Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2005

  • Leader of the House

    • Grand Committees

      To ask the Leader of the House how many times the (a) Scottish and (b) Welsh Grand Committees have met outside the Houses of Parliament in each of the last four years.

    • Grand Committees

      To ask the Leader of the House for what reason the Northern Ireland Grand Committee has not met outside Westminster.

  • Prime Minister

    • EU Presidency

      To ask the Prime Minister which areas of reform will be given priority during the UK Presidency of the EU.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the level of looting of Iraqi heritage sites; and if he will raise the issue of the protection of these sites with (a) the Italian Prime...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies or organisations within the responsibility of his Office comply with the requirements of the Race Relations...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cleaning Contract

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the annual value of the contract for cleaning the House has been in each year since the last contract...

    • Cleaning Contract

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what is the average hourly wage paid to cleaners in the House.

      Cleaning Contract

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on discussions between the House authorities and its cleaning contractors...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what Government policy is on prosecutions for domestic violence; and what guidelines have been issued to prosecutors on the subject.

    • Jury Trial (Fraud Cases)

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what basis and for what reasons the responsibility for the use of juries in long and complex trials has been transferred to the Law Officers.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • BMG Consulting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many questionnaires have been issued by BMG Consulting on behalf of his Department; and what the cost has been of this exercise.

    • Brownfield Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's definition is of brownfield land.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes in England were in each council tax band in each year since the introduction of council tax.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in (a) the London borough of Haringey and (b) Hornsey and Wood Green constituency he estimates will be eligible for his Department's extended home...

      Fire Officers (Attacks)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firemen have been hospitalised following assaults whilst on active duty in each of the last five years.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set a maximum level of fees to be levied by local authorities in respect of charges for applications under the high hedges provisions of the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date he expects to implement those parts of the Housing Act 2004 relating to home information packs; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Inspectors (Diploma)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many diploma courses for home inspectors are in operation; and how many people are training on them.

      House Prices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average house price was in each Government office region in (a) 1991, (b) 2003 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Local Authority Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff were employed by each local authority per 1,000 population in the last year for which figures are available.

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the location is of each park and ride scheme in operation in England; and on what date the construction of each was approved by the relevant government...

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance the Government have issued to (a) local authorities and (b) government offices for the regions on park and ride schemes.

      Planning (Polytunnels)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to change planning requirements for polytunnels; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Conveniences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether public conveniences run by local authorities are liable for business rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Conveniences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many public toilets were available in each (a) unitary and (b) district council area on 1 January (i)2000, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004.

      Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which Department is responsible for (a) mayoral referendums and (b) local referendums held under the Local Government Act 2003.

      Social Housing Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what representations he received before the abolition of the Local Authority Social Housing Grant; and from whom; (2) what representations he received, and...

      Surplus Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made with the sale and development of the surplus land on the Southlands hospital site in Shoreham, West Sussex.

      Surplus Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which of those surplus NHS sites transferred to his Department (a) have been sold for development, (b) have secured planning permission for development and (c)...

      Surplus Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of houses to be built on surplus NHS sites transferred to his Department will be affordable homes.

      Sustainable Communities Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Sustainable Communities Plan will amend green belt designation in each of the growth areas.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Transport (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) Kyoto basket emissions are estimated to have come from air transport...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that badgers killed in road accidents in North Yorkshire are tested to see whether they...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to allow (a) land owners and (b) land occupiers to test badger setts humanely to ensure they are...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that areas, with particular reference to North Yorkshire, remain tuberculosis free in...

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact of the small hive beetle on the UK's bee population; and if she will make a statement.

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on the National Bee Unit health programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Climate Change (Insect Population)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the insect population in England; and what the predicted numbers are in the event of a (i) one per...

      Animal Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set up a national surveillance agency to give early warning of suspected animal diseases and to monitor the...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the sites where nuclear waste is kept.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's plan for the long-term storage of nuclear waste.

      Patio Heaters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the (a) carbon dioxide and (b) greenhouse gas emissions created by outdoor patio heaters in (i) the most...

