to his Department's efficiency programme are for the (a) Disposal Services Agency, (b) Duke of York's Royal...

      Equipment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which equipment programmes have been (a) reassigned, (b) moved and (c) removed from (i)EP04 and (ii) EP05.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK financial contribution to the European Defence Agency was in the last financial year; what it is expected to be over the next five years; and...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the feasibility of reintroducing the Southern Atlantic standing patrol task for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a...

      Hercules Crash (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Written Statement of 7 March 2005 on Iraq: C130 Hercules Crash Update, Official Report, column 101WS, what the mission was of the UK...

      Intellectual Property (Germany)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what intellectual property held by QinetiQ was obtained from the then German government (a) between the commencement of hostilities to the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost of UK military operations in Iraq and the theatre of conflict have been since September 2002, broken down by costs to the (a) Army,...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the recently elected political representatives of Iraq concerning the role of the UK armed forces in training...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects British troops to complete the present mission in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United Kingdom military personnel were in Iraq on (a) 1 January 2004 and (b) 1 January 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Rules of Engagement in Iraq were changed toreflect the transition from war-fighting to military occupation.

      Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of the regimental museum based at Fort George Army Base were in the last year for which figures are available.

      Naval Refit Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the contracted price was for the refit package for HMS Richmond placed with FSL.

      Naval Sector Strategy Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the members are of the Naval Sector Strategy Study; what its terms of reference are; and when it will report.

      Near Air Misses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1342W, on Near Air Misses, when he expects to (a) complete his investigations and (b)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many parliamentary questions relating to manning control have not been answered due to disproportionate cost since 1997.

      Pierre Bolangi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the result was of the inquiry into the death of Pierre Bolangi on 9 August 2000 while in the care of the School of Physical Training at Aldershot.

      RAF Marham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of providing depth support facilities for the Tornado GR4 at RAF Marham.

      RFA Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned decommissioning dates are for each of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers.

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Home Service part-time officers and soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment are excluded from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and if...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the crisis manning requirement is for the Tornado GR4; and how this number is arrived at.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the threats the UK's Trident nuclear weapons are (a) intended to deter and (b) targeted against; when this...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the last review of command and control procedures for the Trident missile system was (a) started and (b) completed; and if he will make a...

      UK Nuclear Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the command and control procedures are for authorisation of the launch of a UK nuclear missile in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK which...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with antisocial behaviour orders.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many curfew orders have been issued in (a) Essex and (b) Southend for antisocial behaviour since their inception.

      Autonomy plc

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities have contracts with Autonomy plc.

      Begging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of individuals who were successfully prosecuted for begging in each year since 1990 (a) had a home address and (b) did...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how the introduction of the National Offender Management Service will affect levels of drug use in prisons.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be duplication of responsibility between the headquarters of the National Offender Management Service and the headquarters...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration was given to merging the Prison and Probation Services into one, prior to the publication of the Carter Report.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the Departments within the National Offender Management Service headquarters that did not previously exist within either the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the change in the number of civil service posts consequent on the creation of the National Offender Management...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to move (a) Prison Service Headquarters, (b) Probation Service Headquarters and (c) National Offender Management Service...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget is for the National Offender Management Service headquarters for each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive answer to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Southend, West on 13 January 2005 for named day...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Criminal Cases Review Commission's jurisdiction to court...

      Private Mario Clarke

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005, Official Report, columns 847–48W, on Private Mario Clarke, what steps were taken by the...

      Defence Equipment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the approved cost at main gate was for (a) A400M, (b) Astute Class submarine, (c) Bowman and (d) Nimrod, broken down by (i) direct resource DEL,...

      Departmental Policies (Coventry)

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

      Driving Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for (a) causing death by dangerous driving, (b) dangerous driving and (c) careless driving there were in Greater London...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures are being taken to educate and inform potential users of crystal meth of its dangers; (2) what measures are being taken...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the prevalence of drug use data relating to the British Crime Survey 2003–04.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the resources saved from the reclassification of cannabis; to what extent savings have been reallocated to the...

