Written answers

Wednesday, 15 June 2005

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the outcome of his recent meetings with the political parties in Northern Ireland.

    • Ira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the current level of IRA activities.

      Security (North Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the security situation in north Belfast; and if he will make a statement.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with plans to reform the structure of education in Northern Ireland.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the stockpiling of antiviral drugs in the Province to protect against an outbreak of influenza.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress in the investigations into the Northern Bank robbery in Belfast in 2004.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he will take to ensure adequate consultation with (a) the public and (b) interested organisations in relation to the Department of...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the minutes of meetings of the Working Party on guidance on abortion in Northern Ireland.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what workshops the Working Party drawing up guidance on abortion in Northern Ireland has held; and if he will publish the reports of such meetings.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Working Party on the development of guidance on abortion in Northern Ireland to report to the Department.

      Belfast City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the review of the planning agreement affecting Belfast City airport.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated by his Department to help unpaid carers in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      Contracted-out Employees (Terms and Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Government's commitment to ensure that workers employed by the private sector doing work previously done in the public sector do not...

      Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the (a) funding and (b) provision of drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Northern Ireland.

      Environmental Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to create an independent environmental protection agency in Northern Ireland.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on measures to tackle fuel poverty.

      Health Policy (Strangford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Strangford constituency, the effects on Strangford of health...

      Literacy Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to initiate a review of literacy teaching in primary schools in Northern Ireland.

      Multiple Sclerosis (Beta Interferon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multiple sclerosis sufferers are receiving Beta Interferon in each health board; how many were waiting for the drug in each board in...

      NHS Employment (Foreign Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals have applied for employment within the national health service in Northern Ireland over the last three years, broken...

      Pension Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will amend the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee regulations to allow partners of deceased pensioners...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many retrospective planning applications were (a) approved and (b) rejected in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years.

      Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give a date for the publication of the draft retail planning policy document for Northern Ireland.

      Hoax Calls (Emergency Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many telephone calls to the emergency services in Northern Ireland in each of the past 12 months were discovered to be prank calls; what...

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to attract more speech therapists to the NHS in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was made available by his Department for suicide awareness campaigns and support groups for those affected by suicide in the...

      University of Ulster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with senior management of the University of Ulster regarding the report of Sir Michael Buckley.

      University of Ulster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department has been informed of the findings of Sir Michael Buckley's inquiry into senior management practice at the University of...

      Waste Dumping (Asbestos)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps he has taken to eradicate cross-border illegal dumping of waste, with particular reference to asbestos.

  • Prime Minister

    • Belarus

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the President of Belarus on increasing democracy and accountability; and if he will make a statement.

    • G8 summit

      To ask the Prime Minister what the outcome was of his recent meeting with President Bush regarding the G8 summit.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reason responsibility for local elections has been transferred from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list thepowers available to him under the Royal Prerogative.

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to make it a requirement for Parliament to be consulted on the use of his power under the Royal Prerogative to take the country to...

      Social Behaviour

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will establish a Royal Commission to develop a long-term strategy on improving and promoting social behaviour and reducing antisocial behaviour.

  • Treasury

    • Business Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to maximise collection of taxes and revenues from businesses.

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the rate of take-up to date of the Child Trust Fund; what plans he has to increase take-up; and what estimates he has made of...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil service posts have been transferred from London to deprived areas of the South East in the past 12 months; how many posts are under...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many council tax valuations the Valuation Office Agency have made in England in each year since 1997.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the number of appeals against council tax valuations in England for each year since 1997.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the council tax band of the residences of (a) the Prime Minister and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Downing street.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency will have powers to enter residential premises when inspecting them during the forthcoming council tax revaluation...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency will take into account the (a) number of bathrooms, (b) number of bedrooms, (c) floor area, (d) age of the property, (e)...

      Flat Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies his Department has conducted or commissioned about a 'flat tax' for (a) personal taxesand (b) business taxes; and if he will make a statement.

      Game Rearing Farms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many game rearing farms are registered as valued for non-domestic rates with the Valuation Office Agency in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Hard-working families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his definition is of a hard-working family.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals paid a combined deduction rate on their income in excess of 40 per cent. for the latest five years for which data is available; and if...

      Insurance Availability (Criminals)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the insurance industry on the availability of insurance products for individuals who have a criminal record.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down post-tax national income by (a) decile and (b) quintile for each year since 1997.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in the UK qualify for a National Insurance number; and on what basis they qualify.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the rate of national insurance contributions.

