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Written answers

Thursday, 24 March 2005

  • Northern Ireland

    • Air Links (Europe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support the Government are providing to facilitate the reintroduction of a direct flight between Northern Ireland and Brussels.

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many asthma-related admissions have been made to hospitals in the Province in the last 12 months.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1653W, on cannabis, how many of those arrested for (a) possession and (b) sale...

      Children (Street Selling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Police Service of Northern Ireland investigations are ongoing into young children acting as street sellers in central and south Belfast;...

      Economy (Greater Antrim)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the economic impact of the Junction 1 retail park on the greater Antrim area economy since its opening.

      EU Nitrates Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the cost to farmers in the Province of compliance with the EU Nitrates Directives; and what public funds and...

      Global Point International Business Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1328W, on Global Point International Business Park, for what reasons the first...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the new building proposed in Derry by Invest Northern Ireland was agreed in principle by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment;...

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the level of payment is for MLAs who are members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission; when the payment was authorised; by whom; and...

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for how long Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly will continue to be paid salaries and allowances while the Assembly remains in suspension.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his plans are for (a) opening hours and (b) allocation of manpower to police stations at (i) Toome, (ii) Randalstown, (iii) Crumlin and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of electricity in Northern Ireland is produced from renewable sources.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in reaching targets regarding the provision of renewable energy in Northern Ireland.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to consult local farmers and residents between Randalstown and Toome on the proposed building of a new motorway to...

      RUC Garden of Remembrance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place for (a) foreign politicians, (b) hon. Members from Great Britain and (c) representatives of the media visiting...

  • Scotland

    • Dangerous Goods (Transportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) who is responsible for policing the regulations relating to dangerous goods safety advisers in Scotland; (2) which Government departments in...

    • Fishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Scottish Executive Minister for Environment and Rural Development to discuss prospects for the Scottish fishing industry.

      Office of Civil Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State who is responsible for the Office of Civil Nuclear Security in Scotland; and whether the Office has field inspectors based solely in Scotland.

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on dealing with abandoned cars in (a) Leicester and (b) England since 1997.

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she publishes data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of her Department; and if she will make a...

      Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of her Department are in place; and if she will...

      Area Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of area aid scheme inaccuracy was as a percentage of total claims in each EU country in the last year for...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that under the proposed EU directive 2004/28/EC on Veterinary Medicines (a) medicines...

      Betton Abbots Landfill Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the long-term viability of the Betton Abbots landfill site.

      Carbon Emissions (National Allocation Plan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria she used in making the decision that 736 million tonnes of carbon emissions was appropriate for the National...

      Countryside (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research the Countryside Agency has carried out to determine the effects of the introduction of the provisions of...

      Decontamination (Corby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions (a) she and (b) the Environment Agency have had with Corby borough council concerning the decontamination of...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's budget for 2005–06; and what the projected change in expenditure is...

      Environment Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the national environment campaigns promoted by the Government since 1997; and what the (a) resource costs,...

      G8 Environment and Development Ministers Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what matters were (a) discussed and (b) agreed at the special joint meeting of G8 Environment and Development Ministers in...

      Inspection and Enforcement Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of inspection and enforcement activities carried out by (a) her Department and (b) regulatory bodies and...

      Plastic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to encourage (a) retailers and (b) manufacturers to reduce the amount of plastic waste...

      Protected Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to extend the protected bird species listed in Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; and if...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact she expects the delay in the single farm payment to have on smaller farmers.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to define severely disadvantaged areas; and for what reason the Moorland Line was not used in...

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of sales of surplus assets from her Department was in each year since 2000–01.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether Denmark's inclusion of social criteria in its policy for timber procurement complies...

      Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the World Trade Organisation appellate body's decision on the...

      Warm Front (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pensioners have received assistance from the Warm Front Scheme in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether she met a delegation of representatives from the waste management industry on 15 March; and if she will make a...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to change the guidelines to local authorities on recycling and collection of sorted municipal...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the costs to farmers of implementing the (a) Waste Framework Directive, (b) the Landfill...

      Water Quality/Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that increases in water charges are used to (a) improve (i) reliability of supply and (ii)...

      Zoological Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many zoological parks there are in the West Midlands.

      Zoological Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much land is occupied by zoological parks and gardens, broken down by individual park.

      Zoological Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the revenue generated by zoological parks and gardens in England in 2004.

      Zoological Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance the Government have issued regarding the keeping of animals in captivity.

      Zoological Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the expansion of zoological parks and gardens; and if she will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the value of sales of surplus assets from his Office was in each year since 2000–01.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • General Election

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will invite international observers to assess whether the forthcoming general election is fair.

    • Human Rights Act (Gibraltar)

      To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether his Department treats the Human Rights Act 1998 as applying to (a) residents of Gibraltar and (b)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Peerages

      To ask the Prime Minister what the principal address at the time of elevation was of each peer created since 1 September 2004, broken down by (a) nation within the UK and (b) region of England...

    • Transcript

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 9 March 2005, Official Report, column 1509, to the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard), if he will place a copy...

