Written answers

Wednesday, 23 March 2005

  • Northern Ireland

    • Paramilitary Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the level of crimes being carried out by each of the main paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.

    • Paramilitary Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on terrorist group related crime in Northern Ireland.

      Single-sex Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of secondary school children in Northern Ireland are in single sex schools; and what the percentage was (a) five and (b) 10...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the working age population of Northern Ireland is unemployed.

      Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the peace process.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the work of the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland.

      Value System Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to take to broaden the religious and other value system education in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the Code of Practice on access to information held by implementation bodies set up under the Belfast Agreement was (a) agreed and (b)...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate of the profitability of the (a) dairy, (b) beef, (c) pig and (d) poultry sectors of farming in the Province was in the last...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sources of assistance are available to the owners of fishing vessels under 10 metres in length; and what plans he has to extend this...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will use the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to discuss with the Republic of Ireland the extent to which illegal immigrants are...

      National Sports Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to the extension to Northern Ireland of the new National Sports...

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Traffic Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to improve traffic congestion at Sandyknowes roundabout on the M2 motorway in Northern Ireland.

      Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his plans are for improving road and rail links between the airport at Aldergrove and Belfast, with particular reference to the Dunsilly...

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce the contribution that aircraft make to greenhouse gas emissions; and if he will make a statement.

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the A65 quality bus scheme submitted by Leeds city council and West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive; and when he...

      Carriage of Dangerous Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) his Department and (b) other Government Departments have responsibility within Wales for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of...

      Carriage of Dangerous Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the drafting process that was followed for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and use of Transportable Pressure Equipment...

      Concessionary Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what change in the local Government Finance Settlement would be necessary to reimburse local government in full for the costs of replacing the...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average distance cycled per person in each year since 1980.

      Departmental Property (Trespass)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of trespassing on his Department's property have been reported in (a) Leicester and (b) England since 1997.

      De-trunking Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on (a) his de-trunking programme and (b) the level of resources transferred from his Department to local highway...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fraudulent applications for driving licences there have been in each year since 1997.

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was contributed by the General Lighthouse Fund to navigational aids in the territorial waters of the Republic of Ireland in each of the last...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much was contributed by the central fund to the Northern Lighthouse Board in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the annual budget of (a)...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with negotiations with the Irish Government on the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for the...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue from light dues has been collected from ships calling at ports in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d)...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many transit and transfer passengers have used Heathrow airport in each of the last five years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to the letters of 24 February and 14 March from the hon. Member for Maidstone and the Weald regarding a meeting to discuss the...

      Kerrier Home Zone Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the North Kerrier Home Zone project to be completed.

      Unadopted Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received about unadopted roads on new estates.

      Nottingham East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from Nottingham East Midlands Airport concerning its proposals for implementing noise controls.

      Nottingham East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's plans are for (a) expansion and (b) night flight capacity at Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

      Parking Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects of decriminalised parking enforcement on the numbers of (a) traffic wardens and (b) parking...

      Regional Funding Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the proposed introduction of regional transport funding allocations; how many miles of (a) motorway and (b) trunk roads...

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Train Services (Disruption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to prevent disruption to train services by adverse weather.

      Working Time Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on guidance given to companies on the application of working time regulations to the transport sector.

  • Prime Minister

    • GP Service

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps the Government is taking to ensure the effective operation of the new out-of-hours GP service.

    • Dartmoor

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make an official visit to Dartmoor.

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions since 20 December 2004 (a) officials and (b) special advisers in his office have met representatives of (i) Provisional Sinn Fein and (ii) the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) Sir Ian Blair and (b) the UK security services regarding Sir Ian Blair's comments that terrorists may use the UK election day as a...

      UK Waters (Security)

      To ask the Prime Minister which Government Department is responsible for patrolling UK waters for the detection of (a) narcotics, (b) illegal immigrants and (c) illegal importation of weapons.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment her Department has made of the operations of companies charging for services to assist compliance with data protection legislation.

    • Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Coventry, South constituency, the effects on the...

      Tribunal Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many tribunal cases have been brought under the (a) Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and (b) the Employment...