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many primates have been imported for the purpose of (a) laboratory experimentation and (b) sale as pets in each of the...

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to ban the (a) importation and (b) sale of primates for commercial purposes.

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received about the new dispensing regulation proposed by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

  • Home Department

    • Magistracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of cases set down for committal by magistrates in the Greater London area has not been ready for committal on the due date.

    • Public Order Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have occurred under sections (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21 and (e) 23 of the Public Order Act 1986 in each year since...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the new charge for renewal of visas on the number of overseas students attending...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authority-run libraries there have been in each London borough since 1997.

    • Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the outcomes of the first High Level Ministers/Senior Official Group on the implementation of the...

      Memorial to Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had regarding the siting of the memorial to the women of the second world war in Whitehall.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy that the heritage sector will continue to benefit from the National Lottery after 2009.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Culture, Media and Sport (1) what guidelines Ofcom work to when deciding whether to investigate complaints made against television programmes; and if she will...

      Queen Mother Memorial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) other Government Departments, (b) heritage organisations and (c) the London Assembly about the...

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many TV licence inspectors there were in London in each year since 1997.

      Trooping the Colour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Government have allocated for Trooping the Colour in each year since 1996.

      Village Hall Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what evidence she has collated of village hall committees carrying on a business without an appropriate licence.

  • Defence

    • Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the assessment phase of the Future Rapid Effects System undertaken by Atkins will have to comply with the objectives and criteria of the European...

    • Executive Agency Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the forecasted estimated annual running costs were of the (a) Medical Supplies Agency and (b) Warship Supply Agency if it had operated as a...

      Fylingdales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision is made in the contract between his Department and the US authorities for the continuing use of Fylingdales.

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) class and role, (b) date of entry into service, (c) expected date of removal from service, (d) average annual cost of maintenance over the...

      Potton Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the former defence base at Potton Island, near Southend, is used for; whether consideration has been given to its release for a non-military...

      Typhoon Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will re-examine the case for operating Typhoon aircraft from the new aircraft carriers.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for the Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies based in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK have received assistance under the Support for Exhibitions and Seminars...

      Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated number of people per 1,000 population is that (a) own a home computer, (b) have access to the internet via normal telephone...

      Export Control and Non-proliferation Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimated cost savings were cited by ASE Consulting in the report which considered privatising the Export Control and Non-proliferation...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which parties other than the MG Rover management team and his Department were informed that MG Rover had entered administration before the...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any of the conditions applied to the bridging loan offered by the Government to the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation in...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the reasons why the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation decided not to pursue the deal to secure MG Rover.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the length of the repayment period was on the £100 million bridging finance offered by the Government in advance of MG Rover...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the terms of reference for the investigation into the affairs of the MG Rover Group.

      Pay Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will discuss with British Telecom its proposal to remove the last remaining pay phone in the village of Longdon in Worcestershire.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid in costs to Raleys Solicitors since the inception of the vibration white finger and chronic obstructive pulmonary...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases have received (a) interim settlements and (b) full and final settlements under the Vendside and Union of Democratic...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid in costs under the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside scheme for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN on new talks on Cyprus.

    • Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the non-proliferation treaty review conference.

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the support provided by international organisations for the African Union in Darfur.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on the Middle East Roadmap to peace.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress on Israeli disengagement from Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Government policy on the Middle East peace process.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer on 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 136W, on Hamas, on what date (a) officials and (b)...

      Hamas

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Iraqi authorities on the proposed new constitution for Iraq.

      Turkey (EU Accession)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards Turkey's accession to the European Union.

      Turkey (EU Accession)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Netherlands and France voting against the EU Constitution on the prospect for...

      North Korea

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations between the Falkland Islands Government and the Argentinian Government.

      European Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the ratification of the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe.

      European Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on progress on the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe.

      European Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral statement of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 1005, on the EU constitutional treaty, if he will list...

      China (Religious Policy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning raids and arrests in late May by Chinese police in house churches in the Changchun area...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the UK Government plan to monitor implementation of the UN human rights recommendations referred to in the UNCHR Chair's...

      Craig Alden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the family of Craig Alden.