      Full Sutton Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to develop the land owned by the Prison Service adjacent to Full Sutton Prison; whether plans for the site remain under...

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal entrants to the UK have been detected for each of the past five years.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many appeals by international students who had their visa applications rejected were upheld by the Immigration Appellate Authority...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful appeals by international students who had their visa applications rejected there were in each of the last five years,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outturn Band D council tax precepts for 2005–06 are for each police authority in England and Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new Chief Constable of Essex police will be appointed.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of police officers per 1,000 population in England and Wales is in each police authority.

      Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies in the areas of (a) crime reduction, (b) antisocial behaviour, (c) policing and (d) active communities have been put in place...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the governors of each prison as at 1 November together with their length of service (a) as a prison officer and (b) as a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) by how much the Prison Service's budget has changed in 2004–05; and what the planned budget is for each of the next three years;...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of family visits to prisoners on prisoners' prospects of (a) accommodation and (b) employment on...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of mental health professionals in the penal system to prisoners is.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average salaries of prison officers in (a) public and (b) private prisons were on the latest date for which figures are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison staff have taken sick leave for (a) two to four consecutive weeks, (b) one to two consecutive months, (c) two to four...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government have introduced to combat drug use in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the re-offending rates for (a) individuals who participated in rehabilitation programmes and (b) individuals who did not participate in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rehabilitation programmes are available in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether prisons are subject to Crown immunity for trading standards; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether US-based firms have been approached by (a) the Government and (b) its executive agency with regard to the contracting-out of (i)...

      Pub Watch/Shop Watch (Workington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) pub watch and (b) shop watch scheme in Workington; and what measures he plans to...

      Rail Warrants (Disciplinary Procedures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of (a) the police service and (b) the Prison Service were (i) disciplined and (ii) dismissed for misuse of rail warrants in...

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to introduce measures to increase levels of victim participation in restorative justice.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions he has put in place to dissuade rough sleepers from sleeping on the street; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of individuals under the age of 18 years who were sexually abused in each of the last five years.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make further funding available to chief constables to finance allowances under the Special Constables (Amendment)...

      Support and Rehabilitation (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what gender-specific community programmes seeking to create local support and rehabilitation centres for women are supported by his...

      Tampere Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has held to take forward the EU's Tampere Agenda.

      Under-age Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to communicate with the parents of a child who is convicted of driving a motor vehicle when under age.

      Xenotransplantation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to review Huntingdon Life Sciences' Certificate of Designation following his Chief Inspector's compliance review;...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders from London are located in prison establishments more than (a) 50 miles and (b) 100 miles from the city; and if he...

      Youth Inclusion Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Youth Inclusion Programmes in reducing anti-social behaviour; (2) what plans the...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Exports (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2005,Official Report, column 627W on Arms Exports (Indonesia), what the estimated cost to the Government...

    • Biomass Power Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many biomass power plants have been built in England under the Renewables Obligation Order 2002.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK defence industry of the proposed lifting of the EU embargo on sales of arms to China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government is taking to assist the People's Republic of China in tackling the trade in illegal cigarettes.

      Competitive Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Competitiveness Council on 7 March; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington, dated 22 November 2004, on behalf of a constituent Mr. Dave...

      Dounreay Nuclear Power Station

      To ask the Secretary State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken by staff at the nuclear establishment at Dounreay to ensure that (a) the seabed of Sandside Bay and the surrounding...

      Dounreay Nuclear Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will establish an inquiry into possible risks to human health from irradiated material found on Sandside Beach, Caithness and the...

      Energy Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the outcome was of the Energy Council meeting held on 28 to 29 November; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed,...

      Equality Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is the intention that the provisions of the Equality Bill should change the legal status of certain types of religious discrimination.