      Offshore Facilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequerwhat his policy is on UK publicly-funded companies moving services offshore to avoid tax or national insurance payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Private/Public Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which circumstances would (a) qualify private finance initiative to be considered for and (b) exclude it from being considered for public borrowing...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 May 2005, Official Report, column 201W, on stamp duty, what the forecast revenues from stamp duty on (a) residential properties...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average stamp duty paid for a residential property purchase in (a) each Government Office region, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount raised in stamp duty on (a) residential property and (b) commercial property in (i) each Government Office region, (ii) Wales, (iii)...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to the HM Revenue and Customs prosecution policy against fraudulent tax credit claims.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the administrative cost of dealing with all aspects of tax credit overpayments made since April 2003.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 293W, on Inland Revenue, for what reasons information on the number of complaints on tax...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ask the Comptroller and Auditor General to carry out a review of the tax credit office in Preston and to make recommendations for improvement.

      Tax Investigations (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Northern Ireland have been subject to two or more tax investigations in the past five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of gross income was paid by (a) all households, (b) the bottom quintile group and (c) the top quintile group in (i) direct taxation, (ii)...

      Taxpayer Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) starting rate, (b) basic rate and (c) higher rate taxpayers there have been in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

      Tobin Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Finance Ministers of other Governments about the viability of a Tobin tax.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide the resources necessary to avoid the introduction of variable tuition fees in Wales to the Welsh Assembly Government.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make representations in the European Union for reduced VAT for contraceptives.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make representations in the European Union for reduced VAT for energy efficient buildings.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make representations in the European Union for reduced VAT for places of worship.

  • Leader of the House

    • Consultation

      To ask the Leader of the House what stepshe will take to increase consultation with Parliament.

    • Standing Orders

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make it Government policy to support a change in the operation of Standing Order No. 13 in order to extend the ability of hon. Members to make...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Security Incident Trial

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost was of the trial of the individuals who broke into the House of Commons Chamber in September 2004.

    • Violence (Sport)

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether future guidelines issued by the Crown Prosecution Service to police forces in relation to violence carried out on the sporting field will extend to Northern...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Live8

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she had with (a) local residents, (b) amenity societies and (c) other interested parties in advance of consent...

    • London Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources from public funds she is making available to run the office of the 2012 Olympic Bid Committee.

      London Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the aggregate public expenditure to date has been on the London 2012 Olympic bid.

      Lottery-funded Projects (Nottingham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projects funded by the Lottery in Nottingham, North in the 2005–06 financial year.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons transitional relief for the 2005 business rates revaluation in England is not subsidised by central Government.

    • Capital Spending (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total capital spending allocation was for housing between 1997 and 2004; and if he will break down the payments by scheme; (2) what payments have...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total council tax take was for 2004–05; andhow much council tax was raised from second homes.

      Deputy Prime Minister (Properties)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the addresses of the properties provided by theGovernment for the use of the Deputy Prime Minister.

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the number of people eligible for the Disabled Facilities Grant who are deterred from applying because of the means testing...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many attacks there have been on fire officers in each of the last five years, broken down by brigade; how many people have been successfully prosecuted for...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many chemical or fuel spills or leaks or suspected chemical or fuel spills or leaks were attended by the Fire Service in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many incidents were attended by the Fire Service which required standby or precautionary action in a potentially hazardous situation in each of the last 10...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) fire engines, (b) firefighters and (c) fire stations there were in London in each of the last five years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many persons are (a) registered homeless with and (b) on the housing waiting lists of (i) Maidstone district council, (ii) Milton Keynes council and (iii)...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were registered as homeless in each London borough; and what the figures were per 1,000 population in the last year for which figures are available.

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the Local Government Pension Scheme is invested in UK equities.

      Planning Applications (Covenants)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if the Government will introduce legislation ensuring that planning authorities are bound by covenants on land for which a planning application has been...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people have participated in a shared ownership scheme in each year since 1990.

      Toyota Prius

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he was offered the free use of a Toyota Prius motor car; and what his response was.

      Wardens

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish figures for the central Government funding of neighbourhood warden schemes in each year since their commencement.

      Wardens

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government has to provide central funding for (a) community wardens and (b) neighbourhood wardens after March 2006.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Faith Awareness Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in theDepartment received faith awareness training in 2004.