      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 Consumer Committee met; when and where these meetings...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee of experts on the transit of electricity...

      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 Contact Committee European Economic Interest Grouping...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the Medical Research Council has made available for research into kidney disease in each year since 1997.

      Maternity Pay

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

      Music Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps her Department takes to support the UK music industry; and what action her Department takes to protect the intellectual property...

      Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers in Newcastle-under-Lyme she estimates have benefited from the minimum wage.

      Phoenix Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are in place to protect consumers from phoenix companies.

      Regional Offices

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

      Printer Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she plans to refer the pricing of printer cartridges to the Office of Fair Trading; and if she will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from child benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which departments and agencies he expects to be able to make further reductions in civil service posts.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2005, Official Report, column 1406W, on Inland Revenue, on what date Inland Revenue commenced a review of its existing...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methods his Department uses to tackle tax evasion.

      New Homes (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the zero rate of VAT on new homes.

      New Homes (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from the European Commission regarding the zero rate of VAT on new homes in the United Kingdom.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suppliers are included on the list of pre-qualified suppliers maintained by the Office of Government Commerce's buying solutions; and how many are...

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value to date is of secondary market equity sales in private finance initiative contracts.

      Socio-economic Classifications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of each National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification was unmarried but lived with a partner in the last period for which figures are...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 76W, on tax credits, how many complaints were received by the MP tax credits complaints...

      Total Managed Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the projected total managed expenditure for (a) 2007–08 and (b) 2011–12 is; (2) what the projected annually managed expenditure for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received working families tax credit; (2) how many...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the level of (a) unemployment and (b) long-term unemployment has been in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many young unemployed people there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 2001; (2) how many people were unemployed in Shrewsbury and...

  • Defence

    • Defence Service Agencies (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Communications Services Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and...

    • Departmental Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's SR 2004 Departmental Submission.

      Departmental Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of receipts from asset sales that were (a) appropriated in aid of his Department and (b) surrendered to the Consolidated Fund in each...

      Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the next generation of the strategic fighter aircraft to be operational; and where it will be based.

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts awarded by his Department to (a) Computer Sciences Corporation and (b) EDS in each of the last seven years.

      Mutual Defence Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Atomic Co-ordinating Offices in London and Washington established under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement were in the last...

      Northern Ireland (Royal Navy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) shore-based Royal Navy personnel are stationed in Northern Ireland and (b) ship-based personnel are assigned to duty in Northern Ireland,...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the question tabled by the right hon. Member for Dumbarton on 10 December 2004, reference 204981, on cash machines.

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress the future (a) Mercia, (b) Yorkshire, (c) Scottish and (d) Welsh regiments are making on decisions on (i) cap...

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place on regimental (a) funds and (b) silverware for each of the three regiments due for merger into the King's, Lancashire...

      Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what name for the new regiment in the North West was put to the Army Board by the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.

      Short-term Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library his Department's short-term plans since financial year 1997–98.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal By-Products Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued to officials on carrying out risk assessments before applying the Animal By-Products Regulation...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department is giving to poultry farmers on Avian Influenza.

      Farm Animal Welfare Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's response to the Farm Animal Welfare Council report, with particular...

      Farm Animal Welfare Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with Schechita UK following publication of her Department's response to recommendations by the...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many premises during the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak culling took place of (a) cattle, (b) sheep, (c) pigs and (d)...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many instances of (a) inaccurate valuations, (b) deliberate spreading of infection and (c) claims for work not undertaken...

      Fox Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of urban foxes which were (a) trapped, (b) poisoned and (c) otherwise destroyed by...

      Fox Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what methods local authorities in England are permitted to use to dispose of (a) dead foxes that have been poisoned or...

      Fox Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the local authorities in England which manage or control urban fox populations as part of their pest control...

      Fox Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Department has made of the population of urban foxes in England.

      Greenways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many kilometres of greenways there are in England; how many greenways and similar projects are planned; and if she will...

      Middle East (Imports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the (a) viability, (b) social impact and (c) economic impact of quality...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the 15,000 homes to be built under the First Time Buyers Initiative he expects to be completed by 31 March 2008.

    • Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish the consultation paper on the Social Homebuy scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimates have been made of the (a) expenditure on and (b) number of homes to be built under the Department's housing programmes in (i) the London borough of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the capital receipts generated from the Right to Buy in with-debt local authorities in 2003–04 and available to spend on capital investment was...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2005, Official Report, columns 90–92W, how many of the homes to be provided for rent in 2005–06 will be funded...

      Local Compacts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the role the Local Compacts with the voluntary and community sector will play in delivering his Department's five-year programme,...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's assessment is of the contribution that solar photovoltaics can make to reducing carbon emissions in new build housing built to latest Part L...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will extend permitted development status to the installation of small scale renewables by householders, subject to adequate controls to ensure no or minimal...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his plans are for funding the Supporting People Programme over the next five years.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of changes to the way funds are allocated to Supporting People from a historically based allocation formula to a needs...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people currently benefit from Supporting People in West Sussex.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • European Union (International Sport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with EU counterparts regarding the establishment of an EU identity in international sport.

    • Regional Sports Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Regional Sports Boards.

      Regional Sports Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total public expenditure on Regional Sports Boards has been in each year since their creation.

      Sports Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost was, including match funding, of the capital facilities that form the UK's network of sports institutes.

  • Education and Skills

    • Abolition of Slavery (Commemoration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expected average change in adult education course fees over the next two years is.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what safeguards are planned to protect adult education classes that do not teach basic skills.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes she is proposing to make to adult education classes.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to improve provision of adult education.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost per student was at current prices of providing Level 3 courses for adults at further education colleges in each year...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether her Department will fully fund courses for adults at Level 3 in further education colleges in 2005–06; (2) whether she...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her plans are for future fee levels for adults studying at Level 2 and Level 3 at further education colleges in Cornwall in the next...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to introduce concessionary fees for those aged over 60 years who wish to study in a further education college in Cornwall.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding she has in place for adults studying at Level 3 at further education colleges in each local education authority area.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure that fee concessions remain in place for those aged over 60 years who study in further education colleges.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020 and (b) halving it by 2010; and...

      Departmental Accounts

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

      Departmental Dress Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's policy is on the wearing of the Kirpan by Sikh employees.

      Engineering (Women Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase the number of women students undertaking (a) further education and (b) higher education in engineering.

      English Examinations (Key Stage 3)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to ensure the timely validation of Key Stage 3 examinations in English in 2005.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the examination results were in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 of the three non-selective state secondary schools nearest to each of the...

      Family Resolutions Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parents have taken part in the Family Resolutions Pilot Project to date; and how many have accepted mediation services as part of...

      FE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the funding gap between sixth-form colleges and school sixth-forms in each of the last three financial years.

      FE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on reducing the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges in Cambridge; (2)...

      FE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether she expects fees for courses above Level 2 for adults to rise in Cambridge in 2005–06; (2) whether her Department will...

      FE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure that fee concessions remain in place for those aged over 60 years who wish to study at a further education...

      FE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact in Leeds of moving Learning and Skills Council funding to (a) Basic Skills and (b) the National...

      Fischer Family Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has provided to the Fischer Family Trust in each of the last five years.

      Former Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which formerly independent schools have joined the state sector in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) local education authority...

      Key Stage 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Key Stage 3 national results for 2004 to be validated.

      Looked After Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work has been undertaken by the Commission for Social Care Inspectorate to improve the care of looked after children placed in private...

      Medical Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places there were at medical schools in each year since 1997; and how many applications there were in each of those years.

      Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free part-time nursery education places were available in (a) 1998–99 and (b) 2004–05.

      Office of Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures will be used to monitor the performance of the Office of Fair Access in meetings its statutory objectives.

      School Buildings (South Derbyshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new classrooms have been built in South Derbyshire constituency since May 1997.

      School Staff (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time teachers, (b) part-time teachers and (c) teaching assistants there were in schools in Shrewsbury and Atcham on (i) 1...

      Schools (Data)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the possible effects on school pupils' health and safety of inaccuracies and unreliability of school...

