Written answers

Monday, 4 July 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many circuses are resident in the UK; which use wild animals; and if she will make a statement.

    • Beddingham Landfill Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the landfill site at Beddingham has been refused a licence to operate by the Environment Agency.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the increased costs to beekeepers resulting from adoption of the EC directive 2004/28 regarding...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of cattle in England are estimated to have contracted bovine tuberculosis, broken down by region.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the locations of the proposed trial of the badger TB vaccine.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the legal impediments to the use of depleted gas and oil fields for carbon sequestration purposes.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will use the UK presidency of the European Council to promote responses to the new European Commission Green Paper on...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much revenue she estimates the Environment Agency will receive from companies which register their premises with regards...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) current and (b) future level of flood protection necessary for Canvey Island; and if...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance the Environment Agency has issued on single-storey development in areas susceptible to flooding; and if she...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what future works are planned on Canvey Island's flood defences; when they are expected to start; and what the expected cost is.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials currently in the Department received honours in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List; and at what rank...

      Interceptor Tunnel (River Thames)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the latest estimate is of the cost of building an interceptor tunnel for the River Thames; (2) pursuant to the...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to discourage the dropping of litter on streets; what penalties apply to the offence; and if she...

      London Sewer Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the local authorities that responded to the consultation on the London Sewer Rat Joint Working Protocol.

      London Sewer Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to establish closer working relationships between London boroughs and water companies in relation to the...

      London Sewer Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1041W, whether (a) Barnet council, (b) Thames Water and (c)...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take further steps to encourage companies to reduce the amount of packaging goods are sold in.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to make companies responsible for recycling and disposing of packaging from the goods they sell.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration has been given to requiring manufacturers to display information on all product packaging relating to the...

      Recycling (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling points there are in each London borough per 1,000 population.

      River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated number of fish in the River Thames was in each year since 1997.

      River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what forecasts were made of the number of times the Thames Barrier would be closed in each year since its inception.

      Waste Management Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will review the (a) waste management licence requirements for small, low-risk biofuel processes and (b) the regulatory...

      Water Leaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much leakage from the mains water supply in London there has been in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Criminal Offences

      To ask the Solicitor-General what procedures (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) local authorities with independent prosecuting authority for criminal offences use to forward details...

    • Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions he has had with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the CPS's ability to prosecute under the existing provision in law for parents being held...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Rent Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority rent officers have been employed (a) in England and (b) by each local authority on average in each year since 1997.

    • Standards Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average length of time taken to complete an investigation by the Standards Board for England has been since it was set up.

      Standards Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases the Standards Board for England has investigated since its establishment relating to (a) county councils, (b) district councils, (c) metropolitan...

  • Transport

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the issuing of draft orders on the proposed upgrade of the A21.

    • Air Travellers (Financial Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s estimate of the number of UK leisure passengers who flew without financial...

      Air Travellers (Financial Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1259W, on air travellers (financial protection), what the timetable is for formal...

      Aviation Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list aviation Ministers since May 1997, indicating the dates between which they held office.

      Civil Aviation (Missile Defence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of microwave technologies for deflecting shoulder-fired missiles in the civil aviation sector.

      Classic Aircraft (Insurance Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of regulations on the costs of insurance for classic aircraft.

      Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial support his Department has given to community transport schemes in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Staff (Stress)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees...

      Driver Vehicle Licensing (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency has carried out in the past 12 months regarding the future of Driver Vehicle Licensing Northern...

      Driving Tests (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) passes and (b) failures of driving tests there were in each test centre in Kent in each of the last five years.

      Electric Wheelchairs/Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to increase the number of electric powered wheelchair and scooter users who take out insurance cover.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made ofthe effects on aircraft noise over Hammersmith and Fulham if the proposed third runway is built at Heathrow.

      Helicopter Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce controls on helicopter flights in residential areas to reduce noise nuisance; and if he will make a statement.

      House Building (South-east)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the Government's house building targets for the south-east on (a) traffic flows and (b) consequent...

      Maritime Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the Incident Management System computer database operated by the Maritime Coastguard Agency is working...

      Maritime Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of staffing levels at the Maritime Coastguard Agency; what steps he is taking to improve skill levels in the...

      Pensioners' Free Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what grounds the pensioners' free travel scheme excludes trams; and if he will reconsider this exclusion.

      Rail Infrastructure (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for each London borough the (a) rail viaducts and (b) rail bridges in use which have exceeded their original planned end-of-life date.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of road traffic accidents occurred on or near to the calibration lines of speed cameras in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are taken by the Highways Agency to evaluate the potential effects of road building schemes on (a) sites of special scientific interest, (b)...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which roads in Surrey have had (a) crash barriers removed and (b) solid barriers replaced by wire barriers in the last five years; and if he will make...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much shipping tonnage is registered in the United Kingdom.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to issue his revised guidance on the setting of speed limits in villages.

      Traffic Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many types of road traffic signs are approved by his Department.

  • International Development

    • Jamaica

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has given to Jamaica following its recent earthquake; and if he will make a statement.

    • Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department has in Madagascar; how they will be affected by the closure of the British embassy; and if he will make...

      NGOs (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy not to fund non-governmental organisations who are involved in the one child policy in China.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to the Yemeni Government to promote health services in Yemen.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cleaners' Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what representations the Commission has received from the trade union side of the Whitley Committee regarding...

  • Leader of the House

    • Work-related Stress

      To ask the Leader of the House how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Office in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees in each year;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Baghdad Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on missing and damaged Iraqi artefacts; when she expects the Baghdad Museum to be fully open; and if she...

    • Broadcast Advertising (Food and Drink)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress Ofcom's consultation on proposals to tighten the rules on broadcast advertising, sponsorship and promotion of food and...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the Gambling Commission (a) to issue new casino licences and (b) to publish the Codes of Conduct which will be a...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when applications for a casino licence under the Gaming Act 1968 will cease to be considered.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance will be issued to local authorities to ensure a consistent approach to the issuing of casino licences once the Gambling...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the advisory panel recommendations on location of casinos will relate to (a) local authority areas and (b) specific sites within...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether regenerative benefits will be the only consideration in the granting of a regional casino licence; (2) what criteria the...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there will be a right of appeal against (a) the advisory panel's recommendation and (b) the Secretary of State's decision on the...

