Written answers
Monday, 5 March 2007

  • Duchy of Lancaster
    • 10 Downing Street: Consultants
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which external consultancy firms are working for 10 Downing street.
    • Departmental Coordination
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who her Department's national strategic partners are; how much funding has been allocated to each; and what the purpose is of each partnership.
    • Departments: Freedom of Information
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason her Department's Openness Team was renamed the FOI Team.
    • Ministers: Codes of Practice
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what rules govern requests by hon. Members of the Cabinet Secretary to investigate the conduct of ministers in the light of the Ministerial Code;...
    • Smith Institute
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much money from the public purse (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) No. 10 Downing street gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii)...
  • International Development
    • Afghanistan: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is taking to aid the destruction of poppy farming in Afghanistan.
    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 284W, on Afghanistan: overseas aid, whether (a) the original...
    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in developing the Afghan civil service; and what assistance the UK has provided for this work.
    • Departments: Equal Opportunities (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has a gender (a) strategy and (b) equality action plan in place.
    • Departments: Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under the...
    • Developing Countries: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Education Fast Track Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle the trafficking of people from the developing world to the UK.
    • Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 310W, on Iraq, whether the Government have taken part in...
    • Latin America
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the comparative performance of his Department's Andean Unit and its offices elsewhere in the world.
    • Sudan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the short-term threat to the livestock of those refugees from Darfur who have crossed the border into...
    • Sudan
      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will facilitate those agencies with expertise in dealing with livestock in emergency situations to intervene in Darfur in order...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Aggregates Levy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money the Aggregates Levy Fund generated in each year of its existence.
    • Avian Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the time period was between the first contact with his Department of the veterinary surgeon who discovered the avian...
    • Avian Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific evidence is that avian influenza can survive in birds for longer than six hours.
    • Packaging: Waste Disposal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a system of fines for the production of excess packaging.
    • Waste Management
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether local authorities which have entered a joint waste authority (JWA) will be able to leave the JWA without the...
  • Solicitor-General
    • Compensation
      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment he has made of how effective the Crown Prosecution Service has been in securing compensation for victims in (a) England and Wales and (b)...
    • Crown Prosecution Service
      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for telling victims of crime if charges are not brought against suspects; and in what proportion of cases...
    • Graffiti: Prosecutions
      To ask the Solicitor-General under what circumstances the Crown Prosecution Service would prosecute a youth who is alleged to be writing graffiti tags on property.
  • House of Commons Commission
    • Building and Refurbishment Projects
      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) initial budget price, (b) contract sum, (c) final cost and (d) contract period was of each of...
    • Parliament: Air Pollution
      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of the carbon footprint of the House estate; and what targets have been set to reduce it.
  • Church Commissioners
    • Church Repairs: Funding
      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Commissioners have had with Ministers on funding for church repairs.
    • Church Buildings: Funding
      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much (a) Lottery and (b) state funding has been spent on church buildings in the last 10 years.
    • Church Ownership
      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many churches are in the ownership of the Church of England.
    • Church of England: Finance
      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment the Commissioners have made of the financial implications of the sexual orientation regulations for...
    • Church of England: Pensions
      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment the Commissioners have made of the effect of the financial position of the Church of England's...
    • Departments: Databases
      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what databases are controlled by the Commissioners; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates...
  • Electoral Commission Committee
    • Boundary Commissions
      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the time scale is for the assumption of responsibility by the Electoral Commission of the...
  • Transport
    • Railways: Terrorism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to combat the threat of terrorism on rail services in England and Wales.
  • Defence
    • Afghanistan
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 435W, on Afghanistan, whether he is now in a position to make a statement on the...
    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's assessment is of the security risk presented by the revival of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British servicemen and women have been injured in Afghanistan since (a) special forces were deployed in 2001 and (b) the armed forces were...
    • Armed Forces: Bereavement Counselling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what services are offered by his Department for the bereaved families of armed forces personnel.
    • Armed Forces: Catering
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the daily budget allowance for meals is for (a) Royal Navy personnel (i) in port and (ii) at sea (A) on ship and (B) on submarines (1) on...
    • Armed Forces: Dogs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the daily budget allowance for food is for military dogs in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force, (c) Royal Navy and (d) Ministry of Defence Police.
    • Ballistic Missile Defence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce details of the UK's involvement in the American ballistic missile defence shield.
    • Cluster Munitions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his (a) United States, (b) Chinese, (c) Russian and (d) Israeli counterparts on the outcome of the Oslo conference...
    • Departments: Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the Spring Supplementary Estimates 2006-07 (HC294), if he will break down the (a) current and (b) revised request for resources one,...
    • Iraq Conflict
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department were first informed that a video tape existed of the United States aerial attack which...
    • Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of servicemen (a) killed and (b) injured in Iraq by weapons of Iranian origin since the...
    • Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the provision of security services by private contractors in Iraq; and what proportion of his Department's spending...
    • Military Bases: Gibraltar
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action his Department is taking to protect the employment rights of the locally engaged Gibraltarian workforce at the dockyard.
    • Missile Defence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to introduce missile-to-missile defences in the United Kingdom in 2007 to 2012.
    • Nato
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 312W, on NATO, what assessment he has made of progress in the continuing...
    • Naval Deployment: Gulf
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 690W, on naval deployment (Gulf), what changes were made to the UK naval posture in...
    • Nuclear Weapons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the costs of building a new uranium processing facility, warhead assembly and disassembly facility, core punch facility, explosives handling...
    • Official Secrets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the process is for the management and control of classified information; and which Minister is responsible for classified information.
    • Service Personnel
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department changed the methodology for collating the number of personnel undertaking operations and other military tasks in 2005-06;...
    • Warships
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1636W, on warships; what warships were based at each location in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Burma: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the Burmese Government about religious discrimination and...
