Written answers

Tuesday, 14 June 2005

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to make all Acts of Parliament published before 1988 for which her Department is responsible available on-line.

    • British Museum Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward amendments to the British Museum Act 1963 following the judgment of the High Court in the case of works of art...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what value-for-money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in her Department in...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications have been received to date by Easington district council from licensees for a new licence under the Licensing Act...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely consequences of the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 on the income of village halls; and...

      London Eye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the London Eye on the 2012 Olympic bid.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money in each year has remained unclaimed since the National Lottery started; and what has happened to this money.

      Sport Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total administration costs of (a) the Sport and Recreation Division of her Department, (b) Sport England, (c) regional sports...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures UK Trade and Investment staff take to ensure that the lists of agents they provide to British companies include only agents...

    • Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many agents were removed from the list of agents provided by UK Trade and Investment to British companies, in each year since 2000; and...

      Arms Sales (Indonesia)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action is being taken to prosecute Alvis plc for the payment made to Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana in order to secure the contract from the...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department gave in grant to Citizens Advice Bureaux in each London borough in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Union Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many trade union learning representatives there are in his Department.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of levels of inward investment into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Patio Heaters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of outdoor patio heaters imported into the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.

      Race Relations Amendment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of employees in the agencies in his Department are members of ethnic minorities that are (a) included and (b) not included in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by councils on clearing abandoned vehicles in each year since 1997.

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of abandoned vehicles were investigated within (a) 24hours, (b) a week and (c) a month of a complaint being...

      Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles have been identified in each year since 1997; and how many have been cleared.

      Angling Revenues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what use is made of revenues raised from National Rod Licence fees.

      Auction Marts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of auction marts.

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what precautionary measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus H5N1 to the United Kingdom.

      Canada Geese

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the impact of Canada geeseon (a) the environment and (b) other forms of wildlife.

      Genetically Modified Maize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has evaluated on the effects of the consumption of genetically modified maize MON863 on the health of (a)...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of incinerators that will be constructed over the next five years in (a) England and...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the private finance initiative and public private partnership projects her Department is undertaking; and...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) industrial waste has been recycled in the UK in each year since 2001.

      UK Presidency (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what communication activities are planned in relation to the policy areas covered by her Department during the UK presidency...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what further steps she intends to take following the decision of the Japanese authorities to (a) increase the quota of minke...

  • Transport

    • Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government have made of the effectiveness of car-sharing within schools as a means of reducing congestion associated with the...

    • Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much funding has been given by his Department, and its predecessors, in each year since 1997 towards the (a) development and (b) promotion of...

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the total reduction in vehicle kilometres that would result from a (a) 10 per cent. (b) 20 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. increase...

      Clive Soley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the recent occasions on which (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials of the Department have met Clive Soley on...

      Commercial Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hours flying time per month are considered necessary for commercial pilots to retain their skills and competence.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest estimate is of the cost of Crossrail.

      EU Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what derogations the Government have (a) sought and (b) secured from (i) Article 4, (ii) Article 7 and (iii) other articles of Directive 2002/15/EC.

      High-occupancy Vehicle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the location of each high occupancy vehicle lane is; how long each lane is; and what new lanes are planned.

      High-occupancy Vehicle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has collated on the effectiveness of high occupancy vehicle lanes.

      Learner Driver Pack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will (a) withdraw the Complete Official Learner Driver Pack published by The Stationery Office, (b) amend the inaccurate information it contains...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many successful prosecutions were carried out against passengers for dropping litter at (a) train stations and (b) tube stations in London in each...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has evaluated on (a) the purposes for car journeys on the M6 and (b) the average length of car journeys on the M6.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a traffic survey was being carried out east of junction 37 on the M62 motorway on 4 June; and who was carrying out the survey.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents took place on the M62 motorway east of junction 37 in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why speed cameras are being erected on the M62 motorway east of junction 37; upon whose authority the cameras were erected; for how long the cameras...

      North London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail journeys were made by freight trains on the North London Line in each year since 1997.