      Commonwealth Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to announce her decision concerning the statutory listing of the Commonwealth Institute Building in Kensington.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she will take to encourage private sector landlords to upgrade their digital reception systems in the run up to digital...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pages the form to be completed by pubs to gain renewal of licences under the Licensing Act 2003 comprises.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost to a typical pub of complying with the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department is taking to ensure that those individuals and businesses that have been brought into the licensing...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 and related regulations requiring a single individual to take legal...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of licence applications under the Licensing Act 2003 which have been received to date by local...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will grant automatic extensions of existing public house licences which do not seek a variation on the terms of the licence.

      Olympic Bid 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what safeguards are in place to ensure that local community sporting initiatives arenot adversely affected by the London 2012 Olympic bid.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) the special advisers in her Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing...

  • Prime Minister

    • EU Budget

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he received from the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on the recent negotiations on the EU's budget.

    • Floods (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 795, when the hon. Member for Vale of York will be able to meet the relevant Minister; and if he...

      Ken Bigley

      To ask the Prime Minister what the results were of the FBI test on the hairbrush belonging to Ken Bigley; and what information he has received on the whereabouts of Mr. Bigley's body.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 271W, on ministerial duties, whether he spent more or less than 48 hours performing his official duties in...

      Mistakes

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his speech to the Labour party spring conference, what mistakes he has (a) made and (b) admitted to since May 1997.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for 6 June.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister which members of the staff of the British embassy in Washington accompanied him during his official engagements on 6 June.

      Race Relations

      To ask the 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 down by...

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 384W, to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen), on the Royal Prerogative, what the most...

      Sir Richard Dearlove

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Carmarthen, East and Dinefwr on 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1288, on what basis he concluded that the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Office, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing them in the latest year for which...

      Trident

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Sunderland, South on 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1292, if he will undertake to have a vote in Parliament on...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Prime Minister how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Office in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees in each year; how...

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his reply of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1204–05W, on Iraq, whether comments by the British Deputy Senior Judge Advocate on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1204–05W, on Iraq, whether the British Deputy Senior Judge Advocate in Iraq had a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the amount and type of ordnance dropped on Iraq by RAF aircraft was in (a) November 2002, (b) December 2002, (c) January 2003 and (d) February 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists are serving in Iraq; and what proportion had been previously mobilised for service (a) overseas and (b) in Iraq since May 2002.

      Africa (Peace-building)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department has played in strengthening African peace-building capabilities.

      Africa (Peace-building)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department plays in strengthening African peace-building capabilities.

      Second World War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to commemorate the role of women in the Second World War.

      Second World War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on activities organised by his Department to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what forecast he has made of total cost over-runs occurring in current defence procurement projects worth over £1 billion.

      Surface Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to enhance the Royal Navy's surface fleet.

      Veterans' Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with veterans' organisations.

      EU Defence Contribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking in the EU to press for a greater defence contribution from EU states.

      Armed Forces Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel applied to take up appointments with defence industry companies in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, broken down by rank; and how...

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in each year since 2001–02; and for each year, on how many...

      EU Military Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list staff on secondment to EU military bodies, broken down by grade.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many custody suites each of the services operates in Gibraltar; and how often each was used in each of the last three years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses work in Gibraltar Naval Hospital.

      Kandahar (Service Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) aircraft, (b) airmen, (c) soldiers and (d) sailors the UK has in the Kandahar area; and under whose operational command they are.

      Military Costs (Afghanistan/Middle East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the costs of military involvement in (a) Afghanistan and (b) the Middle East since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Readiness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the finding of the National Audit Office report Assessing and Reporting Military Readiness, paragraph 2.44,...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications there were from civilians to join UK regular forces in (a) commissioned and (b) non-commissioned posts in each quarter since 2002.

      Recuperation Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects recuperation levels within the RAF to return to pre-Operation Telic levels of readiness.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on manning levels in the Royal Air Force.

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the most recent continuous attitude surveys for each of the services will be completed; and if he will place copies in the Library.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the manning levels of the Territorial Army are.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Territorial Army in Chorley.

      Troop Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of troop deployments to Iraq in each of the next three years; and from which budgets they will be funded.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft are in use with the Royal Air Force.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Government Car Agency plans to replace cars in the ministerial fleet with cars which use alternative fuel technology.

    • Myerscough Quarry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to his written answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1226W, which local stakeholders are being consulted in the early stages of...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations (Amendment)...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

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

    • Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what weaknesses were uncovered in which power stations during recent inspections by Government nuclear inspectors of the graphite cores...

      Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate the total cost of closing down each advanced gas-cooled reactor nuclear power station in order to carry out maintenance...

      Advantage West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been provided by Advantage West Midlands for each regeneration zone in the west midlands in each year since they were established.

      Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer given on 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 68W, on agents, on how many occasions in the previous year UK trade and...

      Air Travellers (Financial Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of consumers' understanding of financial protection schemes for air travellers; and if he will make a...

      Carbon Abatement Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the economic effects on UK industry of the use of carbon abatement technologies.

      Carbon Abatement Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support the Government plan to offer to encourage companies (a) to undertake further research into clean coal technologies, (b) to invest...

      Carbon Abatement Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to support the development of clean coal technology in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the US Department of Energy regarding its FutureGen carbon sequestration initiative.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential for carbon sequestration in the North sea oil fields.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government have spent on research and development into carbon sequestration technology in the past five years.

      Coal Gasification Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry of what (a) public and (b) private proposals in the UK (i) to develop new power plants that utilise coal gasification technology and (ii) to...

      Coal Liabilities Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports have been received since January 2004 from Coal Liabilities Unit staff responsible for updating the storybooks that detail where...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work from...

      Corporate Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1162–63W, on Corporate Social Responsibility, how the sums allocated to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (a) concerning outstanding correspondence, dated 10 December 2004...

      Defence Industrial Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what aspects of defence industrial capability he is seeking to develop.

      Defence Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the duties and responsibilities are of the Export Control Organisation's (a) Policy Unit, (b) Chemical Weapons Convention Unit, (c)...

      Electricity Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average amount spent by each household in England on electricity was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Energy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for his Department to conduct a review of the Government's energy strategy.

      England-Belgium Gas Interconnector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the England-Belgium gas interconnector enhancement project will be completed; and whether the project is on schedule.

      Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 897W, on the Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme, whether UK Trade and...

      Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 897W, on the Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme, whether UK Trade and...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library thereports submitted by ASE Consulting in relation to its review of the Export Control Organisation's services.

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library the terms of reference for ASE Consulting's review of the Export Control Organisation's services.

