Written answers

Tuesday, 5 April 2005

  • Treasury

    • Airport Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of Airport Passenger Duty on passenger numbers; and what assessment he has made of the merits of adjusting the...

    • Bereavement Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2005, Official Report, column 1402W, on bereavement grants, whether occupational pension schemes are permitted to pay a...

      Censuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will instruct the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to provide substantive answers to Questions concerning decennial censuses after consulting...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rationale underlies his policy of not means-testing for receipt of child benefit.

      Employment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions of long-term employment rates for (a) men and (b) women underpin the Treasury's published figures on long-term fiscal trends.

      Environmental Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of environmental taxes (a) on manufacturing industries' competitiveness and (b) energy prices.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Joint Committee (ECC-Switzerland) on the simplification of...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EEC—European Free Trade Association Joint Committee and...

  • Transport

    • Air Travellers (Financial Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with consumer organisations about the future of air traveller financial protection.

    • East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the (a) Civil Aviation Authority and (b) management of Nottingham East Midlands airport about the noise and air...

      Government Transport Adviser (Aviation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what appointments procedure was followed for the appointment of Mr Rod Eddington as a transport adviser to the Government on aviation.

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contracts his Department has for maintenance work to be undertaken by (a) the Trinity House Lighthouse Service, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board...

      M6 Toll Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the results of his consultation on the proposed new M6 Toll Road between Birmingham and Manchester; and if he will make a...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency budget was for (a) coastguards, (b) ship inspectors, (c) depots and (d) emergency towing vessels...

      New Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what conditions his Department has set on the £1 billion offered to West Midlands local authorities for new transport schemes.

      Operation Stack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to replace Operation Stack on the M20; and if he will make a statement.

      Operation Stack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the numberof journeys affected by Operation Stack on the M20.

      Transport Access (Disabled)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to extend anti-discrimination legislation to make all public transport accessible to disabled people.

      Transport Knowledge Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Department for International Development on the setting up of the Transport Knowledge Partnership; and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is encouraging the EU to take to further the middle east peace process.

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the transfer of Palestinian towns to the control of the Palestinian authorities.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Prime Minister concerning the expansion of settlements on the West Bank.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the continuing conflict in Darfur on the North-South Sudanese peace deal.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to persuade the Government of Sudan to allow access to conflict-affected populations in Darfur by...

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Government-funded monitoring of anti-Semitic incitement in (a) the Middle East and (b) Eastern Europe.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made regarding anti-Semitic incitement to the Governments of (a) Iran, (b) Lebanon, (c) Syria...

      Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the high commission in Gaborone has made to the Botswanan authorities concerning the threatened deportation...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 21 February concerning refusal of a...

      Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the UN and (b) France regarding (i) the security situation in Co(r)te d'Ivoire and...

      Cotonou Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposed inclusion of weapons of mass destruction clauses in the Cotonou agreements between...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many properties builton occupied and misappropriated Greek Cypriot owned land in the northern part of the island of Cyprus...

      Departmental Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2005, Official Report, column 215W, on departmental structures, how many staff there are in...

      Departmental Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2005, Official Report, column 216W, on departmental structures, what the (a) remit, (b)...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 592W, on the EU presidency, what public-facing activities the...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 592W, on the EU presidency, if he will make a statement on the...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 592W, on the EU presidency, which team within his Department's...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 592W, on the EU presidency, if he will break down the costs of...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 592W, on the EU presidency, what the budget was for...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors informed his choice for the question in the referendum on the EU Constitution.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect, when compared with existing rules, of the new qualified majority voting rules...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes to the qualified majority voting rules of the EU within the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy that failure by (a) the UK, (b) France and (c) the Netherlands to ratify the Constitution for Europe...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Central Office of Information regarding public information on the Constitution for Europe.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2005, Official Report, column 219W, on the European Constitution, what the (a) civil service...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2005, Official Report, column 219W, on the European Constitution, how he intends to estimate...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding the progress being made in EU national Parliaments towards...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what forthcoming publications relating to the EU constitution are planned by his Department.

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the European Council has taken decisions by majority vote since 1997.

      Free Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the promotion of a free press overseas.

      Galileo Navigation System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Administration regarding the European Union's Galileo navigation system.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations with Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account was taken of Article 64 of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the appointment of the Iraqi Special Tribunal.

      Irish Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Northern Ireland Office regarding the cessation of payments from the UK General...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on the plans of the IsraeliGovernment to build more homes on the West Bank.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the political impact on (a) Jordan, (b) Syria, (c) Israel, (d) Palestine and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programmes his Department is undertaking to promote political reform in the Middle East.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the work of the EU on (a) governmental transparency and (b) anti-corruption...

