Written answers

Wednesday, 22 June 2005

  • Wales

    • NHS Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales about NHS waiting lists in Wales.

    • Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps the Government plans to take to improve the quality of life of older people in Wales.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on the effects of tax credits on the take-up of childcare in Wales.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has met the National Assembly for Wales Minister for Health to discuss the provision of new hospitals in Wales.

      Digital Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on measures to improve digital signals in the South Wales valley...

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many have...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the inclusion of Newport as a through destination on the planned Cardiff to Ebbw Vale passenger railway.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has made to the Strategic Rail Authority on improving the main line passenger service from London to South Wales.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on legislation relating to smoking and its impact in Wales.

      South Wales Valleys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the regenerative potential for towns in the South Wales valleys of a scheme similar to the Market Towns Initiative.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Construction (Litchfield)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will meet the directors of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Limited to discuss the route that the restored canal will take with respect to...

    • Crematoria

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance the Government issues to local authorities relating to (a) crematoria and (b) the display of religious symbols in crematoria.

      Environmental Services (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by each London borough per 1,000 population on environmental services in the last year for which figures are available.

      House Demolition

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) Merseyside are scheduled to be demolished in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008 and (v) 2009; and if he...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated typical (a) number of rooms and (b) floor space is for a property provided by his Department's £60,000 home scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the properties provided by the £60,000 home scheme will be sold as (a) leasehold, (b) commonhold and (c) freehold properties.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the consultation document on a revised means of determining overcrowding.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the 15 local councils and 100 wards with the highest proportion of overcrowded housing, indicating in each case (a) the proportion living in each...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's policy is regarding whether living rooms should be used as sleeping accommodation for permanent members of a household; and if he will make...

      Local Tax Take

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the target increase in local tax take from Government was in each year since the creation of the council tax; and what the actual increase in local tax take...

      New Build Homebuy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated sale price will be of a typical property provided by New Build Homebuy.

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what percentage of staff in his Office have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, broken...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs of the South East of England Regional Assembly have been in each of the last five years.

      Regional Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the sites short listed for the proposed regional fire control centres.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to increase Right to Buy discount ceilings in line with house price inflation.

      Torquay Crematorium Chapel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance Torbay Unitary Authority sought from his Office in relation to (a) changing the name of Torquay Crematorium Chapel and (b) decreasing the size of...

  • Transport

    • A303 (Stonehenge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated total cost is of the tunnelled section of the A303 in Wiltshire near Stonehenge.

    • Air Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) collisions and (b) near-misses of aircraft above London there were in each of the last five years.

      Concessionary Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the distribution formula is for the half fare concession to the over 60s; and how much has been paid by the Government to each local authority or...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether capacity offered by Crossrail on the Shenfield branch will meet the change in demand expected as a result of...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued to the aviation industry on the application to it of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and if he will make a statement.

      Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) Eurotunnel (i) staff and (ii) creditors and (b) other Government Departments in the last 12 months;...

      Free Fare Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who will meet the costs of the Free Fare scheme; what assessment has been made of the likely cost; whether the scheme will include free local bus...

      Hampshire Light Rapid Transit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his timetable is for determining the submission for the Hampshire Light Rapid Transit Scheme.

      London to Brighton Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Route Utilisation Strategy for the London to Brighton main line.

      M11 Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will arrange for electronic signs on roads leading to those joining the M11 Link Road in (a) Wanstead, (b) Leytonstone and (c) Leyton telling...

      Rail Transport (Motorisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on trials of alternative forms of motorisation for rail transport.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to give local authorities the power to erect 30 mph repeater signs on roads with high traffic accident rates.

      Sussex Coast Rail Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what percentage of maximum power the power supply on the Sussex Coast rail lines will allow the new rolling stock to operate.

      Tyne Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the time taken for the (a) assessment and (b) approval of the Second Tyne Tunnel; and whether changes in the proposal made by...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of (a) low level, (b) intermediate level and (c) high level nuclear waste has become unaccounted for in each of...

    • Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new nuclear waste storage facilities she expects to be built in each of the next 10 years; and where.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list sites in the West Midlands where nuclear waste is stored.

      Sewer Rats (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the review of the London Sewer Rat Joint Working Protocol; and what she...

