Written answers

Thursday, 17 March 2005

  • Transport

    • Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997.

    • Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will increase the penalties against car drivers who park by dropped kerbs intended for use by people with disabilities.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets he sets the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for responding to correspondence; whether the time taken is measured from the date when a...

      Entry Ports (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many security staff are employed at each of the 35 main ports of entry to the United Kingdom.

      Hauliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1334W, on hauliers (working time restrictions), whether the new working time rules will...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the level of air traffic movements at Heathrow is; and when such movements are expected to reach the cap set for Heathrow of 480,000...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the final scheme for compensation for blight associated with any future development of Heathrow airport to be published.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further work is to be undertaken to assess the economic impact of a third runway at Heathrow airport.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements have been made to ensure the openness and transparency of the workings of Project Heathrow, with particular reference to the...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what impact the decision in the case of the judicial review of the Government's proposals for airport expansion has had on the proposals for a third...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what process would need to be pursued (a) to amend and (b) to delete the environmental mitigation measures on airport operations at Heathrow under the...

      New Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unadopted roads there are on estates built in the last 15 years; and how many unadopted residential streets there are in England.

      Private Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is allowed to pass on details it holds on individuals to operators of privately-owned and operated car...

      Rail Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers have used (a) Bramley, (b) Burley Park and (c) Headingley rail stations in each year since 1987.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department will be assuming powers previously exercised by the Strategic Rail Authority in respect of (a) waiving penalty payments for...

      Registered Car Owners (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered car owners there have been in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each year since 1997.

      Road Accidents/Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the number of road accidents in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in 2004.

      Road Accidents/Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking in support of the policy of the European Union to halve the number of road deaths across the EU between 2002 and 2010.

      Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to review the operation of race relations legislation in relation to seafarers.

      Speed Cameras/Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in descending order the 10 local authority areas in England which have the greatest number of fixed speed cameras.

      Speed Cameras/Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many traffic calming schemes introduced in England since 1998 speed humps have been constructed and later withdrawn or modified, broken down by...

      Speed Cameras/Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of speed humps, with particular reference to (a) air pollution and (b) noise pollution; and if...

      Stoke Hammond/Linslade Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons an appraisal summary table for a fully worked up lower cost alternative in relation to the Stoke Hammond and Linslade Western Bypass...

      Television Equipment (Cars)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the policy of the Government is in relation to the legality of (a) fitting and (b) using television equipment in cars which operate while a...

      Transport (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Highways Agency expenditure was in Hampshire in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on (a) new road schemes and (b) road...

  • Treasury

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Government Actuary's Department will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Yeovil of 20 December 2004 in relation to public sector...

    • First Childbirths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average age of women at first childbirth was in each of the last 10 years.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated effect upon revenue would be if the 10 per cent. band of income tax were increased by (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000 and (c)...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated yield arising from levying income tax at a rate of 50 per cent. on all taxable incomes in excess of £50,000 per annum would be; and...

      Migrant Labour

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of migrant labour admitted to the UK was employed (a) by outsourcing companies, (b) by employment agencies, (c) by gangmasters, (d) in...

      Paddington Hospital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has received the outline business case for the Paddington Basin Health Campus from the North West London strategic health authority.

      Perpetual Annuity/Pension Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) annuities and (b) pensions are still paid from public funds to the descendants of any individuals who through particular public service were...

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what indicators his Department uses to assess the productivity performance of the United Kingdom.

      Tax Relief (Over-65s)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers he has to provide tax relief to the over-65s on savings and earnings for those earning between £18,900 and £23,070.

      Unemployment (Aberdeenshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment was in Aberdeenshire unitary authority area in each year since 1999 broken down by age group.

      VAT (Electronic Publishing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been raised through VAT on electronically published materials in each of the past 10 years.

      VAT (Electronic Publishing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from (a) universities and (b) libraries with regard to the level of VAT levied on electronically published materials.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pet Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding pet fairs; and if she will make a statement.

    • Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the collection of fallen stock.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to protect fish stocks in UK waters.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the Commission for Africa's report for her Department's work.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of fruit and vegetables was destroyed under EU arrangements in each of the last three years.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for further reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1639, to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester,...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Ministers in her Department have issued written instructions to override her Department's accounting officer's...

