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Written answers

Wednesday, 6 April 2005

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Planning

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 793–94W, on planning, what the (a) location and...

    • Targets

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to increase the number of crimes...

      Targets

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to increase the number of crimes for...

      Training Budget

      To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total education and training budget of the Department is for 2005–06.

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq War

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2005, Official Report, column 301W, on Iraq, whether it was on his instructions that the Attorney-General went to Washington in...

    • Iraq War

      To ask the Prime Minister when he was first informed that Professor Christopher Greenwood QC had been retained by the Government to assist in relation to legal issues arising from the Iraq conflict.

      Iraq War

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) on how many occasions Professor Christopher Greenwood was paid by the Attorney-General's office for legal opinions on the legality of military action against...

      Published Article

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the article to which he referred in his reply to the hon. Member for Nottingham, South of 22 October 2003, Official Report, column 636, was that of Professor...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Environmental Crime

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 8 March 2005, Official Report, columns 1638–39W, on environmental crime, for what reasons the Crown Prosecution Service does not...

  • Treasury

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of the family element of the child tax credit would have been in 2005–06 if it had been uprated (a) with earnings, (b) with prices and...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will provide a response to the hon. Member for Bassetlaw regarding the tax credits of Graeme Edward Aitkins of Sunnyside, Worksop.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the areas in Scotland which he expects to gain public sector jobs under the Lyons review, as indicated in his Budget statement.

      Sir Ronald Cohen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met Sir Ronald Cohen to discuss official Government business.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the percentage of shared ownership house purchase price that is eligible for stamp duty.

  • Wales

    • Sports Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the context of BBC -charter renewal on the role of the broadcasting...

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet and National Assembly for Wales colleagues on future investment in the aerospace industry in Wales.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the possible future use of Meridian trains on the Holyhead to Euston rail route.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government regarding inward investment into Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the First Secretary to discuss strategies to combat antisocial behaviour in (a) Wales and (b) Aberavon.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will meet the First Secretary to discuss strategies to combat antisocial behaviour in (a) Wales and (b) Ogmore.

      Coal Health Claims Monitoring Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the oral answer of 2 March 2005, Official Report, column 1150, on Coal Health Claims Monitoring Group, if he will break down the payments made...

      Dee Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when a decision will be made regarding the Port of Mostyn's application to dredge the Dee Estuary.

      Medical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales on joint initiatives to increase the numbers of medical staff in Wales.

      Wildlife Management (Dee Estuary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has held with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government regarding the management of wildlife on the Dee...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 18 November 2004 from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford, concerning Mr. East of Essex County...

    • Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of Sport England's Exchequer grant in aid was spent on (a) staff costs, excluding those for national centres, (b)...

  • International Development

    • Commission on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Minister from his Department will be attending the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York in April.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he intends to reply to the letter dated 10 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. O....

  • Scotland

    • Asylum Seekers (Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the payments and grants made by the Government to each local authority in Scotland to reimburse the costs of supporting asylum seekers...

    • Departmental Budget

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he has set for class R exemptions from council tax for narrow boat resident owners.

    • National House Building Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements he has in place to monitor the building control and inspection procedures of the National House Building Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has held with Cheshire county council on the removal of unlawfully placed roadside advertising.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has held with other Departments on the potential for distraction caused by temporary wheeled billboards placed next to motorways.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central funding has been invested in (a) social and (b) council housing in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to ensure that a new heat grid and combined heat and power plants are installed as part of his sustainable communities plan for the Thames...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Corporate Plan

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the Electoral Commission's Corporate Plan for 2005–06 to 2009–10 was approved...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will estimate the number of workers in the building industry (a) directly employed by agencies and (b) subcontracted to building firms.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East dated 5 January 2005 and 25 July 2004 regarding a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute, dated 22 November 2004 and 31 January 2005, concerning a...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations she has made to the European Commission on ACP countries retaining national and regional autonomy in Economic Partnership...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many EU (a) regulations and (b) directives covering matters within the responsibility of her Department have been repealed since 1 April 2004.

