Written answers
Tuesday, 10 July 2007

  • Transport
    • A21: Repairs and Maintenance (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her plans are for the A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge; and if she will make a statement.
    • Bus Services: Concessions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by her Department on bus subsidy in the North East of England, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) bus operator in each of...
    • Cycling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) resource and (b) capital expenditure was made available for improving the convenience and safety of cycling in each of the last five years.
    • Departments: Common Purpose
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was.
    • Departments: Public Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
    • Driving Offences: Fixed Penalties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential effect on road safety of introducing a sliding scale of penalty points on a driving licence for speeding...
    • Exhaust Emissions (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions she has had with councils on the introduction of low emission zones; (2) what discussions she has had with local authorities on...
    • Exhaust Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider introducing national guidelines for the rules and scope of local low emission zones.
    • Railways: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to support improvements in the Felixstowe to Nuneaton railway line before the final deadline for proposals for...
    • Railways: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with interested parties on proposals to improve the Felixstowe to Nuneaton railway line.
  • Leader of the House
    • Departments: Pensions
      To ask the Leader of the House how many and what percentage of staff in her office are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she has taken in the last 12...
  • House of Commons Commission
    • Members: Information and Communications Technology
      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will ask Parliamentary Information and Communication Service (PICT) to carry out a customer survey of...
    • Portcullis House
      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will bring forward plans to put signage on the entrances to the first floor of Portcullis...
  • Solicitor-General
    • Departments: Older Workers
      To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of staff in the Law Officers' Departments were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.
    • Departments: Older Workers
      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by her Department in each of the last three years; and what...
  • Defence
    • Armed Forces: Cleaning Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his policy is on levying laundry charges on soldiers participating in training exercises, with particular reference to those at Westdown Camp,...
    • Armed Forces: Dental Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make available the most recent review by the Defence Dental Services of dental treatment for service families in the UK, and place a copy of...
    • Armed Forces: Deployment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force exceeded their separated service guidelines in the last period...
    • Departments: Ministerial Powers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence of which ministerial directions his Department has been notified since 22 November 2006.
    • Military Bases: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel he expects will be based at MOD St. Athan when the new military academy is complete.
    • Nuclear Weapons: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will (a) instigate a moratorium on transporting nuclear warheads to Scotland by road during the current critical security alert and (b) ensure...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Agricultural Products: Prices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, columns 2086-88W, on agricultural products: prices, what the...
    • Agriculture: Cornwall
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of Cornwall's total gross value added was represented by farming in each year since 1996.
    • Agriculture: Subsidies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers received single payment scheme payments of (a) between £50,000 and £500,000, (b) between...
    • Agriculture: Subsidies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all single farm payments for the year 2006 have been paid in full.
    • Agriculture: Subsidies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of claimants still awaiting payment under the 2005 Single Farm Payment scheme in (a)...
    • Animal Welfare: Dogs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring forward legislation to ban the use of electric shock collars for dogs.
    • Animal Welfare: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills on introducing animal welfare education classes to...
    • Beef: Brazil
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his officials last visited Brazil to check the traceability and identification procedures required for beef exports to...
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timescale is for the next stage of work of the bovine TB Vaccine Programme Advisory Group.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the research protocol agreed with Warwick university and others to examine the use of the Polymerase Chain...
    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department provided for the Woodchester studies of bovine tuberculosis and badgers in each of the last...
    • Cattle: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 380W, on cattle: exports, what the journey time in hours was...
    • Cattle: Exports
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 64W, on cattle: exports, how many UK calves aged under 42...
    • Cheese: Production Methods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the quantity of cheese manufactured in the UK from imported milk powder.
    • Departments: European Union
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his Department are (a) involved in assisting European Council negotiations, (b) involved in assisting...
    • Departments: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1361W, on Departments: manpower, if he will place in the...
    • Departments: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997...
    • Departments: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what...
    • Departments: Pensions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and...
    • Departments: Performance Appraisal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.
    • Departments: Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of...
    • Environment Agency: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the expenditure of the Shrewsbury Environment Agency's offices was in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.
    • Environment Agency: Flood Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency about revising their flood risk assessment models; and if he...