      Craig Alden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Brazil on the case of Craig Alden.

      Craig Alden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Brazilian Ambassador to discuss the case of Craig Alden.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the recent parliamentary elections in Ethiopia were free and fair.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the causes of civil unrest in Addis Ababa following the announcement of the provisional results...

      EU Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many embassies the EU has; and how many new ones are planned.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget is for the first year of the European Defence Agency.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the EU is taking to set up the European Defence Agency.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are planned to be employed by the European Defence Agency.

      European Fundamental Rights Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by the EU to set up a European fundamental rights agency.

      European Strategy Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the European Strategy Committee have met; and whether further meetings are planned.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress on the comprehensive peace agreement in Liberia.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to help relieve ethnic tensions in Nigeria.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Russian Foreign Minister to discuss (a) legal reform and (b) judicial independence in Russia.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further reforms relating to the rule of law in Russia the UK would require to be put in place before agreeing to Russia...

      Rwanda/Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Burundian authorities on the deportation of Rwandan asylum seekers; and if he will make...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Home Office regarding Sudanese refugees facing torture in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that the Janjaweed have operated...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans are being developed (a) to return the displaced people of Darfur to their homes and (b) to provide them with security.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Arab League about the killing of African Muslims in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to establish a no-fly zone over Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which international organisation is funding the airlift of African Union troops into Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent statement made by the World Bank on the future of Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates (a) he and (b) his officials met organisations representing the Ugandan Government; and which organisations were...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Northern Uganda; and what steps he is taking (a) to advance a cease-fire, (b) to...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Uzbek National Parliament on the role of the Parliamentary Commission in...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the involvement of foreign nationals in the recent disorders in Andijan.

  • Transport

    • MOT Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will defer the introduction of computerised MOT testing of vehicles until he has ascertained that the computerised procedure will save time; and...

    • Air Transport (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights there were (a) from and (b) to (i) Gatwick, (ii) Heathrow, (iii) Stansted and (iv) London City airport in each of the last five years.

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of the blue badge scheme, with particular reference to the requirement to (a) display the badge and (b)...

      Civil Servants

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

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures Crossrail is taking to compensate for loss of facility (a) on Westlands playing field and (b) at St. Edward's school due to construction...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest estimate is of the cost of construction of the Crossrail project, including the Romford maintenance depot and related works on the...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely cost of construction of the Crossrail project, including maintenance depot and related works, on the...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the incremental (a) net present value and (b) cost-benefit ratio to Crossrail for (i) Whitechapel station and (ii) the...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment Network Rail has made of Crossrail plans for (a) operations over the great eastern main line and (b) increased services from Stansted...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether provision has been made for extension of the Crossrail system beyond the routes included in the current Bill.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated cost is for the construction of the Crossrail maintenance depot and related works in Romford.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Crossrail trains are expected to travel from (a) Abbey Wood to Heathrow and (b) Shenfield to Heathrow without the need for passenger transfer.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to ensure that green belt land is preserved in relation to the building of Crossrail facilities in Romford.

      Fare Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many successful prosecutions were carried out against passengers for avoiding fares on (a) trains, (b) buses and (c) the tube in London in each...

      Motorway Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which body is responsible for determining the highway speed limits which apply during major long-term road works; at what level of seniority such...

      North-West Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many aircraft used (a) Blackpool, (b) Manchester and (c) Liverpool airport in each of the last three years.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the transport by rail of nuclear waste.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) specialist locomotives and (b) other items of rolling stock are in use to facilitate themaintenance of the railways; and what change there...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to return the national rail network to public ownership.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct the Strategic Rail Authority that increased passenger services between Cardiff and London should be a condition of the new franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the number of passengers standing on train journeys; and what targets have been set on standing in trains.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which franchise he expects to be responsible for the Crewe to Derby rail service following the break-up of Central Trains; (2) which franchise...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate of rail use is in terms of (a) passenger miles and (b) tonnage of freight; and what the levels were for 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public funds have been made available in each of the last three years to maintain the track from (a) London to Reading, (b) Reading to Exeter and...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions for trespass on railways in the UK there were in each of the last five years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of railway track have been replaced in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on rolling stock levels (a) at the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in 1994.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the economic effects of the rail sleeper service on Cornwall.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Night Riviera sleeping service from Paddington to Penzance.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to remove the requirement for the night sleeper rail services to Edinburgh and Glasgow in the next round of tender bids.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government have evaluated the case for a high-speed rail link between South Wales and London.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that the level of on-board catering will be a consideration of the franchise document for the West of England franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will ensure that account is taken of (a) the quality of the rolling stock, (b) the reliability of the engines to be used and (c) the speed...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what consultation he has carried out with business leaders in Devon and Cornwall in assessing whether the night sleeper between London and...

