Written answers

Tuesday, 15 March 2005

  • Transport

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the building work on the Crossrail scheme to start.

    • London Underground (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers on the London Underground have been assaulted in the last 12 months.

      Operation Stack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance the Department has issued on Operation Stack in Kent.

      Regional Offices

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

      Snow Ploughs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) snow ploughs and (b) gritting vehicles were deployed on the (i) M1, (b) M18 and (c) M62 on 21 February.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to secure improvements to the accessibility, punctuality and...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Public Service Agreement target to achieve annual efficiency savings across the Department of 2.5 per cent. was met in 2004.

      Transport (Women Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of how many women work in the UK transport sector.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what educational material is provided by his Department to local education authorities to teach children about road safety.

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the criteria by which trunk roads are designated as routes of strategic national importance.

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2005, Official Report, column 839W, on trunk roads (Bristol), which of the major trunk roads listed are core...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • 1 Parliament Street

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many times in the last year fire alarms have operated in 1 Parliament street; on how many of...

    • Parliamentary Cleaners

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what role the Commission has in setting the pay and conditions of people employed to clean the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Citizenship Syllabus

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on giving more emphasis to Parliament in the school citizenship syllabus.

    • Programming of Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will propose to the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons that it examines the arrangements for programming of legislation.

      Westminster Hall

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will propose to the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons that it examine the merits of a cross-cutting question time in Westminster Hall...

      Prevention of Terrorism Bill

      To ask the Leader of the House how many times he has met (a) the Law Lords and (b) Lord Lloyd of Berwick, as former Chairman of the Security Commission, to discuss the provisions of the...

  • Scotland

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet representatives of small business organisations in Scotland to discuss central Government support schemes in Scotland.

    • Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss the future of Scotland's infantry regiments.

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss the future of Scotland's infantry regiments.

      Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the transfer of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from Barlinnie to Greenock prison.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the unemployment rate in the highlands and islands since 1997.

      Economic Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on measures to boost Scottish economic competitiveness.

      Means Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the impact of means testing on pensioners in Scotland.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the impact on the economy in Scotland of the announced increase in the level of...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs who is responsible for deciding whether information requested from local government under the Freedom of Information Act...

    • External Consultants

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much his Department spent on external consultants in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on UK law.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of providing legal aid for immigration and asylum cases was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the population had access to civil legal aid in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are...

      Law Centres

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what support his Department has provided for the maintenance of the network of law centres in England in 2004–05.

      Lord Chancellor

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor about changing his title.

      Prevention of Terrorism Bill

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many times the Lord Chancellor met (a) the Law Lords and (b) Lord Lloyd of Berwick as former Chairman of the Security...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Homes Standards (Barnet)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress Barnet council is making on the decent homes standards initiative.

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) council, (b) housing association and (c) private development dwellings that will be completed in each London...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of the infrastructure required to support the level of housing development for south Hampshire set out in the South East...

      Plug-in Air Fresheners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has undertaken in relation to the fire safety risks of plug-in air fresheners.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 28 February; what the Government's stance was on the issues...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) her officials have had in the past 12 months with representatives of (i)...

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that she has cancelled since 1 January 2004.

      Ministerial Stationery

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

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will meet the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to discuss ways of using more locally grown produce for...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role is fulfilled by the third special adviser in her Department.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the speeches her special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004,...

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials working in ministerial private offices in the Department have worked more than a 48 hour week at any time...

  • Treasury

    • Bribes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for guidance on the Income and Corporation Tax Act 1988 section 577A, concerning tax deductibility on bribes and special commissions, have...

    • Bribes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many reports of (a) evidence of overseas bribery and (b) suspicions of overseas bribery have been passed to the Inland Revenue's Special...

      Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change to business tax receipts in 2005–06 arising from the business rates revaluation in England.

      Company Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much tax the Inland Revenue's Oil Taxation Office has collected on (a) signature bonuses, (b) consultancy fees and (c) special commissions on...

      Company Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalties the Inland Revenue has issued for claims on expenditure that are disallowed under section 577A of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter dated 1 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Carl Walker.

      Dividend Tax Credit System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on pension funds of the abolition of the dividend tax credit system; (2) whether he plans to review the...

