Written answers

Wednesday, 16 March 2005

  • Transport

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to announce the final funding arrangements for Crossrail.

    • Cycling Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight casualties suffered by cyclists on (i) urban roads and (ii) rural roads in each year since 2000 resulted...

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been made available to improve disabled access transport services in Tamworth.

      Light Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications for companies operating light railways of (a) the new safety regime for light railways proposed by the...

      Motorcycle Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of (a) fatal, (b) serious and (c) slight casualties suffered by riders of powered two-wheel vehicles in (i) urban areas and (ii) rural...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Pedestrian Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrian casualties occurring on a footway in each year since 2000 resulted from a collision with a (a) motor vehicle and (b) pedal cycle.

      Road Casualties (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of road casualties suffered by child (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists in each year since 2000 occurred within 200 m of a school.

      Transport (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the transport infrastructure to support the proposed level of housing development for South...

      Transport (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants were made to (a) Hampshire county council, (b) Portsmouth city council and (c) Southampton city council for (i) new transport schemes and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many plants there are in the UK producing biodiesel or bioethanol using UK farmed and produced raw materials as their...

    • Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2005, Official Report, column 1169W, on foot and mouth, how any animals vaccinated...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the difference in total payments of compensation paid for (a) sheep and (b) cattle in the foot and mouth epidemic would...

      Growth Areas (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for protecting the marine environment.

      New Rural Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she has received from English Nature about the creation of the new agency for rural delivery; and if she will...

      Rendering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether animal by-product rendering is considered to be a waste process; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent developments in waste product marketing by the Waste and Resources Action Programme.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the development of recycled wood products by the Waste and Resources Action Programme.

  • International Development

    • Civil Society Challenge Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many not-for-profit organisations in the UK benefit from his Department's Civil Society Challenge Fund.

    • Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 55W, on HIV/AIDS, (1) how the spending of funds for HIV and AIDS...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1639W, on HIV/AIDS (Children) which sub-Saharan African...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will commission research on the impact of the separation barrier in Palestine on availability of (a) water and (b) arable land to...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what part his Department's aid programmes have played in the effort to reduce poverty in Vietnam.

  • Defence

    • Infantry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the correct protocol was followed for Infantry regiments which have a non-British colonel in chief being...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medically trained staff are serving in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his priorities are for the forthcoming Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May.

      Nuclear Warheads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles are available exclusively to transport nuclear materials related to the United Kingdom nuclear weapons programme.

      Oath of Allegiance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the wording is of the oath of allegiance which military personnel swear.

      Overseas Military Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list countries whose armed forces received military training and advice in the United Kingdom during the period 2001 to 2004.

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the private finance initiative contracts which his Department advertised in 2004, indicating in each case whether the output...

      Queen's Flight

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

      South African Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether South African nationals who are serving officers in the British Army are eligible to remain in the British Army while applying for a...

      Spearhead Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the spearhead regiment is fully equipped (a) at present and (b) for the next regiment to take over.

      Strensham Heliport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1342W, on near air misses, if he will instruct the Royal Air Force to cease flying over...

      Surface Combatants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Medium Versatile Surface Combatant and its relationship to the Future Surface Combatant programme.

      Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken by the Government to comply with the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Attorney-General

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the document from the Attorney-General considered by the Cabinet on 17 March 2003 relating to the legality of the war in Iraq is a paper under the Ministerial...

  • Health

    • Bed Occupancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from (a) healthcare professionals and (b) other interested parties on the optimal levels of bed occupancy.

    • Cancelled Operations (Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Cleaning and Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on the "Cleanyourhands" programme.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent NHS dentists there have been per head of population in each year since 1997; and how many were offering NHS treatment in...

      Derriford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will permit the Vanguard Project at Derriford hospital to proceed with a single bidder with appropriate financial safeguards; and if he will make a...

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS per patient is for each contract placed by the NHS with private sector diagnostic and treatment centres; and against what NHS...

      Great North Air Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Northumbria Ambulance Trust about the withdrawal of the Great North Air Ambulance Service based at Blyth.