      Fish Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of estimated biomass of the 10 most landed fish species under North Sea Total Allowable Catches were landed...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of households in England which are at risk from flooding; and if she will make a...

      Over-30-month Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the over-30-month scheme will end.

      Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the opportunities available to public sector food buyers and farmers under the Public Sector...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will urge the withdrawal of EU subsidies to farmers in EU member states to grow tobacco.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the work of the Waste and Resources Action Programme in the East Sussex region.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the funding of the Waste and Resources Action Programme.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she proposes to introduce changes to the system of using rateable values as the basis for domestic water charges.

      Water Savings Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the outputs of the Water Savings Trust feasibility study; and what action she proposes to take following...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Billboards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the maximum fine is which local authorities can impose on landowners allowing temporary wheeled billboards to be placed next to motorways.

    • Billboards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average fine imposed by local authorities on landowners allowing temporary wheeled billboards to be placed next to motorways was in the last year for...

      Business Rate (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the business rate for Chorley is forecast to be in 2005–06; and what the rate is in 2004–05.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of council tax receipts raised in England was in each year since 1997–98.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what exemptions from council tax apply for narrow boats away from their moorings; and when guidance was last issued on this matter to local authorities.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Witney constituency, the effects on Rochdale of his Department's policies...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) private, (b) public sector key worker, (c) private sector key worker and (d) social housing homes are to be built on each of the redundant NHS sites...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units were built or procured through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme and Challenge Fund in London in each year...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme and Challenge Fund funding has been spent on (a) mixed funded social rented housing, (b) temporary...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when Mrs. Lea Rowles of Wylie Court, Sittingbourne will receive her refund from Swale Housing Association.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority properties were sold under the right to buy in each London borough in each year since 1996–97; and what the average discount per...

      Local Authority Grants (Southend)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will use Department of Health patient registration figures as a measure of population for the purpose of calculating local authority grants for...

      Local Government Finance (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the real terms (a) percentage and (b) cash changes in total external support to (i) Westminster city council and (ii) the Royal Borough of Kensington and...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations and meetings he has had with Unison regarding the Local Government Pension Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget of each Regional Assembly was in each of the last three years; what the administrative costs were in each year; and what the costs were of the...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been of financing the South East England Regional Assembly in each of the last five years.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the statement of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 358WH, if he will publish the evidence he has received from local authorities indicating that...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many accidents occurred at her departmental premises in each of the last five years involving (a) members of her Department's staff...

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of her Department are in place; and if she will make a...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department will be represented at the Factual TV Commissioning Conference being held as part of the BBC Charter Review in...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Ministers in her Department have issued written instructions to override her Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated (a) market value and (b) annual rental value is of each property owned by her Department; who the occupier is of each...

      Departmental Policies (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Tamworth constituency, the effects on the constituency...

      Gambling Bill (Hospice Lotteries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the provisions contained in the Gambling Bill do not adversely affect weekly lotteries operated...

      ITV Regional News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions have taken place between her Department, Ofcom and ITV on maintaining regional news and current affairs programmes in...

      ITV Regional News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what penalties Ofcom can impose on ITV for failing to maintain Charter undertakings.

      ITV Regional News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions have taken place between her Department and Ofcom regarding ITV's performance.

      ITV Regional News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions have taken place between her Department and Ofcom on the (a) quantity and (b) quality of ITV news and current affairs...

      Licences (Sporting Events)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements have been put in place for major sporting events to obtain a licence under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Museum Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants have been paid by her Department to each National Museum in the last eight years; and what grants are planned for 2005–06.

      Nightclubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has commissioned regarding a possible link between the incidence of alcohol-related deaths and licensing...

      Science Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Director of the Science Museum on the proposed closure of its library.

      Switchco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made towards the establishment of Switchco.

  • International Development

    • Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of steps taken by the Indian Government to ensure tsunami relief aid reaches the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    • Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much aid has been contributed by the UK Government to relief and reconstruction work in the Maldives since the tsunami...

      Microbicide Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he is giving to the Microbicide Development Programme; what support he expects to give to the Programme after 2006; what...

      Small Grants Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many organisations benefit from his Department's Small Grants Scheme; and in which countries.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Lord's Resistance Army operating in Sudan and Uganda on (a) the human...