  • Transport

    • Blind Junctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the impact of installing convex mirrors at blind junctions on the level of road accidents; and if he will...

    • Car Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been provided for car clubs in each financial year since 1997–98; what the projected funding to 2006–07 is; and if he...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his letter of 22 December 2004 to the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford in respect of residents living near the channel tunnel rail...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional resources he plans to make available to (a) Wychavon district council and (b) Worcester city council to fund the concessionary bus fare...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the concessionary travel announced in the Budget statement will be paid to local authorities through the revenue support grant; (2)...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners in Chorley he expects will benefit from free bus transport.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list companies which have submitted accreditation questionnaires to the Department as part of the pre-qualification procedure for the...

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Transport Services (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains into Leicester (a) have arrived late in the last (i) three and (ii) six months and (b) arrived late in 2004.

      Transport Services (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial support he has made available for bus services in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Transport Services (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many violent attacks there have been against (a) staff on Leicester buses, (b) staff employed at Leicester Railway Station and (c) Leicestershire's...

  • Treasury

    • Conception Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average conception rate for those under 18 years was in each year since 1998; if he will list the 20 per cent. of wards with the highest conception...

    • Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the current rental cost is of office space occupied by Customs and Excise in (a) Birmingham and (b) Droitwich Spa; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Employment (Pudsey)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth employment in Pudsey in the last 10 years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a list of those individuals who sent e-mails to the official responsible for inadvertently sending information to the BBC...

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on the use of the Gaelic language; and what plans his Department has to prepare and implement a Gaelic language scheme.

      Gas Appliances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes in the last year for which figures are available.

      Ministerial Directions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list ministerial directions that his Department has been notified of since 30 October 2003.

      Pensioner Travel (Merseyside)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account will be taken in his Budget proposals for free local transport for pensioners of the position of local authorities which have previously funded...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the Government Actuary's Department's latest estimate is of the net value of the Government's liability for pensions to be paid to its employees;...

      Road Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the Office for National Statistics defines current spending for repairs and maintenance on roads as capital expenditure.

      RU64 Suitability Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the extension of the RU64 suitability standard to all stakeholder financial services...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the reduction in stamp duty yield from residential property which would result from raising the threshold at which stamp duty is...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many transactions there were of residential property sales between (a) £60,000 and £120,000 and (b) £250,000 and £500,000 in Greater...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties in England and Wales on which stamp duty was levied at a rate of one per cent. were sold at between £60,000 and £120,000 in...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how his Department plans to ensure that those who are entitled to claim tax credit are informed of their eligibility.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes he plans to deliver (a) over the forthcoming spending review period and (b) in each year after the end of that period; and if he will...

    • Civil Justice (Repossessions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 332W, when the Civil Justice Council and Department for Constitutional Affairs will issue a...

      Community Wardens

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities that have received central government funding for community and neighbourhood wardens since 1997; for how long that funding...

      Council House Repairs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department met its target to reduce the council house repairs backlog by at least 900,000 properties by April 2004; if he will set a new target...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will rank in descending order for each (a) county council and (b) district council the change in the level of council tax levied (i) between 1996–97...

      Empty Homes (Somerset)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there are in (a) North Somerset and (b) the parliamentary constituency of Weston-Super-Mare.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons Brentwood borough council has been directed to draw up a Gypsy and Traveller development plan document.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to amend planning guidance to facilitate the development of Traveller sites on green belt land.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received concerning illegal traveller camps and unauthorised encampments.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the procedure for the determination of planning applications relating to the future development of Heathrow airport (a) runways and...

      Local Authority Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the employment of people over the age of 65 by local authorities.

      Non-decent Homes Target

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department achieved its target of cutting the number of non-decent homes by a third over the 2001 baseline by December 2004.

      Parking (Medical Centres)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will re-examine the planning guidelines relating to parking requirements at primary care medical centres.

      Regional Housing Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the role is of the regional housing boards.

      Departmental Dress Code

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's policy is on the wearing of the Kirpan by Sikh employees.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will allow local authorities to submit their stock option proposals after his July deadline.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will replace his Housing Action Task Force with a task force to help and advise those councils which decide to retain their housing stock; (2) when...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units there were in the schemes rejected by his Department in June 2003 for funding through transitional local authority social...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2005, Official Report, column 902W, on social housing (right to buy), for what reasons his Department estimates that...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the reasons are for the change in the number of affordable housing units expected to be built over the 2003–04 to 2005–06 period with...

      Stamp Duty Exemption

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which electoral wards in (a) Cleethorpes and (b) Great Grimsby constituencies qualify for stamp duty exemption.

      Surplus Assets Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the value of sales of surplus assets from his Office 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 20 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1417–18W, on energy...

    • Escalators

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission what factors have led to the conclusion that escalators on the parliamentary estate should not...

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many motor vehicles are owned and operated by the House authorities on the House of Commons...

      Parliamentary Estate

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many extra buildings and what additional square feet of office space has been acquired by...