      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-India RTD Co-operation Steering Committee met; when...

      EU Committees

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

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the gender pay gap for full-time workers in her Department was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      Generation IV Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding she plans to allocate to the multilateral collaboration with France, Japan, Canada and the United States on research and...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she expects to publish proposals for the introduction of independent redress schemes for estate agents which are wider in scope than...

      Hydrogen Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by her Department in each year since 1997 on research connected with the hydrogen economy.

      Nuclear Industry IT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what safety procedures are in place in relation to the nuclear industry's IT system.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her policy is on the possible import of nuclear waste from Italy into the UK for disposal.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make it her policy to prevent the import for disposal of nuclear waste until a solution has been agreed upon to deal with the...

      Pregnancy Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the results of the Equal Opportunities Commission's formal investigation into pregnancy discrimination were.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to ensure continuity of capital grant support for domestic and other small installations under stream 1 of the...

      Women's Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to assist black and ethnic minority women's (a) entry to and (b) progression in the workplace.

      Women's Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the number of black and ethnic minority women who believe that they are working below their potential, with...

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many (a) women and (b) men alcohol was found to be the primary cause of death in each year since 1997, broken down by age group.

    • Censuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action was taken by Ministers in his Department to establish that the Registrar General had statutory authority to state that personal information from...

      Central Government Staffing

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

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997.

      Dothiepin Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have occurred in each of the last 10 years in which death certificates cited Dothiepin as a possible cause.

      Double Trust Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his proposals for excluding tax on the associated gifts made in double trust schemes.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people on average were in employment in each parliamentary constituency (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available,...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) net and (b) gross contributions by the UK to the EU in each year since 1975, in pounds sterling at 2005 value; and if he will break...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the UK's receipts from the EU for each year since 1975, in pounds sterling at 2005 value; and if he will break down the receipts by (a)...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the operation of the UK budget rebate mechanism within the EU budget.

      Medical Drug Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have occurred in each of the last 10 years in which death certificates cited as a possible cause (a) co-proxamol, (b) paracetamol, (c)...

      Paper Currency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average lifespan is of UK paper currency, broken down by denomination.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax can be reclaimed by people aged (a) between 16 and 64, (b) between 65 and 74 and (c) over 75 years, when contributing to stakeholder pensions; and...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2005, Official Report, column 1519W, on stamp duty, if he will estimate the revenue impact for the UK; for what reasons a...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the qualifying areas for stamp duty relief in disadvantaged areas in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in how many cases where a TC846 has been returned requesting the Inland Revenue to reconsider its decision to recover tax credits had the earnings of...

      Unemployment (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of people were (a) long-term unemployed and (b) long-term youth unemployed in each constituency in Wales in each of the last 20...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa (Departmental Groups)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been allocated to support the work of cross-departmental groups working on Africa-related issues in each of the...

    • Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on UK arms sales to (a) Somalia, (b) Iran, (c) Lebanon, (d) Zambia, (e) Uzbekistan, (f) Yemen and...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what scope the UK Government have under the proposed constitutional treaty for the European Union to opt out of EU policies...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he had with the government of Burma, regarding the detention and treatment of Dr. Than Nyein, an elected...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has made representations to the Chinese authorities on why people were detained on 7 March by the Chinese...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 1 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Sohail...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many items of Civil Service property within his Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what inspections are made by British officials of the passengers on US ships and aircraft making use of Diego Garcia.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British officials are in permanent residence in Diego Garcia; and what their responsibilities are.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he receives from British officials on the use made by US forces and officials of facilities on Diego Garcia.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1380W, on the European Constitution, if he will bring forward...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the British military presence in Gibraltar.

      Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures govern the investigation of grievances by senior civil servants within his Department; and if he will make a...

      Immigration Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date Her Majesty's High Commission, Islamabad, sent the papers on the application for settlement of Mrs. S., wife of Mr....