      Schools Funding (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has provided to (a) North East Lincolnshire local education authority and (b) North Lincolnshire local...

      Selective Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have (a) taken and (b) failed the 11-plus examination in each local education authority with a wholly selective secondary...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what activities Sure Start programmes in Sefton are engaging in to increase (a) literacy, (b) speech and (c) language developments;...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of whether the public service agreement target to narrow substantially the gap between education...

      Teachers (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pay of the (a) highest and (b) lowest paid (i) primary and (ii) secondary school teachers were in real terms (A) in 1997 and (B) in...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have entered higher education from school in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

  • Home Department

    • Accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accredited offending behaviour programmes are due to be completed in 2004–05; and how many are expected to be completed in...

    • Antisocial Behaviour (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will respond to the petition he received on his recent visit to Thirsk; and what action he proposes to take against antisocial...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make provision for failed asylum seekers to be given temporary permission to work until they can be returned to their country of...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to respond fully to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead of 21 December 2004 about his constituent Mr. Calvin...

      Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the ministerial design champion for his Department is.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what ministerial visits are planned for each Minister in his Department in the next six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Under-age Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for the sale of alcohol to under 18-year-olds there have been in each year since 2000, broken...

      Workers Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue his Department has received under the Workers Registration Scheme since it was introduced.

  • International Development

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether he publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of his Department; and if he will make a...

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of his Department are in place; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the travel criteria used by his Department to determine when officials travel by (a) first class, (b) club class, (c)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Accidents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many accidents occurred at his Office's premises in each of the last five years involving (a) members of his Office's staff and (b) members of...

    • Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Duchy sold any surplus stock on the eBay auction website, in each year since 2000–01.

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the value of sales of surplus assets from the Duchy was in each year since 2000–01.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Energy Use

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1141W, on energy use, what...

    • Energy Use

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how much energy in kWh per square metre has been used on the parliamentary estate for each year...

      Energy Use

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2004, Official Report, column 803W, on parliamentary...

      Energy Use

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission whether it is the policy of the House to ensure that heating systems are turned off during...

      Environmental Performance Measures

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps he has taken to co-ordinate environmental performance measures between the House of...

      Publications

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will make it its policy that daily issues of the Questions Book and Hansard...

      Recycling Points

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) if he will list the locations on the parliamentary estate of (a) glass and (b) metal can...

      Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will estimate (a) the quantity and (b) the percentage of all food products sourced by the...

      Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what quantity of alcoholic drinks, in litres, has been purchased for sale (a) in parliamentary...

      Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what the Commission's policy is on the sourcing of beer for sale (a) in parliamentary bars and...

      Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what progress has been made by the Director of Catering Services in investigating the...

      Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will estimate how many of the plastic bags issued by the Refreshment Department for...

      Security Passes

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many House passes have been held in each year since 1975, broken down by House department.

      Transport

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps have been taken to encourage (a) hon. Members and (b) staff of the House to travel to...

      Waste

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) if he will estimate the total volume of waste that has been produced each year since 1975;...

      Waste

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many tonnes of waste produced from the parliamentary estate were incinerated in each of the...

      Water Usage

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1142W, on water usage, (1)...

      Water Usage

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 15 December 2004, Official Report, column 1142W, on water usage, what...

      Water Usage

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what use is made of grey water on the parliamentary estate; and what future plans have been made...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Processing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long the average processing time was for an application for payment of (a) carers' allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c)...

    • Child Support Scheme/Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects statistics on the new child support scheme to become available; whether the statistics on the new child support scheme produced...

      Child Support Scheme/Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Bassetlaw residents have claimed Child Support Agency maintenance payments, but have yet to receive them.

      Company Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances he would seek to intervene in the wind-up of a company pension scheme.

      Council Tax Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account is taken of equity release for pensioners in determining income in order to calculate council tax relief.

      Crown Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he takes to collate reports made to Ministers by Government Departments of incidents of deaths or serious injury from those...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of his Department's administrative expenditure was related to (a) pensioners, (b) sick and disabled people, (c) unemployed people, (d)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by Jobcentre Plus, in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region, (b)...

