Written answers
Thursday, 19 July 2007

  • Defence
    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in improving the security situation in Afghanistan.
    • Armed Forces: Manpower (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library of each Monthly Manning Report for the Armed Forces on the date of its publication.
    • Military Bases: Wales (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the construction and occupation of the new military training academy at MOD St. Athan.
    • Trident
      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure has been incurred since 14 March 2007 on (a) the Trident D5 missile life extension programme and (b) the initial review of the need to...
  • Prime Minister
    • Departments: Pay
      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in the former Department of the Deputy Prime Minister in the last three years; and at what total...
  • Duchy of Lancaster
    • Departments: Buildings
      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1640W, on Departments: buildings, what the role is of the employees of his...
  • Leader of the House
    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings
      To ask the Leader of the House how many people in her Office have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work telephones...
    • Departments: Official Visits
      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within her Office's areas of responsibilities in the last 12 months.
    • Departments: Racial Harassment
      To ask the Leader of the House how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which she is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months.
  • Scotland
    • Departments: Advertising
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months;
    • Departments: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people are employed in his Department to work on ministerial correspondence.
    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using...
    • Official Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions in the last 12 months the Secretary of State for Scotland visited Scotland in an official capacity.
  • Culture Media and Sport
    • Basketball
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Mallin report on basketball.
    • Casinos
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultations his Department has held on the proposals for new casinos as a result of the Gambling Act 2005.
    • Departments: Consultants
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) management consultants and (b) external consultants and advisors were employed by his Department in each year since 2000.
    • Museums and Galleries: West Midlands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much funding under the Renaissance initiative has the West Midlands been allocated in each year of the programme; and if he...
    • Sports: East Sussex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sports clubs there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years.
    • Sports: VAT
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the removal of VAT on sports tuition to help schools and local councils provide...
    • Television: Scots Gaelic Language
      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ofcom and the other strategic partners on a commitment to a date for first transmission by the Gaelic...
  • Northern Ireland
    • Climate Change: Legislation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Northern Ireland Ministers on the co-ordination of legislation on climate change across the UK.
    • Department: Legislation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criminal offences have been introduced by his Department in primary legislation since October 2006.
    • Departments: Official Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12 months.
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many temporary advances issued to police officers in Northern Ireland (a) attending courses outside Northern Ireland and (b) performing...
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time reservist and (c) full-time reservist police officers are employed by the Police Service of Northern...
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) full-time, (b) part-time reservist and (c) full-time reservist Police Service of Northern Ireland officers are (i)...
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civilian staff were employed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the RUC in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Injuries
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were injured while on duty in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years for which...
    • Prisons: Standards (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps will be taken to improve prison accommodation in Northern Ireland following the recent report from the Northern Ireland Human Rights...
    • Rape: Sentencing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2007, Official Report, column 662W, on rape: sentencing, what his assessment is of the level of sentences...
    • Young Offenders: Reoffenders
      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of re-offending is of people who have been held in young offender institutions in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
  • Work and Pensions
    • Attendance Allowance: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has received recent representations from the Scottish Executive on the withdrawal of funding for the attendance allowance following...
    • Child Support Agency: Telephone Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will undertake an assessment of the recent effectiveness of the Child Support Agency's MPs' Hotline; and if he will make a statement.
    • Departments: Legislation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have been repealed.
    • Departments: Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the...
    • Departments: Publicity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
    • Incapacity Benefit: Mentally Ill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken into the reasons for recent trends in the number of incapacity claimants claiming benefit due to...
    • Pensions: Warrington (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Warrington received pension credit in the last year for which figures are available.
    • Poverty
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a measure of severe poverty; and if he will make a statement.
    • Social Security Benefits: Repayments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 16 to 21 were asked to repay benefits paid while they were staying in hospital in each year since 1997.
    • Winter Fuel Payments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received the winter fuel payment in each year since its introduction; and how much they received in each year.
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Council Housing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have retained direct ownership and management responsibilities for their housing stock; and what...
    • Floods: Compensation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures she is proposing to help those whose flood damaged houses are uninsured.
    • Housing: Flood Control
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on Government policy on the building of houses on flood plains.
    • Local Government: Equal Pay
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central funding has been given to local authorities in the last 10 years to assist them to meet the cost of equal pay.
    • Regional Government: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government funding was allocated to each of the regional assemblies in each year since their creation.
  • Transport
    • Exhaust Emissions: EU Action (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that technologies aimed at enabling vehicles to meet European standards for nitrogen oxides and particulate matter...
    • Public Transport: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate she has made of the abstraction of rail revenue to the intercity coach network when the National Concessionary Fare Scheme is...