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) organisations and (b) other Government departments (i) his Department and (ii) consultants commissioned by his Department have...

      Home Computing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the percentage of households in Worcester that (a) own a home computer, (b) have access to the internet via a...

      Humbly Grove/Hole House Farm Gas Storage Facility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the (a) Humbly Grove gas storage facility and (b) upgrade of the Hole House Farm storage facility will be complete.

      Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what position the United Kingdom will take on liberalisation of (a) agricultural markets, (b) non-agricultural markets and (c) service...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of its actions in trying to prevent MG Rover entering administration; and if he will make a statement.

      Miners (Compensation Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many health-related claims for compensation from surface workers in the coal industry have been refused.

      Miners (Compensation Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in coal miners have been refused where the claimant worked more than five...

      Non-agricultural Market Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's stance at the World Trade Organisation is on non-agricultural market access negotiations, with particular reference to...

      North West (Economy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to strengthen the regional economy of the north west following the redundancies announced by Lappett...

      Oil and Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential consequences for the UK's energy security of continued reliance on imported oil and natural gas.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of people over state pension age who were (a) working in low paid jobs, (b) receiving the minimum wage...

      Post Office Services (Amington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry when Post Office Ltd. will write to the hon. Member for Tamworth regarding provision of post office services in Amington, as promised in the...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many press officers the Department employed in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Public Telephone Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are made for public consultation in respect of decisions to remove public telephone boxes.

      Renewable Energy (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being taken to encourage the use of renewable energy in Coventry, South.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Mail about delivery of mail in Essex.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to share the ownership of Royal Mail beyond Government.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Department has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

      Tupe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will publish new guidelines for TUPE arrangements covering the movement of public sector workers into the private sector.

      Union of Democratic Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether officials from his Department (a) advised and (b) assisted the Union of Democratic Mineworkers to set up Vendside.

      Union of Democratic Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what monitoring his Department undertook of the activities of Vendside.

      Union of Democratic Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department became aware of the business relationship between Vendside and Walker and Co. Claims Services Ltd.

      Union of Democratic Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department became aware of the need to investigate the activity of Vendside and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers relating to coal...

      Union of Democratic Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action his Department plans to take to safeguard the claims of former miners and their widows whose claims were lodged with Vendside; and...

      Union of Democratic Mineworkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will suspend his Department's handling agreement with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers pending the conclusion of the fraud squad...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what estimate the Government have made of the cost to local councils of the implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will (a) issue guidelines on how to increase voter registration and (b) produce a league table of the best- and...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will assess the implications of the experience of the introduction of single registration in Northern Ireland for voter...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much hasbeen spent in real terms on voter registration per elector in each local authority area in each of the last 10years.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will assess the merits of using (a) council tax registration, (b) Census and (c) Labour Force Survey data to augment the...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact voter under-registration has on the Department's aim of the greatest possible...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will seek to amend data protection legislation to allow the exchange of information between local authority departments...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005 to the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Derek Wyatt), Official Report, column...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether voter under-registration will be taken into account by the boundary commission when reviewing boundaries in England.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make an assessment of the impact of the level of legal aid on high street solicitors' firms.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how barristers will be remunerated for preparatory work on criminal cases eligible for legal aid which do not proceed to trial.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect on turnout of postal voting on demand.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cases resulting in conviction there have been of (a) denying another person's right to a secret vote when using a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many customers have responded to the invitation to move to the direct payment of pensions and benefits stating that they couldnot...

    • Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has toevaluate the success of the exceptions scheme for people who are unable to use Post Office card accounts or...

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Gordon and (b) the North East of Scotland have been contacted about the move to the Direct Payment of benefits and...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1247W, on disability living allowance, what assessment he has made of the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what criteria were used to set the broad rental market areas in the housing benefit pathfinders; how often they will be reviewed; and how...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average response time is for processing new applications for income support; and what the figure is for applications received by the...

      Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Sure Start maternity grants have been paid to mothers in each age cohort from 12 to 19 in each year since 2000–01; and how many...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Post Office card accounts have been opened; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are estimated to be living below the poverty line in each London borough.

  • Treasury

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged over 18 years there were in each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales according to the 2001 census, broken down by ward.

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the legal basis was for the disclosure of personal information, by the Registrar General, from closed decennial censuses for England and Wales, during...

      Accountancy Secondments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals from (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) Grant Thornton and (f) BDO Stoy Hayward are seconded...

      Alcohol/Drug Related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many deaths, in each Government Office region, alcohol was the primary cause in each of the last five years.

      Alcohol/Drug Related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which the primary cause was (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs there were in (i) Stroud and (ii) Gloucestershire in each of the last five...

      Antisocial Behaviour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what data the Office for National Statistics (a) collects and (b) publishes on the antisocial behaviour of (i) children and (ii) adults at a (A) ward and...

      Aviation Fuel Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek international agreement to a tax on aviation fuel, with the revenue hypothecated to the alleviation of global poverty.

      Breach of Confidence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons sued the Registrar General in the English courts for breach of confidence for releasing personal information from the closed 1901 decennial...

      Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many carers were recorded by the 2001 Census, broken down by (a) under 18 years, (b) 18 to 64 years, (c) 65 to 74 years, (d) 75 years and over and (e)...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rules apply to claimants for child benefit for a child born in the UK who had entered the UK under the family reunion scheme on the agreement that they...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances it is permissible for child benefit to be paid to a UK national father of a child who is a UK citizen whose mother is subject to...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to delay the proposed transfer from Jobcentre Plus to HM Revenue and Customs of administration of child tax credit; and if he will make a...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of take-up of the Child Trust Funds is in Northern Ireland.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letters to him dated 18 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to the religious lobby on world...

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by HM Treasury to departments on what they should disclose in their spring 2005 departmental reports.

      Double Taxation Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with how many countries the UK has a double taxation agreement or treaty.

      Drug Deaths (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fatalities attributed to drug use in Lincolnshire there have been in each year since 1997.

      Drug Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to stop drugs being imported into the UK; and how much the Government has invested in drugs detection technology in (a)...

      Emigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK subjects have emigrated to live in Commonwealth countries since 2001.

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unfunded pensions liabilities of the European Union institutions are; what Council Decision forms the legal base for supporting the accounting...

      Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of what total managed expenditure between 1999 and 2000 and 2007–08 would have been had spending been increased by 2.5 per...

      Faith Awareness Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants in the Department received faith awareness training in 2004.