      Intelligence Gathering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1712W, on intelligence gathering, on how many occasions in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the individuals detained in Iraq by coalition forces because of alleged connection with weapons of mass...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iraqi Administration on holding new elections in (a) ChaldoAssyrian areas and (b) other...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 1052W, if he...

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the Lisbon agenda to date.

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the implementation of the Lisbon agenda; what the Government's priorities are in relation to the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what payments the Government have made to (a) Turkey, (b) Syria, (c) Jordan, (d) Israel and (e) Egypt in each of the last three...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken since 2001 to improve specialisation within his Department in the Middle East; and if he...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list how many country specialists for each of the Persian Gulf states there have been in his Department in each of...

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department gave evidence to the Volcker investigation into the Iraq Oil for Food scandal.

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations his Department is undertaking into (a) the Iraq Oil for Food scandal and (b) illegal oil movements from that...

      Oil for Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether British companies were implicated in (a) the Iraq Oil for Food scandal and (b) illegal oil movements from Iraq prior to...

      Project Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests the Government have received from South Africa for information relating to Porton Down's involvement with...

      Rajasthan State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indian Government concerning the attacks in February on Christian students in Kota,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press the UN Security Council to refer the situation in the Sudan, including Darfur, to the Prosecutor of the...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage Turkey to remove trade barriers for ceramic goods; and if he will make a statement.

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what special restrictions are in place on the issue of visas to visitors from Ukraine.

      UN Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what UK representatives will attend the 2005 meeting of the UN Human Rights Commission; and what consultation he will...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Uzbekistan's human rights record.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet the hon. Member for Leicester, East to discuss the closure of the British consulate in Aden.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of reports of (a) government harassment of journalists in Zimbabwe and (b) the raiding of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Application Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how benefit application forms are made available; and what the cost is of each method.

    • Benefit Offices (Weymouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans have been made for the future operation of benefits offices in Weymouth, with particular reference to (a) opening hours to members...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions what financial help is available to applicants for (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) jobseeker's allowance between the date of...

      Dunley Jobcentre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the decision was made to bring forward the announcement of the planned closure of Dunley Jobcentre; what interim arrangements are...

      EU Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcome was of the Employment and Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 3 March; what the Government's stance was on...

      Fuel Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of customers included in the Fuel Direct payment scheme in the last 10 years; and what the cost of...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Suffolk constituency were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the projects being undertaken by his Department in respect of which information cannot be given in answer to parliamentary...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year...

      Social Security Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of social security fraud were dealt with by officers in benefit offices in Weymouth in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and...

      Social Security Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fraud officers he expects will be based in benefits offices in Weymouth in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the public service agreement target to reduce losses from fraud and error for people of working age in income support and jobseeker's...

      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 children's communication, social and emotional...

      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 increase the stock of Ofsted-registered child care by 10...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target of full employment in every region.

      Women's Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions the Ethnic Minority Employment Taskforce has had with the Equal Opportunities Commission on ensuring that research for...

      Work-focused Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target time is for the holding of a work-focused benefit interview following the initial claim by an individual for income support,...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Census Records

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Lord Chancellor has ever exercised a power or authority to apply Public Records Act Instrument No. 12 (1966)...

    • Magistrates/County Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) magistrates and (b) county courts there have been in each of the last 20 years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the projects being undertaken by his Department in respect of which information cannot be given in answer...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what regional (a) bodies, (b) institutions, (c) taskforces, (d) panels, (e) offices and (f) organisations the...

      Youth Defendants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average time was from offence to completion for youth defendants in criminal cases coming before magistrates...

  • International Development

    • Emergency Evacuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on contingency plans for evacuating (a) Ascension Island, (b) St. Helena and (c) Tristan da Cunha in the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many medical retirements there were in each (a) department, (b) agency, (c) non-departmental public body, (d) education and library board...

    • Deaf People (Public Service Delivery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the amount of training provided for civil servants in Northern Ireland to enable them to communicate with...