    • Railways
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) Voyager, (b) Super Voyager and (c) InterCity 125 high speed trains are in use on the national rail network; and if she will make a...
    • Railways: EU Action
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the financial implications for the UK rail industry of the implementation of the EU proposal 2004/0048 (COD) for a...
    • Railways: EU Action
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the likelihood of the EU proposal 2004/0048 (COD) for a European Parliament and Council directive on the...
    • Railways: EU Action
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the UK's proposed derogation from the EU proposal 2004/0048 (COD) for a European Parliament and Council directive on the...
    • Railways: EU Action
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had in the Council of Ministers about the UK's proposed derogation from the EU proposal 2004/0048 (COD) for a European...
    • Railways: EU Action
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her officials have had with the UK Permanent Representation to the EU on the UK's proposed derogation from EU proposal 2004/0048 (COD)...
    • Railways: Offensive Weapons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers were found carrying offensive weapons on trains between Poole and London in each of the last five years.
    • Rapid Transit Systems: Hampshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to review the proposals for the South Hampshire Rapid Transit System; and if she will make a statement.
    • Rolling Stock
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 522W, to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael) on rolling...
    • Transport: Air Pollution
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on measures to reduce the environmental impact...
    • Transport: Tickets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of a multi-modal integrated ticketing system on demand management through...
    • Transport: Tickets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Government only mandate smartcards at franchise renewal with the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation specification.
    • Transport: Tickets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects smartcard ticketing to be available throughout the transport network.
  • Treasury
    • Average Earnings
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2007, Official Report, column 1413W, on average earnings, whether the data refer to gross hourly earnings of full-time...
    • Bingo
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) consultations he has undertaken and (b) (i) financial reports and (ii) economic forecasts he has commissioned on the state of the bingo industry.
    • Casinos
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many visits by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have been made to casinos in (i) the UK and (ii) the rest of the world since...
    • Debts: Developing Countries (1 annotation)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what processes and consultations his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake to promote the proposed G8 Charter on Responsible Lending;...
    • Departments: Standards
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department were formally reprimanded for failing to follow departmental procedures in relation to calculating the (a) income tax and...
    • Financial Services: Disadvantaged
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the membership is of the ministerial working group to determine detailed priorities for financial inclusion policy, announced on page 10 of the...
    • Insurance: Freight
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to the publication of 'Deregulating freight forwarding resource: Summary of responses, June 2007', when he plans to bring forward the final text of...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 6 June 2007 (PO Reference: 5/02209/2007) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 5 June 2007 (PO Reference: 5/02199/2007) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.
    • Tax Allowances: Married People
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether a transferable tax allowance for married people would be compliant with the gender equality duty for public bodies.
    • Taxation: Care Homes
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to enable the cost of residency in a care home to be set against the tax liability of the payer; and if he will make a statement.
    • Taxation: Invalid Vehicles
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether mobility scooters are to be classified as leisure vehicles and will be liable to extra import duty and VAT if manufactured outside the EU; and if he...
    • Departments: Taxation
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on treating employee assistance programmes as taxable benefits; (2) what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the...
    • Vat (1 annotation)
      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the extended verification by HM Revenue and Customs on Pars Technology Ltd, Unit 4, Newmarket Court, Chippenham Drive, Kingston, Milton...
  • Solicitor-General
    • Human Trafficking
      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service on improving prosecution rates in cases of alleged human trafficking.
    • BAE Systems Inquiry
      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions she has had with the Attorney-General, the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs...
    • Transnational Bribery
      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of alleged transnational bribery are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.
    • Prosecutions
      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the role of the Law Officers in relation to the conduct of prosecutions.
    • Prosecutions: Smoking
      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been brought for breach of the smoking ban; and if she will make a statement.
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Packaging Waste (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to reduce packaging waste; and if he will make a statement.
    • Marine Bill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish a draft marine Bill.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Badgers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the Independent Scientific Group's report on badgers.
    • Bovine Tuberculosis
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to reduce cattle-to-cattle transmission of bovine tuberculosis.
    • Agriculture: Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist the education of school children in the West Midlands in nature and farming.
    • Agriculture: Land Use
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has conducted into the relative efficiency, in terms of land use, of producing organic and...
    • Agriculture: Single Payment Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claimants he estimates will receive interest on their 2006 Single Farm Payments for sums paid after 30 June 2007;...
    • Agriculture: Single Payment Scheme
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Rural Payments Agency in the implementation of the Single Payment Scheme; and if he will...
    • Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to tackle the silo mentality identified in the Eves Review on animal health and welfare within...
    • Animals: Transport
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to establish a uniform checking procedure for animals entering the UK by air, sea and rail; and what...