      Park and Ride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) new and (b) expansions of existing park and ride facilities are proposed in the most recent annual progress reports.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the evidential basis is for the claim that puffin crossings cause less vehicle delay than pelican crossings; what assessment the Department has...

      Pfi/PPP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the private finance initiative and public private partnership projects his Department is undertaking; and what the status of each is.

      Quieter Road Surfaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the target in the 10-year plan for transport on quieter road surfaces remains a Government target.

      Quieter Road Surfaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Quiet Lanes Regulations to be published.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) vandalism and (ii) trespass on rail lines by (A) adults and (B) juveniles in each of...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met (a) Network Rail and (b) the Health and Safety Executive to discuss the siting of whistleboards.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action is being taken to improve services on the South Wales Main Passenger Rail Service.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish a timetable for the break-up of Central Trains; and which franchise he expects will then be responsible for the Derby to...

      Secure Station Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations with secure station status have subsequently had their designation removed since 6 December 2004; and which stations have been...

      Secure Station Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many crimes have been committed at stations that meet secure station status since 31 October 2004.

      Traffic Volume

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24 hour traffic volume at the (a) J3-J4E, (b) J4A-J5, (c) J9-J10, (d) J10-J10A, (e) J10A-J11, (f) J12-J13, (g) J6-J7 and (h) J9-J10...

      Traffic Volume

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24 hour traffic volume at the (a) J6-J7 and (b) J9-J10 automatic traffic counters on the M42 on (i) Mondays to Fridays, (ii) Saturdays...

      Train Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) passengers in excess of capacity and (b) total number of passengers figure was (i) for each London commuting service train operator and...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions in the last 12 months for which figures are available when the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) initiated court...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of collecting vehicle excise duty in the latest year for which information is available.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) widows and (b) widowers are receiving bereavement allowance; and how many of these are over 55 years and claiming the full rate of...

    • Bereavement Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) widows and (b) widowers have received the lump sum bereavement benefit of £2,000 within the last 12 months.

      Cost-benefit Analyses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which employment programmes have had a cost benefit analysis produced; and if he will place copies in the Library.

      Earnings-related Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of increasing the basic state pension to the level of the guarantee credit, linking that level to the growth of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment in (a) the London borough of Haringey and (b) Greater London has been in each of the last eight years;...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment in each London borough has been in each of the past five years.

      Job Centre (High Wycombe)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long it took for payments of (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) incapacity benefit to be made to recipients who claimed...

      Jobseeker's allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK citizens living abroad are in receipt of jobseekers allowance.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the pensions industry about the number of people aged 53 years and over who remain contracted into the state...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of housing benefit and council tax benefit claims that will need to be reassessed as a result of...

      Unemployment/Incapacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the numbers of (a) unemployed people and (b) people on incapacity benefit in each year between 1979–80 and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil contingency plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which local authorities have produced (a) civil contingency and (b) emergency plans.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of names on the current electoral register that were rolled...

    • Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how her Department promotes equality and diversity within the Department.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's policy is on reform of the House of Lords.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans there are to introduce part-time salaried judicial posts in the Crown court.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of magistrates resident in Nottingham North; and if she will take steps to improve...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of solicitors firms have ceased performance of their (a) immigration legal aid and (b) family legal aid...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of solicitors firms have refused the offer of civil legal aid contracts in each of the last 10 years, broken...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that all official correspondence from his Department carries (a) an e-mail address and (b) a telephone contact number.

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what percentage of local authority-owned properties in each London borough are fitted with (i) smoke alarms, (ii) fire doors and (iii) double glazing; (2)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what analysis his Department has undertaken of the potential effect of council tax revaluation in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; and if he will...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what criteria have been drawn up for the council tax banding revaluation; (2) whether he plans to increase the number of council tax bandings in England at...

      Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Standards Board spent on external legal advice and representation in the investigation and Adjudicants Bench Hearing into the complaint against...

      Councils (Audit Fees)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated audit and inspection fees to be levied by the Audit Commission for each individual council rated as excellent in their Comprehensive...