  • Home Department

    • 2 Marsham Street

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected opening date of the new Home Office buildings in 2 Marsham street is.

    • Anti-terrorist Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his policy to allow information obtained under torture from British citizens held by another country in prosecutions carried...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Department plans to undertake further research on the situation in the countries of origin of lesbian and gay people making...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to officials dealing with asylum applications regarding the grounds for granting refugee status to applicants who...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances homosexual people from Jamaica applying for asylum in the UK would be returned to their country of origin.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied in granting humanitarian protection to individuals refused asylum; and by what means applications for such grant...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2005, Official Report, column 1959W, how (a) e-Borders and (b) identity cards will enable more precise...

      Burglary (Sentencing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of burglars convicted for a third offence received a custodial sentence in the most recent year for which...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil service staff have failed security vetting procedures in each year since 1997.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community service and (b) restorative justice sentences were imposed in (i) Redbridge, (ii) Waltham Forest, (iii) London and...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reconviction rates were for community-based sentences in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of sentence and (b) offence...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the update provided at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 19 November by the EU Counter Terrorist...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many delegates registered for his Department's conference on 18 January on protection against chemical, biological, radiological and...

      Country Information and Policy Unit Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what mechanisms organisations outside the Government may challenge the accuracy of information in his Department's Country Information and...

      Country Information and Policy Unit Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to ensure the quality and accuracy of information in the Country Information and Policy Unit's report on Algeria.

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the categories of offences were for which...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the 35 main ports of entry to the United Kingdom, as defined by the Immigration Act 1971.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the 35 main ports of entry to the United Kingdom are staffed 24 hours a day.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were found at each of the 35 main ports of entry to the United Kingdom in each year since 1997; and how many were...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were picked up each year by patrol boats in UK waters in each year since 1997.

      IND Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to senior caseworkers in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to help them provide support and advice to...

      IND Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nature is of the training in the assessment of asylum claims which is provided to asylum caseworkers.

      Infectious Diseases (UK Entrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been deported for carrying tuberculosis in each year since 1997.

      John Lennon Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals entering the country with questionable identification have been detained at John Lennon airport but have...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the parliamentary question reference 205820 tabled by the hon. Member for North Cornwall on 20 December 2004.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth South, reference 200027.

      Police (Convictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers were convicted of an offence in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Essex in each year since 1997,...

      Police Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the funding per head of population for each police authority in England and Wales is in 2004–05.

      Police Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the time taken to receive authorisation to enable police officers to undertake (a) covert and (b) directed...

      Police Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his policy to require a police officer to obtain a new authorisation to undertake (a) covert and (b) directed surveillance of...

      Police Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what process of authorisation he requires a police officer to complete to undertake (a) covert and (b) directed surveillance of (i) named and...

      Prison Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budgets for (a) offending behaviour programmes, (b) drug treatment and (c) basic skills education in prisons were in 2003–04;...

      Queenborough Fisheries Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Charity Commission last examined the membership of the Queenborough Fisheries Trust; (2) when the Charity Commission last...

      Race Relations (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with Sikh representatives to discuss the problems of racist attacks; when he next intends to meet Sikh...

      Race Relations (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the separate monitoring of Sikhs under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

      Race Relations (Sikhs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to counter racism against Sikh and Muslim communities.

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated annual cost is for the operation of each of the regional offender managers' offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Research Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents have been published by the Research, Development and Statistics section of his Department on each day of the last six...

      Romanian Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent investigations have been carried out by the Immigration Service into whether Romanians have illegally entered the EU through the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the contracts signed by his special advisers differ from the Model Contract for Special Advisers.

      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 increase voluntary and community sector activity,...

      UK Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether changes are planned to the format of (a) the UK passport and (b) the passport application form; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK passports have been issued in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Violent Crime (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of all recorded violence against the person in Leicester involved no injury in each year since 1999–2000.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.

    • Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the longest period of continuous quarterly economic growth in Scotland was in the last 30 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in which quarters Scotland has been in negative growth since 1997.

      St. Andrew's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to mark St. Andrew's Day in 2005.

  • Defence

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on trade between UK and US companies in the defence section of the aerospace industry.

    • Burgaled Breiz Trawler

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps were taken by (a) the Royal Navy and (b) other nations' military involved to broadcast a warning about (i) anti-submarine and (ii) other...