    • Biofuels
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with local community councils and Action for Communities in Rural England on the potential impact...
    • Biofuels: South West Region
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the changes to the use of land in South West England in the last five years; and what estimate...
    • Carbon Emissions: Publicity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness and understanding of the impact everyday actions have on carbon...
    • Coastal Areas: Access
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to make access to coastal lands available to walkers.
    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet...
    • EAGA: Contracts
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will urgently investigate the reasons why Eaga have suspended their contract with J and L National Energy Saver Ltd.
    • Environment Agency: Equal Opportunities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of people with disabilities employed by the Southern Regional Office of the Environment Agency...
    • Environment Agency: Equal Opportunities
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place in the Southern Regional Office of the Environment Agency to recruit and retain (a) people with...
    • Farms
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of farms in the UK, broken down by region.
    • Fisheries: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK of implementing the European rules on the electronic recording and reporting...
    • Fisheries: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the European rules on the electronic recording and reporting of fishing activities to be fully implemented;...
    • Fisheries: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his European counterparts and (b) the fishing industry on the implementation of the...
    • Fisheries: EU Law
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has estimated the (a) cost and (b) benefits of introducing EU rules for the remote sensing of fishing vessels in...
    • Fisheries: Subsidies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned to ensure that fishing industry stakeholders are (i) informed about and...
    • Fisheries: Subsidies
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable has been set for the (a) programming and (b) commencement of the European Fisheries Fund in the UK.
    • Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the effectiveness of pumps in pumping stations during the recent flooding of Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield and...
    • Floods
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on measures to assist those affected by recent flooding.
    • Oil: Storage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he intends to review the effectiveness of the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001.
    • Poultry: Animal Welfare
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure egg production complies with animal welfare requirements.
    • Rural Areas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of procedures in place in his Department for the rural proofing of new policies.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Afghanistan: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs originating from (a) Afghanistan and (b) South...
    • Conflict Prevention: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects and programmes are being funded by the Conflict Prevention Pools; and if he will make a statement.
    • Departments: Arabic
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of his Department's staff held an Arabic language qualification in each year since 2000.
    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while...
    • Departments: Early Retirement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement;...
    • Departments: Middle East
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many London-based departmental staff were assigned to working primarily on (a) the Middle East excluding Iraq and (b) Iraq...
    • Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the...
    • Departments: Official Visits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12...
    • Departments: Postal Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what volume of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of...
    • Diplomatic Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK-based departmental staff there were at the British Embassy in (a) Egypt, (b) Jordan and (c) Israel in each year...
    • Diplomatic Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK-based departmental staff there were at the British Embassy in (a) Syria, (b) Lebanon and (c) Iraq in each year...
    • Diplomatic Service
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK-based departmental staff there were at the British Embassy in (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) United Arab Emirates and (c)...
    • EU External Relations: Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of joining the Russia-EU visa facilitation agreement.
    • EU Reform: Treaties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the criteria are for triggering the holding of a referendum on proposals for change to the treaty base of the EU; and if he...
    • European Union: Conferences
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to attend the EU-Africa Summit in Portugal in December 2007.
    • European Union: Treaties
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on proposals for a treaty reforming the legal basis of the...
    • Hamas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take of the Hamas charter in assessing Hamas's suitability as a partner for...
    • Hamas
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent instructions he has given to (a) officials and (b) his diplomatic representatives on contacts with Hamas in (i)...
    • Iran: Nuclear Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent proposals have been put to Iranian representatives by the EU High Representative on modalities for the opening of...
    • Iran: Nuclear Power
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) construction and (b) purpose of a tunnel facility near the Natanz uranium enrichment...
    • Iraq: Drugs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of opium production in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
    • Lesotho: Elections
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the outcome of the elections in Lesotho in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the political...
    • Moldova: Foreign Relations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to improve bilateral relations with the Republic of Moldova; and if he will make a statement.
    • Occupied Territories: Peace Keeping Operations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government policy is on the proposal put forward by 10 EU Foreign Ministers for an international force to patrol the...
    • Official Visits: Moldova
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations he plans to make in response to the visit of the President of Moldova to the United Kingdom later in 2007;...
    • Pakistan: Politics and Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that the Government of Pakistan has relaxed the conditions of AQ Khan's house arrest; and...
    • Palestinians: International Assistance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza who will receive salary remittances via...
    • Palestinians: Migration
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinians who have left Gaza since 12 June as a result of the violence and change...
    • Portugal: EU-Africa Summit (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to attend the EU-Africa Summit in Portugal in December if Robert Mugabe is present at the summit.
    • Portugal: EU-Africa Summit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on whether the EU Common Position banning travel in the EU by members of the Government of...
