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Written answers

Wednesday, 29 June 2005

  • Prime Minister

    • Laptop Computers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Office in each year since 1995; how many have been (i)lost and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work...

    • Libraries (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many books were borrowed from libraries in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on differences in amounts received by constituencies from grants to good causes from the national lottery.

      Women's Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to promote women's football in England.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in her Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the welfare conditions of animals used in circuses; and if she will make a statement;...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the legislative position in other European countries in respect of the use of wild animals in...

      Badger Deaths (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish statistics on roadside badger deaths in Surrey; and if she will make a statement.

      Energy Technology List (Kilns)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to include kilns on the Energy Technology List of the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme; and if she...

      Environment Agency Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many calls the Environment Agency emergency helpline received in each year since 1997, broken down by the type of problem...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much is budgeted for expenditure on flood defences in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the next five years; and to which...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with the Silkstream Flood Defence scheme, Edgware.

      Energy-efficient Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households have been assisted by the Home Energy Efficiency and Warm Front schemes in the borough of Dartford in...

      Energy-efficient Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken towards implementing the requirements of section 217 of the Housing Act 2004.

      Sewerage and Water Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average water sewerage bills are as a proportion of average income in each region.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential for the recovery of construction and demolition timber as a renewable energy source.

  • International Development

    • Aid Conditionality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken to reduce the conditionality of overseas aid; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aid Conditionality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage bilateral and multilateral donors to adopt the UK's policy of not placing economic conditions on...

      HIV/AIDS (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has hadwith Ministers in recipient countries in relation to HIV/AIDS aid in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he plans to put in place to ensure that heavily indebted poor countries receiving debt relief do not incur heavy debts in...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that funds released by debt relief are used to reduce poverty.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist people in Zimbabwe's urban areas.

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid programmes his Department has in the Palestinian territories.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Department is providing to Iraq in 2005–06.

      User Fees (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that user fees for education are abolished in all countries not on track to meet the...

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on reconstruction in the tsunami-affected regions.

      Fossil Fuels (International Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been invested in (a) fossil fuel projects and (b) renewable energy projects by the (i) World Bank Group, (ii) European...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for domestic violence in the jurisdiction of the Teesside combined courts have (a) come to court and (b) resulted in conviction in the last 12...

    • Sexual Offences

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for rape and sexual offences have (a) been brought to court and (b) resulted in conviction in the jurisdiction of the Teesside combined courts...

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals against council tax banding have been received in each year since 1997; and how many properties were...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average cost of an appeal against council tax banding has been in each year since 1997.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff (a) are, (b) have been and (c) will be (i) employed and (ii) contracted out by the Valuation Office Agency to carry out the council tax...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the sources are of the house sales price data the Valuation Office Agency is using for computer modelling as part of the council tax revaluation process.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of dwellings will be assessed by the Valuation Office Agency using the automated valuation model during the council tax revaluation in England.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the specification and technical documentation relating to the automated valuation model used by the Valuation Office Agency...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of appeals which are likely to be made following the council tax revaluation in England.

      Faith Communities

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

      Flight Charges (African Development)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions EU finance ministers have had on introducing additional charges on domestic and international flights to fund international development in...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) value for money savings consequent on the Gershon review, (b) procurement savings and (c) reduction in civil service posts each Department is...

      Home Owners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, column 681W, on home ownership, what economic analysis was undertaken to underpin the target of one...

      Insurance Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding allegations of fraud by insurance companies using the insurance premium tax.

      Mortgage Interest Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average tax deduction due to Mortgage Interest Tax Relief was in April 1997.

      Property-based Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution to the cost of participation in central Government schemes and services came from equity release or other property-based loans to service...

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax avoidance schemes have been withdrawn or otherwise ceased to operate since legislation was brought into force requiring sellers to secure...

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action his Department has taken against PricewaterhouseCoopers for selling tax avoidance schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credit Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions the Inland Revenue has brought for fraudulent tax credit claims in each year since 1997.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff of the Valuation Office Agency will be employed for the purposes of the council tax revaluation in (a) 2005–06 and...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees in...

  • Transport

    • A39

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding of the new section of the A39 at Camelford; and if he will make a statement.

    • A49

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce road accidents on the A49 between Ludlow and Shrewsbury.

      Air Services/Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assistance the Government provide to regional airports to establish scheduled services.

      Air Services/Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the environmental impact of increasing capacity...

