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Written answers

Friday, 2 December 2005

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last visited each British Overseas Territory; and whether he has plans for future visits.

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's plans further to improve transport links that would encourage tourism in each of the...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what actions are being taken by his Department to limit the effect of natural disasters on the Cayman Islands.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial assistance was directed to the Cayman Islands after they were struck by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

      Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) of 15 November 2005, Official Report,...

      Departmental Consultants/Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) consultants and (b) special advisers were employed by his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of each was in...

      Direct Budgetary Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money the UK has granted for non-poverty reduction direct budgetary support in each year since 1999, broken down by country...

      Low-paid Home Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial support his Department has given to organisations assisting low paid home workers in developing countries in the last...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards the goal set out in its publication Montserrat: Country Policy Plan 2004–05 to...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what rules govern the application for land purchase licences by those holding official Government positions in St. Helena, with...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1600W, on St.Helena, what evidence he assessed from (a) Dr.Philip...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1599W, on St. Helena, for what reason a public inquiry has been...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the estimated cost is of the proposed airport on St. Helena; and what percentage of this cost will be met by (a) his Department,...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment was made of the potential to operate feeder services from Ascension Island to St. Helena in deciding the optimum size...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1600W, on St.Helena, if he will instruct the Government of St....

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 359W, what proportion of the funding for the airstrip on St. Helena...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the progress of the building of the new airport in St.Helena.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Colchester Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whose complaint gave rise to the decision by the National Audit Office on the Objection to the Accounts for year ended 31 March 2004 of Colchester borough...

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Firelink

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what inter-operability will exist at local level between the emergency services following the decision of his Department to contract O2 to undertake the provision...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the number of (a) job losses and (b) redundancies that will result from the abolition of local fire control rooms.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects each regional fire control centre to be operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for unitary local government; and whether the Government intend to propose (a) unitary districts and (b)...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what method he will use to consolidate the data needed to assess 2004 public service agreement target number 1.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister why an 11-year average starting in 1999 is used to measure performance against 2004 public service agreement target number 3.

      Social Services Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner) of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2238W, on social services funding, if he will extend...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Tendering Policy

      To ask the Leader of the House what his policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services.

    • Members' Salaries

      To ask the Leader of the House how many different salary levels may be paid to hon. Members, including those for Select and Standing Committee Chairmen; and how many hon. Members are in each band.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) land and (b) property her Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Tendering Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of licensed premises have applied for a variation extending their licensing hours under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate the Government have made of the average cost to (a) village halls and community centres and (b) sports clubs of applying...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Accounts (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what role his Department has in monitoring bank accounts held in the UK by foreign politically exposed persons which are thought to hold funds derived...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much corporation tax was raised frombusiness in Northamptonshire in each year since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 5 October.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Value Model computer database will be used by the Northern Ireland Valuation and Lands Agency for the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i) public relations and (ii)...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was obtained from national insurance contributions in each of the last three years.

      Office of National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of making the Office for National Statistics independent on its staff working at the Titchfield office.

      Private Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net cost of tax relief on private pensions was in the last year for which figures are available; what proportion of UK gross domestic product that...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guarantees were (a) sought from and (b) given by EDS in respect of the tax credits IT project within one month of the introduction of the new tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the late change requests to the tax credits IT project made between April 2002 and April 2003, including those made by the Inland Revenue...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many months the IT project for the Inland Revenue's new 2003 tax credits system was assessed as red light before April 2003; and if he will make a...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the dates since the beginning of 2002 on which his Ministers met (a) EDS and (b) revenue officials to discuss the IT problems with the new...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the legal status of additional wife/wives/husband(s) is in relation to applications for tax credits; (2) if he will set out the criteria for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases where action was taken to prevent automatic recovery where a claimant disputed an overpayment of tax credits automatic recovery ceased...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a Minister in his Department (a) last met and (b) next expects to meet representatives from the voluntary sector to discuss tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many tax credit cases the claimant received an award notice stating that the claimant had no qualifying children but that an award of maximum child...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in Scotland where tax credit overpayments have been disputed (a) they have been written off, (b) additional tax credits have been awarded...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in Scotland HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors applied to the Appeals Service under section 32(1) and (2) of, and Schedule 2 to,...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total number of overpayments is in Scotland due to official errors in the new tax credit system; and what their value was in each year since April 2003.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of unclaimed income-related tax credit, in each of the past five years, broken down by tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will give a full reply to the letter of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead regarding the tax credits of his constituents, Mr. and Mrs. Holland,...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many separate payments are included in the aggregate settlement agreed with Electronic Data Systems on tax credits; and when these payments fall...