      Water Usage

      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 1142W, on water usage, what...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum claims from Burmese citizens are outstanding.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North dated 16 February regarding a constituent, ref. M4496/5.

      Early Release Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the earliest possible release time is of a prisoner convicted of a standard list offence, assuming eligibility for all of the early...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the Implementation of the Programme of...

      Free Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pensioners aged over 75 years have applied for a free passport.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Holocaust Memorial Day in helping to teach the lessons of the Holocaust; and...

      Immigration Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of physical or racial abuse at the immigration centres were reported to his Department in 2004.

      Immigration Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he expects the arrangements for transferring removal centres from the Prison Service to the Immigration and Nationality...

      Immigration Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the members of the senior management of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate are.

      Imprisonment (Non-UK Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the procedures followed by his Department in respect of non-UK nationals who are imprisoned for serious...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspicious activity reports were made to the National Criminal Intelligence Service in connection with suspected money laundering,...

      Offenders (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offenders are tested for illicit drugs at the time of arrest; and what proportion of those test positive.

      Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Ribble Valley and Fulwood constituency, the effects of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publicly-funded art galleries there are in England; and how many are open to the public.

    • Civil Servants (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil servants in her Department have (a) been relocated and (b) been agreed for relocation in the last 12 months; and to which...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the most recent figures are for her Department's budget (a) in 2005–06 and (b) in each year for which projections have been...

      London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy that new sports facilities built in London should support the London 2012 bid.

      London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria were used in making the decision to locate the new athletics facility for London announced on 21 March at Pickett's Lock...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what Sport England's policy is on sports' national governing bodies discussing reductions in their funding with the media.

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the new Chair of UK Sport was the candidate recommended by the interview panel.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Anti-corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of business supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department for Rolls-Royce under interim anti-bribery and corruption...

    • Anti-corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of business supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department for BAE Systems under interim anti-bribery and corruption...

      Anti-corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes there have been in the rules in respect of bribery and corruption in contracts involving UK businesses in recent months; and if...

      Arms Sales (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed of the decisions by Alvis to use Mrs. Siti Rakhmana as an agent in...

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's assessment is of the environmental sustainability of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether breaches of the World Bank's involuntary resettlement policy (OD 4.30) constitute breaches of the project agreements for the...

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what audits of record-keeping have been carried out by her Department on (a) quality control and (b) health and safety on the Turkey section...

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when the Export Credits Guarantee Department was supplied with a copy of Trevor Osborne's 18 June 2004 report on the field assessment of...

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments of alternative anti-corrosion systems were requested by the Export Credits Guarantee Department prior to the selection of SPC...

      Business Support (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the (a) financial and (b) other assistance, excluding regional development agency grants, her Department has...

      Businesses (Edinburgh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government has taken to help small businesses in Edinburgh, North and Leith since 1997.

      Businesses (Edinburgh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses have been established in Edinburgh, North and Leith since 1997.

      Clothing Exports (Tariffs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the total revenue from tariffs imposed on clothing exports from developing countries in the last year for which...

      Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues regarding provision of freepost by the Royal Mail during the proposed referendum on...

      Defender Sale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department gave written permission allowing the sale of the Fast Patrol Vessel Defender to go ahead.

      DTI/EU Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission on the supporting, co-ordinating and complementary action which may be...

      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 Advisory Committee for co-ordination in the internal...

      Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role the Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme plays in providing (a) practical and (b) financial assistance for developing...

      Gas Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to protect consumers from the fitting of faulty gas appliances.

      Gas Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance she has issued to the gas supply industry on steps to reduce the level of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.

      Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government have taken to help small businesses in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have benefited from regional selective assistance in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Newcastle-under-Lyme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses have (a) started up in and (b) relocated to Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations her Department has had with outside organisations about the best way to dispose of plutonium waste.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans her Department has for dealing with the plutonium stockpile; and if she will make a statement.

      Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department has allocated to security measures to protect (a) nuclear power stations and (b) plutonium stores in each of the last...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts with her Department have been won by subsidiaries of Halliburton...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings her Department has recently held to discuss road safety issues in respect of vehicle use and construction regulations, with...

      Sheffield Europe Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much her Department spent sponsoring Sheffield Europe Week; from which budget within her Department this cost was met; and what unit was...

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small and medium-sized enterprises were established (a) between 1997 and 2001 and (b) since 2001.

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the contribution made by small and medium-sized enterprises to the UK economy, with particular reference to...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will announce the proposed changes to (a) the structure and staffing and (b) the focus of UK Trade and Investment; when these changes...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he has taken to assist in tackling money laundering in Bermuda; (2) what discussions he has had with the...

    • Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the prospects for regional autonomy in Bolivia's provinces and (b) the impact of...

      Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent political instability in Bolivia; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what political progress in Burma would be required to enable the UK Government to attend EU-ASEAN meetings chaired by Burma in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations for the inclusion of the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise within investment sanctions provisions...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from Burmese citizens in the UK about having to pay a percentage of their income to the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether German manufactured motor engines have been used in Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of China's anti-secession law; and if he will make a statement.

