Written answers

Monday, 20 June 2005

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from Coventry, South were recruited into the armed forces in the last period for which figures are available.

    • Army Recruitment Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the latest promotional campaign to encourage people to join the Army, separately identifying the cost of (a) DVDs, (b) VHS tapes and...

      Belgrano

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what circumstances have led to the proposed publication of the Government files on the sinking of the Belgrano in 1982.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what value for money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in his Department in 2004–05.

      Computer Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what computer facilities are provided within individual battalions for (a) officers and (b) non-commissioned officers to perform their duties.

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department was not permitted to make an in-house bid for the Defence Training Review.

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all buildings occupied by his Department in the Greater London area are fully accessible by disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government will be contributing to the (a) production of the EU Force Catalogue and (b) subsequent production of the Progress Catalogue.

      EU Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dates of each EU Battlegroup Generation Conference in the last two years were; who attended each conference; what dates are planned for further...

      EU Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK representatives attended the International Military Co-operation conference on 11and 12 October 2004 in Wassenaar; and whether the Government...

      EU Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what commitment the Government made at the EU Military Capability Conference on 22 November 2004 in Brussels; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Defence Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government have given a commitment (a) to support and (b) to join the establishment of a European Gendarmerie Force.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report on the Government's ex gratia payment to former Far East prisoners of war will be made public.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will allow an in-house bid for his Department's work at the base in Gibraltar.

      Interoperability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what areas of British armed forces he expects to comply by 2010 with the Headline 2010 goal of interoperability.

      Interoperability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which areas of UK military equipment he expects to be pooled and shared with other EU member states by 2010.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses serving in Iraq are (i) regular service personnel, (ii) territorial or reserve personnel and (iii) civilian agency...

      Landing Ship Dock Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Swan Hunter has made representations regarding additional funding for the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) programme above the £87 million...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 446W, on Trident, whether the range of options about the future of the UK strategic...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 446W, on Trident, whether the decision on whether to replace Trident will be the subject...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparatory work has begun on a replacement for Trident; what the cost of that work has been; and if he will make a statement.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role QinetiQ plays in (a) testing and (b) evaluating the effectiveness of military training programmes.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential for conflicts of interest where QinetiQ is competing for departmental contracts; and if he will...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to complete the privatisation of QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) British and (b) overseas company acquisitions made by QinetiQ in each year since 1997.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to fit (a) HMS Gloucester and (b) HMS Manchester with the Mark 8 Mod 1 gun.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army medical personnel (a) have been and (b) are deployed in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Type-23 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ship sets of Sonar 2087 have been ordered; to which Type-23s they will be fitted; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned cars were recorded in each local authority in England and Wales in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on limiting the use of fast-growing breeds in the broiler industry.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make representations to the European Commission to implement the recommendations of the Scientific Committee on...

      Aquatic Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has procured to establish the levels of residues from anti-depressant drugs in the (a) livers, (b)...

      Illegal Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will increase the resources available for detecting imports of illegal meat.

      Illegal Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are taken by her Department to detect illegal bush meat imported through British ports and airports; and if she...

      Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities of implementing the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme.

      Municipal Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Government targets for recycling provision local authorities must meet over the next five years; and if she will make a...

      Municipal Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the collection practices of local authorities for recycling purposes arising from the...

      Non-motor Vehicle Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of non-motor vehicle batteries were recycled in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate how many primates (a) are being kept as pets and (b) were imported in each of the last five years in...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) mobile phones and (b) printer cartridges were (i) recycled, (ii) reused overseas and (iii) disposed of within...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to set a commencement date for the provisions in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act concerning the...

      Waste Resources, Treatment and Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the EU investigations into whether the UK is failing to fulfil its obligations under Article...

      Waste Resources, Treatment and Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department will reply to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Report on Waste Policy and the...

      Waste Resources, Treatment and Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total expenditure by the Waste Resources and Action Programme was in 2003–04; and how many tonnes of waste...

  • Transport

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the current level and (b) the future level of noise pollution emanating from the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of speed limits on the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge on managing traffic flow.

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce funding for upgrading of the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to carry out further consultation into the proposed improvement of the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of traffic flows on the single carriageway section of the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public money has been expended in the planning of the A21 improvement schemes.

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and others about effects on (a) the economy and (b) regeneration of the local area of upgrading...

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of road safety on the single carriageway section of the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge during (a) peak and (b)...

      A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of traffic speeds on the single carriageway section of the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge during (a) peak and (b)...

      A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an announcement on his plans for the A27 between Beddingham and Polegate, with particular reference to the Folkington link.

      Air Travel Organisers Licensing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the air travel organisers licensing scheme to non-charter airlines.

      Aircraft Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have to tackle aircraft emissions.

      Airport Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on Government policy for airport expansion in the UK.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money the Government provided for rural bus services in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and what the projected figure is for 2005.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was spent on rural bus services by the Government in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how much is projected to be spent in 2005.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents involving buses there were in each year since 1997.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment the Government have made of the cost to local authorities of the Government's plans to introduce free bus travel for pensioners...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will calculate the grant settlement to cover the costs of the concessionary fare scheme announced in the Budget according to public...

      Container Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce the results of the outstanding applications for major container port developments.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has given to the preferred bidders for the Greater Western franchise on the impact of Crossrail on the bid.

      Elderly Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has carried out into accidents caused by elderly drivers suffering from medical conditions which rendered them unfit to drive.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate what percentage of road accidents in the area corresponding as closely as available to the Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the damage to roads caused by heavy goods vehicles.

      Motorway Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is given to contractors on motorways about the length of carriageway that should be coned off in order to achieve the optimum balance...

      Motorway Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the five miles of one of the carriageways of the M1 motorway in both directions was coned off and closed to traffic on 3 June, when...

      Off-Road Vehicle Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much surplus revenue was raised from the Statutory Off-Road Notification vehicle licensing scheme over and above the costs of administering the...

      Pedicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the Disability Discrimination (Transport Vehicles) Regulations 2006 will apply to pedicabs; and what assessment his Department has made...

      Public Transport (Fatal Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal accidents there were on public transport in England in each year since 1997.

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of his Department comply with the requirements of the Race Relations...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport how many accidents occurred on the A49 between Ludlow and Shrewsbury in the last 12 months.