    • Faith Awareness Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent consultations havebeen carried out by his Department with representatives of faith communities; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Businesses (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have ceased trading in (a) Brent, East and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

    • Businesses (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average income was of a small business in (a) Brent East and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the likely level of use that will be made of the new community interest companies in the management of voluntary...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for the Export Arms Sales Unit; and if he will make a statement.

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff were employed in the Export Arms Sales Unit at the end of March in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how many are planned for (i) 2005...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the tradesunions over the future of the Export Arms Sales Unit.

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Government have received from other governments regarding his Department's consideration of private sector...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff were employed by the Export Control Organisation in each of the last five years.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will publish in full the findings of the Financial Reporting Council into the finances of MG-Rover; and when the Council is...

      THORP Plant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what period of time elapsed between instruments at the Thorp plant indicating that a leak of radioactive material was occurring and the...

      Unsolicited Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government have taken to ensure that owners of mobile phones do not receive unsolicited calls from firms selling goods.

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will introduce a levy on all UK outbound flights to pay for protection arrangements for air travellers; (2) if he will make it his policy...

    • Aircraft Insurance Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the European Commission about the effect of regulations on the levels of insurance premiums relating to vintage...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average mileage of a car was in the UK for each year since 1985.

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars have ceased to be licensed in each year since 1985.

      Motorway Fencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he uses to determine whether a particular stretch of motorway should have fencing installed alongside the carriageway; how many miles of...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the policy of the Government is on the transport of crude oil in single hull tankers in the area of the Solent.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the numbers of pedicabs and rickshaws operating on a commercial basis.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the numbers of passengers using pedicabs and rickshaws in a year.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what tests he has commissioned to assess the structural safety of pedicabs and rickshaws; when those tests were undertaken; and what the results were.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce minimum standards of structural safety for pedicabs and rickshaws.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what standards relating to vehicle construction and maintenance apply to (a) pedicabs and rickshaws plying for hire and (b) licensed taxis.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training is required of riders of pedicabs and rickshaws plying for hire.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what injuries have occurred to passengers in pedicabs and rickshaws in the last 12 months.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what insurance must be obtained by the riders or owners of pedicabs and rickshaws plying for hire.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in the last 12 months about the activities of riders and operators of pedicabs and rickshaws.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with Transport for London about the activities of riders and operators of pedicabs and rickshaws in...

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will convene a meeting of representatives of Transport for London, the police, affected local authorities and other relevant parties to discuss...

      Rail Passengers Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which newspapers advertisements were placed for recruitment of members of the Rail Passengers Council.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personal injury accidents there have been on the roads in each Government Office Region in each year since 1990; how many involved serious...

      Road Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the annual movement of freight by road, in billion tonne kilometres, for each year from 1997 to date.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed safety cameras there have been in Tamworth in each year since 1997.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras were installed in each Government Office Region in each year since 1990.

      Traffic Volume

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24 hour traffic volume has been in each month since January at the (a) Norton Canes to A34 Great Wyrley, (b) Shenstone to Chasetown...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what standards for animal welfare will apply to agri-environmental schemes under the England Rural Development Programme from...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she intends to use the UK's presidency of the European Union to improve animal welfare standards in the broiler industry.

      Badger Culling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to receive the results of the validation of the survey in the badger culling trial areas.

      Cormorants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences to kill cormorants have been issued in each Government Office region under her Department's revised policy...

      Departmental Union Representatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many trade union learning representatives there are in her Department.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response she will make to the main findings of the cost-benefit study of foot and mouth disease control strategies, with...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many convictions have been secured by the Environment Agency's for fly-tipping of hazardous waste since 16 July 2004.

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much hazardous waste was produced in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004; (2) how many producers...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the life cycle assessment on disposable and reusable nappies recently published by the...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policies she has to reduce the number of disposable nappies going to landfill.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce a ban on the keeping of primates as pets.

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in her Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of her Department comply with the requirements...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much plastic per person was recycled in (a) Brent, East and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Rubbish Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost of collecting rubbish was, per household, in each English region in each year since 1997.

      Rubbish Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) public tip and (b) large scale rubbish facilities there were on the last date for which figures are available;...

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans her Department has to reclassify motor sport under the 28-day rule of the Single Farm Payment scheme; (2)...

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the regulatory restrictions governing the carrying out of motor sports on agricultural land are imposed under EU...