      Death Penalty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government made to the recent round table conference on the death penalty held in Zagreb.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12.

      Diplomatic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British diplomatic posts were (a) gained and (b) lost during calendar year 2004 to the personnel establishments of UK...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Eritrean Government concerning the arrest of (a) Roman Catholics in Asmara on 9...

      Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what instructions have been given to the UK embassy in Tallinn in relation to (a) support for and (b) dealings with Scotland House.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 701W, on the European Constitution, when a budget for...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals have been made, and by whom, for a change of name of European Union (a) regulations and (b) directives; what the...

      General Affairs and External Relations Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 16 March; what the Government's stance was on...

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions the future arrangements for UK diplomatic representation to the Holy See were discussed with (a) the...

      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, what the response was of the Papal...

      International Driving Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken to ensure that UK drivers are informed of the requirement in (a) Italy and (b) Spain to carry at least...

      Interpretation/Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many companies were invited to tender for (a) interpretation and translation services and (b) provision of interpretation...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the purpose was of his official visit to Lahore and Gujarat in February.

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with Russia regarding Transnistria separatists in Moldova; and if he will make a statement.

      Mr. Peter Dun

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received a copy of the Lacey Report on the conduct of officials in his Office in the case of Mr. Peter Dun, a...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of Nepal's ability to combat Maoist insurgents following the suspension of non-lethal military aid...

      Osce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart about the functioning of the Organisation for Security and...

      Osce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the budgetary process for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recommendation by the UN Human Rights Commissioner that the international criminal court...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart about the use of violence by the Ugandan police against the...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the activities of the People's Redemption Army in Uganda; when it was formed; in what areas of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart concerning the use of violence by the Uganda Presidential Protection...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the Venezuelan Government's policies on (a) land reform and (b) foreign-owned land.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Business Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General when she next expects to meet representatives of small business organisations to discuss Government measures to tackle fraudulent schemes aimed at small and...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent representations she has received on publishing the Attorney-General's advice on the legality of the war in Iraq.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Election Participation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recent representations have been received by the commission on increasing participation...

    • Postal Votes

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if, pursuant to his oral answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 597, to the hon....

  • Education and Skills

    • Diet (Educational Attainment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the relationship between educational achievement and diet.

    • Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she next expects to visit Essex to discuss vocational skills training.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for charging for 16 to 19 further education courses.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on Government policy on children with special educational needs.

      Accidents

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

      Accidents

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

      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 Redbridge in 2005–06; (2) whether she expects fees for...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ensure fee concessions remain in place for those aged over 60-years who wish to study in a further education college in Redbridge.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she has on the number of apprentices who continue on to university in England.

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) remit and (b) salary will be of the new Children's Commissioner for England.

      Children's Commissioner for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what special arrangements will be put in place when the Children's Commissioner for England deals with complaints about the conduct of...

      Stourbridge

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

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 2000 by schools and colleges; and what plans she has...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that teachers are trained to identify and respond to dyslexia.

      Early Intervention Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in the Early Intervention pilots; what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness...

      Early Years Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to support private and voluntary early years care providers in the development of the skills of their care staff; and...

      Education Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she has given to (a) local learning and skills councils and (b) those in charge of single regeneration budgets on what funding...

      Education Funding (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of funding per pupil in Leeds was in each year since 1992.

      Education Spending (Wirral)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what per capita spending on education was in Wirral, South in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the last year for which figures are available.

      Enterprise Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the delivery of enterprise education.

      Expulsions (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 years in Leicester, South have been expelled for (a) drugs offences, (b) truancy and (c)...

      Families (Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government funding the National Family and Parenting Institute received in each of the last five years; and what her policy is on the...

      FE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to enable colleges to retain funding for students who have withdrawn from courses.

      Granada Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the terms of the contract with Granada Learning for the provision of learning materials for Latin at Key Stage 3 are; and whether the...

      Granada Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her Department's support for the Granada Learning project for the teaching of Latin at Key Stage 3 referred...

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of secondary age pupils attended independent schools in England in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken...

      Nutrition Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice and guidance is offered to public and private sector service providers on the inclusion of nutrition and malnutrition within the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will answer the Question from the hon. Member for Maidenhead, ref 221881.

      Physical Education (SEN Pupils)

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

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the number of school exclusions is used to measure levels of indiscipline in schools.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated per pupil to schools in (a) London, (b) the Vale of York and (c) North Yorkshire in 2004–05.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used in allocating funding per pupil in comparable local education authorities.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the merits of a national common funding formula; and if she will make a statement.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to incorporate core funding into standard funds.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much each (a) primary school and (b) secondary school in (i) North East Lincolnshire and (ii) North Lincolnshire has received from the...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of spending per person on school lunches in each year from 1990–91 to 2005–06; and if she will make a statement.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's policy is on sourcing pork, bacon and ham bearing the British Pig Executive's Quality Standard Mark in schools; and if...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of schools that provide school dinners consisting of (a) organic and (b) locally-sourced food.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to regulate the standards of meals served in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has produced regarding nutritional standards for school meals.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will rank education authorities by the percentage of children entitled to receive free school dinners; and if she will indicate in...