    • Burma: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's policy is on the merits of a UN Security Council resolution requiring the State Peace and Development...
    • Burma: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to raise the issue of human trafficking, particularly of women in Kachin State, with the...
    • Burma: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will discuss violations of religious freedom in Burma with the UN's Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion...
    • Capital Punishment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support attempts at an EU level to press for a global moratorium on the use of capital...
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking relating to the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact which the instability in Guinea is having in the region; and if she will make a statement.
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support her Department is giving to the Government of Guinea to help resolve the instability in that country; and if she...
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration is being given to possible military assistance to the Guinean Government; and if she will make a statement.
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of France regarding the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held in the UN Security Council regarding the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
    • Guinea
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being given to facilitate a national dialogue to resolve the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a...
    • Iraq: Airspace
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the American Government on the transfer of control of Iraqi airspace from American...
    • Maldives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of efforts of the Government of the Maldives to reach internationally...
    • Somalia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of recent civilian protest in Mogadishu on the stability of the Transitional Federal...
    • Somalia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK has pledged to the African Union to establish AMISOM in Somalia; and what assistance the UK is planning to...
    • Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has held with her counterparts in African Union nations on supplying troops to the peacekeeping mission in...
    • Zimbabwe: Diamonds
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the Zimbabwean Government's plan to nationalise the country's diamond...
  • Prime Minister
    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance
      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 1009W, on 10 Downing street: repairs and maintenance, what works are planned for the 2007 calendar year.
    • Departments: Databases
      To ask the Prime Minister what databases are controlled by his Office; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate or out of date.
    • Lords Lieutenant
      To ask the Prime Minister which Lords Lieutenant have been appointed since 2003.
    • Petitions: Internet (8 annotations)
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he plans to reply by personal e-mail to each of the petitioners who have signed up to each of the petitions posted on the Number 10 website; (2) what...
    • Petitions: Internet
      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government plan to hold the (a) names, (b) contact details and (c) e-mail addresses of the individuals who sign a Downing street e-petition after the...
    • Petitions: Internet
      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the Downing street e-petition initiative; and whether he plans to give a bonus to the staff members responsible for the project.
  • Constitutional Affairs
    • Departments: Redundancy
      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of the...
    • Judiciary: Public Appointments
      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Secretary of State last met Baroness Usha Prashar to discuss judicial appointments.
    • Supreme Court
      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of siting the new Supreme Court at the Middlesex Guildhall on the...
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Urban Regeneration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had on the role of culture in urban regeneration.
    • Specialist Sports Colleges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her assessment is of the impact of specialist sports colleges on the level of physical activity undertaken by young people.
    • Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the revised budget for the 2012 Olympic games will be published; and if she will make a statement.
    • Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 104W, on the Olympics, what each cost saving identified between July...
    • Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 713W, on the London Olympics, if she will place the minutes of all...
    • Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect an overspend on the Olympics would have on the National Lottery.
    • Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the revised Olympic budget to be published; and if she will make a statement.
    • Olympics 2012
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice PricewaterhouseCoopers provided on (a) VAT and (b) the level of contingency for the Games in their Olympics Cost Review in...
    • National Lottery
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact overspend on the London Olympics would have on the national lottery.
    • School Sport Partnerships
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of school sport partnerships.
    • Tourism and Leisure Industry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initiatives her Department has supported to promote the regeneration of the tourism and leisure industry in seaside towns.
    • Sports: Departmental Support
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department provides for sports at the grassroots level.
    • Telephone Quiz Shows (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on telephone quiz shows on television.
    • Telephone Quiz Shows
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Services with regard to (a)...
    • Internet Ticket Sales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with representatives of the music industry on the secondary selling of tickets on the internet.
    • Digital Broadcasting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers are available to the Government to ensure high definition television broadcasting is available free to air on digital...
    • Digital Broadcasting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has made an estimate of the average cost to an individual consumer of a move to satellite or cable digital television in...
    • Digital Broadcasting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to ensure that the free to air digital terrestrial television platform is sustainable; and what plans she has to...
    • Football Grounds
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the merits of re-examining the case for the introduction of limited sections of standing areas at...
    • Football: Females
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to further the establishment of a taskforce on women's football; and if she will make a statement.
    • Olympic Games: Investment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £600 million World Class Pathway Olympic Games Investment is planned in each year between 2006 and 2012.
    • Sports: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the recent report on doping in sport by Michael Beloff QC; and if she will place a copy in the Library.
  • Treasury
    • Agriculture: Subsidies
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs provided him with in each month since January 2006 for the Department for...
    • Departments: Databases
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate or out of date.
    • Gift Aid
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of registered charities in Northern Ireland used the gift aid scheme in each of the last five years; and how much money was recovered by...
    • HM Revenue and Customs: Standards
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which performance indicators HM Revenue and Customs records on the (a) receipt, (b) opening, (c) acknowledgement and (d) answering of taxpayers'...
    • Pensioners: Means Tested Benefits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioner households were subject to (a) 20, (b) 30, (c) 40, (d) 50 and (e) 60 per cent. and above marginal deduction rates taking account of...
    • Revenue and Customs: Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which business areas within HM Revenue and Customs there were delays beyond target response times in processing correspondence in each of the last three...
    • Taxation: Film
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the British film industry of the tax breaks for films made in the UK announced in 2005; and if he will make a...
    • Valuation Office
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings the Valuation Office Agency has had with local government representatives since January 2005.
    • Valuation Office
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether tax officials from HM Revenue and Customs have legal rights of access to the property database provided by Rightmove for the Valuation Office Agency.
    • VAT: Energy
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he is making in negotiations with EU partners on extending the categories of permitted reduced VAT rates to include energy efficient products...