      Snaring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) reports have been received on, (b) prosecutions have been brought and (c) convictions have been secured for (i)...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Phthalates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward legislation to compel manufacturers to reveal which of their products contain phthalates and in what concentrations.

    • Pirate Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were prosecuted for operating pirate radio stations in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Property Misdescriptions Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many successful prosecutions there have been by trading standards officers under the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 in each of the last...

      Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's latest estimate is of the annual rise of carbon dioxide emissions (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) globally.

      Travel Industry (Regulation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has held with (a) the Association of British Travel Agents, (b) the Federation of Tour Operators and (c) the Association...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress was made towards the public service agreement target for apprenticeship starts in 2004/05; and what assessment she has made of...

    • Bullying (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what data she has collected on bullying in state schools in Portsmouth.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total amount of capital costs contributed by sponsors was to each city academy; and what proportion of the total capital costs this...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils in each city academy are resident (a) in the ward in which the school is situated, (b) in neighbouring wards, (c)...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what procedures civil servants in her Department follow when deciding on her Department's association with businesses and commercial...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Torbay (Mr. Sanders) of 6 June 2005, Official Report, columns 336–39W, on grants per...

      Entry to Employment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what alternative education and training provision has been found for young people who are not yet ready to start an apprenticeship following...

      EU Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many EU students are expected to receive bursary support from English universities in each year between 2006 and 2010.

      Primary School Review (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with Gloucestershire education authority on its primary school review.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the area corresponding most closely to the constituency of...

      School Meals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the School Meals Trust.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in each category of special school in the (a) state and (b) private sector in each of the last five years, broken...

      Teacher Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have been the victims of offences of violence in Coventry, South in each of the last 10 years.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what involvement his Department will have in the Groundwater and Poverty Reduction in Africa Conference being held at Burlington House...

    • Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's posts (a) have been relocated and (b) are under consideration for relocation from London to the deprived...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for casinos licences have been received by the Gaming Board in each month since October 2004; how many were...

    • Club Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the number of sports and community clubs whose existing licence expires after 6 August.

      Disabled Civil Servants (Bursary Scheme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many civil servants in her Department participate in the Bursary Scheme for civil servants with disabilities.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each local authority area received in Lottery awards in the last year for which figures are available; and what her estimate is...

      National Sports Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the planned timetable for the establishment of the (a) National Sports Foundation and (b) National...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funding from the New Opportunities Fund Round 3 has been spent.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £750 million announced by the Prime Minister for school sport at the 2000 Labour Party Conference has been (a)...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards meeting the target of 85 per cent. of five to 16-year-olds taking part in at least two hours'...

      Sports Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards meeting the Department's aim that by 2008 almost no one will live more than 20 minutes travel time...

      Sports Survey 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the results of the sports participation survey to be carried out by her Department, beginning in autumn 2005.

      Swimming Pools (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authority maintained swimming pools there were per 1,000 population in each London borough in the last year for which...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

      Tote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2005, Official Report, column 583W, on the Tote, what additional information was provided to the EU...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Honours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many officials currently in the Cabinet Office received honours in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List; and at what rank of honour.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely cost of the additional troop deployments to Afghanistan; and whether costs will be met from existing departmental...

    • Army Personnel Research Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of respondents to Army Personnel Research Establishment polls is.

      Army Personnel Research Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how frequently Army Personnel Research Establishment polls are conducted.

      Army Personnel Research Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will direct the Army Personnel Research Establishment to include a question in its next poll asking soldiers whether they had problems...

      Compassionate Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the grounds which constitute a basis for compassionate leave of absence from active military duty.

      Defence Systems and Equipment Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers from his Department will be attending the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition in September.

      Defence Systems and Equipment Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers from his Department attended the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition in 2003; and which overseas delegates each met.

      Fleet Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fleet submarines are operational.

      Forces Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the training schemes available to members of overseas armed forces (a) at his Department's establishments in the UK and (b) given by...

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what mechanism the US authorities pay the Ministry of Defence Police Agency for policing activities at Fylingdales.

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policing arrangements are at Fylingdales; how many people have been arrested there in each of the last five years; and what discussions the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trained personnel have gone absent without leave in Iraq in each of the services since March 2003.