      Income Tax (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue impact for Scotland of (a) raising and (b) lowering the basic rate of income tax by one pence.

      London Marathon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to impose VAT on sponsorship payments from those entering runners in the London Marathon; and if he will make a statement.

      Nursing Bursaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will exempt the student bursary for nurses and midwives from tax; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will estimate the cost of...

      Private Equity Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of (a) the size of the private equity industry and (b) its contribution to the UK economy; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue raised (a) in total and (b) within each stamp duty band in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of past advice on tax credits that he has received from the Social Security Advisory Committee.

      Tax Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total revenue impact has been of changes in (a) duty on whisky, (b) duty on road fuels, (c) national insurance contributions and (d) the rates and...

      Taxation/Social Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest figure is for the level of net taxes and social security contributions as a proportion of gross domestic product; and if he will make a...

      Tobacco Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2005, Official Report, column 1187W, on tobacco taxes, when he will place the figures for duty receipts on the website.

      VAT (Hospices)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister in relation to making hospices exempt from the payment of VAT.

  • Wales

    • European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs concerning publication of the Welsh translation of the...

    • Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department sold any surplus stock on the e-Bay auction website, in each year since 2000–01.

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Regional Broadcasting Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to create regional broadcasting councils for the BBC; whether they are to be based on the Government...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter dated 3 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Colin Brierley.

      Musical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the benefit to children of learning to play musical instruments of (a) existing and (b)...

      Television Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the cost of running the Television Licensing Authority was in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement;...

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes the Government are considering planning to assist in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total cost of aid to Iraq has been since March 2003, broken down by main area of expenditure.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding was allocated by his Department and its agencies for the control of malaria in each year between 1999–2000 and...

      Relief Initiatives (HIPC)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage greater gender equality in heavily indebted poor countries.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK provided to Rwanda (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much public funds the Government have pledged to tsunami relief and reconstruction; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Childcare Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirement there is on public sector organisations to offer childcare vouchers to their staff; and if she will make a statement.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were taken into care as a result of a parent being sent to prison in the last year for which figures are available.

      Cross-border Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what cross-border tracking of children on the at risk register takes place between the relevant authorities in England and Wales.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on access by hon. Members to the chief executives of public bodies for which her Department is responsible to discuss the...

      Disability Discrimination Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to monitor the compliance of schools with the duty to promote equal opportunities under the Disability...

      Education Funding (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on the Sure Start scheme has been in Tamworth in each year since the scheme has been in operation.

      National Children's Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department provided to the National Children's Bureau in 2004–05.

      Section 52 Budget Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the expenditure from section 52 budget statements of each local education authority in each of the last three years, broken...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how funding of special educational needs provision is made available through the Learning and Skills Council.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the countries referred to in her Department's recent letter (reference 881/6026) to schools where (a) it is not possible to...

      Youth Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Green Paper on Young People to be published; whether there are issues which are expected to cause further delays in...

  • Defence

    • Clothing Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2005, Official Report, columns 598–99W, on clothing contracts, what the terms of the contract are which...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter of 29 November 2004 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford, ref 05963/2004.

      Dean May

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary measures were taken against Staff Sergeant Dean May following his conviction for manslaughter at Winchester Crown court in July 2002;...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of current work on the Harrier GR7 to GR9 conversion and majors is being undertaken at (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) BAE Warton; and at what...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of work on the Harrier GR7 to GR9 conversion and majors was previously scheduled to be undertaken by the Defence Aviation Repair Agency.

      Jaguar Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to extend the in-service life of the Jaguar.

      Mark 8 Mod 1 Gun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost was of retrofitting the Mark 8 Mod 1 gun to HMS Gloucester; and when he expects the vessel to be decommissioned; (2) which (a) Batch...

      Nuclear Warheads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK Government are undertaking research into the miniaturisation of nuclear warheads.

      Nuclear Warheads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on Government policy on the (a) deployment and (b) targeting of United Kingdom nuclear warheads.

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single-hulled tankers are (a) owned and (b) chartered by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      RAF Aston Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list representations he has received in the last 12 months regarding the sale details of RAF Aston Down.

      Recruitment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on armed forces recruitment in Scotland.

      Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter about the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers which was sent to him by the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham on 8 December 2004.