      Mr. Nick Baker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received concerning the state of health of Mr. Nick Baker who is in prison in Japan; andwhat...

      Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Expert Group Report, submitted to...

      Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 805, on Iran, which part of Article 2 of the...

      Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom has made representations to any non-nuclear weapons states in respect of the development or operation...

      Syria/Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether Syria's recent troop deployment is compliant with United Nations Security...

      Uranium Enrichment Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the possibility of limiting uranium enrichment and reprocessing plants to countries that already...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the (a) UN, (b) Polisaro Front and (c) Government of Morocco on holding a referendum on...

      Written Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has concluded his discussions with ministerial colleagues on the provision of written ministerial statements prior to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter dated 16 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to John Gilburn.

    • Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance the Department plans to give to those on low incomes to obtain the necessary equipment in advance of digital switchover.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the application of the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 to alcohol wholesalers who rent their...

      UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many other public and Government advisory appointments are held by the new Chair of UK Sport.

      Yorkshire Tourism Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been granted to the Yorkshire Tourism Board in each year since 1996.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions she has had with the Crown Prosecution Service on breaches of antisocial behaviour orders in North Yorkshire.

    • Departmental Policies

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effect of the actions and policies of the Law Officers'...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of her Department's policies...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Folkestone and Hythe constituency, the effects on Folkestone and Hythe of the...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Maidenhead constituency, the effects on Maidenhead of the Law Officers'...

      Departmental Policies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, the effects on Preseli Pembrokeshire of her...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Coastal Action Zone

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the impact of the Coastal Action Zone initiative in East Lincolnshire; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12.

      Deregulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many regulations have been repealed by his Department since 1st October 2004.

      Firefighters' Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many divorced spouses given a share of a retired firefighter's pension in each of the last three years did not receive it because they were under the...

      Firelink Radio System

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to announce a decision on the selection of a contractor for the Firelink radio system.

      Firelink Radio System

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how long after receipt of the best and final offer submission from the bidding contractors he would expect to wait before making a decision on the selection of a...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many acres of vacant, dormant, unused and under-utilised land are owned by his Department; and if he will estimate the number of homes that could be built on...

      Local Authority Pension Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the latest estimate is of the deficit or surplus in each local authority pension scheme.

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) Traveller migration to the UK, (b) demand for Traveller sites and (c) unauthorised encampments of the...

  • Education and Skills

    • Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she will publish the data for the number of accidents at work involving employees of her Department; and if she will make a statement.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provisions her Department makes to assist children with autism in schools.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children with autism there were in schools in Norfolk in each month since January 2002, broken down by (a) primary and (b)...

      Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role the Children's Commissioner for England will play in improving children's health services; and what information sources will be...

      Computer Learning (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Capital Modernisation Fund computer-learning centres have been established in Crosby.

      Construction Industry (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were undergoing training in the construction industry in each year from 1975 to 2004.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for North-West Hampshire of 9 February, on an alleged breach of the Civil...

      Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many EU (a) regulations and (b) directives covering matters within the responsibility of her Department have been repealed since 1 April...

      Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many regulations have been repealed by her Department since 1 April 2004.

      Disabled Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to support access to mainstream inclusive education for disabled people.

      Education Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Learning and Skills Council funding is planned for education business links for 2005–06; and how much was made available in...

      Families (Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants have been made in the 2005–06 financial year under the Safeguarding Children and Supporting Families grants; to which...

      Food Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department issues general guidance and advice to local authorities in respect of (a) meals on wheels and (b) other public...

      Food Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will extend nutrition education and training in food preparation and cooking units to all sector skills councils.

      Further Education (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students at (a) Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and (b) Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology paid tuition fees in each year...

      Immigration and Asylum Skills Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the skills advisory body announced as part of the Home Office strategy for asylum and immigration in Controlling our Borders: making...

      Looked After Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to improve the line of accountability of social services departments placing looked after children out of area...

      National Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will describe the synthetic phonics programme in the National Literacy Strategy.

      National Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cues to word recognition are recommended in the Searchlight approach within the National Literacy Strategy; and if she will...

      National Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the names are of the officials in her Department responsible for advising her on her response to the Clackmannanshire longitudinal...

      National Voluntary Youth Organisation Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the successful bidders in the 2005 to 2008 round of the National Voluntary Youth Organisation grant scheme, broken down by...

      National Voluntary Youth Organisation Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria were used to assess bids for inclusion in the National Voluntary Youth Organisation grant scheme.

      Older Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many over 60-year-olds are studying in further education institutes in England.

