Written answers

Tuesday, 7 June 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the post-mortem testing of badgers killed in road accidents in Staffordshire; and if she will make a...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much compensation has been paid to farmers in (a) Wales and (b) England for cattle slaughtered under TB control policies...

      Livery Stables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she plans to make available to proprietors of livery stables to assist them in complying with the provisions of...

      Marine Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes she plans to make to the (a) role and (b) jurisdictions of Sea Fisheries Committees, with particular reference...

      Marine Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date she expects to publish the draft Marine Bill.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling centres there are in England, broken down by (a) region and (b) type of facility.

      Water Meter Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were in receipt of the social tariff for water meter charges in each of the last three years.

      Whaling

      Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Government of Norway and (b) other Governments on the practice of...

  • Leader of the House

    • September Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to bring forward proposals to change the arrangements for September sittings.

    • Development in Africa

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment he has made of the Work of Parliament and Development in Africa Working Party.

      Modernisation

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has for the further modernisation of the House of Commons.

      Pre-legislative Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will encourage Government Departments to subject all Bills in this and future Sessions to pre-legislative scrutiny.

      Public Understanding

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to make the business of the House more comprehensible to the public.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to propose changes to the arrangements for the tabling of written parliamentary questions during the summer recess.

  • Transport

    • Coventry Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to tackle aircraft emissions at Coventry airport.

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 11W, (1) how many Crossrail trains per hour are planned to operate on the (a) Great...

      Flight Path Changes (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints he has received regarding poorconsultation procedures for aircraft flight path changes.

      Oxford/Bedford (Rail Link)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made on implementing the proposed rail link between Oxford and Bedford via Bletchley; and if he will make a statement.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many convictions were obtained by safety camera vans operating outside the conspicuity guidelines in (a) Barnsley, (b) Rotherham, (c) Doncaster and...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the revenue from fines levied as a result of the activities of the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership were in (a) Barnsley, (b) Rotherham,...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many days in 2004–05 safety camera vans operated in (a) Barnsley, (b) Rotherham, (c) Doncaster and (d) the Pogmoor district of Barnsley.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the areas in which the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership operates.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving (a) injury and (b) loss of life (i) have taken place in each year since the installation of speed cameras and (ii) took...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his latest estimate is of the (a) number and (b) percentage of pensioners entitled to council tax benefit who do not receive it; and...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to simplify the application form for disability living allowance.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting Reception (Rossendale and Darwen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects (a) Channel 5 and (b) Freeview television to be available throughout Rossendale and Darwen.

    • Gaelic/Welsh Language Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on contributing towards the cost of a Gaelic language television channel.

      Gaelic/Welsh Language Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Department plans to provide for (a) Gaelic language broadcasting in Scotland and (b) Welsh language broadcasting in...

      Lord Hollick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what performance indicators are used to assess the performance of Lord Hollick in his role as chairman of the South Bank Centre.

  • Scotland

    • Local Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the likely costs to the Inland Revenue of administering a local income tax in Scotland.

    • G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Foreign Office and (b) the Scottish Executive concerning measures to promote Scotland during the G8...

      Employment (Glasgow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will next meet the new leader of Glasgow City Council to discuss levels of employment in the city.

      Advocate General (Devolution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution issues the Advocate General has considered.

      Oil and Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he plans to meet the Minister for Energy in the Department for Trade and Industry to discuss developments in the Scottish oil and gas industry.

      Fuel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on financial measures to relieve the burden of fuel costs in remote and rural areas of...

      Ferry Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met Transport Ministers in the Scottish Executive to discuss ferry subsidies.

      Regeneration (Lanarkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on further financial measures to continue regeneration in the County of Lanarkshire.

      Constitutional Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what further constitutional changes that affect Scotland are planned for this parliamentary Session.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on security of energy supply in Scotland.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Kamel Bourgass

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what grounds the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew charges against Kamel Bourgass and co-defendants of conspiring to make chemical and biological weapons and...