      Road Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on reducing road congestion.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on road pricing.

      Transport Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he will announce details of the operation and size of the Transport Innovation Fund; (2) how much has been allocated in each financial year...

      Transport Policy (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government adviser on transport, Sir Rod Eddington, will consider any transport projects of specific relevance to Wales in his review of...

      Public Transport (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services are operated in Lancashire; how many were operated in each of the last two years; and what services are planned.

      Public Transport (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Lancashire county council about transport needs.

      Viaducts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list rail viaducts in use which have exceeded their original planned end-of-life date.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

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

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many deaths in (a) Greater London and (b) Hornsey and Wood Green alcohol was the primary cause in each of the last five years.

    • Child Benefit (Family Reunion Scheme)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances it is possible for claimants who enter the UK under the family reunion scheme to be entitled to claim child benefit when one parent...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the potential financial effects of delaying investing Child Trust Fund vouchers by (a) a month, (b) six months and (c) a year.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 48W, on the climate change levy, what the yield in each year was from each of the other...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 1 April from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire concerning inheritance tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to assessors by the Valuation Office Agency for valuing residential properties in the council...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what make of computer-assisted mass appraisal the Valuation Office Agency will use during the council tax revaluation in England.

      Household Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) unsecured debt and (b) annual income per person was in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's posts (a) have been relocated and (b) are under consideration for relocationfrom London to the deprived areas of the south east.

      Statistics (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of full-time employees in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency were in April (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.

      Statistics (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners live in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency.

      Statistics (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Hornsey and Wood Green (a) received (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax credit and (b) were estimated to be entitled to each on...

      Statistics (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment were in Hornsey and Wood Green in each of the last eight years.

      Statistics (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are in employment in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency; and how many were in employment in 1997.

      Economic Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from economic forecasting organisations concerning prospects for the UK economy over the next five years.

      Economic Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to adjust his growth forecasts.

      Retail Sector (Interest Rates)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has evaluated on the effects of the level of interest rates on (a) retail sales and (b) the level of employment in the retail sector.

      Ir35

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the cost-effectiveness of IR35.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's most recent estimate is of the cost of the British presence in Iraq in each month since the start of the conflict, broken down by (a)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has discussed with members of the Paris Club the implications for private individuals and small businesses of rescheduling Iraqi debt.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with members of the Paris Club regarding the rescheduling of the Iraqi debt since 21 November 2004.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Paris Club, while discussing the rescheduling of Iraqi debt, considered requiring the immediate payment in full to private individuals and small...

      Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have been recorded in the last 30 years which are attributable to magic mushroom use.

      Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were in NHS hospitals in each year since 1997, broken down by month.

      Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have been recorded connected to the MRSA bug in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last five years, broken down by...

      National Insurance Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many false national insurance records have been found in Coventry South in each year since 2000.

      Planning Gain

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to introduce a planning gain supplement.

      Population (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population of (a) London and (b) Greater London has been in each year since 1975.

      Population (London)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population of (a) London and (b) Greater London has been in each year since 1975.

      Primary Schools (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many primary school-aged children there are expected to be in Portsmouth in each of the next five academic years.

      Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in implementing the Better Regulation Task Force's recommendation of targets for the reduction in the amount of bureaucracy in...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to improve HM Revenue and Customs' internal processes for the repayment of overpaid taxes to (a) individuals and (b) businesses.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to prevent tax avoidance by the rich; and if he will make such steps a priority area for action by his Department.