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the extra annual yield in 2005–06 had the (a) landfill tax, (b) vehicle excise duty, (c) air passenger duty and (d) fuel...

      Venture Capital Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the number and (b) the total asset size of venture capital trusts.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 26 September.

    • Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have been assessed as living in poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the...

  • Transport

    • Driving (Sleep Disorders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research his Department has undertaken into the medical status of individuals involved in sleep-related traffic accidents; (2) what...

    • Driving (Sleep Disorders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department provides to (a) licensing category Group 1 drivers and (b) licensing category Group 2 drivers to increase drivers'...

      Driving (Sleep Disorders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many doctors have approached the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency on behalf of patients with diagnosed symptomatic sleep disorders in the last five...

      Driving (Sleep Disorders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have informed the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency of diagnosed symptomatic sleep disorders in the last five years.

      Growth Areas Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Department has a growth areas directorate.

      Public Transport Usage (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many commuters travelled on public transport in London in each month since January 2002.

      Rail Regional Planning Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) original and (b) expected completion dates of the rail regional planning assessments are.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role the regional assemblies have in prioritising the construction of new road building schemes of national importance in their region.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Department expects to publish the results of the Demonstration of Interoperable Road user End-to-end Charging and Telematics Systems project.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance and best practice manuals his Department has produced for local authorities' highway departments on (a) speed cameras and (b)...

      Road Traffic (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the average speed travelled by private cars in London in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2004–05.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of safety provisions in legislation covering the use of buses transporting children to school...

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many copies were issued of the consultation document published by his Department in 2004 on changes to seat belt wearing regulations; if he...

      Tintwistle Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he made of traffic levels on the (a) M62 and (b) A628 Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle bypass immediately after the...

      Transport Staff (Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1867W, on transport staff (abuse), when his Department expects to have in place a...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to question 33139, on how many occasions and in what locations he has visited UK military personnel in hospital who have been wounded in Iraq.

    • Ministers' Salaries

      To ask the Prime Minister how many salary bands there are for Ministers; and how many Ministers are in each band.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister if he willlistthe Ministers who have occupied each of the threeflats in Admiralty House in each year since May 1997.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list Departments which pay council tax for Ministers who reside in official residences; and which Ministers do not have a personal council tax liability for...

      Shrewsbury Livestock Market

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit Shrewsbury for the opening of the new livestock market.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Adoption and Children Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the British Association of Play Therapists was not included in consultations in relation to the Adoption and...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the future aircraft carriers are in service before the retirement of the current aircraft carriers.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) progress on the Royal Navy's future aircraft carrier (CVF) programme and (b) French involvement in the CVF programme.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria the Prime Minister used in making the statement to the press that Swan Hunters should be permitted to bid for inclusion in the CVF programme.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the internal planning assumption for the entry into service of the first future aircraft carrier has been classified as commercially...

      Defence Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the voluntary code of conduct for European defence equipment sales and (b) the EU's Military Requirements...

      Departmental Contracts (Direct Mail)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts for direct mail were signed by his Department by (a) 2005–06 to date and (b) 2004–05; and what the value was in each case.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i) public relations and...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which procurements have been cancelled by his Department since 1997; and what (a) losses were incurred and (b) the reasons were for cancellation in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions there were on his Department's officials seeking employment with companies in the defence sector while they remain employed by the Ministry.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people working in his Department are on secondment from arms (a) manufacturers and (b) traders.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave.