    • Theft

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service is relating to the prosecution for first offences of theft from the person; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the estimated average (a) energy use, (b) direct greenhouse gas emissions and (c) indirect greenhouse gas emissions were for air...

    • Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research (a) has been conducted and (b) planned into the contribution to future climate change emissions made by air conditioning in...

      British Summer Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the merits of extending British Summer Time in England and Wales so that it remains in force all year.

      British Summer Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been received on British Summer Time by his office during thepast five years; and how many of these were in favour...

      Business Support (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage the (a) establishment and (b) growth of small and medium enterprises in Hertfordshire; and if he will...

      Business Support (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures he is taking to encourage (a) national and (b) international investment in Hertfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what legal advice was sought over the implications of the undated UDM letter, reference CNW/REG/VWF, faxed to his Department on 24 May by the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department received the letter from the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, reference cnw/reg/vwf; and what response was made to the letter.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that officials in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are invited to comment on policy...

      European Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effects of ECJ ruling C-88/04, 2005/C 45/21, OJ C45 of 19 February 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Export Control Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) trade associations are represented on the Export Control Advisory Committee.

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what functions of the Export Control Organisation have been (a) identified as suitable and (b) confirmed for private sector partner involvement.

      Media Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on new arrangements for distribution of newspapers and magazines to retailers and consumers under the proposals...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the process by which deadlines are set for correspondence handling by Capita as contractors in handling coal...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what percentage of public expenditure on energy research and development was spent on research and development for (a) nuclear...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many potential threats as defined by the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 have occurred at each licensed nuclear installation...

  • Defence

    • Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the relationship is between the new building programme at the AWRE Aldermaston and the next generation British nuclear weapons.

    • Armed Forces (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recruitment rates to the armed forces.

      Detainees (Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what legal advice the Government have taken concerning the obligations of intelligence personnel to report abuse of detainees in US custody; (2)...

      Forces Personnel Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains the policy of his Department to implement all the reductions in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force announced prior...

      Life-expired Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what precautions his Department takes to ensure that life-expired ordnance transported by rail and road to Shoeburyness for demolition is not exposed to...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK Government intend to resume military assistance to Nepal.

      Project Connaught

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects work to begin on the re-provisioning of military facilities in Aldershot under Project Connaught.

      Scottish Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has undertaken a review of the proposed mergers of the Scottish infantry regiments since taking up his position.

      Service Personnel (General Election)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces were stationed in Iraq during the general election; and how many were provided with (a) proxy and (b) postal votes.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Territorial Army soldiers mobilised under section (a) 54 and (b) 56 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 since 1 March 2003 have not been...

      Tomahawk Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the practicability of (a) fitting and (b) retro-fitting Type 45 destroyers with tactical Tomahawk missiles.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains his policy that the decision to replace Trident with the next generation of the strategic nuclear deterrent will be taken before the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preliminary assessments his Department has made of the relative merits of (a) extending the life of Trident and (b) replacing Trident with an...

  • Treasury

    • Block Grant (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sum has been reported to Her Majesty's Treasury as total public expenditure within the assigned budget by the (a) former Welsh Office and (b) National...

    • Customs and Excise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made in the duties carried out by the Customs and Excise officer in Berwick-upon-Tweed in respect of (a) customs duties and (b)...

      Millionaires

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons are taxed on the basis of incomes of over £1 million a year before allowances; and how many were taxed at that level on that basis in...

      Tax credits (Birmingham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-pensioner families in Birmingham were recipients of tax credits in the last three years; and how many have been identified as having received...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academic Boycotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hertsmere of 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 5W, on Academic Boycott (Israel), what...

    • Action Zones (Pupil Achievement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what evaluation has been carried out on the impact of (a) education action zones and (b) Excellence in Cities action zones on (i)...