      Deaf People (Public Service Delivery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a communication audit has been conducted to assess the extent to which Government services are accessible to deaf people in Northern Ireland.

      Hyponatraemia-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether witnesses at the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths will be allowed to appear by video-link.

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much was spent on legal assistance by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in each of the last four years, broken down by...

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost to the Northern Ireland economy of medical negligence in each of the last five years.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) female and (b) male pensioners in Northern Ireland are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) female and (b) male pensioners in Northern Ireland are in receipt of the full basic state pension.

      Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated by the Department of Finance and Personnel under Priority 4-Outward and Forward Looking Region; and what...

      Retirement (Health Grounds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what circumstances individuals would be entitled to retire on health grounds following the implementation of proposed Government pension...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the Government's Reform of Water and Sewerage Services in Northern Ireland on (a) the...

      Shellfish and Whitefish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in the (a) shellfish and (b) whitefish sectors of the fishing industry in Northern Ireland on the last date for...

      Shellfish and Whitefish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much and what value of (a) shellfish and (b) whitefish was exported from Northern Ireland to EU countries outside the UK in each of the last...

      Social Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the review of the boundaries of the Noble indices on social deprivation will be published.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to contribute effectively to the British-Irish Council; (2)...

      Water Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what comparative studies have been carried out by his Department into the proposed water charging system for Northern Ireland and those operated...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Catering

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many departmental (a) canteens and (b) bars there are; and how much has been spent on the (i) running, (ii) staffing and (iii) supply costs of each...

    • Intestacy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in the Duchy died intestate in 2003–04.

      Job Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he has taken to co-ordinate Government policy on whether Government-funded agencies compete to attract jobs from less wealthy parts of...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies within the remit of the Cabinet Office have regional offices based on the Government...

      Targets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to promote standards that ensure good governance, including...

      Transport Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he has taken to co-ordinate Government policy in relation to subsidy to (a) airports, (b) ports and (c) passenger ferries across the UK;...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time for ambulances attending 999 calls was in (a) Suffolk and (b) England in each year since 1997.

    • Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to deal with (a) disruption of the supply of essential medicines and (b) health care workers falling ill in an avian flu pandemic.

      Cleaning and Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total expenditure by NHS hospitals on cleaning in each year since 1997.

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults on NHS staff have been reported to the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service under the national reporting system; and what...

      Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) investigations and (b) investigations specifically relating to timesheet fraud by bank and agency staff the NHS Counter Fraud and Security...

      Cross-border Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cross-border tracking of (a) adults and (b) children with (i) mental health and (ii) general health problems takes place between health authorities...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether free prescriptions are available for people who suffer from dementia; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Westbury of 1 February 2005, Official Report, column 887W, on NHS Business Services Directory, what...

      Departmental Policies (Birmingham)

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

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, column 549W, on diamorphine, how many general practitioners are licensed to prescribe...

      East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey primary care trust spent on mental health services in each of the past three years.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment is available on the NHS for people with eating disorders.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were receiving treatment for eating disorders on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by sex.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people in England who have eating disorders but who are not registered as receiving treatment.

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Government's response to the consultation on water fluoridation.

      Frenchay Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are covenants relating to land owned by the national health service on the Frenchay Hospital site which restrict the use of that land; and...

      Healthcare Commission Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether independent providers of care paid for by the NHS will be inspected by the Healthcare Commission under the same regime as (a) NHS providers and...

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Advertising Standards Agency on implementing in food advertising the recommendations of the Health Select Committee...

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with fast food companies on the promotion of healthy eating.

      Information for Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether under his proposals for patient choice information will be available for patients on (a) cleanliness, (b) infection rates, (c) success of specific...

      Kent Autistic Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional financial support he plans to give to the Kent Autistic Trust from April.