      Air Services/Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many extra aircraft (a) per day and (b) per night would (i) fly in and out of Heathrow airport and (ii) pass over...

      Air Services/Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers transferred or transited at Heathrow between (a) two overseas destinations and (b) an overseas destination and a UK destination in...

      Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from the Sustainable Development Commission regarding the sustainability of the Government's aviation...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in his review of the operation of the blue badge scheme.

      Laptop Computers

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects a direct rail link between Thirsk and London to be established; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the future of sleeper train services in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department has spent on preparatory work on light rail projects in (a) Manchester, (b) Liverpool, (c) Leeds and (d) Portsmouth.

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on (a) capital projects, (b) maintenance and (c) improvement schemes on (i)motorways and (ii) trunk roads in (A) West Sussex, (B)...

      Road Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) cost and (b) location was of each by-pass scheme approved in each of the past 15 years.

      Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies are participating in the secure station scheme.

      Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail in the last six months about upgrading stations; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the penalties are for failing to have a V5C Vehicle Registration document; and from when they apply.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will raise the lower earnings level at which council tax benefit starts to fall below the maximum to the level of the income tax personal...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioner households paid (a) more than 5 per cent. (b) more than 10 per cent. and (c) more than 15 per cent. of their gross...

      Home Responsibilities Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a woman who works for a short time during a year when she is otherwise engaged in full-time child care is eligible for continued home...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list flat rate housing allowances in each of the allowance pilot areas; what uprating methods are used for each allowance; and how...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what percentage of housing benefit claims a rent officer determination was involved in the last period for which figures are available,...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit claim in the (a) private sector and (b) registered social landlord sector was in the...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what safeguards are in place to protect vulnerable claimants in the housing benefit pathfinders; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of benefit claimants who have (a) lost and (b) gained as a result of the introduction of the local...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit claim was when a rent officer determination (a) was involved and (b) was not involved...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of housing benefit claimants rent from the private sector in each of the housing benefit Pathfinder areas.

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients in the pathfinder areas have built up rent arrears of eight weeks or more following the introduction of...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average standard housing allowances are in each of the housing benefit pathfinder areas, broken down by household type.

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the level of (a) fraud and (b) error in housing benefit payments was as a percentage of housing benefit expenditure in each year...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for further changes to the single room rent restriction.

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the effect on the level of average housing benefit of the single room rent restriction.

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment in each housing authority area in the North East was in November (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d)...

      Housing Allowance/Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time in England was for processing (a) initial housing benefit claims, (b) changes of circumstances in existing claims, (c)...

      Rent Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total amount of rent arrears of housing benefit recipients was in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area; (2)...

      Unemployment Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on levels of unemployment since 1997 of (a) the new deal and (b) Jobcentre Plus initiatives; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Work-related Stress

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many cases of work-related stress have been reported among House staff in each of the last three years;...

  • Defence

    • Bullying/Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the complaints under Army redress procedures upheld or partially upheld between 1997 and 2003 related to issues of bullying or...

    • Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the availability of military dental practitioners in the services to practise on reserve forces personnel; and whether his...

      Military Readiness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the finding of the National Audit Office report Assessing and Reporting Military Readiness, paragraph 2.22, concerning the...

      Napalm Weapons (RAF Fairford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that United States planes flying out of RAF Fairford do not use MK 77 napalm weapons.

      RAF Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost will be of the re-locations of other service units located at RAF Innsworth following the relocation of Personnel and Training Command to...

      Regimental Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2005, Official Report, column 56W, on regimental uniforms, what the life expectancy is of each uniform; what the initial...

      Trafalgar Class Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 18W, on Trafalgar Class Vessels, what the theoretical safety concern and safety...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Airbus A350

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the requests he has received regarding launch investment for the development of the Airbus A350; what...

    • Broadband (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received regarding broadband access in East Sussex; and if he will make a statement.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish (a) the written recordings of conversations and (b) correspondence between (i) Ministers and (ii) officials from his...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department are in continuing discussions with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is in continuing discussions with the former senior managers of MG Rover.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of the collapse of MG Rover on Rover dealerships; and if he will make a statement.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the findings of the Financial Reporting Council concerning MG Rover; and if he will make a statement.

      Permanent Secretary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reasons were for the decision by his Department in February to delay the appointment of a permanent secretary until later in the...

  • Home Department

    • Crime (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of identity fraud have been recorded in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last three years.

    • Identity Cards Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a registered person would have the right to see the audit trail of information held on him under Schedule 1, paragraph 9 of the...

