Written answers

Wednesday, 13 July 2005

  • Wales

    • Carers' Equal Opportunities Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government concerning the implementation of the Carers' Equal...

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much the Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much the Department has spent on organising or sponsoring conferences in each of the last five years.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on digital television coverage in Wales.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what support will be given to pensioners and people on low incomes in Wales with the costs involved to upgrade to digital television.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, column 615W, on ministerial duties, whether he spent a total of more or less than 24 hours...

      Special Advisers

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

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Business

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) if he will list Government Bills subject to a Programme Motion where each clause was not debated (a) in Standing Committee, (b) in Committee of the Whole...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Compulsory Purchase Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many compulsory purchase orders have been implemented in each local authority in Essex in each of the last five years.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what conditions are necessary for a caravan to be eligible for (a) class C and (b) class G council tax exemption.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Valuation Office Agency has to use private sector firms during the council tax revaluation in England.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether breach of (a) planning regulation, (b) health and safety regulations and (c) building regulations are grounds for deeming occupation of an hereditament to...

      Fire-related Deaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths there were in dwellings in Hornsey and Wood Green in each year since 2000.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many first-time buyers there have been in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many of these he estimates were returners, who...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Department will place in the Vote Office copies of the document published in June entitled High HedgesComplaints: Prevention and Cure", ISBN...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping local authority premises with identity card readers.

      Performance Criteria (County Councils)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what representations he has received from county councils on the number of performance criteria to which they are subject; and if he will make a statement;...

      Social Housing (Chorley)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on social housing needs in Chorley.

  • Education and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of monetary incentives to encourage pupils to pursue post-16 education has been in each year since the incentives were introduced.

    • Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the proportion of graduates in jobs for which a degree was not an advertised requirement one year after...

      Key Stage 2 Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 11-year-olds failed to reach level 2 at KS2 in reading, writing and mathematics in each of the last three years for which...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to introduce measures to assist local authorities in reducing the number of placements experienced by looked-after...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children under 16 years of age (a) were prescribed contraceptive measures and (b) had pregnancy terminations (i) with...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students were assessed to make (a) no contribution towards their fees, (b) a partial contribution towards their fees and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cereal Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of risk of cereal disease due to high temperatures and low rainfall; and if she...

    • Chicken Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of chickens have been imported into the UK in each of the last five years; and from which countries they have...

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's policy on cormorant control following its first winter...

      EU Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the EU Commission proposals for sugar reform; and if she will make a statement.

      Farm Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether farmers will receive their single payment scheme payments in February 2006; whether compensation will be paid to...

      Farm Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single payment scheme applicants indicated on their applications that they did not know what had been grown on their...

      Farm Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Single Payment Scheme applicants have been penalised for submitting application forms after the relevant deadline.

      Farm Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost effects of Single Payment Scheme application forms which failed to meet the deadline...

      Tree Cover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage tree cover in England was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) 10 years ago and...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take sanctions against those cultures who (a) are undertaking and (b) intend to undertake illegal whaling.

  • International Development

    • Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the current status of agreements to issue reduced price HIV retrovirals in Ethiopia.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the total monthly cost to the UK of civil operations in Iraq since March 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by coalition countries on the reconstruction of Iraq in each month since March 2003.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what anti-malaria drugs the Government fund (a) directly, (b) through non-government organisations and (c) through the UN.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which aid to tsunami victims has reached the poorest people affected by the...

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with other EU countries regarding UK ratification of the United Nations Convention Against...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Purchasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the companies from which her Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each...

    • Historic Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps are being taken to reduce the coincidence of regulation from different Government agencies which impacts on the...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what complaints she has received from licence applicants under the Licensing Act 2003 concerning the requirements for statutory plans of...

      Plundered Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy to legislate to enable the return of plundered material from the Second World War held in UK museums and...

      Sports (Participation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates her Department has made of drop out rates for participation in sport among 16 and 17-year-olds in each year since 1997;...

  • Transport

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much office space is occupied by Cross London Rail Links Ltd.; and what rent has been paid for office space for this purpose in each year from 1997.

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to his Department of the Crossrail project, broken down by (a) wages, (b) office costs and (c) other costs was in the last year for which...

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate...

      EU Driver Licensing Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2005, Official Report, column 1129W, on the EU Driver Licensing Committee, who the members are of his Honorary...