      Joint Casualty Treatment Ship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original timetable was for producing the design of the Joint Casualty Treatment Ship; and what the current schedule is.

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many...

      Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the payments made by the US Government for the use of the Menwith Hill base in North Yorkshire for each of the past five years; and if he...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the companies to whom pre-qualification questionnaires for the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project have been issued; when...

      Military Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the land and buildings owned by (a) the Defence Aviation and Repair Agency, (b) his Department, (c) the RAF, (d) the Royal Navy and (e)...

      Prisoners of War (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the parliamentary ombudsman to report on the outcome of the complaint by civilian internees of the Japanese excluded from the...

      Shackleton Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many representations his Department has received from former air servicemen reporting "Shackleton" ear hearing problems.

      Shackleton Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has undertaken on the long-term hearing effects on aircrew of Shackleton aircraft.

      Territorial Army (Lancaster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that, under the current review of Territorial Army centres in the United Kingdom, the centre in Lancaster is retained.

      Troop Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army reservists undertook active deployment in the last year for which statistics are available; and in which deployments.

      Troop Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the deployment of troops in Kosovo.

      Wassenaar Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last occasion was on which (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials from his Department discussed the Wassenaar Arrangement with (i)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000 have been attributable to clostridium difficile.

    • Donaghadee Treatment Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons he decided to invoke Crown Immunity in proceeding with his decision to site a new wastewater treatment works at Donaghadee,...

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of food poisoning there have been in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Health Trust Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the administration cost of each of the health trusts in Northern Ireland was in the 2004–05 financial year.

      Jobseeker's Allowance (Fishermen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Class II fishermen claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) contributions and (b) income-based categories in (i) Portavogie, (ii) Kilkeel...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend provision of NHS Direct to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress made by the police service of Northern Ireland in its investigation of the Northern Bank robbery of 20...

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time for assessment for occupational therapy is in each hospital trust in the Province.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are awaiting assessment for occupational therapy in each health trust area in the Province.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by his Department in promoting London's 2012 Olympic bid in Northern Ireland.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been earmarked by his Department for Northern Ireland's participation in hosting the Olympic Games in 2012 should London's bid...

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many postal votes were issued in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland at the last general election; and of those issued, how...

      Railway Crossing (Lurgan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many trains pass through Lurgan on weekdays; and for how long on average each day William Street is closed to traffic and pedestrians as a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • "Inspire" Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) cost and (b) circulation of "Inspire" magazine was in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Acts of Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to make all Acts of Parliament published before 1988 for which his Department is responsible available online.

      Incapacity/Invalidity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent average time taken between an application for incapacity benefit being received and the personal capacity assessment.

      Incapacity/Invalidity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of (a) invalidity benefit and (b) incapacity benefit (i) in cash terms, (ii) in real terms and (iii) as a proportion of the...

      Jobcentre Plus (Staff Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice and training is available for employees of Jobcentre Plus on autistic spectrum disorders.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on incapacity benefit in the Pathways to Work pilot areas have refused to engage with the job-search and support staff; and if...

      Private Finance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the private finance initiative and public-private partnership projects his Department is undertaking; and what the status of...

      Unemployment (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to encourage unemployed young people to learn new skills.

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister what official engagements he has for July and August.

    • Taxis

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan (Participation of Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in Afghanistan in line with the Berlin Declaration with particular reference to provision for the...

    • Afghanistan (Participation of Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to ensure that gender equality is mainstreamed in all sectors, programmes and policies in Afghanistan.

      Brussels Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which proposals the Government will place on the agenda for the Brussels summit on 16 and 17 June.

      China (Religious Policy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of China's new Provisions on Religious Affairs.

      Embassy Staff Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are based at each UK embassy.

      Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the UK has to recognise Hezbollah.

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister last visited Hong Kong; and when he expects the next visit by a Minister.

      José Bustani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the UK's support for the dismissal of José Bustani as director general of the...

      Sri Lanka (Tamil Separatists)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Sri Lanka, with particular reference to the Tamil separatists.

      UN Disengagement Observer Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the United Nations Secretary-General's proposal to extend the mandate of the United Nations...

      UN Resolution 1559

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the implementation of resolution 1559 of the United Nations Security Council.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the issuing of visas to overseas doctors; and if he will make a statement.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how long a person who has been granted a two-year visitors' visa has to stay out of the country after making a first visit of...

