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Written answers

Thursday, 26 May 2005

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House Prices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average house price was (a) in each local billing authority in England and (b) in England, in each year for which figures are available.

    • Local Authority Cabinets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has given to local authorities concerning councillors elected to two authorities holding Cabinet positions on both; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Conduct

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will amend the local government code of conduct to incorporate a defence of acting in the public interest; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will rank local authorities by percentage increase in amount received in revenue support grant plus national non-domestic rates in the period from...

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the time scale is for the publication of further consultation papers on reform of local government.

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines mobile network providers have to follow to set up mobile telephone masts; what plans he has to review the guidelines; and whether mobile network...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants for refugee status he expects will be processed each year at the accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester.

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrants claimed refugee status in each month in the last three years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects his office to reach a decision on the case of Ms Alexis Perreira in respect of her application for indefinite leave to remain...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will issue a letter confirming her status to Mrs. Maliheh Sadeghi Boroujerdi, of Newcastle, following the decision of the Immigration...

      Mr. Hugh Hickson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the case of Mr. Hugh Hickson, formerly of the Prison Service, referred to in the letter of 4 April from the...

      Police Service (Modernisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he plans to have with the Police Federation concerning a reform programme for the police service.

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents involving police (a) pursuit and (b) patrol cars and drivers and members of the public resulting in serious injuries or...

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents involving (a) Kent police and (b) Metropolitan police (i) pursuit and (ii) patrol vehicles and drivers and members of the...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action his Department has taken in response to the statement by the UN that a rapid deterioration of local coping mechanisms among...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the physical security conditions for humanitarian operations in Darfur.

      Developing Nations (Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms are in place to ensure co-ordination between countries which give aid to developing nations; and if he will make a...

      Yemen (Smallpox)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he is proposing to provide to Yemen following the recent outbreak of smallpox.

  • Transport

    • A57/A628 (Traffic Levels)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the traffic levels were on the A628 and A57/A628 Mottram-Tintwistle by-pass in the last year for which figures are available; and what forecast...

    • A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions in each of the last five years the A628 has been closed as a result of accidents (a) in total and (b) involving heavy goods vehicles.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from road safety organisations regarding the prevalence of roadside signs alongside motorways.

      Parking Spaces (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many parking spaces there are in central London in (a) street slots and (b) car parks.

      Retro-reflective Tape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish the study carried out by the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute of Loughborough University on ECE 104 retro-reflective tape;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • e-Government Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has (a) to make more public services available online and (b) to develop the responsibilities of the e-Government unit.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Boundary Changes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Boundary Commission's proposals for parliamentary boundary changes will be implemented.

    • Legal Aid Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which 12 barristers received the most money from the (a) criminal legal aid budget and (b) civil legal aid budget in each of...

      Legal Aid Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which was the most expensive case for the (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid budget in 2004–05; how much was paid by...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Analogue Switch-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's time scale for switching off analogue television.

    • Cinemas (Digital Subtitling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to support digital subtitling in cinemas.

      Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the availability of Freeview in (a) Bexhill-on-Sea and the surrounding area and (b) the UK.

      London Eye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) her officials have had in the past six months with (i) the Chairman and (ii)...

      London Eye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role her Department played in the negotiations on the original lease of land on London's South Bank for the London Eye.

      London Eye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department was first informed of the breakdown in negotiations on the lease of land between the South Bank Centre and the...

      London Eye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of whether the eviction notice served on the London Eye by the South Bank Centre is in the public interest.

      London Eye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution the London Eye makes to UK (a) tourism and (b) cultural heritage.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Government provided to support sign language interpreted programmes in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; and what proportion of...

      Welsh Language Television Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Government provided to support the production of television programmes in the Welsh language in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay Act

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government has to review the Equal Pay Act 1970.

    • Women's Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government has to improve pay progression for women.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Domestic Violence Trials (Special Measures)

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) how many applications by the Crown Prosecution Service for the use of special measures to protect complainants in trials concerning domestic violence were (a)...

    • Rape Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what his policy is on writing to rape complainants to explain why a discontinued case would not proceed; (2) if he will make it his policy that the complainant...

      Rape Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the Crown Prosecution Service's policy is on the use of video interviews of rape complainants as evidence in chief.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (a) dated 11 April regarding the MG Rover Dealership Network and...

    • Crude Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much crude oil has been produced by the UK in million tonnes of oil in each year from 1999 to 2004; how much crude oil has been consumed...