      HMS Intrepid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to dispose of HMS Intrepid; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medical staff serving with British armed forces in Iraq have been (a) injured and (b) killed since March 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen have received treatment for mental health problems since serving in Iraq duringthe current conflict; and where they have been treated.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of when the Joint Strike Fighter will be operative; and what the cost of the Joint Strike Fighter will be.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on introducing the joint strike fighter.

      Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total value is of the computer systems for the four Alternative Landing Ships Logistic which are under construction; (2) what proportion...

      Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Defence Procurement Agency personnel are working on the Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) at the Swan Hunter yard; and in what roles.

      Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has asked BAE Systems to second personnel to work on the Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) at the Swan Hunter yard.

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the current Lynx fleet he expects to be used as donors for the Future Lynx project; and when he expects this process to begin.

      Neuron Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with its French counterpart on the Neuron programme; and whether it is his policy that the United Kingdom will...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department keeps a record of hearing tests carried out on service and ex-service personnel and their results.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the subsidised mail allowance for service personnel serving abroad; and what is the average time taken to deliver mail to troops serving in Iraq.

      RAF Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the number of military aircraft using RAF Northolt in a year is restricted; (2) pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2005, Official...

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow many reservists in the armed forces are teachers.

      Security Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people, excluding employees, have passes, other than day passes, giving access to his Department's headquarters; and by which companies these...

      Royal Highland Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many self-harm incidents have been recorded among members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a) at Fort George Barracks, Inverness and (b) on overseas...

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of fabrication work on the vessels (a) Largs Bay and (b) Lyme Bay has been carried out overseas.

      Type-23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for a successor to the Type-23 frigates.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees have been dismissed by each of the Northern Ireland Departments in each of the past five years.

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland which buildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new staff started employment in the (a) Office of the First and Deputy First Minister, (b) Department for Social Development, (c)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department are registered as being disabled, broken down by grade; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the...

      Enumeration Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the enumeration districts which were in the top five per cent. measured by (a) reduction in population and (b) change of...

      Unsolved Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland about the potential impact the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill will...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost to the Valuation and Lands Agency is of conducting the domestic rates revaluation in Northern Ireland.

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance the Valuation and Lands Agency has issued to its staff on the personal safety of inspectors conducting a valuation of a property...

  • Minister for Women

    • Senior Board Members

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of women in senior board positions in businesses in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat assessment she has made of whether the exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 apply to files held by her Department relating to (a) the...

    • Advisory Committee on Topic Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) remit and (b) membership of the Advisory Committee on Topic Selection is; and how often the Committee meets.

      Advisory Committee on Topic Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the length of time taken was to select each drug that has been referred for each of the stages of her Department's topic selection process for drugs...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her policy is on the availability of drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease; (2) what representations she has received from (a)...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the UK is not using the generic drug available for avian influenza; and what recent discussions she has had within the World Trade Organisation on the...

      Blindness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards delivering the objectives set out in the Vision 2020 programme for eliminating avoidable blindness.

      Blindness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to facilitate the use by opticians of cameras which photograph the back of the eye; and if she will make a statement...

      Body Mass Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average body mass index was in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in the latest year for which figures are...

      Caesareans (Southampton University Hospitals Trust)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Caesarean rate has been in each of the last five years at Southampton University Hospitals Trust.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department has made in reducing deaths from cancer since 1997.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer drugs have been approved by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency in each of the last five years.

      Children's Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average daily calorie intake was of children under 16 years in the last year for which figures are available; (2) what the average daily...

      Consultants/Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent by the Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority on management consultants in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Consultants/Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list departmental projects conducted by consultants in each year since 2000; what the cost was in each case; and what the total cost of...

      Consultants/Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) special advisers were employed by her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of each was in each year; and if...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she intends to publish the likely values for units of dental activity under the new general dental services contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new personal dental service contracts were agreed for the Rochdale primary care trust in financial year 2005–06.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been recruited in the Rochdale primary care trust area in the last five years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to relocate staff in her Department and related agencies into London and the South East.

      Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS in the last five years of complications relating to a poor diet, with particular reference to (a) food...

      Doctors and Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses are working in the NHS in (i) Oxfordshire and (ii) Banbury constituency; and what the equivalent figures were in 1997.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the work force development requirements to meet (a) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      Food Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact of food additives being listed by name instead of by E numbers on food products, with particular...