    • VAT: Fraud
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in VAT repayments has been withheld pending the extended verification process arising from missing trader intra-community fraud investigations.
    • VAT: Fraud
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been recovered from convictions arising from missing trader intra-community fraud since 2004-05.
    • VAT: Fraud (1 annotation)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average length of time investigations took to verify VAT claims which may be affected by missing trader intra-community fraud in the most recent year...
    • VAT: Schools
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to reduce the VAT liability of schools which encourage use of their premises by their local community.
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department sets a target time limit in which to reply to Members' inquiries about tax credits on behalf of their constituents; and if he will...
    • Welfare Tax Credits
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credits recipients have encountered problems with (a) payments being transferred into their bank accounts and (b) receiving manual payments...
  • Health
    • Agenda for Change
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to increase the resources made available to the NHS to support the implementation of (a) Agenda for Change, (b) the consultants'...
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to Enfield primary care trust for alcohol treatment for 2007-08.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many casualties were admitted to (a) Sunderland Royal hospital, (b) Hartlepool University hospital and (c) Durham University hospital owing to...
    • Antibiotics
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the consumption of antibiotics in England for medical purposes was in each year since 2004.
    • Blood: Haemophilia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the first adverse liver result related to the use of blood products with haemophilia was reported under the terms of the Medicines Act 1968 and...
    • Blood: Screening
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts operate community blood test clinics; (2) which primary care trusts have moved blood testing services from...
    • Contraceptives
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the costs and benefits of providing free condoms in GP surgeries.
    • Departments: Equal Opportunities (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place.
    • Diversity Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to her Department was of diversity training during (a) 2002 and (b) 2003; what programmes took place and at what cost, in 2006; and if she...
    • Drugs: Rehabilitation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has recently been allocated by her Department for drug services in (a) Bristol, (b) Birmingham, (c) Manchester, (d) Liverpool and (e)...
    • Family Planning
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to ensure women and men have access to community contraceptive services; and if she will make a statement; (2)...
    • Food: Labelling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Food Standards Agency made of (a) barcode scanners, (b) calorie calculators and (c) other electronic devices in its approach to...
    • Haemophilia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expert advice was received by the Department of Health about the psychological impact of informing people with haemophilia (a) of their increased...
    • Haemophilia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings officials have had with strategic health authority chief executives on the service level agreement applied to the provision of...
    • Health Professions: Regulation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which organisations have submitted responses to her Department's review of the regulation of non-medical healthcare professions; (2) which...
    • Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response she has made to the report of Professor Fryer entitled "Learning for a change in healthcare"; and if she will make a statement.
    • Heroin
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment following the illegal use of heroin in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make...
    • HIV
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with HIV in each London borough in each of the last five years.
    • Institute for Innovation and Improvement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff work at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement; what the Institute's budget is for 2006-07; how...
    • Liver Screening
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects the FibroScan test for liver stiffness to be available in the NHS; (2) what assessment has been made of (a) the efficacy and (b)...
    • Medical Equipment: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the (a) Office of Fair Trading and (b) Competition Commission were consulted in drawing up the proposed pricing model in the Department of...
    • Medical Records: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have smartcards to access the care records database; and how many it is estimated will have smartcards when the database is fully...
    • Medical Records: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) clinical and (b) administrative staff codes will have access to the NHS Care Records database; (2) how (a) the audit trail, (b)...
    • Medical Records: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times a day the care records database was accessed in the last period for which figures are available; and how many times a day she expects it to...
    • Midwives: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent midwives per 1,000 maternities there were working in the NHS in the most recent period for which figures are available,...
    • Midwives: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole-time equivalent midwives per 1,000 maternities were working in the NHS in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken...
    • Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Milton Keynes primary care trust is considering the removal of the physiotherapy provision to some Milton Keynes GP practices as part of its...
    • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consideration she has given to the merits of strengthening (a) safeguards against and (b) the reporting of the use of unlicensed drugs, with...
    • NHS: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules apply to (a) consultants and (b) general practitioners working within the NHS in respect of the receipt by them of (i) gifts from drug...
    • NHS: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the centrally funded initiatives and services and special allocations budget was spent on (a) strategic health authorities, (b)...
    • NHS: It
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the average percentage of the overall budget of (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS trusts which was spent on IT in...
    • NHS: It
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the overall cost to NHS trusts of upgrading older versions of the software for the Connecting for Health IT System.
    • NHS: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that staff in the lowest pay bands and career grades in the NHS are able to take advantage of work-related learning.
    • Orthoptics: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many orthoptists are employed by each (a) acute trust, (b) foundation trust and (c) primary care trust.
    • Overseas Patients
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been invoiced by the NHS to other countries in the European Union for services received by those countries' citizens in England and Wales for...
    • PCT Staff
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in each primary care trust in England were (a) made redundant and (b) given early retirement in the three months ending (i) 30 September...
    • Prescriptions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) paid-for and (b) free prescriptions were issued in each primary care trust in (i) Essex, (ii) Herefordshire, (iii) Inner London and (iv)...
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the impact of the human papillomavirus vaccination on the incidence of genital warts.
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department is scheduled to meet the Department of Education and Skills to discuss implementing a school-based human papilloma virus immunisation...
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations with patient groups have been undertaken to discuss the implementation of a national human papilloma virus immunisation programme.
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the agenda for the JCVI human papilloma virus sub-group meeting on 28 February.
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings have been held with the makers of human papilloma virus vaccines to discuss availability.
    • Smoking: Public Places
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what extra funding is being provided to local authorities to support (a) the introduction of the smoking ban to be implemented in July and (b) on-going...
    • Sunbeds
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will (a) issue guidance on the maximum strength of tanning beds available for hire or sale and (b) propose legislation prohibiting the use of...