      G8 Conference

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who will bear the policing costs of the G8 conference.

      Great Britain National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the administrative costs were of the National Insurance Fund in each of the last three years; what the value of the Fund is; what estimate he has made...

      HIPCs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the suspension of debt servicing agreed by the G7 for the 18 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) who have reached their HIPC Initiative...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have been recorded where (a) Clostridium difficile associated disease, (b) MRSA, (c) vancomycin resistant enterococci, (d) multi-resistant...

      Illegal Firearms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to stop the smuggling of illegal firearms into the UK.

      Insurance Premium Tax Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from Customs and Excise in the last 10 years regarding cases of alleged fraud by insurance companies using the...

      Jersey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Jersey on the introduction of a zero-ten tax rate; and if he will make a statement.

      Lisbon Score Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relative performance of the UK by comparison with other EU member states in respect of the Lisbon score card measures of...

      Mortgage Mis-selling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the mis-selling of shared appreciation mortgages; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance (Offshore Facilities/Registration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effect is on (a) UK nationals and (b) non-UK nationals access to benefits conditional on payment of national insurance contributions of their...

      National Insurance (Offshore Facilities/Registration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the (a) Scottish Executive and (b) the management of Caledonian MacBrayne on offshore crewing; what assessment he has made...

      National Insurance (Offshore Facilities/Registration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, columns 391–92W, on offshore facilities, what discussions he has had with the Scottish...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exempt all individuals on minimum wage from income tax and national insurance contributions.

      Oil Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) actual and (b) forecast oil revenues are for the 2005–06 financial year to date.

      Personal Finances (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) unsecured debt per person and (b) annual income in London has been in each year since 1997.

      PRODCOM Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost to a small business of management time in completing and returning PRODCOM forms.

      PRODCOM Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses have been required to complete PRODCOM returns in each of the last five years.

      PRODCOM Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average fine imposed on small businesses in (i)Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) England for failure to return...

      Revenue and Customs (Haverfordwest)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to change the status of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Haverfordwest; and if he will make a statement on what changes he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of overpayment of tax credits are being investigated by tax credit offices; how many cases of overpayment have been resolved since the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated take-up rate is for (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit; and how many families he estimates are entitled but not claiming.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of tax credit overpayment was in the 2003–04 financial year in Peterborough constituency.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid in tax credits since 2003, broken down by (a) London borough and (b) local authority in Essex.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to stop overpayments of tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensation payments have been made by HM Revenue and Customs for tax credit problems in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04, (c) 2004–05...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the total cost of administering tax credits in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06; and if he will make a...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of tax credit (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments in 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the total amount of tax credits overpaid in 2003–04 has so far been recovered; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit payments have been made to the wrong bank account; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit awards were made in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 to households with incomes of (i)£40,000 per annum and (ii)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments were not clawed back in 2003–04 due to the operation of the £2,500 disregard; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average waiting time to get through on the public tax credit helpline for each month since January 2003; and if he will make a...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what date the redesigned tax credit award notices will be available for (a) publication and (b) consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the number of tax credit overpayments in 2003–04 that were caused by HM Revenue and Customs error; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments of tax credits during 2003–04 were recovered before the end of the financial year.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress in resolving computer problems relating to tax credit payments.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the total cost of the £2,500 disregard for increases in annual income for tax credit entitlement for 2003–04; and if he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters have been received by (a) his Department and (b) the Inland Revenue from hon. Members on tax credits for each month since January 2003; and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of tax credit payments have had an error of some kind, in each year from 2003–04 to 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit award notices were sent out in total in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit have been more expensive to administer than the working families tax credit; and if he will make...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the average time taken to respond to a letter of complaint from a member of the public regarding tax credits in each month from...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005 by the Paymaster General, Official Report, columns 801–14, on tax credits, if he will change the payments...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has updated his forecast for the price of a barrel of oil as set out in his Budget report.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many instances of recovery of overpayments or excess payments have been disputed by tax credit recipients in each of the last two years; (2) how...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of administering (a) family credit, (b) working families tax credit and disabled person's tax credit and (c) child tax credit and working tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of tax credit overpayments written off in each month since April 2003.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14 by the Paymaster General on tax credits, what estimate he has made of the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14 by the Paymaster General, on tax credits, what assessment he has made of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14 by the Paymaster General, on tax credits, what timetable has been set to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when discussions with EDS on compensation for problems with the tax credit IT system were started; how much compensation has been paid by EDS; and if he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments there were in 2004–05; and what the value was.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14, by the Paymaster General, on tax credits, if he will change the payments...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will revise the operation of tax credits complaints procedures so that individual case officers within HM Revenue and Customs are assigned to each case.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legal advice he has received in relation to recoveryof overpaid tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests to reconsider the recovery of overpayments of working tax credit were received in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

      Tax Gap

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) use a model similar to that used by the US Inland Revenue Service to estimate the tax gap in the UK and (b) regularly publish the results of...

      Tax Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax incentives are available to businesses locating and operating in the UK.

      Tax Relief (Pension Contributions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the cost of tax life on pension contributions in (a) 2005–06 (b) 2006–07 and (c) 2007–08, broken down by tax...

      Taxation

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

      Taxis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on reducing the VAT rate on condoms.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the VAT gap was in each year since 1997.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken within his Department to support the International Year of the Volunteer; and what steps have been taken to promote volunteering...

      Young People (Denbighshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of young people are not in employment, education or training in Denbighshire, broken down by ward and listed in descending order.

  • Home Department

    • Scrap it" Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons his Department plans to withdraw funding for the Scrap It campaign.

    • Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

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

      Additional Police Officers (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contractual relationship is entered into when a local authority funds additional police officers; and whether funding is (a) on the...

      Additional Police Officers (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has approved the contract to be signed between Gloucestershire county council and Gloucestershire police authority to meet the new...

      African Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken since September 2001 to prevent the importation of children from Africa to be murdered as human sacrifices in...

