Written answers

Monday, 21 March 2005

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Defence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contingency plans have been prepared for coping with a large scale exodus of people from a city following a terrorist attack.

    • New Environmental Technologies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to reform the methodology of regulatory impact assessments in order to reflect more accurately the social and economic benefits of new...

      Staff Identity Passes

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

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact the Commission for Africa Report will have on (a) delivering funding for development in...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the International Finance Facility will work in connection with projects funded by the UK and other international parties in...

      Aid Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has for conflict resolution to address the underlying causes of conflict in countries which are excluded from...

      Grenada/Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of reconstruction efforts in (a) Grenada and (b) Cayman Islands.

      Grenada/Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Grenadan Government concerning reconstruction efforts following...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government are giving to the development and provision of (a) microbicides and (b) other HIV-prevention methods in his...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 379W, on HIV/AIDS, if he will place in the Library the report of...

  • Transport

    • Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the size of vehicle required to tow safely a caravan that has (a) twin axles and (b) triple axles.

    • Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum (a) length and (b) width is of a caravan that can be legally towed.

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the eligibility of sufferers of myasthenia gravis for the Blue Badge scheme.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used Leicester railway station in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 in (i) morning peak hours, (ii) evening peak hours and (iii)...

      Roadside Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will assess the merits of requiring car occupants to wear reflective jackets compliant to standard EN471 when leaving their vehicle at the...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what compensation will be payable to (a) companies engaged in the supply of and (b) those who have bought equipment which detects the presence of speed...

      Traffic Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what authority a traffic commissioner has over members of staff in the Traffic Area Network.

      Transport Security Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the Director is of the Transport Security Directorate for (a) Scotland and (b) Wales; and what role the (i) Scottish Executive and (ii) Welsh...

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made with improvements to Non-Motorised User crossings of trunk roads in England; and what plans he has for further progress.

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding he has allocated to the Highways Agency for Non-Motorised User crossing improvements over the financial years 2005–06 to 2007–08.

      Trunk Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the current status of the A681 former trunk road through Sharneyford, near Bacup, Lancashire; and what weight...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Listed Places of Worship Grant

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to his oral answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 20, what the take-up of the listed...

    • Tourism

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the Church Commissioners' policy on the encouragement of tourism.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Incitement to Racial Hatred

      To ask the Solicitor-General if the Attorney-General will refer the article written by Nasser Amin in the current student journal of the School of Oriental and African Studies to the Director of...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Solicitor-General, pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column1075W, on parliamentary questions, whether the former deputy legal adviser in the Foreign and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many motor vehicles have been abandoned in (a) Leicester South, (b) Leicester and (c) England since 1997.

    • Agricultural Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in agriculture in England in each year from 1990 to 2004.

      Beekeeping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons her Department has not issued a consultation document on its plans for the budget for the support of...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish the new general licence WLF18 for the control of certain species of birds which came into effect on 1...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the circumstances in which controlling pigeons on growing crops by non-lethal methods wouldbe...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what legal authority she transferred the responsibility given to her by S.16 (1A) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish guidance to persons authorised under general licence WLF 18 on the criteria they should use to assess...

      Bird Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish advice she has received concerning the legal interpretation of condition 4 of general licence WLF18.

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to amend its policy on the control of fish-eating wildlife other than cormorants.

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to ensure that the granting of licences for the control of cormorants does not lead to...

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals of each bird species, other than cormorants, have been killed as a result of licences granted to control...

      Farm Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of farm holdings in England in each year from 1990 to 2004.

      Farm Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on farm-gate prices paid to farmers for supply of (a) dairy produce, (b) meat and (c) fruit and...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of how many farmers will (a) gain and (b) lose from the redistribution of the dairy...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the (a) dairy payment and (b) additional dairy payment are being redistributed to all farmers entitled to the single farm...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total fishing effort in km/hours using gill net and tangle net gear in the English Channel and Celtic Sea, ICES...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK fishing vessels fish with (a) gill net and (b) tangle net; and what length of each type of net is deployed.