      Magnetic Levitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration is being given to magnetic levitation as the propulsion system for the possible new North-South railway.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on proposals to change the timetabling for trains running along the Hastings to London Victoria line.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his plans are for the improvement of rail (a) infrastructure and (b) services in Hampshire in eachof the next three years; and if he will make a...

      Road Schemes (North-west)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the major road schemes in (a) the north-west and (b) Lancashire which are planned to start in (i) 2005–06 and (ii) 2006–07;...

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in each of the last five years on the A127 between the M25 and Southend; and what proportion of these resulted...

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in each of the last five years on the A13 between the M25 and Southend; and what proportion of these resulted...

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in each of the last five years in Castle Point; and what proportion of these resulted in personal injury.

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in each of the last five years on Canvey Island; and what proportion of those resulted in personal injury.

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents occurred in each of the last five years on the A130 between the A127 and its end on Canvey Island; and what proportion of these...

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the traffic levels were on the (a) A11 (M11 to Norwich), (b) A19 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel, (c) A42 Pepperhill to Cobham Widening, (d) A2/M2...

      Road Traffic Accidents/Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of total carbon dioxide emissions from traffic on the (a) A11 (M11 to Norwich), (b) A19 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel, (c)...

      Robin Hood Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport if he will instruct relevant agencies to create a motorway link to the Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is given to local authorities with regard to their participation in safety camera partnerships.

      Special Advisers

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

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason 30 train units were diverted by the Strategic Rail Authority to other train operating companies from South West Trains; what research...

      Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British petrol engined vehicles licensed for use on British roads were built prior to 1993.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Clearing Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will refer the banks' practice of taking three days to clear cash from one account to another to the Office of Fair Trading; and if he...

    • Design and Artist Copyright Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings his Department has had with representatives of the (a) art market and(b) Design and Artist Copyright Society since 1 April.

      Directorate Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many members of each Directorate have taken voluntary redundancy since October 2003; and for what reasons.

      I-dialling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to tackle the problems arising from i-dialling.

      Late Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce measures to amend the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act 1998 to ensure the strict application of the 30 day limit and...

      Peninsula Power Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments have been made to date by the South West Regional Development Agency to or on behalf of Peninsula Power Ltd. and its officers,...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in Northern Ireland have closed in each of the past 10 years.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices were in operation in Southend in each of the last 10 years.

      Post Offices

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

      Premium Rate Telephone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on implementing Ofcom's 2004 recommendations on regulating premium rate telephone lines.

  • Treasury

    • Automated Telling Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an assessment of the implications for the financial services of changes in the number of ATM providers which charge for cash...

    • Bedfordshire (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of a full-time employee in the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire were in April in each year since 2000.

      Bulk Annuity Market

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the workings of the bulk annuity market.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Drug Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have taken place in the level of imports into the UK of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis in each year since 1998.

      Drug Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage of imported illegal drugs that have been intercepted by Customs and Excise in each of the past 10 years.

      Electoral Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the 50 parliamentary constituencies with the (a) highest and (b) lowest number of electors; and if he will make a statement.

      English Wine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a)...

      Financial Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are used by the Financial Services Authority to determine whether a financial adviser has mis-sold a financial product.

      Government Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the latest forecast is of Government deficit in financial year 2005–06; and what the forecast deficit for 2005–06 was on each date...

      Historic Environment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the Government's policy is on sustaining the historic environment, with particular reference to policy on organisations which work to support the...

      International Finance Facility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress of the International Finance Facility following the recent meeting of G8.

      KPMG

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make KPMG partners personally liable for the loss of VAT in the light of the decision by the London Tribunal Centre in the case of RAL (Channel...

      Mortgage Endowment Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Financial Services Authority is advising mortgage endowment policy holders to take legal action against their financial advisers for...

      Mortgage Endowment Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the criteria against which the relevant regulatory authorities make judgments on allegations of the mis-selling of mortgage endowment...

      Mortgage Endowment Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of theExchequer what Government support is available tofinancial advisers threatened with legal action for the alleged mis-selling of mortgage endowment policies.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review taxes on pension funds in the UK.

      Public Sector Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of all those in employment were employed by the public sector in each year since 1996, in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales,...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by the tax credit helpline.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters have been received by HM Revenue and Customs in relation to (a) overpayments and (b) underpayment of tax credits in the last two years; and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guidance has been given to tax credit helpline staff on advising tax credit claimants to take out bank loans to cover the repayment costs of tax...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff areemployed in each office of the Valuation Office Agency.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 386W, on council tax, what criteria the Valuations Office Agency will use to assess whether...