    • Environment Agency: Motor Vehicles
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cars are (a) owned, (b) leased and (c) hired by the Environment Agency for use by its (i) staff and (ii) board...
    • Farmers: Income
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average annual earnings of farmers in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) the north-west and (c) the...
    • Farmers: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of farmer households in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England were below the...
    • Farmers: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers there were in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) the North West and (c) the UK in each year since 1979; and what...
    • Flood Control: Shrewsbury
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood defences for Shrewsbury in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
    • Flood Protection: Urban Areas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to protect city centres against (a) flood events and (b) likely impacts of climate change;...
    • Floods: Kingston upon Hull
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the planned levels of spending on the flood protection and water drainage infrastructure serving Kingston upon Hull...
    • Floods: Safety Measures
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how health and safety advice is being disseminated to those whose homes have recently been flooded and who wish to re-enter...
    • Floods: Sheffield
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any flood defence failures occurred in the recent flooding in Sheffield.
    • Floods: Warnings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of people in Sheffield whose homes were flooded in June 2007 who were registered with...
    • Forestry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much timber was harvested in England in each of the last five years.
    • Forestry
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what programmes are in place to replace areas of woodland lost to development with new areas of planting.
    • Forests: Conservation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a system is in place to monitor the conservation of ancient woodlands.
    • GMOs: Potatoes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if his Department will require BASF to conduct food safety studies of their GM blight resistant potatoes on the same...
    • Greyhounds: Animal Welfare (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the greyhound industry on the welfare of retired racing greyhounds.
    • Horses: Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Jockey Club on the design of racecourses and the reduction of the incidence of injuries...
    • Housing: Environment Protection
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average (a) energy efficiency, (b) water efficiency and (c) carbon dioxide emissions of...
    • Inland Waterways: Pollution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms the Environment Agency has in place to monitor levels of pollution in (a) the River Severn, (b) public...
    • Livestock: Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, particularly cattle; and what studies he...
    • Livestock: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds on the incidence of MRSA in farm animals; and if he will make a statement.
    • MRSA: Pigs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has commissioned research into the impact of MRSA on pigs following recent cases in the Netherlands.
    • National Income: EC Countries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on using a possible alternative to Gross Domestic Product for measuring...
    • Organic Food: Pesticides
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which pesticides and herbicides are permitted for use on organic food crops in the UK.
    • Organic Food: Pesticides
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to monitor the contamination of organic food by pesticides and herbicides that are permitted for...
    • Pollution: Water
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of algal bloom is in Liverpool Bay; what the locations are of algal bloom in UK waters, broken down by order...
    • Research: Biotechnology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public funding her Department has made available in each of the last 10 years to (a) the Natural Environment Research...
    • Research: Biotechnology
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which research projects his Department has conducted on agricultural biotechnology in each of the last 10 years; and what the...
    • Sewers: Water Companies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date water companies will be obliged to adopt private sewers.
    • Water Supply
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of miles of English water pipes which need replacing; and how many miles of pipes...
    • Wood: Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of timber produced in England that is used for the manufacture of (a) paper,...
  • Home Department
    • Crime: Vandalism
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to introduce the practice of recording incidents of graffiti as a separate sub-category of criminal damage; and if she will...
    • Departments: Performance Appraisal
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.
    • Genetics: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual records were added to the national DNA database under section 10 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, in each year since 2003.
    • Genetics: Databases (6 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many profiles were loaded onto the national DNA database in each quarter of each of the last five years.
    • Police: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to make changes to the system of police pay.
    • Stop and Search (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Taunton, of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 977W, on stop and search, what data are held...
    • Stop and Search: Forms
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations or guidance there is on the design of forms issued by police forces to people who are stopped and searched under...
    • Theft: Bicycles
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stolen bicycles were recovered by each police authority in each of the last five years.
  • Work and Pensions
    • Departments: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost.
    • Departments: Performance Appraisal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.
    • Departments: Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days...
    • Departments: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1748W, on Smith Institute: finance, what details his Department holds on this...
    • Departments: Translation Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount his Department has spent (a) on translating documents and (b) translating websites into other languages.