      Formula Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what controls her Department imposes on the contents of formula milk products sold in England.

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will obtain an analysis of the recent research by the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of...

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many letters she has received from members of the public in Hemel Hempstead constituency about the closure of the (a) acute accident and...

      Hemicrania Continua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the standard of care offered to those suffering from hemicrania continua; what treatments are available for the...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the overall cost to (a) the NHS and (b) other public funds of an untreated case of HIV infection.

      Hospitals (Catering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which outside companies provide catering services to NHS hospitals.

      Joint Planning Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) remit and (b) membership of the Joint Planning Group is; and how often the group meets.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to be in a position to publish the Mental Health Bill.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA have been identified in hospitals within Coventry South in each year since March 2003.

      National Diet and Nutrition Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the results of the national diet and nutrition survey of 2000; what impact the survey results have had on her...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State (1) for Health when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence single technology appraisal for Velcade will commence; and when guidance will be...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average time taken by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence to appraise pharmaceuticals under the early referrals...

      Obesity Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005, Official Report, columns 970–71W on obesity clinics, if she will list the services provided at each of...

      Ophthalmic Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her plans to reduce the number of ophthalmic practices that deliver NHS eye examinations.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the working group within her Department has made in producing a module of toxicology for use by general practitioners in relation to the...

      Prescriptions (Pre-payment Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pre-payment certificates for prescriptions have been issued in Lancashire in each of the last 12 months.

      Prescriptions (Pre-payment Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pre-payment certificates for prescriptions have been issued in London in each of the last 12 months.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) why her Department has used three year averages to measure performance against 2004 public service agreement target number one; (2) why her...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhether the Government have set a time scale for bringing the guidelines for preventative treatment against respiratory syncytial virus up to EU...

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking for the continued provision of the services provided by SANELINE.

      Seasonal Adjustment Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat NHS treatment is available for seasonal adjustment disorder.

      Thames Valley SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital allocations she expects to be made available to the Thames Valley strategic health authority over the next three years; and for what purpose...

  • Education and Skills

    • Bournemouth Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional funding has been made available for schools in Bournemouth which are unable to remain within their financial budgets in...

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Educationand Skills what her estimate is of the number of child care places that are required but not being supplied.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places have been created in Normanton in each year since 1997.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what powers her Department has to pursue local authorities who fail to fulfil their duties as set out in the Childcare Bill.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to enable parents to require a local authority to fulfil its statutory duties under the Childcare Bill.

      Child Contact Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to improve safety checks on new partners of a parent with custody of a child in cases of disputed contact with a...

      Child Protection Registers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were placed on child protection registers in each year since 2002, broken down by category of registration; and how many...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland have class sizes of more than...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 17 October.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with visual and other...

      Early-years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three and four-year-olds in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency are receiving (i) 12.5 hours a week, (ii) 15...

      Extended Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding has been allocated to (a) Staffordshire local education authority and (b) local schools in Tamworth constituency to...

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in England are awaiting fostering.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) the science and knowledge base of regions and (b) regional development of the system...

      National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) projects and (b) services run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children which have received...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) informal and (b) formal pre-school education; (2) what research she has...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three and four-year-olds in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency are receiving (i) 12.5 , (ii) 15 and (iii) 20 hours a...

      Youth Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2005, Official Report, column 457W, on the Youth Matters Green Paper, if she will list the companies...

      Youth Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to publish her response to the consultation on the Youth Matters Green Paper.

      Youth Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the pilots for the youth opportunity card proposed in the Youth Matters Green Paper.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will visit the West Midlands agricultural show in Shrewsbury next summer.

    • Agricultural Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State forEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs how many agricultural shows she has visited in 2005.

      Berkeley Nuclear Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects that the site of the Berkeley nuclear power station will be returned to green field status.

      Byway Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for byway claims are pending; and how many of these claims have been made in each month since 1 January.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 5 October 2005.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with...

      Discovering Lost Ways Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims have been lodged with the surveying authorities in England since the inception of the Discovering Lost Ways...