      Wage Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average gross weekly wage of full-time workers in (a) Hammersmith and Fulham, (b) Greater London and (c) the United Kingdom was in the most recent...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the (a) Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) Irish Government on combating organised crime.

    • Devolved Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for restoring devolved Government in Northern Ireland.

      Devolved Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for restoring devolved Government in Northern Ireland.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Northern Ireland.

      Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland regarding ceasefires, weaponry and structures.

      Taxis

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

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce fair employment monitoring of teachers in Northern Ireland.

  • Prime Minister

    • Antisocial Behaviour Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to disclose to hon. Members a summary of proceedings of the Ministerial Committee on Antisocial Behaviour of the Cabinet.

    • Business Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister whether any (a) Minister and (b) civil servant has failed to follow the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers of the Crown have (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more residences consequent on his or her office.

      Swill Feed

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the items of correspondence between the Prime Minister's Unit and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs during March 2001 relating to...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the French Government in connection with the Royal Navy's two aircraft carriers.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the Royal Navy's two aircraft carriers will be built; (2) if he will ensure that the Royal Navy's two aircraft carriers are built in the UK.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timescale is of each current contract with BAE Systems.

      Consultants

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

      Defence Export Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) Defence Industry Days and (b) overseas exhibitions at which the Defence Export Services Organisation (i) has organised and (ii)...

      Defence Export Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what commercial services the Defence Export Services Organisation provides to companies in relation to identifying potential agents in export markets.

      Departmental Review (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the internal Departmental Review following the allegation passed to his Department by the Serious Fraud Office in March 2001.

      Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces personnel there are on operational duty, broken down by country; and if he will make a statement.

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a)...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future requirements for UK forces in the Falklands.

      Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the length of service of each Royal Navy frigate (a) withdrawn from service in each year since 1997 and (b) scheduled for withdrawal from...

      Future Combat Vehicle Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the 5th Annual Future Combat Vehicle Conference held in London on 8–9 June; and if he will make a statement.

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial allocation has been made for the Future Rapid Effects System project for each of the next nine years.

      HMS Invincible

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned decommissioning date for HMS Invincible is; and when this decision was taken.

      International Fleet Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the maritime countries which (a) declined and (b) were not offered an invitation to participate in the International Fleet Review.

      Lisanelly Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the future of Lisanelly Barracks in Omagh; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels which have been given thereduced support status referred to in paragraph 2.9 of...

      Medal Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff employed at the former Army Medal Office in Droitwich Spa transferred to the new Medal Office at RAF Innsworth.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) FV430 series, (b) Scimitar, (c) Sultan, (d) Samson, (e) Samaritan, (f) Spartan, (g) Striker, (h) Sabre, (i) Scorpion and (j) Saxon vehicles...

      Minehunters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which minehunters are to be fitted with the very shallow water unmanned underwater vehicle system (REMUS); what the in-service date is; whether all...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 6, to the hon. Member for Sunderland South (Mr. Mullin) on the nuclear deterrent,...

      Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantity of ordnance stored by (a) his Department and (b) its suppliers is; and at what sites it is stored.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) average and (b) maximum time was in which Ministers in his Department wrote to hon. Members following a commitment to do so in reply...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what procedures his Department has in place to (a) monitor and (b) ensure the fulfilment of commitments made by Ministers to write to hon. Members...

      Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1209W, on Prisoners of War (Compensation),...

      RAF Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft are in flight with the Royal Air Force, broken down by type.

      Regimental Mergers/Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reconsider the new name for the planned merger of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, King's Own Borders Regiment and King's Regiment.

      Regimental Mergers/Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1568–69W, on regimental uniforms, (1) what the annual tax credit is; whether it...

      Sensitive Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of private companies to destroy sensitive departmental documents.

      Sensitive Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the potential risk to national security posed by the failure to destroy Naval Support Command documents recently...

      Ship Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on disposal of (a) HMS Grafton, (b) HMS Marlborough and (c) HMS Norfolk; and whether it is intended to sell each...

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the exit surveys for the (a) Naval Service and (b) Royal Air Force since 1997.

      Trafalgar Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the European Parliament were invited to Her Majesty the Queen's Trafalgar review.