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements are being made to treat the individuals in English prisons who are infected with hepatitis C; (2) what measures are in place to...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many London acute trusts undertake post-discharge surveillance for hospital acquired infections; (2) which London acute trusts have separate...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of hospital-acquired MRSA have been reported at (a) Berwick Infirmary, (b) Alnwick Infirmary, (c) Rothbury Community Hospital and (d)...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA were found in (a) the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust and (b) in all hospitals in each year since 1996.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Atos Origin has been paid to date for the development and provision of the full choose and book system; and what monthly payment is currently...

      Meat Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meat plants with a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan have been prosecuted for breaching UK Hygiene Regulations in each year between...

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005, Official Report, column 888W, on NHS expenditure, what information on NHS regional and strategic health...

      NHS Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what unplanned financial support is made available to NHS (a) trusts and (b) primary care trusts which are forecasting a year-end deficit.

      NHS Staff (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses on average were employed in (i) 1997 and (ii) the last period for which figures are available in (A) East Lancashire...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have become obese in the Chelmsford primary care trust area in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome has been of negotiations between Multiplex Ltd. and his Department concerning the Paddington Basin Health Campus.

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he expects that the Paddington Development Corporation will play in the NHS Paddington Basin Health Campus project.

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) from whom his Department is purchasing land for the construction of (a) homes for (i) key workers and (ii) relatives of inpatients and (b) hospital...

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cost to his Department up to 2014 of providing key worker housing for those employed at the Paddington Basin Health Campus.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will reply to question reference 218474 from the hon. Member for St. Ives; (2) when he will reply to question reference 218756 from the...

      Payment of Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of bills of each NHS acute trust in England were paid within 30 days in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what...

      Practice Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner practices closed in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust in each year since 1996.

      Primary Care Trusts (Mergers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from (a) NHS organisations and (b) other interested bodies on the merits of merging primary care trusts.

      Professor Roy Meadow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what speaking engagements have been undertaken by Professor Roy Meadow to NHS employees since December 2003.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implementation by (a) NHS trusts and (b) NHS foundation trusts of the terms and conditions of Agenda for Change with...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that all radiographers receive protection of working hours under the Agenda for Change proposals.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received regarding NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts failing to honour the terms and conditions of Agenda for Change with...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of eligible mothers and babies obtained free vitamins containing vitamin D on the NHS in the last year for which...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of mothers bought NHS-recommended vitamins containing vitamin D in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Gypsy Encampments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister about illegal Gypsy encampments.

    • Small Businesses

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce rate relief for small businesses.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on increasing mobility in the social rented sector.

      Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the use of article 4 directives with respect to the sub-division and sale of agricultural land and woodland.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the role of his Department is in furthering economic regeneration.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what methods he uses to assess the impact of Government policies on regeneration.

      Councillors' Conduct (Highway Regulations)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the propriety of councillors commenting on proposals for changes in highway regulations in advance of...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average response time of the fire and rescue service to 999 calls was in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to issue his proposals for a revised measurement of overcrowding.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total spending by the Housing Corporation in the London borough of Islington was in each year since 1997–98; and what proportion of this was spent...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total central Government Housing Investment programme allocation to the London borough of Islington was in each year since 1997–98; and what...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what expenditure has been allocated to Implementing Electronic Government capital grants to local authorities in each year since their inception; and what the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 result...

      Planning (Country Houses)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is his intention in Planning Policy Statement 7 not to preclude approval of applications to build new country houses in any particular architectural...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people had applied to vote by post (a) in June 2001, (b) in December 2004 and (c) on the latest date for which information is available, broken down by...

      Southend

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Minister for Local and Regional Government has to visit Southend on official business.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Sikh Employees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the Office's policy is on the wearing of the Kirpan by Sikh employees.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the future of regional development agencies.

    • Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on advice given by Euratom inspectors to BNFL in respect of the weighing of cans of plutonium nitrate at Sellafield.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bottled Water

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2005, Official Report, column 247W, on bottled water, what...

    • Catering Food Waste

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2005, Official Report, columns 247–48W, on catering...

      Catering Food Waste

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2005, Official Report, columns 247–48W, on catering...

      Cycling

      To ask the hon. for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many cycle parking places are provided for the use of hon. Members and staff of the House of...