      New Deal (Lone Parents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Edinburgh, North and Leith have gained work through the new deal programme.

      Pensioner Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what initiatives his Department has taken to reduce differences in average income between men and women pensioners; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in pension credit to pensioners in Leeds West; how much of this is savings credit; and how many people have benefited.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on sources of funding for community-based projects serving the retired community in Birmingham.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in the City of York local authority area and (b) City of York parliamentary constituency receive (i) basic state pension...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) women and (b) men are eligible for a full state pension in their own right.

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many accidents occurred at his departmental premises in each of the last five years involving (a) members of his...

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of his Department are in place; and if he will...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections held in the Central African Republic; and if...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards discussion of conventional arms sales at the G8 summit in June;...

      Human Rights Norms for Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the Government envisages for the UN Human Rights Norms for Business in clarifying the responsibilities of...

      Human Rights Norms for Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will support the UN Human Rights Norms for Business at the UN Commission on Human Rights meeting in April.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent negotiations have taken place between the EU3 and Iran on the future of Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is regarding the Iranian authorities' use of enriched uranium; and whether the UK is participating...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money from public funds was allocated to the campaign of Mr. Allawi in the Iraq elections.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the number of Iraqi civilians killed in the conflict since coalition forces entered Iraq; and...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Lebanese authorities on the planned withdrawal of Syrian forces; and what discussions he...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) European, (b) US, (c) Syrian and (d) Lebanese counterparts about the situation in Lebanon...

      Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what bilateral discussions have taken place between the Government and (a) the United States, (b) the Russian Federation, (c)...

      Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the proliferation of nuclear weapons by...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to combat nuclear terrorism.

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent changes have been made to the United Kingdom donation to the International Atomic Energy Agency for nuclear...

      Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the address made on 16 March by the former United States Senator Sam Nunn to the International...

      Pakistan/Iran (Nuclear Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with counterparts in (a) Pakistan and (b) other European countries regarding the passing of nuclear...

      Palestine Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk posed by Hezbollah to the establishment of stable Palestinian Government in the...

      UK Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are employed in the commercial sections of each UK embassy and consulate.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Accidents

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many accidents occurred at his departmental premises in each of the last five years involving (a)...

    • Accidents

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether he publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of his Department; and...

      Accidents

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of his Department are in...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether Ministers in the Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many heads of households have been prosecuted since 2001 for failing to supply information to the...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to introduce further sanctions for failing to supply correct information on...

      EU Referendum

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether UK rules on spending during the EU referendum period will apply to spending in the UK by the UK...

      Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate he has made of the difference in cost of permanently locating a High Court judge or judges...

      Judges

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many judges have been appointed in each year since 1997.

      Small Claims Procedure

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cases have been brought using the small claims procedure in the last year for which information...

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the value of sales of surplus assets from the Department was in each year since 2000–01.

      Travellers (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much Government funding has been allocated to the Cambridgeshire Travellers Initiative Project.

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recommendation by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence that Reminyl, Aricept and Exelon should not be...

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the Government's response to the consultation by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the cost...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been diagnosed with asthma in (a) England, (b) the East Midlands and (c) Leicester South constituency since 1997.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in NHS hospitals in each of the past 10 years.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's plans are regarding the compilation and publication of the KT23 figures on chiropody; and if he will make a statement.

      Critical Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the optimal staffing levels for (a) level 1, (b) level 2 and (c) level 3 critical care beds; and what the average staffing...

      Dentistry

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

      Deafness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health through what mechanism he plans to ensure that the guidelines in the National Institute for Mental Health in England and Department of Health report,...

      Deafness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total cost is of providing a digital hearing aid on the NHS including (a) assessment, (b) fitting, (c) follow-up and (d) purchase of the...

      Deafness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2005, Official Report, column 986W, on digital hearing aids, how many students he expects to graduate in the BSc in...

      Employee Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ensure that individuals deemed unsuitable to work with children, are not able to gain access to other vulnerable client groups.

      Doctor/Nurse Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses on average were employed in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2003 at (A) Diana, Princess of Wales hospital, Grimsby and (B)...