      EU Regional Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what action the Government are taking to secure the best outcome for regions in the UK from negotiations regarding the European...

      Exporters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with representatives of (a) the textile industry, (b) clothing manufacturers and exporters, (c) the Scottish...

      Independent Generators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants are available to individuals who want to provide their own electricity independent from the national grid.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in each regional development agency work on supporting exporters in the (a) civil aerospace, (b) agriculture, horticulture and...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the responsibilities of each of the regional development agencies are with regard to inward investment.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many regulations have been repealed by her Department since 1 October 2004.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Adult Disadvantages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will recalculate the figures placed in the Library following the answer to the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Mr. Flight) of 26...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the payments and grants made by his Department and its predecessors to each local authority in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c)...

      Carers Allowance (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Milton Keynes are in receipt of carers allowance.

      Dementia Sufferers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) financial and (b) other support is available for the carers and family members of people suffering from dementia.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) independent living and (b) independent advocacy for disabled people.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the average core annual pension entitlement of the 15,000 occupational pension scheme members who will be covered by...

      Health and Safety at Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make company directors legally responsible for health and safety breaches within their...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most common reasons are that people of working age claim income support; and how many claimants there were in each category for the...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households will be eligible for winter fuel payments in 2005–06 but will not be eligible for the special £200 payment in...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit payment to pensioners was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Statutory Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pregnant women in York qualified for statutory maternity pay in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which...

      Work-focused Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average length of time taken for a work-focused interview was in 2004; (2) how many work-focused interviews have been conducted...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Policy Co-ordination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the areas in which he has co-ordinated Government policy; when he set himself the task of so doing in each case; what his...

    • Sikhs (Public Appointments)

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps he has taken in the last four years to increase the number of applications received from members of the British Sikh community for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the voting system in place for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.

    • Anti-semitic Incitement

      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) Syria and (c) Egypt.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department took to consult business organisations regarding the lifting of the arms embargo on China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are under sentence of death in China; and what steps the Government are taking to assist in these cases.

      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 Manchester, Gorton dated (a) 19 January with regard to Mr....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 20 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Hina Khalid.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the (a) security and (b) humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) financial and (b) logistical assistance the UK has offered (i) directly, (ii) through the EU and (iii) through the UN...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimates he has made of the number of armed forces active in Eastern Congo that are not under the command of either the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) from whom he sought legal advice regarding the incorporation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights within the EU...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what procedures he expects would be followed if (a) France, (b) the Netherlands and (c) the UK were to fail to ratify the...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those items of legislation introduced since 1997 in response to a ruling against the Government at the European...

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the motion of the European Parliament in favour of outlawing Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.

      Hezbollah

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

      Hezbollah

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

      Intelligence Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what additional resources he plans to commit to support the delivery of the changes in the operation of British secret...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people executed in Iran (a) since May 1999 and (b) between January 1995 and May 1999.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made since November 2003 in improving human rights in Iran as a result of the EU-Iran human rights dialogue.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) people sentenced to death in Iran and (b) executions carried out in the last 12...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the production of enriched uranium by the government of Iran; whether he has assessed Iran as being in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether consent was sought from the originator of the information upon which the UK based its claim that Iraq sought to procure...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what material breaches of obligations under United Nations Security Council resolution 1441 (2002) were perpetrated by the then...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will post on his Department's website, and place in the Library, a record of the negotiations of United Nations Security...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of those of his Department's legal advisers who were employed in March 2003 provided the judgment that it would be (a)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Mrs. Elizabeth Wilmshurst was consulted in advance of the decision to publish on 23 March her letter of resignation from...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) events and (b) meetings are planned concerning middle east reform during the UK presidency of the G8.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Jordan, (c) Egypt, (d) Syria and (e) Lebanon...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli Government regarding the Israeli and Palestinian peace process.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with (a) the government and (b) civil society organisations in Nepal on restoring elected...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many representations (a) he, (b) his Department and (c) representatives of the UK in Kathmandu have received concerning the...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of progress made by the Palestinian Authority in reform of its security apparatus.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of fuel shortages in Sierra Leone on the security situation.