      Cycling

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reasons members of the public are prevented from parking their bicycles on the...

      Repairs (Vehicle Emissions)

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will estimate the total financial cost of repairing damage caused to House buildings by...

      Transport

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many hon. Members use (a) rail, (b) bus, (c) bicycle, (d) car, (e) aeroplane and (f) foot as...

  • Treasury

    • Cancer Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have died due to cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the Implementation of the Regulation establishing an...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what traffic light status was awarded to the identity cards scheme by the Office of Government Commerce at the Gateway Review 1 stage.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new jobs have been created in (a) Aberdeenshire Unitary Authority Area, (b) Gordon constituency and (c) Banff and Buchan constituency in each year...

      MRSA Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths from MRSA there have been in (a) Lancashire, (b) the Ribble Valley and (c) each hospital in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the national debt per head of population was in real terms in (a) 1996 and (b) 2004.

      Perinatal/Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) perinatal and (b) infant mortality rates were in each of the last 10 years.

      Redundancy Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to raise the threshold at which tax is paid on redundancy payments.

      Women with Disabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women with disabilities were in employment in the UK on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of youth unemployment in Tamworth was in 2004.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Vale of York, of 7 February 2005, Official Report, column 1346W, on Child Support Agency, what...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the Child Support Agency to impose a penalty on absent parents who fail to disclose their income and employee details.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give the Child Support Agency (CSA) powers to make it mandatory for absent parents to instruct the CSA of their new employee details...

      Employment Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the earliest date is by which the Government expect to have achieved an employment rate equivalent to 80 per cent. of the working age...

      Pension Service (Cold Calling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on cold-calling by Pension Service staff of pensioners; how many such calls the Pension Service has made in each of...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly income of single (a) female and (b) male pensioners was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Plymouth, Sutton, (b) Plymouth, Devonport and (c) South West Devon received pension credit in the latest month for...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department keeps a record of the number of lost application forms for pension credit.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the publication dates of statistics to be released by his Department and its agencies during the next year.

      Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Tamworth have received (a) full and (b) partial grants from the Access to Work programme in each year since its introduction.

      Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of winter fuel payments in Tamworth in 2004–05.

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to visit Colchester on official business before 5 May.

    • Entertainment

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list guests entertained at public expense at (a) Chequers and (b) 10 Downing street in the period from 1 January to 25 February.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Answers of 9 March to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, Official Report, column 514, and to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd),...

  • Education and Skills

    • Black Male Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Government plan to teach black male pupils in separate classes in an effort to improve their GCSE results.

    • Cancer

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

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many care proceedings have been terminated after court proceedings have been initiated with the child in question remaining with the...

      Child Care Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the statistics relating to (a) child care and (b) looked after children and children in care, which, since 1997 (i) are no...

      Children Act Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her latest estimate is of the cost of (a) establishing and (b) maintaining the databases of children established by the Children Act 2004.

      Children Act Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the role of the new Children's Commissioner for England will be in (a) setting up and (b) monitoring the children's databases...

      Children Act Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what data she intends to include on the databases of children established by the Children's Act 2004.

      Children Act Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many responses she has received to her consultation on the databases provision of the Children's Act 2004; and if she will publish them.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children committed suicide while in care in each year since 1997; what estimate she has made of the number of...

      Education Funding (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been made available for computers for schools in Tamworth since 1997.

      Education Funding (Tamworth)

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

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many educational psychologists qualified in each of the last 10 years.

      Inclusive Education Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets were set as part of the Government's strategy to make the education system more inclusive; and whether those targets have been...

      Out-of-school Clubs (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many out-of-school clubs there are in York; and how many there were in 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the projects being undertaken by her Department in respect of which information cannot be given in answer to parliamentary...

      Post-16 Education (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils continued in post-16 education in Leicester in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils with special needs receive two hours of high-quality physical education and school sport each week.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of qualified primary school teachers at present unable to secure a job in teaching in (a)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in England will reach the age of 60 years in each of the next five academic years.

      Universities (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what ways public funds contribute to the funding of universities; and what the total contribution was in 2004.

      Victims of Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what her policy is regarding compensation for victims of abuse in residential schools and homes in the Irish Republic who are now...