      Tax Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total amount of overpayments for each tax for which information is available in each year since 1997; how much has since been...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the freeze on (a) the company car levy, (b) corporation tax, (c) insurance premium tax, (d) air passenger tax and (e) capital gains...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons in Northern Ireland were taxed on the basis of incomes of over £1 million a year before allowances (a) in the last year for which...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Government revenue was raised from personal taxation in the Reading, East constituency in the last financial year for which figures are available.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claimants (Part-time Earnings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people declared part-time earnings while claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) income support in each of the lastfive years.

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Pension Service is taking to provide accurate pension forecasts.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the pensions regulator has inherited all the functions and duties previously undertaken by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory...

      Social Security Office (Bournemouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) employees and (b) users of the Social Security Office in Cotlands Road, Bournemouth of its...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, columns 2–3W, on Africa, if he will rank African countries according to...

    • Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government have given to Algeria since 1992.

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much of the Government's aid for victims of the Asian tsunami (a) has been spent and (b) remains held in reserve; (2) how...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in the Narino region of Colombia.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what net percentage of forest cover worldwide has been lost since 1990; and what acreage this represents, broken down by country.

      Ministerial Meetings (EU Trade Commissioner)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the EU Trade Commissioner on (a) UK policy towards the G8 talks, (b) the UN Millennium Development...

      Laptop Computers

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

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received concerning reports that the Nicaraguan Government has been allocating funds received from the IMF...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Audiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to increase the number of audiologists in the Province.

    • Government Circulars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what equality impact assessment was conducted on Circular HSS (Gen) (2) 2005.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to expand community hospital provision in Northern Ireland; and how much funding was provided to each community hospital in...

      Complaints Procedure (NHS/Care Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the complaints procedure is for those in (a) private care homes and (b) NHS facilities in the Province.

      Creagh Youth Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) was paid by Castlereagh borough council for Creagh Youth Centre; and whether the...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of providing a digital hearing aid on the NHS in the Province is, broken down by (a) assessment, (b) fitting, (c) follow-up and...

      Early-years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) three and (ii)four-year-olds in the Province in each of the last five...

      English as an Additional Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will earmark specific funding for the delivery of English as an Additional Language service.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees working for Invest Northern Ireland are in pay bands of (a) £70,000 and over, (b) £50,000 to £70,000, (c)...

      Language, Culture and Heritage Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public sector funding has been allocated to promote (a) Ulster Scots and (b) Irish Gaelic (i)language, (ii) culture and (iii) heritage in...

      Me

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide funding for biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps he has taken to extend NHS Direct to Northern Ireland.

      NHS Staff Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (a) how many incidents of violence were recorded against NHS staff in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available, and (b)...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) males and (b) females in the Province are assessed as (i) obese and (ii) overweight.

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the role Northern Ireland would play should the...

      Olympic Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of how Northern Ireland may benefit should the London bid to host the Olympic games in 2012 be successful.

      Education (Out-of-school Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals he has to support out-of-school provision in Northern Ireland.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much it has cost to operate the Parades Commission in each year since its formation.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the earliest date is by which he expects to be able to end the 50:50 recruitment procedure for entry into the Police Service of Northern...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that people employed by the Police Service in Northern Ireland as cleaning staff have the same terms and...

      Pupil Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children are defined as having behavioural problems in the South East Education and Library Board area; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new road building projects in Northern Ireland are scheduled for the next five years; and what the anticipated cost of the construction is.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much investment in new school building in Northern Ireland there has been in each year since 1997.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were excluded from schools in the Province in each of the last 10 years; and what the reasons were.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the criteria are for determining eligibility for interface funding for schools in North Belfast.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many small businesses given start-up funding by his Department in each of the past five years have since ceased operation.

      South Eastern Education and Library Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many job losses among (a) administration staff, (b) school crossing patrol personnel, (c) classroom assistants, (d) teachers and (e) other...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the primary causes of need of children in the Province with special educational needs are.