      Identity Cards Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what percentage of persons registered in the National Identity Register he estimates (a) no biometric information and (b) no biometric...

      Mobile Fingerprint Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Department has to enable the police to fit mobile fingerprint technology to their vehicles.

      Muggings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each year since the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in each age cohort under the age of 18 have been...

      Recreational Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated concerning the effects of using Viagra as a recreational drug along with amyl nitrates.

  • Cabinet Office

    • DirectGov

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the launch of the DirectGov internet portal for Government services.

    • Laptop Computers

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Antarctic Consultative Meeting (Swedish Proposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policy positions the Government advocated at the 28th Antarctic Consultative Meeting, with particular reference to the...

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the prevalence of provocative nationalism by local authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the rate of return of displaced groups to their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the segregation of minority returnees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Burmese authorities on encouraging increased democracy in Burma; and if he will...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government provides to the Regional Peace Initiative for Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the (i) Joint Committee (EEC-India), (ii)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) EEC-Mercosur Joint Advisory...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Joint Committee (EEC-Vietnam), (ii)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Joint Committee (EEC-Nepal), (ii)...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether it is his policy that the creation of an EU External Action Service, as proposed in Article III-296(3) of the...

      EU Linguistic Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government will implement the EU linguistic regime, agreed at the General Affairs Council of 13 June, with respect...

      European Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer, of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 653, on European Union (Finances), whether it is his...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in South Wales on 1–2 September will include discussion of...

      IT Contracts

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

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Moldova.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has had with Russian authorities to discuss British investment in Russia; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has received about media independence in Russia; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Russian Government about Russia's accession to the World Trade...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Sudan concerning reports of fighting along its border with...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts he is making to lobby for an end to the 'sizdan ugina, bizdan bugina' culture of public officials in Uzbekistan;...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Kyrgyz authorities to protest against the apparent forced return of Uzbek refugees in...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits the UK ambassador in Tashkent has made to (a) Andijan and (b) the Fergana Valley since 17 May.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his policy is on the OSCE's efforts to promote a public inquiry into the events of 13 May in Andijan in Uzbekistan;...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the situation in Andijan, Uzbekistan has been stabilised; and if he will make a statement.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with those conducting the investigations into the Andijan uprising.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime (Commercial Premises)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the recorded level of crime involving commercial premises in each Belfast police district in each of the past five years with...

    • Crime Reporting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research has been carried out by his Department into the change in the level of non-reporting of crime in Northern Ireland in the last five...

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of distributing 2005 election communications via the Royal Mail in Northern Ireland.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total costs were of the 2005 (a) local council and (b) Westminster elections in Northern Ireland.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people (a) below the age of 18 and (b) over the age of 60 years have been living in fuel-poor households in Northern Ireland in each...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by Invest Northern Ireland on new road layouts in each of the sites that they own in (a) North Belfast, (b) South...

      Religious Hatred Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many successful prosecutions there have been in Northern Ireland under the prevention of incitement to religious hatred legislation since...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent research has been conducted by his Department to compare the severity of sentencing in Northern Ireland courts with those in England...

      Tennis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will initiate an independent review of whether tennis as a sport in Northern Ireland is best promoted and developed under its current...

      Voting (General Election)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of those eligible to vote in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland who were unable to vote...

      Voting (General Election)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of disabled voters in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland who were unable to vote at the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has received from the Regional Housing Board on the amount of affordable housing needed in Devon (a) at the latest date for which figures are...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much social housing grant has been allocated in Devon in each of the last five years; and what proportion was in support of section 106 schemes in each...

      Broadband (East Sussex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made towards targets for broadband access in East Sussex.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he plans to introduce to ensure full compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations; and whether they will include random pressure testing of...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what robust standard details he requires under Part L of the Building Regulations for thermal bridging in new homes; and what changes he plans to make to those...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average time taken to re-let a local authority dwelling was in each English region in each year since 1997.

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on progress with the review of the disabled facilities grant.

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will recommend the abolition of the means testing of parents of disabled children as part of the disabled facilities grant process, as is currently the case...

      Fines (London)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was collected in (a) parking fines and (b) fines for fly-tipping in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department plans to conduct an impact assessment of the recent changes in fire cover in the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the fire stations that have had a fire engine removed in each of the last 10 years; to which fire station a fire engine was re-located in each...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of fires were caused by accumulations of litter in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Risk Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) conditions and (b) costs will be placed on developers for access to strategic flood risk assessments prepared by (i) the Environment Agency and (ii)...