      Scottish Infantry Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the training centre for the Scottish infantry soldiers is to be located.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the military operation in Sierra Leone in 2001 was; and how many UK troops were involved.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers to the hon. Members for North Tayside (Pete Wishart) and for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond), of 2 March 2005, Official Report,...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what times in each of the last four years emergency services have been called to handle (a) fire, (b) smoke and (c) electrical malfunction at the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational costs of (a) the UK nuclear warhead programme, (b) the Trident submarine programme and (c) the warhead delivery system were in the...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licences he has issued in each of the last five years to Wickham Research Laboratories for the purposes of experiments on live...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals against initial decision have been filed by asylum seekers in each year since 1992.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum seekers have appealed against their initial decision in each year since 1992.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of asylum cases, including final appeal, were decided within six months in 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of failed asylum seekers were removed in 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made by his Department to the Iranian Government for passports or other travel documentation to facilitate...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been compulsorily returned to Iran in each of the last six months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to focus the asylum system on those genuinely fleeing...

      Begging (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 there have been of individuals for procuring a child to beg in each year...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effect the operation of Control Orders will have on the families of those subject to the orders.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon dated 11 January (Home Office ref: B1020/5) regarding a constituent, Mr....

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notice offences have been issued for each basic command unit in England and Wales for (a) selling alcohol to a person...

      Immigration (Illegal Working)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers (a) were investigated between 27 January and 10 February 2003 and (b) have been investigated since 10 February 2003 for...

      Tuberculosis (UK Entrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is taken if an individual is tested on entry to the UK and found to have tuberculosis.

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which suppliers service his Department's laptop computers; what the (a) length and (b) total value of each contract is; how many laptop...

      Leave to Remain Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from the English language school industry in the UK on his proposals to increase the cost of...

      Metropolitan Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings he has had with Sir Ian Blair to discuss proposed efficiency savings in the Metropolitan Police Authority.

      Metropolitan Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Metropolitan Police Authority spent on counter-terrorism in each year since 1997, broken down by borough.

      Ministerial Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate has been made of the market value of his official residence.

      Ministerial Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to move into his official residence.

      Motorway Accidents (HGVs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what percentage of accidents resulting in the closure of a motorway in England and Wales and in which a heavy goods vehicle was involved...

      People Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many boats have patrolled UK shores to prevent people smuggling in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) the number and (b) type of...

      Population Growth

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were doubling up in cells designed for single occupancy at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Sentencing (Violent Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence length for offenders convicted of (a) rape, (b) robbery, (c) sexual assault, (d) grievous bodily harm, (e) actual...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average age of serving special constables was, broken down by police force area in 1997; (2) what the average tenure of...

      Staff Identity Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff...

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources were given to Sussex Constabulary to roll out the commission for Tetra police communication networks in Sussex.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is to be taken by (a) his Department and (b) other appropriate authorities to seek to confiscate the money that has been earned...

      Under-age Drinking (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for under-age drinking in each London borough in each year since 1990.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual work permits were issued in 2004.

      Young Offenders Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) baseline Certified National Accommodation (CNA), (b) in use CNA, (c) operational capacity and (d) prisoner population was for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aegis Defence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what information his Department has (a) supplied to and (b) received from the United States Administration regarding that...

    • Attorney-General (Iraq Advice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2005, Official Report, column 1575W, on the Attorney-General (Iraq Advice), whether he had a...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department received from the Government of Bangladesh concerning the perpetrators of the attempted...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last had discussions with Chinese officials concerning the Chief Executive and Legislative Council of Hong Kong; and if...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on China's occupation of Tibet.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between Taiwan and China.

      Departmental Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition of the terms (a) directorate, (b) section, (c) unit and (d) team he uses in relation to his Department's...

      Departmental Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the sections, teams and units within his Department's Europe Directorate.

      Departmental Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the directorates and sections within his Department.

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's...

      eBay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department sold any surplus stock on the eBay auction website, in each year since 2000–01.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1251W, on the European Constitution, what his Department's...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March, Official Report, column 1381W, on the European Constitution, what definition he uses of...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1381W, on the European Constitution, what the total staff costs...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to decide whether the Government will distribute the EU Constitution to all households in the United Kingdom...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the Government intend to distribute to every household regarding the EU Constitution (a) prior to the relevant...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 1020W, to the hon. Member for Hornchurch (John Cryer), on...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answers of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 1020W, to the hon. Member for Hornchurch (John Cryer), on...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2005, Official Report, column 1020W, on the European Constitution, how he intends to...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will decide on the service provider for delivering referendum addresses during the referendum on the EU Constitution;...