      Road Fund Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of motorists were issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency with a renewal notice for their (a) road fund licence and (b)...

      Road Fund Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) road fund and (b) statutory off-road notification declarations were issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for each...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects that the (a) London congestion charging scheme and (b) Durham congestion charging scheme would continue if universal road pricing...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras have operated since 6 December 2004, broken down by (a) partnership, (b) class of road and (c) between (i) fixed and (ii)mobile...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, column 617W, on speed cameras, for what reasons some safety camera partnerships were not...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many green and yellow badge licensed taxi drivers there have been in London in each year since 1975.

      Traffic Survey (M1)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a traffic survey was carried out on the M1 near to its intersection with the M25 on 8 June.

      Transport Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how far pensioners who are resident in Chorley will be able to travel free in the North West under the free travel scheme.

      Transport Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) others about transport provision in Kent.

      Under-age Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances those who are not old enough to possess a driving licence may have imposed on them penalty points for driving offences.

      Uninsured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of motorists aged over 70 years who drove uninsured vehicles in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Access to Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will publish the progress report on the action taken by his Department (a) to progress access to water in seven key partner...

    • Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

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

      Afghanistan/Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent by (a) the UK and (b) all other countries in support of humanitarian aid to (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq since...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to reduce trade barriers in Africa.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects a donor conference to be held for Angola; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what value for money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in his Department in...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) projected cost at the time of tender and (b) actual cost at the time of completion was for each IT contract commissioned...

      Union Representation

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

      Faith Awareness Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in the Department received faith awareness training in 2004.

      Faith Communities (Consultations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent consultations have been carried out by his Department with representatives of faith communities; and if he will make a...

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action he is taking to prevent further loss of forest cover in Africa.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has spent on Iraqi reconstruction to date; and how much is planned for the remainder of the 2005–06 financial year.

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of tsunami aid distribution in Sri Lanka; and what steps the Government are taking to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in the Sudan; whether the timetable is being adhered to;...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to complete the arrangements for the UK mortality survey in Darfur; and what his most recent estimate is of the number...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the level of (a) malnutrition and (b) risks to personal health of the displaced people of Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of the number of people dependent on food aid in Darfur; what the figure was in June 2004; and what his...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan concerning Mr. Kofi Annan's complaint that the mainly Sudanese humanitarian...

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to promote economic growth in Tanzania.

      UN Human Poverty Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of the United Nations Development Programme human poverty index as a measure of poverty; and...

  • Treasury

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence of breast cancer per 1,000 women has been in (a) England and (b) Hartlepool in each year since 1990.

    • Carbon Capture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the terms of reference are of his study of the economic viability of carbon capture and storage; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many parents and carers in (a) the London borough of Haringey and (b) Hornsey and Wood Green constituency have been issued with Child Trust Fund...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of uptake by parents and carers in Strangford constituency of the Child Trust Fund has been since its introduction; and if he will make a...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made with the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Gershon Report since his last statement to the House.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the civil servants he pledged to move from London to other parts of the United Kingdom in his last Budget have been relocated; and what the...

      EU Budget Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the contribution per capita of each member state of the European Union is to the total EU budget in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      EU Budget Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value has been of the (a) gross contribution to the European Union budget and (b) net contribution after receiving subsidies and structural funds...

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost, including security costs, will be of staging the G8 Summit.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conditions are attached to his debt write-off proposals for the most heavily indebted poor countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Heavily Indebted Poor Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of conditional debt write-off on heavily indebted poor countries over the past three years.

      Inflation (Council Tax)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the inflation rate has been in each year since the creation of the council tax.

      Knauf UK GmbH

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Knauf UK GmbH in Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency will receive a certificate from the Inland Revenue Stamp Duty Land Tax Centre that its stamp...

      Non-taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in the United Kingdom who are non-taxpayers; and how many people he estimates use form R85 which allows...

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change fiscal rules relating to the cap on public sector debt.

      Race Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of his Department comply with the requirements of the Race Relations...

      Second World War

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the outstanding loan repayments due to the US Administration that arose as a result of the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Deductibility (Overseas Companies)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) commission payments and (b) consultancy fees paid by companies operating overseas are tax deductible under Inland Revenue rules.

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the incidence of testicular cancer per 1,000 men has been in (a) England and (b) Hartlepool in each year since 1990.

      VAT (Religious Buildings)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the 100 per cent. VAT refund on repairs to religious buildings beyond the three years pledged in his last Budget.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the take-up of council tax benefit in Wales.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister in the past two weeks to discuss a revision of the regulations relating to pensioners...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the transfer to child tax credit of the remaining families with children in receipt of income support and...

      Pensions Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long he expects the consultation on the findings of the Pension Commission to last.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for transferring old cases at the Child Support Agency to the new scheme.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Child Support Agency cases that pre-date the new system will be transferred onto the new system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed at the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997–98; what the projected numbers are for each year to...

      Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people are economically inactive.

      Incapacity Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether people with mental health problems will be affected by the planned reform of the incapacity benefit system.

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been received regarding the introduction of Direct Payment for the payment of pensions and benefits.

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) information and (b) training has been given to Post Office staff about the exceptions scheme for people who are unable to use Post...

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps the (a) Benefits Agency and (b) Pensions Agency have taken to publicise the availability of the exceptions scheme for people...

      Benefits/Pensions (Payment Methods)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates were made prior to the introduction of Direct Payment of the proportion of people for whom this method of paying pensions and...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were classified as living in poverty in each year from 1979–80 to 2005–06; what targets have been set for each...

      Disability Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have been registered for disability allowance in East Devon in each of the last five years.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received about the Complaints Panel that investigates complaints about the Health and Safety Executive; how many...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many private tenants are in receipt of housing benefit; and what estimate he has made of the cost of housing benefit for private tenants in...

      In-work Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the pilot of in-work credit to lone parents seeking work in Leeds; and if he will make a statement.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what has been the cost of the return to work credit within the Pathways to Work pilots in each month since its introduction; and what...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK were living in absolute poverty during the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a)...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children in the UK were living in poverty in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; what research he has collated on rates in other...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children living in poverty in the UK are living in a single parent household; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund Pilot (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what conclusions he has drawn from the recent pilot in Wales of a new operating model for the Social Fund.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what conditions the Sure Start maternity grant is paid; how many grants were paid out in each Government office region in each year since...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Concessionary TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency are in receipt of the free television licence for over-75s.