      Leicester Royal Infirmary (A and E Admissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to the Leicester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency Department were found to be related to alcohol consumption in each year since 1997.

      Meat Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what statistics are collected by the Meat Hygiene Service to monitor the number of carcasses presented for inspection with visible faecal...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis funding for mental health services is calculated; and what assessment is made of local needs when making that calculation.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set for trusts regarding mental health provision.

      Ministerial Stationery

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

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the impact upon multiple sclerosis therapy centres of the Health and Safety Commission's recent decision to raise the cost of...

      NHS Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish annual figures on the numbers of (a) primary care centres completed and (b) general practitioner premises modernised.

      North Bristol NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by North Bristol NHS Trust; and how many members of staff are employed in each role within the Trust.

      Nurse Retention

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

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures to treat obesity were carried out on the NHS in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were for (a) paediatric and (b) adolescent obesity treatment in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health...

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his officials last met to discuss developments in the Paddington Health Campus project; and who was present at the meeting.

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investment in improved cardiothoracic facilities at Harefield Hospital he proposes to cover the unavailability of the planned new heart hospital at...

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money in total (a) his Department and (b) relevant NHS trusts will be devoting to the Paddington Health Campus in each financial year from...

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he deems that sufficient land is available to the NHS for the completion of the Paddington Basin Health Campus in its entirety.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the projects being undertaken by his Department in respect of which information cannot be given in answer to parliamentary questions as a...

      Public Health (Control of Disease) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

      Regional Directors of Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the position of Regional Director of Public Health for each English region was established; what the totalbudget for their activities is; how many...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) Executive agencies within the remit of his Department have regional offices based on the Government...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department is publishing for primary care trusts on the implementation of the renal national service framework.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether kidney patients awaiting vascular access surgery will be able to exercise patient choice; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he has made for (a) issuing advice and (b) monitoring practice in joint health social service care teams in connection with a common...

      Special Advisers

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

      Speech Therapy

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

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent average waiting time for first referral for a patient to see a speech therapist is; and what changes have occurred to waiting times...

      Student Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the cost of administering the processing of HC1 forms for students; (2) if he will estimate the combined cost in a year of...

      Sudan 1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information the Government are providing to owners of smaller corner shops to help them identify the products that should be withdrawn from the...

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department sold any surplus stockon the eBay auction website, in each year since 2000–01.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the under-18 conception rate by 50 per cent. by 2010 will be met.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve value for money in the NHS and personal social services by at least 2 per cent. per annum was...

      Trust Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list mergers of (a) NHS acute trusts and (b) primary care trusts which have (i) been proposed and (ii) taken place; (2) what safeguards...

      Trust Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to merge (a) acute hospital trusts and (b) primary care trusts in Hampshire.

      Variant CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1697W, on variant CJD, what monitoring is being undertaken by the Medical Research...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes have been built in (a) London, (b) Wandsworth and (c) Battersea through the (i) Housing Corporation and (ii) Government-funded schemes...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received in relation to changes in council tax banding.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the forecast for council tax receipts in each London borough are for 2004–05.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will remove or reduce the requirement on residential boat owners to pay the full amount of council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has held with the Scottish Executive on council tax revaluation in Scotland.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on council tax revaluation in Wales.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 on Croydon...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if his Department will bring forward proposals to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of disabled facilities grant application systems;...

      Engagements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the official visits made to Merseyside by Ministers in his Department between 1 January 2004 and 28 February, broken down by (a) date, (b)...

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reports his Department has received of English Partnerships acquiring land that might otherwise have been available for schemes that include a proportion of...

      FOI Requests

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the...