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons sugar beet is treated differently from potatoes in relation to authorised entitlements on land under the...

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received concerning the impact of the eligibility rules for Single Farm Payment on off-road...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of trees (a) had full crowns, (b) had slight defoliation, (c) had moderate defoliation, (d) had severe...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition (a) her Department, (b) the European Commission and (c) the European Environment Agency uses for (i)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency will publish its final report on the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill by...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much public money was spent on municipal waste management in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2002–03; and how many tonnes...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total volume of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) other waste was in each region in each year since...

  • Work and Pensions

    • EU Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what EU legislation was implemented by (a) the Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulation 2000, (b) the Occupational Pension Schemes (Minimum...

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much housing benefit has been paid in each local housing allowance pilot area in each month in the last two years; and how many housing...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many different information technology systems are being used to process housing benefit in the local housing allowance pilot areas; and if...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances under pension credit legislation, pensioners will receive an award of £1.20 for each extra pound of qualifying...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans the Government have to increase the state pension.

  • Defence

    • Acts of Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to make all Acts of Parliament published before 1988 for which his Department is responsible available online.

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of agency staff used to augment UK military units on operations in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03, (d)...

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects his Department's requirement for fully trained pilots of Apache helicopters will be met.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State forDefence whether he plans (a) to marinise the fleet ofApache helicopters against salt corrosion and (b) toallow the aircraft to operate from Royal Navy vessels.

      Armed Forces (Recruitment Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new entrants there have been to each of the armed forces in each quarter since 2002.

      Astute Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service date is for the first of the Astute submarines.

      Departmental IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's IT projects in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) amount spent and (b) purpose; and whether each project has over-run.

      Departmental Union Representation

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

      Fairford Air Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the Royal Air Force to use Fairford air base jointly with the US Air Force after the runway is refurbished at RAF Brize Norton.

      Far East Detainees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of requests for compensation from Far East detainees previously disqualified.

      Iraq

      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 action in Iraq since 2002–03.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many additional troops the UK intends to send to (a) Najaf and (b) Qadisiyah in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects British troops to complete thepresent mission in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      MARS Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current estimate for the (a) in-service date and (b) cost of Royal Navy tankers under the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme is;...

      Ministerial Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to write to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford concerning question 191401, of 18 November 2004, Official Report, column 1835W, on...

      Regimental Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 24W, on army boots, whether the figures given for jungle boots and desert boots are (a)...

      Religious Texts (Iraq/Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued to UK forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan on appropriate treatment of religious texts and other materials; and whether he...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned out-of-service date is for the Royal Navy's repair ship, RFA Diligence; and what his plans for replacing the ship are.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service date is for (a) HMS Superb and (b) HMS Trafalgar.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which helicopter will operate from the four batch Type-22 frigates from 2008.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the out-of-service date for each of the remaining Type-42 destroyers.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the in-service date for each of the eight Type-45 destroyers.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the Territorial Army has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Tracked Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to phase out the S series of tracked vehicles.

      UK Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) others on the security of gas supplies to the UK which...

      UK Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he made of requirements to protect UK access to pipelines and gas supplies in his decision to decommission the three Type-23...

  • Home Department

    • Amnesty Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey's constituent, Cesar Augusto Giraldo Gil and his daughter Francesca Zofia Wasik...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were granted (a) indefinite leave to remain and (b) exceptional leave to remain in each of the last eight years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to meet the French Government to discuss the setting up in France of offices where applicants for asylum in the UK could...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mr. Mohammed Kader Babakh, dated 24...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters to his predecessor from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mrs. Guy-Blackburn,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mr. Mollan Orlando Bell, dated...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will answer the letter to him dated 22 April from the right hon. Member forManchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Nisar Ahmed;...

      Crime (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to meet police officers from Norfolk to discuss matters of local concern.

      Crime Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage change in recorded crime statistics resulting from the changes made by the National Crime...