      Drug Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have taken place in the price to the NHS of drugs produced by (a) GlaxoSmithKline and (b) other pharmaceutical companies in each of the last...

      EU Prescribing Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what obligation the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has for consulting patients on the implementation of new EU prescribing...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS personnel have been employed on processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 1 January.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) costs to the NHS and (b) services to customers of the NHS of the coming into effect of the full...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for commissioning general practitioner services for people living in residential care homes.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of a GP was in real terms (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the average waiting times for urgent genito-urinary medicine appointments.

      Great Ormond Street Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations took place at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Statistics (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmacies in Shrewsbury and Atcham there were in each year since 1997.

      Health Technology Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will announce the topics for its health technology assessment programme for the 11th wave; and whether...

      Human Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many human eggs were donated for (a) fertility treatment and (b) research purposes in each year from 1991 to 2004.

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 799W, on intermediate care, what further plans his Department has to increase access to...

      Medical Treatment (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients living in the Coventry area have had (a) operations and (b) other medical treatments funded by the NHS in European countries in each of...

      Mental Health Care (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health beds were available in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Care (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Suffolk residents were placed in mental health beds outside the county of Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the cost-sharing agreement in ensuring the provision of therapies for people with multiple sclerosis;...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to increase the number of NHS (a) nurses and (b) consultants qualified to diagnose and treat myasthenia gravis.

      National Programme for IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the national programme for IT as it affects community pharmacists; and if he will make a statement.

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list the neonatal special care units which are operational; and how many cots are available in each; (2) which hospitals with neonatal...

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the nurse to baby ratio is in each neonatal unit in NHS hospitals; (2) when he expects to achieve British Association of Perinatal Medicine...

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) whole time equivalent and (b) head count specialist neonatal (i) nurses and (ii) doctors have been employed in the NHS in each of the last 10...

      NHS Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS estate was compliant with (a) fire safety and (b) health and safety legislation on 1 April 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding NHS Professionals received from his Department in financial year 2003–04; and how much it will receive in 2004–05; (2)...

      NHS Staff (Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) medical and (b) non-medical staff were employed by (i) East Devon Primary Care Trust, (ii) Mid Devon Primary Care Trust, (iii) North Devon...

      NHS Office Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines or regulations govern the purchase of office equipment by NHS hospitals.

      NHS Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for patients at (a) West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Trust for (i) general surgery,...

      Nimhe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to whom the National Institute for Mental Health, England is accountable.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received by the NHS Healthcare Commission in each of the last six months regarding (a) waiting times for speech therapists...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay of a fully qualified NHS nurse was in real terms (a) in 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the adult population was obese in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many individuals that percentage...

      Opticians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring dispensing opticians within the scope of NHS regulation; if he will change General Ophthalmic Services regulations to allow...

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regional (a) bodies, (b) institutions, (c) taskforces, (d) panels, (e) offices and (f) organisations the Government has established since May 1997...

      South West London and St. George's NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the forecast expenditure against budget for South West London and St. George's NHS Trust is in 2004–05.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role is fulfilled by the third special adviser in his Department.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the speeches his special advisers made in an official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004, broken down by date.

      Springfield Mental Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been sectioned at Springfield Mental Hospital, Tooting, in each of the last 10 years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce adult smoking rates to 21 per cent. or less by 2010 will...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland: Departmental Underspend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 220) concerning underspending by Northern Ireland departments, whether any funding allocated...

    • Northern Ireland: Political Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 176) concerning the document Ministerial Decision-Making: Interim Procedures, whether the...

      Northern Ireland: Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each of the 26 district councils in Northern Ireland has a child protection policy and a designated officer for child protection; and whether each council...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in making the appointment of the director of marketing and communications for Waterways Ireland, they took account of paragraph 4 of the financial...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since 1 January 2004, there have been any investigations into the state of organisation and morale of Waterways Ireland; if so, when; and by whom such...

      Africa: Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which base year is being taken for their pledge to double aid to Africa by 2010; and whether this pledge is dependent on the international finance facility initiative.

      Croatia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from the German Government regarding the starting of talks with Croatia about European Union membership.