      Departmental Union Representatives

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many trade union learning representatives there are in his Department.

      Disability Discrimination

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures will be used to ensure that local authorities meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 to promote equality for disabled...

      Environmental Health Officers (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many environmental health officers were employed by each London borough per 1,000 population in the last year for which figures are available.

      Faith Awareness Training

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants in the Department received faith awareness training in 2004.

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent consultations have been carried out by his Department with representatives of faith communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were rescued alive by the fire service (a) from fires, (b) from fires in dwellings and (c) having been trapped or injured by industrial machinery...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of firefighters in the Fire and Rescue Service was female in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) railway and (b) aircraft accidents were attended by the fire service in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers (a) the Greater London Authority and (b) the regional chambers, have to create, amend, review or delete green belt designation.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the requirement is for the number of houses to be built in Tamworth in each of the next 10 years.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of new build housing in Kettering borough up to 2021 he expects will take place on greenfield land.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on local government pensions; and what plans he has to tackle deficits in local government...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the review of the Local Government Standards Board is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the progress of the review.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost of the Local Government Standards Board was in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the daily fee paid to adjudicators sitting on a Local Government Standards Board adjudication panel is; whether there is a fee for preparatory 'reading in'...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the cases disposed of directly by the Local Government Standards Board (a) were not investigated, (b) had no evidence of a breach of the code and (c)...

      Local Strategic Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's policy is on hon. Members being members of local strategic partnerships.

      London Housing Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he used in making the decision to over-rule the London Housing Board's recommendation on investment allocations in 2004 to 2006

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on mobile phone operators sharing telecommunications masts; what steps he has taken to encourage operators to do so; and if he will make a...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what investigation his Department has undertaken into the fees charged by local planning authorities for planning applications for mobile telephone...

      Negative Subsidy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was taken in negative subsidy from (a) all councils and (b) Tamworth borough council in each of the last two years.

      New Build

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of new build residential properties in (a) England and (b) London have been purchased by (i) individuals not normally resident in the UK and (ii)...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many press officers were employed by each London borough per 1,000 population in the last year for which figures are available.

      Property Prices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average price of a new build residential property excluding social housing in (a) England, (b) London, (c) Westminster and (d) Barnet was on the latest...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what resources have been (a) spent on and (b) allocated to the New Dimension programme for improving capacity in the rescue services; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many gritting lorries are owned by each London borough.

      South East England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers the South East England Regional Assembly has (a) to amend, (b) to delete and (c) to review (i) green belt designation, (ii) area of outstanding...

  • Home Department

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the supply of drugs from Afghanistan to the UK.

    • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been made with Tamworth residents since October 2003.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley and (c) Surrey in each year since their creation.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Devon and Cornwall since 1 January 2004; and if he will make statement.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Bolton metropolitan borough council, (b) Bury metropolitan borough council, (c)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward proposals to hear asylum applications offshore; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to speed up the asylum process.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to police officers on differentiating between varieties of cannabis with a high tetrahydrocannobinal content and...

      Children (Penal Custody)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been received into penal custody on remand in each year since 1990, broken down by age.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide financial assistance to large rural parish councils that receive no regular police patrols to employ community support...

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for each category of offence there were in (a) England and (b) Essex in the last year for which figures are available.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of males in Leeds aged 40 or younger had a criminal record in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which age group in Leeds had the highest rate of offending in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition (Policing Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost of policing the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition in September is; and from which budget the...

      Departmental Refurbishment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on refurbishment costs for the first floor of Litherland House since his Department commenced its occupation.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recommendations for deportation in respect of convicted criminals have been made by the judiciary in (a) Crown courts and (b)...

      Domestic Abuse (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide financial assistance to establish a shelter for women who have suffered domestic abuse in Shrewsbury.

      Dovegate Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug crimes there were at Dovegate Prison during 2004–05.

      Dovegate Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on (a) staff and (b) prisoners took place at Dovegate Prison during 2004–05; how many instances there were of...