      Flood Risk Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list areas for which flood risk assessment data is assessed as being necessary; and which of these data are available to developers.

      Flood Risk Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with (a) planning authorities and (b) the Environment Agency on the preparation of flood risk assessment data.

      Flood Risk Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the additional cost to a developer of undertaking a flood risk assessment before building a house.

      Flood Risk Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Thames Gateway Flood Risk Assessment, covering Canvey Island, will be available.

      HIP Energy Reports

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of the likely (a) switching in use of domestic fuel that will result from the proposed home information pack energy reports and (b)...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list guidance and advice sent by his Department to local authorities in the last year on homelessness.

      Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made of the regulatory impact of their plans for licensing of houses in multiple occupation.

      London Boroughs (Communication)

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

      Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the planning permissions for mobile phone mast sites that have been refused by the local planning authority but were granted on appeal by (a) the...

  • Health

    • Actrapid Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the supply of actrapid (basal) insulin; (2) if she will discuss with her EU counterparts Novo Novalisk's intention...

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 794W, on the London Ambulance Service, what representations she has received concerning...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 794W, on the London Ambulance Service, when the guidance on ambulance livery will be issued.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in the number of emergency calls to ambulance services in the last five years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on restricting provision of medical care to failed asylum seekers; and if she will make a statement.

      Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress audiology clinics are making towards the Government's target that no one will wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment, including...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private, (b) voluntary and (c) local authority (i) care homes and (ii) care home places there have been in each year since 1997.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the nutritional quality of food in care homes.

      Childhood Development Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has given to primary care trusts on the ages at which children should receive development reviews.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on the proposal to abolish the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 June 2005, Official Report, column 635W, on community hospitals, whether the decision on which services will be provided by...

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in each year since 2001–02; and for each year on how many...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase access to NHS dentistry in Stroud constituency.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists are practising in Portsmouth; and how many patients are registered with each.

      Departmental Union Representation

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat the ratio between the number of general practitioners to population was for each NHS region in the last year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in practice were aged (a) over 65 and (b) over 70 years in each NHS region in the last year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) formal and (b) self-construct general practitioner trainee places have been offered (i) in total and (ii) in each deanery in England in each...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been made available for self construct general practitioner registrar training in (a) the Eastern Deanery, (b) Bedfordshire and...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what categories of people (a) are and (b) are not entitled to free testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS on the NHS; (2) to what categories of people...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily number of general and acute beds open overnight bed was in each of the last three years for (i) England and (ii) each NHS trust;...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily cost of (a) an intensive care and (b) a high dependency bed is.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) advice is given on and (b) precautions are taken against the spread of MRSA in ambulances; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospitals (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaners in (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Hartlepool University Hospital and (c) Durham University Hospital are employed by (i) the NHS and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of equipping NHS premises with identity card readers.

      Midwifery Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwife vacancies there are in each (a) London primary care trust and (b) London strategic health authority.

      Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the reserve powers she holds to take control of (a) primary care trusts, (b) hospital trusts, (c) ambulance trusts, (d) strategic...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding has been allocated to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in each year since its inception; (2) what budget...

      National Service Framework for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made against the milestones set in Standard 7 of the national service framework for older people.

      NHS Acute Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS acute hospital trusts have financial deficits; and what the deficit is in each case.

      NHS Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the deficit or surplus at year end for 2004–05 for (a) the NHS in England, (b) each strategic health authority, (c) each NHS trust...

      NHS Patients (Overseas Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were treated abroad in each of the last five years; and in what countries.

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to ensure adequate retention to fill senior physiotherapy posts; and if she will make a statement.

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) radiographers of all grades and (b) radiographer trainees were employed in the NHS on average in (i) 1996, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2004; and what...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults were placed in residential care out of area in each of the last five years; and what proportion of state funded adult placements this...

      Rural Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will amend the health service's funding formula to take account of costs incurred in delivering health services to sparsely populated rural areas.

      Scanner (North Durham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made by Alliance Medical in identifying a suitable site for a scanner in North Durham; (2) who Alliance Medical has...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the capacity of sexual health clinics; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the full amount of funding allocated to sexual health reform in the Public Health White Paper is spent on sexual...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to reduce the incidence of suicide in people aged (a) 50 years or over and (b) 65 years or over.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people by Government office region were rejected as potential adopters because they were overweight in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

    • Adult Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the level of adult literacy in each London borough.