      Return-to-work Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women in Crosby have visited an information and communications technology training centre in order to learn skills to return to work.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received regarding Jamie Oliver's Feed Me Better campaign; what plans she has to implement the...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of the content of school meals on rates of obesity in children.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she (a) has given and (b) plans to give to schools on (i) additives in school meals and (ii) vending machines selling food in...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage of school meals provided free at the point of delivery is in (a) England and (b) Hull; what percentage of pupils in...

      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.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Education and Skills how many special schools have closed in (a) Coventry and (b) England since 1997.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that the involvement of parents in children's centres builds on the experience of parents' involvement in...

      Surplus Stock Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department sold any surplus stock on the eBay auction website, 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 to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children...

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of whether the public service agreement target to ensure that 80 per cent. of children aged under 16...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the welfare of battery hens; and if she will make a statement.

    • Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely impact on (a) UK production of poultry, (b) local employment at UK turkey...

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many exercises have been undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) the State Veterinary Service to determine policy to...

      Badger Culling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds she has made available for badger culling in (a) the UK and (b) Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports she has received on practice in EU member states in applying the EU regulatory framework when drawing up policy...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tuberculosis outbreaks in cattle were recorded in England and Wales in 2004; and whether a similar number of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the costs of carrying out a comprehensive culling programme of badgers infected with...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess whether there is a link between an increase in human TB and the spread of bovine TB among cattle.

      CAP Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the National Farmers' Union and (b) other farmers' organisations on the publication...

      Departmental Land Purchases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to her Department was of purchasing land and buildings in the Kirkbride airfield area in Cumbria.

      Environmental Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she intends to issue to local authorities on the prosecution of environment crimes under the Clean...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to respond to farmers who have applied to the Rural Payments Agency for environmental stewardship scheme...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to public funds was of establishing the National Fallen Stock Company; and what budget has been allocated for...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of the ban on on-farm burials of fallen stock on carrion-dependent fowl.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the availability of and (b) response times for services for the collection of fallen...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to public funds has been of subsidies paid by the National Fallen Stock Company for the collection of fallen stock.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dead harbour porpoises have been stranded on the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset in each of the past five...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions took place between her Department and Northumberland county council to ensure that all material relating to...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many premises were assigned during the UK foot and mouth epidemic in 2004 to the (a) infected premises, (b) dangerous...

      Livestock Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes took place in the average sale prices at markets of (a) sheep and (b) cattle between February and October 2001.

      Marine Pollution (Sewerby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action (a) has been taken in the past two years and (b) is being taken to prevent bacterial discharge into the sea at...

      Meat and Dairy Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries are refusing to allow British beef to be imported; and for what reasons.

      Meat and Dairy Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the European Commission's proposal to increase to 275,000 tonnes the import into the EU of...

      Multiple Retailers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Office of Fair Trading regarding the code of conduct for multiple retailers...

      Sewers/Drains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on her proposals to transfer ownership of private sewers and lateral drains from property...

      Sewers/Drains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the condition of sewers; and what the impact on household water bills is estimated...

      TB (Badgers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce field trials of devices for detecting biological warfare agents used on the battlefield to detect...

      TB (Badgers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strains of bovine TB in infected livestock have been isolated; and whether the same strains have been isolated in...

      TB Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers she has to enforce tuberculosis tests on dairy farmers; and how many times these powers have been used in the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of responses received to the Waste Management (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 (Agricultural...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been carried out to investigate possible links between emissions from landfill and hazardous waste sites...

  • Minister for Women

    • Social Work

      To ask the Minister for Women if she willmake a statement on female employment in social care.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Budget

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what plans the Commission has made to investigate complaints about illegal donations or...

    • Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether it is the Commission's assessment that it has adequate powers to prevent illegal...

      Referendums

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what discussions regarding donations and expenditure the Commission plans to have with...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Fish Purchases

      To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission how many fish have been bought by the Refreshment Department in each year since 1997, broken...

  • Defence

    • Arms Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department makes of the use in other countries of arms that have been supplied by UK manufacturers.

    • Army Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers and (c) private soldiers have been disciplined following the outcome of (i) an Army board decision,...

      Army Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints considered under Army redress procedures have been made by (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, (c) private soldiers and (d)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter dated 23 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Alan Green.

      Deaths in Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps were taken by his Department to ensure that the next of kin of Sergeant Paul Connolly were informed prior to the public announcement of his...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from his United States counterpart in respect of the number of Iraqi citizens being detained by the United States...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which soldiers who have served and been injured in the recent Iraqi conflict live in the constituency of Mid Bedfordshire.

      Naval Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference of the (a) Maritime Conference Study, (b) Submarine Acquisition Modernisation Study and (c) Surface Ship Support Study are;...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will provide a substantive answer to the question, ref. 209882, from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what mechanism the US authorities pay his Department's Police Agency for policing activities at RAF Menwith Hill.