      Drink-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of breath-testing of drivers resulted in withdrawal of driving licences in England and Wales in the last period for which...

      EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of EU accession state countries are registered to work in the UK.

      EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nationals of the EU accession countries have been convicted of crimes in the Greater London area in the last 12 months.

      EU Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of people who have arrived in the UK from each of the new member states of the EU since their accession.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many successful prosecutions there were for fly-tipping in each local authority in England in the last five years; (2) how many...

      Jury Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring into force part seven of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to introduce the procedure for conducting complex criminal...

      Jury Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research the Department has conducted into alternatives to jury trial.

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are serving life sentences in England and Wales.

      Minicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) charged and (b) convicted of illegally operating an unlicensed minicab in each year since 1997.

      Murder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will carry out his planned review of the law relating to murder.

      New Hall Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women at New Hall Prison have been represented by a solicitor at an adjudication hearing in each case; and how many women awarded...

      Persistent and Priority Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition he uses of a persistent and priority offender; and what guidance has been given to local authorities.

      Police Convictions (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there have been of police officers from Essex being convicted of offences, where all the proceedings have been completed, in...

      Police Standards Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation has taken place of the Police Standards Unit since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Police/Crime Statistics (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug rehabilitation places are available in prisons in Wales.

      Police/Crime Statistics (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners whose last place of residence before sentence was in Wales are held in prisons in England.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many defendants in magistrates' courts in Greater London have been remanded (a) in custody and (b) on bail for pre-sentence reports in...

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prison population in England and Wales is, broken down by gender.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the prison population had previously served a period in prison as a convicted prisoner (a) in the latest year for which...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of persons arrested for a trigger offence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have tested positive for drugs in the latest...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnicity the number of children received into (a) prison service custody, (b) secure training centres and (c) local...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women aged (a) under 16, (b) under 17 and (c) under 18 were in prison in London in each year since 1997.

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary rates are for regional offender managers; and whether they have been awarded salary increases in the last financial year.

      Sentencing Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Sentencing Guidelines Council plans to produce guidelines on sentencing of (a) sex offenders and (b) persons found guilty of robbery.

      Teenage Girls (Grooming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle the grooming" of teenage girls on the internet; and if he will make a statement.

      Trafficking in Human Beings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ratify the Warsaw Convention on trafficking in human beings.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made in the investigations for war crimes into the former members of the SS Galician division believed to be resident...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the merits of professional historians assisting the Metropolitan police in war crimes investigations; and if he will make a...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the resources available (a) to the Metropolitan Police to investigate and (b) to the Crown Prosecution Service...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a list of suspected Nazi war criminals believed to be resident in the UK was supplied to the UK by the USSR in 1988; and if he will...

      Weapon Sales (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses have been prosecuted for the illegal sale of (a) knives, (b) replica guns and (c) firearms in (i) Brent East and (ii)...

      Witness Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further measures he plans to bring forward to prevent criminals and terrorists using coercion to obtain access to the identity of...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of stay for sentenced juveniles in each young offender institution was in the last period for which figures are available.

  • Health

    • Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on in-patient waiting times.

    • Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the number of patients waiting over 13 weeks for an out-patient appointment.

      Hospitals (Lichfield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of construction of the new hospital in Lichfield.

      Accident and Emergency Consultants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of accident and emergency consultants in Lancashire.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of residents in the South Leicestershire primary care trust area are registered with an NHS dentist.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the NHS dental patient charges review.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State forHealth what plans she has to establish better working relations between private dentistry and NHS dentistry.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to ensure there is (a) co-ordination and (b) no duplication between the work of Methods Consulting and individual primary...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Polish dentists are practising in England as a result of the Department's central recruitment programme; and how many of those are working in the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure adequate provision of NHS dentistry in the Kettering constituency; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the Clayton Report on NHS dental charges was (a) commissioned and (b) delivered to her Department; and on what date it will be published.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for the future structure of primary care trusts.

      Hospitals (Parking Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure further car parking charges at hospitals are not introduced.

      Stroke Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving stroke care for younger people.