      Expatriates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate how many UK expatriates are living abroad; and if he will make a statement.

      Hajj Delegation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to public funds of the UK Hajj delegation was in 2003–04; and what proposals he has to increase it.

      Hiroshima/Nagasaki (Commemoration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether commemorations are planned in August to mark the 60th anniversary of nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iraqi administration that it makes it a condition sine qua non that there be a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iraqi administration on establishing the impartiality of judges operating in Iraq where...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Tariq Aziz has been allowed to see the evidence against him since his arrest.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what access Saddam Hussein has had to the alleged evidence against him.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has had from ISNAD, the body formed to co-ordinate the efforts aimed at ensuring respect for the law in...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 805, which parts of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty...

      Project Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 28W, on Project Coast, if he will place the information...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) strength, (b) leadership and (c) political objectives of the Ugandan People's...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Starts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses started up on average each week in the London region in 2004; what the weekly average of such start-ups has been since May...

    • Chile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list military equipment contracts with the Government of Chile since 1990, broken down by value of goods.

      Commercial Power Diallers (Silent Telephone Calls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies have been carried out on the (a) extent, (b) nature and (c) sources of unsolicited silent telephone calls by commercial power...

      Commercial Power Diallers (Silent Telephone Calls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to combat silent telephone calls by commercial power diallers.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry will reply to the letter dated 26 January from the hon. Member for Banff...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of exports (a) from Northern Cyprus to the United Kingdom and (b) from the UK to Northern Cyprus was in each of the last three...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library material she has (a) requested and (b) received relating to the operation of the Export Control Organisation...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will place in the Library material she has (a) requested and (b) received from the Export Control Organisation relating to efficiency...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) services and (b) operational areas of the Export Control Organisation have been assessed for potential outsourcing to the private...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) discussions and (b) meetings (i) she, (ii) other Ministers in the Department, (iii) officials in the Department and (iv) staff of the...

      EU Internal Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the draft directive establishing a general legal framework for services in the internal market.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have closed in Ribble Valley since 1997.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will extend permitted development status to the installation of small scale renewables by householders, subject to adequate controls to...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many inspections of the MOX facility at Sellafield have been carried out by Euratom since 1 May 1997; on what dates; and on which...

      Small Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the small firms productivity growth referred to in Public Service Agreement Target 6 of her Department's Business Plan 2005–8 is...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government intends to implement the findings of the Graham Review relating to the future of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee.

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department sold any surplus stock on the eBay auction website, in each year since 2000–01.

      Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the likely effects of additional tax rises on businesses in the UK in the period 2005–07 on national (a)...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of reports on tidal lagoon electricity generation made available to her Department by WS Atkins and AEA Technology.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representation she has received on the proposal for tidal lagoon electricity generation in Swansea Bay.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) for what reasons tidal lagoon projects were not included for support under the proposed Marine Renewables Development Fund; (2) what...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the potential generating capacity of tidal lagoons in UK offshore waters.

      Vehicle Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many vehicles were imported into the UK in each year since 1997.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect of implementing a system of collective responsibility for all future waste electronic and...

      Wind Energy Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her Department's co-sponsorship of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of child support cases in Northern Ireland were being assessed under the new criteria on 1 March.

    • Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for Dudley, South (Mr. Pearson), will meet the hon. Member for...

      Public Processions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which date (a) the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) was first consulted about the draft Public Processions (Amendment)...

      Public Processions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the response from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the draft Public Processions...

      Shellfish and Whitefish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been provided to the fish processing sector of the Northern Ireland fishing industry in relation to the tie-up scheme which was in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of his Department's advertising campaign to inform small businesses of the adjustments required for disabled access under...

    • Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the first payments will be made to the former workers at the Allied Steel and Wire Works in Cardiff under the Government's Financial...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost is of implementing the Financial Assistance Scheme for all former Cardiff Allied Steel and Wire workers who were 57...