    • Historic Rail Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Department's policy is on seeking UNESCO status for historic rail bridges.

      Libraries (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed on average in each library in London in each of the last five years.

      Libraries (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hours on average public libraries in each local authority in London were open in each of the last five years.

      Licensing (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications were made for licences to sell alcohol in each London borough in each month since June 2004.

      Licensing (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of licences to sell alcohol has been transferred to local authority licences in (a) each London borough and (b) London.

  • Trade and Industry

    • 3G Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money was raised by the Exchequer in auctioning 3G mobile phone mast licences.

    • Carbon Capture Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of installing carbon capture technology in the UK's coal-fired power stations.

      Carbon Capture Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to assess carbon capture technology for the UK's coal-fired power stations.

      Carbon Capture Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee on the underwriting of the cost of carbon capture...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what safeguards have been put in place to protect the interests of his Department when a senior Irisc employee leaves to take up employment...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Minister signed the (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease agreements on mining compensation with the...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 70W, on Coal Health Claims, on what date in 1999 the Minister for Energy and...

      Departmental Name

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the proposal to change the name of his Department cost in terms of (a) signage, (b) stationery and (c) literature.

      Departmental Name

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost was of (a) changing the title of the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department for Productivity, Energy and...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of dispatchable electricity generation constituting the United Kingdom's electrical power portfolio he estimates will be...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the proportion of the projected electrical generation fleet in 2020 that will be (a) gas-fired, (b) coal-fired,...

      Mail Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the reintroduction of mail trains; and on which routes they have been reintroduced.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance is available to companies supplying MG Rover who are not located in the West Midlands; what assessment has been made of claims...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what time on Thursday 7 April the former Secretary of State were informed that MG Rover would be entering administration; in what way he...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the additional costs, in p/kWh, which would be added to the price of electricity generated by nuclear power were...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of electricity generated by nuclear power, in p/kWh, attributable to the costs of decommissioning...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 in relation to the building and extension of nuclear...

      Radioactive Leak (Thorp)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason the leak of radioactive material from the Thorp Plant in August 2004 was not noticed until April 2005; how much radioactive...

      Renewables Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of meeting the renewables obligation per tonne of carbon dioxide saved under the 2010 renewables target.

      Renewables Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions that would be saved by successful attainment of the 2010 renewables...

      Renewables Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's latest estimate is of the reduction in global temperature increase that would be achieved from successful attainment of...

      Renewables Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantity of carbon dioxide he estimates will be saved per mega watt hour of electricity generated from (a) wind and (b) landfill gas for...

      Renewables Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's 2010 target for renewable electricity is; which sources of generation are eligible to constitute that target; and...

      Renewables Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what level of capacity credit is assigned by his Department to non-dispatchable renewables in 2020.

      Royal Mail (Recorded Deliveries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for how long Royal Mail is obliged to keep records of recorded deliveries despatched to residential customers.

  • Cabinet Office

    • London Olympic Bid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what dates the Cabinet Committee on the London Olympic Bid has met in the last two years and who attended each meeting.

  • Education and Skills

    • Building Repair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the sum allocated for the renovation of further education colleges in the last Budget has been spent.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures have been taken to improve facilities for schools to respond to the needs of young carers in the last five years.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are benefiting from the carers special grant.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate she has made of the number of child carers who care for a relative with a mental illness; (2) how many assessments of...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when Ministers from her Department last met representatives from young carers' organisations.

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Connexions Service.

      EU Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) under what circumstances higher education institutions in England would be obliged to award financial support for maintenance purposes...

      Every Child Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which of the agencies her Department funds have the responsibility under Every Child Matters to break the link between social exclusion and...

      Every Child Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of (a) the effectiveness of On Track and (b) its incorporation into the Children's Fund within the...

      Extended School Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what restrictions apply to the bodies from which local education authorities can commission extended school services; and if she will make a...

      GCSEs (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in performance in GCSE examinations in inner London local education authorities...

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in her Department in each year since 1995;...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of literacy levels among 11-year-olds in (a) Manchester, Blackley, (b) Manchester, (c) Greater Manchester and (d)...

      Parenting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial support her Department has provided for parenting programmes in 2005–06; and what parenting programmes her Department...

      Pre/after-school Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the funds allocated for breakfast and after-school clubs will be allocated to Northern Ireland.

      Pre/after-school Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what activities the proposed after-school clubs will offer; (2) how the after school club scheme will be funded; what mechanisms will...

      Pupil Suspensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what powers head teachers have (a) to search and (b) to suspend pupils at (i) state secondary schools and (ii) private schools if they...

      Special Needs Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account local authorities take of social class in assessing applications for special needs educational assistance.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when the Government's audit of special schools began; and when it is expected to conclude; (2) what account will be taken of the...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will impose a moratorium on the closure of special schools until the Government's audit have been completed.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the review of provision of special schools will take evidence from (a) Baroness Warnock and (b) other experts.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Sales (Sudan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is towards the application made by Belarus to the UN Sanctions Committee seeking permission to sell...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the forced deportations of Uzbek asylum seekers by the Kyrgyz Government; and if he will make a...

      Baltic Ferry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the UK signed the 1995 Estonia Agreement preventing exploration of the wreck of the Baltic Ferry, Estonia; and...

      Bio-contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures are being taken by UK embassies and consulates to protect employees against bio-contamination through the post.

      Caribbean Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the (a) Venezuelan and (b) US Government concerning the activities of terrorists in the...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what value for money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in his Department in...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the population displacement caused by violence in south-western Colombia.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 1 February from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding the Diplomatic Bag Service.

      Cote d'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the killing of civilians in the western Co(r)te d'Ivoire town of Due"koue".