    • Tomography
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many PET-CT scanners there are in the UK; and where are they sited; (2) how many PET-CT scanners are in clinical use and routinely available to...
  • Education and Skills
    • Adoption
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on funding for local authorities for adoption support, with particular reference to the training and recruitment...
    • Adoption
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he (a) has commissioned and (b) plans to commission on the long-term effects of open contact arrangements for adopted children.
    • Bishops Park College
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the levels of achievement were at Bishops Park College at (a) Key Stage 3 and (b) GCSE in the last year for which figures are available.
    • Children: Poverty (11 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the analysis published as Report Card 7 on child poverty in perspective by the Unicef Innocenti Research...
    • Curriculum: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much and what proportion of the £3 billion allocated to the foundation stage curriculum has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on...
    • Health Education: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what data was used as evidence to support the commissioning of the Blueprint research programme.
    • Health Education: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on the Blueprint research programme since its inception.
    • Languages
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 705W, on language courses, how many schools published in the secondary...
    • League Tables
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) pupils, (b) girls and (c) boys attending schools deemed (i) inadequate, (ii) satisfactory, (iii) good and (iv)...
    • Music: Secondary Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff were responsible for musical instrument teaching in secondary schools in each local education authority in London in each of...
    • Primary Education: Class Sizes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils of primary school age in England are in classes in maintained schools of (a) fewer than 20, (b) 20...
    • Pupils
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the mobility index is for each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in (i) Catterick, (ii) Colchester and (iii) Aldershot; (2)...
    • Religion: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times since taking up his post he has met (a) representatives of religious organisations with an interest in education and (b)...
    • School Meals: Concessions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average percentage of school-age children entitled to free school meals was in (a) Barnet, (b) London and (c) England in (i)...
    • Schools: Facilities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme his Department offers local authorities on (a) community use of...
    • Schools: Facilities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account is taken of potential community use in consideration of funding for under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
    • Schools: Muslims
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Chief Adviser for London Schools was representing his Department when he launched the document 'Towards Greater Understanding:...
    • Secondary Education: Curriculum
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority made of who is likely to be affected by the proposed secondary programmes of study.
    • Social Services: Vacancies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate how many vacancies there are for social workers; and if he will make a statement.
    • Social Workers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many social workers were trained in the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
  • Northern Ireland
    • Avian Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many avian influenza vaccine doses were available in Northern Ireland on 26 February.
    • Avian Influenza
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tests for avian influenza were carried out in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months.
    • Cars: Safety
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to publicise the new car seat regulations for children in Northern Ireland.
    • Clifton Special School
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was made available by his Department to the Clifton Special School in each of the past five years; and what assessment he has...
    • Departments: Complaints
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many complaints were received by the Department and executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 to...
    • Dept of Health and Social Services (NI): Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what mechanism is available to staff in the Department of Health and Social Services to assess whether their pay band is fair under the Agenda...
    • Family Practitioner Services: Sion Mills (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take action to ensure that the medical practice in Sion Mills is immediately reopened.
    • Garages and Petrol Stations: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the purpose of licensing retail petrol stations is; and if he will make a statement.
    • Garages and Petrol Stations: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the proposed timescale is for the introduction of licensing for retail petrol stations in Northern Ireland.
    • Garages and Petrol Stations: Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has held with relevant trade associations about the introduction of licensing for retail petrol stations.
    • Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visits Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) made to police establishments in Northern Ireland in each of the past five...
    • Hip Replacements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in Northern Ireland referred for hip replacement surgery had their operation outside Northern Ireland in each of the last five...
    • Hip Replacements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients referred for hip replacement surgery failed to attend for their operation in (a) Musgrave Park hospital, (b) the Ulster...
    • Hip Replacements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hip replacement operations were carried out on patients aged between (a) 40 and 50 years, (b) 51 and 60 years, (c) 61 and 70 years...
    • Hip Replacements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how patients waited up to (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) 36 months or more for (i) an assessment for hip replacement...
    • Hip Replacements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for a patient requiring a hip replacement following a GP referral for (a) assessment and (b) hip replacement...
    • Hip Replacements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hip replacement operations were carried out on patients of 80 years and above in the (a) Musgrave Park Hospital, (b) Ulster Hospital,...
    • Hospitals: Parking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was raised by car park charges at each hospital in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years.
    • Missing Persons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many missing persons were recorded in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and what...
    • NHS Treatment Centres
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to establish independent sector treatment centres in Northern Ireland; and what research has been undertaken by his Department...
    • Night Flying
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many breaches of the night time flying curfew were recorded at each Northern Ireland airport in each of the last 12 months for which figures...
    • Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Trusts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which occasions he has met the chief executives of each Northern Ireland health trust in each of the last three years.
    • Open Source Software
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of his Department's computer systems use open source software; what percentage of the systems planned to be installed use such...
    • Planning Permission: Craigavon
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the time taken to process planning applications in the Craigavon planning office.
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers are serving within Northern Ireland constabularies.
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers have been involved in training Iraqi police personnel since the invasion of Iraq in 2003,...
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average Police Service of Northern Ireland response time was to (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency calls in each district command...
    • Policing and Justice
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter of 28 December 2006 to the Policing and Justice sub-committee of the Transitional Assembly.
    • Pupils: Absenteeism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of unauthorised absence were recorded in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six...
    • Roads: Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic accidents attributed to the driver using a mobile phone while driving have occurred in Northern Ireland in the last three...
    • Schools: Crimes of Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice or guidance is provided to teachers in Northern Ireland by his Department in dealing with (a) pupil on pupil and (b) pupil on...
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of sexually transmitted disease were reported in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the past 12 months for...
    • South Eastern Education and Library Board
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the South Eastern Education and Library Board since he appointed...