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many undocumented passengers arrived at Waterloo on the Eurostar in each of the last six months for which figures are available.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) under what circumstances United States armed forces may be deployed against protesters at (a) the G8 Summit and (b) Prestwick airport;...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the likely impact of identity cards on (a) immigration control, (b) illegal working, (c) misuse of public...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he expects the cost to be for replacement of lost identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the pilot studies carried out for the identity cards scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the technology that will be used for identity cards; and if he will...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the likely impact of identity cards on civil liberties; and what response he has made.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he expects further primary legislation to be required to extend the use of the information stored on the National Identity Register in the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will have access to data stored in connection with identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the proposed identity card will be for (a) pensioners, (b) the unemployed, (c) low earners, (d) lone parents and (e) students.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum criminal penalty is which will apply to individuals who fail to comply with Clause 6(6) of the Identity Cards Bill.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the requirements for the National Identity Register to be finalised.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to audit the accuracy and efficiency of (a) biometric readings and (b) the National Identity Register.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has conducted on systems to link identity card readers to the National Identity Register.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what types of machinery and equipment are used by immigration officials to detect illegal immigrants at the (a) Hull, (b) Dover, (c)...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected at the (a) Hull, (b) Dover, (c) Portsmouth and (d) Southampton ports of entry in the last six...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been fined under the offence of using a hand held mobile phone while driving; how many people have contested the fines;...

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent per capita from central Government funds on policing in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire, (b) Humberside and (c) England...

      Probation Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports were prepared by probation officers for people convicted of any offence in each year since 2000 in (a) Essex and (b)...

      Public Service Agreement Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department has made on each of its public service agreement targets as set down in spending reviews since 1997.

      Violent Crime (Pembrokeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes have been recorded in Pembrokeshire in each year since 1997.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Justice Facilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool.

    • Contact Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many contact orders were (a) granted and (b) refused under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 in each year since the...

      Drugs Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to set up designated drugs courts in the Greater London area; and if she will make a statement.

      Electoral Administration/Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Government have to amend electoral law in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales in the forthcoming...

      Electoral Administration/Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what procedures are in place for the Department to audit the accuracy of electoral rolls.

      Electoral Administration/Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the (a) number and (b) nature of election counts held in each year since 1999.

      Faith Awareness Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many civil servants in the Department received faith awareness training in 2004.

      Fixed-term Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will commission research into the experience in Commonwealth countries of fixed-term judicial appointments and its...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been referred to the Central Clearing House; and what...

      Local Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Government have to hold (a) all-postal and (b) e-voting pilot schemes in local elections.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the 2006 local elections will be conducted by all-postal ballots.

      Magistrates (Warrington)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in appointing more magistrates from the most deprived wards in Warrington borough.

      Members of Parliament (Judicial Positions)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether hon. Members will continue to be eligible to sit as recorders of the Crown court.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Government have made of the cost to local authorities of the implementation of (a) postal voting on demand...

      Private Finance Projects

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the private finance initiative and public-private partnership projects her Department is undertaking; and what...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in her Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race...

      Remote Electronic Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what costs the Government have incurred in connection with remote electronic voting in each year since its introduction; and if...

      Remote Electronic Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what Implementing Electronic Government targets the Government have set local authorities to promote the implementation and...

      Televised Court Hearings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Department plans to televise court hearings.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Acquis Communautaire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's estimate is of the size of the acquis communautaire; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by the UK on supporting measures to eradicate heroin poppy cultivation in Afghanistan; and what change...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the UK position on lifting the EU embargo on arms sales to China on (a) the UK...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Colombian Government on the recent arrest of the Colombian Agricultural Trade Union...

      Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply in full to the letter from the hon. Member for Totnes of 6 April 2005 regarding Kit Marshall of Thurlestone...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long the lease of Diego Garcia to the US runs; and what arrangements he expects will be put in place for Diego Garcia...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether British citizens Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, who died at Balibo, East...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has met the relatives of Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters to inquire into the security of the United...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the security of the police files of East Timor's Serious Crimes Unit; and if he will...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what correspondence he has had with Indonesia's (a) Foreign Minister and (b) ambassador regarding the case of Malcolm Rennie and...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British police regarding their involvement in the case of British citizens Malcolm Rennie...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in persuading the Indonesian authorities to bring to trial in Indonesia or to extradite to East...

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in persuading Indonesian authorities to investigate crimes committed by the Indonesian Army's...

      Electoral Reform (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the Tanzanian Government in relation to ensuring peaceful, fair and...

      Electoral Reform (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the Government in Cote D'Ivoire in relation to (a) respecting its...

      Electoral Reform (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning (a) the constitutional reform...

      Electoral Reform (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda concerning (a) the proposed constitutional reforms dealing with...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work is being done by (a) his Department and (b) the EU Commission on proposals for (i) an EU Diplomatic Service, (ii) an...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the EU Directive on Services.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is regarding (a) the country of origin principle and (b) the freedom of establishment principle within the EU...