      Voluntary and Community Group Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he is taking to place the funding of voluntary and community groups and organisations on a more long-term and sustainable basis.

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action is being taken to reduce waiting times for (a) orthopaedic and (b) orthodontic procedures in Northern Ireland.

      Walk-in Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce walk-in health centres in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Ambulances (CCTV)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance trusts use CCTV inside (a) all and (b) some of their ambulances.

    • Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients under the age of 18 years have been prescribed anti-depressants in each of the last 10 years.

      Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has issued on the prescribing of anti-depressants to (a) children and (b) adolescents.

      Barnet Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on performance against targets for accident and emergency waiting times at Barnet hospital in (a) 2004–05 and (b) the...

      Cancer Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Government have made towards the 2004 public service agreement target to reduce cancer mortality in people under 75 years by at least 20...

      Clinical Trials Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of theeffect that the Clinical Trials Directive has had on the length of time taken for clinical trials to...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been (a) infected with and (b) died from the clostridium difficile bacteria in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent Personal Dental Service conversion rates are, broken down by primary care trust area and expressed as a percentage of the total...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her officials will discuss with the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health its data collection on hepatitis C in Scotland; and if she...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy response she has formulated to the advice of the Chief Medical Officer given in the document Getting Ahead of the Curve published in 2002...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her officials have had with the Scottish Executive concerning differentials in the rate of diagnosis of hepatitis C in Scotland and...

      Hospital Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps cross-infection sisters are taking to control infection.

      Hospital Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines have been issued on the hygiene of interaction between patients, clinical staff and visitors in NHS hospitals; (2) what guidelines...

      Hospital Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether bedside Bibles have been removed in University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust to stem transmission of infections between patients.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults have been recorded on ambulance staff in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the number of violent incidents in ambulance trusts in the NHS in England in each year since 1997, broken down by trust.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on the provision of protective uniforms to ambulance personnel for protection against violent attack.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attacks there have been on ambulance officers and paramedics in each of the last five years, broken down by health authority; how many people...

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions for violence against the staff of NHS trusts have been taken out in each year since 2003; and what targets have been set by her...

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set by her Department on reducing incidents of violence against NHS staff.

      NHS Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total financial cost to NHS trusts of pursuing prosecutions on behalf of staff who have been victims of an alleged assault during their hours of...

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make representations to Shropshire Primary Care Trust to provide essential drugs for rheumatoid arthritis on prescription.

      Scans (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for (a) an MRI scan, (b) an ultrasound scan and (c) a CT scan (i) in London, (ii) at Barnet Chase Farm Hospitals and...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Securing the Vote" Report

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how and when her Department will respond to the recommendations made in the Electoral Commission's report, Securing the Vote".

    • Coroner Service

      To ask the Minister of State Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to reform the coroner service in England and Wales.

      Coroner Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what monitoring of the jurisdiction of the Teesside coroner her Department is carrying out following the reprimand issued in...

      Courts Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on proposed weekend courts; (2) if she will make a statement on the sitting hours of courts.

      Courts Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the capacity of the unified Courts Service to make more effective use of its resources.

      Criminal Defence Services Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the thresholds for criminal legal aid set out in the proposed Criminal Defence Services Bill are different to...

      Criminal Defence Services Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the proposed financial thresholds for means testing in the Criminal Defence Service Bill will be index-linked.

      Criminal Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average salary of a pupil conducting criminal legally aided work has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Criminal Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how she plans to encourage young barristers into criminal practice.

      Criminal Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of law students applied to become criminal barristers in (a) 2005 and (b) each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Criminal Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on the Criminal Defence Service in each of the last 10 years.

      Criminal Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to introduce revised payment rates to meet the costs of the additional case management responsibilities...

      Criminal Practice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how she intends to improve the effective recovery of costs in criminal trials at the Crown court.

      Departmental Objectives/Staffing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to involve hon. Members in delivering the objectives of her Department.

      Departmental Objectives/Staffing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the expected change is in full-time equivalent staff resulting from merging the electoral law divisions in the Department...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her policy is on the minimum legal qualifications necessary for a judicial appointment.