    • Low Incomes: Agriculture
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of farmers in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) the North West and (c) the UK who are living...
    • New Deal Schemes: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the New Deal programme in each year since 1998.
    • Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicant pension schemes' qualification status for the Financial Assistance Scheme are undecided; and if he will make a statement.
    • Social Security Benefits: Epilepsy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people registered for disability benefit on the grounds of having epilepsy in each of the last five years.
  • Scotland
    • First Minister
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements are in place for liaison with the First Minister; and if he will make a statement.
    • Defence Bases
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence on the future of defence bases in Scotland.
    • Business Environment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government are taking to ensure a long-term stable environment for Scottish business.
    • Minimum Wage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on monitoring of the payment of the minimum wage in Scotland.
    • Medical Research Council
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on funding in Scotland by the Medical Research Council.
    • Post Offices
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the future of post offices in Scotland; and if...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Convictions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of cases brought for prosecution by the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland resulted in convictions in each of the...
    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the...
    • Paedophilia
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to protect young children from sex offenders in Northern Ireland.
    • Police: Early Retirement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have retired on medical grounds in the last 12 months.
    • Prisons: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to (a) maintain and (b) increase staffing levels in prisons in Northern Ireland.
  • Children, Schools and Families
    • Children: Day Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare places (a) opened and (b) closed in 2005-06.
    • Children: Day Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage diversity of provision in childcare.
    • Children: Day Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on provision of Care to Learn support for teenage mothers who commence a course over the age...
    • Children's Centres
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment has been made of the effect of Sure Start children's centres in areas where there is existing sufficient nursery...
    • Education Maintenance Allowance: Stockton South
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in Stockton, South claimed education maintenance allowance in each year since it was introduced, broken down by...
    • Nursery Schools: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) safeguards are in place and (b) checks are made to ensure that local authorities are sufficiently funding the free...
    • Pre-school Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what exemptions there are for (a) Waldorf and Steiner kindergartens and (b) Montessori pre-schools from the proposed new...
    • Pre-school Education: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether local authorities are entitled legally to ask to inspect the financial accounts of private, voluntary and independent...
    • Pre-school Education: Southern Region
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost per capita to nurseries, pre-schools and daycare providers in (a) Kent...
    • School Meals: Take-Up
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, columns 372-3W, on school meals: take-up, whether the 4 per cent. target...
    • Schools: Hyperactivity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure schools adhere to regulations on the use of social, behavioural and...
    • Sure Start Programme: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Sure Start outreach programmes.
  • Innovation, Universities and Skills
    • Higher Education: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to promote fair access to higher education.
    • Higher Education: Business
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to encourage closer working between business and universities.
    • Higher Education: Student Numbers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department is responsible for Aimhigher and other Widening Participation activities in schools; and how he plans...
    • Learning Disability: Prisoners (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of prisoners had (a) learning disabilities and (b) dyslexia over the last 10 years.
  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
    • Electricity: Meters
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what factors underlay the decision to set a 10 year time frame for the roll out of smart meters.
    • Energy Supply: Solar Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much electricity installed photovoltaic generation has contributed to the UK electricity supply through the...
    • EU External Trade: Agriculture
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what concessions on agricultural subsidies were offered by the European Union at discussions with the United States,...
    • Low Carbon Buildings Programme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the increase has been in the overall committed spend figure under the domestic stream of the Low Carbon Buildings...
    • National Grid: Carbon Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the carbon content is of grid electricity; and what targets the Government are setting to reduce that carbon content.
    • Nuclear Power Stations: Design
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which vendors of nuclear reactor designs had submitted letters to the regulator's joint programme office by 30 June...
    • Power Stations: Shropshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received on the future use of Buildwas power station.
  • Treasury
    • Average Earnings
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average hourly pay was for each (a) quartile, (b) decile and (c) duo-decile in each year since 1992.
    • Average Earnings
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median hourly pay was in each year since 1992.
    • Breast Cancer
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in England have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
    • Council Tax: Valuation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's project evaluation report produced for the council tax revaluation in Wales.
    • Departmental Expenditure
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1495W, to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on departmental expenditure, what...