      Europe Directorate Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the Europe Directorate's budget for developing a longer-term communications strategy for financial year...

      Honorary Consul (Antananarivo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he intends to maintain the position of honorary consul in Antananarivo; and if he will make a statement.

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to hold discussions with the Lebanese authorities following the recent elections there.

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of his Department comply with the requirements of...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are being taken to help Russia secure its (a) nuclear material and (b) facilities against terrorism.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received a report from the UK high commission in Sierra Leone relating to the work of that country's...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission as soon as it is...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the UK plans to make to (a) witness protection and (b) an effective investigation team in the recently...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the decision to pursue a case against alleged perpetrators of genocide,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the UK is taking to deal with the situation in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the leaders of the Arab League to take steps to assist in resolving the situation in Darfur.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the outcome of the recent London debate on the constitutional amendment in Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the steps taken by the Government of Uganda to deal with institutional corruption in that country.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United States Administration regarding the human rights record of the Government of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many individuals were refused visas to visit the UK from (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Jamaica in the last...

      Weapons Testing (Syria/Iran)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the Syrian missile tests on 27 May and (b) the Iranian announcement on 31 May that it had...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UK's relations with Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of South Africa concerning the sale of Alouette helicopter spares to Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made in response to the Zimbabwean police force's expressed intention to use force...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made in relation to the Zimbabwean Government's slum clearance campaign.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new academies are proposed to be built; and what stage discussions with sponsors and local education authorities have reached to date.

    • Access Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many access agreements have been completed between the Office of Fair Access and higher education institutions in England; and if she...

      Access Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the deadline is for the conclusion of access agreements between the Office for Fair Access and those higher education institutions in...

      Action Zones (Pupil Achievement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, columns 468–69W, on action zones (pupil achievement), what assessment she has...

      Adult Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the change in the number of (a) adult education classes and (b) adult education places as a result of the...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Behaviour Improvement Programme on (a) behaviour, (b) bullying, (c) antisocial...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to raise the proportion of child care workers who are male.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities of the implementation of the Childcare Bill's new duties for local authorities.

      Children's Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the allocation from the Children's Fund was in each of the last four financial years (a) in total and (b) for each recipient authority.

      Departmental Union Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trade union learning representatives there are in her Department.

      Family Resolutions Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimates her Department had made of the number of likely participants prior to the setting up of the Family Resolutions Project;...

      Forecasts (16 to 18-year-olds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected (a) number and (b) percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds participating in (i) education, (ii) training and (iii) employment in...

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage an increased number of foster carers; and how much her Department has spent on recruitment campaigns...

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on Government plans to tighten safeguards protecting the welfare of privately fostered children.

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to provide privately fostered children with greater access to their social workers.

      Grammar Schools (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in each (a) grammar school and (b) upper school in Buckinghamshire achieved each (i) GCSE and (ii) A-level grade in each...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representatives she will send to the Higher Education Funding Council Conference on rates of participation in higher education on 15...

      Key Stage Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the research commissioned by Professor David Jesson of York University on the achievement at Key Stage 4 of...

      Learning Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the difference is between learning by heart multiplication facts, as required by the Framework for Teaching Mathematics: Reception to...

      Personalised Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on progress on introducing personalised learning for secondary school pupils; (2) when she expects all...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many prisoners are registered on prison education programmes.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the (a) target for and (b) number of offenders acquiring (i) Basic Skills Level 1, (ii) Basic Skills Level 2, (iii) Basic Skills...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what target has been set by Offenders' Learning and Skills in relation to the number of prisoners undertaking Open University degrees by...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have been excluded from each school in the Easington constituency in each year since 2000.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school age children were permanently excluded for bringing knives or other offensive weapons into schools in each year between...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of staff in her Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations...

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of her Department comply with the requirements of the Race...

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost is of projects under waves 1 to 3 of the Building Schools for the Future programme for the special schools sector.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average spending per meal per pupil for school meals was in (a) England and (b) Hartlepool in the last period for which figures are...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answers of 13 June 2005, ref. 3581, what proportion of the £220 million funding grant to transform school meals is...

      School Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she will take to make parents partners in raising school standards.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what longitudinal research her Department has collated on the life time experiences of students who attended specialist schools for moderate...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the special schools in England, broken down by (a) geographical area and (b) specialisation.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions her Department has had with the Open University about the effect of the new student funding system on part-time...