      Agency Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding the (a) Youth Crime Programme Board, (b) Crime Reduction Delivery Board, (c) Penalty Notices for Disorder Operational Working...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to minors in each of the last five years, broken down by age.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in each of the last four years for which figures are available; and what proportion...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been served on people with (a) mental health problems and (b) disabilities.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest figures are for the numbers of occasions on which antisocial behaviour orders have been breached; and when figures will be...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what types of behaviour antisocial behaviour orders have been used; and how many antisocial behaviour orders have been used for each type...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the effectiveness of antisocial behaviour orders will be evaluated; and what the criteria for the evaluation will be.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government will be required to pay to GSL UK Ltd. as a consequence of not proceeding with the accommodation centre for asylum...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the cost of the proposed accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester is attributable to the cost of the...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department acquired the site for the proposed accommodation centre at Bicester from the Ministry of Defence at full market value.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places he expects there to be at the secure detention centre for failed asylum seekers at Bicester.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal advice is provided to failed asylum seekers held in secure detention centres.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who he expects to run the proposed secure detention centre at Bicester.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason applicants for asylum arriving from France are not returned to France.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will renegotiate the bilateral agreement with France to enable the UK to send asylum seekers arriving from France back to France to...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on provision for asylum seekers in each local authority since 1995.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants from (a) Somalia, (b) Ethiopia, (c) Eritrea, (d) Democratic Republic of Congo, (e) Senegal and (f) Ivory Coast...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will allow asylum seekers to work while awaiting a decision on their cases.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on deporting failed asylum seekers who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, following the Court of Appeal's...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will grant indefinite leave to remain to asylum seekers proven to have come to the UK from Zimbabwe and held in UK detention centres...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will ensure that no asylum detainee is transported to a port of departure pursuant to a deportation order in a vehicle without...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum detainees have received new orders for deportation during the course of investigation into complaints made against escort...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female asylum seekers were accepted into the UK since 1997.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the investigation into the complaints made by Angeline Bure, Ashley S. Tshabangu and Anastancia Zulu, Zimbabwean nationals, against...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he received notification of a complaint by Angeline Bure, Ashley S. Tshabangu and Anastancia Zulu, Zimbabwean nationals, about the...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received concerning the conduct of escort services for asylum detainees to and from Yarl's Wood and...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from Zimbabwean nationals in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005; and if he...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications from Zimbabwe have been successful in the past 18 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum in the UK were made in 2004; and how many of those applying were detained during the application process.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to stop illegal immigrants being smuggled into the UK.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will review the immigration process for overseas doctors who have passed the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board Test.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration cases that were suspended following the Sutton Report have not yet been processed.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures he is undertaking to increase the number of immigration staff at key immigration posts in the UK; (2) when he expects...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which officials are entitled to assess the standard of English of an applicant for citizenship in the UK; (2) what qualifications an...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the length of visit visa that can be issued to an overseas doctor on successful completion of the Professional...

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas doctors (a) made original applications for, (b) passed and (c) failed the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the incidence of false positive alerts from the automatic number plate recognition system.

      Biometric Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the error rate and (b) the durability of (i) fingerprint identification, (ii) retina identification and...

      Citizenship Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the citizenship tests will contain; who will sit them; and what will happen to an applicant who fails the citizenship test.

      Citizenship Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have commissioned research into the usefulness of citizenship tests in helping people to settle in the UK.

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in each year since 2001–02; and for each year...

      Computer Misuse Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to reform the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter of 14 January, from the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire, regarding the application of Edward Salmon...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reason was for the delay in the reply to the letter dated 29 October 2004 from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter dated 1 June 2005 from the hon. Member for Woking concerning Mr. Ahmed (references A581078/3 and PO7892/04).

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 3 June from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to Mr. James Milsom Boland.

      Cost of Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the average cost per year of a prisoner held in (a) PFI-funded and (b) non PFI-funded prisons in each of the...

      Credit Card Fraud (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of credit card fraud in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Crime and Disorder Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of crime and disorder partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Criminal Records Bureau to have the necessary functionality to analyse disclosure applications by employment group.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Records Bureau disclosure applications were received in each of the last 12 months; how many were issued; and what the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment his Department has made of the health effects of prolonged cannabis use.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what alternatives to the charitable sector there are for the provision of facilities for (a) drug treatment and testing orders and (b)...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for the (a) supply and (b) possession with intent to supply of (i) heroin, (ii) crack cocaine, (iii) all class...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the numbers of (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions that are likely to result in each of the next years from the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to make information available to those attending nightclubs on the effects of combining the use of Viagra...

      English Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that English appears as an option for nationality on Government documents and questionnaires; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress towards setting up an EU joint border force.

      Exorcism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to monitor the activities of certain churches in London that are known or believed to carry out exorcisms or similar...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he (a) has had and (b) intends to have with his US counterpart about the extradition regime between the UK and the US.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on their extradition regime arrangements with the United States of America.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extradition cases are outstanding in which the United States is seeking the extradition of individuals to the US from the UK.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for extradition were received in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004 from each of the countries that were...

      Friedhelm Eronat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assurances were sought by his Department from Friedhelm Eronat about the prospective scope of his business activities before the...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of illegal gangmaster activity have been (a) detected and (b) successfully prosecuted in the last five years; and how many...

      Gleneagles Summit (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the cost of security for the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

      Human Detection Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government have spent on human detection equipment at UK (a) airports and (b) ports in 2004–05.

      Identity Checks (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, column 656W to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mark Fisher), on identity...

      LD50

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is for the permitted use of the mouse LD50 procedure by themanufacturers of (a) Dysport and (b) Botox; and if he...

      LD50

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department what recent assessment he has made of alternatives to the use of the mouse LD50 procedure.

      Magic Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he has had with people and organisations outside his Department about possible risks associated with using magic...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions which have resulted in custodial sentences there have been for (a) drink-driving and (b) other motoring offences in each...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the efficiency of and (b) security arrangements for issuing passports by the Newport passport office; and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) administrative staff there are in the Dyfed Powys constabulary.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the guidance sent by his Department to Hertfordshire police officers since June 2004; what the cost of providing the guidance...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the London borough of Haringey on 31 March; how many there were on 31 March (a) 2000 and (b) 1995; and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations have (a) closed and (b) opened in each police force authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training new police officers receive in (a) typing and (b) IT skills.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers are registered on the police DNA elimination database.

      Retail Crime Initiative (Hemel Hempstead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department will make of the Hemel Hempstead Shopwatch scheme as a model for implementation in other parts of the...

      Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students have applied to join the Science and Engineering Graduate scheme since its launch on 25 October 2004, broken down by...

      Sectors Based Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written statement of 23 June 2005, Official Report, columns 47–49WS, on the Sectors Based Scheme review, if he will...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate for (a) rape and (b) other sexual offences was in 2003–04 in each police force area in England and Wales.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which countries of origin students with student visas are required to report changes of residence; and how many such changes in...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members there are of the task force considering student visa charges and requirements; and whether the task force will consider the...