    • Special Educational Needs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children in each education and library board area were receiving special educational needs assistance in each of the past six years;...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost to the public purse was of carbon monoxide awareness week held in December 2006; (2) what events were organised during...
    • Child Maintenance Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with the (a) private and (b) voluntary sector on providing better access to information and guidance as...
    • Child Maintenance Payments (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his assessment is of the levels of (a) delays in payments and (b) loss of child maintenance parents with care have experienced as a...
    • Consultants (2 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the five most expensive external consultancy contracts awarded by his Department were in each of the last four years; and if he will make...
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much programme expenditure sponsored by his Department was spent via each of the Government offices for the regions in the most recent year...
    • Departmental Telephone Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to encourage the successful input of minicom prefix numbers into standard forms for telephone numbers on...
    • Departments: Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's evaluations of media coverage since May 2005.
    • Disability Discrimination Act 2005: Prosecutions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions have been made under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
    • National Insurance Contributions: Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether years of national insurance credits or contributions prior to 2010 will be counted at their full value towards the 30-year full basic...
    • National Insurance Contributions: Rebates
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what existing arrangements are for contracting and national insurance rebates to employers and employees; what arrangements for rebates will be...
    • New Deal (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to assess the quality of the training providers used in the New Deal programmes.
    • New Deal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the funding received by the training providers for the New Deal programmes was spent on administration in the last period...
    • New Deal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of leavers from New Deal for Lone Parents recommenced claiming benefits within 12 months of leaving the programme in each year...
    • New Deal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who has responsibility for monitoring the quality of New Deal programmes.
    • Occupational Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to present new proposals to assist those who have lost their occupational pension prior to the Report stage of the Pensions...
    • Pensioners: Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the level of take-up was of housing benefit in pensioner households in each region of the UK in the last 12 months; (2) what the...
    • Pensioners: Eltham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent to tackle pensioner poverty in Eltham since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
    • Pensioners: Eltham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Eltham received (a) state pension, (b) pension credit, (c) winter fuel payments and (d) free television licences in...
    • Pensioners: Eltham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Eltham are entitled to receive pension credit; and how many he estimates have yet to claim it.
    • Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many pensioner benefit units in 2050 will face (a) a 100 per cent. marginal rate of pension credit withdrawal if the...
    • Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will revise Figure 1(xiv) in the Pensions White Paper 'Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pension System' to show the cost of proposed...
    • Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates he has made or received of the amount of (a) state and (b) occupational pension entitlements accrued by people aged (i) 16 to...
    • Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reinstate the link between pensions and earnings.
    • Pensions: Bankruptcy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who were declared bankrupt and whose pension rights were adversely affected in consequence...
    • Pensions: EC Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what legal advice he has taken on whether the proposed changes to basic pension contributory rules from April 2010 are compatible with European...
    • Public-Private Partnerships: Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the application of freedom of information regulations to...
    • State Retirement Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value would be of the 25p age addition to the state pension in 2006-07 if it had been uprated in line with (a) prices and (b)...
    • State Retirement Pensions: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women in (i) Glenrothes, (ii) Scotland and (iii) the UK qualify for a full basic state pension.
    • Welfare Reform Bill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which (a) individuals and (b) organisations (i) he and (ii) his officials have met to consult on the definition of the support group under...
    • Winter Fuel Payments: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeal tribunals there were on winter fuel payment application refusals in each of the last three years; and how many appeals were upheld.
  • Home Department
    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Mentally Ill
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children with antisocial behaviour orders have underlying brain disorders, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
    • Antisocial Behaviour: Landlord and Tenant
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many landlords were prosecuted for allowing (a) drunkenness and (b) riotous behaviour on their premises in each of the last three years...
    • Antisocial Behaviour: Motor Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for further legal sanctions against antisocial vehicle behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
    • Children: Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department sets for police activity on child protection.
    • Community Policing: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers were in post in each police authority in England and Wales in the last three years for which figures are...
    • Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to reclassify crimes involving cash and valuables in transit from business crime to a category of serious...
    • Crime: Lancashire
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
    • Crime: Lancashire
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many weapons-related incidents took place in schools in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
    • Crime: Lancashire
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of credit card fraud were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
    • Crime: Victims
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of victims of crime were (a) eligible for and (b) provided with the enhanced service as set out in the Code of...
    • Crime: Victims (3 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of available evidence on (a) victims' willingness to participate in restorative justice processes and (b) the...
    • Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) arrests and (b) charges were made under section 12(4) of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in each London borough...
    • Departments: Publications
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the last six editions of his Department's staff magazine.
    • Drugs: Money Laundering
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the statement of Michael A. Braun, Chief of Operations of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, before a...
    • Elderly: Abuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) (i) physical, (ii) psychological, (iii) financial and (iv) sexual abuse and (b) neglect of elderly people were (A)...
    • Firearms
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) firearms and (b) rounds of ammunition were seized by police forces in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
    • Firearms: Crime
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were victims of (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal shootings in each year between 1997 and 2006, broken down by ethnic group.
    • Fraud: Elections
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for electoral fraud there were in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
    • Homicide: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders in England and Wales were committed by individuals under the age of 25 in each of the last five years.
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 January to question 118556, how many people were charged with offences related to trafficking of people in...
    • Immigration Controls: Biometrics
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures he will put in place to help vulnerable foreign nationals who have difficulty travelling register for a biometric immigration...
    • Military Convictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures there are for adding military convictions which occur (a) in the UK and (b) overseas to the police national computer.
    • National Identity Register
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his plans to offset the costs of the National Identity Register with fee revenue include (a) fees for biometric immigration...
    • National Identity Register
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has made an initial estimate of the charges that will be made to organisations accredited for the national identity register for...