      Trafalgar Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unelected guests were invited to Her Majesty the Queen's Trafalgar review; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cumulative costs have been of the Trident nuclear deterrent in each year since it became operational; (2) what the running cost of the...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Office spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the designation of the South of Scotland as NUTS2 for the purpose of post-2006 EU structural...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will ask his ministerial colleagues to make a financial contribution to the Scottish Executive to meet the costs likely to be incurred by public...

  • Home Department

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been proceeded against for procuring abortions under section 58 or 59 of the Offences Against the Person...

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding he allocated for extending Airwave into the Channel Tunnel.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the Milton Keynes area; and how many have been breached.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made in respect of children who suffer from (a) Tourett's syndrome, (b) autism and (c)...

      Assault Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prosecution rate for (a) alleged common assaults and (b) alleged assaults with aggravating factors was in the most recent period for...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Hertfordshire...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department allocated for the implementation of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements in the...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was allocated per capita for offenders referred to a non-governmental voluntary body for the provision of (a) drug treatment testing...

      Early Release Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will abolish the Early Release Scheme.

      House Building (East Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when future projections of house building numbers in Northamptonshire contained in the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub-Regional Spatial...

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many secure unit places for juvenile offenders there are in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Limitation Acts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the provisions of the Limitation Acts to permit claims from those who have suffered from historic physical and...

      Mother and Baby Units (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many places have been available in mother and baby units in prisons in England and Wales in each year since 1997; (2) how many...

      Murder Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) murder and (ii) manslaughter in England and Wales in each year since 1975.

      Overseas Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records are kept in relation to the presence in UK territory, airspace or airports, for transit or for longer temporary periods, of...

      Parenting Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the value of teaching parenting skills to parents in combating juvenile antisocial behaviour and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are held in each prison in Lancashire; and how many prison officers are employed in each prison.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce the basis of the calculation for the new police authority funding formula due in 2006–07.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Independent Police Complaints Commission's target is for (a) examination of and (b) reporting on a complaint against the police from...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 491W, on prison education, how many offenders were in custody in each year...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are held in (a) Garth and (b) Wymott prisons; and how many prison officers there are in each per prisoner.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many assaults on staff there were at Rye Hill Prison during 2004–05; (2) how many assaults on prisoners there were at Rye...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there were of prisoners (a) absconding and (b) escaping at Rye Hill Prison during 2004–05.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there were of doors unlocked at Rye Hill Prison during 2004–05.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of prisoners who have spent time in care.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the prison population has spent time in the care of a local authority.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) male and (b) female prisoners he estimates have (i) alcohol and (ii) drug abuse problems.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase opportunities for prisoners to play team sport; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were recalled for failing to adhere to home detention curfew conditions during the first five months of 2005 in each...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff (a) joined and (b) left the Probation Service in England and Wales during (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05, broken...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there were in each probation area on 31 March of each year between 2001 and 2005, broken down by grade.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staffing establishment for each probation area was on 31 March of each year between 2001 and 2005, broken down by grade.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many service level agreements there are (a) in each probation region and (b) for each regional offender manager for the current financial...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to redefine the role of probation boards.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been employed in the Probation Service in (a) Bedfordshire county and (b) Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1997.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are to ensure that magistrates in Crown courts are fully resourced in terms of experienced probation officers in (a) the...

      Ritual Sacrifice (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates have been made of the numbers of children being trafficked into the UK for the purpose of ritual sacrifice.

      Ritual Sacrifice (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to prevent the trafficking of children into the UK for the purpose of ritual sacrifice.

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate counselling is in place for staff working in the Prison Service who deal with a fatality or a...

      Sentencing Guidelines Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ask the Sentencing Guidelines Council to (a) create aggravating factors, (b) lengthen jail sentences and (c) increase...

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions have been made to protect the victims of crime and their families from the individuals responsible for the crimes when they...

      Violent Crime Reduction Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used in making the decision not to include measures to create aggravating factors for assaults against public sector...

      Violent Crime Reduction Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions on shooting sports are contained within the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Bill.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which young offender institutions prisoners are (a) taught and (b) able to play (i) football, (ii) cricket and (iii) rugby.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the full range of special measures provided for in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to be available to use.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to regulate the advertising of claim management companies.

    • Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures she intends to introduce to tackle the compensation culture.