      Harmful Cargoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2005, Official Report, column 1936W, on harmful cargoes, if she will list the occasions...

      Meat Imports (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on EU rules regarding the importing of meat from China.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to question reference 218475 from the hon. Member for St. Ives; (2) when she will reply to...

      Sikh Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the wearing of the Kirpan by Sikh employees.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent advice she has received from the European Agriculture Commissioner on the legality of making the Single Farm...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • General Election Candidates (Expenditure Limits)

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Commission intends to review the limits on expenditure by candidates in general...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what plans the Commission has to review the system of electoral registration.

  • Treasury

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has made, or have been made on his behalf, to companies involved in the CVF programme concerning final assembly of the proposed...

    • Child Trust Fund Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2005, Official Report, column 66W, on Child Trust Fund Accounts, when he expects a resolution of the issues necessary...

      Cigarette Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of cigarette smuggling was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Cigarette Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with cigarette manufacturers on measures to reduce smuggling.

      Departmental Teams

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) purpose and (b) functions of his Department's (i) local government team, (ii) housing and urban team and (iii) devolved countries and regions...

      Domiciliary Care Workers (Leicester)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of unregistered paid domiciliary care workers in (a) Leicester and (b) Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Ecofin

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 17 February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record;...

      Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the UK Government have reported (a) fraud and (b) other irregularities to the European Anti Fraud Office in the last five years.

      Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost implications for general insurance policies arising from the recent European Court of Justice decision that...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Harry Cohen) of 31 January 2005, Official Report, columns 597–98W, what his most...

      Ministerial Visit (Beijing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Chinese Government during his recent visit to Beijing concerning the position taken by China on the UN Security Council...

      Official Entertainment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the individuals who have been officially entertained at number 11 Downing street since 1997.

      Official Residences

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

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will be bringing forward, with the Treasury, plans to reform the use of red diesel by excepted vehicles.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants were penalised for failing to report changes in circumstances which must be reported within three months in the (a)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Regional Museums (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on funding for regional museums.

    • National Lottery (Unclaimed Prizes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total amount of unclaimed Lottery prizes is; and what the largest single unclaimed amount is.

      Footballers' Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has made to football ruling bodies on the impact of players' behaviour on young people; and if she will...

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on how the issue of saturation is being dealt with under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Women in Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives she is taking to promote public recognition of the role of women in sport.

      Women in Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what strategy her Department is using to increase the number of women on the decision-making boards and committees of sporting bodies.

      Tote Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the privatisation of the Tote.

      Binge Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution her Department is making to the Government's efforts to tackle binge drinking.

      Antarctic Huts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust regarding the future of the huts used by the British explorers Scott...

      Arts (Public Spending)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on public spending on the arts in 2004–05.

      Cairngorms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the possibility of the Cairngorms being designated a world heritage site; what the process for that...

      EU Sport Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will make a statement on the provisions of (a) existing EU treaties and (b) the Treaty establishing a Constitution for...

      EU Sport Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the reasons underlying the inclusion of sporting issues in the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe.

      EU Sport Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects and organisations received funding from the European Union during the last financial year under EC budget lines (a) 15 04...

      EU Sport Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projects relating to sport that her Department has funded in partnership with institutions of the European Union...

      Gloucester Cultural Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the funding available to bid for projects under the private finance initiative; and if she will make...

      Licence Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of premises licensed under (a) the Licensing Act 1964, (b) the London Government Act...

      Participation Survey (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to begin collecting data for children under the Survey of Participation in Sport and Culture.

      Public Libraries (Internet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities that offer free internet access in their public libraries.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to maximise the contribution to the economy of the...

      Southend-on Sea (Cultural Heritage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1765W, on Southend-on Sea (Cultural Heritage), whether she intends to...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England spent on consultants in each of the last four years.

      Sport England Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what plans she has to meet representatives of the national governing bodies for sport to discuss Sport England's Whole Sport Plan...

      Sports Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding has been provided to the UK's network of sports institutes to date.

      Theme Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the revenue generated by theme parks in England in 2004.