    • Portugal: EU-Africa Summit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the (a) African Union and (b) the Southern African Development Community on the attendance...
    • Rainforests: Conservation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to international institutions on the protection of the Congo rainforest.
    • Saudi Arabia: BAE Systems
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the US Administration requesting details of the inquiry into the Al Yamamah contract.
    • Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 217W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, whether it is UK...
    • Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 218W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, how many African...
    • Sudan: Politics and Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations the Government are involved in to ensure that forthcoming elections in Sudan are adequately monitored by...
    • Sudan: Politics and Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding he has made available to the different political parties operating in Sudan to assist their preparations for...
    • Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference,...
    • Uganda: Elections
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on Uganda: politics and government, what reports he has...
    • Uganda: Politics and Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda on the recent treatment of Dr. Kizza Besigye, leader of the Opposition.
  • Children, Schools and Families
    • Adoptions: Appeals (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many adoptions were challenged by the birth parent in each of the last three years.
    • Children's Centres
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start children's centres there were in England in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07; and what estimate he has made...
    • Departments: Cost Effectiveness
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what target his Department has been set by HM Treasury as part of the comprehensive spending review settlement announced in the...
    • Departments: Targets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which departmental targets will transfer to his Department from the former Department for Education and Skills.
    • Education: Local Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the likely impact of structural...
    • Family Courts: Counselling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of family disputes were (a) successfully mediated, (b) unsuccessfully mediated and (c) not mediated for...
    • Family Courts: Counselling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects on children in family disputes that have been resolved through (a) mediation and (b)...
    • Nursery Schools: Essex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children of nursery school age were in nursery education in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex in each of the...
    • Parents as Partners in Early Learning Project: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what total budget has been allocated to the Parents as Partners in Early Learning project; (2) if he will list the schemes...
    • Pupils: Mental Health
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the number of school age pupils who have been prescribed drugs for (a) depression, (b) behaviour...
    • Schools: Compensation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what total amount of compensation claims was made against schools in the last 12 months; and if he will list the 10 highest such...
    • Teenage Pregnancy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the rate of conception in young people under the age of 18 years was in each of the last 10 years.
    • Teenage Pregnancy Unit
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what budget was allocated to the Teenage Pregnancy Unit in each year since 2000; and what budget has been allocated to the...
    • Young People: Unemployment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 24 year olds in Gravesham are not in employment, education or training.
  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
    • Companies: Renewable Energy
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what incentives his Department has put in place to encourage local businesses to support the use of renewable energy...
    • Departments: Legislation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department's predecessor since...
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) biogas derived from waste digestion processes, (b) methane recovered from mine workings and (c)...
    • Internet: Terrorism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to regulate the hosting of websites which contain information on bomb-making.
    • Postal Services: Scotland
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on the determination of access criteria for postal services in...
    • Retail Trade: Small Businesses
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the merits of providing incentives and funding to support the economic viability of...
    • Shops: Community Development
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if his Department will take steps to safeguard the role played in local communities by independent locally-run shops.
    • Solar Power: Heating
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of residents use solar water heating systems in England.
    • Tidal Power: Severn Estuary
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to commission an independent strategic evaluation of the options for exploration of tidal power in...
    • Utilities: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on the review of utility bill charges for people who do not pay by...
  • Home Department
    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (2 annotations)
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Transport extending the network of automatic number plate recognition cameras.
    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of alerts from the automatic number plate recognition system were found to be in error in each year since 2004.
    • Border and Immigration Agency: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total cost was of establishing the Immigration and Nationality Directorate as the Border and Immigration Agency; (2) what the...
    • Crimes of Violence: Alcoholic Drinks
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle binge drinking-related violent crime.
    • Cryptography: Orders and Regulations
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to lay the statutory instrument relating to encryption under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
    • Entry Clearances
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest figures are for the number of people with exceptional leave to remain who have applied for indefinite leave to remain and...
    • Immigration Controls: Uniforms
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisation designed the uniform for border security staff for the pilot programme; whether the same uniform will be used for the full...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letters of (a) 2 July, (b) 14 June and (c) 11 May 2007 from the hon. Member for Woking on Mr. Everet West (HO...
    • Minister for the West Midlands
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions the Minister for Borders and Immigration has had with her on the amount of time away from her Department which will be...
    • Police: Databases
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many records were held on the Police National Computer in each of the last 10 years.
    • Police: Eastern Region
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to the police per head of population in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England for 2007-08.
    • Police: Grants
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants were provided to (a) the Crime Reduction partnership in Carlisle, (b) Carlisle city council and (c) Cumbria county council for...