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if she will ensure that an Appeal Court judge who hears a rape appeal undergoes training in serious sexual offences; (2)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to improve the provision of adult education.

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on the (a) future and (b) rigour of A levels.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults are without (a) level 3 and (b) basic skills, broken down by (i) local education authority and (ii) Government office region.

      Binge Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are being taken in schools to promote awareness of the health implications of binge drinking.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is being made available to each local education authority to provide broadband internet access for schools.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how many schools in each local education authority have broadband internet access.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 472W, on bullying, what the (a) membership, (b) funding for 2005–06...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research she has evaluated on the prevalence of bullying; (2) how many complaints about the handling of bullying in schools have...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the progress of the Change for Children Programme; and what assessment she has made of its effectiveness in...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 472W, on bullying and anti-social behaviour, if she will list the (a)...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 472W, on bullying, what cross-departmental initiatives have been put in place...

      Bury Lawn School, Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will commission an inquiry into the relations between parents and school administrators, Global Education Management Systems, at Bury...

      Bury Lawn School, Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the academy project in Milton Keynes following the withdrawal of Global Education Management Systems from...

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether qualified teachers working in schools under the control of local education authorities are entitled to participate in the...

      Citizenship Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has for reform of the citizenship curriculum; (2) what steps her Department has taken to promote volunteering within...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her Answer of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 331W and 13 June (ref 3259), on city academies, what proportion of lessons in...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the decision not to include city academies in the two-tier workforce regulations was taken; and what representations were received (a)...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in each city academy are entitled to free school meals; how many pupils in schools which formed the basis of each new...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy that contracts entered into by city academies should be subject to competitive tendering; and if she will...

      English Grammar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the teaching of grammar in the English curriculum of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.

      English SATs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 193W, regarding the Key Stage 3 English test, (1) if she will place in the...

      EU Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the potential for EU students to avoid deferred fee payments made through the PAYE system once they return...

      Food Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the forthcoming people first skills strategy will provide an opportunity for non-industry public interest groups to make...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students did not achieve five A* to C passes in each year since 1997.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have left secondary school with a language GCSE Grade C or above in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education Institutions

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

      Home-School Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 13 June, Ref 4022, regarding home-school agreements, if she will request from Ofsted the number of schools that...

      London Fringe Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will extend the London fringe allowance for teachers to include Castle Point; and if she will make a statement.

      London Fringe Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has conducted on the impact of ending the teacher salary London fringe allowance at the A130 on teacher...

      London Fringe Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) inner, (b) outer and (c) fringe allowances for teaching salaries in the last year for which figures are available.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines accompany the Framework for Teaching Mathematics: Reception to Year 6 document.

      National Literacy Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on proposed changes to the National Literacy Strategy.

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the requirement for building new schools in England.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether nutrition education was included in the training of school catering managers between 1975 and 1990.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will recommend that the School Food Trust consider the NVQ approach to work-based assessment of nutritional competence at levels 1 to 4.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the timetable is for the review of school nutrition standards.

      Out-of-Hours Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what her estimate is of the proportion of secondary schools that are ensuring that children in years 10 and 11 are set, on average,...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many EU students commenced courses at English universities in each year since 1997, broken down by member state; and how much was paid...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from EU member states applied for entry to English universities in 2004–05; and how many were offered a place,...

      Partnerships for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which companies are part of the Partnerships for Schools advisory body; how many of those companies are also advising local authorities on...

      Performance Related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of teachers in England have not qualified for the performance related pay scheme since its establishment.

      Postgraduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many postgraduates gained (a) Master of Arts level, (b) Master of Science level, (c) Master of Business Administration level and (d)...

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the F40 group pupil entitlement model of funding; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupil Numbers (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children attended schools in Gloucestershire local education authority area in 2004–05, broken down by local authority area;...

      Pupil Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average spending per (a) primary and (b) secondary pupil in each local education authority in England is in 2005–06.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list decisions by the schools adjudicator in respect of published admission numbers where the recommendation of the local...

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital funding is available to schools for 2006–07; and how much of that funding is accounted for by (a) devolved capital...