  • Education and Skills

    • Cambridge Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the change since 1997 in (a) capital expenditure and (b) staffing levels has been for each primary and secondary school in Cambridge...

    • Capita SIMS System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Capita SIMS.net in schools, with particular reference to its effect on (a) schools...

      Contested Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many contested adoptions have taken place in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Policies (Tamworth)

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

      Gifted Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to local education authorities regarding provision in schools for gifted and talented pupils.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her Department's assessment of the average cost of providing one higher education place (a) in March 2005...

      Internet (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support her Department provides to encourage older people to use the internet.

      Schools PFI Contract (Wirral)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the ownership composition is of the special purpose vehicle responsible for delivering the private finance initiative contract relating...

      Teachers (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department has introduced to ensure the recruitment and retention of teaching staff in the outer London boroughs.

      Universities (Projected Income)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected income from (a) tuition and (b) top-up fees to British universities is for each year from 2005–06 to 2010–11.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications there were from school pupils for full-time courses at universities in England to commence study in each year from...

      Wirral Schools Services Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how much was paid to Jarvis plc for the sale of its equity in Wirral Schools Services Ltd.

  • Prime Minister

    • Attorney-General

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times the Attorney-General has attended Cabinet since 2002; and on what issues he has produced written evidence for the Prime Minister.

    • Attorney-General

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Attorney-General first gave him his advice on the case for war; and in what form.

      Attorney-General

      To ask the Prime Minister how many pages constituted the legal opinion provided to Cabinet setting out the Attorney-General's advice on the legality of military action against Iraq in March 2003.

      Attorney-General

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Attorney-General attended the whole of the meeting of the Cabinet on 17 March 2003.

      Attorney-General

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer given on 9 March 2005, Official Report, column 1514 to the hon. Member for Linlothgow (Mr.Dalyell), in what form the oral report given by the...

      Conduct of Committee Guidelines

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the Cabinet Office guidelines on the conduct of Cabinet and Ministerial Committee business.

      Japan

      To ask the Prime Minister when he received a letter from Sakue Shimohira on behalf of the Association for the Bereaved Families of the Atomic Bomb Dead in Nagasaki; and what response he has made.

      Mr. Paul Wolfowitz

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he was consulted by President Bush about the qualifications in international development and world poverty matters of Mr. Paul Wolfowitz before he received the...

  • Defence

    • Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is considering (a) a sale or (b) a privatisation of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency.

    • Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sub-units were deployed from the (a) 5th Regiment Royal Artillery to (i) Cyprus, (ii) Iraq and (iii) Northern Ireland, (b) 32nd Regiment Royal...

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the defence procurement budget is allocated to the Future Rapid Effects System for each year from 2007 to 2010.

      Maritime Coherence Baseline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purpose is of the Maritime Coherence Baseline concept; when it will be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Warheads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the transportation by air of nuclear materials related to the United Kingdom nuclear weapons programme.

      Nuclear Warheads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which nations he has assessed as having the capacity to launch a nuclear strike against United Kingdom military bases; and which United Kingdom bases are...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the Royal Navy's future requirement for oil supply within the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability...

      Panther Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget is for each year of the Panther vehicle programme.

      RAF Leeming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of job losses at RAF Leeming on (a) the work of the base and (b) the local community; and if he will make a...

      RAF Leeming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the long-term future of RAF Leeming.

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) land and (b) buildings are held by (i) the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, (ii) the King's Regiment and (iii) the King's Own Borderers.

      Royal Navy Destroyers/Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the destroyers and frigates serving in the Royal Navy; and what the proposed retirement date for each is.

      Torture-obtained Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencepursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2005, Official Report, column 1257W, on torture-obtained information, on how many occasions in the last year his...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 1148W, which Scottish local authorities were involved in the risk assessment; and if he...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 15 March 2005, Official Report, column 189W, on Trident, if he will list the occasions when such incidents occurred while...

      Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all (a) reservists and (b) full-time soldiers are clothed to scale when on deployment overseas.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the need for ACP countries to retain national and regional autonomy in economic partnership agreements with the EU.

    • EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Russia Joint Committee on scientific and...

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the security of gas supplies in (a) winter 2005–06 and (b) winter 2006–07; when she expects to lay...

      In-house Magazines

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

      International Accounting Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts and (b) the European Commission concerning a move towards agreement on international...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners, their widows and families in Newcastle-under-Lyme have (a) made claims for and (b) been paid compensation in respect...

      Miners' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the merits of enabling miners to take an early lump sum in lieu of their miners' pension.

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the proposed Operating and Financial Review.

      Parking Spaces and Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on (a) provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties incurred by civil servants...

      Regional Venture Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average size of investment made by each regional venture capital fund was up to 31 December 2004.

      Russian Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has liaised with the Confederation of British Industry on support for and involvement in the Russian Economic Forum to...

      Russian Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department will play a role in supporting the discussion on Russia's evolution into a modern, market-based democracy at the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the contracts to be entered into by private sector parties in respect of the provision and maintenance of regional fire control rooms will be agreed with...

    • Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the detailed business case for regional control rooms after the contracts to construct and maintain them have been let.

      House Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the number of house fires in which plug-in air fresheners were a contributory cause in the last five years.

      Housing (Liverpool)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what independent structural survey has been undertaken in the Welsh Streets in Liverpool 8 to assess the state of the properties; and where this information is...

      Housing Market Renewal Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria are used to measure the success of a Housing Market Renewal area.

      Local Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimates his Department has made of projected future spending by local authorities in each year for which projections have been made; and what proportion of...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister howmany visits to Southend have been made by his officials in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Funds (Cornwall)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will break down by district council the allocation of neighbourhood renewal funds in West Cornwall.

      Planning (Children's Homes)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning consents private companies that are seeking to open residential children's homes in private residential properties are required to obtain from their...

      Sheltered Housing Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he provides to (a) local authorities and (b) private or independently-run sheltered schemes on how to use arbitration and consultation procedures in...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average number of bedrooms in each social housing unit built was in each year since 1979.

      Trees (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the number of trees in London; and whether, he has met (a) the Mayor, (b) the London boroughs and (c) his Department's ministers to...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants he estimates are living in York.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers and refugees have been issued with short-term certificates of identity to enable them to visit areas affected by the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether ex-offenders will be eligible for employment by the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the National Offender Management Service will be taking to ensure that the prisons and probations work force will be diverse,...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the detailed business case for the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2005, Official Report, column 1421W, to the hon. Member for Walthamstow, on the National Offender...

      Polish Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the numbers of Poles working in the UK.

      Prison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers have been medically retired in each year since 1997 due to work-related stress.

      Prisoners (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the percentage of prisoners in England and Wales who suffer from mental health problems.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) proportion and (b) total number of prisoners' initial test results under the mandatory drug testing programme have subsequently...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of prisoner rehabilitation programmes.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether performance by the National Probation Service against its performance measure on enforcement improved (a) during 2003–04 and...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of Radio Frequency Identification projects and (b) their implications for (i) privacy...

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated staffing requirement for each of the regional offender managers is.

      Turkish Cypriots

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Turkish Cypriots have been granted (a) an entry visa and (b) a work voucher for entry into the United Kingdom in each of the last...

      Workers Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average registration under the Workers Registration Scheme has taken since the scheme was introduced.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Marine Pollution (County Down)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place between his Department and (a) North Down borough council and (b) the National Trust in relation to tackling...

    • Parades Commission Chairman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what official appointments and posts are held by the current Chairman of the Parades Commission.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people applying to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) categorised as (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has used funds (a) to provide alternative employment for workers previously employed in the poppy...

    • Antarctica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action is being taken to conserve the historic huts used by the British explorers Scott and Shackleton in Antarctica; and...

      China/Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on its new law with regard to possible conflict with Taiwan.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Colombian authorities regarding the murder of Luis Eduardo Guerra, leader of the San...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 13 May 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Mr. John Clegg.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 7 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. M. R. Svei.

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) progress in establishing the whereabouts of Ante Gotovina and (b) the impact of that progress...