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2005, Official Report, column 1083W, on Gypsies/Travellers, what the outturn expenditure by central Government on (a)...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the reasons are for the change in time scale for implementing the provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 on high hedges; and if he will make a...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many families have claimed to be homeless in (a) London and (b) England in each year since 1997; (2) how many people were homeless in (a) London and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 336W, if he will list each location of the surplus public sector land that has been identified...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the cost to public funds of restoring Right-to-Buy (a) discounts and (b) eligibility requirements to 1997 levels.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the papers and representations that have been submitted to the Lyons Review into the balance of funding.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much financial assistance his Department has provided to the City of Liverpool in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Opinion Polling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what contracts his Department has agreed with organisations for opinion polling and related research since June 2001.

      Opinion Polling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) for what purposes NOP research was continued during the North East referendum campaign period; and whether the research findings accumulated before the...

      Park Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to promote non-council ownership of parks.

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2005, Official Report, column 582W, whether it is the Government's intention to implement changes to parliamentary...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how draft Planning Policy Statement 10 amends the planning process in relation to development on greenfield or green belt sites.

      Planning Zones

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many areas have operated simplified planning zones since their inception; and what the dates are of the operation of each such zone; (2) if he will list...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regional (a) bodies, (b) institutions, (c) taskforces, (d) panels, (e) offices and (f) organisations the Government have are the responsibility of his Department.

      Rateable Values (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) the average percentage change in rateable value is from the 2000 rating lists in Selby and York and (b) the average percentage change in liability will...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish (a) the written communications to the Prime Minister concerning (i) the decision to hold three referendums in the North of England on elected...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies within the remit of his Department have regional offices based on the Government Offices for...

      Solar Photovoltaics

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will amend building regulations to encourage use of photovoltaic cells.

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what circumstances sports facilities may be included in section 106 agreements.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phone masts have been erected (a) within school grounds and (b) within 100 m of school grounds in Leicester in each year since 1997.

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department deal with issues relating to Travellers.

      Your Say Information Campaign

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the advice or guidance his Department received from the Cabinet Secretary or from his office concerning the proposed content of the Your Say...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 15 December 2004 (WA 84) and 27 January (WA 175) on Northern Ireland teachers, what they mean by a "balance...

    • Northern Ireland: Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the police have been able to establish, within a timescale of a few hours, when the £55,000 of proceeds from the Northern Bank robbery was allegedly...

      Northern Ireland: Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 221), whether they believe that the Real Irish Republican Army as well as the Irish...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 218), what are the agreed procedures for investigating allegations of bullying at Waterways...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 219), whether the appointment of the director of corporate services in Waterways Ireland was...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 219) concerning Waterways Ireland, why only 2 per cent. of overtime paid was allocated to...

      Northern Ireland: Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has a child protection policy; and what steps it takes to monitor safeguarding and child...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 March (WA 10) concerning cross-border bodies, whether the policy of care and maintenance only relates to...

      Northern Ireland: St Louis Order Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 March (WA 10) concerning the St Louis order's property in Middletown, for how much per year the convent...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to pay a gratuity to former part-time members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve.

      Northern Ireland: St Gerard's Education Resource Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the reason for the delay in transferring land for the development of the group housing scheme for travellers at Monagh Road, Belfast.

      Northern Ireland Department of Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department of Education possesses vacant property; and, if so, what it is; and where.

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Attorney-General has discussed the content of his legal advice to Government with the Prime Minister's Director of Government Relations, Baroness...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 28 February (WA 1), whether he discussed the substance of his views on the legality of the war with the Lord...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 28 February (WA 1), whether his Written Answer of 17 March 2003 (WA 2–3) was discussed unofficially...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 28 February (WA 1), what were the positions of the officials involved in drawing up his Written Answer of 17...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Goldsmith on 28 February (WA 1), why Christopher Greenwood QC was involved in drafting the Written Answer of 17 March...

      Iraq: Legality of Armed Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17 March 2003 (Official Report, col. 117) that "the Attorney-General has been more open-handed...