    • National Identity Register
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the likely annual number of identity checks that will be carried out for accredited organisations (a) once the...
    • Nolle Prosequi
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK nationals had police files opened on them in England and Wales without criminal proceedings being instigated against them in 2005-06.
    • Police: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether members of the (a) Royal Military Police and (b) Ministry of Defence police have access to the National Police Computer in respect...
    • Police: Ethnic Groups
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people classified as being from an ethnic minority were recruited for the post of (a) police officer, (b) police community support...
    • Police: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish the tackling of business and retail crime as a key performance indicator for the police.
    • Prison Accommodation
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the average time taken to complete a prison cell sharing risk assessment; and if he will make a statement.
    • Prison Service: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many service level agreements for the Prison Service include a requirement to report on progress six months after the commencement of the...
    • Prison Service: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to ensure that those responsible for the investigation of professional standards issues within HM Prison Service are...
    • Prison Service: Unfair Dismissal
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in HM Prison Service were found to have been unfairly dismissed in each of the last five years; what the cost to the public...
    • Prisoners: Day Release
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in each of the last five years by prisoners on day release.
    • Prisons: Informers
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison informants (a) self-harmed and (b) committed suicide (i) whilst detained in prison and (ii) after leaving prison in each of...
    • Prisons: Management
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist in HM Prison Service to ensure that good practice is disseminated from employment issues arising from (a) employment...
    • Prisons: Ministers of Religion
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which imams served as prison chaplains in each year since 2001.
    • Probation: Vacancies
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies for (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers there were for each probation area on the latest date for...
    • Samar Alami
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to make a decision as to whether (a) he and (b) the Parole Board will consider the application for parole of Ms Samar Alami.
    • Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of sexual offenders in prison attended the sexual offender treatment programme in each of the last five years.
    • Sexual Offences
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is per person of the sexual offender treatment programme; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the...
    • Terrorism
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when (a) Ministers and (b) his Department received (i) Lord Carlile's report on the definition of terrorism and (ii) Lord Carlile's report...
    • Victim Support Schemes: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which constituencies in the UK young witness support is available to children who appear in court; and how much his Department spent on...
    • Victim Support Schemes: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what witness support is available to children in Portsmouth.
    • Witnesses: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a national system of support for young people involved in the criminal justice system as witnesses; and if he will make...
    • Work Permits
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits carrying an entitlement to settlement in the UK were issued to non-EU citizens in each year since 1992.
  • Trade and Industry
    • Ambassadors for British Business Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why the Ambassadors for British Business scheme was discontinued; and if he will make a statement.
    • British Sky Broadcasting: ITV Network
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will make a decision on whether to exercise discretion under section 42 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to issue a public interest...
    • Companies Act 2006
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation he is planning with interested stakeholders on directors' reporting of social and environmental matters in accordance with...
    • Consumers: Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the UK objectives are in (a) the development of consumer policy at EU level and (b) the simplification of the regulatory framework of...
    • Dartington College of Art
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the statement of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 285WH, on regional development agencies, when the report on the future...
    • DBT Holdings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will discuss with DBT Holdings Limited the closure of Britannia Lift in Sheerness.
    • DBT Holdings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will discuss with the Home Office recent actions by directors of DBT Holdings.
    • DBT Holdings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will instigate an inspection of (a) DBT Holdings and (b) Britannia Lift, Sheerness.
    • Debts: Zimbabwe
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on Zimbabwe's repayment of debt to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
    • Departments: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate...
    • Departments: Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what strategy he has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in his Department's buildings; and if...
    • Doorstep Selling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, columns 541-2W, on doorstep selling, what mechanisms he plans to use to protect...
    • East of England Development Agency: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what benefits the Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency will receive on leaving the post.
    • Foreign Investment in UK
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 20 countries provided the largest amounts of foreign direct investment into the UK in each year since 2000.
    • Nuclear Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from the Mayor of London regarding the use of nuclear energy in the United Kingdom.
    • Radio: Plymouth
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will investigate the level of activity of Radio UK Holdings Limited (Diamond FM) in Plymouth since receiving their licence.
    • Royal Mail
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will respond to the Royal Mail request in its recent report that the Secretary of State renegotiate the universal service obligations.
    • Solar Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of using concentrated solar power as an alternative energy source for the future; and if he will...
    • UK Trade with EC
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the UK's trade balance with the EU was in each of the last three years.
    • Utilities: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent energy companies use estimated readings in generating customers' bills; and if he will make a statement.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Arc Manche Regional Assembly
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public funding has been provided to the Arc Manche regional assembly from (a) central Government and (b) the EU Interreg...
    • Community Development: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to the single community programme in each year since 2000-01.
    • Council Housing: Cannock Chase (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of social housing were available in the Cannock Chase district in (a) 1997 and (b) the last 12 months.
    • Council Housing: Debts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 978W, on housing, whether her estimate of £12 billion...
    • Council Housing: Heating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties are heated by district communal heating systems in each London borough; what the annual energy in...
    • Council Housing: Heating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate (a) the number of properties in local council or housing association ownership covered by district heating...
    • Council Housing: Sales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses were sold to sitting tenants in each year since 1976; and on what basis decisions are made to sell...
    • Council Housing: Waiting Lists
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on housing waiting lists in England.
    • Council Tax
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) post-capping and (b) pre-capping average rate in pence of band D council tax was in each year in England since...
    • Council Tax Revaluation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps (a) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, (b) her Department and (c) the Valuation Office Agency has undertaken...
    • Departments: Appeals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by her Department and its Executive Agencies in (a)...
    • Departments: Complaints
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints were received by her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06;...
    • Departments: Complaints
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff worked in dedicated complaints units in her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02...
    • Departments: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what databases are controlled by her Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database she estimates...