      School Sports (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effects on schools of changes since 1997 on the level of investment in school sports in Crosby.

      Schools (Data)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what choice of systems software schools had in production of the 2005 pupil level annual school census data.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools there are in (a) Bexley, (b) Bournemouth, (c) Buckinghamshire, (d) Kent, (e) Kingston upon Thames, (f)...

      Selective Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the costs of administering entry tests were in each local education authority retaining wholly selective secondary schools in each of...

      Selective Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities her Department defines as (a) wholly selective and (b) wholly comprehensive; and if she will list for each...

      Selective Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total payments to Electoral Reform Services for costs incurred relating to grammar school ballots and petitions have been.

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of whether the public service agreement target for 60 per cent. of those aged 16 to achieve the...

      Tomlinson Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the likely impact on (a) teaching standards and (b) the number of teachers of implementing the Tomlinson...

      Top-up Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the cost to public funds of the subsidy provided for top-up fees in each year from 2006–07 to 2009–10; and...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of school leavers entered higher education in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Woodcraft Folk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the criteria by which the decision was taken to end grant aid to the Woodcraft Folk.

      Woodcraft Folk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the work of the Woodcraft Folk; what grants they have received from her Department in each year since 1997;...

  • Defence

    • Accidents

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

    • Armed Forces Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Armed Forces Act 2001 expires; and when he expects to bring forward the next Armed Forces Bill.

      Army Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means he intends to dispose of the Army Medal Office in Droitwich Spa; and whether conditions will apply to the sale to ensure that the site is...

      Cancer/Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many deaths of (a) serving soldiers and (b) his Department's personnel have been attributable to (i) cancer and (ii) leukaemia in each of the last 20...

      Cancer/Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rates of incidence of (a) cancer and (b) leukaemia in (i) serving soldiers and (ii) his Department's personnel in each of the last 20 years.

      Defence Employment (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people worked for the Disposal Services Agency (a) in 2003–04 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available; how many were...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's entry into Table B18 of the pre-Budget report includes a contingent amount to cover expenditure connected with the purchase of...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds he has concluded that there is no obligation under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to disclose correspondence on behalf of Lord Boyce...

      Harrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the air availability of the Harrier jet; and if he will make a statement.

      In-house Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the titles of the in-house publications and newsletters which are produced for the staff of his Department, including non-departmental...

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to ensure that a sufficient merchant navy fleet within the UK to be drawn upon at times of conflict is maintained.

      Nuclear Test Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a health study has been carried out by the Government since 1975 on veterans of the British Nuclear Test Programme.

      Overseas Military Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list countries to which members of the British armed forces were deployed to give military training and advice during the period 2001 to 2004.

      Parachutists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving soldiers in the parachute regiments come from abroad.

      RAF Job Losses (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effects of job cuts at (a) RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Kinloss announced by his Department on 10 March;...

      RAF Job Losses (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans have been put in place to minimise the impact of job losses at (a) RAF Kinloss and (b) RAF Lossiemouth announced by his Department on 10...

      RAF Recruits (Ethnic Monitoring)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of recruits to the Royal Air Force were (a) Asian, (b) black, (c) white and (d) from other ethnic groups in each year since 1997.

      Removals Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of UK to UK removals was in the financial year ended (a) 4 April 1994 and (b) 4 April 2004; and how many moves took place in each case.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many accidents occurred at his departmental premises in each of the last five years involving (a) members of his Department's staff...

    • Accidents

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

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on each type of benefit paid to asylum seekers in each year since 1992 in (a) cash and (b) real terms; and if...

      Benefit Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which employment schemes and pilot schemes may impose benefit sanctions for non-compliance with their conditions; and how many participants on...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance payments to people over retirement age living in the City...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid in Wales in (a) incapacity benefit, (b) state pensions, (c) pension credit and (d) winter fuel payments in the...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of each state benefit in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England and (d) Wales in each of the last three years;...

      Bognor Regis Office Closure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the proposed closure of his Department's office in Bognor Regis.

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to undertake national advertising television campaigns to alert people to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the action it plans to take to reduce the number of deaths caused by...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Clare Jackson, the constituent of the hon. Member for Bassetlaw referred to in a letter sent on 11 January will receive (a) a maintenance...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of Child Support Agency cases are within each of the three new colour code bands.

      Departmental Phone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of callers to his Department's office in Hastings in the week beginning 14 March encountered the engaged tone.

      Departmental Phone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what telephone answering system is in place at his Department's Hastings office for people making benefit claims by telephone.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the cost of administering the financial assistance scheme (FAS) will be met from within the £20 million annual allocation to the...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 628, on the Financial Assistance Scheme, how many of the pension...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will include the expanded metal pension scheme in the indicative list of schemes potentially eligible for the financial assistance...

      Jobcentre Plus (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to change training programmes on offer through Jobcentre Plus in Dorset; (2) whether he expects that clients due to...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) south Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been helped by the new deal in each year...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) young people, (b) lone parents and (c) older people have participated in the new deal in Cleethorpes constituency.