      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 (i) Standing Committee for veterinary medicinal...

      European Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of Government employees likely to be affected by ECJ case 2005/C31/16 of OJ C31 of 5 February; where...

      Export Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to consult on public sector involvement in delivering Export Control Organisation services.

      Export Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes in personnel and resources allocated to export control (a) have been made since 2003 and (b) are planned; and if he will make a...

      Export Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff there are in the Export Control Organisation; how many there were in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c)...

      Export Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has decided whether to seek private sector partner involvement in delivering Export Control Organisation services; and...

      Manufacturing Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the progress of the Manufacturing Advisory Service in assisting manufacturing businesses in (a) the West...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice the Department gives to companies wishing to trade with Morocco.

      Rover/Phoenix Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Department intends to launch an investigation into the activities of Phoenix Holdings directors.

      Rover/Phoenix Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) meetings and (b) contact took place between Ministers of the Department and the directors of Phoenix Venture Holdings following their...

      Rover/Phoenix Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the negotiations which took place between his Department's officials and the Shanghai Automotive Company over...

      Rover/Phoenix Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public money was given to Phoenix Venture Holdings before it went into administration in April.

      Rover/Phoenix Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry had with MG Rover before he announced that MG Rover was to go into...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to preserve the UK's opt-outs from the Working Time Directive; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Transport (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) Kyoto basket emissions are estimated to have come from air transport...

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the working of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanism exists to review the status of land designated for public access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Horse Manure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent changes have been made to regulations governing disposal of substantial amounts of horse manure by equestrian...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to bring forward legislation to protect the marine environment.

      Quota Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the consequences for the Spanish Government of losing ECJ case C-42/03 (OJ C19 of 22 January...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce requirements that all sewers and drains are laid by suitably qualified persons.

      Snares and Traps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish a summary of responses to the consultation on "Snares and Traps, The Way Forward", which closed on 13...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the International Whaling Commission's approach to the protection of minke and humpback whales.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Catholic/Protestant Areas (Population Numbers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of people living in Northern Ireland were living in areas that were more than 90 per cent. (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant in...

    • Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Children's Fund.

      Northern Ireland Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether an audit has been conducted of whether there is a neutral working environment in the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

      Northern Ireland Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will break down the complement of the Northern Ireland Prison Service in each of the last five years by (a) community background and (b)...

      Northern Ireland Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when, on present trends, it is calculated that the Northern Ireland Prison Service will be reflective of the community as a whole in terms of...

      Senior Civil Service Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Senior Civil Service Review; (2) if he will make a statement on progress in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition he uses of the term British interests worldwide.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Burma regarding violations of religious freedom for Christians and Muslims.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to include diversity issues in the themes of the UK Presidency of the EU.

      European Administrative School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the establishment of the European Administrative School; what its role is; whether European...

      European Security and Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress being made on European Security and Defence Policy.

      European Union Civil Service Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) membership and (c) legal basis of the European Union Civil Service Tribunal.

  • Defence

    • Combat Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the combat clothing items delivered under the cut and sew contract have been supplied from China.

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts regarding a role for NATO in the Darfur region.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he expects NATO to play in Darfur.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department's properties and areas of land are (a) listed for disposal and (b) under consideration for disposal.

      MARS Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the MARS programme.

      Parachute Centre, Acklington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Department has objected to the planning application for a parachute jumping centre at Acklington, Northumberland on grounds of possible...

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was reimbursed by the US authorities at RAF Menwith Hill in lieu of payment to the MoD Police Agency in each of the last five years.

      Soldiers' Kit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government is spending on improving the personal kit of soldiers in the armed forces.

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs Offices (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future use of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs offices in Wales.

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the rate of national insurance contributions.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the rate of National Insurance contributions.

      G7 Presidency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the UK's aims for progress towards the millennium development goals under its presidency of the G7.

      Government Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the level of Government net borrowing.

      Aviation (Emissions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further plans he has to use economic instruments to minimise climate change-related emissions from the aviation sector.

      Manufacturing Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of rates of growth in manufacturing in the last year for which figures are available.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the status of the Office for National Statistics as a Government agency.

      Direct Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of direct taxation on the state of the economy.

      International Finance Facility for Immunisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with EU and other governments on the International Finance Facility for Immunisation.

      Full Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is making to achieve full employment in every region.

      Alcoholic Beverages (Fruit Content)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the minimum fruit content is, expressed in percentage by volume, required for an alcoholic beverage to be treated as a cider or perry for the purposes...