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Croatian Government.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget his Department has set aside for the UK Presidency of the EU; and how much of that has been allocated for the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what the dates are of those referendums on the treaty establishing a constitution for the European Union which have been announced.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether the proposed EU Constitutional Treaty takes account of derogations negotiated...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits to Gibraltar he has planned.

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 21W, on the Holy See, how he intends to widen the pool of...

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 21W, on the Holy See, whether he has determined the...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often the former Director General of the Punjabi Police, Mr K. P. S. Gill, has visited the UK since 1995; and what the...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Indian Government concerning their decision to end the UN moratorium on the...

      Iraq War (Media Coverage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which (a) newspaper, (b) television and (c) radio, (i) journalists and (ii) editors Sir Richard Dearlove initiated meetings...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Israel following statements by senior Israeli political figures that Israel is considering a...

      Minority Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress made in addressing criticisms and recommendations contained in the report by the Council...

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Moldovan elections.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to fill the post of human rights adviser in the embassy in Nepal.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Nepali authorities on retaining and not replacing the present human rights commissioners...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, at the forthcoming meeting of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, the Government will press for a reinforcement of the...

      Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of his meeting with Ambassador Sergio de Queiroz Duarte of Brazil, the Chairman of...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Palestinian Authority (a) to allow Christian Arabs the right to pursue their religion,...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Peruvian Government concerning the arrest of Pastor Jose Garcia Pena on terrorism charges.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with Russia concerning the presidency of the G8; and what Russia's stated priorities are for...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the progress being made in Saudi Arabia in introducing elements of democracy; and if he will...

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will raise with the Spanish government air pollution from the oil refinery at La Liniea near Gibraltar; (2) if he...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administration costs associated with each benefit were in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of...

    • Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will compensate children adversely affected by delays in transferring cases to the new Child Support Agency system.

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons a date has not been set when old Child Support Agency cases will be transferred to the new system.

      Departmental Accounts

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

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households below average income there were in (a) East Midlands and (b) Leicester South constituency in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued to workers arriving from abroad in each year since 1979.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have found work through new deal programmes in Plymouth since 1997, broken down by (a) the new deal for young people, (b) the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the City of York have (a) enrolled on and (b) found work through each of the Government's new deal programmes.

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average difference in pension income between men and women in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) England was in the latest period for...

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to continue to use means-testing in the calculation of pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes took place in levels of pensioner poverty between (a) 1997 and June 2001 and (b) June 2001 and 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of pensioner poverty (a) before and (b) after housing costs was in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland and (iii) England in 2004; and if...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly amounts of (a) basic state pension, (b) additional pension and (c) income- related additions received by (i) men and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish an estimate of the number of pension scheme members who have lost pension through insolvent wind up since 1997 in the same...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what initiatives his Department has taken to encourage business investment in worker pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice was taken from (a) the Government Actuary's Department and (b) other actuaries by the then Department for Social Security (i)in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of fuel price inflation on the value of winter fuel payments to pensioners.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rates of basic state pension payable to (a) single pensioners and (b) couples were in (i) 1996–97 and (ii) 2004–05; and...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1171W, on expenditure, (1) what the reasons are for the differences...

      Tamworth

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

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior citizens in Edinburgh, North and Leith have benefited from the winter fuel allowance since 1997.

      Women in Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women were living in poverty on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by women of (a) Asian, (b) black, (c)...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Congestion Charge

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on congestion (a) charges and (b) penalty charge notices by the Department since the commencement...

    • Deaths in Custody (Legal Aid)

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list those cases in which he has (a) awarded and (b) not awarded legal aid to families in inquests into deaths...

      Domestic Property Sales

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many domestic property sales above £120,000 took place in Pendle in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Immigration Adjudicators

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the nature is of the training for immigration adjudicators organised and facilitated by senior judicial members of...

      Minority Indigenous Languages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on initiatives taken through the British Irish Council to advance minority indigenous...

      Minority Indigenous Languages

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what support has been given to Iomairt Cholm Chille in promoting co-operation through the British Irish Council on...