    • Police: Labour Turnover
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers resigned from the police within (a) six months, (b) one year and (c) two years of starting their employment in...
    • Police: Recruitment
      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since 1997.
  • Innovation, Universities and Skills
    • Adult Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he last reviewed the definition of non-priority adult education; and if he will make a statement.
    • Charity Research Support Fund
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will consider providing the Charity Research Support Fund as a fixed percentage uplift based on the level of...
    • Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many ministerial red boxes the Department has bought since establishment; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers...
    • Departments: Targets
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills for which public service agreement targets of the former (a) Department for Education and Skills and (b) Department of...
    • Educational Institutions: Standards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which educational institutions did not achieve their benchmark for completion rates in each of the last five years.
    • Foundation Degrees: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will estimate the full cost of foundation degrees since their inception, including all advertising and development; and...
    • Higher Education: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students applied for a university place on completion of their A-levels in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South...
    • Higher Education: European Union
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many EU domiciled undergraduate students are expected to begin courses at higher education institutions in 2006.
    • Higher Education: Finances
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to sustain the dual support system for universities.
    • Higher Education: Mathematics
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on mathematics support in universities; and if he will make a statement.
    • Higher Education: Ministerial Responsibility
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which Minister in his Department has responsibility for (a) further and (b) higher education.
    • Science: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on science policy in Wales; and if he will make a...
    • Skilled Workers: Construction
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what action his Department is taking in conjunction with public agencies and other interested parties to stimulate...
    • Student Numbers: Part Time Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many part-time undergraduates there were at each relevant institution in the last five years for which figures are available.
    • Student Wastage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the non-completion rates were for students studying (a) foundation degrees, (b) honours degrees and (c) Higher...
    • Student Wastage
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the non-completion rate was of students on (a) prescribed and (b) non-prescribed higher education courses in further...
    • Students: Age
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the age profile of (a) full-time and (b) part-time students was in each of the last 10 years.
    • Students: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the total cost is of student grants to students who previously qualified for education maintenance grants; and what the...
    • Unemployment: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people over the age of 16 years and under the state retirement age are not in employment, education or training, or...
    • Unemployment: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of people aged 18 to 24 years had been classed as not in employment, education or training for...
    • Vocational Training: Foreigners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many non-UK nationals are undertaking vocational training at UK Government expense.
  • Justice
    • Appeals: Social Security Benefits
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many single (a) women and (b) men with children had their benefits restored at appeal in each of the last five years.
    • Coroners: Armed Forces (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the coroner to conduct inquiries into British military and auxiliary medical personnel killed...
    • Coroners: Armed Forces
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to meet Mr. David Masters, the Wiltshire coroner, to discuss military inquests.
    • Coroners: Wiltshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to increasing funding for Wiltshire coroners court to assist with military inquests.
    • Coroners: Wiltshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many military inquests were carried out by the (a) Oxfordshire coroner and (b) Wiltshire coroner in each year since 2003.
    • Coroners: Wiltshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many military inquests are pending in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) Wiltshire.
    • Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ministerial red boxes the Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what...
    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the...
    • Departments: Wales
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what land in Wales is owned by his Department.
    • Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was for Feltham Young Offenders Institute in each of the last five years.
    • Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many social workers working at Feltham Young Offenders Institute are jointly funded by the Youth Justice Board and the Department for Children,...
    • Juries: Mentally Ill
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on people undergoing treatment for mental illness serving on juries.
    • Legal Aid: Mediation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department and the Legal Services Commission have taken to meet the recommendations of the National Audit Office report Legal aid and...
    • Legal Aid: Reform
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he next expects to meet the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Incorporated Law Society to discuss legal aid reforms.
    • Police Custody
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision has been made in his Department's budgets for the cost of (a) police cell accommodation and (b) court cell accommodation for prisoners...
    • Police Custody
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost was of (a) police cell accommodation and (b) court cell accommodation in each financial year from 1996-97 to 2006-07.
    • Prison Service: Resignations
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers have resigned from the Prison Service within (a) six months, (b) one year and (c) two years of starting their employment in...
    • Prisoners on Remand
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have spent (a) over six months, (b) over 12 months, (c) over 18 months and (d) over two years in prison on remand in the last five...
    • Prisoners' Release
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released for the last 18 days of their sentence since June 2007 have been returned to prison.
    • Prisoners' Transfers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many accidents involving prisoner transport vehicles have resulted in (a) injury, (b) serious injury and (c) fatality to prisoners in...
    • Prisoners' Transfers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of the introduction of compulsory seat belts for prisoners in prisoner transport vehicles; (2) how many...
    • Prisoners' Transfers
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average distance prisoners travelled in prisoner transport vehicles (a) whilst on remand and (b) post-sentence in the last 12 months.