      Autism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of people suffering from autism who are in employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 9 March from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding Form VAT 1—Application for Registration.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter, from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (a) dated 29 March regarding Inland Revenue penalties and (b) dated 5 April...

      Drug Sniffer Dogs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug sniffer dogs are being (a) used at ports of entry into the UK and (b) trained.

      Drug-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths there have been in (a) Wales and (b) England in each year since 2001.

      Employment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net change in the number of jobs in the (a) agricultural and (b) manufacturing industry in Wales was in 2004.

      Employment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the 10 local authority areas in the UK with the (a) lowest employment rate and (b) highest unemployment rate; and if he will make a statement.

      Entry Processing Units

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons Chatham entry processing unit has been closed.

      Entry Processing Units

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what environmental impact assessment was prepared before the selection of Dover entry processing unit (EPU) over Chatham EPU.

      Entry Processing Units

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the criteria that led to the selection of Dover entry processing unit over Chatham EPU.

      Entry Processing Units

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used in making the decision that (a) Felixstowe, (b) Tilbury and (c) Dover would keep its entry processing unit.

      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 (i) Customs Code Committee—counterfeit and pirated goods, (ii)...

      Gershon Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his timetable is for the implementation of the Gershon report in respect of the Ministry of Defence.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what gross domestic product per capita was in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) the UK in the last period for which figures are available.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of gross domestic product in the UK was accounted for by public sector expenditure in each of the last five years.

      London (Revenues/Expenditure)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the balance between revenues raised from and public expenditure spent in London.

      Low-income Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income level was of the lowest earning 20 per cent. of households in each Government Office Region in the last period for which figures are...

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of likely net migration in each of the next 10 years.

      Oil Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution has been made to the UK's balance of trade by oil exports in each year from 1999 to 2004; and what contribution it is estimated will be...

      Pensions (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of tax relief on pensions in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by each area of relief; and...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been raised from stamp duty on (a) residential properties and (b) commercial properties in each year since 1997.

      Tax Credit Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter of 10 March 2005 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on overpayments of tax credits to...

      Unemployment Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many of the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest unemployment rates in 1997 there were increases in the unemployment rate between 1997...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he (a) has implemented and (b) proposes to implement to reduce the rate of VAT for home improvements relating to (i) energy conservation and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour in schools.

    • Cheating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place in (a) the state sector and (b) the private sector to prevent cheating in examinations or coursework leading to a...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment the Government have made of the performance of the city academies.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 31 March with regard to Ms Frances Ives.

      Education (Hammersmith and Fulham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools are under special measures in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

      Education (Hammersmith and Fulham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with the Hammersmith and Fulham local education authority.

      Education (Hammersmith and Fulham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to improve educational standards in Hammersmith and Fulham, with particular reference to schools under special measures.

      FE Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects further education colleges to achieve parity of funding with schools.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money is provided by each local authority for each child eligible for a free school meal.

      Fresh Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have been subject to the Fresh Start programme since its inception; and how many of these schools have been (a) closed and...

      Homophobic Abuse/Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Department is taking to combat homophobic abuse and bullying in schools.

      Homophobic Abuse/Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Department plans to introduce a requirement for every school to have a policy to deal with homophobic bullying.

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students left secondary school without being able to read and write between 1997 and 2004.

      Key Stage 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the national curriculum assessment revised results at key stage 2 are for (a) reading, (b) writing and (c) English.

      Pastry Chefs (Degrees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many universities offer degrees in cooking pastry that qualify people to become pastry chefs.

      PISA Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisation will be conducting the next round of the PISA survey.

      Plumbing Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what central funding is provided for training courses in plumbing in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Racial Abuse (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to protect those attending schools and other learning institutions from (a) racial abuse, (b) harassment and...

      School of Oriental and African Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received regarding reported intimidation experienced by Jewish students at the School of Oriental and African...

      School Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the backlog of repairs is for each local education authority.

      Schools (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase parental choice at (a) primary and (b) secondary school levels in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to reduce secondary school class sizes in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the amount of funding for Sure Start centres which will be required from sources other than public funds in...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the recruitment figures were in each local education authority for (a) primary and (b) secondary teachers in the last year for which...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to assist Hertfordshire's schools to recruit and retain teachers; and if she will make a statement.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to increase the pool of mathematics and science teachers available to secondary schools; and if she will make a...