      Somalia (UN Peacekeepers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of deploying (a) Ugandan and (b) Sudanese peacekeepers in Somalia.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government have provided to the Government of Sri Lanka in relation to peace talks and negotiations with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with (a) Government colleagues and (b) international counterparts providing UK police officers for...

      Syria/Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Syria regarding the presence of its intelligence apparatus in Lebanon.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the Governments which his Department assesses as (a) sponsoring and (b) having links with terrorist...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been offered to the Government of Ukraine as part of his Department's counter-proliferation strategy and...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of India being granted permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

      Vienna Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the United States regarding its decision to withdraw from the Optional Protocol...

      War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact the lawsuit brought in the federal court of Alexandria (VA) against...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in North Yorkshire in 2003–04; how many were breached; and how many of those breached...

    • Askham Grange Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reason one of the mother and baby units at HMP Askham Grange is to be closed; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK are being considered by his Department; and how many of these have been...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests the UK Government have made to non-EU countries requesting that child pornography websites be removed from the internet;...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 2 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Waheeda Ahmed.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of inmates in prisons in England and Wales were serving sentences for drug-related convictions in each year since 1975; and...

      HMP/YOI Parc

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the way in which the transitional support scheme is working at HMP and YOI Parc.

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes have been committed by prisoners released under the Home Detention Curfew in each of the last five years.

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many kidnappings there have been in (a) the Metropolitan, (b) Thames Valley and (c) Surrey police authority area in each of the last...

      Murders (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been murdered in each year since 1997 in (a) Southend and (b) Essex.

      National Asylum Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the unit cost incurred by the National Asylum Support Service in supporting a single adult was in each of the past five years for which...

      Operation Paladin Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to address the issues raised by Operation Paladin Child.

      Paedophiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the possible arrival in the UK of paedophiles from overseas who have not been convicted of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Nottinghamshire constabulary in (a) 2000 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available; and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in the number of full-time police officers in Wimbledon has been since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1694W, on police vehicles, how many collisions on public roads in Essex in...

      Prevention of Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the (a) police and (b) security services first requested that British citizens should be subject to control orders on the lines of those...

      Prisons

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made in each of the last three years by inmates to the board of visitors of prisons and young offender...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compassionate licences HMP Dovegate has issued since it opened; and what the average number for non-private prisons is for the same...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which functions of the probation service in England and Wales will be the subject of (a) contestability and (b) private tendering during (i)...

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department has made of the public's attitude to prison and its alternatives; (2) if he will institute a major...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the special constabulary force strength of each constabulary was in each of the last 30 years; what plans he has to increase special...

  • Transport

    • Air Passengers (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers arriving at Heathrow airport by air between (a) 04.00 and 05.59 and (b) 06.00 and 06.29 hours were transfer and transit passengers...

    • Air Passengers (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers arrived at Heathrow by air between 04.00 and 06.59 hours in the last period for which figures are available.

      Air Passengers (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers departed from Heathrow by air between 07.00 and 07.59 hours in the last period for which figures are available; and how many were...

      Air Passengers (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers (a) departed from and (b) arrived at Heathrow by air between 06.00 and 06.59 hours in the last period for which figures are...

      Civil Servants (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department have (a) been relocated and (b) been agreed for relocation in the last 12 months; and to which areas of the...

      Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many regulations have been repealed by his Department since 1 October 2004.

      Dishforth-Barton Road Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the date is for the commencement of the works to upgrade the Dishforth-Barton road to motorway status; and what the estimated duration of the works is.

      Dishforth-Barton Road Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been proposed for the upgrading of the A1 between Dishforth and Barton to motorway status; and from which budget the costs of the work...

      EU Measures (Repeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many EU (a) regulations and (b) directives covering matters within the responsibility of his Department have been repealed since 1 April 2004.

      Helicopter Movements (Sutton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many helicopter movements there were in the airspace above the London Borough of Sutton in each year since 2001.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 346W, on roadside advertising, (1) if he will make a statement on the methodology...