    • Prisoners: Children (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners with dependent children are held outside their home region.
    • Prisoners: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) female and (b) male prisoners have dependent children.
    • Prisoners: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children are resident in Prison Service mother and baby accommodation, broken down by age.
    • Prisoners: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were born to women in prison in each of the last 10 years.
    • Prisoners: Death
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many deaths occurred in prisons in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) cause of death and (b) (i) age group and (ii) sex of deceased.
    • Prisoners: Foreigners
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which five nationalities are most represented among the foreign prisoners being held in British gaols; and how many are held at each.
    • Prisons
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many new prison places will be opened (a) through refurbishment, (b) on existing prison sites and (c) on new sites in each of the next five years.
    • Prisons: Crimes of Violence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 1843W, to the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes), on prisons:...
    • Prisons: Private Sector
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what financial penalties have been imposed on private prison contractors in respect of privately operated establishments in each of the last five...
    • Public Defenders: Liverpool
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice where the work that was being dealt with by the Public Defender Office in St. John's street, Liverpool has been transferred to.
    • Public Defenders: Liverpool
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been made redundant as a result of the closure of the Public Defender Office in St. John's Street, Liverpool; and what their...
    • Public Defenders: Liverpool
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Public Defender Office in St. John's street, Liverpool has been closed; and who was consulted on the closure of that Office.
    • Public Defenders: Pilot Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the assessment process is of the Public Defence Office pilots; and when a report on the pilots is expected to be made public.
    • Public Defenders: Pilot Schemes
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total annual cost is of the Public Defence Office pilots; and what the average annual cost has been of a Public Defence lawyer.
    • Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to develop residential treatment facilities for sex offenders.
    • Young Offender Institutions: Death
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many deaths occurred in young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) cause of death and (b) (i) age group and (ii)...
    • Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of under 18s in custody received their custodial sentence as a result of (a) possessing or supplying drugs of class A, B or C and (b)...
    • Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many under 18-year-olds were in custody (a) following conviction and (b) before conviction on 1 October of each year since 1997.
    • Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many places there are for under 18-year-olds in the prison estate; and how many such places are filled.
    • Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of hours spent by young offender is per day in each young offenders institution (a) in cells, (b) undergoing education and (c)...
    • Young Offenders: Sentencing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007, question number 148495, if he will break down the figures provided by category of crime for which the offenders...
  • Health
    • Abortion: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children under 18 years have had an abortion in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many children under 18 years have had a second abortion...
    • Abortion: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls under the age of 18 years had abortions in each of the last three years, broken down by age.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol awareness programmes have been set up in (a) 2007 and (b) the last five years.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to highlight the dangers of drinking alcohol to adults, particularly amongst the over 60s.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what strategy the Government are taking to inform females, especially younger women, about the risks of binge drinking.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to set health-related alcohol targets.
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the recorded number of (a) incidents of binge drinking leading to accident and emergency admissions and (b) alcohol...
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Taxation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer reviewing existing alcohol control policies to include the introduction of increased taxation on...
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many teenagers (a) are undertaking and (b) have undertaken regular medical treatment as a result of alcohol abuse in (i) 2007 and (ii) each of the...
    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male and (b) female teenagers were admitted to accident and emergency departments on grounds related to drunkenness in each month of (i)...
    • British Fluoridation Society: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the withdrawal of funding for the British Fluoridation Society upon his Department's goal to...
    • Care Homes: Fees and Charges
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time is for a reassessment of registered nursing care contribution banding awarded to an individual patient in each primary care trust;...
    • Carers: Protective Clothing
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department funds the provision of aprons and gloves for carers.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: West Midlands
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the closure of the Birmingham/West Midlands Clinical Network Co-ordinating Centre for myalgic encephalomyelitis.
    • Clinical Psychologists: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trainee clinical psychologists were offered a job in the NHS in 2007.
    • Dental Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of (a) dental and (b) orthodontic activity were unused in the last period for which figures were available, broken down by NHS trust.
    • Dental Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients who underwent assessment were assessed as eligible for national health service orthodontic treatment, broken down...
    • Dental Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assist the resolution of the general dental services contracts that were in dispute at 31 March.
    • Dental Services: Waiting Lists
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for orthodontic treatment was in each primary care trust in each year since 2001.
    • Dentistry: Training
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis applicants to practise as dentists in the NHS are able to claim exemption from the requirement to undertake vocational training in the UK...
    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using...
    • Departments: Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to reorganise the system of health tsars.
    • Departments: Publicity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
    • Departments: Racial Harassment
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12...
    • Drugs: Advisory Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have used the Talk to Frank helpline in each year since it was set up.