      Clothing Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the contract delivery schedule is for battle dress under the cut and sew contract; and what the penalties are for late delivery.

      Contract Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds his Department determines whether a contracted price is achievable without subsidy and without additional payments from the Department.

      Departmental Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the February 2005 estimates of his Department's efficiency delivery position mentioned in the Efficiency...

      Military Uniform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the stock levels of uniforms for (a) jungle use, (b) winter warfare, (c) general use and (d) desert deployment are.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the level of naval spares.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which naval vessels spares are being taken.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer, 25 November 2004, Official Report, column 51W, on the Royal Navy, what decisions have been made about the future of naval tasks...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment has been taken from Royal Navy warships in port in the last year to make up for deficiencies on ships that are on operational deployment;...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy ships are on the list for disposal.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings have been made against fleet activity in the Royal Navy for each of the last seven years.

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for providing a deep maintenance facility at RAF Leuchars for the Tornado F3.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accelerate Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the 16 companies in the Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency that are participating in Advantage West Midland's Accelerate...

    • Credit Card Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has to issue guidance on the consequences of unsustainable borrowing on credit cards.

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact of the Emissions Trading Scheme on electricity prices in the UK.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of households in fuel poverty of rises in retail prices of gas and electricity since 2003.

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment she has made of the recent price shock on the spot market for gas in the UK; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Newspaper Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when the Government will respond to the Office of Fair Trading's announcement of provisional conclusions on newspaper and magazine...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.

      Online Company Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the latest figures are for online company registration; and what steps she has taken to evaluate consumer satisfaction with the process.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to co-operate with those in the microgeneration industry on the removal of (a) network connection requirements,...

      Sub-contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the letters of comfort issued by the holding company immediately prior to liquidation of Ballast plc to sub-contractors and suppliers...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 630W, on supermarkets, what discussions she has had with the chairman of...

      Women's Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of factors affecting (a) entry to the labour market, (b) progression within the labour market and (c) re-entry...

  • Prime Minister

    • Civil Service Bill

      To ask the Prime Minister what response he has made to the Civil Service Commissioners following the Commissioners' response to the consultation on the draft Civil Service Bill on management...

    • Iraq (Attorney-General's Advice)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 9 March 2005, Official Report, column 1516, to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd), to whom he was referring in his...

      Royal Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister which of his meetings with HRH the Prince of Wales during the period 1 to 10 February were not published in the official Court Circular; and if he will make a statement.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons alleged known terrorists at large in the United Kingdom, to whom he referred in his interview on Woman's Hour on 28 February, have not yet been detained.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will answer the letter of 2 March from the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid-Kent referring to his answer of the same day— 2 March 2005, Official Report,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Albert Fisher Group Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance will be available to members of the Albert Fisher Group Pension Scheme under the recently announced financial assistance...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local authority benefit fraud investigators have (a) commenced and (b) completed the Professionalism in Security Accredited Counter...

      Dla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Disability Living Allowance applications for adults were rejected and then subsequently approved after review in each of the past...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the statistics relating to maternity pay, which, since 1997 (a) are no longer collected by his Department and (b) have had the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to pensioners in Leeds, West as a result of increases in the state pension since 1997.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) men and (b) women receiving the basic state pension did not receive (i) a full basic state pension and (ii) a basic...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were in receipt of state retirement pension in the Tamworth constituency in (i) 1999 and (ii) 2004; what each is...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to include the Roxby pension scheme in the indicative list of schemes potentially eligible for the Financial Assistance...

      Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the population has estimated savings in excess of (a) £5,000, (b) £10,000, (c) £15,000, (d) £20,000, (e)...

  • Health

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of deaths caused by alcohol in each year since 1997, broken down by age and gender.

    • Broomfield Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were performed at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford, Essex in each year from 1990 to 2004.

      Broomfield Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patients were treated at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford, Essex in each year from 1990 to 2004.

      Broomfield Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for patients undergoing cataract operations at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford, Essex were in each year from 1990 to 2004.

      Cancer Care (North Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time for those diagnosed with suspected cancer within the North Somerset primary care trust area to see a specialist...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who the official responsible for the National Carers Strategy is; (2) who is responsible for the Department's carers website.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the Social Care Institute of Excellence on carers.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the inspection of the implementation of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2004, Official Report, column 1469W, on NHS dentists, how many of the extra 1,000 full-time dentists to be recruited...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will take steps to provide access for patients to the new treatment for diabetes on the NHS.