      Venous Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government's response to the second report of the Health Committee, Session 2004–05, on the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in...

      Acute Services (Northampton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve acute services in Northampton.

      British Pregnancy Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has completed its investigation into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service; and if she will make a statement.

      Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many pregnancies were terminated in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005 at fewer than (a) 28 weeks, (b) 24 weeks, (c) 22 weeks...

      Alcohol Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average weekly consumption of alcohol for (a) men and (b) women has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Antiviral Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the delivery of the stockpile of 14.6 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs, over and above the current stockpile of 100,000, for the purposes...

      Driving (Medical Fitness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with her colleagues at the Department of Transport on the criteria for medical fitness to drive.

      Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome of discussions held at the recent Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting of 2–3 June was, with...

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list key services set to transfer from Hemel Hempstead Hospital; and what the new location is in each case.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will (a) set a maximum wait and (b) publish standards for levels of diagnosis and treatment for hepatitis C; and if she will make a statement.

      Hot Weather-Related Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) accident and emergency department attendances and (b) hospital admissions in England with a hot-weather related primary diagnosis, including...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the UK influenza pandemic contingency plan will be updated to reflect the review of phases of pandemic influenza undertaken by the World Health...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to monitor the development by NHS organisations of multi-agency contingency plans for an outbreak of pandemic influenza.

      Leukaemia (High Voltage Lines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government have commissioned research into a possible correlation between children living within 200 metres of high voltage lines at birth and...

      Monsanto's Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the health effects of Monsanto's toxin MON863.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of whether there is a link between pesticide use and the risk of contracting Parkinson's Disease.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills on the setting of higher nutritional standards for school meals.

      Second-hand Smoke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to deal with the effect of second-hand smoke in the workplace.

      Soya Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to introduce milk tokens for soya milk.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what targets have been set for (a) assessment and (b) treatment for breast cancer in Northern Ireland.

    • British-Irish Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the outcome of the seventh British-Irish summit held on the Isle of Man on 20 May.

      Cardiac Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients from Northern Ireland had cardiac surgery performed outside the Province in each of the last five years.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, broken down by area of...

      Costello Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 116W, whether each pro-forma letter received by his Department in relation to the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the costs to date for Northern Ireland Government departments resulting from individuals seeking information under...

      Fuel poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the population in Northern Ireland is categorised as fuel poor.

      Fuel poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

      Hospital Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the new consultant contract.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive properties in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland are vacant; how many of those are awaiting...

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland on accommodating those on the waiting list for housing in...

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of those on the waiting list for housing in each Housing Executive district in Northern Ireland are being accommodated in hostels,...

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are on the waiting list for housing in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland; and how many of those have been on...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the most recent figures are for average waiting times for MRI scans in Northern Ireland.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the (a) waiting times and (b) number of patients waiting for an MRI scan at the (i) Ulster hospital,...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dentists were taking new NHS patients in Northern Ireland at the end of 2004.

      NHS Information Technology Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who was instructed by the Eastern Health Board to produce a business case regarding implementing new information technology systems; when this...

      NHS Information Technology Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to improve information technology within the NHS in the Province.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by each health trust in the Province on temporary and locum staff in each of the last five years, broken down by profession.

      Porphyria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is provided to sufferers of porphyria in the Province.

      School Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance is issued to teachers by his Department as to whether and when it is justifiable for a member of teaching staff to raise their...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what target is set by his Department in relation to the weekly allocation of time for sport in schools in Northern Ireland; and what percentage...

      Specialist Elective Surgery Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on developing specialist elective surgery units in the Province.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take stepsto make all Acts of Parliament published before 1988 for which his Department is responsible available on-line.

    • Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the budget for 2004–05 for public-facing activities has been spent to date, broken down by activity; and what...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at what level the budget for public-facing activity for 2005–06 has been set, broken down by activity, and what sums have...

      Departmental Union Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many trade union learning representatives there are in his Department.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many EU directives have been issued (a) in each month since 2000 and (b) in each year since 1975.