      China: EU Arms Sales Embargo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effect on United Kingdom Armed Forces of the restriction of supply of United States weapons technology should the European...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a monitoring role in the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to make any changes to their policy towards Zimbabwe.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the statement by the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, in the newspaper Alithia, that, "our efforts to date have been to prevent a settlement....

      Nepal: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken through the United Nations, including the Security Council and the Commission on Human Rights, to propose or adopt resolutions to...

      Nepal: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they are giving, or intend to give, to Nepalese human rights agencies and aid organisations in India and the United Kingdom campaigning for the...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under the proposed constitution for Europe, if one-third of national parliaments find that a proposal from the European Commission does not respect the...

      European Parliament: Mr Ashley Mote

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they submitted their request to the President of the European Parliament that the alleged parliamentary immunity of Mr Ashley Mote MEP be lifted, as announced...

      Pakistan and India: US Arms Sales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made about current and proposed arms sales by the United States to both Pakistan and India.

      Hong Kong: Indian Nationality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, having regard to paragraph II(2) of the press release of the Consulate-General of India in Hong Kong dated 20 March 1998 (in response to clarifications...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that the May 2005 review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty balances obligations on the existing nuclear powers, including the...

      Polygraph Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances, and for what purposes, they consider that polygraph tests may appropriately be carried out by the police, the Probation Service or other...

      Ministerial Privileges: Mr David Blunkett

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions since 15 December 2004, and for what purposes, visits were undertaken by Mr. David Blunkett for which a government car was used.

      Anti-terrorism: Stop-and-search Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is compatible with the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended) and the proposed Equality Bill for counter-terrorist and other police officers to use their...

      Home Office: Telephone Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Home Office, when it moved offices, did not arrange for calls to its old telephone numbers to be diverted to its new ones.

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill: Religious Hatred

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is meant by legitimate as distinct from illegitimate discussion, criticism or expressions of antipathy or dislike of particular religions or their adherents...

      Iraq: Cost of Military Intervention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost to the United Kingdom of the military engagement in Iraq.

      Defence: Responses to Debate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Lord Bach's commitment to write to Members in response to questions not answered during the defence debate on 17 January (Official Report, col....

      Army: Infantry Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide in detail the timings of the implementation of the future infantry structure.

      Iraq: Protection of Service Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What precautions they intend to take to protect British service personnel from missile attacks during airborne transit movements in Iraqi war zones.

      HM Customs and Excise: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by the Lord Luke on 1 March (Official Report, col. GC 83), whether the suggestion that the Government's lorry road user charging scheme would...

      HM Customs and Excise: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by the Lord Luke on 1 March (Official Report, col. GC 83), whether the fuel would have to be a different colour to prevent rebated fuel from...

      HM Customs and Excise: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by the Lord Luke on 1 March (Official Report, col. GC 83), whether the anti-fuel tax evasion idea, raised during the debate on the Unstarred...

      Capital Gains Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to introduce a capital gains tax on first homes.

      European Anti-Fraud Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current powers of the Director General of the Anti-fraud Office of the European Union, with reference to treaties in force, legislative instruments...

      Property Transactions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what estimates of the number of residential property purchases and their average price, the indexed projections in line 12 of Table 1.2 in Budget 2005 (HC372)...

      Energy Saving Trust and Carbon Trust

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any overlap between the work of the Energy Saving Trust and the Carbon Trust; and what is the total annual cost to public funds of the two...

      Salmon Fishing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency has completed its review on improvements to fisheries and fishing for salmon since the catch and release system was introduced in 1999.

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To whom traffic commissioners are accountable in connection with disciplinary action taken against them.

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any action can be taken against a transport manager at a public inquiry run by a traffic commissioner where the transport manager had not been formally...

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rules govern who can appear at an inquiry run by a traffic commissioner; what powers traffic commissioners have to limit those who can appear; and whether...

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which primary and secondary legislative provisions allow traffic commissioners to use discretionary powers: (a) to produce and implement "guidelines" restricting...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been undertaken into what causes the problems of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to start.

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