      Autism

      Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding her Department has provided to improve education of people with autism in each of the last five years; what...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the incidence of bullying in schools that makes use of mobile phone technology, with particular...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the link between bullying and (a) truancy, (b) exclusions, (c) participation in (i) further and (ii) higher...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which cross-departmental working groups attended by her Department deal with issues affecting bullying and antisocial behaviour; and which...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of links between low levels of literacy and (a) bullying, (b) poor behaviour and (c) truancy.

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for the education of disabled children.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of staff who have left the Department as part of the implementation of the Gershon Review (a) has taken (i) voluntary and...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in implementing the proposals of the Gershon Review as they affect her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Gifted Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research she has collated into the performance of gifted pupils at state schools with particular reference to the performance of...

      Level 2 Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what resources she has allocated in the 2005–06 financial year to assist further education colleges to identify adults without a...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what strategies her Department has introduced for looked-after children who display (a) poor behaviour in school and (b) antisocial behaviour.

      Pupil Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect of parenting orders on pupil behaviour.

      Pupil Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect of acceptable behaviour contracts on pupil behaviour.

      Pupil Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will encourage registration by children with behavioural difficulties at both a school and a pupil referral unit to enable such...

      Pupil Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she plans to publish attendance figures at pupil referral units.

      Run-away Children

      Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what emergency accommodation provision is in place for children who run away from home; what plans she has to increase these...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the new vocational qualification for school caterers; (2) how many schools currently participate in...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list the members of the School Food Trust; (2) if she will list the members of the School Meals Review Panel.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many school playing fields there were in each London borough in each year since 1992; (2) what percentage of schools in London...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school playing fields have been sold, and for what reasons, in each year since 2001.

      Schools (Hammersmith and Fulham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on secondary schools on special measures in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of links between social exclusion and the behavioural problems of children and young people.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of links between social exclusion and the behavioural problems of children in early years education.

      Teacher Assaults (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in Coventry have been assaulted by pupils in each year since 1997.

      Tomlinson Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of the Tomlinson Inquiry into 14 to 19 Education was.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • 106 Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will (a) relax the criteria for 106 agreements to enable local authorities greater discretion and (b) require developers of smaller developments in an area...

    • Broomfield Tip, Standish

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what grants have been given to Wigan Metropolitan borough council for (a) extinguishing the fire at Broomfield Tip, Standish and (b) the restoration of the site...

      Community Programmes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for the (a) Single Community Programme, (b) Community Chest, (c) Community Learning Chest and (d) Community Empowerment Fund; and if he will...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government are taking to combat fraud in the use of postal votes.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hectares of green belt land there were in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Essex, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Norfolk and (f) Suffolk in (i) 1997 and...

      Highfields Estate (Stafford)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much capital funding was provided to Stafford borough council in the form of (a) capital grant and (b) borrowing permissions out of the estates action...

      Homeless Families

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many families with children are being accommodated in bed-and-breakfast hostels.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units built or procured through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme and Challenge Fund were classified as (a) mixed...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes have been (a) started and (b) completed in the last three years in the district of Easington council area.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much investment there has been in (a) new council-owned dwellings and (b) housing association dwellings in each London borough in each year since 1997; and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned to examine the environmental (i) impact and (ii) sustainability of the housebuilding...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) minimum, (b) average and (c) maximum public capital cost per (i) shared ownership property and (ii) social rented home was in each region in England...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has provided to London boroughs on housing allocations policies in respect of single people.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were on the housing need list in each London borough on the last date for which figures are available; how many new lettings there were in each...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list sites released for new housing under the proposals which he announced on 25 May; (2) which of the sites released for new housing under the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish his review of the future of arm's length management organisations; and if he will list those who participated in the review.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in each of the last two quarters how many families applying to local authorities for housing were found to be intentionally homeless.

      Local Authorities (General Elections)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what guidance is provided to local authorities on factors to be taken into account in the run-up to a parliamentary general election; and to what extent...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department's good practice guidelines for local authorities on sales of assets permit a vendor to proceed with the private sale of a public asset...