    • Drugs: Advisory Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for calls to the Talk to Frank helpline, broken down by substance abuse type.
    • Drugs: Advisory Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of the Talk to Frank helpline since inception.
    • Drugs: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of problematic drug users (PDUs) in each county area in 2004-05 and (b) the percentage of PDUs not in...
    • Drugs: Rehabilitation
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are receiving rehabilitation treatment for (a) drug abuse and (b) alcohol abuse.
    • Eating Disorders: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 568W, on eating disorders: children, if he will break down the numbers of finished...
    • Exercise: Children
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount of physical activity undertaken by school age children each week in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.
    • Family Planning
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full and (b) part time family planning clinics there were in each health trust area in each of the last five years.
    • Family Planning: Expenditure
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much each health trust spent on family planning services in each year since 1997; (2) how the £20 million earmarked for improving access...
    • Food: Labelling
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new proposals he has on food labelling.
    • Gender Identity Disorder
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what choices of provider are available for those referred for assessment, counselling and treatment for gender dysphoria and related gender role anxieties...
    • Genito-urinary Medicine: Manpower
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) health professionals and (b) administrators worked in sexual health clinics during each of the last three years.
    • Genito-urinary Medicine: Publicity
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on publicising sexual health clinics to children and young people under the age of 18 years in each of the last three years.
    • Health Services: Private Sector
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contracts Milton Keynes primary care trust has with private sector suppliers in 2007-08, broken down by procedure; how many procedures have...
    • Health Services: Procurement
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department expects to complete the update of the review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services; (2) when he plans to set...
    • Health Services: South East Region
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters were received by (a) his Department and (b) the West Sussex primary care trust as part of the response to the fit for the future...
    • Health Services: Tourism
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals requiring medical treatment whilst on holiday abroad over the last five years.
    • Health Visitors: Hertfordshire
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on current levels of recruitment of (a) health visitors, (b) nursery nurses, (c) support workers and (d) midwives in...
    • Health: Schools
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of schools have healthy school status.
    • Hospitals: West Sussex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide to the West Sussex Primary Care Trust the representations he and his Department have received in the last 12 months relating to the...
    • Hospitals: West Sussex
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether letters received by (a) his Department and (b) West Sussex primary care trust in response to the original fit for the future discussion document...
    • Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to ensure that all adolescent girls are offered the human papilloma virus vaccination before they leave compulsory education; and if he...
    • Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to enable self-referral to a GP for the human papilloma virus vaccine for (a) those that will not take part in the...
    • Ivf
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cycles of in-vitro fertilisation treatment were offered in (a) each regional health authority, (b) each primary care trust and (c)...
    • IVF: Costs
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in the cost of in-vitro fertilisation in the NHS in the last 10 years.
    • Maternity Services: Admissions
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the grounds are for a maternity unit to be required to close temporarily to admissions for safety reasons.
    • Maternity Services: Intensive Care
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many neonatal intensive care cots there were in each NHS trust in each of the last five years; (2) how many (a) neonatal intensive cots and...
    • Members: Correspondence
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter of 12 June 2007 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire about pay for nurses.
    • Mental Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what choices are being offered to mental health service users.
    • Mental Health Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review mental health services; and if he will make a statement.
    • Mentally Ill: Hospitals
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Nottingham were sectioned to psychiatric wards in each of the last five years.
    • National Patient and Public Involvement Director
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to replace the National Patient and Public Involvement Director.
    • NHS: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the relative needs formula component of the formula grant for local authorities is determined; when it was last reviewed; which variables are included...
    • NHS: Finance
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely impact of recent changes in the NHS capital expenditure budget.
    • NHS: Surveys
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the full results of the IpsosMORI survey referred to on page 24 of the Chief Executive of the NHS's Annual Report 2006-07, published on...
    • NHS: Translation Services
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he or his predecessor has received any requests from primary care trusts for extra funding to cover patient translation costs.
    • Osteoporosis: Blackpool
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of people living in Blackpool who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis are (a) under and (b) over the age of 70 years; (2) what...
    • Osteoporosis: Preventive Medicine
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what range of treatments is available to post-menopausal women at risk of osteoporotic fracture; (2) what percentage of people diagnosed with...
    • Patients: Accidents
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received injuries as a result of accidents while staying in hospitals in England in the last period for which figures are available.
    • Plagiocephaly
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the incidence of plagiocephaly; and what statistical correlation there is between that incidence and numbers of...
    • Pleural Plaques
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for pleural plaques in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since...
    • Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he is giving to making screening for maternal alcohol consumption via objective techniques such as Tolerance Annoyed Cut down...