      Non-family Civil Legal Aid

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the population was eligible for non-family civil legal aid in each of the last 20 years; and if he...

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations he has received concerning the continuance of Legal Services Commission funding for the claims of...

      Personal Accident Cases

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will take steps to regulate companies involved in no win, no fee claims in personal accident cases.

      Sikh Employees

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's policy is on the wearing of the Kirpan by Sikh employees.

      Targets

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what recent progress has been made towards the public service agreement target to focus the asylum system on those...

  • Health

    • Acute Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds there are in (a) England and (b) Surrey and Sussex; and how many acute beds per 100,000 of population there are in (i) County...

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions via accident and emergency to NHS hospitals in England for alcohol-related conditions there were in each year from 1997, broken down...

      Alcohol-related Emergency Admissions (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related emergency cases there were in hospitals in Lancashire in the last period for which figures are available.

      Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time for ambulances attending 999 calls was in Coventry in each year since 1997.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of provision of services for autistic (a) children and (b) adults in Kent.

      British Pregnancy Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department to issue its report on the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancelled operations there were in each quarter of 2004–05 in the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Deafness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the use of funds allocated to primary care trusts for the purpose of ensuring that deaf people receive equal...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance his Department provides for (a) people who suffer from dementia and (b) their carers; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the drugs available on prescription for people who suffer from dementia; and if he will make a statement.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what treatment is available for people with dementia on the national health service; (2) what plans he has to improve the service provided to...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the individual cost to the NHS is of (a) assessment, (b) fitting and (c) follow-up in providing a digital hearing aid.

      European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of requests made to the NHS and its agencies under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 1 January.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received on the new GP out-of-hours service in (a) England and (b) Leicester since its introduction.

      Health Statistics (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting to see a consultant at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on (a) 1 May 1997, (b) 7 June 2001 and (c) the latest date for which...

      Hospital Car Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department gives to hospital trusts on the policy of charging (a) staff, (b) visitors and (c) patients for hospital car parking.

      Hospital Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual energy bill has been at NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years; (2) what steps his Department has taken to improve the energy...

      Intensive Care Bed Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on how many occasions there were no intensive care beds available on the intensive care bed register in each NHS region in each year since 1997; (2)...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trusts in each of the clusters of the NHS National Programme for IT he expects will have implemented and begun to use patient...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government's target remains that Choose and Book will be implemented across England by the end of 2005.

      Medical Staff Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of (a) medical consultants, (b) junior doctors and (c) nurses has been in each year since 1997.

      NHS Campuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition he uses, in the context of the new priorities for the Learning Disability Development Fund, of a NHS Campus; which NHS trusts include a...

      NHS Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposed new NHS pension arrangements on levels of early retirement in advance of the deadline...

      Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mothers due to give birth to premature babies in Oxfordshire were sent elsewhere in the UK because the Oxford Radcliffe NHS trust was unable to...

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet a party of hon. Members and members of the Seroxat Users' Group.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers (a) are and (b) have yet to be fully registered.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of strategic health authorities.

      Strategy Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) white papers, (b) green papers and (c) key strategy documents have been published by his Department since 1997, broken down by (i) title and...

      Surgical Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the need for the individual coding of surgical instruments under contract requirements for the new regional super...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target of enhancing accountability to patients and the public.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving the public service agreement target of securing sustained national improvements in patient experience as...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the public service agreement target to improve the life outcomes of adults and children with mental health problems through year-on-year...

      Wells Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of the Wells Report was; and for whatreason he does not currently intend to publish thereport; (2) what the cost was to public funds...

      West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate for outturn against planned budget for West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is for (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and (c)...

  • House of Lords

    • Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the director of marketing and communications for Waterways Ireland was appointed under current Northern Ireland legislation.

    • Malawi: Budget Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What budgetary support the Department for International Development is now providing to the government of Malawi; and whether budgetary support has been given to...

      Malawi: Budget Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of reports of the shootings of Epiphania Bonjesi, Dadly Lupesya and Nashaz Sakala in Malawi, what consideration has been given to suspending direct budget...