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the UN Security Council's recommendation to extend the mandate of peacekeeping forces in Cyprus.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of African Union troops required to secure Darfur; and how many there are at present.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to implement the UN Security Council resolution of 29 March to freeze the assets and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the first indictments to be handed down to the alleged perpetrators identified by the International Criminal...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the estimate made by the UN's Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs of the numbers of people...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he used to decide whether the situation in Darfur constituted genocide.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the two sides involved in the Darfur crisis to clarify which countries should be involved in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects a new Senior Special Envoy to Sudan to be appointed to support the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and Darfur...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the need for a peace-enforcement mandate for the African Union mission in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the benefit to (a) the Government of Sudan and (b) the people of Darfur that will result...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the Government of Sudan to end its suspension of the Khartoum Monitor.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the outbreaks of violence in eastern villages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Diplomats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ambassadors he has appointed since 1March.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Ethiopian Government on recent events in Addis Ababa; and if he will make a statement.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent events in Addis Ababa; and if he will make a statement.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, what discussions his Department held with (a)...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, on what date in February he authorised contacts...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, which senior Hamas official the deputy...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, on what dates his officials had discussions with...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the (a) financial, (b) technical and (c) manpower support offered by the Government to the Iraqi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have received in relation to the killing of Iraqis in the Kasra-wa-Atah district of north...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Israel on attacks by the Israeli Defence Force which have impacted on...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the UK will press the EU to take measures under Article 79 of the EU/Israel Association Agreement to enforce the human rights...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects UK veterans of the campaign in Malaysia between 1957 and 1966 to be able to receive the Pingat Jasa Malaysia...

      Murder Trial (Spain)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Spanish authorities on the date for commencement of the trial of the two Venezuelan...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the UK representatives at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference were; and what assessment he has made of the...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the nuclear weapons capability of North Korea; and if he will make a statement.

      Operation Bracknell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that all costs incurred by Sussex police in respect of Operation Bracknell in relation to the...

      Second World War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which heads of Government have accepted invitations to attend UK commemorative events for the anniversary of the end of the...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 133W, on British detainees (torture allegations), (1) how many...

      UKvisas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisations he hasidentified as competitors to UKvisas; and whether they are required to meet public service agreement...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his reply of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 137W, on Iraq, if he will write to the hon. Member for...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received regarding the country of origin of the Alouette helicopter spare parts sold to Zimbabwe.

  • Home Department

    • Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of barring those members of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs who were part of the group...

    • Airwave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he expects the extension of the Airwave system to the London Underground to be complete.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles have been confiscated as a result of antisocial behaviour in Tamworth since police were given powers to do so.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Preseli Pembrokeshire in each year since 1997.

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of the pilot Automatic Number Plate Recognition system project.

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system is expected to help reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

      Bicycle Bells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department issues to the police on ascertaining whether a bicycle without a bell was sold before the change in the law...

      Bicycle Bells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for not having a bicycle bell of (a) cycle dealers and (b) cyclists.

      British Airport Users

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research has been (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned by his Department into the profiles of users of British airports.

      Charities Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what audits the Charities Commission uses to determine whether charities are acting in accordance with their constitutions.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers are located in Wirral, South constituency.

      Community Support Officers

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

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value of assets seized from criminals by the Asset Recovery Agency under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 broken down by region has...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 26 May.

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes there have been in (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley and (c) Surrey in each year since 1998.

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime detection rates for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries, (e) theft of a...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries, (e) theft of a vehicle and...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 in the areas where it has been used in...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department has issued to the Metropolitan Police Service regarding the implementation of section 30 of the Anti-social...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes where the victim was aged 18 or under were reported in Hammersmith and Fulham constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c)...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving mobile telephones were reported in Hammersmith and Fulham constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004.

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Metropolitan Police Service regarding the areas within the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bicycle thefts were reported in Hammersmith and Fulham constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004.

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many care home staff are awaiting clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau; how many care home staff were awaiting clearance in...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders are in force; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of dispersal orders.

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been issued to Tamworth residents since January 2004.

      Dr. Jerry Vlasak (Animal Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the proposed visit by animal rights activist Dr. Jerry Vlasak to the United Kingdom.

      Drink-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in 2003, broken down by police authority.

      Election Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces in England have dedicated teams responsible for investigating election offences; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from the new member states of the EU had registered to work in the UK on 1 June.

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total value was of fixed penalty notices handed out by the police in the Greater London area in the last 12 months for which figures...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for adopting the European convention on trafficking in human beings; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to control the trafficking of human beings into the UK.

      Hunting Act (Policing Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to date of policing the Hunting Act 2004.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the penalty will be for those unwilling to pay the £1,000 civil penalty for not obtaining an identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what the penalties will be for UK residents who refuse to register for the proposed identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what assessment he has made of the likely effects of identity cards on vulnerable groups in society.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment whether there are plans to include (a) DNA and (b) medical records on the National Identity Register in the second stage of the identity cards...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions for financially disadvantaged individuals will be made to offset the cost of the proposed identification cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consent in the proposed Identity Card Bill will be defined by reference to Directive 95/46/EC.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the access that the police, security services and tax officials will be given to any national register...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were in receipt of section 4 support on (a) 1 January 2004, (b) 1 July 2004, (c) 1 December 2004, (d) 1...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are being held in Prison Service establishments.

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers are in receipt of section 4 support, broken down by (a) nationality, (b) regional location, (c) type of...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his target timetable is for clearing the backlog of decisions on applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain by failed asylum seekers...

      Immigration and Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of measures he has taken to control (a) illegal immigration and (b) unfounded asylum claims.

      Interception of Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made in relation to the interception of communications under (a) the Interception of Communications Act 1985...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities concerning the passage through the Separation Wall of farmers from the Jayyous...

      Licensed Premises (Violent Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises there were in each police area in each year from 1997; and if he...

      Magic Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice provided to him by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in relation to the change...

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were reported to the police as missing from home in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a)...

      National Firearms Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when, and at what cost to public funds the National Firearms Register became operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Offences Against the Person Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, section16 (as amended), for repeated threats to kill in (a)...

      Overseas Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the allegations of overseas corruption held by the National Criminal Intelligence Service come from (a) Africa, (b) Latin...

      Overseas Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations are on the register of allegations of overseas corruption held by theNational Criminal Intelligence Service.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the police about parking and traffic offences committed by the riders of pedicabs or rickshaws.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the police about assaults committed by the riders of pedicabs or rickshaws.