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

      Surplus Assets Sales

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departmental Budget

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

    • Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 62–3W, on economic partnership agreements, on...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 62–3WS, on economic partnership agreements,...

      Equipment Leasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was to...

      EU Committees

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

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when consultation on changes to the anti-bribery and corruption procedures at the Export Credits Guarantee Department will be launched; and...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the costs to be paid by her Department to the plaintiffs, the Corner House in respect of her Department's settlement of...

      Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her Department's policy is on the use of the Gaelic language; and what plans her Department has to prepare and implement a Gaelic...

      Large Print Versions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will require the Insolvency Agency to make available to the public on request large print versions of standard documentation' and if...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in the Chorley constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      Minimum Wage (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have benefited from the minimum wage in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley since its introduction.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the number of people in the (a) London region and (b) Leyton and Wanstead constituency who have benefited from the...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what her estimate is of the number of people in Stoke-on-Trent who have benefited from the most recent rise in the national minimum wage.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) monetary and (b) percentage increase has been of each uprating of the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in Reading, West constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      National Minimum Wage (Edinburgh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in Edinburgh North and Leith constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      National Minimum Wage (Hull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in the Kingston upon Hull North constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      Newspaper Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish the economic modelling and analysis used by (a) the Office of Fair Trading and (b) her Department to assess the impact of...

      Newspaper Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the impact on small independent retailers of proposed changes to the UK supply chain for newspapers and magazines.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to improve parcel post services to Orkney and Shetland.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many press officers are employed in the Department.

      Public Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) printed public information and (b) other public information is made available by her Department.

      Regional Development Agency (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much investment the regional development agency for the north-east of England has spent in Hartlepool in each year since it was formed.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departmental Budget

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) planned capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12.

    • Royal Marriage

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to amend section 2 of the Regency Act 1937 to clarify the application of the Act to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Are you over 50?"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of (a) designing, (b) writing, (c) printing and (d) distributing the booklet Are you over 50?", reissued in April 2004.

    • Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his Department's policy to give benefit claimants information about all the payment options available, including the Post...

      British United Shoe Machinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money in the Financial Assistance Scheme will be provided to pensioners of British United Shoe Machinery Limited; and what the average...

      British United Shoe Machinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and their predecessors and (c) departmental officials have had with (i) Sir Ronald...

      British United Shoe Machinery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission an inquiry into the collapse of the British United Shoe Machinery pension fund.

      New Deal

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

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Crosby have participated in (a) the New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) the New Deal for Partners since 1997; and if he will...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the Financial Services Authority implements payments to those occupational pension holders whose pensions are in deficit or...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1397W, on pension credit, if he will estimate the savings credit take-up rate...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Mr. David Ross, a constituent of the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, will receive his pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of eligible people not claiming pension credit in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his latest estimate is of the number of companies that are failing in their duty to provide stakeholder pensions; (2) what his...

      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 how many of the schemes listed as being potentially eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme had promised index-linked benefits to some or...

      Pensions Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many statutory instruments have been made under the Pensions Act 2004; and how manyremain to be made to implement provisions of the Act.

      Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of contracted out rebates inthe (a) public and (b) private sector was in the last year for which figures are available; and how...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) applied for and (b) granted by the courts in Leicester, in each year since their inception.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of 10 to 17-year-olds with an antisocial behaviour order also have an individual support order.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Leicester in each year since 1999.

      Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) prosecuted for using (i) over-wide and (ii) over-long caravans on roads in the last five years;...

      Caravans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is for checking the ownership of caravans used by Travellers.

      CCTV (North Tyneside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications his Department has received from North Tyneside council for funding for CCTV cameras since 1997; what the result was of...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; (2) how many departmental staff have...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were working for each directorate of the National Offender Management Service on 11 February; and where they are based.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there have been in (a) the South Tyneside Area Command and (b) Northumbria in each year since their inception.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 13 September 2004 from the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Mrs. Helen Adumekwe.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 25 February from the hon. Member for Northavon regarding a visa application by a constituent, Mr. Swaine.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Chip and PIN cards in preventing credit card fraud.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of current efforts to reduce internet based 'card-not-present' credit card fraud.

      Deaths Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to establish a system of discretionary rather than mandatory inquests for violent or suspicious deaths abroad; and if he...

      Departmental Policies (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how much has been spent on tackling drugs misuse in Newcastle-under-Lyme since 1997.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that the recommendations of the joint Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for crimes connected with (a) cocaine and (b) heroin use in each constituency in each year since 1997.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for crimes connected with (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy and (d) heroin use in each constituency in...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of how much (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis was sold in (a) cash value and (b) weight terms in...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time for police to 999 calls was in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Equip for Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service on the outsourcing of the Equip for Service...