  • Defence

    • Airfield Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to close airfields; what assessment he has made of the impact of reductions in the number of airfields on Air Training...

    • Armed Forces Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the implications applying the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Decent Homes Standard to the homes of...

      Army Complaints Procedure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedural time limits apply for the issue of a decision by the Army Board in respect of a complaint under Army redress procedures relating to (a)...

      Black Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he will write to the hon. Member for Perth with the information on (a) fines and (b) pay levels for soldiers of 1st Battalion Black Watch, as...

      DARA, Fixed Wing St. Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether DARA, Fixed Wing St. Athan, have confirmed their intention to participate in the competitive tender process to become a manpower service provider...

      Departmental Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of civilian employees, including civil servants employed by his Department, has been in each year since 1998.

      Departmental Spending (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2001–02, (b) 2000–01, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 1998–99 and (e) 1997–98...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the staff employed by his Department have a declared disability.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of departmental staff are based in London.

      Disabled People (Armed Forces)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in the armed forces had a registered disability in each year since 1997.

      First World War Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has decided to dispose of the First World War medal index cards; and if he will make a statement.

      First World War Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the retention of First World War medal index cards; and if he will make a statement.

      Gulf War Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the percentage of children born to Gulf War veterans who suffer from (a) deformities and (b) disabilities.

      Hearing Loss (Armed Forces)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for war disablement pensions on grounds of deafness were made in each year since 1996; and how many were awarded.

      Iraq (Military Conduct)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the guidelines on pre-trial prisoners and all others under detention without sentence contained in chapter 11 of the Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Lance Corporal Ian Blaymire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the transcript will be available of the court martial proceedings against Lance Corporal Ian Blaymire; and if he will place a copy in the Library.

      Medical Services (Cyprus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for New Forest, West of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 908W, on medical services (Cyprus), when he...

      Ministerial Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Service Redress Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been made under service redress procedures with respect to Queen's Regulation paragraph (a) 9.398, (b) 9.403 9, (c) 9.404, (d)...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an...

      Staff Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average number of (a) military and (b) civilian full-time equivalent staff employed by the (i) Personnel Director, (ii) Pay and Personnel...

  • Education and Skills

    • Colleges for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussion she has had with the Association of Colleges on its Colleges for the Future programme.

    • FE Funding Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges in South-East Cambridgeshire; and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students attend a higher education establishment; and what estimate she has made of the number of students who will attend higher...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will include the North East Wales Institute in Wrexham in the list of higher education institutions recognised by the Chinese...

      Medical Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 690–92W, on medical schools, how many of the undergraduates (a) were...

      Non-vocational Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on (a) provision and (b) funding of non-vocational adult education in 2005–06.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the meetings attended by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department with Mr. Jamie Oliver during the last two years...

      Student Loans/Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the annual student loan repayment threshold is being increased from £10,000 to £15,000 from 1 April for graduates who...

      Student Loans/Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what effect the change to the student loan repayment threshold from 1 April will have on the national student loan repayment book.

      Student Loans/Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much support will be available to students in the form of fee remission and university bursaries in the case of joint family incomes of...

      Teacher Training (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on training teachers at (a) University of York and (b) University College of York St. John in (i) 1997–98 and (ii)...

      Woodcraft Folk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will meet representatives of the Woodcraft Folk to discuss the movement's future programme and request for continued grant funding.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Artificial Insemination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2005, Official Report, columns 1925–26W, on bovine artificial insemination, what the...

    • CAP Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints she has received concerning the decision to publish information on former details of Common Agricultural...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure compliance with the Government's commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what parts of (a) York and (b) North Yorkshire have been opened to the public by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Dairy Farming (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was produced in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years; and how much was (i) sold as...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for her Department is for 2011–12.

      Departmental Policies (Pendle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on...

      Environmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being taken to ensure that high environmental standards do not conflict with industrial competitiveness.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much EU aid was paid to the fishing industries of (a) Spain, (b) France and (c) Denmark in each of the last eight years...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much contaminated soil has been disposed of to landfill since the coming into force of regulations implementing the...

      Radioactive Sources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to change the policy on management of high activity radioactive (a) sealed sources and (b) orphan sources.

      Raptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to examine methods of control of peregrine hawks and sparrow hawks, with particular reference to their...

      Recycling Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much in fines the UK has paid to the EU for failing to meet recycling targets in each year since 2001.

      Sewers and Drains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) consultation and (b) research has been done to assess the effects of proposed changes of ownership of private sewers...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likelihood of water shortages in 2005.

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with water companies on the adequacy of future supplies; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • A2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when consultants will be appointed by his Department to make recommendations on the upgrading of the A2, Carrickfergus Belfast Road at...

    • Aircraft Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money his Department has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years.

      Andersonstown News Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money the Andersonstown News Group has received from (a) the Northern Ireland Office, (b) departments, agencies and non-departmental...

      Departmental Budget/Expenditure

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

      Departmental Budget/Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997; how many (a) actions, (b) settlements and (c) court cases there were in each...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by constituency the numbers of eligible voters who failed to re-register in the 2004 annual canvass.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the reasons why eligible voters failed to re-register in the 2004 annual canvass; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Registration Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from (a) political parties, (b) the Electoral Commission and (c) the Northern Ireland Electoral Office...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been spent in each of the last three years on offering assistance to representatives of companies in Northern Ireland...

      Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from other Government Departments regarding the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund...

      Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Irish Government regarding the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for the provision...

      Milk Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on milk prices in Northern Ireland.

      Patten Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers (a) were employed by the Special Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland immediately before the implementation of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers were on duty during the weekends of (a) 1 and 2 January and (b) 7 and 8 January in (i) Garvagh, (ii) Kilrea, (iii)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when Police Service of Northern Ireland candidates processed under Campaign 8 will be informed of the outcome; how many candidates there were,...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the public health implications of the untreated waste and sewage washed up at Orlock, County Down.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Environment and Heritage Service to complete its investigation into the unregulated waste management activity found at...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions the Department's Ministers used the Queen's Flight in each of the past five years.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for additional funding to improve school meals in Northern Ireland.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to allocate additional funds for school dinners in schools in the Province.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external...

      Staff Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997.

      Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.

      Stationery

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

      TK-Ecc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the grant assistance which was offered to TK-ECC in 1999 has been clawed back since its closure; and if he will contribute funds...

  • Health

    • A and E Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) NHS Direct, (b) the new general medical services contract and (c) the four-hour accident and emergency...

    • A and E Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the four hour accident and emergency waiting time target on patient outcomes.

      Accidents

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

      Accidents

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

      Accidents

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

      Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds there are for each 100,000 of population in each strategic health authority.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his directions to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on determining the cost effectiveness of treatments; and if he will...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish his Department's submission to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence review of treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled at the Worcestershire NHS Trust hospital (a) for medical reasons and (b) because of a lack of beds in each year between...

      Chronic Disease Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to incorporate chronic kidney disease management in primary care services.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the results of the most recent quarterly collection of statistics on clostridium difficile.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on helping dentists to set up NHS practices in each year since 1999.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2005, Official Report, column 1976W, on dentistry, whether Methods Consulting is under a contractual obligation to his...

      Dentistry

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

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Gosport are accepting new NHS adult patients.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Romsey constituency have been registered with an NHS dentist in each of the past 10 years.

      Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulations have been repealed by his Department since 1 October 2004.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) indirect and direct funding and (b) other support he provided to dermatology research in each of the last five years.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the Government's policy is on supplying digital hearing aids to those who have been diagnosed to be in need of them; (2) what the Government's...

      Domiciliary Care Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce a system of registration for paid domiciliary care workers.

      Dr. Wilmshurst (Royal Shrewsbury Hospital)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the Chief Medical Officer has received from Dr. Wilmshurst, consultant cardiologist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital; what action he has...

      Drug Treatment (Appraisals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisals of drug treatments to ensure that all important health effects have been taken...

      Elderly People (Falls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of persons aged (a) over 65, (b) over 75 and (c) over 85 years of age resident in (i) residential care homes,...