    • Fireworks
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the revenue received by Her Majesty's Treasury from the importation, manufacture and sale of fireworks in each of the last...
    • Landfill Tax
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue collected under the landfill tax was (a) allocated and (b) disbursed to (i) the Waste and Resources Action Programme and (ii) other...
    • Lone Parents
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, columns 940-41W, on lone parents, if he will estimate the average tax credit payment being made to...
    • Office of Government Commerce
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office of Government Commerce holds a framework agreement with Quality Health Ltd.
    • Taxation and Allowances
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer question 136787, on taxation and allowances, tabled on 8 May 2007 by the hon. Member for Blaydon.
    • Welfare Tax Credits: Chelmsford
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in West Chelmsford were released from (a) working and (b) child tax credit repayments in each of the last four years.
    • Welfare Tax Credits: Chelmsford
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in West Chelmsford have been (1) overpaid (a) working and (b) child tax credits in each of the last four years; (2) in receipt of (a)...
    • Working Tax Credit
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credits forms TC846 were returned completed to the Tax Credit Office in each month from April 2003 to June 2007.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Affordable Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government have to increase the supply of affordable housing in places where the cost of housing is high in...
    • Affordable Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in Solihull in each year since 1997.
    • Housing Targets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's target is for additional (a) council and (b) other social housing in the 2007-08 financial year and the...
    • Unauthorised Gypsy Encampments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Gypsy caravans there are on unauthorised encampments.
    • Local Government Reorganisation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on progress on local government reorganisation in the North West of England.
    • Unitary Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to announce the next round of decisions on unitary government.
    • Home Information Packs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the future of the home information pack programme.
    • Home Information Packs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost to the public purse of the Home Information Pack and Sellers Pack schemes has been since 1997; and what...
    • Planning Guidance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to planning guidance she proposes in order to protect the viability of town and city centres.
    • Council Housing: London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase the availability of council housing in London.
    • Council Housing: Carbon Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to reduce carbon emissions from council homes.
    • Council Housing: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council homes there are in (a) Essex and (b) the London borough of Havering.
    • Council Housing: Greater London
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tenants in London were classed as living in cramped conditions in the last period for which figures are available.
    • Council Housing: Rents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the outstanding arrears of rent on council-owned (a) residential and (b) commercial property were in each London borough...
    • Council Housing: Sales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tenants bought their council homes under the right-to-buy scheme in Romford in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
    • Council Housing: Sales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tenants bought their council homes under the right-to-buy scheme in each year since 1997.
    • Council Housing: Sales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local councils in (a) England and (b) London are not permitted to give reduced discounts on council homes sold via...
    • Council Housing: Sales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to inform first-time buyers about the right-to-buy scheme.
    • Departments: Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department have had (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less...
    • Emergency Services: Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for (a) the Home Department and (b) Heath on assessing the...
    • Fire Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list all publications containing current operational guidance issued to fire and rescue authorities.
    • Flood Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will provide additional funding for local authorities to improve flood drains; and if she will make a statement;...
    • Flood Control (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions she has had with water companies on upgrading drainage systems to reduce the impact of flash flooding;...
    • Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings she has had with Ministers from the devolved administrations to discuss housing policy.
    • Housing Associations: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing associations there are in (a) Essex and (b) Romford.
    • Housing Associations: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing associations there are in (a) Essex and (b) Romford.
    • Housing: Bournemouth
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the number of homes built in Bournemouth in each of the last five years which have been purchased as...
    • Housing: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-decent homes there are in (a) Essex and (b) the London borough of Havering.
    • Housing: Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes were built on flood plains in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make...
    • Housing: Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps have been taken to implement the Government's undertakings in reply to the Agriculture Committee's recommendation...
    • Housing: Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses were built on designated floodplains in each year since 2000.
    • Housing: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing properties were made available by property developers in each London borough in each of the last five years.
    • Housing: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in how many planning permissions for housing development the granting of permission incorporated a condition that a proportion...
    • Housing: Low Incomes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of planning permissions granted in each of the last 10 years for which records are available for residential...
    • Housing: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-decent homes there were in (a) Essex and (b) the London borough of Havering in the latest period for which...
    • Housing: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to ensure that private build houses meet the same standards as those completed by housing...