      Pensions

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

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average state pension for a pensioner living in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK has...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value of basic state pension payments paid to pensioners in the city of York local authority area was in 1996–97; what the...

      Stourbridge

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

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Tamworth receive attendance allowance.

      Vaccine Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments were made by the predecessors of his Department to victims of vaccine damage between 1975 and the introduction of the Vaccine...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have benefited from winter fuel payments in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that payments under the accident and emergency capital incentive scheme should benefit the accident and emergency department...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ward beds are available for accident and emergency admissions for the Weston area health trust.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many babies have (a) survived and (b) been born alive following abortion since 1991; (2) what methods are used to record incidences where...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients he estimates would be affected by the implementation of the recommendation by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence that...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with primary care trusts which do not make available the full range of drugs for treatment of Alzheimer's disease approved by...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the measures of cost-effectiveness applied by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in evaluating whether...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department defines dementia as a long-term neurological condition; and whether the principles of the National Service Framework for Long-Term...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria the National Institute for Clinical Excellence used to determine the appropriateness of drugs for use in the treatment of dementia;...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce an NHS National Service Framework for (a) inflammatory arthritis, (b) osteoarthritis and (c) psoriatic arthritis.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions there were for (a) inflammatory arthritis and (b) psoriatic arthritis in the last year for which figures are available.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children in England suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis; (2) how many adults in England suffer from (a) inflammatory arthritis, (b)...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has made available for research into asthma and related conditions in each year since 1997.

      Care (Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many episodes of care relating to (a) health visiting, (b) community nursing, (c) district nursing, (d) community psychiatric nursing, (e) community...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct research into the effects of late payments from his Department on charities, with particular reference to their ability to fulfil the...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his written evidence to the Health Select Committee of 24 January, whether all strategic health authorities in England have completed and...

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are receiving NHS continuing care in each strategic health authority in England.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate the estimate of £180 million to compensate those who did not receive NHS Continuing Care.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12.

      Pudsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Pudsey constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the staff complement for his Department was in each of the last nine years.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS trusts have the necessary (a) facilities and (b) staff to fit digital hearing aids; (2) if he will make a statement on the process for...

      Drug Users

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of problematic drug users are in treatment; and how many were in treatment on average in each of the last five years.

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of eye tests carried out on the NHS to (a) individuals and (b) the NHS in (i) 1979 and (ii) 1997.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of genito-urinary medicine clinics that offer an HIV test to clinic attendees on their first screening for...

      Gluten Intolerance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list gluten-free products available on an NHS prescription for patients who are intolerant of gluten; (2) what guidance on gluten-free...

      Great Ormond Street Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled at the Great Ormond Street hospital in the 2004–05 financial year.

      Health Services (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received NHS treatment in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Health Services (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentist surgeries there have been in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Health Services (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing and (b) residential homes for the elderly there have been in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Health Services (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for elective in-patient admission to York Hospitals NHS Trust (a) in total, (b) for less than three months, (c) for three...

      Influenza Pandemic Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has received on the effectiveness of stockpiling oseltamivir in reducing the impact of an influenza pandemic.

      Health Statistics (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing and (b) residential homes for the elderly there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since 1997.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, column 553W, on the Healthcare Commission, how the Healthcare Commission has increased its...

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the resourcing of the complaints handling function of the Healthcare Commission.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many IVF embryos were (a) created, (b) created for research purposes and (c) donated for research purposes between 1991 and 2004.

      Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 162W, on Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust, whether the bed occupancy rate for...

      Low Birth Weight Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the rate of low birth-weight babies in England compared with other countries in Western Europe.

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been paid to McKinsey and Company by NHS trusts seeking to secure foundation status in the past 12 months.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health beds have been available in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the number of mental health patients presenting at accident and emergency departments over the last eight...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust and its successor trust in each year since 1992, broken down by staff group.

      Mental Health Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes have been made to the location of mental health tribunals sittings for patients of the Humber mental health teaching NHS trust; and...

      Mental Health Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients of the Humber mental health teaching NHS trust subject to sectioning did not have their tribunal hearings within the designated time...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed by the NHS in the last year for which figures are available.

      Mobile Phones (Under-fives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects of mobile phones on the under-fives.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2005, Official Report, column 693W, on MRI scans, if he will place the representations he received in the Library.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government have made of whether relationship exists between MRSA and the privatisation of cleaning activities in NHS hospitals.

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age is of neonatal nurses; and what assessment he has made of the effect on neonatal care of early retirements of such nurses over the...

      NHS Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were registered with NHS dentists in Chesterfield on the latest date for which figures are available.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether staff supplied by NHS Professionals to hospitals undergo the same (a) recruitment, (b) training and (c) occupational health checks that are...

      NHS Reconfiguration (Merton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the representations from the London borough of Merton to call in the reconfiguration decisions made by the local NHS; and...

      NHS Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the research carried out for his Department by Warwick university in connection with its calculations of the...