      Pedicabs/Rickshaws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) parking and (b) traffic offences have been committed by the riders of pedicabs and rickshaws in the last 12 months.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are subject to (a) internal investigations and (b) disciplinary proceedings; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the forms completed by the police following (a) the report of a criminal offence and (b) the arrest of a suspect.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines (a) his Department and (b) the Association of Chief Police Officers have issued to police forces on the destruction of (i)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attacks there have been on police officers in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority; how many people have...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure West Mercia police force continues to patrol the parish of Pontesbury, Shropshire.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents involving police service vehicles there were in each year since 1995, broken down by police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had regarding the future of the Bruche police training centre; and what decisions have been made about the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police patrol vehicles, (b) police vans, (c) unmarked police vehicles and (d) other police vehicles are available in each London...

      Prisons (Staff Vacancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff vacancies there were at each (a) prison and (b) young offenders institution on 31 December (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii)2004;...

      Race Relations

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

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tickets issued following infringements caught on speed cameras have been challenged and upheld in each year since their introduction...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was raised in fines from speed cameras in the Humberside area in each of the past three years.

      Under-age Sales Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses were prosecuted for selling (a) alcohol, (b) glue products and (c) fireworks to people under age in (i) Brent East and...

      Vehicle Recovery Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were recovered by police forces in each of the last 10 years; and at what cost; and if he will make a statement.

      Victim Support National Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the paper approved by the National Council of Victim Support in March on an external review of the role, scope...

      Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will publish the research carried out by London Metropolitan University into section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government will implement the UNHCR's recommendation for states to suspend all removals to Zimbabwe.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow much has been given in grants to support abortion clinics outside the NHS in each of the last five years.

    • Acts of Parliament (Internet Access)

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

      Alcohol Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on (a) alcohol awareness programmes and (b) alcohol-related treatment in the last period for which figures are available.

      Allergy Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Health Select Committee in November 2004 that 40 new allergy specialists should be...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children in Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust have been recorded as suffering from asthma in each year...

      Breast Cancer (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to introduce a target to measure the period between GP referral and first outpatient appointment for women suffering from breast cancer...

      CAT/MRI Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals are operating (a) NHS-owned and (b) privately-owned (i) CAT scanners and (ii) MRI scanners on NHS premises.

      Childhood Leukaemia (Power Lines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to fund research projects into whether electromagnetic fields are a cause of childhood leukaemia; (2) what advice she is giving...

      Childhood Leukaemia (Power Lines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is taking following the findings of the Draper report on the relationship between childhood leukaemia and proximity to high voltage power...

      Childhood Leukaemia (Power Lines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research her Department has carried out into (a) the causes of childhood leukaemia and (b) whether there is a link with electromagnetic fields;...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what value for money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in her Department in 2004–05.

      Consultant Cardiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount consultant cardiologists were working in the NHS in each year since 1997; if she will estimate the...

      Contraceptive Pill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for the contraceptive pill were made in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Secretary of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes on the Food Standards Agency will reply to the letter (a) from the hon. Member...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time dentists there were in 1997; and how many there were in the last period for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered dentists are practising in Sussex; and what the number was in 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government will support the establishment of a new dental school at Southampton University.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the statement by the Under-Secretary of State for Health on 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 114WH, on NHS dentistry, whether all...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the number of trainee dentists in dental schools planning to undertake only NHS work when qualified.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Government funding has been allocated to research into the causes of diabetes in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Finance (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to each of the health trusts serving Oxfordshire for 2005–06; and what the amount was in each of the previous five...

      Health Finance (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports she has received of financial difficulties facing health trusts in Oxfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for digital hearing aids is in (a) Devon and (b) England.

      Heart Disease (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been treated for heart disease; how many have been screened for signs of heartdefects; and how many children have died...

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on changes to services at Hemel Hempstead hospital.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will update the Action Plan on hepatitis C.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people infected with hepatitis C; and how many people are currently receiving treatment for it.

      Hertfordshire Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list Hertfordshire hospitals which had ward closures in each year since May 1997, broken down by medical specialty.

      London Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response her Department has made to the London Ambulance Service Patients Forum's letter of 11 May concerning the proliferation of mimic emergency...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in spending on mental health services has been in cash terms and as a percentage of overall NHS spending in each of the last five years.

      Mixed Sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals are operating mixed sex wards.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, columns 531–32W, on mobile telephones, if she will commission research into the effect of...

      Mumps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of mumps among children have been reported in the last 12 months.

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for (a) babies and (b) infants was in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by NHS Direct at 31 December (a) 2004, (b) 2003, (c) 2002 and (d) 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation has taken place of the performance of NHS Direct; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the (a) Thames Valley strategic health authority, (b) Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (c) Wycombe Primary Care Trust, (d) Buckinghamshire...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat recent representations she has received on establishing more exemptions from prescription charges for patients with long-term conditions.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnership projects her Department is undertaking; and what the status of each is.

      Sudden Cardiac Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sudden cardiac death were reported in Gloucestershire in the last year for which figures are available; and how many were people aged...

      Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority.

      Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the budget of the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority in each year since its inception; and what its budget is for 2005–06.

      Tourist Health (Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received regarding payment to NHS and primary care trusts in Cornwall for treating tourists from other parts of the UK...

      Trust Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical and (b) non-clinical NHS staff have been employed in Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust in each year since 1997.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Advice to Cabinet

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions since 1997 law officers' advice had been presented to the Cabinet orally, prior to the Attorney-General's oral presentation to the Cabinet of...

    • Camp Breadbasket

      To ask the Solicitor-General what action the Government have taken as a result of the witness statements from Camp Breadbasket victims sent to the Attorney-General earlier this year.

      Domestic Violence Homicide Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on prosecutions of domestic violence homicide cases.

      Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the advice set out in paragraphs 34 and 35 of the Attorney's advice on the legality of war in Iraq on 17 March 2003 remains the policy of the Law Officers.

      NHS Staff (Attacks)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will assess the merits of issuing guidance similar to that issued in Scotland by the Lord Advocate on decisions to prosecute those who attack health service...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what value-for-money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in her Department...

    • Community Justice Centre (Liverpool)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of defendants attending the Community Justice Centre in North Liverpool have (a) re-offended and (b) complied...