      World War Two Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 24 May 2005, Official Report, column 1355W, on world war two medals, whether he has made a decision on...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Fines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much revenue has been paid to the Exchequer from court fines in England in each year since 1995.

    • Marked Registers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much is charged per page by local councils for the marked electoral register after local elections; how much is proposed to...

      Marked Registers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the photocopying rate per page to be charged by Pickfords for the marked electoral register.

      Marked Registers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons marked electoral registers are not retained by local councils following a general election.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her policy is on using National Insurance numbers in voter registration.

      Parliamentary Boundary Changes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to publicise parliamentary boundary changes in Gloucestershire.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will estimate the cost to public funds of all-postal pilots election in each year since their introduction.

  • Treasury

    • Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department plans to take to encourage parents to invest their Child Trust Fund vouchers immediately.

    • Contraband

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to prevent the (a) smuggling into the UK and (b) sale of contraband (i) tobacco products and (ii) alcohol; and if he will make a...

      Counterfeit Medicines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what actions Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue are taking to tackle the importation of counterfeit medicines; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Customs Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made in recruiting additional customs officers.

      Governmental Pension Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government departments pay (a) annuities and (b) pensions from public funds to descendants of individuals who were granted exceptional perpetual...

      Government Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage share of total Government spending devoted to (a) social security, (b) health and (c) education has been in each year since 1995...

      Honours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials currently in the Department received honours in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List; and at what rank of honour.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated total cost to date is of UK operations and assistance in Iraq, broken down by month; and if he will make a statement.

      Matched Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Treasury rules are for the provision of matched funding for projects part funded by the European Union; and what the value of matched funding was...

      National Insurance Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated levels of national insurance fraud are in the UK.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the amount of tax avoided by UK citizens through tax havens with connections to the UK.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the constituency of Hove have received (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit since it was introduced; how many are receiving...

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentages of residents are registered to vote in each local authority area.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency (Catchment Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average catchment area of an accident and emergency unit is in terms of (a) population and (b) travel time.

    • Actrapid Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has assessed on the effect on diabetic patients of changing their insulin regimes from actrapid or basal to other types.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the findings were of the research the Department have conducted on the links between air pollution and health.

      Alliance Medical Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the average cost of a scan conducted by Alliance Medical Ltd. on behalf of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust during...

      Alliance Medical Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which countries Alliance Medical send scan results produced under its NHS contract to be assessed.

      Alliance Medical Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average amount of time is that a patient has waited for the results of a scan undertaken by Alliance Medical.

      Ambulances (Equipment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on what equipment should be provided in ambulances.

      Audit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems of audit are used to check information provided by general practitioners to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts in terms of...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research projects into the causes of autism have been (a) supported and (b) funded by the Government since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice she has given to the Department for Education and Skills regarding the training needs for those working with people with autistic...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorders among the black and minority ethnic population; and if she will make a...

      Blind/Partially Sighted (Rehabilitation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what rehabilitation help is available for blind and partially sighted people; how many trained staff there are who can provide that help in health...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the cost of extending the routine NHS breast screening programme to (a) women aged between 70 and 75 years of age, (b) all...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the rate of implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's clinical guideline published on...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to encourage greater choice on (a) when, (b) where and (c) how women can access the NHS breast screening programme.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) have died from and (b) been infected by Clostridium difficile since 2003.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities provide adult placement services for people with early onset dementia.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance the Government provides for (a) those with senile dementia and (b) their families.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of dental treatment was for (a) adults and (b) children in each London health authority in each year since 1997.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total funding provided for NHS dentistry has been in each year since 1997 in (a) real and (b) nominal terms.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered (a) nutritionists and (b) dieticians she employs within her Department.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been (a) assessed and (b) entered on the specialist register by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, broken down...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors are employed in non-standard or trust grade posts in each NHS trust in England.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities in England disregard housing costs and council tax when calculating charges for domiciliary care.

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug rehabilitation places are available for residents of Hemel Hempstead constituency.

      Efficiency Map

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what cost the Department's Efficiency Map, published on 13 May, was produced; for how long she expects the document to remain in draft form for...