      Local Land Charges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will introduce a two tier system for local land charges for (a) local authorities and (b) private companies; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Planning Approvals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals for penalties against those who rely on retrospective planning approvals.

      Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what campaign spending restrictions apply for campaigning in (a) mayoral referendums and (b) local referendums held under the Local Government Act 2003.

      Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines the Government have published on (a) initiating and (b) conducting local referendums under the Local Government Act 2003.

      Registered Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the performance requirements for registered social landlords to receive gap funding have been changed in the last 12 months; and whether the requirement...

      Urban Growth Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which areas in England are designated as Urban Growth Areas.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were designated as homeless in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the provision for homeless people...

    • Legislative Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide details of the application to Northern Ireland of the legislative programme outlined in the Gracious Speech; and what...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of whether there is a neutral working environment in the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been taken to ensure a neutral working environment in the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

  • Home Department

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what statistical basis his statement on 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 432, on the delivery of the Airwave scheme, was founded.

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an evaluation of the performance of the Airwave radio communications network has been carried out.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Norfolk in each year since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 entered into force.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnicity the number of people who have been given antisocial behaviour orders.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children with (a) autism and (b) other brain disorders have been issued with an antisocial behaviour order.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers who have not left the country are not claiming section 4 hard case support.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many units of accommodation for section 4 hard case support asylum seekers are vacant, broken down by region.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers are receiving section 4 hard case support, broken down by region.

      BB Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents there were in 2004 involving BB guns in England and Wales.

      BB Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents there were in 2004 involving BB guns in North Yorkshire.

      Clamped Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who decides how much a local authority or a land owner may charge for the release of a clamped vehicle.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of community support officers to reducing (a) violent and (b) gun crime.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the community support officers the Government plan to recruit by 2008 he expects to be posted in Coventry.

      Convention on Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the UK has not ratified the Convention on Human Trafficking; and what discussions he has had with non-governmental...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outturn band D council tax precepts were for each police authority in England and Wales in each year from 1997–98 to 2005–06.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's estimate is of the proportion of crimes committed which are reported to the police; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crime was categorised as violent in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to (a) reduce street crime in Hertfordshire, (b) tackle binge drinking and (c) tackle drug-related crime; and if...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are stationed in Hammersmith and Fulham constituency.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham during the past 12 months.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he and his Department have had with the (a) Police Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham and (b) her officers.

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been made in Leeds since January 2004.

      Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004.

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the causal requirement for Council Decision 2005/169/EC, adding Israel to the list of states with which the...

      Football Banning Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many football banning orders are in place; and how many of these prevent the person from travelling abroad to watch football matches.

      Happy Slapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle the practice known as happy slapping.

      Householders (Police Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to the police in the use of reasonable force by householders defending themselves, others or property from intruders.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the contribution identity cards may make to the prevention of terrorist attacks on the UK.

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that police forces are trained to deal with cases of identity theft from mobile telephones.

      Kent County Council Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had concerning the operation of the Kent County Council Act 2001; whether he has consulted with persons or bodies...

      Notting Hill Carnival

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of policing the Notting Hill Carnival in 2004.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on steps taken by his Department to maintain the public's confidence in the police in rural areas.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; and how many there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to re-introduce police foot patrols in Hertfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age of a police officer was in (a) 1995, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much total Government grant was given to each police force in England and Wales in each year from 1997–98 to 2005–06; and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers, excluding support staff and community support officers, were employed in each police authority in England and Wales...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obstacles there are to the retention of biometric data on the police national computer database.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to increase the numbers of full-time police officers over the next five years (a) in England and Wales and (b) in Norfolk.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time police officers are serving in Norfolk.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers assigned to Chiltern Vale Police, broken down by rank, left Thames Valley Police for other police forces in (a)...