      Equip for Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact outsourcing the Equip for Service facility at Northolt will have on each London borough and their ability to deliver the national...

      Essex Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what plans there are to amalgamate divisional police commands in Essex.

      Ex-prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the ex-prisoner groups which have received funding from his Department in the 2004–05 financial year; and how much...

      Gun/Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on levels of (a) gun crime and (b) knife crime since 1995.

      Indonesian Rainforest Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Indonesian rainforest timber has been used in (a) the new Home Office building at 2 Marsham street, (b) the contents of the building...

      Infectious Diseases (UK Entrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria the Government have set to determine whether to test an individual for tuberculosis.

      Infectious Diseases (UK Entrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to public funds has been of testing people entering the UK for tuberculosis in each year since 1997.

      Inquests (Teesside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time between death and inquest in the jurisdiction of the coroner for Teesside was in 2004; and what the average time...

      International Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the security services have advised the Government that powers to imprison suspected terrorists without normal trial would be helpful...

      Members' Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to increase levels of security provided for (a) Ministers and (b) hon. Members.

      Mental Health Services (Trafford Police)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2005, Official Report, column 777W, what decisions were reached between Trafford police division and...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when regional offender managers will (a) assume their roles on a full-time basis and (b) cease to operate in their current posts within the...

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide financial support to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association; and if he will make a statement on his...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has conducted to develop a model for assessing different forms of organised crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions his Department has received representations from police forces about lack of resources available for investigations...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police constabularies have a race and diversity policy or strategy.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government are planning to change the discipline system for police officers who have acted in a discriminatory way.

      Police (Child Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary procedure a police officer who breached the Association of Chief Police Officers' guidance on anonymity until the point of...

      Police Constables (Probation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average annual cost of (a) employing, (b) training and (c) developing a probationary police constable in the...

      Police Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on trends in police detection rates.

      Police Officers (Hours of Work)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer hours have been spent on road traffic duties in each of the last three years.

      Police Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average salary of (a) a newly trained police constable and (b) a community support officer is, broken down by police force.

      Police Stations/Cell Blocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) all newly built police stations which have not been used and (b) all newly built police cell blocks which have not been...

      Police Stations/Cell Blocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) newly built police stations and (b) newly built police cell blocks for which private finance...

      Prevention of Terrorism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill will be subject to Sewel motions.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of the programme of mothballing prison places; (2) how many prison...

      Sexual Abuse (Historical Cases)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what percentage of prisoners interviewed by the police in relation to historical sex abuse cases were taken to (a) an...

      Special Constables (Cheshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in Cheshire in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce robbery in the 10 Street Crime Initiative areas...

      Terrorist Suspects (False Identity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the information he has received on the use of false identities by terrorist suspects.

      Transport Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment how many violent attacks against (a) London Underground staff, (b) staff employed on the railways, (c) traffic police, (d) traffic wardens,...

      Vehicle Immobilisation (Licensing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken in response to the Security Industry Authority's request to postpone the 20 March 2006 implementation date for...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the projects in Africa (a) initiated, (b) fully funded, (c) partly funded and (d) run by his Department aimed at the...

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the food situation in Darfur.

      Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial and (b) logistical aid his Department (i) has provided to Guinea in each year since 1997 and (ii) is planning to...

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he had with the United States Administration on the proposed nomination by President Bush of Mr. Paul Wolfowitz for...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antrim Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to increase (a) ward and (b) bed numbers at Antrim hospital.

    • Asbestos (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how (a) the funding made available by the Department of Education in 2003–04 to enable Education and Library Boards to survey all schools...

      Attention Deficit Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been allocated in the 2004–05 financial year to support research into attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in...

      Attention Deficit Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what resources have been allocated to fund the Northern Ireland Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Support Centre; (2) if he...

      Attention Deficit Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what strategy he has in place to support sufferers of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and their families.

      Civil Service Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many items of civil service property within his Department are unaccounted for, broken down by type.

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time (i) for an initial assessment regarding and (ii) from assessment to commencing cognitive...

      Community and Voluntary Sector Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in each of the last three years in Government grants to the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Environment and Heritage Service will answer the letter of 10 December 2004 from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to the...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department in the (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 Session,...

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the source was of the asbestos which was recently discovered in soil and water tests at Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin, County Antrim.

      Damage to Commercial Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce measures to allow the owners of commercial property to claim compensation from the Northern Ireland Office in the...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what incentives he has considered to encourage dentists in the Province to work within the NHS.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the (a) implementation of and (b) operational plans for emotional and psychological support for diabetes...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the policies within each health board area for engaging with local diabetes services advisory groups; and what...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on (a) implementation of and (b) operational plans for user participation for diabetes sufferers within each health...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when specialist eating disorders teams will be operational within each board area in the Province.