      Health Statistics (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA infections there were in the Royal Shrewsbury hospital in each year since 1997.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received from private and voluntary healthcare providers on fees for inspection by the Healthcare Commission; and if he...

      Healthcare/Social Care Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his plans for merging the Healthcare and Social Care Commissions.

      Klinefelter Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that those with Klinefelter syndrome should be exempt from prescription charges.

      McKinsy and Co

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid by Monitor to McKinsey and Co. since it was established.

      Medical Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults have there been on (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) midwives and (d) ambulance crews in each year since 1997; and what proportion of those...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps have been taken to improve mental health services provided to the black and ethnic minority community.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the results were of the mandatory MRSA bloodstream infection count for the quarter October to December 2004.

      National Electronic Library for Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the decision to terminate access to treatment notes on the national electronic library for health in May 2005; and if he will...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2005, Official Report, column 436W, on NHS Direct, what the intended new status of NHS Direct is; and what assessment...

      NHS Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of NHS income from charges was in each year since 1990–91, broken down by income from (a) fees and charges from health authorities,...

      NICE Representations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence about the provision of (a) Reminyl, (b) Aricept, (c) Exelon and...

      Nurses (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were employed in Hampshire in each of the past 10 years.

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were contracted for in each of his Department's contracts with independent sector firms to provide NHS operations; how many operations...

      Premature Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rate of premature babies born at (a) 20, (b) 21, (c) 22, (d) 23 and (e) 24 weeks gestation was in the last year for which figures are...

      Private Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on whether patients who are being treated privately for a hospital operation may receive public funding to meet part of the cost.

      Renal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has made available for research into kidney disease in each year since 1997.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the impact on services provided by SANE of changes in central Government funding over the next three years.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the service provided by SANELINE.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department decided to withhold payments on its contract with SANE to provide the SANELINE service in 2004–05; and for what reason the...

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether his Department has fulfilled the undertakings and requirements of the compact on relations between government and...

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department agreed a resolution on the partnership between the Department and SANE.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what disagreements regarding grant funding remain outstanding between his Department and SANE.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will pay the interest owed to SANE on its contract to provide the SANELINE service.

      Sane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons he is proposing not to renew funding for SANELINE.

      Sir Derek Wanless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department last met Sir Derek Wanless.

      Speech/Occupational Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) speech therapists and (b) occupational therapists have been employed by the NHS in Hampshire in each of the past 10 years.

  • House of Lords

    • Waterways Ireland

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

    • Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the North/South Ministerial Council report of a meeting on 26 June 2002 (WI 1(02)6), whether the listed total of seven seconded staff included the Director of...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Waterways Ireland procedure on bullying and harassment complaints refers to Northern Ireland as "the North".

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Maternity Leave

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis female officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are currently entitled to 13 weeks paid maternity leave when their civilian...

      Northern Ireland: Public Sector Pension Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the five largest public sector pension schemes in Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are available, what were: (a) the total amount...

      Northern Ireland: Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 January (WA 74), (a) which are the various authorities that hold information on the religious breakdown...

      Northern Ireland: Stormont Estate Car Parking Spaces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new car parking spaces have been made available on the Stormont estate since 1998; and at which locations; what number of further spaces are being...

      Northern Ireland: 11-plus Examination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How information about the consultation process for the replacement of the 11-plus examination in Northern Ireland can be obtained; and how they will ensure that...

      Northern Ireland: Liscurry Brae, Artigarvan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the work on the footpath at Liscurry Brae in Artigarvan, County Tyrone, will be completed.

      Northern Ireland: Centre for Excellence for the Education of Children with Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the initial development costs of £125,000 for the Middletown Autism Centre are made up.

      Northern Ireland: Centre for Excellence for the Education of Children with Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is normal practice for the Northern Ireland Department of Education to enter into an interim funding agreement when purchasing a property; and, if so,...

      Northern Ireland: Centre for Excellence for the Education of Children with Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the case of the purchase of a convent and chapel at Middletown in County Armagh by the Northern Ireland Department of Education, funding was paid to...

      Northern Ireland: Centre for Excellence for the Education of Children with Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the funding agreement between the Northern Ireland Department of Education and the holding company which owns...