      Unaccompanied Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the National Register of Unaccompanied Children to be operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Unaccompanied Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied child asylum seekers from Africa have arrived in each of the 33 London boroughs since 2001.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) spending has been allocated and (b) policy initiatives have been pursued to support the International Year of the Volunteer.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 166W, on Nazi war criminals, how many personal files of alleged war crimes...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 296W, on war crimes, which other agencies he is working with; what lines of...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 297W, on Nazi war criminals, what the outcome was of the war crimes inquiry...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which overseas (a) law enforcement agencies and (b) voluntary organisations (i) his Department and (ii) the Metropolitan Police had...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's backlog of cases is for the worker registration scheme for nationals of (a) Poland, (b) Hungary, (c) Slovenia, (d)...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plan to implement worker registration schemes for nationals of future member states of the European Union.

      Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department defines an appropriate period in respect of the amount of time an applicant must have lived in Scotland for the purposes...

      Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the eligibility criteria for the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme do not include post-graduate diplomas.

      Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department has set for the (a) number of applications, (b) number of successful applications and (c) uptake of successful...

      Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will publish the first set of figures on applications to the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme; and what data will be...

      Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that Fresh Talent scheme visa holders remain in Scotland for the two-year period specified in the scheme.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that Tafara Nhendu (Home Office reference M116 1492) is not deported to Zimbabwe.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 184W, on academies, what role her Department plays in determining the...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to clarify the rules concerning admissions to academies for children with special educational needs.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of city academies of independent provision within the state sector, with particular...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will extend the requirement to register with the General Teaching Council to teachers in academies; (2) what discussions she...

      Adult/Community Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to encourage schools, including schools which do not fall under local authority control, to make their facilities...

      Adult/Community Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's priorities are for the provision of adult and community learning; and what targets have been set.

      Alcohol Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources her Department has given to schools for educating children about the effects of alcohol for the 2004–05 academic year.

      Children's Commissioner for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what memoranda of understanding have been issued to address (a) issues arising from children in Wales appealing to the Children's...

      Children's Commissioner for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what memoranda of understanding have been issued to ensure effective communication between the Children's Commissioner for England and the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the auditors' report on the use of consultants within her Department will be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what value for money procedures the Department uses when considering the use of consultants.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of education maintenance allowances in increasing (a) participation and (b) attainment in...

      Education Services (Worcestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children who live in Worcestershire attend school in another local authority, broken down by local authority; and how many children...

      Entry to Employment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people are participating in the Entry to Employment programme; and how many are expected to be participating by the end of July.

      EU Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many EU students she expects to attend higher education institutions in England in each year between 2006 and 2010.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects building to start on the new faith school in Everton.

      Family Resolutions Pilot Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many couples have been referred to the Family Resolutions Pilot Project since its inception; and how many have not been referred for...

      Foresters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to promote the training and development of foresters.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were taken into care in each Government Office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004; how many of those children were...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in external foster care of local authorities in each Government office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will establish a system for registration of private fostering; and if she will make a statement.

      Functional Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what pilot initiatives her Department has set up to test the teaching of functional skills in mathematics and English at GCSE level.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proportion of black and ethnic minority students in (a) the London borough of Southwark, (b) Greater London and (c) England is in...

      Key Stage 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 357W, on key stage learning, when the review of the key stage 3...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what account the Learning and Skills Council takes of cost pressures arising from higher than average local wage levels in allocating...

      Literacy/Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used to assess the functional literacy and numeracy of school leavers.

      Literacy/Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the differences in (a) assessment, (b) teaching and (c) content between the proposed tests of functional...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of looked-after children aged under two years in each London borough experienced three or more changes of...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of mathematics teachers teaching in secondary schools have degrees in mathematics.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ask the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to review the requirement for coursework in GCSE mathematics specifications.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students entered as candidates for mathematics (a) at GCSE or O-level and (b) A-level in each of the last 30 years.

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities have (a) established protocols for joint working across all agencies for children who go missing, (b) established a...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 492W, on building schools for the future (BSF), how much money has been set...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the estimated income was from fees paid by (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate non-EU students in higher education...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 491W, on Prison Education, (1) how much has been spent on supporting Open...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 491W, on prison education, which subjects are covered by access courses;...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list reviews of examination standards undertaken by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority since its establishment.

      School Building Projects (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school building projects will take place in 2005–06 in Chorley; and how much money has been allocated.

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether schools are under an obligation regularly to review their school bullying policy.

      School Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of secondary school pupils left formal education at the statutory permitted age of 16 in each of the last five...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had on implementing the Government's strategy for improving school meals; and how many of these discussions...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will require schools to comply with the nutrient-based standards for school meals published by the Caroline Walker Trust on 23 June.

      School Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many temporary buildings there were on school premises in each London borough in(a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005, broken down by...

      School Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's policy is on dealing with violence taking place in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals she has received from learning and skills councils relating to school sixth forms referring to (a) closure, (b)...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many proposals to close moderate learning disability special schools in the last eight years went to adjudication; and how many schools...

      Student Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the responsibility of universities for student unions in respect of the implementation of race relations and...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and junior school teachers, (b) secondary school teachers and (c) classroom assistants there were in (i) West Sussex,...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the qualifications approved for teaching in maintained schools under section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

      Training and Enterprise Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total value was of Training and Enterprise Council (a) assets and (b) cash reserves received by her Department; and how much of...

      Training and Enterprise Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which of the former training and enterprise council pension schemes have not yet been transferred to the Principal Civil Service Pension...

      Training and Enterprise Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason she appointed an administrative receiver to manage the affairs of the Heart of England Training and Enterprise Council.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effects of making module grades of A level students available to universities as an interim measure...

      University Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many university students graduated in each discipline in each of the last five years.

      Work Experience Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action her Department is taking to improve the evaluation of work experience schemes for school children.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in her Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours per day (a) 16 to 18-year-old and (b) over 18-year-old prisoners in each young offenders institution receive of (i)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Altayib Ali Ahmed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations on the case of Altayib Ali Ahmed sentenced to death in Khartoum.

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the effect of the shift in status of the British Council from a non-departmental public body to a...

      British Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total saving to his Department has been in each year since the British embassies in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer the letter dated 19 May from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mukhtar Ali.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Turkey concerning numbers and types of equipment of the Turkish Army in northern Cyprus; and...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review his Department's advice to UK nationals considering purchasing property in occupied Cyprus; and if he will...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of man hours required to fill in the Collinson Grant questionnaires on process activity...