      Police Precepts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total revenue raised from police precepts was in each police authority in England and Wales for each year from 1997–98 to...

      Police/Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase police numbers in Hertfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Police/Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in Wales.

      Police/Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms offences were recorded by the police in Wales in 2004.

      Police Support Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of employing a (a) community warden or neighbourhood warden, (b) police community support officer and (c) police...

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what police investigations are ongoing into allegations of electoral fraud involving postal votes; and what the outcome has been of each...

      Probation Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the Probation Service is asked to issue a report on a person convicted of an offence before that person is sentenced.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has conducted research into the impact on the use of police time of the requirement to make a record of all stop and searches.

      Tetra Transmision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether there is an intermittent transitory impact on calcium ion concentration in rat cerebellar granule...

      Traffic Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic enforcement officers, (b) traffic wardens and (c) council parking attendants have been operating in each police...

      Vehicle Confiscations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles have been confiscated as a result of antisocial behaviour in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West since police were given powers to...

  • Health

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the investigation instigated by her predecessor into the facilitation by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service of...

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will make all bacterial diseases that are resistant to all antibiotics reportable; and what steps the Government are taking to deal with...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce a national strategy for supporting breastfeeding.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing legislation in England similar to the new law in Scotland outlawing discrimination against women...

      Childhood Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the Draper report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from power lines to be published; what assessment she has made...

      Drug Overdoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths caused by overdose of illegal drugs.

      EU Regulation (Nutrition and Health Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effect on industry of the proposal for a regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods (2003/0165...

      Food Labelling/Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is taking (a) in the EU and (b) within England to improve standards of food labelling.

      Food Labelling/Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when Ministers next plan to meet representatives of Consumers for Health Choice, the Health Food Manufacturers' Association and the National...

      Genetically Modified Food/Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned on the effects of genetically modified food on human health in each of the past eight years for which...

      Genetically Modified Food/Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department (a) is undertaking and (b) has commissioned into whether the DNA of genetically modified materials is being transferred into...

      Genetically Modified Food/Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the potential for transfer of genetically modified DNA from food products to human gut bacteria.

      Health Finance (Dorset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated financial outcome in the 2005–06 financial year is for (a) Poole Primary Care Trust, (b) Bournemouth Primary Care Trust and (c)...

      Hospitals (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent temporary staff have been employed at (a) the RJ and AH Orthopaedic Hospital Gobowen, (b) the Royal Hospital, Shrewsbury and...

      Hospitals (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff at (a) the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, (b) the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford and (c) the RJ and AH Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen have...

      Hospitals (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the budget of the RJ and AH Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen has been dedicated to the treatment of MRSA in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the budget of the (a) Princess Royal Hospital, Telford and (b) Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has been dedicated to the treatment of MRSA in...

      Hysterosalpingo-contrast-sonography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of waiting times for hysterosalpingo-contrast-sonography; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Meats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to combat the use of illegal meats in restaurants.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources will be made available to NHS bodies in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the success rate of births using IVF has been in each year since 1997.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent on the provision of IVF treatment in each year since 1997.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has examined on whether there is a link between keeping a working mobile phone in a breast pocket and cardiac rhythm dysfunction; and if...

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she plans to give to primary care trusts on the commissioning of services from pharmacists to secure a common protocol to be followed.

      Pharmacists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to ensure that patients may choose the pharmacy nominated to receive the electronic transfers of their prescriptions.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in meeting the public service agreement target to increase in each year the proportion of drug users successfully sustaining...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment the Government have made of the impact of smoking in the workplace on (a) individuals and (b) the NHS; (2) what steps the...

      Surplus Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list those sites in England and Wales, within her responsibility, which have been identified as surplus to requirements; what plans have been...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make it her policy to end postal voting on demand.

    • Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her policy is on all-postal vote elections.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what (a) the earliest and (b) the latest date was on which returning officers were able to dispatch postal votes to voters...