      GP List Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average general practitioner list size was in Greater London, broken down by primary care trust or health authority, in each of the last 10 years.

      Hatfield (New Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the cost of the new hospital planned to be built at Hatfield.

      Hatfield (New Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision he is making for the construction of homes for key workers and in-patients' relatives at the new hospital in Hatfield; and what the cost is...

      Hatfield (New Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department will be of providing cancer treatment facilities at the new planned hospital at Hatfield; and what estimate he has made of...

      Hatfield (New Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to move the in-patient facilities of the cancer centre at Mount Vernon hospital to a new hospital at Hatfield.

      Hatfield (New Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of (a) cancer in-patients who could be referred to the new hospital in Hatfield from within a 15 mile radius of it and...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the capital and revenue costs of Patient Archiving and Communications systems will be met by (a) the Department of Health and (b) the National...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the trusts listed in the National Programme for IT deployment plans as intending to deploy hospital and clinical administration systems by the...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates his Department has made of the capital and revenue costs of Patient Archiving and Communication systems for each NHS Trust in England and...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department will pay to fund the capital and revenue costs of the cluster data stores to be provided by local service providers as part of...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many changes there have been to the original specifications of the NHS data spine.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts in each of the clusters of the NHS National Programme for IT have signed off full trust business cases to take picture archiving and...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government is still working towards the target that picture archiving and communications systems should be (a) 80 per cent. implemented across...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the detection of mental illness in older people.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children and young people aged under 18 years are suffering from a mental disorder, broken down by type of disorder.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 2 March 2005, Official Report, column 1229W, on mental health care, if his Department will contact all NHS trusts to ask whether...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time is for patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England; (2) what steps he will...

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he made available to support (a) all neonatal care services and (b) neonatal intensive care services in each year since 1999–2000; and...

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many managed clinical networks providing neonatal care there are in England; what the ratio is of nurses to infants in (a) neonatal special care...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to make changes in the status of NHS Direct.

      NHS Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) NHS prescriptions and (b) NHS prescription items were issued in each of the last 10 years broken down by (i) those attracting a charge...

      NHS Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per item prescribed was of prescriptions issued by (a) dispensing and (b) non-dispensing general practitioners in each year since...

      Patient Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to ensure that cardiac patients awaiting transfer from the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother hospital in Margate to London...

      Patients (Learning Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the provision of health services for those with learning disabilities; and when he expects the targets for service...

      Practice Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the quality of the consultation undertaken by the local primary care trust concerning the closure of the Finchley...

      Residential Homes (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the percentage of patients in residential homes for the elderly who are receiving neuroleptic drugs; and which homes...

      Scans (Private Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment was made, before the decision to commission Alliance Medical Ltd. to conduct CT and MRI scans on behalf of the County Durham and...

      Scans (Private Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the contract between the NHS and Alliance Medical Ltd. for CT and MRI scans was signed; and who undertook negotiations on behalf of the NHS;...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition of self-harm is used by NHS Direct; how many calls NHS Direct received in the last year for which figures are available relating to...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) training and (b) resources are available to NHS staff dealing with young people with experience of self-harm.

      Sikh Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the wearing of the Kirpan by Sikh employees.

      Visually Impaired People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide CCTV readers for visually impaired people through the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Deaf People (Public Service Delivery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken in the last three years to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people have equality of access to Government services.

    • Locum Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether locum doctors in Northern Ireland are able to join the Health and Personal Social Services superannuation scheme; and if he will make a...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have for the old Comber railway line between Belfast and Comber; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to improve (a) the Portaferry Road between Newtownards and Portaferry over the next two years and (b) traffic...

      Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to reduce waiting lists for surgery at the Ulster Hospital.

      Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to reduce waiting times for category three patients at the accident and emergency unit at the Ulster hospital.

      Unsolved Killings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he expects the likely outcome of the review of the unsolved killings to be in respect of the prosecution of individuals found to have been...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cameras

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what his policy is on permitting staff to take cameras into (a) 10 Downing street and (b) the Cabinet Office; (2) what his policy is on...