      NHS Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the differences were between the methodology of the market forces adjustment factor for (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; what effect this has...

      NHS Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2005, Official Report, column 518W, on NHS spending, if he will provide the figures for each year since 1996–97,...

      NICE Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on its draft guidance which does not recommend Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl...

      Nottinghamshire Drug Action Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what qualifications are required of members of the clinically-led Direct Access Management Team for drug treatment established by Nottinghamshire Drug...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to continue the funding of the bursaries for nurses returning to work in the NHS.

      Occupational Code Definitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reclassification of NHS occupational code definitions for managers at Watford general hospital; and if he will list...

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his Department's policy to permit live donors to donate their organs to recipients who are not known to them.

      Osteopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether osteopathy is available on the national health service; and whether a charge is made.

      Patient Throughput

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he measures patient throughput in hospitals; and what the level of patient throughput has been in each year since 1991, broken down as in Table 3.9.2...

      Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total number of people means-tested for their personal care in January 2004 (a) who are now receiving free NHS continuing care and...

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total projected cost is of private finance initiative projects which have reached Strategic Outline Case or beyond.

      Pharmaceutical Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing arrangements for product recall following the discovery of counterfeit pharmaceutical...

      Pharmaceutical Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with representatives of parallel importers of pharmaceutical products on how repackaging carried out by them may...

      Pharmacies (Leicester, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pharmacies there have been in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the progress to date of the Procure 21 procurement process.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric patients have received renal replacement therapy for kidney failure in each year since 1997.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) under 26 years, (b) 26–50 years, (c) 51–60 years, (d) 61–70 years and (e) 71 years and over have received...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what central capital funding is being made available to support the expansion of kidney dialysis services; (2) how many (a) main renal units and...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Healthcare Commission on how it intends to audit the implementation of the quality requirements contained within the...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many kidney transplant surgeons there have been in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are waiting for a kidney transplant; and what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have died while waiting for a kidney...

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many kidney transplants have been carried out by the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list items of equipment at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital which have (a) broken down and (b) required repair since 2001.

      Social Care Work Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is offered to (a) public and (b) private sector service providers on the inclusion of knowledge and skills in relation to nutrition and...

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets he has set for waiting times between referral by general practitioner and appointment with consultant rheumatologist for (a) adults and (b)...

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of general practitioner consultations for (a) inflammatory arthritis, (b) osteoarthritis and (c)...

      Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs are approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for use by children; (2) what...

      South West London and St. George's NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he allocated to the South West London and St. George's NHS Trust for (a) Agenda for Change and (b) the new consultant contract; and what the...

      South West London and St. George's NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist services provided by the South West London and St. George's NHS Trust are due to be ended.

      South West London and St. George's NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the managerial posts advertised for the South West London and St. George's NHS Trust in the last 12 months, broken down by salary range...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which strategic health authority in England has the largest deficit; and what that deficit is.

      Strategic Health Authorities

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

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce inequalities in health outcomes by 10 per cent., as measured...

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer by the Minister of State for Health, 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 1090W, on telephone numbers, if he will make a further...

      Traditional Herb Medicines Products Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact of the proposed traditional herb medicines products directive on the registration of treatments for head lice.

      Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has given (a) hospitals and (b) other health facilities on (i) the wearing of staff uniforms outside those facilities, (ii) staff access to...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time to see (a) an audiologist and (b) an ear, nose and throat specialist is in the Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Trust area.

      Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the accumulated deficit is of the Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust; what measures are being taken to reduce the deficit; and by when the Trust...

  • House of Lords

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Smoking at Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: During the month of January 2005, how many cases there were of Northern Ireland civil servants being warned or fined for smoking at work.

    • Northern Ireland Civil Service: Official Cars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grades of senior civil servants in Northern Ireland are entitled to official cars and drivers; and how much this facility has cost for each year for each...

      Northern Ireland: Ombudsmen

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many ombudsman-type positions, including sectoral oversight commissioners, exist in Northern Ireland; for how long each post has existed; who occupies each...

      Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 February (WA 77), whether the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has written to the Prime Minister, the...

      Northern Ireland: Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Northern Ireland departments charge for the provision of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; which do not; and on what basis the decision...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is appropriate for employees of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to issue policy statements.

      IRA Terrorists: Criminal Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 3 March (WA 33) on "IRA terrorists: criminal records", what was the nature of the conference in Dublin on 16...

      Northern Ireland: A1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) fatalities; (b) serious injuries; and (c) other collisions there have been on the A1 in Northern Ireland on the dual carriageway section between...

      Northern Ireland: A1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) fatalities; (b) serious injuries; and (c) other collisions there have been on the A1 road in Northern Ireland at Loughbrickland, where the single...

      Northern Ireland: A1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What figures they have on the volume of traffic using the A1 road in Northern Ireland on the sections (a) between Sprucefield and Loughbrickland; and (b) between...

      Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 September 2004 (WA 105), (a) what and how much funding was made available to the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service: Public Holidays

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 January (WA 171), on which days or dates the 1.5 extra public and privilege holidays are taken by...