      Agency for International Trade Information and Co-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the budgetary and staff implications of the Agency for International Trade Information and Co-operation (Legal Capacities) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/3332);...

      Control Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 1 March (Official Report, col. 121), whether the right of appeal relating to non-derogating control...

      European Convention on Human Rights: Articles 8 to 11

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 1 March (Official Report, col. 121), which decided case establishes that the concept of...

      Anti-terrorism Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to organise an ad hoc conference of senior judges to discuss alternatives to the existing anti-terrorism legislation.

      Iraq: Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the start and termination dates of the periods since 1 January 2003 for which Christopher Greenwood QC was hired to give advice on (a) the legality of...

      Anti-terrorism: Warrants to Search Premises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 February (WA 103), whether they will now collate from the 43 police forces in England and...

      Asylum Seekers: Allegations of Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to allegations of racism and violence against detainees within the asylum system, in particular in contracted-out detention centres and...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they propose to make on the cases of the Turkish parliamentarians, Merve Kavakc"i and Leyla Zana and others, which were initially considered...

      Diplomatic Missions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are content for a person accredited to a national diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom to hold the citizenship of a country other than that of the...

      Defence Procurement: EU Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to adopt European Union standards for defence procurement.

      Defence Procurement: EU Standards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to replace their existing defence procurement standards with harmonised European Union standards.

      Information Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to evaluate the effectiveness of the Information Commissioner in: (a) ensuring that marketing companies, when notified of telephone...

      British Film Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the contribution of the British film industry to United Kingdom exports in (a) 2003, and (b) 2004.

      Museums: Admission Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which publicly-funded English museums retain an entrance fee for the public.

      Child Trust Fund: Eligibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the provision for those individuals, the so-called "missing millions", who were born before 1 September 2002 and therefore do not qualify...

      Wheels to Work Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any incentive is given to Jobcentre Plus managers to take account of the wider net savings to the taxpayer from sponsoring Wheels to Work schemes; and...

      Learning Difficulties and Offending Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been undertaken to evaluate the link between learning difficulties and crime, and the potential for reducing re-offending by breakthroughs in...

      Hepatitis C and HIV Inadvertent Blood Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is in keeping with natural justice to provide financial support for widows of haemophilia patients who died from HIV infection by contaminated National...

      Hospitals: Outpatient Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they consider that the target of people not having to wait longer than 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment by the end of December 2005 will be reached for...

      Varicose Veins

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What, in the most recent period for which statistics are available, are (a) the mortality; and (b) the morbidity attributable to the treatment of varicose veins by...

      Agriculture: Pest Bird Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What alterations they have made to the rules for legally controlling pest birds for agricultural and other purposes under the amendments for general licences 2005;...

      Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the changes to the general licences issued under Section 16 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 were made; when these changes were first (a) made known...

      Shooting Licence WLF 18: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those consultations which they carried out prior to the introduction of general shooting licence WLF 18 complied with the Code of Practice on Consultations.

      Beaches: SSSI Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many English beaches are listed as sites of special scientific interest.

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farms are currently subject to a standstill order under the restrictions on animal movements that came into force on 17 February; how many of these are...

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost per badger, based upon the estimated badger population in the south west and midland regions of England, of (a) providing manpower and...

      Sheep Dips: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sheep farmers currently hold certificates of competence for sheep dipping; and how many of these farmers are known to use organophosphate sheep dips.

      Sheep Dips: Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they regard research findings which describe the long-term effects upon human health of exposure to organophosphate sheep dips as "subtle" as meaning that...

      Avian Flu: Importation of Bird Feathers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ban the import of bird feathers from China and other far eastern countries which report avian influenza in their poultry or wildlife.

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the change to the single farm payment system to support agriculture alters in any way the ability of voluntary motor sports organisations to hold events on...

      Working Time Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the regulations to implement the Working Time Directive for mobile workers have been laid before Parliament; and, if so, when; and When the regulations to...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations or advice the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, has raised with any Minister or official on behalf of McKinsey and Company...

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