      Teacher Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on preserving the right of teachers to retire at 60 years of age; and if she will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Marginal Withdrawal Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people face marginal withdrawal rates higher than (a) 50 per cent., (b) 60 per cent., (c) 70 per cent., and (d) 80 per cent. when they...

    • Benefit Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the difficulties faced by individuals with mental health problems in receiving benefits into bank...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contingency plans are in place to ensure continuity of payments to holders of Post Office card accounts, when the computer system fails.

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research the Government are funding to combat cancer.

    • Charing Cross Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available for use in the Charing Cross hospital on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many were available in (a)...

      Charing Cross Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of Charing Cross hospital.

      Charing Cross Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to visit Charing Cross hospital.

      Charing Cross Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions she has had with the Hammersmith hospitals NHS trust about the Charing Cross hospital; (2) what discussions her predecessor had...

      Charing Cross Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were postponed in the Charing Cross hospital in (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2001 and (d) 2004.

      Charing Cross Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the (a) readiness and (b) capability of Charing Cross hospital to act as the Trauma Centre for west London; (2)...

      Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to improve the treatment and care of those patients with complex regional pain syndrome; (2) if she will conduct a review...

      Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department has made available in each year since 1997 for research into complex regional pain syndrome.

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions she has had with the Mayor of London regarding implications of the proposed westwards extension of the congestion charge for...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average, (b) maximum and (c) target waiting time for (i) audiology appointments and (ii) the fitting of digital hearing aids were in the last...

      European Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the European working time directive (EWTD) (a) on the NHS in general and (b) on the ability of junior...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-of-hours general practitioners there are per thousand of the population in (a) the area covered by South Gloucestershire primary care trust,...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) single-handed GP practices and (b) two-partner GP practices there are in Chiltern and South Bucks Primary Care Trust area at the latest date...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust area are within five years of retirement; and what percentage of...

      Hammersmith Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to visit Hammersmith Hospital.

      Hammersmith Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial position of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Hammersmith Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of emergency admissions in the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust area are to (a) Charing Cross Hospital and (b) Hammersmith Hospital.

      Hammersmith Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints (a) Hammersmith hospitals NHS Trust and (b) her Department has received in the last 12 months regarding the accessibility of...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Health Protection Agency is expected to publish the conclusions of its review of the law concerning the treatment of people with infectious...

      Health Service Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many case managers have been appointed to review health service complaints referred to the Healthcare Commission; how many such cases are outstanding;...

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated change in numbers of hospital beds is between 2005 and 2010, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the incidence of hospital-induced malnutrition in each year since 1997.

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals (a) built since 1997, (b) under construction and (c) planned do not have on-site kitchens.

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of hospital meals are prepared on-site.

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the better hospital food programme.

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the total expenditure on (a) food and (b) catering services in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Hospital Beds/Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the proportion of hospital food wasted in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources have been made available in each year since 1997 to support the provision of intensive care services; and what additional...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the practice of doctors at senior house officer level referring and accepting patients into intensive care units.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds there were in the NHS in each year since 1997; and what proportion of all available beds this represented in each year.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to produce a single model for the provision of outreach services in intensive care; and if she will make a statement on the actions...

      IVF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the availability of IVF treatment on the NHS as at 1 April; and if she will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research the Government have (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects of mobile phones on people in rural areas; and what...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA there were in each hospital in the UK in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to reduce the incidence of MRSA at Chase Farm hospital.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will exempt multiple sclerosis therapy centres from the need to undergo Healthcare Commission inspections; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to protect NHS staff from violent assaults; and if she will make a statement.

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas nurses were trained in the (a) NHS and (b) private sector in the last year for which figures are available.

      Paediatric Oncology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many paediatric oncology beds were available in England on 8 May; (2) how many vacancies there are for paediatric oncology nurses; and how many...

      Waiting Time Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list those primary care trusts responsible for patients in breach of the nine months in-patient waiting time target for the period ending on...

  • House of Lords

    • Hybrid Bill Procedures

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether she will propose any changes to hybrid Bill procedures to ensure full compatibility with European Union Directives 85/337/EC, 97/11/EC and 2003/35/EC on...

    • Sports Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the proposed Sports Cabinet Committee: (a) which government departments will be represented; (b) how often the committee will meet and report; (c)...

      House of Lords: Composition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 6 April (WA 113), how many of the defeats suffered by the Government in the House of Lords in the last...

      Asylum Claims: Convictions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asylum applicants have been convicted for having no travel documents since September 2004; how many of those have received custodial sentences; and...