      Northern Ireland: Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will commission research into the use and outcomes of anti-social behaviour orders in Northern Ireland.

      Good Friday Agreement: Early Release Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminals released under the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland have since been convicted of further offences.

      Northern Ireland: Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons associated with terrorist organisations based in Northern Ireland are now subject to constraints under the provisions of the Prevention of...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis in 2001 the Ulster-Scots Agency Chief Executive selected an area boards audit team to carry out an examination of the agency's financial...

      House of Lords: Composition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the factual basis for the statement made by the Leader of the House of Commons on 17 March (Official Report, House of Commons, col. 409) that the House of...

      European Union: Ambassadors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether British embassies will close if, in the future, European Union ambassadors become more important than British ambassadors.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the International Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Darfur, Sudan, uncovered evidence that would allow any of the war criminals...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the report of Médecins Sans Frontières, The Crushing Burden of Rape. Sexual Violence in Darfur, published on 8 March.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What talks they have held with Minni Arkoi, the Secretary General of the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA), during his visit to London; and how they intend to respond...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many African Union soldiers are now garrisoned in western Darfur, Sudan; and whether their numbers and mandate will enable them to enter discussions with the...

      EU Presidency 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each department has been requested to submit their two priority issues for the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union; and, if so, what issues...

      Bosnia: Srebrenica Massacre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Russian Government on whether Vujadin Popovic and Vinko Pandurevic, both accused of direct involvement in the...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further investigations they have made on the design of the proposed identity card in the light of the conclusions of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to protecting the proposed identity card system should access to the central database be disabled for whatever reason; and how...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to ensure that a forensic, non-erasable record of an identity card's history is maintained so that it can be used in criminal cases involving...

      UNHCR: Joint Quality Initiative Project on Asylum Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' observations in its initial report on the Joint Quality Initiative Project concerning...

      Cyprus: Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Human Rights Ordinance (9 of 2004) made by the administrator of the sovereign base areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus excludes the protection of the...

      Armed Forces: Advice and Support for Child Recruits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information is provided to child recruits by HM Armed Forces about the nature of the obligations imposed upon them, and the avenues of complaint and redress...

      Royal Navy: Ship Security Measures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding they have made available for the protection of Her Majesty's ships in harbours and anchorages abroad, during each year from 2000 to 2005; and What...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Bach on 22 March (WA 20–21), what was the total expenditure from public funds on the legal costs of contesting...

      International Traffic in Arms Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations waiver for United Kingdom defence and security programmes.

      Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will offer local authorities guidance on how to distinguish between the new Class A3 and the new Class A4 under the provisions of the Town and Country...

      Jubilee Line Fraud Case

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the court in the Jubilee Line fraud case sat on only 40 per cent of normal sitting days.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer has met the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, to discuss the role of the Treasury.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Government departments have retained the services of McKinsey and Company since the appointment of the Lord Birt as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser.

      Electricity Regulations: Definition of "Working Days"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Electricity (Applications for Licences, Modification of an Area and Extensions and Restrictions of Licences) Regulations (S.I. 2004/2541) do not define...

      Electricity and Gas Regulations: Transitional Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the implications of the transitional provisions in paragraph 2(1) of the Electricity (Applications for Licences, Modification of an Area and Extensions...

      Computer Malware

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given recent research by Symantec indicating that 25.2 per cent of the world's "zombie" computers are located in the United Kingdom, what action they are taking to...

      Easter Act 1928

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to amend the Easter Act 1928 in order to bring its principal provision into effect.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department:Anti-corruption Controls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to strengthen anti-corruption controls within the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Mrsa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have caught the community-acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus bug (CA-MRSA) acquired in gymnasia and health clubs in the United...

      Countryside Agency: The State of the Countryside 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many copies of The State of the Countryside 2004 have been produced; at what total cost; and whether they have generated any income.

      Rail Fatality Management Group: Prevention of Suicides Guidelines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Rail Fatality Management Group has published its new guidelines on the prevention of suicides on the railway; and, if not, when publication is expected.

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