      Discovering Lost Ways Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate was made by the Countryside Agency, at the time of setting up the Discovering Lost Ways Project, of the...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken since 20 July on best practice guidelines for labelling foods that contain allergies.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many freedom of information applications her Department has received since 2000; how many have taken more than 20 days to...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.

      Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many payments for maladministration have been made by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies, (c) its non-departmental...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will support the launch of a brand of fair trade milk in England.

      Navigable Waterways (England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many rivers in England are navigable by unpowered craft; whether she plans to increase that number; and whether she plans...

      Navigable Waterways (England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many negotiated access agreements the Environment Agency has concluded for access to waterways for users of unpowered craft.

      Protected Wild Animals (Internet Trade)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to combat internet trade in protected wild animals.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of her Department's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she is making in the arrangements for single farm payments.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Embassies (Overnight Visitors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what system is in place to log (a) day and (b) overnight visitors to the British embassies in (i) France, (ii) Germany, (iii)...

    • British Nationals (Deaths Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals have been killed abroad in unexplained deaths in the last 12 months.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the United Nations Security Council to empower the Secretary-General to mediate in Burma in...

      Cambodia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress made in bringing former leaders of the Khmer Rouge to justice in Cambodia; and if he...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Colombian Government regarding implementation of UN human rights...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the paramilitary demobilisation in Colombia.

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure the future effectiveness of the Commonwealth.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the French Government regarding reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department have been relocated into London and the South East in each of the last five years for which...

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he (a) is taking and (b) has taken towards stopping the persecution of Christians in Eritrea; (2) what...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made under the UK presidency of the EU to agree a new budget for the EU.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of talks with Iran about that country's nuclear ambitions.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU policy on Iran and its nuclear activities.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures arein place to protect his Department's employees in Iraq.

      Labour Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the scale of manufacture of goods in labour camps abroad for sale to other countries; and what...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of steps being taken to restore multi- party democracy in Nepal; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department employs private military companies.

      Race Equality Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Race Equality Impact Assessments his Department completed between (a) April 2004 and March 2005 and (b) April 2005 and...

      Small Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards securing non-European support at the UN small arms review conference in July 2006 for the...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column2135W, on St. Helena, on which dates (a) the Legislative...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column2135W, on St. Helena, what mechanisms are available to enable...

      Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ascertain whether flights being used for the extraordinary rendition of suspected terrorists to...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support planned multiparty elections in Uganda in 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many rounds of discussions his Department has held with business groups regarding the UN Convention Against Corruption;...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) China and (b) South Africa regarding their support for President...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Civil Partnerships Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost has been of awareness campaigns for the Civil Partnerships Act 2004, broken down by campaign.

    • Coal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the coal used for electricity generation in the United Kingdom was imported in each of the last three years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Minister of State for Energy will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 19 September on behalf...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to reply to Mr. Tony Humphrey's letter to him of 3 November on his announcements on public sector pensions.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 1W, on corruption, when his Department was first informed of the...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade andIndustry which buildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the Director of Human Resources and Change Management is in his Department; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who the Director of Finance and Resource Management is in his Department; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; and what...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 699W, on departmental staff, what the (a) job role and title, (b) grade and...

      Domestic Electricity Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of electricity to customers was in England in each of the last five years.

      Electricity Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contingency plans his Department has developed for providing power this winter to homes and businesses heated solely by electricity in...

      Electricity Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made following the National Grid winter outlook report of what reduction in electricity demand would be required over...

      Energy Definitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition he uses of (a) fuel poverty and (b) net importation of energy.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the terms of reference are of the recently announced Energy Review.

      Energy Supplies (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of (a) decommissioning nuclear capabilities in Wales and (b) final disposal of their...

      Energy Supplies (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the potential for nuclear fission power stations in Wales; what estimate his Department has made of...

      Export Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export support for UK manufacturers has been introduced since 1997.

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what estimate he has made of the average beach gas availability from the UK continental shelf for winter (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07...

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the availability of gas supplies in the event of a failure of the continental gas interconnector...

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated gas production from the UK's own resources is for each quarter from Q1 2006 to Q4 2008.

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department first provided information to (a) Ofgem and (b) the national grid about gas production problems in the North Sea to enable...