      Defence Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many orders to contribute to defence costs were made at the end of cases in (a) the Crown court and (b) magistrates courts...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department and its predecessor spent on organising or sponsoring conferences in each of the last five years.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of equipping premises for which her Department is compatible with identity card readers.

      Lay Magistrates (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many cases lay magistrates were involved in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to extend the contracting system for legal aid to the Crown court.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money was allocated to (a) criminal legal aid and (b) civil legal aid in England in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and if she...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money was allocated to spending on legal aid in England in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and if she will make a...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to reform legal aid spending in England and Wales following the recent review of the legal aid...

      Legal Claims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she has taken to review the use of insurance in relation to legal claims.

      Small Claims Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps assessment she has made of the effects of raising the financial limit for the small claims track.

      Statutory Instruments (Sponsorship)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the statutory instruments sponsored by the Department and its predecessor since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer given on 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 707W, on benefits/pensions (payments methods), in what format information...

    • Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer given on 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 117W, on benefits payment, if he will list those publications which...

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the (a) Pensions Agency and (b) Benefits Agency have taken to disseminate information about the exceptions scheme in accessible...

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what records the (a) Pensions Agency and (b) Benefits Agency keeps of the preferred formats of customers who are unable to read print.

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many emergency payments have been made by (a) the Benefits Agency and (b) the Pensions Service in each year since 2000; what the total...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken by the Child Support Agency to reply to a letter from a member of the public is in the last year for which figures...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the internal audit recommendation in 2003–04 regarding an effective audit trail for CS2 was made; and when such a trail was established.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions for housing benefit fraud were undertaken by each local authority in each year since 1997; how many were successful; and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received housing benefit in each London borough in the last period for which figures are available; and how much was paid in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average entry wage has been of those returning to work after claiming incapacity benefit as a proportion of the ongoing wage for men...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 16 to 24, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 30 to 39 and (iv) 40 years and over were on income support in each...

      Pension Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the Government calculated the funding required to compensate those workers who have lost occupational pension rights; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the flow of arms into the Democratic Republic of Congo, including those that may have been...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status of the UN arms embargo relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      EU Human Rights Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there is a common definition of torture for the purpose of compliance with the human rights obligations of EU member states.

      EU Human Rights Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what obligations EU member states are under to investigate allegations of torture.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the (a) total cost of and (b) selection procedure for the UK's EU presidency logo.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking during the UK's EU presidency (a) to inform the UK public about the workings of the EU and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department contributed to (a) the drafting of the new Iraqi constitution and (b) the draft petroleum law; and if he...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many advisers were seconded from the private sector in the UK to (a) the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority and (b) other...

      Social Models

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for the European Commission research and report into sustainable social models.

      Statutory Instrument Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what statutory instruments have been sponsored by his Department since 1997.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) Commonwealth and (b) African Union counterparts regarding the human rights situation in...

  • Health

    • Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for health and safety assessment of the site occupied by Alliance Medical in Middlesbrough.

    • Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the pay rates are for staff working for Alliance Medical; and what the rates are for equivalent staff working in the NHS; (2) what percentage...

      Anti-psychotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake of the prescription of (i) olanzapine, (ii) risperidone and (iii) other...

      Bowel Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been provided for research into(a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease from the Department's research and development programme.

      Bowel Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve services for patients suffering from (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease.

      Breast Milk Substitute Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been made to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about breast milk substitute advertising in the UK in the last three...

      Charities (Care Standards Annual Fees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what help her Department makes available for small charities to meet the Care Standards annual fees; (2) if she will exempt charities from paying...

      Child Deaths (Passive Smoking)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children who died as a result of breathing in their mother's cigarette smoke in the last year for which...

      Deafblind Services (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the level of social service provision for deafblind people in Milton Keynes.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

      Digestive Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) completed consultant episodes and (b) deaths relating to digestive conditions and diseases there have been in each year since 1997, broken...

      Digestive Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been provided for research into digestive diseases and conditions from (a) the Medical Research Council and (b) the Department's research...

      Digital Hearing Aids (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for digital hearing aids was in (a) the County of Bedfordshire and (b) England in 2004–05.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what circumstances a local authority can refuse to disregard housing costs and council tax when calculating charges for domiciliary care; (2)...

      Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in (a) Leeds West, (b) Leeds and (c) West Yorkshire.