      Information (Post Offices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information published by his Department (a) may be obtained by the public in post offices and (b) could previously be obtained by the...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the benefit entitlements are for people under pensionable age who are diagnosed as suffering from myasthenia gravis.

      New Deal (Blyth Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) young people, (b) single mothers and (c) other people have participated in the new deal in Blyth Valley.

      Pensions (Ribble Valley)

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed from employment in the Office in each year since 2001 for gross professional misconduct.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed from employment in the Office in each year since 2001 under suspicion of having breached...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Ministers in the Cabinet Office have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997.

      Members (Consultancy)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what inquiries he has made into payments made to the right hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) by companies involved in major commercial...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the projects being undertaken by his Department in respect of which information cannot be given in answer to parliamentary questions...

      Sikh Employees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people employed by the civil service state their religion as Sikh.

  • Health

    • Ageing Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on costs of social services of an ageing population; what research he has commissioned on the impact of an...

    • Allergy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress his Department has made in the review of the available data and research on the epidemiology of allergic conditions that the...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) donepezil, (b) rivastigmine and (c) galantamine in treating Alzheimer's sufferers; and if he will...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects a decision from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the use of the drug Ebiza for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

      Bed Occupancy (London Acute Trusts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the bed occupancy rates for acute trusts in London were in each of the last four years.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay of an elderly person in a care home was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Child Poverty

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

      Cross-border Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cross-border tracking of adults on the at risk register takes place between the relevant authorities in England and Wales.

      Dentistry

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

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of NHS dental care in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Policies (Tamworth)

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

      Drug Treatment (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have received treatment for drug abuse in Tamworth in the last 12 months.

      Private Finance Initiative Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the private finance initiative contracts which (a) his Department and (b) NHS Estates advertised in 2004, indicating in each case whether...

      Local Authorities (Caring Responsibilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have sought determination from him in relation to which local authority is responsible for people for which more than one local...

      Mount Vernon Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the burns and plastic surgery unit at Mount Vernon hospital, Northwood.

      Paddington Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what hospital facilities are to be combined on the Paddington Health Campus site; and what the change is in the number of beds to be available at the site...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he gives to London boroughs on the provision of respite care in each borough.

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days of respite care were available in each London borough in each year from 1997 to 2004.

      Social Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contribute to (a) some or (b) all of their social care costs for (i) home care and (ii) all residential care following a means-test, in...

      Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely total debt of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust at the end of this financial year; and if he will make a...

  • House of Lords

    • Prison and Probation Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to expand privatisation, market testing or contestability into the prison and probation services.

    • Offenders: Residential Bail Conditions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the courts have sufficient powers to require persistent offenders with a drug or alcohol habit to reside in an establishment where they can be treated, as...

      Gambling Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3 March (WA 43), whether the Lord McIntosh of Haringey or the Minister for Sport or his officials...

      European Stability and Growth Pact

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the result of the European Union stability and growth pact revisions which are currently being negotiated.

      Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give the breakdown by disability of the 10 million persons who were announced by the Department for Work and Pensions as being disabled; how many...

      Disability Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targeting work is undertaken by the Department for Work and Pensions to increase the take-up of disability and carer benefits by those eligible; what results...

      Benefit Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 10 February (WA 138) on benefit fraud, which benefits are included in the table under...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 23 February (WA 209–10), whether it is a matter for them or for the market to propose the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 26 January (Official Report, col. 1261), how many badgers are estimated to live in Cornwall; how many cattle have been...

      Wildlife and Countryside Act: General Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether farmers or users will be required to demonstrate that appropriate non-lethal methods of control are ineffective or impractical following the changes to the...

      Duchy of Lancaster: Labour Party Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25 January (WA 156), how many paid or unpaid Labour Party officials work in support of the...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the implementation programme for the introduction of digital tachographs for heavy goods vehicles.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many heavy goods vehicle drivers there are in the United Kingdom; and how many of them have been issued with the necessary driver's card to operate the digital...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order (S.I. 2003/1998), a chief constable has any role in discouraging the use of 16.5...

      Road Traffic Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many, and what percentage, of people killed or injured in road traffic accidents involving passenger vehicles in the United Kingdom were not taxed, insured or...

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