      Enhanced Prescribing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) consultation and (b) equality impact assessment was conducted before the directive was issued to community pharmacies that enhanced...

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to institute a tendering process for the provision of NHS fertility treatment within the private sector in the Province.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) NHS and (b) private treatment cycles have been provided at the Regional Fertility Centre in each of the last three years.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to publish its response to the public consultation, From People to...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what compensation has been offered to date to fishermen in Northern Ireland who have been required to tie up in accordance with recent...

      Full-time Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is being provided to former members of the full-time reserve for re-training and re-employment.

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest figures for enrolment at grammar schools in the Province are; and what they were in 2002–03.

      Health Care Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to announce plans for the restructuring of health care administration in the Province.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province (a) have received and (b) are receiving Pegylated Interferon therapy to treat Hepatitis C.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures will be followed in replacing the outgoing chief executive of the Human Rights Commission; and if he will make a statement.

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to develop a strategy for infection control and prevention in the Province.

      Legionnaire's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with identifying the source of the recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the North Down area; and if he will...

      Lough Erne (Fish Stocks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what different species of fish the Department of Agriculture releases into Lough Erne; and what the average annual cost of stocking waterways in...

      Methotrexate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what precautions are taken in Northern Ireland against potential complications for patients on methotrexate.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the Health Service in Northern Ireland has been of MRSA infections in each of the last 10 years.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years have been attributed to MRSA; and what guidelines are used in recording the...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in relation to the extension of NHS Direct to Northern Ireland.

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas personnel were recruited to the NHS in Northern Ireland (a) directly by the health service and (b) through recruitment...

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce NHS walk-in centres in Northern Ireland.

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has taken (a) to inform parade organisers that it is their...

      Pre-school Children (Child Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost of pre-school childcare in Northern Ireland was in the last period for which figures are available; and what assistance is...

      Pre-school Children (Child Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether child care providers in Northern Ireland are required to be registered; and what estimate he has made of the number of child care providers.

      Prisons (Medical Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for surgery was in 2004 for prisoners in Her Majesty's prisons in Northern Ireland who (a) had been sentenced and...

      Public Disorder (Ardoyne)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid by his Department in compensation claims following public disorder at Ardoyne on 12 July in each year since 2001.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what new school buildings in the Lagan Valley constituency (a) have opened in each year since 1997 (b) are under construction and (c) have...

      Special Advisers

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

      Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment his Department has made of the level of unemployment among teaching graduates in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Tyrone Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reason was for the closure of the Intensive Care Unit at Tyrone County hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Victims' Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding he has provided for victims' organisations in each year since 1998.

      Waste Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date waste licensing powers will be transferred from local authorities to the Environment and Heritage Service.

      Women's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the role of women's centres in Northern Ireland.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were carried out in the UK in 2003–04; and how many of those were carried out between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

    • Addictions (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health services are provided for people addicted to (a) illegal drugs, (b) alcohol and (c) tobacco in York; and how much was spent on each of these...

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how Agenda for Change affects interpreters working in the health service; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcohol-related Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related emergency cases there were in hospitals in the Tyne and Wear Strategic Health Authority in each of the last four years.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate for the most recent year available the (a) value of national production lost and (b) number of working days lost as a result of (i)...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of sufferers from (a) psoriatic arthritis and (b) osteoarthritis who are of working age.

      Bed Occupancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2005, Official Report, column 269W, on bed occupancy, when he last received representations from healthcare...

      Breast Cancer (Wimbledon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women in Wimbledon with suspected breast cancer saw a specialist within two weeks of referral in each of the last five years.

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on cancer services in (a) Leicester South and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Care Homes (Medication)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Commission for Social Care Inspection will publish its report on the use of medication in care homes following up on the report of the National...

      Children's National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he plans to support primary care trusts in conducting regular audits and reviews of local children's health services.

      Clean Hospitals Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Department will be represented at the forthcoming Clean Hospitals Summit of the Patients Association.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) budget and (b) expenditure of the Commission for Social Care Inspection was in each of the last two years.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in inspection fees the Commission for Social Care Inspection has made since it was established.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the responsibilities of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) which are not due to be merged into the Healthcare Commission in...

      Congenital Defects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into possible clusters of congenital defects around the former British Steel ironworks at Corby.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter regarding Mrs.Faye Daniel sent to his Department on 30 April 2004 by the hon. Member for Brent, East, reference:...