      Northern Ireland: Visit of President McAleese

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the security and other costs of the visit to Northern Ireland of the President of Ireland on 24 February.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: As a result of the allegations of bullying and harassment at Waterways Ireland, what legal costs from the organisation's budget were incurred; and by whom and when.

      Nepal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Nepal about the continued detention of political leaders, the suppression of the media, and the alleged...

      Small Arms: South-East Europe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are co-operating with the United Nations Development Programme and the Serbian Government on proliferation and trafficking in small arms and...

      Iraq: British Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they keep data relating to United Kingdom civilians currently working in Iraq; and, if so, whether they will provide the number and geographical detail of...

      Bangladesh: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are currently allowing in-country appeals by refused Bangladeshi asylum seekers.

      Control Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a person under house arrest or the subject of a control order will be entitled to stand as a candidate at a general election or any other election; and, if...

      Cohabitation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales regarding cohabitation will consider whether opposite-sex and same-sex couples who cohabit...

      Open University:Funding of Part-time Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What decision they have made to ensure continued funding of part-time students at the Open University.

      Tax-exempt Savings Plans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a review of the premium limits of tax-exempt savings plans was last conducted; and what increases to these plans there have been since 1992.

      Inward Foreign Direct Investment Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the figures for inward foreign direct investment stock as a percentage of gross domestic product in 1990 and 2003 for each of the members of the European...

      Stamp Duty: Disadvantaged Areas Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the estimated yield of £340 million to the Exchequer in 2005–06, from ending disadvantaged areas relief from stamp duty land tax, as set out in...

      Stamp Duty: Disadvantaged Areas Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What elements make up the differences between the estimated yield to the Exchequer of £340 million in 2005–06, as set out in the 2005 Budget, from...

      Banks: Charges for Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will request the United Kingdom clearing and retail banks to limit rates of interest on unauthorised overdrafts to a figure not exceeding 12 per cent.

      Northern Ireland: Pensioner Households

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what way pensioner households in Northern Ireland will benefit from the Budget proposal for a council tax refund of £200.

      Financial Inclusion Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money they now expect the Financial Inclusion Fund to spend on improving face-to-face money advice provision; and over what period.

      Civil Service: Relocation of Posts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 7,800 "relocations of Civil Service posts" described in paragraph 6:16 on page 138 of Budget 2005 (HC 372) are to locations within London and...

      Fashion Industry

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

      Applied Construction Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 21 February (WA 178), what they expect to spend on (a) research underpinning building...

      Post Office Card Account

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 28 February (WA 8), why the personal invitation document has to be taken to a local post office...

      Fairtrade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken or will be taking to commend United Kingdom companies which, by supplying their offices with products carrying the independent Fairtrade...

      Consumer Credit Act 1974

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (Electronic Communications) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/3236), the deemed date of service of a communication is different under...

      Government Departments: Scientists and Engineers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the 2004 science and innovation public service agreement target, what have been the total numbers of scientists and engineers employed in government...

      Government Departments: Scientists and Engineers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the 2004 science and innovation public service agreement target, what information is held across government on their scientific and engineering skill...

      Defra: Inspector Posts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many inspector posts were created between July 1997 and July 2001 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and how many have been created since by...

      Transport Policy: Mr Rod Eddington

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of employment under which Mr Rod Eddington will be employed as a strategic adviser to the Government on transport policy from September 2005;...

      Transport Policy: Mr Rod Eddington

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reimburse any travel expenses of Mr Rod Eddington incurred while undertaking his role as a government transport adviser from September 2005; and...

      Transport Policy: Mr Rod Eddington

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, was consulted prior to the announcement on 16 March that Mr Rod Eddington was to become a government...

      Transport Policy: Mr Rod Eddington

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, will continue to provide advice on transport-related issues, following the announcement that Mr Rod...

      Transport Policy: Mr Rod Eddington

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which Minister and department it is anticipated that Mr Rod Eddington will provide advice following his appointment as a government adviser on transport policy...

      Road Traffic Signs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a requirement for United Kingdom road signs to display distance in kilometres as well as in miles; and whether they plan to (a) implement dual...

      Disabled People: Parking and Set-down Facilities at Transport Interchanges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether local authorities are ensuring ample parking and set-down facilities for disabled people at transport interchanges; and whether they are considering any...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have identified to reduce greenhouse gas emission from the transport sectors in order to comply with the overall Kyoto emission target of an 8...

      Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Department of Health commissioned its review of internal papers on the issue of self-sufficiency in blood products, consequent upon the Lord...

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the comments made by Cardinal Cormack Murphy O'Connor on the reduction of the time limit for abortion from 24 to 20 weeks.

      NHS: Intensive Care Cots for Infants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase the number of intensive care cots for infants.

      NHS: Education and Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Health Service service increments for teaching are restricted to medicine and dentistry; or whether they are also available for nursing and...

      NHS: Education and Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to prepare nurses and allied health professionals to undertake new roles, such as that of nurse consultant, through funded periods of supervised...

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