      Law Firms (Service Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will break down by law firmthe number of service claims made (a) as a total for each firm and (b) as a percentage of their case...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average hearing loss settlement made to miners has been in claims submitted by Vendside Ltd.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to Vendside Ltd (a) in total and (b) per average claim for miners' hearing loss compensation since 1997.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the first claim for (a) hearing loss, (b) beat knee and (c) industrial accident was registered with his Department by (i)...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average hearing loss settlement paid to miners has been since 1997 in claims submitted by the 20 solicitors' firms which have...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 20 solicitors' firms or others have registered the greatest numbers of miners' hearing loss claims with his Department; and how many...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many hearing loss claims paid out by his Department since 1997 have required two separate medical tests.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many common law claims have been registered with his Department since 1998 by the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, excluding those...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many hearing loss claims paid out by his Department have included a payment involving Melex Ltd.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what hourly rate is paid to Vendside Ltd for work on claims for (a) vibration white finger, (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (c)...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence of insurance indemnity has been provided to (a) his Department and (b) its insurers by (i) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners hearing loss claims submitted by (a) Vendside and (b) others since 1997 have required a second medical examination.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many hearing loss claims from the mining industry have been registered with his Department since 1997.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the claims handlers officials in his Department have met since 1997 to discuss mining hearing loss and knee claims.

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much electricity in megawatts was lost to heat from the national grid in each year since 2000.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees in his Department were affected by the rise in the national minimum wage on 1 October.

      New Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total generating capacity is of proposals for new power stations being considered by his Department.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evidence he is taking into account when reviewing the future role of nuclear energy in the United Kingdom.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received advocating renewed provision of nuclear power.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public money has been earmarked for investment in future nuclear fission development; and how much of that money is expected to be...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) safety and (b) financial tests will be used to determine whether the building of further nuclear power stations will be approved.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Department has made of the potential for nuclear power to increase its share of the national grid's electricity supply...

      Overhead Power Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated cost of repairs to overhead power cables was in each month since January 2000.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of UK trade with (a) India, (b) China, (c) the EU, (d) the USA and (e) Russia and the former Eastern bloc countries was...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether there are plans to remove responsibility for management of postcodes from the Royal Mail.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for the building of new power stations he is considering; and how many of these are for power stations in Wales.

      Protection of Trading Interests Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the data required to measure 2004 public service agreement target 2 are published.

      Redundancy/Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to introduce (a) voluntary redundancy and (b) early retirement schemes within his Department during the next two years; and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has evaluated on the efficiency of (a) wind turbines and (b) wave and tidal power sources.

      Royal Mail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Home Secretary's answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2319–20W, on passports, if he will instruct Royal...

      Senior Appointments (Departmental Agencies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions, in respect of senior appointments for agencies administered by his Department, the appointed candidate was not the...

      Solar Photovoltaics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's estimate is of the amount of capital grant support required to deliver the Government's White Paper commitments to a 10...

      Staff Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees have been dismissed by his Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his answer of 1 November 2005, Official Report, columns 864–65W, on UK trade and investment, how many employees within UK...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) employees and (b) consultants working for (i) UK Trade and Investment and (ii) each regional development agency are working...

      Wind-generated Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contribution (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind-generated electricity made to the UK's electricity supply system on each day from 16...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on progress in the current round of international trade negotiations.

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's priorities are for the World Trade Organisation talks in December.

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes he is seeking to make to the EU's negotiating position in advance of the World Trade Organisation's ministerial conference in...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to reflect the needs and interests of developing countries at current World Trade negotiations on agriculture.

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the data that were used as a basis for UK support for the non-agricultural market access negotiations at the World Trade...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department will take to deliver fair and free trade at the forthcoming World Trade Organisation ministerial in December.

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will support measures to allow developing countries to set their level of tariff reductions in accordance with their development needs...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to implement the UK's commitments to ensure that developing countries are not obliged to open up their...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he will take to ensure full account is taken of the interests of developing countries during the World Trade Organisation...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his targets are for the Doha development round at the Hong Kong ministerial meeting in December; what assessment he has made of the...

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