  • Education and Skills

    • Alderman Knight School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the schools adjudicator to announce his decision on the future of Alderman Knight school, Tewkesbury; and if she will make...

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will develop a strategy of zero tolerance of violence and intimidation directed at young people.

      Diploma in Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students have enrolled for higher education courses in England leading to a diploma in medicine in (a) September and (b)...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she has received from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) on research conducted for the LSC by the Learning and Skills...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects further to reduce the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges in South West Bedfordshire.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been provided in the 2004–05 financial year to (a) school sixth forms and (b) further education colleges to...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding is withdrawn from (a) school sixth forms and (b) further education colleges when a student leaves a level 3 course...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much an average school sixth form received as part of the real-terms annual funding guarantee in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 279W, on further education, to the hon. Member for Finchley and Golders...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much schools in Tamworth have received under the new deal for schools.

      E-university

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the UK e-university project was abolished; and if she will make a statement.

      E-university

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the UK e-university project; and what plans she has to establish similar distance...

      E-university

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research was undertaken before implementation of the UK e-university project; and if she will make a statement.

      E-university

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Minister was responsible for the UK e-university project.

      Harrop Fold School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has investigated (a) the financial position of Harrop Fold School, (b) the progress of the school since it was placed...

      Harrop Fold School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the future of the Harrop Fold School, Worsley, with particular reference to (a) its financial position and...

      Harrop Fold School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from (a) parents and (b) Salford metropolitan borough council about Harrop Fold School, Worsley.

      Harrop Fold School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the members are of the School Improvement Partnership Board put in place to monitor progress at Harrop Fold school, Worsley; how often...

      Individual Learning Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the current status is of Individual Learning Accounts; and when they will be re-introduced into England.

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the milestones for admissions submitted to the Office for Fair Access by individual universities are.

      Primary School Class Sizes (Ribble Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in primary schools in the Ribble Valley were in classes of 31 or more in each year since 1996–97.

      Professor Sir Roy Meadow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work remunerated from public funds has been undertaken by Professor Sir Roy Meadow in the last two years.

      School Leavers (Ribble Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in Ribble Valley left school with no qualifications in 2004.

      Schools (Internet Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has taken to ensure that schools implement security measures in respect of their use of the internet.

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) training and (b) resources are available to educational professionals dealing with young people with experience of self-harm; and...

      SOAs (Dartford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she (a) has taken and (b) is proposing to take to assist the lower level super output areas (SOAs) in Dartford that fall...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers are trained to provide physical education for pupils with special educational needs.

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students attended (a) Russell Group universities and (b) other universities in each of the last three years, broken down by (i)...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assistance is available to pupils from low-income families for swimming lessons; (2) what initiatives her Department has...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent regular teachers there were in maintained schools in September 2004.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of employing a newly qualified teacher for their first year of work, including salary and pension contributions, is in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the Government of China on human rights abuses in Kheetan Province; and if he will...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 25 January from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding Darfur, reference: 1 85889/05.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 3 February from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding Miss S. Watson of Abu Dhabi.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 26 January 2005 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, reference 97610.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance has been given by (a) the Government and (b) the EU to the Northern Cyprus Administration in each of...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Turkish Cypriots and (b) Turkish settlers living in northern Cyprus who work in...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a Minister from his Department has visited the closed area of Famagusta; and if he will make a statement.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the areas of northern Cyprus that (a) the British high commissioner to Cyprus and (b) senior officials at the...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with the Turkish-Cypriot Administration in northern Cyprus its policy on bringing the closed area of...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the Egyptian President's request to Parliament to amend article 76 of the Egyptian constitution...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programme points, other than the summit with European Union foreign ministers in Newport in September, have been confirmed...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plan to issue further guidance on the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe which provides...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money was allocated to Gibraltar from the UK Exchequer in 2004–05.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on expanding trade relations with Gibraltar.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2005, Official Report, column 1578W, on Israel, whether he has made representations to the...

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the legitimacy of the first round of parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan; and if he will make...

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the presidential elections in Moldova; and whether he has assessed this as a free and fair...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Iran and (b) North Korea on nuclear disarmament; and if he will make a...

      Peter Dun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the case of Mr. Peter Dun.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many rejected overseas student visa applications were (a) overturned and (b) upheld on appeal in the last year for which...