      Community Justice Centre (Liverpool)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of crime figures in the area covered by the Community Justice Centre in North Liverpool over the...

      Community Justice Centre (Liverpool)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many defendants have attended the Community Justice Centre in North Liverpool.

      Community Justice Centre (Liverpool)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of Community Justice Centres following the North Liverpool pilot.

      Coronors Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions the procedure provided for under Section 17A of the Coroners Act 1988 has been implemented since 1...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many personnel are employed by the Department to explain the operation of the criminal justice system to the public.

      Crown Court Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many trials in the Crown court lasted for a duration of nine months or more in each of the last 10 years.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what concerns the European Commission has formally expressed in relation to the definition of personal data as defined in...

      Faith Communities (Consultations)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent consultations have been carried out by her Department with representatives of faith communities; and if she will...

      General Election Register (Woking)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the marked register for the 2005 General Election for the Woking constituency has been lost.

      Inquests (Belfast Coroner)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average time between death and inquest in the jurisdiction of the Belfast Coroner was in each of the last three years;...

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in her Department in each...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Legal Services Commission are taking to ensure that black and minority ethnic firms are treated fairly in the...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make it her policy (a) to collect data on the socio-economic class of magistrates and (b) to track and publish...

      Mental Capacity Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timescale is for public consultation on the details of the role of independent mental capacity advocates.

      Mental Capacity Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what plans she has for public awareness campaigns to raise awareness of the codes of practice of the Mental Capacity Act...

      Mental Capacity Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms her Department will introduce to monitor compliance with the Codes of Practice laid out in the Mental Capacity...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what proportion of applications to admit previous sexual history in rape trials was successful during (a) 2003 and (b)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes have been (a) started and (b) completed in the last five years in the London borough of Haringey council area; and if he will make a...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's definitions are of the terms (a) affordable housing and (b) key worker.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps are being taken to ensure an adequate long-term supply of low-cost housing for those with housing needs in Coventry, South.

      Agricultural Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the development of his policy on the sub-division of agricultural land into small plots for sale since his Department's letter of...

      Agricultural Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to local planning authorities on the application of temporary stop notice powers, as provided under the Planning and Compulsory...

      Barker Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on implementation of the Barker report; (2) what recommendations of the Barker review the Government have (a) already...

      Business Rate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the business rates set by each local authority area in England for 2004–05.

      Buy to Let

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of buy-to-let on the cost and availability of private rented accommodation in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of (a) the number of families with children and (b) the number of children in (i) temporary accommodation, (ii) non-decent accommodation...

      Contingency Plans

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which regions have conducted training exercises to assess contingency plans, as proposed by the Civil Resilience Directorate; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much was raised from fines for non-payment of council tax in each year since 1997; (2) how many fines were levied for non-payment of council tax in each...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how transitional relief for the 2007 council tax revaluation in England will be funded.

      Departmental Press Office

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent staff have been employed by his Department's Press Office in each year since its creation; and if he will list the responsibilities...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) area of sites designated as derelict land in 2004, broken down by region.

      Education Finance (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by each London borough on education per 1,000 population in each of the last five years.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many malicious false alarms were (a) registered and (b) attended by each fire authority in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fires were attended by the Fire and Rescue Service where there was (a) no fire alarm and (b) a non-functioning fire alarm in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 36W, on vehicle fires, if he will break down figures for the number of malicious vehicle fires by...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if the Government will introduce legislation to provide additional protection from harassment and attack to firefighters responding to emergency calls.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hectares of designated green belt land there were in each local authority area, in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made of the number of park and ride sites proposed for development on green belt land since the revision of planning policy...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate the Government have made of the cost to local authorities of implementing the new regulations on high hedges; and if he will make a statement;...

      Home Condition Reports

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made in ensuring an adequate supply of trained inspectors to meet the requirement of the Housing Act 2004 for home condition reports.

      Homebuy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum average earnings are for eligibility for social homebuy.

      Homebuy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the proportion of housing associations expected to offer social homebuy to their social tenants.

      Homebuy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the social homebuy scheme will allow social tenants to purchase 100 per cent. of their equity; and if he will make a statement.

      Homebuy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the sites designated for social homebuy.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) households and (b) children living in overcrowded housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in overcrowded accommodation, broken down by (a) region and (b) property tenure; and what the figures...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he (a) has published and (b) plans to publish to assist local authorities in the discharge of their new licensing functions under the provisions of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses his Department has planned should be built in (a) Essex and (b) London borough of Havering.

      Land Stabilisation Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future funding of the Land Stabilisation Programme administered by English Partnerships; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Leisure Facilities (Brent)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Audit Commission has made of leisure facilities in Brent.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities, including the time of officers, of hosting, preparing for and following up inspections and reviews by...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 406W, how many representations he has received from local councils advocating (a) local government...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list the organisations for which his Department is responsible which (a) inspect, (b) review, (c) train and (d) support local authorities; how...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new homes are forecast to be built in Hertfordshire in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008, (e) 2009, (f) 2010 and (g) 2011; and if he will make a...

      Local Government Standards Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints to the Local Government Standards Board against a councillor in each of the last three years were made (a) by a member of the public, (b) by...

      Local Government Standards Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hours of Standards Board officers' time were spent on the case of Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, broken down by grade of officer; and if he will make a...

      Mobile Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to ban mobile advertising hoardings in the countryside.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government expect to conclude their review of planning regulations for mobile phone masts.

      National Spatial Address Infrastructure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will lead the Government agency with responsibility for the National Spatial Address Infrastructure.

      Non-departmental Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each non-departmental public body, executive agency, quango or taskforce which (a) has regional offices or (b) is based around a Government office...

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will publish a regulatory impact assessment for his plans to revoke the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004.

      Planning Appeals/Policy Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government have made to planning guidance relating to park-and-ride sites since May 1997.

      Planning Appeals/Policy Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons planning appeal decisions by the planning inspectorate are not accessible to the public via their website; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning Appeals/Policy Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government have made to planning guidance on (a) the density of residential development, (b) infill development and (c) suburban development,...

      Planning Appeals/Policy Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what plans the Government have to revise Planning Policy Guidance 3; (2) what plans he has to revise planning guidance relating (a) to the green belt, (b)...