    • Departments: Freedom of Information
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under...
    • Departments: Redundancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of the...
    • Derelict Land
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has plans to change the definition of brownfield land.
    • Electronic Government: Public Participation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she made of the potential effect on Government of using internet weblogs to engage with citizens.
    • Empty Properties: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of long-term empty homes in (a) the London borough of Merton, (b) south-west London...
    • Fire Services: Cornwall
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the adequacy of fire service cover in Cornwall; what discussions she has had with the Fire...
    • Gambling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend planning (a) regulations, (b) guidance and (c) circulars in relation to (i) casinos and (ii) gambling.
    • Home Information Packs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Local Government Association concerning fee setting and access to property...
    • Home Information Packs: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of local authority charges for their searches in relation to the implementation of home...
    • Homebuy Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, columns 286-87W, on the homebuy scheme, (1) how many Government...
    • Homelessness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of A2 and A8 migration on (a) homelessness and (b) measures to tackle homelessness...
    • Homelessness: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homeless people in (a) England, (b) Greater London, (c) the London borough of...
    • Homelessness: Migrants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether figures on homelessness provided by local authorities to her Department take into account the number of migrants not...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to her answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 978W, on housing, how much extra investment per dwelling is...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total stock of affordable housing was in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1980; what each figure...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of eligible people have participated in key worker affordable housing schemes in each year since...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were purchased under the right to buy scheme in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year from 1980 until...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has commissioned into tenant satisfaction with the choice-based lettings schemes; and if she will...
    • Housing: Climate Change
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish the report required by section 14 of the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 explaining the...
    • Housing: Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to increase the number of private landlords introducing energy efficiency schemes.
    • Housing: Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 1W, on energy performance certificates, whether she expects...
    • Housing: Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) energy efficiency and (b) carbon emissions of using electric heating twinned...
    • Housing: Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration she is giving to electric heating as part of requirements to reduce the carbon footprint of new buildings.
    • Housing: Hampshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of affordable homes were built as a result of section 106 planning agreements in (a) England, (b)...
    • Housing: Harlow
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates in the last 12 months she met the Minister of Housing and Planning to discuss policy on the Harlow sub-regional...
    • Housing: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of using community land trusts to increase access to property ownership by...
    • Housing: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about expenditure on affordable housing in the next...
    • Housing: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people from (a) the London borough of Havering and (b) Romford constituency are taking part in the key worker living...
    • Housing: North East Region
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the north-east regional capital allocation in private- sector housing stock improvement and regeneration has...
    • Housing: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of achieving her target for rented housing to be brought in line with decent homes standards.
    • Housing: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the progress being made in bringing 70 per cent. of private rented sector housing up to the...
    • Housing: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the (a) impact, (b) quality and (c) delivery of works undertaken to meet the decent homes target will be (i) monitored...
    • Housing: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vulnerable households were living in non-decent homes in (a) 1996, (b) 2001, (c) 2004 and (d) the latest year for...
    • Housing: Sustainable Development
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the technical guidance on how to comply with the code for sustainable homes to be published.
    • Housing: Warrington
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Warrington, North have been included in the Government's decent homes scheme.
    • Local Authorities: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the Office of Fair Trading's options for pricing access to local authority search information.
    • Local Authorities: Leisure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice her Department gives to local authorities on planning for sport and active recreation.
    • Local Authorities: Lighting
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take account of whether the bulbs used in streetlights in the local authority area are energy efficient in...
    • Local Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that arrangements are made for an early hearing of the appeal against South Hams district council's refusal...
    • Local Government Finance: Special Education Needs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each local authority spent on out-of-authority placements for special educational needs in each of the last three...
    • Local Government Finance: Torbay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to approve (a) the mayor's vision, (b) the housing land availability assessment for Torbay and (c) the...
    • Local Government: Elections
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 313-14W, on...
    • Planning Policy Statement 3
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes planning policy statement 3 proposes in relation to development on (a) previously residential and (b) garden land.
    • Planning: EC Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that planning authorities take into consideration the terms of the convention on landscape...
    • Planning: Industry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much land was designated for industrial users in (a) 1985, (b) 1995, (c) 2005 and (d) the latest period for which...
    • Planning: Small Businesses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps she is taking to encourage a sufficient supply of industrial land for use by small and medium-sized...
    • Planning: Urban Areas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on the construction of new high-rise buildings in cities.
    • Population
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's estimate is of the (a) population, (b) number of households and (c) average household size in each...
    • Property: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of properties sold at an open market value of more than £1 million in each local...
    • Radon
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance is available to householders for preventative work in areas identified as having a high radon risk.
    • Repossession Orders: Lancashire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many house repossessions there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
    • Road Signs and Markings: Advertising
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 4W, on roadside advertisements, what (a) meetings...
    • Sewage: Building Regulations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will amend building regulations to prohibit the use of lightweight non-lockable covers for septic tanks.
    • Sleeping Rough: Northamptonshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of people sleeping rough in (a) Wellingborough and (b) Northamptonshire.
    • Social Rented Housing: Milton Keynes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing association properties (a) available for rent and (b) in shared-equity schemes there were in Milton Keynes in...
    • Stray Dogs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to ensure that local authorities are fulfilling their obligations to receive and collect...
    • Temporary Accommodation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was to the public purse of placing households in temporary leasehold accommodation in each year since 1997.
    • Temporary Accommodation: Nottingham (2 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Nottingham city council spent on temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.
    • Temporary Accommodation: Romford
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what temporary accommodation was made available from central Government resources to homeless people in Romford in each year...
    • Unemployed: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households there are in (a) England, (b) Greater London, (c) the London borough of Havering and (d) Romford in...
  • House of Lords
    • Agriculture: Dairy and Pig Farmers
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many dairy and pig farmers there were in the United Kingdom in each of the years 1997—2006.