    • Primary Care Trusts: Local Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the likely impact of implementing district unitary authorities on the operation of primary care trusts; (2) what...
    • Primary Care Trusts: Local Government
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on co-terminosity of boundaries between primary care trusts and local government structures.
    • PSSEX1 Expenditure Return (1 annotation)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is gathered in the PSSEX1 Expenditure Return.
    • Smoking
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) prevention and (b) campaigns designed to assist people to stop smoking in each year since 1997.
    • Smoking: Health Hazards
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on treating smoking related diseases in each year since 1997, broken down by health authority.
    • Smoking: Public Places
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of the smoking ban on (a) the number of pubs operating in England and (b) employment in...
    • Solvents: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of children who have (a) died and (b) been brain damaged by volatile substance abuse in each of the last 10 years.
    • Solvents: Misuse
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who sits on the stakeholder group set up under the Volatile Substance Abuse Framework.
    • Statins
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the side-effects of statins; and if he will make a statement on the use of statins under the new National Institute for...
    • Statins
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned into the long-term effects of the use of statins by people over the age of 50.
    • Statins
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of statins in lengthening quality assured life years.
    • West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Public Appointments
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects a director of public patient involvement to be appointed to the West Sussex primary care trust.
  • House of Lords
    • Armed Forces: Airbridges
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 5 July (WA 184), what is the composition of the air movements stakeholder group; and what agencies work with or...
    • Armed Forces: Airbridges
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 5 July (WA 184), who has (a) command, and (b) budgetary responsibility for airbridge assets to and from the United...
    • Cyprus: British Troops
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many representations they have made to the Government of Cyprus regarding the condition of accommodation at the Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia for British...
    • Cyprus: British Troops
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whose responsibility it is to provide suitable accommodation for British troops forming part of the United Nations forces in Nicosia.
    • Cyprus: British Troops
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assurances for improvement have been given to the United Nations by the Government of Cyprus regarding the accommodation for British troops forming part of...
    • Cyprus: British Troops
      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date improvements will be made to the condition of accommodation at the Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia now used by British forces forming part of the United...
    • Energy: Nuclear Reactors
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the eight new nuclear power stations will be owned, administered and controlled by British Energy according to the latest official plans.
    • Government: Ara Darzi
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Parliamentary Secretary at the Department of Health, Professor Sir Ara Darzi, could continue with his professional work and meet the requirements set...
    • House of Lords: Bus Stops
      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will ask the Mayor of London and Transport for London to provide shelters and information screens at the bus stops adjacent to and opposite Black...
    • Housing: Pathfinder Areas
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many houses have been acquired for demolition, and what was the average price of acquisition, in each of the housing market renewal pathfinder areas for each...
    • Housing: Permitted Development
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the maximum additional floor space for each of a two, three, four or five-storey, 25-foot wide, unlisted terraced house in a conservation area under...
    • Housing: Permitted Development
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it would be permitted to build a four-storey extension with round plate glass windows on a five-storey unlisted Victorian house in a conservation area...
    • Housing: Permitted Development
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it would be permitted to construct an extension faced in coloured metal cladding to an unlisted Victorian house in a conservation area under the proposals...
    • Israel and Palestine: Gaza
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they and other member states in the quartet are taking to ensure access to and from Gaza, following the closure of crossing-points since 12 June.
    • Israel and Palestine: Gaza
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What functions the European Union border assistance mission is able to fulfil while the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip remains closed.
    • Israel and Palestine: Hamas
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the likely outcome of the representations made by the Government and others to the Government of Israel concerning the release of...
    • Israel and Palestine: Hamas
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the view expressed by the Government of Indonesia on 28 June that Hamas should be included in the political process.
    • Israel and Palestine: Quartet
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will send a special request to the European Union Portuguese presidency to launch urgent initiatives to secure both quartet and direct Palestinian and...
    • Israel and Palestine: Water Supply
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received of water shortages in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and of the curtailment of water supplies to people living there.
    • Israel and Palestine: Water Supply
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning provision of water to people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
    • Israel and Palestine: Water Supply
      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring arrangements were set up after the Oslo accord to ensure fair distribution of water between Israelis and Palestinians.
    • Railways: Rolling Stock
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sufficient rolling stock is available to meet the timetable commitments of First Great Western trains for December 2007.
    • Roads: Carriage of Goods
      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the adequacy of the measures set out in the European Commission's proposed regulation COM (2007) 265 on the market in the carriage of...
    • Royal Air Force: Transport and Tanker Aircraft (3 annotations)
      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Royal Air Force transport and tanker aircraft are at present (a) more than 40 years old; (b) between 30 and 40 years old; (c) between 20 and 30 years old;...