      Diversity Advisory Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the role is of his Department's diversity advisory groups; what activities the groups undertake; what the cost was of each...

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at which (a) receptions and (b) parties in overseas missions to celebrate the Queen's birthday in 2005 English wine was served...

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what percentage of his Department's budget for (a) the UK and (b) missions overseas was spent on (i) English wine,...

      EU Diplomatic Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many diplomatic staff are employed by the EU.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much public money he estimates will be spent on hospitality at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles on 6 July.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the Government have received on the (a) circumstances of the arrest and (b) detention location of trade union...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) size, (b) capability and (c) tactics of insurgent forces in Iraq.

      Joint Intelligence Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which officials serve on the Joint Intelligence Committee; whether officials of foreign governments attend meetings of the...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests he has received (a) via the UN and (b) from the President of Kosovo for UK military support to keep order during...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he proposes to close the British Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar; what net savings he expects; and if he will make a...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the current value of the small grants scheme in Antananarivo is; and whether it will continue after the closure of the...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for continuing to represent British interests in Madagascar after the closure of the British Embassy there;...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make representations to the Nigerian Government to uphold its side of the Bakassi peninsula agreement...

      Nuclear Weapons (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) possession and (b) development of nuclear weapons technologies in African states; and if...

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects on counter-narcotics strategies of the lifting of the by-law in the Cusco...

      Sir David Manning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1282W, on Sir David Manning, whether Sir David Manning declined...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of...

      Stranded Air Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the ability of UK embassies and consulates to provide assistance to British citizens stranded...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan about British business interests in Sudan; and if he will make a...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support the Tibetan autonomy movement; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for free and fair elections in Uganda, with particular reference to (a) the 1997...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ugandan authorities regarding the return of (a) Dr. Kizza Besigye and (b) Dr. Apollo Milton...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Ugandan authorities regarding (i) the cost of the June...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to put pressure on Zimbabwe in relation to human rights.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government are making to the Zimbabwean Government regarding the recent ZANU-PF slum clearances.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make representations for Operation Murabatsvina to be discussed at the African Union Summit in Libya.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have participated in adult education courses in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

    • Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up is of breast screening opportunities for women in the age categories for which the service is offered through the NHS; and if...

      Cancer Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many women have died from (a) ovarian cancer and (b) breast cancer in each board area since 2000 in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland how many (a) nursing homes and (b) residential homes in Northern Ireland charge top-up fees; and what the average top-up fees are in each case.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many clinical negligence complaints have been lodged in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and how many of those complaints...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work from...

      Electricity Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average amount spent by each household in Northern Ireland on electricity was in the last year for which figures are available.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what activities and meetings are planned to take place in Northern Ireland in connection with the UK presidency of the European Union.

      Free Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce free bus travel for people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to each of the Northern Ireland Government...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students there have been in colleges of further education in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Health and Safety Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) planned and (b) unannounced health and safety inspections were carried out in each health and safety district in Northern Ireland...

      Health and Safety Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Health and Safety officials are employed in each health and safety district in Northern Ireland broken down by rank; and what the...

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications were received for the post of Commissioner within the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, broken down by party...

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many adults in Northern Ireland have been classified as illiterate in each year since 1997.

      Kidney Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are awaiting a kidney transplant in Northern Ireland, broken down by health trust; and how long each patient has been waiting.

      Mackie's Site, West Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by (a) Invest Northern Ireland and (b) other Government agencies and departments in respect of the road layout in the...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of people are registered with an NHS dentist in each board area in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Parade Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date the office of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland received the legal opinion about Parade Application...

      Paramedic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to introduce NHS car/motorcycle paramedic services in Northern Ireland as an alternative to the use of the traditional...

      Rates Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total revenue from (a) the regional rates and (b) district rates in Northern Ireland was in each year since 2001.

      Restorative Justice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on restorative justice schemes in Northern Ireland.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils resident in the Belfast Education and Library Board area have attended schools outside that area in each year since 2001.

      Visually Impaired People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are registered as visually impaired in Northern Ireland; what services are available for people who are visually impaired; what...

      Waste Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of collecting household rubbish per household in Northern Ireland has been in each year since 1997.

  • Health

    • Adverse Drug Reactions (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the number of (a) 50 to 64-year-olds, (b) 65 to 74-year-olds and (c) over 75-year-olds who (i) died and (ii) were...

    • Alliance Medical Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into consideration when determining whether Alliance Medical should provide scanning services in the NHS.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to assist carers of patients with advanced Alzheimer's disease in Hornsey and Wood Green; and if she will make a statement.

      Antipsychotic Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in each of the last five years for (a) atypical, (b) traditional and (c) all antipsychotic medication in each (i)...

      Arm's-length Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes outlined in the Department's Implementation Framework for reconfiguring its arm's length bodies, published on 30 November 2004, will require...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 May 2005, Official Report, columns 76–77W, on breast cancer, what discussions her Department has had with the National...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of breast cancer patients lived for at least five years after treatment in the last period for which figures are available; and if she...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial resources are being made available in 2005–06 for (a) research into and (b) increasing public awareness of the causes of (i) lung...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on cervical cancer screening in the NHS.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will investigate the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network's decision to place a moratorium on the use of a number of newly licensed cancer drugs.

      Counterfeit Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what actions the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is taking to tackle the distribution of counterfeit medicines through the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Hertfordshire have applied for personal dentist service contracts; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists undertaking NHS work there are in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley South Ribble primary care trust; and if she will list the practices...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Dental Practice Board calculates the notional patient lists for personal dental services applicants.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase the number of NHS dentists in Portsmouth.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of providing NHS dentistry in Portsmouth was in each of the last five years; how the money was allocated; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions she has made for dentistry in Shrewsbury.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the contractual arrangements are for those dentists who are seeking to expand the numbers of NHS patients on their list by recruiting additional...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students there were (a) at the Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School and (b) the Newcastle upon Tyne Dental School in each of the last five years;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned into the relationship between domestic violence experienced by children and post traumatic stress disorder.

      Drug Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the drug rehabilitation (a) centres and (b) other facilities which are available to residents of Portsmouth.

      Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust area referred urgently with suspected breast cancer waited for more than two weeks for an...

      Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust area waited more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months, (d) 12 months, (e)...

      Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were in the Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust area in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04;...

      Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targeted funding hospitals in the Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust area have received for the provision of acute stroke care; and if she will...

      Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing vacancies there are in the Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust area; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Care Demand (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of projected population growth in each London strategic health authority area; what assessment she has made of the likely...

      Health Care Demand (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the demands made by the transient population in London in the health service; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Services Administration (Birmingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what bodies for administering health services covering the Birmingham area have been (a) created and (b) abolished since 1985.

      Healthcare and Social Care Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes to primary legislation are required to allow for the merging of the Healthcare and Social Care Commissions.

      Hot Weather-related Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 306W, on hot weather-related conditions, how many hospital admissions in England were...

      Intermediate Care Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate care beds there have been in each year since 1997; and in what health care settings these beds are provided.

      IVF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make it her policy to provide IVF treatment for all relevant NHS patients under 40 years, regardless of where they live; (2) how many...

      London Hospitals (Budgets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was of the (a) Whittington hospital, (b) Royal Free hospital Hampstead, (c) North Middlesex university hospital and (d) Haringey teaching...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what long-term funding for infrastructure is available to support voluntary organisations working to meet the mental health needs of black and minority...

      Mixed Sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the use of mixed sex wards will cease.

      MRI Scans/Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list hospitals which have MRI scanners; and if she will make a statement.

      MRI Scans/Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scans have been carried out at the University hospital, North Durham since 200l.

      NHS Circular 1999/176

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of NHS Circular 1999/176 in each year of its application; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Healthcare Commission (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received by the NHS Healthcare Commission in each (a) London primary care trust and (b) London strategic health authority in...

      Patientline Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the forecast financial benefit to the NHS is of the contract with Patientline in the financial year ended March 2005.

      Prison Counsellors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) psychotherapist and (b) psychodynamic counsellors are available to prisoners; what steps are being taken to increase the number available to...

      Private Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether agency nurses, doctors or technicians who have worked in the NHS in the preceding six months can work for a private diagnostic and treatment...

      Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into whether selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can increase the likelihood of suicide...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that every (a) sexual health clinic and (b) accident and emergency department offers post-exposure prophylaxis to its users.

      Sterile Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether inspection of sterile services departments forms part of the Healthcare Commission's performance ratings.

  • House of Lords

    • Army: Future Requirements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the Army's fighting units to be under strength; and, if so, by how much in percentage terms.

    • Asylum Seekers: Amnesty International Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the recommendations of Amnesty International in their 2005 report Seeking Asylum is not a crime: Detention of people who have sought asylum...

      Asylum Seekers: Bail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many detained asylum seekers were granted bail in 2004.

      Beaches: No Smoking Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many English and Welsh resort beaches now operate (a) a no smoking policy, and (b) a no glass policy.

      Cabinet Office: Air Travel Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent by the Cabinet Office on air travel, both domestic and international, for each of the past eight years.

      Cabinet Office: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the budget for the Cabinet Office in each financial year for the past eight years, expressed in 2005 figures.

      China: North Korean Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since January 2005, they have discussed with the government of China access for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to all refugees or...

      Communication Service Providers: Data Retention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the response to the proposal by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, they still support European...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to change the law to extend the right to roam to cover land surrounding privately-owned listed buildings.

      Disability Discrimination Act 1975

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those public bodies which are sponsored by the Cabinet Office comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1975.

      Electoral Registration and Personal Identifiers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to ensure that recognition information, such as date of birth, does not become part of a public record when it is recorded as part of voter...

      English Heritage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether English Heritage, its staff and volunteers have the right in law to enter land surrounding privately-owned listed buildings for the purpose of taking...

      EU-Iran Human Rights Dialogue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date, during their presidency of the European Union, they will hold the next round of the European Union-Iran human rights dialogue; and what issues they...

      Homicides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9 June (WA 96), why information on homicides in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate: Correspondence Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why it took over five months for the Home Office to reply to a letter from the Lord Naseby (Home Office Reference W2079348; CTS Reference M21460/4).

      Infantry Officers: Redundancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many infantry officers have lodged expressions of interest to be considered for group 1 redundancy.

      Infantry Officers: Redundancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many infantry officers have had their expressions of interest for group 1 redundancy refused.

      Landmark Training Consortium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Landmark Training consortium was awarded preferred bidder status for the project to provide training on tanks and armoured vehicles for the...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the past year the Lord Birt, the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has met the incumbent Cabinet Secretary for bilateral discussions; and...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 June (WA 158) and given that records are not kept of companies which are clients of McKinsey and...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service has discussed with the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, his role as an...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Birt, in his capacity as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has met the Chief of the Defence Staff or the Permanent Under-Secretary of the...

      Oil Storage Tanks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 8 June (WA 85–86), what was the estimated cost under the regulatory impact assessment of October 2001 of...

      Parliamentary Estate: Cost of Electricity

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What was the cost of electricity used on the Parliamentary Estate in the most recent year for which figures are available; whether he will estimate the number of...

      Police National Computer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the upgrade of the police national computer to link the national DNA database and criminal records is now due for completion.

      Prime Minister: Downing Street Gymnasium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 8 June (WA 94), whether any item of physical fitness or exercise equipment has been purchased for...

      Racist Incident Monitoring Annual Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that future Crown Prosecution Service racist incident monitoring annual reports include the religion or belief of the perpetrator, as well...

      Rainforests: Illegal Logging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which countries and organisations they are seeking to form partnerships to develop sustainable rainforests and to protect the livelihoods of indigenous...

      Rainforests: Illegal Logging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the precise nature of the discussions concerning rainforest logging operations which they have been having with (a) the United Nations Forum on Forests;...

      Royal Navy: CVF Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has already been spent and how much has been committed to be spent on the project to build two new carriers for the Royal Navy.

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many registration applications and how many amendment applications have been recorded by the Rural Payments Agency in each of the past four years.

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the recent data capture exercise on rural maps, what was the input error level per member of staff at Northallerton; and whether they had instructions...

      Service Personnel: Fitness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many personnel since April 2003 have been permanently medically downgraded below the standard for their arm or service; of such personnel, how many have been...

      Tourists: Spend per Night

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average spend per night of tourists at (a) seaside resorts in England, and (b) all English tourism destinations.

      Uganda: Constitutional Referendum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the government of Uganda about the forthcoming constitutional referendum and its openness, transparency and democratic...

      Waste Disposal Authorities: Statutory Obligations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial provision has been made by local authorities in the current financial year against the possibility that they may have to pay financial penalties if...

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