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which provisions of the Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe can be made (a) without that Treaty being ratified and (b)...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those decisions of the European Court of Justice where the court have found an item of European Community...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparatory work has been carried out in relation to the European External Action Service.

      Falkland Islands (Fish Stocks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to help maintain fish stocks in the seas surrounding the Falkland Islands.

      Foreign State Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will change the policy which prevents British citizens accepting and wearing foreign state awards; and if he will...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have requested the deployment of armed service personnel on United Kingdom soil to guard (a) the G8 summit and...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the United States Administration on inappropriate treatment of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iraqi Government to urge them to sign up to the Ottawa Convention; and if he will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the state of the environment in Iraq, with particular reference to (a) oil pollution, (b) looted...

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the results achieved by Hezbollah in the recent parliamentary elections in South Lebanon.

      Overseas Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the most recent guidance to UK embassies on overseas bribery.

      Overseas Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many allegations of overseas corruption have been forwarded by UK embassies overseas to London; and how many of these...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race...

      Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Romania; and what assessment he has made of the likely timetable for Romania becoming an EU member.

      Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's position is on the US State Department's citing of (a) Kuwait, (b) Saudi Arabia, (c) the United Arab Emirates and...

  • Defence

    • Absence without Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trained personnel have gone absent withoutleave in each of the services in each of the last five years.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by (a) the UK and (b) other allied countries in support of military and security efforts in Afghanistan since 2002–03.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role is envisaged for NATO in the Darfur region; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government have (a) notified their intentions to the European Council to participate in the permanent structured co-operation in respect of...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on preliminary (a) studies and (b) projects relating to the possible next generation of British nuclear weapons in each of the...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the Territorial Army centres in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Royal Navy has for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles at sea; what the budget level of expenditure on such vehicles over the next 10...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons passengers using transit flights are exempt from air passenger duty; and if he will assess the environmental effects of this exemption.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was raised in air passenger duty in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) incidence of and (b) mortality rate from breast cancer in women under 40 years has been in each year since 1975.

      Council tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the forecast revenue is from council tax in England in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      Emigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 147W, on emigration, how many UK citizens have emigrated from the UK in each year since 1990.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contingency plans his Department has put in place in the event that countries in the euro zone decide to leave the currency.

      Government Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much central Government money was spent in the most recent year for which figures are available per head of population in each of the English regions;...

      House prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the long-run equilibrium, or sustainable, house price to earnings ratio; and if he will make a statement.

      Inheritance Tax/Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised through (a) inheritance tax and (b) stamp duty in Hammersmith and Fulham in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2004.

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many have...

      Partnerships UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of Partnerships UK in developing templates for private finance initiative and public-private partnership...

      Personal Saving

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase levels of personal saving in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Property and Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely effects on tax revenue of the new rules on residential property andpersonal pension plans to be introduced in April 2006.

      Public sector pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net public sector pensions liability is estimated to be over the next 10 years based on the current retirement age.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) reviewed on the effectiveness of research and development (R and D) tax credits in...

      Tax Credits

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

      Small Businesses (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many small businesses were registered for VAT in (a) Brent East and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997; (2) how many new VAT...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has conducted into the impact that higher rates of stamp duty on domestic property have on workforce mobility; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reduce levels of tax paid by low andmiddle income earners; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of taxation applied to property in (a) the UK, (b) continental Europe and (c) USA; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Levels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of taxpayers in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK paid tax at the (i) basic rate and (ii) higher rate in (A) 1992, (B) 1997, (C)...

      Tax System (1997)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the disincentives to work that existed within the tax system in 1997.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of taxation on the state of the economy.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by year group.

      Telephone use

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out the Department's policy on the private use of official telephones and how it is monitored.

      Trade Union Learning Representatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many trade union learning representatives there are in his Department.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of irrecoverable VAT incurred by (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges in each of the last 10 financial...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) sixth form colleges and (b) further education colleges are registered for VAT purposes.

      Venture Capital Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to promote the venture capital sector in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Young People (Yorkshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire were not working, studying or in training in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004.