  • Home Department

    • 2006 World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of ticketing arrangements for UK football fans to attend the 2006 World Cup; and if he will make a...

    • Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of the regulated procedures conducted in Scotland in 2003 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Greater London in each year since 1 April 1999, broken down by borough.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to police authorities on the type of behaviour which merits the placing of an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO); and...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in Milton Keynes were supported by Government funding in each of the last 10 years.

      Avon and Somerset Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent (a) officers and (b) civilian personnel were controlled by the central resource of the Avon and Somerset...

      Biometric Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1310W, on Biometric Data, if he will list the identifiers that will be held...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an estimate has been made of the potential efficiency savings of merging the Prison and Probation Services headquarters functions.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 7 September, 11 November and 9 December 2004...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the recent statement by West Midlands police on the force's ability to detect crime.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which recommendations of the O'Dowd report remain unimplemented because of a need for (a) legislation, (b) developments in IT and (c)...

      Cycling Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for cycling on the pavement there have been in (a) the London borough of Enfield, (b) Greater London and (c) England and...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been made in the Metropolitan police area; and what assessment he has made of their effects on reducing (a)...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, columns 113–14W, on fixed penalty notices, how many of each of the...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for offences relating to knives and swords there have been in courts in (i) York, (ii) North...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife-related assaults were recorded in 2004 in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making with the proposed introduction of the National Offender Management Service.

      Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted of offences in the United Kingdom between 11 September 2001 and 31 December 2004.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Meriden on 10 January, references 207956 and 207957.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question, reference 201648, tabled for answer on 1 December 2004.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question, reference 202240, tabled for answer on 6 December 2004.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those eligible for parole were (a) granted parole and (b) broke the conditions of parole in each year since 1997.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in (a) Essex and (b) England and Wales were eligible for parole in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the change in the rate of stop and searches of people of Asian origin since 2001.

      Police (Child Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Government will enforce the Association of Chief Police Officers' guidance on anonymity for individuals accused of child abuse by the...

      Police Community Consultative Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost in (a) Essex and (b) Southend is of police (i) attendance and (ii) administration of police/community forums in each year since...

      Police (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were employed in the North Kent Division of Kent Police in each of the...

      Police Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount held for each police authority in England in reserves or balances for (a) capital and (b) revenue was in (i)...

      Police Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure the accuracy of data used in the calculation of grant entitlements for Derbyshire Police Authority for the...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of police funding per head of population has been for (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Dorset in each year from 1998–99.

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales are receiving funding (a) above the formula funding level, (b) at the formula funding level and (c)...

      Police Officers' Families (Crime Investigations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines are given to police authorities on conducting investigations into crimes when a member of a police officer's family is being...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are estimated to suffer from mental health problems in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend Prison Service Order 1170 in the light of the decision in Regina (on behalf of the Howard League for Penal Reform)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the In Use Certified National Accommodation was changed in January 2005 at (a) HMP Edmunds Hill, (b) HMP Bullwood Hall, (c)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial saving will be made by moving control of privately run prisons from Her Majesty's Prison Service to the Correctional Services...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason control of privately run prisons moved from Her Majesty's Prison Service to the Corrections Services Unit within the Home Office.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the cost of moving control of privately run prisons from Her Majesty's Prison Service to the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes were made to (a) the baseline Certified National Accommodation (CNA), (b) in use CNA and (c) operational capacity at (i) HMP...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the operational capacity was changed in January at (a) HMP Edmunds Hill, (b) HMP Northallerton, (c) HMP Altcourse, (d) HMP...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in the National Probation Service are absent from work through stress or stress-related illness; and from what grades.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether work being undertaken on the Probation Workload Management Tool in the National Probation Service will be incorporated into the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation officers were dismissed in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether performance by the National Probation Service against its performance measure on compliance with orders improved (a) during...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the £300 million that has been allocated centrally to the Probation Service for 2005–06 will be spent.

      Securities Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for accreditation under the Securities Industry Act have (a) been received and (b) processed by the Securities Industry...

      Securities Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to audit the performance of the Security Industry Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Securities Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the Security Industry Authority has available to ensure that the 20 March 2006 deadline for the licensing of security personnel...