      Elder Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data on the (a) nature and (b) volume of elder abuse has been collected to date as part of the Modernisation of Adult Social Care Research Initiative.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per capita from central Government funds on health in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to centralise decision making on NHS capital expenditure away from strategic health authorities; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent on improving technology in hospitals since 1997.

      Health Statistics (Coventry, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Coventry, South suffer from (a) dementia and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on plans for the transfer of staff employed at Hemel Hempstead hospital units; (2) if she will make a statement on...

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on plans to modify ambulance stationing patterns in relation to the transfer of Hemel Hempstead Hospital accident and...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate how many people in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency are HIV positive.

      Hospital Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there has been a change in hospital cleanliness rates since the clean-hands policy and the use of alcohol gel was implemented.

      Medical Practice Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to ensure that primary care trusts are able to give financial aid to all medical practices in need of approved...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the proposed job savings from the Mental Health Act Commission are under her plans for merger with the Healthcare Commission; (2) what the (a)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will respond to the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill.

      National Society for Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sums the Department has allocated to the National Society for Epilepsy in each of the last 10 years; and what the reasons for the payments were in...

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the nurse to patient ratio is at each neonatal unit in hospital trusts at (a) special care level, (b) high dependency care level and (c)...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of user satisfaction with NHS Direct is.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has carried out to assess the level of risk of back and joint problems in the nursing profession in comparison with that in...

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all local authorities in England are using the single assessment process for assessing older people's needs, as outlined in the National Service...

      PCTs (Resource Allocations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the forward population projections for (a) each strategic health authority and (b) each local authority in England were used to inform the resource...

      Phthalates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the potential health impacts arising from the presence of phthalates in consumer goods.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets she has set for the reduction of numbers of pressure sores in hospitals; (2) what estimate she has made of (a) the cost to the NHS of...

      Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of the population that suffers from psoriasis.

      Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to improve the delivery of treatment services to those suffering from psoriatic arthritis.

      Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what priority is given to psoriatic arthritis in allotting health service resources.

      Royal Berkshire Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make funding available for the employment of a specialist allergy consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect that the change in funding for genito-urinary medicine by the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust will have on...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) gonorrhoea, (b) syphilis, (c) Chlamydia and (d) thrush have been diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last five...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of sickness absence in the NHS for (a) medical staff, (b) non-medical clinical staff and (c) all other staff was in each year since 1997.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the total number of deaths from smoking-related illnesses in people who are not smokers for the most recent period for which...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated expenditure by (a) regional tobacco policy managers and (b) their regional offices is in 2005–06.

      Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accredited specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation there have been in each of the last 20 years; how many such specialists there were...

      Stroke Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals care for people who have suffered a stroke, but have yet to open a specialist stroke unit; and what the planned date is of the opening of...

      Student Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to issue policy guidance following the ruling in the case of Fletcher v. NHS Pension Agency and the Secretary of State for Health to...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research her Department has examined on the effect of mobile phone masts on brain waves; and if she will make a statement.

      Trauma Centre Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services hospitals must be able to provide in order to obtain trauma centre status.

      Travel Inoculations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to review charges for necessary travel inoculations.

      West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the impact of the Working Time Directive on West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust; (2) what assessment she has made of...

  • Home Department

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 15 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Mr. Chris Siddiqi.

  • House of Lords

    • Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they reconcile their principle of sustaining the cohesion of communities with programmes based on demolition and dispersal; and what assessment they have made...

    • Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much public money has been designated for housing market renewal in the Midlands and the north of England in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and, in total, for the next...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which are the nine areas targeted for the Pathfinder programme and what are the names of the projects in each area; how many properties in each area are currently...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where they have set out the thinking behind their Pathfinder housing market renewal project.

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average package of financial compensation given to people whose homes have been compulsorily acquired as part of the Pathfinder programme; and what is...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many residents and tenants' groups and non-governmental organisations have expressed opposition to the Pathfinder programme; what are those groups and...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What account they have taken of the structural survey conducted by Professor Brian Clancy in which he assessed the cost of renovating properties he examined in a...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether decisions to proceed with the demolition of properties were arrived at on the basis of a drive-by survey or some other criteria; and whether they intend to...

      Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grounds constitute the designation of properties within Pathfinder areas as unfit; and whether residents are given the opportunity to make good repairs before...

      London Boroughs: Private Residential Developments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 7 June (WA 55), whether they will issue guidance encouraging local authorities to require planning gain as...

      London Boroughs: Private Residential Developments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 7 June (WA 55), how many of the 2,000 affordable homes for sale to key workers and first time buyers under...

      English Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many social rented housing units they expect to be built on the 96 surplus National Health Service sites recently made available by English Partnerships for...

      English Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the English Partnerships register of surplus public sector land.

      Firelink

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to conclude the procurement of Firelink, the secure national radio system for the fire service.

      Firelink

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is still their view that the delay in the implementation of the Firelink programme will affect the setting up of regional fire centres.

      Legal Aid: Asylum and Immigration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to each example of the adverse impact of the changes introduced in the public funding regime in April 2004, as stated in the report Justice...

      Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements were made in 1975 to ensure that servicemen and women could vote in the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Economic Community.

      Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Regarding the new Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, under what law the Northern Ireland Court Service identified, in a news release dated 14 June,...

      Bank of Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are responding to the request by Lord Laird on 24 May (Official Report, col. 410) for an official investigation of loans made by the Bank of Scotland,...

      Belfast: Funding of Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding has been offered to the annual West Belfast Festival in August; from what source; and for what purposes.

      Belfast: Funding of Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding has been offered to the annual Twelfth Celebrations in July; from what source; and for what purposes.

      Belfast: Funding of Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding was provided during 2004 to the annual West Belfast Festival and to the annual Belfast Twelfth Celebrations; from what source; and for what purpose.

      InterTradeIreland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether InterTradeIreland's recruitment advertisements have at all times met the statutory requirements in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What claims have been made against each council in Northern Ireland by unsuccessful applicants for advertised posts in the years from 1997–98 to...

      Northern Ireland: Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People is aware of any sexual or other exploitation of children in care by persons outside the...

      Northern Ireland: Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People has inquired into the sexual or other exploitation of children in care by paramilitary groups...

      EU Food Supplements Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they raised at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 2 and 3 June (a) the forthcoming ruling of the European Court of...

      EU Food Supplements Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to meet again with food supplement manufacturers and consumers in advance of the final ruling in July of the European Court of Justice in...

      Physiotherapists: Work-related Injuries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many physiotherapists were absent from work for three months or longer because of work-related musculo-skeletal disorder; what steps are being taken to reduce...

      Teachers: Recruitment and Retention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest figures on teacher recruitment and retention.

      Citizenship Lessons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the national curriculum content of lessons and material on government, the constitution and Parliament in maintained secondary...

      School Governors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many vacancies there are for governors in England and Wales in (a) primary schools, and (b) secondary schools; and what were the equivalent figures in 2003 and...

      Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the Irish Republic's current policy on salmon drift net fishing is having on wild salmon stocks in British rivers; and what are the figures on wild...

      Energy Consumption: Domestic Appliances in Standby Mode

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 3 March (WA 45) on power consumption by televisions, what other categories of appliance consume energy in...

      Energy Consumption: Domestic Appliances in Standby Mode

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 3 March (WA 45), how much energy they estimate is consumed in the United Kingdom each month by all electrical...

      Defra Helpline

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training people receive who are employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to answer questions which farmers raise on their helpline.

      Defra Helpline

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the helpline provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to answer questions raised by farmers.

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) whether McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out any work for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; (b) how many projects...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether McKinsey and Company is currently carrying out any work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; how many projects the firm has carried out for the...

      Convention on the Rights on the Child

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the worldwide implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol of May 2000 is satisfactory; and what...

      Iraq: Cultural Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in accordance with the undertaking they gave shortly after the invasion of Iraq to help with the cultural reconstruction of Iraq, they will now offer to...

      European Court of Human Rights: Mr Ocalan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have been informed about the conditions of imprisonment of Mr Abdullah Ocalan in Turkey; and whether they will ask the Council of Europe Committee for...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans are being developed to repatriate the displaced people of Darfur to their homes and to provide the necessary security for them to live in safety and...

      Crossrail: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the currently committed funding for the Crossrail project; and what is the estimated funding requirement for completion of the Crossrail Bill.

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