      UK Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of employing a commercial officer in each UK embassy in (a) the EU and (b) North America.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria are used to calculate the cost-effectiveness of magistrates courts.

    • Royal Marriage

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether it is intended to amend section 6 of the Civil List Act 1952 consequent upon the decision to raise Mrs. Camilla...

      Royal Marriage

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs where and how it is proposed to convene a meeting of the Privy Council in compliance with the provisions of the Royal...

      Royal Marriage

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the proposed marriage of HRH Prince of Wales to Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles is morganatic.

      Royal Marriage

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will publish as a Command Paper documents held in the Public Record Office and other public archives relating to...

      Training Programmes

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent per magistrate on basic training in each of the last five years; how much was spent in each of those...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Ards and Down Area Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to reduce traffic congestion in East Newtownards; what is the timetable for the Ards/Down area plan; and what expenditure is committed to...

    • British-Irish Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What difficulty arose regarding the number of Northern Ireland representatives within the United Kingdom delegation for the British-Irish Council Summit, noted in...

      Northern Ireland: Agriculture and Fisheries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How Northern Ireland agriculture and fisheries have been promoted in each of the 10 new member states of the European Union since 1 May 2004.

      Irish Republican Army Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams are members of the Irish Republican Army Council.

      Law Officers' Advice: Distribution to Cabinet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the full text of legal advice issued by the Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, has always been circulated to all members of the Cabinet prior to Cabinet...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Gender Action Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the gender action plan for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and what is their assessment of...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current salary scale for Northern Ireland Civil Service permanent secretaries; and what percentage increases have been made for this scale during each...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current salary scale for the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service; and what percentage increases there have been in each year since 2000.

      Northern Ireland: Sudden Infant Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the State Pathology Department is working to protocols drawn up jointly by the Northern Ireland Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 218) concerning the appointment of the director of marketing and communications for...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether KPMG were engaged to manage the recruitment process for directors of Waterways Ireland; and, if so, what was their role in the appointment of the director...

      Northern Ireland: Government Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What property they own in Northern Ireland which is leased to a church for religious activity; when each such property was purchased; and, in each case, what is...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 3 March (WA 37), what procedures they have in place at British consulates overseas to avoid...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a British National (Overseas) or British Overseas citizen, by virtue of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986, resident overseas, can apply to his...

      Iraq: Civilian Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom civilians working in Iraq have been killed and wounded by United States armed forces since direct hostilities ceased in May 2003.

      Overseas Corruption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the report of Transparency International that the United Kingdom has "neither centralisation nor adequate co-ordination" of overseas...

      Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Intercept Material

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26 January (WS 52), why the option of allowing intercepting agencies unfettered freedom to...

      Firearm Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many incidents of gun crime were recorded in Greater London in each of the past 10 years, including the number of (a) woundings; and (b) deaths.

      Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the Prevention of Terrorism Bill introduced in the House of Commons on 22 February contradicts, subsumes or negates the Habeas Corpus...

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 February (WA 98) and 24 February (WA 226), why "the benefits of the new provision against...

      Prisons: Female Remand Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to each of the recommendations made in the report by the Prison Reform Trust, Lacking Conviction: the rise of the women's remand population.

      Police Commanders: Political Statements Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to issue guidance to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and other senior police commanders on making statements on political matters without...

      National Offender Management Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislative changes will be needed to introduce the National Offender Management Service fully.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the level of knowledge of the long-term consequences of the use of Ritalin and amphetamine-based drugs in the neurological...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much research has been undertaken into the alternatives to drugs for young people suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and how this has...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been undertaken into the effects of stimulatory exercises and dietary changes in the treatment of young people suffering from attention deficit...

      NHS: Audit Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many inspectors visit a National Health Service hospital in order to perform an audit.

      Road Bridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to ensure that all bridge and highway authorities are using the same methodology and code of practice for measuring the clearance height...

      Left-hand Drive Coaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What regulations exist to prevent left-hand drive coaches discharging their passengers into the middle of the highway.

      A303: Stonehenge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that the proposed improvements to the A303 near Stonehenge are not further delayed; and whether they will announce a timetable...

      Ministers of the Crown: Financial Interests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their reasons for failing to give effect to the recommendation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration that Ministers of the Crown should...

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