  • Education and Skills

    • ADHD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the new behaviour task force will take in dealing with pupils suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

    • Adult Education Budget/Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget allocation for adult education was in each year between 1997 and 2004.

      Adult Education Budget/Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will safeguard central funding for adult education for 2005 to 2009.

      Adult Illiteracy/Innumeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of adult (a) illiteracy and (b) innumeracy in England was in each year between 1994 and 2004.

      Afro-Caribbean Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps the Government have taken to improve the performance of Afro-Caribbean boys at schools; (2) what assessment she has made...

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects individual module marks of A-level students to be made available to universities.

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations her Department has received on making individual module marks of A-level students available to universities.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to remove the age limit on modern apprenticeships.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many projects in wave one of Building Schools for the Future used the exemplar building design.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has produced to deal with (a) bullying of early years pupils and (b) bullying issues that arise in the infant...

      Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government have spent on bursaries in each of the last five years.

      Child Safeguarding Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many names of teachers who have been complained against are held by the Department's Child Safeguarding Unit; and in how many such...

      Classroom Supervisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of supply teachers' time are estimated will be replaced by classroom supervisors under the proposals in the technical note...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been set aside for high-quality tuition in (a) the arts, (b) music, (c) sport and (d) foreign languages for the next...

      EU Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of EU students who have been resident in the UK for more than three years and will be eligible for...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges have reported that they expect to be in financial deficit in this financial year; and if she will make a...

      GCSE Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has issued on the provision of GCSE Music in secondary schools.

      Key Stage Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the actions her Department will take to ensure that children who have not achieved the expected standards of...

      Key Stage Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has produced on the range of subjects beyond the core requirements of the national curriculum offered in...

      Leadership Group on Behaviour and Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether she expects the report of the Leadership Group on Behaviour and Discipline to be published; and if she will make a statement;...

      Learning Edge Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her Answer of 6 July 2004, Official Report, column 340W, on the Leading Edge Schools Programme, what discussions her Department...

      Mobile Phones (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policies are being developed to stop the bullying with mobile phones known as 'happy slapping' in schools.

      Mobile Phones (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will consult mobile phone companies on the development of new technologies to block the use of mobile phones in schools.

      New School Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how she proposes to encourage the creation and retention of small schools and state boarding schools.

      New School Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure new school provision in areas where school standards are low.

      Otley College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason Otley College decided to close the IT training centre at Colchester.

      Out-of-Hours Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the proportion of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools that support out-of-hours learning.

      Out-of-school Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places have been available in out-of-school units in each year since 1995; and what plans she has to increase the number.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to increase (a) flexibility of provision and (b) choice and diversity in 16–19 education.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase diversity in 16–19 provision of education outside sixth form colleges, school sixth forms and further...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance will be produced for stakeholders in 16–19 provision of education on increasing choice and diversity.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list prospective stakeholders in 16–19 provision with which her Department has held initial discussions.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will allocate a portion of the funding for rebuilding of secondary schools to further education colleges for delivery of vocational...

      School Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation would be necessary to allow more flexibility in the structure of governing bodies of schools.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on proposals for training for school catering staff.

      School Support Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she plans to require support staff working in schools to register with the General Teaching Council.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government assistance is available to provide school transport for pupils unable to travel to schools to which they have been allocated...

      Schools (Cheshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Cheshire attended by children from Wales in 2005, indicating the number of...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of sixth form provision provided by Palmers College, Thurrock; and if she will make a statement.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to ensure that sixth form colleges in areas of high social need with above average drop-out rates receive...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what directions she has given to the Learning and Skills Council on funding new school sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school sixth forms have been established since the Department launched its Five Year Strategy.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to (a) schools and (b) local education authorities on the establishment of school sixth forms.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she has discussed the establishment of school sixth forms with (a) the Learning and Skills Councils and (b) local education authorities.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have expressed an interest in establishing a school sixth form.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what procedures a school is required to follow to set up a new sixth form.

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation would be necessary to enable new school sixth forms to be set up.