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the recent change has been in the resources given by the Teacher Training Agency to the Return to Teaching scheme; and what the...

      Tennis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to encourage schools to develop and promote tennis.

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the likely debt of graduates from higher education institutions in England from (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high income...

      Workforce Agreements (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress towards implementation of the workforce agreement for schools.

  • Health

    • Agency Nursing Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agency nurses were employed by the NHS in (a) Haltemprice and Howden, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (c) England in each of the past five...

    • Agency Nursing Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the national health service spent on hiring agency nursing staff in each of the last 18 months for which figures are available; and if she will...

      Alcohol (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged between 11 and 15 years have been admitted to hospital owing to alcohol-related problems in each year since 1997.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the Health Select Committee to improve the diagnosis and treatment provided by the...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on ensuring that ambulance response times are recorded consistently across all ambulance trusts.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to improve the efficiency of the ambulance service.

      Antipsychotic Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in each of the last five years for (a) atypical, (b) traditional and (c) all antipsychotic medication in each (i)...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of asthma have been recorded in each month since 1997.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the training provided for those training to be (a) a midwife and (b) a health visitor in respect of...

      Cervical Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of smear tests in England resulted in women being recalled as a result of inadequate smears in each year since 2001; and if she will make...

      Chronic Fatigue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the research project undertaken by North Bristol NHS trust on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Chronic Fatigue; and if she will make...

      Chronic Fatigue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned on the (a) physical causes and (b) treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; and how much has...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the prevalence of clostridium difficile bacterium at Stoke Mandeville Hospital; and whether she has instigated an inquiry...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many registered NHS dentists there are in Hertford and Stortford constituency; (2) how many additional NHS dentists she expects to become...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish for consultation the Department's review of dental patient charges.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the NHS IT system for NHS dentistry; and whether dentists will (a) have access to the NHS Net and (b) have...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS dentists have been employed in North Shropshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the allocated capital funding for years (a) one and (b) two has been spent on digital cameras and related software for the screening of people...

      Diagnostic and Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what checks are made to ensure that private diagnostic and treatment centres are complying with her Department's requirement that none of their...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time is for patients to be fitted with a digital hearing aid at the Royal Surrey County Hospital; (2) what representations...

      Direct Payments (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will simplify the paperwork relating to the qualification for and management of direct payments for people with long-term disabilities.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance her Department has provided to (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts on the eligibility criteria for IVF...

      Flexi-menus (Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to establish pilots for flexi-menus in NHS hospitals, as described by the Minister of State, Lord Warner, in The Daily Telegraph on 16...

      Foreign Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign nurses were employed in the NHS in Staffordshire (a) in 1997, (b) in 2001 and (c) on the latest date for which figures are available; and...

      General Practitioners (North Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS general practitioners have been employed in North Shropshire constituency in each of the last five years.

      Genetic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to reduce the time taken to undertake genetic testing.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish the results of the two-year review of genito-urinary medicine services undertaken by the Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual...

      GP Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) single-handed and (b) two or more partner general practitioner practices there were in Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary Care Trust...

      GP Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of routine appointment waiting times at general practitioner surgeries in Hornsey and Wood Green; and if she will make a...

      Heart Hospital, London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about the recent closure of the Heart hospital, London.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to collate centrally information on the numbers of prisoners receiving treatment for hepatitis C.

      Hepatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to establish regional centres of excellence for hepatology.

      Hospital Cleanliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding the use of ward sisters in the pursuit of cleanliness on hospital wards; and from whom those...

      Hospitals (Learning Disabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what hospital facilities were available (a) in the last financial year and (b) in each of the previous five years to meet the needs of people with...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned on the health effects of energy-from-waste incinerators.

      Lifestyle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken and what plans she has to encourage people (a) to exercise and (b) to lead healthy lifestyles.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is being undertaken into dry macular degeneration.

      Medical Practice Funding (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical practices in the Shropshire County Primary Care Trust area are awaiting funding for relocation.

      Mental Capacity Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to make available to Parliament the guidelines for the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which are to be sent to all hospitals.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she will give to commissioning authorities on the continued use and funding of licensed cancer drugs affected by the delay in their appraisal...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list for each primary care trust its expenditure in the last financial year on out-of-area treatment for (a) people with a learning disability...