    • Armed Forces: Deployment
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, when it is proposed to commit the United Kingdom to direct participation in any war, international armed conflict or international peace-keeping activity,...
    • Armed Forces: Inquests
      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the practice of conducting civil inquests into the deaths in action of service personnel killed in action in overseas conflict zones first arose.
    • Armed Forces: Nicosia Accommodation
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which authority is responsible for the provision of accommodation for United Nations troops in the Ledra Palace, Nicosia; and which public bodies finance the...
    • Avian Flu
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have identified any other countries with H5N1 avian flu infections with a sufficiently similar gene nucleotide sequence to suggest that they might...
    • Avian Flu (1 annotation)
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken to ensure stringent inspection of internal European Union traded poultry; and whether the other 26 European Union member states have...
    • Avian Flu
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek financial assistance from the European Union in the event that the avian flu outbreak causes serious damage to the poultry market.
    • Avian Flu
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What lessons have been learnt from the recent avian flu outbreak at Bernard Matthews on the way in which the slaughter of such large flocks was undertaken.
    • Avian Flu
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their investigation into the recent avian flu outbreak at Bernard Matthews has considered movements made by employees and their families between England...
    • Avian Flu
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions took place between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency following the...
    • British Citizenship
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the judgment of the High Court in the case of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin [2007] EWHC 199 (QB), they will take steps to...
    • Care Services
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of individuals selling their home each year in order to pay for nursing care.
    • Discrimination
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which statutes discriminate against Roman Catholics; and whether they propose to take action to remove such provisions.
    • Elections: Registration of Expatriates
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British expatriates excluding members of the Armed Forces are registered to vote in the United Kingdom.
    • Elections: Registration of Expatriates
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British expatriates excluding members of the Armed Forces they estimate to be eligible to register to vote in the United Kingdom.
    • Energy: EU Directive
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have, and what consultations and actions they are taking, to implement the European Energy Services Directorate (2006/32/EC).
    • Energy: Light Bulbs
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs in order to lower carbon emissions, bearing in mind the recent success of such a scheme in Australia.
    • Gulf War Illnesses
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why their reporting of the research findings at Porton Down on effects of using pyridostigmine bromide and vaccines stated that they raised no cause for concern in...
    • Health: Clinical Excellence Awards
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make clinical excellence awards available to health care workers other than doctors.
    • Health: Food Supplements and Herbal Remedies
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many complaints about food supplements and herbal remedies being marketed in the United Kingdom with illegal health claims by companies based in the Channel...
    • Information Commissioner
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the use that the Information Commissioner has made of the extra funds granted to him by the Government to reduce the number...
    • Iraq: Basra
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team's budget; which countries are contributing to this budget; and what proportion of funding is provided by the...
    • Iraq: Basra
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Provincial Reconstruction Team's baseline assessment of Basra was produced; and what criteria it uses to monitor progress in Basra.
    • Iraq: Police
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps United Kingdom Armed Forces deployed in south-east Iraq have taken to assist the Government of Iraq in addressing the corruption, militia infiltration...
    • Iraq: Transition Readiness Assessment
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Iraqi provinces have to date received a transition readiness assessment grade of level 2.
    • Israel: EU Membership
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the result of an Israeli public opinion poll showing a majority in favour of Israel applying to join the European Union.
    • Legal Aid
      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances foreign nationals resident overseas are able to obtain legal aid to bring actions in United Kingdom courts concerning matters which occurred...
    • Licensing: Elton Review
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of the Elton review of the new licensing system.
    • Mortgages
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether green mortgages are currently available.
    • Mortgages
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their definition of a green mortgage.
    • Mortgages
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so how, the availability of a green mortgage would be linked to an energy efficiency certificate.
    • Railways: Toilets
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comments by Lord Davies of Oldham on 5 December 2006 (Official Report, col. 1054) that the Government expect all rolling stock to be fitted with...
    • Railways: Toilets
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fitting of toilet retention tanks on high-speed train rolling stock was part of the recent franchise agreement with First Great Western.
    • Railways: Toilets
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the estimated 13 per cent of rolling stock not fitted with toilet retention tanks is operated by First Great Western.
    • Railways: Toilets
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which train operating companies that operate high-speed train rolling stock have fitted toilet retention tanks to their vehicles.
    • Railways: Toilets
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the code of practice adopted by the rail industry in 1996 that all new rolling stock would be fitted with toilet retention tanks applied to vehicles...
    • Roads: Pricing Petition
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any guidance has been issued within the Department for Transport regarding the position of department employees and the signing of the Downing Street...
    • Special Advisers
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 February (WA 276), in what forum Ministers are personally accountable to Parliament for the...
    • Sport: Archery
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding for development was given by Sport England to Archery UK in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and how much it will receive in 2007.
    • Sport: Fencing
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding for development was given by Sport England to the British Fencing Association in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and how much it will receive in 2007.
    • Sport: Lottery Funding
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many athletes were in receipt of National Lottery funding in 2006; and how much each athlete received.
    • Sport: Skiing and Snowboarding
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding for development was given by Sport England to the British Ski and Snowboard Federation in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and how much it will receive in 2007.
    • Sport: Weightlifting
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding for development was given by Sport England to the British Weightlifting Association in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and how much it will receive in 2007.
    • Transport Research Laboratory
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many external contracts worth £1 million or more the Department for Transport currently has with the Transport Research Laboratory; and what is the figure...
    • Transport: Discounted Fares
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have taken place between Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions and representatives of Transport for London or the Greater London...
    • Transport: Discounted Fares
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the provision of discounted travel rates to persons in receipt of income support or other benefits would lead to any withdrawal of that benefit or other...