      Emergency Response Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of each response to an emergency call by (a) an emergency care practitioner and (b) a fully-equipped ambulance has been in the most...

      Emergency Response Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully-equipped ambulances have been operated by NHS Ambulance Trusts in England in each year since 1997; and if she will estimate the size of the...

      Finished Consultant Episodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were where obesity was the primary diagnosis in (a) each NHS region, (b) each strategic health authority and...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP vacancies there have been in each of the last five years; and how many applicants there were for each vacancy.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there were in each strategic health authority area per (a) 100,000 weighted population and (b) 100,000 unweighted...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent GPs are practising in each of the major towns of the North Shropshire constituency.

      Health Care (Merton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is taking in response to the London borough of Merton's referral of the Better Healthcare Closer to Home Proposals; and if she will make a...

      Healthy Start Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Healthy Start" initiative will be implemented; and what provision has been made for additional training on nutrition and practical healthy eating...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to increase awareness of the symptoms of hepatitis C among (a) general practitioners and (b) other doctors.

      Inspection Fees (Charities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the Healthcare Commission of carrying out statutory inspections on the Sussex MS Treatment Centre in Southwick, West Sussex, was in the...

      IVF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many free cycles of IVF are offered in each primary care trust area; (2) what (a) targets and (b) timescales she has set for primary care...

      Lancashire Ambulance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the (a) non-executive members and (b) chairman of Lancashire Ambulance Trust will be elected; and if she will take steps to ensure that the views of...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to ensure people with mental health problems (a) aged 50 to 64, (b) aged 65 to 74, (c) aged 75 years or over are offered...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she intends to take to address the shortfall of funding for the Yorkshire Mental Health Trustsidentified by the Commission for Health Improvement.

      MMR Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to increase stocks of MMR vaccine; and if she will make a statement.

      MMR Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department's guidance restricts the use of MMR vaccinations for 15 to 24-year-olds; and what provision has been made for those in this age...

      MRI Scans (Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many complaints have been made about the operation of the NHS scanner at the University Hospital North Durham; (2) how many complaints have...

      MRI Scans (Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer to question reference 8726, what systems are in place to ensure the scanner at University Hospital North Durham is fully utilised.

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on myasthenia gravis and the support available for those diagnosed with the disease.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, columns 141–156, on dentistry, how many NHS dentists were in place in each of the primary...

      NHS Research Ethics Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the NHS research ethics committees which are operational; and in what areas they operate.

      Nurse Prescribers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the education and training opportunities for nurses who are independently prescribing drugs.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the development of slimming on referral by Greater and Central Derby Primary Care Trust and Slimming World; what...

      Older People (Medication)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care (a) groups and (b) trusts have schemes in place enabling older people to get help from pharmacists in using their medicines;...

      Orlistat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items of orlistat were dispensed in the community in England in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and...

      Pain Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the economy of sickness absence as a result of pain in 2004–05; if she will take steps to ensure a...

      Personal Care Assistance (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the baseline minimum is for people to receive assistance in financing personal care in Coventry.

      Physiotherapy Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapy students graduated in the United Kingdom in 2004.

      Pregnancy (Smoking)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the medical effects of smoking by the pregnant woman on the health of an unborn child.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure of her Department's research and development programme has been in each year since it was established; and what proportion of...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she intends to publish the full evaluation of the school fruit and vegetable scheme undertaken by the National Foundation of Educational Research;...

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's advice is on the prescribing of (a) Seroxat and (b) other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

      Simvastatin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the respondents to the consultation on the proposed reclassification of simvastatin as an over-the-counter drug were in favour of the...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance her Department provides regarding the prevention of skin cancer caused by over-exposure to the sun; (2) how much has been spent by...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will include in her consultation on the elements of forthcoming health improvement legislation relating to restrictions on smoking the option...

      Southend Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS clerical, administrative and management staff, (b) NHS hospital doctors and GPs and (c) NHS nurses and midwives there were in Southend...

      Southend Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by Southend primary care trust on salaries and wages costs for (a) general and senior managers, (b) nurses and midwives and (c)...

      Wem and Ellesmere Medical Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the population in the catchment area of the (a) Wem Medical Practice and (b) Ellesmere Medical Practice has been in each of the last five years...

  • House of Lords

    • A-levels: Physics and Chemistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to address the 30 per cent fall over the past 10 years in A-level students studying physics; and What steps they will take to address the...