    • Internet: Taxation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much taxation was collected from wi-fi installations by or on behalf of the relevant collections authorities during 2006-07.
    • Local Authorities: Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Audit Commission performance rating is for each local authority housing department in England; and what stock options...
    • Local Government Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had their accounts qualified in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
    • Local Government Finance: Shropshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value was per household of the Government grant to local government in 2006 for (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham borough...
    • Local Government: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total back pay liability for all expected years is for each local authority that has applied for a capitalisation...
    • Planning Permission: Retail Trade
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will amend the General Permitted Development Order to require planning permission for change of use of small shop units...
    • Regional Planning and Development: Northamptonshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans there are for infrastructure improvements in North Northamptonshire to coincide with the expansion in housing.
    • Revenue Support Grant
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration her Department has given to the position of local authorities on the revenue support grant floor under the...
    • Shops: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to require planning permission for the merger of ground floor shop units.
    • Shops: Planning Permission
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to require planning permission for conversion of class A1 shops into coffee shops or internet cafés.
    • South West Regional Assembly
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the running cost of the South West Regional Assembly was in each of the last five years.
    • Subsidence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if her Department will take account of issues relating to severe and widespread subsidence in public areas caused by...
    • Thames Gateway Bridge
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to make a decision on the Thames Gateway Bridge.
    • Thurrock Development Corporation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost of the Thurrock Development Corporation has been since it was constituted; and if she will make a statement.
    • Unitary Councils
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she plans to use the powers contained in Part 1, Chapter 1 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in...
  • Health
    • Abortion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many and what...
    • Abortion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women seeking an abortion in England gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Israel, (d) Malta and (e)...
    • Abortion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years in 2006.
    • Abortion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (b) England and Wales had an abortion in 2006 who had already had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii)...
    • Blood Donors
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what dates blood donations were made to the UK Blood Service by UK blood donors who later developed vCJD; and if he will make a statement; (2)...
    • Breast Cancer
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Cancer Reform Strategy will include plans to introduce national monitoring of the incidence of metastatic breast cancer.
    • Cancer: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which cancer drugs have been referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for appraisal; what the date of (a) referral and (b)...
    • Clinical Trials
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1735W, on clinical trials, on what date the implementation group set up by the...
    • Community Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures are in place to ensure that recipients of domiciliary care commissioned by a local authority have continuity of care protected during...
    • Contraceptives: Abortion
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the morning-after pill on the overall abortion rate in England; and if he will make a statement;...
    • Dental Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity (UDAs) are available to dentists in each primary care trust in England; and how many UDAs this equates to per person...
    • Departments: Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000; and which of these...
    • Departments: Management
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the role is of his Department's departmental management board.
    • Departments: Management
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which members of his Department are included in his Department's senior leadership team; and if he will make a statement.
    • Departments: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost.
    • Departments: Performance Appraisal
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.
    • Departments: Public Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's budget was for each year (a) before and (b) after reprofiling, broken down into capital, near-cash and non-cash.
    • Departments: Sick Leave
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in the last...
    • Departments: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in which aspects of his Department's policy-making his Department has recognised weaknesses, as stated on page 22 of the Cabinet Office's Capability...
    • Dietary Supplements: Channel Islands (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to assist the governments of Jersey and Guernsey in the implementation of the European Union legislation relating to...
    • Elderly: Nutrition
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent older people suffering from malnutrition in hospital.
    • Genetically Modified Organisms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department made available to (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) other bodies for the purposes of conducting agricultural...
    • HIV Infection: Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost is of treating a patient with (a) HIV and (b) tuberculosis.
    • IVF: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the cost of in-vitro fertilisation treatment in the (a) NHS and (b) private sector arising from the...
    • Leukaemia: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to assess the benefits of prescribing Dasatinib (Sprycel) for chronic myeloid...
    • Medical Treatments: Research
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is being provided for research into photodynamic therapy.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter of 29 May from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent (ref PO213931).
    • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Meat
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what reports he has received of MRSA infection in UK-produced meat; (2) what tests are carried out on imported meat to identify MRSA infection; (3)...
    • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Meat
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place for testing meat imported from outside the EU for MRSA contamination.
    • NHS: Foreign Workers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the list of developing countries from which recruitment into the NHS is prohibited applies in the recruitment of (a) doctors in training and (b)...
    • NHS: Reviews
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a list of the members of the NHS review group led by Professor Sir Ara Darzi.
    • Nutrition: Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the proposal in the European Commission's White Paper on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity to reformulate food...
    • Nutrition: Obesity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice and guidance he has issued on the consumption of different foods and drinks to tackle obesity.
    • Obesity: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of (a) fruit juices and (b) smoothies in tackling childhood obesity.
    • Pfizer: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes in distribution of Pfizer medicines on NHS patients.
    • Pharmacy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1006-07W to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on pharmacy, how many pharmacies...
    • Poultry Meat
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the merits of regulating the addition of (a) protein and (b) water to chicken meat to provide for (i) limits in each...
    • Reproduction: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations in the field of reproductive health are funded by his Department; how much his Department plans to give to each organisation in the...
    • Sleeping Pills
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total number of and (b) net ingredient cost of drugs dispensed in the community for the treatment of insomnia was in each year since 1997.
    • Smoking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department altered the design of the no-smoking sign it requires to be placed at the front of every enclosed public space to make it...
    • Smoking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to enforce the prohibition on smoking in public places.
    • Water: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of dehydration on children of school age; and if he will make a statement.
  • Duchy of Lancaster
    • Departments: Consultants
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings Ministers in his Department have held with Deborah Mattinson of Opinion Leader Research in the last 12 months.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when his Department will respond to the letter dated 4 June from the hon. Member for North Norfolk on guests to Chequers.
    • Official Hospitality: Ministerial Policy Advisers
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse was of the event for special advisers held in No. 10 Downing street on 15 June.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Afghanistan: Detainees
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what charge Ahmed Belhada is being detained at Guantanamo Bay.
    • Burma: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has for measures to (a) promote human rights and democracy and (b) encourage dialogue between parties in...
    • Chechnya: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on Chechnya's observance of human rights.
    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since...
    • Dietary Supplements: EU Law (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received on the EU food supplements directive; (2) what assessment he has made of the...
    • EU Reform: Treaties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the holding of a referendum on the proposed EU Constitutional Treaty.
    • EU Reform: Treaties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the differences are between the original planned EU Constitution in 2005 and the new proposed EU Constitutional Treaty 2007.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to answer the letter to his predecessor dated 4 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...
    • Robert Mugabe: Summit Conferences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) the Portuguese Government and (b) the EU on President Mugabe's attendance at the...
    • Succession: EU Action
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are at EU level to provide a unified approach to laws on succession and wills, with particular reference to...
    • Sudan: Human Rights
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage implementation of the United Nations Human Rights Council recommendations...
    • Turkey: Iraq
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of recent Turkish army movements along that country's border with Iraq.
    • Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the merits of UK military action against Zimbabwe.
  • Justice
    • Coroners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of deaths reported to coroners resulted in an order for a post-mortem examination in each year since 1997, broken down...
    • Coroners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of deaths were reported to a coroner in each year since 1997, broken down by coroner's region; and if he will make a statement.
    • Coroners: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on coroners' services in (a) England and Wales and (b) each coroner's region in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
    • Coroners: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many coroner's regions were allocated part-time coroners in each year since 1997; how many were without a fully qualified coroner for part of...
    • Courts: Birmingham
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants who have appeared before (a) a Crown court and (b) the magistrates' courts in Birmingham since 1 May 2007 have been remanded...
    • Electoral Register: Barnet
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007, Official Report, column 910W, on the electoral register: Barnet, when the canvassing took place; how many people...
    • Huntercombe Young Offender Institution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to Question 147127, on the Huntercombe Young Offender Institution, how the use of PAVA is regulated; what restrictions there are...
    • Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales: Secondment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the staff seconded from his Department to the Judicial Appointments Commission are of (a) senior leadership, (b) policy and (c)...
    • Pre-nuptial Agreements
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his Department's policy is on pre-nuptial agreements; and what representations his Department has received from the hon. Member for Grantham...