      Security Expenditure (Islington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure on (a) policing, (b) crime prevention and (c) local security measures per capita in the borough...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in each London borough on 1 January in each of the last six years.

      Stolen Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in implementing the recommendation of the Association of Chief Police Officers that all forces introduce a...

      Surrey Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people are employed in the corporate development and human resources department of Surrey police; (2) how much was spent on...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce domestic burglary by 25 per cent. from...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to improve the performance of all police forces.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to increase the level of confidence in the criminal...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to reduce the harm caused by drugs; (2) what recent...

      Text Message Intercepts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the security services have the ability to read the content of text messages sent by mobile telecommunications devices belonging to...

      Transsexual Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, columns 368–69W, on transsexual prisoners, when his Department will publish...

      Vehicle Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police may stop vehicles for random checks.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of China over its treatment of the practitioners of Falun Gong, with...

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to China regarding the fate of the people detained in Tiananmen Square at the opening of...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Russian and (b) Australian counterparts concerning the proposed lifting of the EU arms...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Chinese Anti-secession Bill; what discussions he has had with his (a) Chinese, (b) Taiwanese,...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Colombia regarding the death of Luis Eduardo Guerra and others at the San...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to President Uribe of Colombia on (a) human rights issues and (b) the conduct of the...

      Company Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the UN Norms on Business and Human Rights play in the setting of governance standards for UK and EU companies in...

      Dependent Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the status of each of the UK's overseas territories and Crown Dependencies will be under the EU Constitution.

      Dependent Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions are made for British overseas territories in the European Union Constitution.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what events he plans to attend during the next three months relating to the EU Constitution; and what meetings are planned...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the Electoral Commission on the date for the referendum on the European Constitution.

      European Union Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons it was decided that a regulatory impact assessment was not needed for the European Union Bill.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what actions his Department has taken to maintain a strong economy in Gibraltar.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had at the recent London meeting to support the Palestinian Authority on the impact of the separation...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Government of Nepal on democratic constitutional government; and if he will...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the members of the UK delegation to the Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York in May; and what...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom stockpile which have been (a) withdrawn from service and (b)...

      Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what ways gender issues are being incorporated into the work of the tri-departmental Post-Conflict Reconstruction Unit.

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the level of tension in the Taiwan Strait following the recent anti-secessionist...

      Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) European Union, (b) United States, (c) Russian, (d) Australian and (e) Japanese...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the percentage of Ugandan gross domestic product spent on (a) health, (b) education,...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the strength of the Ugandan Presidential Protection Brigade; whether the UK is...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Ugandan Constitutional Amendment Bill 2005, with particular reference to the proposal to lift...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that groups in Uganda are recruiting, training and deploying militia for political...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 21 December 2004 (WA 257), what additional benefits have occurred to cross-border co-operation as a result...

    • Northern Ireland: Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the membership of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Newforge sports club in terms of: (a) serving officers; (b) retired officers; (c) police...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Childcare Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 2 February (WA 38) regarding childcare facilities for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, whether the...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Childcare Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 2 February (WA 38) regarding childcare facilities for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, why, according...

      Northern Ireland: Prison Early Release Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the introduction of the early prison release scheme for paramilitary organisation members, how many prisoners have been recalled each year in the categories...

      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 purchase of the St Louis Order's property in Middletown, who are the...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific advice the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, gave in regard to the Green Paper Blueprint for a Strong, Independent BBC, published on...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations or correspondence they have received from McKinsey and Company Incorporated, officially or unofficially, in regard to the Green Paper...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the nature of any existing contract or work undertaken in the past two years between McKinsey and Company Incorporated and the Department for Culture,...

      Consumer Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the technical amendments set out in Annexe A of the explanatory memorandum to the regulations are given effect in the Consumer Credit (Miscellaneous...

      Oil Market: China

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect they foresee on (a) the availability of oil in the market, and (b) fuel prices, from the reported large-scale acquisition by China of oilfields and oil...

      Solent European Marine Site

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Section 5(a) and (b) of the Solent European Marine Site (Prohibition of Method of Dredging) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/2696) should be taken to imply that part...

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