      Skills Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance the Department provides in Tamworth to promote a well-trained and skilled workforce.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her written statement of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 43WS, on student finance, what the (a) arrangements and (b)...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department have made of the effect of the new student funding regime on access to part-time undergraduates courses for...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 43WS, on student finance, what the definition is of...

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students of (a) Chinese, (b) Arabic, (c) chemistry, (d) physics and (e) mathematics there were in higher education institutions in...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she proposes to take to encourage more people to enter teacher training and to increase the number of options for the training...

      Temporary Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many temporary classrooms are in use in each local education authority.

  • House of Lords

    • Middle East: Water Supplies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they accord assistance with water supplies in the West Bank, Gaza and Iraq; and what is their assessment of the significance of water in terms of the...

    • Police Driver: Speed Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken against Chief Superintendent Owen of the Metropolitan Police whose driver drove at 82 miles per hour on a section of London North...

      Replica Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to consult on the feasibility and effectiveness of various measures to ban the sale and carrying of any replica firearm other than one which no...

      Local Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering a further review of local government.

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) whether McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out any work for the Department for Constitutional Affairs; (b) how many projects the firm has...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grades are the individuals concerned in the allegations of staff bullying and harassment at Waterways Ireland.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why an open competition for the post of director of marketing and communications at Waterways Ireland was not held when such a competition was held for the post of...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the director of marketing and communications at Waterways Ireland was promoted on appointment; whether such promotion was subject to open competition; and...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they were aware of the position held by the director of marketing and communications before his appointment to Waterways Ireland.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they propose to take concerning the chief executive of Waterways Ireland, following the recent investigation into staff bullying and harassment.

      Northern Ireland: Funding for Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure has requested its agencies to list funding for unionist and nationalist festivals; and, if...

      Northern Ireland: Autism Spectrum Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What strategic planning the Northern Ireland Department of Health has undertaken in relation to behaviour support services for children with autism spectrum...

      Northern Ireland: Private Hire Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what form the public consultation on the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland Taxi Studies Group section P29 concerning the possible removal of...

      Northern Ireland: Integrated Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 March (WA 51–52), how many pupils applying for places in integrated schools in Northern Ireland for...

      Northern Ireland: Newtownards Police Shifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the Police district command unit (DCU) based in Newtownards, for each of the Saturday nights which occurred during the month of May: (a) at what...

      Northern Ireland: Fly Posting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions have been sought in respect of fly posting in East Belfast; and how many of those prosecutions have been successful in each year since 2000.

      Schools: Open Source Software

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken in response to the report from the British Educational Communications and Technology Directorate which has concluded that primary...

      Government Departments: Open Source Software

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of desktop computers and workstations in each government department: (a) exclusively use open source software; (b) use some open source software;...

      Government Departments: IT Outsourcing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What incentive companies, to which information technology (IT) support has been outsourced by government departments, have to re-engineer existing IT systems to...

      NHS Estates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans for the future of NHS Estates; and over what timescales such plans will take effect.

      Licensing Act 2003: Licence Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure proper and due consideration of licence applications under the Licensing Act 2003, given the extremely low rate of applications and the...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 26 May (WA 25) on the Crossrail Bill: (a) what other "additional measures" are being taken in...

      Crossrail: High-level Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations are represented on the Crossrail high-level forum.

      Crossrail: Business Case

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 25 May (WA 9), how the conclusions of the July 2004 Montague report into the fundability of Crossrail...

      Sport: Anti-doping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether being a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency code requires funding to be withdrawn from domestic sports in the United Kingdom where the relevant...

      Sport England: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of Sport England lottery funding has been allocated to local authorities in each year since 1995.

      Sport England: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether comparative analysis has been undertaken of the performance of management contracts for local authority sports facilities, comparing management by...

      M6 Toll Road

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How often Midland Expressway, the operator of the M6 toll road, is permitted to raise prices; by what percentage on each occasion; and for how long the operating...

      Equality Bill: Girls Participation in School Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention that the Equality Bill will have a similar impact upon school sport for girls as did the introduction of Title IX of the Federal...

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