    • Prisoners: Facilities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on prisoners: facilities, what sanitary facilities exist within the custody area...
  • Prime Minister
    • Cabinet: Qualifications
      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) O levels, (b) A levels, (c) bachelor's degrees, (d) apprenticeship qualifications and (e) higher degrees are held by members of the Cabinet.
    • Department for Education and Skills: Reorganisation
      To ask the Prime Minister what the projected cost is of re-organising the Department for Education and Skills.
    • Departments: Buildings
      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to refurbish, extend or renovate the Downing Street complex.
    • Departments: Manpower
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what changes have been made to the staff structure at No. 10 Downing Street since 27 June; (2) what new positions have been created in No. 10 Downing Street since...
    • Departments: Official Hospitality
      To ask the Prime Minister what the No. 10 Downing Street entertainments budget (a) was in July and August 2006 and (b) is in July and August 2007.
    • Departments: Press
      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the remit of his adviser on political press issues.
    • Departments: Press Conferences (9 annotations)
      To ask the Prime Minister whether he will hold monthly press conferences and appear before the Liaison Committee at least twice a year.
    • Lord Laidlaw: Taxation
      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has responded to the House of Lords Appointments Commission's concerns about the UK tax status of Lord Laidlaw; and if he will make a statement.
    • Middle East: Peace Negotiations
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether the Government has agreed to provide funding for the (a) salary, (b) administrative support costs, (c) travel costs and (d) security costs of the...
    • Petitions: Electronic Government
      To ask the Prime Minister what future plans he has for e-petitions on his Office's website.
    • Regional Government: Ministerial Duties
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the responsibilities are of the newly appointed regional Ministers; and which public bodies are accountable to them; (2) to whom the newly appointed regional...
  • House of Lords
    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders
      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the use of anti-social behaviour orders has increased the size of the prison population in England and Wales.
    • Crime: Perjury
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons have been (a) charged with, and (b) convicted of perjury in each of the past 20 years.
    • Energy: Electricity Distribution
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider new policies to secure more than seven electricity distribution network operators in the 14 United Kingdom regions, excluding Northern...
    • Energy: Microgeneration
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the low uptake to date, they will examine new measures to promote an increase in the uptake by electricity consumers of output from microgenerators.
    • EU: Committee Correspondence
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 27 June (HL4316), how many replies to correspondence from the chairman of the Select Committee on the...
    • Gulf War Illnesses
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War have successfully appealed to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal against a Service Personnel and Veterans Agency finding not to...
    • House of Lords: Meeting Rooms
      asked the Chairman of Committees: What discussions have taken place to reduce the number of changes in the allocation of meeting rooms made at short notice.
    • House of Lords: Meeting Rooms
      asked the Chairman of Committees: What discussions have taken place with a view to establishing a centralised system for the booking of meeting rooms, in particular for all-party group meetings,...
    • Mobile Phone Charges
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Truscott on 19 June (WA 43) on mobile phone charges, whether Article 95 of the treaty gives powers to authorities of the...
    • Nappies
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What scientific assessment they have made of the amount of energy required to extract energy from disposable nappies.
    • Olympic Games 2012: Allotments (1 annotation)
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, notwithstanding their claim that any covenant is unenforceable, they will answer the question as asked in HL4115.
    • Olympic Games 2012: Cultural Olympiad
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Regarding the cultural Olympiad leading up to and during 2012, what plans are being made to maximise the tourism potential, both domestic and inbound, in areas...
    • Post Offices: Villages
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many rural post offices are part of (a) the village shop; or (b) some other village enterprise.
    • Post Offices: Villages
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current exercise in identifying post offices for closure will take account of those branches where the post office is part of the only village shop.
    • Roads: Lay-bys
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether drivers of heavy goods vehicles are permitted to transfer parts of their loads from one vehicle to another in a lay-by; and, if not, which organisation is...
    • Schools: Pupil Referral Units
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why pupil referral units are excluded from (a) secondary (key stage 4) school performance tables, and (b) local authority averages; and why they do not complete...
    • Sharia Law
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 9 May (WA 276), what action they will take to ensure that women living in communities in the...