      NHS Management Salaries (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many managers working in Hertfordshire NHS trusts receive pay in excess of £100,000 per annum; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the impact of staff availability on NHS capacity; and if she will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the Health Select Committee regarding (a) assisting people who suffer with...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin concerning the process by which overseas doctors...

      Pennine Acute NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the recent vote of no confidence received by the Pennine Acute NHS trust board.

      Primary Care (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been committed to improving access to primary care in Hornsey and Wood Green since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the number of radiographers that will be employed in the NHS in each year until 2010.

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence she has received from the British Society for Rheumatology relating to the prevalence of postcode prescribing in the treatment of (a)...

      Self-harming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were treated for self-harming in 2004.

      Trent Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency beds there were in the area administered by Trent Strategic Health Authority in the most recent...

      Smoking-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the total number of deaths from smoking-related illnesses in people who are not smokers for the most recent period for which...

  • House of Lords

    • Palace of Westminster: Security Passes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the interests of security, they have instructed Ministers to wear their security passes while in the Palace of Westminster.

    • Northern Ireland: District Policing Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent they are satisfied with the ways in which district police partnerships are functioning in Northern Ireland; and whether they are considering ways in...

      Northern Ireland: District Policing Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What relationships should exist between a district police partnership, the relevant community safety partnership, the general public of each district, and the...

      Northern Ireland: District Policing Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation methods and criteria they propose to monitor best practice in district police partnership and community safety partnerships; and whether those...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ulster-Scots Agency has sufficient funds to carry out the care and maintenance policy of the cross-border implementation bodies.

      North/South Ministerial Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 8 June (WA 90), what has been the expenditure on travel by the North/South Ministerial Council Joint...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the objectives of reducing regulation on business have been complied with in connection with the provision of information on the costs and benefits of...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the regulatory impact statement produced in connection with the Crossrail Bill, why the hybrid Bill procedure is considered to be a benefit rather...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, before Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons, they will provide the information relied upon to make the assessment that the benefits of the...

      Crossrail Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Crossrail hybrid Bill procedure paper posted on the Department for Transport's website on 2 June: (a) why the Government have submitted a...

      On-street Parking: Use of Income

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For what purposes a local authority can lawfully spend the proceeds of on-street parking.

      Strategic Rail Authority: Transfer of Functions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proposed date for transferring the functions of the Strategic Rail Authority to the Department for Transport.

      Central Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Department for Transport intends to start the process of remapping the Central Trains franchise; and how they will involve the passenger transport...

      A325

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the rationale behind the 30 miles per hour speed limit for 1,900 metres of the A325 south of Bucks Horn Oak; and why it is not explained to motorists by...

      A325

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many motorists have received a fixed penalty notice for speeding on the first 1,900 metres of the A325 south of Bucks Horn Oak since the roadworks were...

      A325

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any serious accidents on the first 1,900 metres of the A325 south of Bucks Horn Oak since the roadworks were substantially completed; and,...

      A325

      asked Her Majesty's Government: According to the principles of advanced driving, how many potential driving hazards there are in the first 1,000 metres of the A325 north of the 30 miles per hour...

      Liquid Natural Gas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the safety of on-shore liquid natural gas terminals together with their associated shipping movements, and the desirability of having such...

      Liquid Natural Gas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What risk assessments comparable to those carried out by the Health and Safety Executive under the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (S.I. 1999/743)...

      Liquid Natural Gas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the recommendations of the Society of International Gas Tanker Operators as best practice for liquid natural gas (LNG) operations in port areas...

      Roadworks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 26 May (WA 29–30). (a) how the approved budgets for the roadworks referred to in that Answer...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals within No. 10 Downing Street are currently on secondment from McKinsey and Company Incorporated; and what position is held by each individual.

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list all those who have served as special advisers in government departments or in the Prime Minister's Office since 1997, giving names and...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which aspect of pensions protection "inflates dramatically the cost of selling pensions to middle-income people", as stated by the Prime Minister in his recent...

      Government Departments: Software Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the expenditure in each of the past three years by each government department on buying, operating and supporting: (a) all commercial software products;...

      Government Departments: Software Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken by the central sponsor for information assurance to ensure that open source software is approved by government as having a recognised...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What importance they attach to the views of Members of the European Parliament, especially Members from the United Kingdom, in assessing how ratification of the...

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances they will now hold a referendum on the draft European Union Constitutional Treaty.

      Columbia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to raise the issue of human rights in Columbia with other member states during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union.

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