      Peru

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Bill Rammell, to Peru in December 2004, in what ways (a)...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the recommendations of the Atlanta consultation on the future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and, if so, what is their response.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an agenda has yet been agreed for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference in May 2005; whether they wish to add items to the agenda;...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent each of the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has implemented the priorities agreed at the 2000 NPT review conference.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each of the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have matched the Government's reduction of 70 per cent in the explosive power of their nuclear...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what means they will convey their conclusions on the Palestine meeting held in London on 1 March to the government of Israel; and what steps they are taking to...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to consult other quartet partners on the next steps, following the London meeting on Palestine on 1 March, leading to a full road map peace...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the United States-led security co-ordinating group being set up to reform and retrain the Palestinian security services; what...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will next hold talks with the French Government on the campaigns for referendums on the European Union Constitutional Treaty in both countries; and what...

      Cybercrime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether law enforcement agencies are receiving adequate funding to combat cybercrime, in the light of the comments of Detective-Constable Tony Noble of the Surrey...

      Criminal Proceedings: Use of Intercept Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 February (WA 102–103) concerning the use of intercept material in criminal proceedings,...

      Domestic Violence: Arrests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide arrest figures for acts of domestic violence in each police force area, over the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Heroin: Register of Addicts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 3 March (WA 36), why a register of addicts is no longer kept in England and Wales; when the...

      British Expeditionary Forces:Assessed Air Threat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House documents relating to the assessed air threat to British expeditionary forces in the period 2005–15.

      RAF: Hercules C130

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many C130 Hercules transport aircraft are in service; on what date each of them was brought into service; how many air miles each has flown; how many times...

      Royal Navy: Trafalgar Class Submarines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current planned decommissioning dates for the Trafalgar class submarines.

      Military Police: MP7

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect deliveries of the Heckler and Koch MP7 carbine to the military police to start; when they expect deliveries to be complete; how long they expect...

      Chief of the Defence Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Mr Adam Ingram, on 1 March (Official Report, Commons, col. 1141W), what criteria they...

      Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many properties in England are currently in each council tax band; and how many properties they estimate will be in each council tax band following the council...

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total costs to public funds to date of maintaining the Millennium Dome (both gross and net) since its official closure; and what is...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 24 February (WA 230), whether they regard the presumption that all information held by the...

      General Election: Foreign Observers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will invite, through the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe or the Council of Europe, foreign...

      Arts Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the chair of the Arts Council, Sir Christopher Frayling, in his Royal Society lecture 2005, that "public subsidy of the arts in this...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much it cost the National Insurance Fund to index the guaranteed minimum pension in each year from 1975 to 2004; and how much of this amount was spent in each...

      Equality Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend the Equality Bill to be debated during the current parliamentary session.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the various methods so far employed in the United Kingdom to reduce sexually transmitted diseases have had; how the Government measure their impact, if...

      Bird Influenza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many treatment courses of antivirals they had in stock when Dr Shigeru Omi, head of the World Health Organisation in Asia, made his statement in February that...

      Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the increase in the incidence of tuberculosis can be attributed to any of their policies; and, if so, which ones.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Accommodation for Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 2 March (WA 28), whether they will state by what date they will be in a position to report the outcome of the...

      Pest Bird Species

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of damage they calculate is done to agricultural production and biodiversity from pest bird species.

      Wildlife and Countryside Act: General Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they have made to the general licences issued under Section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

      Shooting Licence WLF 18

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the current general shooting licence WLF 18 came into force.

      Shooting Licence WLF 18

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the current version of general shooting licence WLF 18 was issued.

      Shooting Licence WLF 18

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date and time the current version of general shooting licence WLF 18 first appeared on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' website.

      Shooting Licence WLF 18

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to publicise the changes to general shooting licence WLF.

      Shooting Licence WLF 18

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the old general shooting licence WLF 18 complied with the requirements of the birds directive; and whether the new general shooting licence WLF 18 complies...

      Media and Voice Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on all forms of media training, including voice coaching, on each member of the Cabinet, broken down by individual, in each of the past 12 months.

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