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has produced for building special schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of building (a) a special school and (b) a mainstream school under the Building Schools for the...

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the sum allocated for school repairs in the last Budget has been spent.

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on repairs to school buildings in Gloucestershire in each year since 1997.

      School Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to allow successful schools to expand their present capacity.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 477W, on school meals, how many schools provide (a) vegetables and (b) fruit...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the impact of existing catering contracts on plans to improve school meals services.

      School Places (Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacant (a) primary and (b) secondary school places there are in each local education authority in Berkshire.

      School Places (Berkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school exclusions there have been in each local education authority in Berkshire in each year since 1997.

      Schools (Special Measures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students were entitled to free school meals in each of the schools placed in special measures in the last 10 years.

      Secondary Pupils (Educational Achievement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the study conducted by Professor David Jesson of York university into the secondary school educational...

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what sex education information her Department has distributed to secondary school pupils; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will seek legislative changes to remove the presumption in favour of inclusion for children with special educational needs; and if...

      Synthetic Phonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answers of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 229W, regarding the independent review of the role of synthetic phonics,...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid to agencies for teacher recruitment by each local education authority in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to tackle teenage pregnancies.

      Trinity Roman Catholic Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects building for the new Trinity Roman Catholic Primary school in Liverpool, Riverside to begin.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are being taken to reduce truancy in schools.

      Voice Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received on providing (a) new and (b) existing teachers with voice training.

      Voice Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of voice training on the ability of teachers to control...

      Youth Services Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Green Paper on youth services will be published.

      Youth Services Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons the Green Paper on youth services and young people has not yet been published.

  • House of Lords

    • Disaster Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From what date they have differentiated between middle and lower income countries in the donation of assistance for disaster relief.

    • Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest estimate of the number of people dependent on food aid in Darfur; how this compares with the number requiring food aid this time last year;...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the level of malnutrition and risks to personal health of the displaced people of Darfur.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to complete the arrangements for the United Kingdom-funded mortality survey in Darfur; and whether they accept the most recent estimate that 500...

      Murder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the comparative murder rate for the period 2000–04 for: (a) England; (b) Northern Ireland; (c) Scotland; and (d) Wales.

      National Firearms Licensing Management System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they now expect the central register of firearms, as required by Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, to be in full operation.

      National Firearms Licensing Management System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Firearms Licensing Management System will cover all police forces in the United Kingdom.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will sign up to the European Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there was no written record to show what consideration was given to the merits of not holding an open competition for the post of director of marketing at...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis it can be shown that the most appropriate person was appointed to the position of director of marketing at Waterways Ireland if no open competition...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements Waterways Ireland has made to cut green weeds in Lough Erne in 2005; what new equipment has been purchased; who provided the specifications; and...

      Northern Ireland: General Medical Services Contract

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, or its four health boards, carried out any form of consultation, including an...

      Northern Ireland: Children in Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children in care resided in children's homes in Northern Ireland in each of past five years.

      Northern Ireland: Children in Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children in care in Northern Ireland under 16 years of age were prescribed contraceptive measures (a) with, and (b) without parental consultation and...

      Wind Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the operational efficiency of fully installed wind turbines on United Kingdom sites as a percentage of their rated output in 2004

      Wind Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any representations, either written or verbal, from a representative or employee of Doughty Hanson/LM Glasfiber into the future of wind...

      Wind Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the nature of any contracts they have with Doughty Hanson/LM Glasfiber; and in each case what is the financial value.

      A400m

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received from the Organization Conjointe de Coopération en Matière d'Armement on the progress of the A400M military heavy-lift...

      Sports Cabinet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates the Sports Cabinet has met in the past three years; who attended each meeting; and what were the significant agreed outcomes of each meeting.

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money was spent by 10 Downing Street on services and products acquired from McKinsey and Company Incorporated in each year since 1997; and whether they...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pieces of correspondence including faxes, e-mails and letters 10 Downing Street received in each of the past five years from McKinsey and Company Incorporated.

      Ministerial Privileges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Birt, the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has the use of a government car; if so, how often he uses such a facility; and at what cost; and...

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