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many arson attacks there were on schools in England in 2004.

      Behaviour Improvement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government are spending in 2005–06 on behaviour and attendance-related activities and projects.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size in (a) primary and junior schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) West Sussex, (ii) Kent, (iii) Durham, (iv)the...

      Computer Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft her Department recorded in each year since 2001–02; and for each year,...

      Education (South Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people are expected to be on the Prince's Trust Teams programme run by Dartington Tech in this financial year; how many there...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to increase the supply of educational psychologists; (2) what progress she is making in her consultation on the...

      Family Resolutions Project

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

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost was of the mostexpensive external foster care placement in each Government Office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost per child of external foster care for local authorities was in each Government office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on external foster care by local authorities was in each Government office region in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

      Milton Keynes Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the implications of the withdrawal from the Milton Keynes academy project of Global Education Management...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were built in each English county in each of the last eight years.

      Postgraduate Science Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) non-EU students are studying science postgraduate degrees in England in 2004–05; and what proportion...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many press officers the Department and its predecessors employed in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce compulsory religious education in all schools which focuses equally on all the main religions in England.

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the need for school building maintenance, updated for current price levels for (a) primary, (b) secondary...

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per pupil in (a) primary and junior schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) West Sussex, (ii) Kent, (iii) Durham, (iv)the...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her Answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, column 698W, on school meals, (a) when she expects to decide how best to capture...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the School Meals Review Panel to publish its draft school lunch standards for the school year starting in September.

      Schools (Sutton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are attending schools in the London borough of Sutton in the 2004–05 academic year, broken down by (a) local...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time taken to statement a pupil in Lancashire education authority was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps will be taken to consult parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) in the national audit of SEN specialist services.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Rights Act 2001 in (a) hospitals and (b)...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total amount was of debt repaid by (a) UK and (b) EU students who graduated from English universities in each year since...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what legal powers are available to the Student Loans Company to obtain repayments of loans in respect of top-up fees from graduates from EU...

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the targets for recruitment to (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern foreign languages teacher training courses were in each year...

      University Students (Counselling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes to provision of counselling services for university students has been made to meet the changes in demand arising from...

  • House of Lords

    • Migration: Leave to Enter UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons were given leave to enter the United Kingdom in employment-related categories in 2004; and what number they estimate will be admitted in each of...

    • Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that, unless action is taken, there will be a growing risk from climate change of adverse effects on economic development, human health and...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that mankind's activities are contributing to global warming and that governments and others must address this issue.

      Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make new appointments to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management to replace Dr Keith Baverstock and Dr David Ball.

      Committee on Radioactive Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names of the people appointed to serve on the Scientific Advisory Group to advise the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management; and what are the...

      DTI: Meetings with Helen Liddell

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any representative, official or Minister from the Department of Trade and Industry has met or had any contact with the right honourable Helen Liddell since...

      Electoral Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they can provide an estimate of the number of electors in the United Kingdom who are registered at two or more addresses; and, if not, whether they intend...

      Electoral Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What checks are made to ensure that electors who are registered at two or more addresses do not vote more than once in a general election, whether in person, by...

      FiReControl and Firelink Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they now expect to sign the contract for the information technology systems behind FiReControl; and whether, in view of the delay to the Firelink programme,...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licences the Gangmasters Licensing Authority expects to issue to gangmasters in each year; and how many workers will be covered by the regulations (a) at...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) Whether McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out any work for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; (b) how many projects the firm has...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) Whether McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out any work for Monitor—independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts; (b) how many...

      New Housing: Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a sufficient water supply available for the proposed new housing in the south and south-east, including the areas where water restrictions are...

      Pathfinder Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How residents groups have been consulted about the Pathfinder programme; and how they are represented on the boards of Pathfinders.

      Regional Assemblies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the rejection of the proposed elected assembly in the north-east, what proposals they have for unelected regional bodies.

      Regional Development Agencies: Tourism Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many regional development agencies in England and Wales have a designated tourism officer.

      Rural Maps

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the recent data capture exercise on rural maps, whether staff at Northallerton (a) identified input errors; and (b) corrected input errors.

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of Mr David Bennett's employment as head of the Downing Street Policy Unit; and what are his responsibilities; and What are the terms of Mr...

      Tourism: Regeneration Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What resource help towards major regeneration projects in English seaside resorts has been given by the English Tourist Board in the past four years.

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