      House of Lords

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on House of Lords reform.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her policy is on individual voter registration.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the level of voter registration for the recent general election.

      Claims Farming

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures she plans to take to discourage the practice of claims farming.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding for civil legal aid.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Legal Services Commission intends to carry out a pilot test of its consultation proposals regarding the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Department has to extend the introduction of price competitive tendering to the criminal legal aid system in...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much funding for legal aid the Department and its predecessor provided in each year since 1997.

      Asylum/Work Permits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to prevent legal advisers facilitating unfounded claims for (a) asylum and (b) applications for work...

      Census Returns

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs under what arrangements (a) the College of Arms and (b) other applicants receive copies of personal information from closed...

      Census Returns

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on (a) 100-year decennial census closure and...

      Census Returns

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the UK courts have tested Government policy on withholding personal information from the decennial censuses from being...

      Crown Court Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on her plans to reform the length and cost of trials in Crown courts.

      Electoral Fraud

      Mr. Prentice: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people in each year since 1995 have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of certifying in the electoral...

      EU Constitution (EU Funding)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government have requested limits on the (a) spending and (b) activities of institutions of the European Union (i)...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since January.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to introduce fixed-term judicial appointments in (a) the Crown court and (b) the High Court.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to improve the judicial career opportunities for district judges.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans her Department has to change the statutory eligibility requirements for judicial office.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 24 May 2005, Official Report, column 86W, on judicial appointments, how many of the appointments...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely impact of proposals to introduce price competitive tendering to the criminal legal...

      Name Changes (Deed Poll)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have changed their name by deed poll in each year since 1997; what estimate she has made of the number of...

      North-East Regional Assembly Referendum

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action the Government intend to take on recommendations made by the Electoral Commission on the conduct of the North East...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what monitoring is carried out of the proportion of applications to admit previous sexual history in rape trials under the...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of rape trials were heard by recorders of the Crown Court in the last year for which figures are available.

      Referendums

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Government have to bring forward legislation to allow a recount to be held in a nationwide referendum; and if...

      Referendums

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish the guidelines to returning officers for holding recounts in parliamentary elections.

      Referendums

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what restrictions there are on campaign spending by (a) Northern Ireland political parties and (b) Northern Ireland-based...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish the names of the special advisers employed within the Department.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made to date in establishing Middlesex Guildhall as the venue for the new Supreme Court.

      Terrorism Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions Ministers have had with the Home Office regarding the future conduct of trials in terrorism cases.

      UK Presidency (EU)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what communication activities are planned in relation to the policy areas covered by her Department during the UK presidency of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value of the opium crop in Afghanistan was in each of the last five years.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much financial assistance was provided to Afghanistan in each of the last five years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer the letter to him dated 18 January 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer the letter to him dated 14 January 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer the letter to him dated 7 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mehwish Saeed.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer the letter to him dated 15 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. S....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer the letter to him dated 7 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. M....

      EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the UK legislation that has partly or wholly implemented EU legislation in each year since 1997.

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the job descriptions are of the members of staff within the Presidency Unit; and what the projected staff budget for...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions the European Council has taken by (a) vote, (b) majority vote and (c) qualified majority vote in each of the last...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of documents in the register of the European Council is fully accessible to the public.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the UK representatives at the meeting of the EU-Israel Association Committee on 14 April were; and what the official...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals were agreed at the meeting on 14 April for sub-committees under the EU-Israel Association Agreement; and what...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the organisations and individuals who presented evidence to the EU-Israel Association Committee on 14 April on...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make available to Parliament the formal proposals on sub-committees of the EU-Israel Association Committee before...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the formal proposals on sub-committees of the EU-Israel Association Committee to be decided by the Council.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the views the United Kingdom will advance at the forthcoming United Nations conference on the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with the US Administration with regard to the proposed national security directive on...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what stage the initial appeal against refusal for a settlement visa for Kean Antonio Robert Andrews, reference KGN 83103 has...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for a referendum to be held on the future of the Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Sudan or the office of the Wali of Khartoum about the forced relocation of displaced southern families in...

    • Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What development assistance they have given to displaced southern families living in informal settlements in the Khartoum area during 2003 and 2004; in what...

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many displaced people from the south live in Khartoum; and what analysis they have made of the number likely to return home in the next two years, or intending...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to phase out the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme; and, if so, when and over what period of time; and Whether their consideration of the...

      Algeria: Return of Terrorist Suspects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, before any Algerian citizen who has been detained in the United Kingdom as a terrorist suspect is returned to Algeria, they will require guarantees that...

      vCJD: UK Cases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 26 January 2004 (WA 16–18), whether they will update the table, showing all cases of variant...

      Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the actual, estimated or budgeted amount allocated to each housing market renewal Pathfinder area, and to each local authority within each such area, for...

      Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the actual and estimated number of (a) dwellings demolished; (b) dwellings renovated; (c) houses renovated as two into one; (d) new dwellings from...

      Hybrid Bill Procedures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to ensure that the parliamentary hybrid Bill procedure complies with European Union Directive 2003/35/EC.

      London Boroughs: Private Residential Developments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates each of London's boroughs adopted a policy of securing planning gain from new private residential developments.

      London Boroughs: Private Residential Developments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether local authorities can require planning gain as a condition of planning approval for properties for market sale to be built on sites acquired by English...

      London Boroughs: Private Residential Developments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which sites were acquired by English Partnerships under its London-wide initiative; and how many dwellings and affordable homes have been built or are planned to...

      Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What allowances a full-time carer of working age, with a severely disabled adult dependant, is entitled to claim, including income support; and whether these...

      Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is possible for the Pension Protection Fund to take an equity stake in a company whose pension liabilities it assumes; if so, what is the legal basis...

      Nuclear Warheads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-United Kingdom-owned nuclear warheads are located within the United Kingdom.

      NATO: Force Capability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by NATO in establishing a single adaptable database of military forces available from member states for the purpose of force...

      Helicopters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the arrangements for advice about further helicopter capabilities for the Armed Forces will avoid any conflicts of interest and be conducive to open...

      Army Restructuring: 1 (UK) Armoured Division

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of personnel and vehicles on the current war establishment of 1 (UK) Armoured Division; and what the total will be once the future Army...

      Royal Air Force Centrifuge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 7 April (WA 147), whether the announcement by Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) made in the United States...

      Young Mothers: Physical Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they collect statistics on how many young mothers participate in physical activity; and, if so, whether they will publish those statistics.

      Young Mothers: Physical Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are taking action to increase the number of young mothers participating in physical activities.

      Sport: Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that equality of opportunity between men and women currently exists in school sport, community sport and high performance sport. [HL171 ]...

      Child Seats

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Department for Transport's New Programme for Assessing Child Seats report will be published; and whether they will provide an update of work undertaken to...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 24 March (WA 64), whether the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, was consulted prior...

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been invested in public lending library capital projects over the past five years.

      Public Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to encourage local authorities to replace and refurbish public lending libraries.

      Road Surfaces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the past 12 months in providing quiet road surfaces on motorways and major roads; and what plans there are for the laying down of...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Crossrail Bill process and consultation complies with European Union Directive 2003/35/EC.

      Airlines: Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what powers airlines can require passengers on domestic flights to produce passports.

      Government Departments: Senior Information Risk Owners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the senior information risk owners in each government department.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 18 May (HL Deb, col. 105) about pension holidays, what is the total estimated value of pension...

      EU Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a reconfiguration of European Union budget contributions and receipts for member states can be constructed on a fair basis for all members without...

      Sports Facilities: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current VAT liabilities concerning education-based sports facilities.

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether McKinsey and Company is currently carrying out any work for HM Treasury; how many projects the firm has carried out for the Treasury during each of the...

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