      Crohn's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government have taken to combat Crohn's disease in terms of (a) treatment, (b) support for sufferers and (c) research into (i) the causes...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has held with representatives of elderly patients suffering from dementia regarding the provision of services; and if he...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance has been offered to those primary care trusts who have received Polish dentists to help cover the costs of relocation packages,...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2005, Official Report, column 1976W, on dentistry, what specific expertise Methods Consulting has in recruiting...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which countries his Department has discussed recruiting dentists from; and what the value is of each contract let to Method Consulting for the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Polish dentists (a) have registered and (b) are waiting to register with the General Dental Council to practise as a result of primary care...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to NHS dentistry in Leeds, North-West.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been recruited via his Department's International Recruitment Scheme since the beginning of 2004; how many are working in the...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the reported incidence of diabetes in Camden and Islington in each year since 1997.

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what publicity he has funded to encourage the uptake of direct payments; and what funding was made available in each case.

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value of direct payments made by local authorities to individuals has been in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential drug rehabilitation placesare available in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have used NHS services to treat (a) addiction to and (b) the adverse effects of (i) heroin, (ii) crack cocaine, (iii) cocaine, (iv)...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions have been initiated in each of the last five years for labelling of food content which was deliberately misleading; and what...

      General Practitioner Surgeries (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries in York havebeen (a) newly built and (b) modernised since 1997.

      Health Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2004, Official Report, column 504W, on Health Promotion, where the first wave of pilots to promote health and...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 355W, on Health White Paper, what the timeframe is for developing the National Health...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases of HIV were diagnosed in the UK in each year since 2001; what percentage of new cases were African migrants coming to the UK from (a)...

      Hospital-acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to communicate the results of the Regional Review Panel in relation to hospital-acquired infection; (2) what...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many interpreters are employed in the NHS; what their roles are; and if he will make a statement.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many IVF embryos were destroyed between 1991 and 2004; (2) how many IVF embryos are held in freezing facilities.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) the NHS and (b) healthcare professionals are statutorily obliged to follow guidance issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts spent less than the national average on mental health in 2003–04.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which specialist mental health helplines outside NHS Direct receive funding from his Department; and what the (a) remit, (b) types of mental health...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what official duties were carried out by the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Doncaster Central (Ms Winterton) on Thursday 17 March; how many...

      Mrs. A. Murphy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about Mrs. A. Murphy of Huyton, a constituent of the hon. Member for Knowsley South.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA have been identified in hospitals within Greater London, broken down by national health service trust, in each year since March 2003.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Health Protection Agency's survey of data collection methods for the mandatory MRSA surveillance scheme is complete; and what assessment has...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of MRSA have been reported involving kidney patients receiving treatment through intravenous tubes in each of the last three years;...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has collated on the incidence of community-acquired MRSA; and what action he is taking to prevent its spread.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reasons for changing the name of the antibiotic 'methicillin' to 'meticillin'; and whether the collation of statistics...

      Neo-natal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include the performance of neo-natal care in key indicators of hospital standards.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2005, Official Report, column 278W, on NHS finances, if he will give examples of the exceptional circumstances which...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total and (b) individual current recurrent deficit for (i) NHS hospital trusts and (ii) NHS primary care trusts is.

      Nurses (North-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) trainee nurses are employed by each NHS Trust in the North East region and (b) student nurses on NHS contracts and receiving bursaries from...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will assess the efficacy of low carbohydrate diets as part of its obesity guidance; and if he will make...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of patients' forums have resigned since 1 December 2003; and what percentage turnover in membership this represents.

      Practice-based Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat steps he is taking to encourage uptake of practice-based commissioning; and if he will make a statement.

      Premium Rate Phone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat his Department's policy is on the cost for patients' friends and relatives of calling patients in hospital through premium rate lines operable through...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on levels of psoriasis in the population; (2) what improvements he is making in (a) treatments and (b) services for...

      Psychiatric Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Leicester South have had psychiatric treatment since 1997.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the charity SANE following withdrawal of funding for 2004–05 concerning the effects of this withdrawal on the...

      Scanning (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many out-patients diagnosed as 'routine' waited for an ultrascan for longer than (a) two weeks, (b) one month, (c) three months, (d) six months...

      Scanning (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions took place between his Department and the County Durham and Tees Valley strategic health authority about reducing waiting times for...

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Home Office and his Department work together in developing public information publicising the risks of developing schizophrenia from cannabis use...

      Stroke Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on improving care facilities for stroke patients in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing stopping tuberculosis in England.

      University Hospital, North Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) at what capacity the existing NHS scanner at the University Hospital North Durham was working in each month since April 2004; (2) what the capital...