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Common Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a claimant for compensation under the Armed Forces compensation scheme may also bring a claim for damages at common law; and, if so how the Government will...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina: Genocide Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent representations they have made to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina regarding the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of...

      Cabinet Office: External Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent by the Cabinet Office on external media consultants in each of the past eight years.

      Cabinet Office: External Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent by the Cabinet Office on external management consultants in each of the past eight years.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Budget Deployment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give specific provisional examples of where the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget appropriations could be deployed in other areas of...

      EU Constitutional Treaty: Referendums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the 25 member states of the European Union have held referendums to date on the draft European Constitutional Treaty; and with what outcomes.

      European Parliament: Salaries and Expenses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the reform of salaries and expenses in the European Parliament will not come into effect until 2009; and whether they intend to seek an earlier date for the...

      Healthcare Trainers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation was undertaken with (a) healthcare professionals, (b) commercial organisations, and (c) patient organisations about the provision of healthcare...

      Israel: Settlements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not repeated the statement, in paragraph 78 on page 26 of Command Paper 6611 to the government of Israel, not to resume expansion of existing...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What potential or perceived areas of conflict were communicated to the Prime Minister's principal private secretary by the Lord Birt, in response to the letter of...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What confidential government papers has the Lord Birt had access to, as indicated in the letter of 5 October 2001 published by the Cabinet Office, setting out the...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What tenders for work relating to the work of the Cabinet Office and Number 10 Downing Street the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, has been...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the letter of 1 October 2004 published by the Cabinet Office relating to the extension of the Lord Birt's contract as the Prime Minister's strategy...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What subsequent communication or information the Prime Minister's principal private secretary received from the Lord Birt, in response to the letter of 5 October...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for any executive non-department public body or...

      NATO Defence Planning Questionnaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date and in respect of what period the United Kingdom most recently responded to the NATO Defence Planning Questionnaire; and when they expect to do so next.

      NATO Defence Planning Questionnaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When members of NATO, other than the United Kingdom, have responded to the NATO Defence Planning Questionnaire.

      NATO Defence Planning Questionnaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that information supplied to NATO in response to the NATO Defence Planning Questionnaire by NATO member states is similarly...

      Neonatal Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many neonatal units were closed to admissions during 2003 and 2004; and in each case, for how long the unit was closed.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any forms, files or information were disclosed without authority from the Northern Ireland Parades Commission during 2002; if so, when such disclosures...

      Northern Ireland: Commissioner for Children and Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 22 June (WA 182–183), whether the actions of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young...

      Northern Ireland: Cost of Criminal Convictions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the per capita cost of a criminal conviction in Northern Ireland in terms of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's budget set against the total number...

      Northern Ireland: Grammar Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the London School of Economics study comparing life chances for British children compared with children in eight other developed...

      Northern Ireland: Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the £26 million from the Northern Bank robbery has been recovered; how many criminals involved have been arrested and charged; and for what value...

      Northern Ireland: Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February 2005 (WA 221–222), how much of the £26 million from the Northern Bank robbery is...

      Northern Ireland: Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How "accountability" within the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is ensured; and how many appeals against the decision of the ombudsman have...

      Northern Ireland: School Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Northern Ireland schools in (a) the state sector; (b) the maintained sector; (c) the integrated sector; and (d) the Irish language sector have been (i)...


      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Public Processions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the criteria applied by the Police Service of Northern Ireland when considering whether to accept a notice of intention to organise a public procession.

      Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider the payment of a gratuity to former part-time members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve.

      Thailand: UN Convention on Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the government of Thailand to ratify the United Nations Convention on Refugees and to allow full access to refugee camps...

      Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the euro can survive without a federal budget and control from a central government.

      UN Security Council: Accountability and Transparency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the "non paper" put forward in April by the government of Switzerland containing suggestions for improving the...

      World War Debts to US

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the United Kingdom owes to the United States for both the First and Second World Wars; whether they have sought to have the debts cancelled; and whether...

      Zimbabwe: EU Joint Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider a new European Union joint initiative on Zimbabwe during the United Kingdom presidency which will go beyond the limited travel...

      Zimbabwe: Operation Marambatsvina

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the government of Zimbabwe's Operation Marambatsvina to destroy the homes of one million poor people will be on the agenda of the G8 meeting in Gleneagles...

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