      Population Distribution

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he is taking to encourage population growth away from the east and south-east of England; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the address is of the offices of each (a) regional chamber, (b) regional housing board and (c) regional observatory.

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the powers and responsibilities of the regional housing boards.

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the timetable for the Government's plans to merge the regional housing boards with regional planning bodies.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the right to buy for (a) housing association and (b) council house tenants.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many housing association tenants are eligible for (a) the right to buy, (b) the preserved right to buy, (c) the right to acquire and (d) voluntary purchase grants.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish figures for the number of households in (a) council housing and (b) housing associations in England in each year since 1997.

      Solent Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will state how much (a) greenfield and (b) green belt land there is in the Solent Gateway area.

      Spatial Strategy (Water)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms the panel established to conduct the examination in public into the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy will use (a) to calculate the amount of water...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the names of the special advisers currently employed in his Department.

      Telephone Boxes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers his Department has given to local authorities to remove derelict telephone boxes.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the membership is of the working party established to develop guidance on abortion in Northern Ireland; how many times it has met; and...

    • Academically Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) guidance is issued and (b) research has been undertaken by his Department in relation to educating academically gifted children...

      Ards and Down Area Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the status of the Draft Ards and Down Area Plan is following the Judicial Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Ards and Down Area Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the public inquiry into the Draft Ards and Down Area Plan.

      Belfast Regeneration Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland how much has been spent by the Belfast Regeneration Office in each year since its formation.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many women have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland were withdrawn from school in each of the past five years because...

      Cardiac Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in each health board area are currently awaiting cardiac surgery in the Province.

      Cardiac Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cardiac operations were performed in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Cardiac Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cardiac operations are scheduled to be performed in the Province in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Care Home (Resident Numbers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the number of persons in the Province aged over (a) 65, (b) 75 and (c) 85 years of age resident in (i)...

      Children in Need

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects that the Children in Need strategy will be published for public consultation.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the job evaluation process for classroom assistants is expected to be finalised; and if he will make a statement.

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current (a) average and (b) longest waiting time for (i) assessment for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and (ii) commencement of...

      Cold-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths are estimated to have been caused by cold related illnesses in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Constituency Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects hearings arising from responses to the draft recommendations for parliamentary election boundaries in Northern Ireland to take place.

      Crime Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how he defines the clearance of offences for the purposes of determining the success of the Police Service of Northern Ireland crime detection rates.

      Cross-border Rail Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on cross-border rail connections with the Republic of Ireland.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many NHS dentists there were in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and what steps he is taking to increase the numbers of...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a target in Northern Ireland for time from referral of patients to receipt of digital...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many reported incidents of illegal drug use (a) in and (b) outside schools in the Province there were in each of the last 10 years;...

      Education and Library Board Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in funding for education and library board services in Northern Ireland is for 2005–06, taking employment, pension,...

      Election Procedure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of people used each of the four approved forms of identification at the general election in Northern Ireland on 5 May.

      EU Accession Country Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of output-related payments to labour market intermediaries on the delivery of services to...

      Farmers (Loans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people he expects to benefit from his recent announcement of low interest loans for young farmers in Northern Ireland.

      Forensic Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to propose changes to the law to enhance the powers of civilian scenes of crime officers in Northern Ireland to carry out a...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what extra resources are being provided to assist general practitioners in the Province in (a) the appraisal process for and (b) delivering...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many general practitioner surgeries in the Province have been (a) built and (b) modernised since June 1997.

      Hare Coursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications he has received for the netting of hares for hare coursing; and if he will defer any decision on these applications until...

      Health Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many procedures each health trust in the Province has bought (a) within and (b) outside the Province; and what the resultant costs were in...

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding for higher education colleges was made available by his Department in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland...

      Home Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland are taught at home; and what guidance or assistance is offered to...

      Hospital Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether patients in Northern Ireland hospitals have been surveyed in 2005 to establish the level of satisfaction with hospital meals.

      Hydebank Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the chief inspector of Criminal Justice and HM chief inspector of prisons following...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the Government's plan to introduce a national...

      Incapacity/Industrial Injury Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residents in (a) Newtownards, (b) Comber, (c) Dundonald, (d) Carryduff and (e) Killyleagh were in receipt of (i)incapacity benefit and...

      Inter-departmental Group on Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members are of the inter-departmental group on personal care; and how many times the group has met in each year since its formation.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many libraries he expects will be operational in Northern Ireland in 2006.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on the purchase of new books for libraries in each education board area in each of the last five years.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regulation his Department carries out of (a) charging levels and (b) practices relating to the delivery of services in public libraries in...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review the public private partnership arrangement between the Department of Education and Amey plc for the delivery of some...

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to introduce a statutory framework for life sentence tariffs in Northern Ireland.

      Listed Buildings (Portstewart)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland, excluding legal costs, was in connection with the case pursued by the...

      Lock Out Crime Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the lock out crime scheme in tackling crime in the areas in which it has been in...

      Marfan Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision there is in the Province for sufferers of Marfan syndrome.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will implement the recommendations of the Appleby Report on the National Service Framework for Mental Health.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of instituting MRI waiting list initiative schemes throughout Northern Ireland.

      Multi-storey Car Parking (Coleraine)

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland when he expects multi- storey car parking provision to be made available in Coleraine.

      Neighbourhood Renewal (North Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland what progress has been made on the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy in North Belfast.

      Neighbourhood Renewal (North Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on (a) new build housing, (b) urban renewal areas and (c) renovation and repair in the social housing sector in North...

      NHS Overseas Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas staff are employed in the NHS in Northern Ireland.

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of policing parades for which a form 11/1 was (a) completed and (b) not completed in each of the last five years.

      Patient Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of patients experienced waits of longer than (a) two and (b) four hours in each accident and emergency department in the...

      Personal Care (Elderly People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the introduction of free personal care for the elderly in Northern Ireland.

      Phoenix Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to assess the effect on consumers of the proposed acquisition of Phoenix Natural...

      Police Oversight Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the operation of the office of the Police Oversight Commissioner has been in each year since its formation.

      Political Parties (Donations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what requirements there are on Northern Ireland political parties to publish information on donations; and if he will make a statement.