      Waiting Times (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the change in patient waiting times since 1997 in (a) Liverpool, (b) Merseyside and (c) the north-west.

      Social Care (Direct Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned on the attitude of staff employed in the social care profession towards direct payments.

  • House of Lords

    • Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are dependent on food aid in Darfur, Sudan; to what percentage of the region aid agencies have access; and what assessment has been made of the...

    • Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the circumstances that led to the withdrawal of aid agencies and United Nations personnel from areas of western Darfur, Sudan.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional measures they will take as a permanent member of the Security Council, as President of the G8, and in other capacities, to bring an end to the...

      Sudan: African Union

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the recommendations by Jan Pronk, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan, that the African Union force...

      Chechen Republic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluations they have made of the significance of the three judgments by the European Court of Human Rights in February arising out of the situation in the...

      International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will promote a Security Council resolution calling for the prosecution at the International Criminal Court of individuals who have committed crimes...

      Prisoners: Reoffending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) finding that prisoners are less likely to reoffend if they maintain contact with their families; and what is...

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of anti-social behaviour orders so far granted by the courts; how many orders have been breached; how many custodial sentences have been...

      Afghan Hijackers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the Afghans who arrived at Stansted Airport in February 2000 onboard a hijacked aircraft remain in the United Kingdom; what is their immigration...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of service regulating the right of child recruits to terminate their service in HM Armed Forces and the manner in which the right can be exercised.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise the minimum age of recruitment of members of HM Armed Forces from 16 to 18 years.

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average daily fee rate for external consultants engaged in the future aircraft carrier programme; and what the scale of allowable expenses for those...

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place copies of latest ship plans of the future aircraft carrier in Library of the House.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision they have made in the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to advise individual claimants that any award under the scheme does not preclude claimants...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made provision to protect benefits received under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme by means of special need trusts.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they gave to allowing widows and widowers, their children, and personnel medically discharged, the right to opt out of the Armed Forces...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will clarify the use of the word "compensation" in the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme; and whether they will consult the Royal British Legion's...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they provide to the most vulnerable claimants under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to seek independent legal advice; and Whether they advise...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision they have made to cover future care costs by the state for the care of the most seriously incapacitated personnel where an award received under the...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 8 March (WA 74), whether, in keeping with the Ministry of Defence's ministerially-stated commitment to "transparency"...

      Khamisiyah: Nerve Agents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 22 March (WA 22), what was the tonnage of sarin and cyclosarin involved in the fall-out from the bombing by...

      Jubilee Line Fraud Case

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they approved higher than normal allowances for the jurors in the Jubilee Line fraud case.

      Horse Guards Parade: Treasury Building

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the area and estimated rental value of HM Treasury's building at Horse Guards Parade, London.

      Public Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the items of public expenditure which have been reclassified from capital to current spending in the National Accounts since 1997; and what the amount of...

      Incapacity Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to change the criteria for the receipt of long-term invalidity benefit; and, if so, how.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 14 March (WA 119), whether the Answer is consistent with (a) the Department for Work and...

      Hepatitis C and HIV Inadvertent Blood Infection: Payment Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and by which Minister or Ministers the powers of the Macfarlane Trust were decreed to include the provision of financial support for widows of haemophilia...

      Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 14 March (WA 121), what proportion of cases of tuberculosis are among persons who acquired the infection...

      Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investigation is under way to examine the major releases of farmed salmon in recent escapes to ascertain the extent of interbreeding with wild salmon; and...

      Fishery Protection Squadron

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What aerial surveillance resources are currently available to the Fishery Protection Squadron. In each of past four years: (a) how many aerial surveillance...

      Avian Flu: Importation of Bird Feathers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 21 March (WA 15) on the importation of bird feathers, what training is required by those responsible for...

      Avian Flu: Importation of Bird Feathers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any possibility of contaminated material being caught up and included as part of the baling process when imported bird feathers are baled after...

      Avian Flu: Importation of Bird Feathers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether bacteriological spot checks are necessary to ensure that imported feathers and baling material have been sufficiently treated to destroy all viral...

      Cormorants: Control Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the licences issued to control cormorants since 16 September 2004 relate to still water fisheries; and what proportion to riverine fisheries.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Whitty on 23 March (Official Report, Col. GC 146), what they understand by the phrase "we have introduced better surveillance"...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they consider that badgers deserve total protection, when such protection is not provided for any other species of wild mammal.

      Road Bridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 17 March (WA 150), whether the bridge and highway authorities are adhering to the advice on the...

      Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many working days there are between the date that the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/639) were laid before Parliament and the date...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allow the Office of Rail Regulation or Network Rail to petition against the Crossrail Bill, provided that they can establish locus standi.

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