      Asylum Seekers: Application Outcomes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past five years and by country of origin, what is: (a) the number of approved asylum seekers; (b) the number of refusals before any appeal process;...

      Asylum and Immigration: Economic Migrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many long-term economic migrants are required by employers to fill positions in: (a) the public sector; and (b) the private sector; and How many short-term...

      Asylum Claims: Bangladesh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to implement the judgment in the case between the Queen on the application of Zakir Husan and the Secretary of State for the Home...

      Standards Board for England: Adjudication

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) prosecutions, and (b) convictions have resulted from the activities of Local Government Standards Board.

      Carers: Housing Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in cases where an elderly couple need full-time care by a relative who is not living in the same household, local authority has the right to ask a...

      Planning: Retrospective Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the number of retrospective planning applications granted by local authorities or allowed on appeal, for developments which did...

      Living Spaces Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their plans are for the future of Living Spaces programme.

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that legal aid is always available to persons of limited means who have suffered domestic violence; and whether they provide easily...

      Northern Ireland: Smoking Controls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ban smoking in places of entertainment and in places where food is prepared or consumed in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Bank of Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making arrangements to require health trusts in Northern Ireland which currently bank with the Bank of Ireland to place their contracts out for...

      Carbon Abatement Technologies Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the context of their carbon abatement technology strategy, to what extent the fluidised bed experiments carried out at Grimethorpe in South Yorkshire have been...

      Fluidised Bed Combustion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the development of fluidised bed combustion started by Leatherhead research establishments in the 1970s has been abandoned; or whether it is being...

      Offshore Petroleum Activities Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum time which the Secretary of State may take to consider representations made to him under Regulation 7(5)(b) of the Offshore Petroleum...

      Electronic Compatibility Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the definition of "intolerable" in Regulation 3(2)(a) of the Electronic Compatibility Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/281).

      Electronic Compatibility Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a nuclear electromagnetic pulse is not regarded as electromagnetic disturbance in Regulation 4(4) of the Electronic Compatibility Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/281).

      NHS: National Programme for Information Technology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Health Service's national programme for information technology is currently on schedule; and, if not, what are the nature and cause of any...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Accommodation for Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Warner on 14 March (WA 121), whether they will now report the outcome of the collation of reports in respect of single-sex...

      NHS: Amputations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions during the past five years or other appropriate period there has been an instance in the National Health Service where the wrong limb has...

      General Practitioners: Treatment of Skin Lesions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether general practitioners have been adequately equipped to diagnose and treat skin lesions such as actinic keratosis; and whether they plan to change the...

      Rights of Way Review Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their plans are for the future work of the Rights of Way Review Committee.

      Cambridge-St Ives Guided Busway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recently announced upgrade of the A14 by the Highways Agency alters the case for the guided busway between Cambridge and St Ives.

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the hybrid Bill procedure for the Crossrail Bill is fully compatible with the European Union Directives on Environmental Impact Assessments 85/337/EC,...

      Railways: Stourbridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all the paperwork that has been required by the authorities before the Parry People Mover Number 12 is approved to operate on the Stourbridge town branch...

      Sport: National Infrastructure Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposal for a national infrastructure fund, as set out in the report by Lord Carter of Coles entitled Review of National Sport and Effort Resources,...

      Sport: Participation of Asian Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to increase participation in sport among Asian women.

      Sport England: Sports Facilities Database

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to add information on location of amateur sports clubs to Sport England's sports facilities database.

      Sport: Information Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the working relationship between the initiative "Sport Direct" and (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; (b) Sport England; and (c) local...

      Schools: Physical Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of children who receive two hours of physical education per week (the National Curriculum target) attend schools which are not part of a school...

      Roads: Abnormal Loads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many wide load escort agencies are able to operate on the motorways without a police escort; and under which regulations they are permitted to do so.

      Roads: Bypass Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many bypasses have been completed in each year since January 1999.

      Roads: Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of past 10 years, how many people have been killed on the motorway network; and what are the 10 most common causes of such accidents; and For each of past...

      Roadworks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is latest financial estimate for the construction of the following road works: (a) widening of the M1 through the East Midlands; (b) A14 Ellington to Fen...

      Alcohol-related Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit estimate of the 2002 costs at "up to £7.3 billion", what assessment they have made of the cost of alcohol-related...

      Civil Service: Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants are currently on secondment to McKinsey and Company Incorporated; and what position is held within the organisation by each individual.

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