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will answer the letter to him dated 11 April from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to the future of post-primary education in...

      Prison Service Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the implementation of the recommendations arising from the review of the Northern Ireland Prison Service Efficiency...

      Private Finance Initiative Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total value is of private finance initiative projects in the Province granted approval in each year since 1997, broken down by department.

      Pupil Expulsions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were (a) suspended and (b) expelled from schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in the last three...

      Racist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many racist attacks have occurred in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland over the last three years; and what steps have been...

      Rates Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the proposals for domestic rates reform will be revenue-neutral.

      Rates Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for reform of domestic rates.

      Recorded Crime (North Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many crimes have been recorded in (a) North Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; in how many cases there was a...

      Roads and Street Works Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will subject the roads and water services, along with private developers and utility companies, to an independent regulator to ensure full...

      School Crossing Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment his Department has made of whether there will be an effect on child safety of the recent decision of the south eastern education...

      Special Needs Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest time was that a special needs child waited to be statemented within each of the education and library boards in Northern...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much revenue was generated by speed cameras in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths by suicide were recorded in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce a regional strategy for the prevention of suicides in Northern Ireland.

      Surgical Site Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether occurrences of surgical site infections are (a) reported and (b) recorded in the Province.

      Traffic Calming (Strangford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many successful requests for traffic calming measures are awaiting action by the Department of Regional Developments Roads Service section...

      Video Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the use of video identification in place of identity parades in Northern Ireland.

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to identify which households in Northern Ireland are not connected to mains water or sewerage.

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to improve water quality at the Northern Ireland beaches where water quality failed to meet the mandatory European...

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether health and safety procedures at water service installations have been reviewed since the fatal accident at Carnmoney, County Londonderry...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken to penalise health service bodies who remain non-compliant with the European Working Time Directive, as applied in...

  • House of Lords

    • House of Lords: Select Committee on the Constitution

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What consideration has been given to the recommendation of the Select Committee on the Constitution (12th Report, 2003–04, HL150) that the two Houses...

    • G8: 2005 Summit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they will give to generating support for an International Arms Trade Treaty with the aim of alleviating suffering in Africa and other...

      European Court of Human Rights: Mr Ocalan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Mr Abdullah Ocalan; whether they will make representations to...

      National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been their response to the advice from the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre that agencies involved in the critical national...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 7 June (WA 50), how many students on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme failed to return...

      Armed Forces: Internees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mr Alan Ingram, on 26 May 2004 (Official Report, Commons, 1696W), how many prisoners...

      Armed Forces: US Defense Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they foresee adverse consequences for United Kingdom-based defence companies in the Defense Bill now before the United States Congress; and what steps they...

      Gulf War 1990–91

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many inquests remain to be heard in relation to members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces who lost their lives as a result of the 1990–91 Gulf War and...

      Department for Constitutional Affairs: Making a Difference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many copies were printed of the Department for Constitutional Affairs manifesto entitled Making a Difference: Taking Forward our Priorities; at what cost; and...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many appeals under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been referred to the Information Commissioner; how many of these appeals have been determined; and...

      Information Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What target the Information Commissioner has set for the length of time that appeals should take; and to what extent this target is being met.

      Information Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Office of the Information Commissioner is properly staffed and resourced.

      Specialist School Status

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for specialist school status have been (a) received, and (b) rejected in each application round since 1994; and what are the names and...

      Child Trust Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the take-up of child trust fund vouchers to date is satisfactory; and What assumptions they have made about the number of child trust fund vouchers they...

      Schools: Value-added League Tables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their reaction to the recent paper Questioning The Value-Added League Tables: The Politicians' Error Revisited by Professor Stephen Gorard of the...

      Department of Trade and Industry: Change of Name

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs were incurred following the name change to the Department for Trade and Industry; and how these costs are broken down.

      Energy Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their review of energy policy includes local combined heat and power plants, capable of burning wood and waste timber; and how they assess the merits of...

      Electricity Generation: Waste Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much waste heat, expressed in kilowatt hours, was vented to the atmosphere in England from electricity generating plants during 2004; and How much waste heat,...

      NHS Professionals

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

      Simvastatin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the decision by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in 2004 to allow simvastatin to be sold over the counter in pharmacies, what...

      NHS: Renal Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support is available to encourage primary care trusts to establish consortia for the commissioning of renal services; and Following the publication of the...

      Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take in relation to the comment made by the Prime Minister on 26 May at the Institute of Public Policy Research that the Food Supplements...

      Combined Heat and Power Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many combined heat and power schemes currently exist in England.

      Combined Heat and Power Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many combined heat and power schemes currently exist in Wales.

      Combined Heat and Power Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individual dwelling units are currently equipped to receive waste heat or heat from combined heat and power plants in England.

      Combined Heat and Power Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individual dwelling units are currently equipped to receive waste heat or heat from combined heat and power plants in Wales.

      Salmon Fishing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have supported the North Atlantic Salmon Fund's (NASF) buy-out scheme of licences permitting drift netting of salmon in United Kingdom waters; what...

      Salmon Fishing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With what countries and what voluntary bodies they are co-operating to achieve the buy out scheme of salmon drift-netting licences; and how that scheme has progressed.

      Salmon Fishing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the level of cross-border discussion between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic in relation to drift netting for salmon; whether the Irish...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in their consultations on the proposals to require pre-movement testing of cattle for bovine tuberculosis, the possibility was raised that an animal might...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current estimated cost to completion of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link phase 2; how this compares with the estimate at the time it was authorised to...

      A303

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to complete the duelling of the A303 in Wiltshire and Dorset; what discussions have they had on this project and with whom; and what are the...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lord Birt, the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has met an employee or representative of McKinsey and Company Incorporated in his office at No. 10...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lord Birt, the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has met a client of McKinsey and Company Incorporated in his office at No. 10 Downing Street.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 7 April (WA 153), whether the Lord Birt was required to go through Nolan procedures or an open...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Birt, the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has the use of a government residence or has stayed at any government residence since his...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts currently exist between No. 10 Downing Street and McKinsey and Company Incorporated; and, in each case, what is the purpose of the contract and...

      Equality Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention that the Equality Bill should create a new duty for national governing bodies of sport to promote equality of opportunity between men...

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