Written answers

Wednesday, 6 July 2005

  • Leader of the House

    • English Wine

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing them in the latest year for...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • First-time Buyers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the recent proposals announced to help first-time buyers.

    • House Building Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms he will use to test the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy house building targets.

      Milton Keynes (Grid Road System)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport regarding the future of Milton Keynes's grid road system in relation to his sustainable...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review planning policy relating to telecommunications masts; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the establishment of regional fire control rooms.

      Regional Fire Control Rooms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to announce the location of the regional control centre for the fire service in the south-east of England.

      Planning Gain

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review the law on planning gain.

      Best Value

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Best Value performance indicators each tier of local council were required to compile, (a) in each year since the introduction of Best Value and (b) in...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield of 15 June.

      Doorways (Height)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to raise the required height of doorways in new buildings from 6 ft 8 in to 7 ft.

      e-Government Regional Partnership Group

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the proposed e-Government Regional Partnership Group.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false alarm fire emergency calls have been received in Hampshire in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire crews have trained for Essex fire brigade in each of the last five years; and how many are on the waiting list for training.

      Flooding (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will provide funds under the Bellwin Formula for the funding of repairs and clear-up following the recent floods in North Yorkshire; if he will ensure that...

      Flooding (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will reconsider the restrictions on Bellwin Formula payments excluding claims for personal items.

      Flooding (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make available emergency funds to repair the damage to roads following the recent floods under the Bellwin formula in North Yorkshire county council area.

      Flooding (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will allocate emergency funds under the Bellwin formula to be made available for the clear-up of the countryside and carriageways of people's possessions...

      HMOs (Licence Fees)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from (a) landlord and (b) tenant organisations on houses in multiple occupation licensing fees; and what response he...

      Homeless (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the number of homeless people in Hornsey and Wood Green in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Independent Tenant Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will establish a register for independent tenant advisers; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost will be to local authorities of revoking the changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme in the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment)...

      Referendums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 497W, on referendums, what the expenses limit for (a) political parties and (b) registered third...

      Vehicle Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 822W, on vehicle fires, what the figures are for 2004.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the removal of abandoned vehicles.

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles were reported in each year for which figures are available in (a) England, (b) each government...

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the annual budget of the bee health progamme is being reduced by 20 per cent.

      Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the threat of the varroa mite and other parasites to the UK bee population; and if she will...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid for cattle slaughtered because of bovine tuberculosis since 2000; and to how many farmers.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring the UK Government have put in place following the discovery of BSE in a French goat; what discussions she has...

      Cattle Restriction Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle herds are under restriction orders.

      Cod Beck

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to speed up the proposed en-maining of the Cod Beck and bring it under the Main Rivers category.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reverse declines in the numbers of each most endangered species in England.

      EU Tobacco Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much EU financial support is available for growing low grade tobacco in 2005–06; what quantities of such tobacco...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will expedite the flood alleviation scheme for (a) Thirsk and (b) other suggested flood defence projects in the area;...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons were for the delays in flood warning to be made public in connection with the recent floods in North Yorkshire.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make provision for the collection of animal carcasses to be free of cost to farmers following the flooding in...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2005, Official Report, column 552W, on fly-tipping, if she will break the figures down by...

      Fruit Growing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) value and (b) weight of fruit grown in the UK was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down...

      Gangmasters (Licensing) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the extent of (a) exploitation and (b) criminal activity by labour providers operating in...

      Gangmasters (Licensing) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial resources her Department plans to invest in enforcing the criminal offences of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what position the Government took on each of the votes at the recent meeting of EU environment ministers on Commission...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how each EU country voted at the Environment Council in respect of the Commission proposal to rescind national bans on GM...

      Household Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average amount spent by each household in England on water supplies was in the last period for which figures are...

      Nuclear Waste (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 887W, on nuclear...

      Primates as Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the consultation on primates as pets.

      Radioactive Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs following the release by NIREX on 10 June of the list drawn up by its consultants of 537 sites across the country deemed...

      Seal products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received about the Canadian seal hunt.

      Sugar Beet Growers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether compensation payments to sugar beet growers will be paid at the same rate as to other EU growers; and whether the...

      Water Metering (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the number of households in Essex which have water meters.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will press Norway to stop commercial whaling.

      Yorkshire Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make representations to Yorkshire Water to ensure that regular maintenance is carried out on all pipes, drains...

  • Treasury

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had concerning extending eligibility for childcare vouchers to the self-employed; and what estimates he has made of the costs of...

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections he has made of the take-up of the (a) electronic elements and (b) paper elements of the salary-sacrifice childcare voucher scheme.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made of the cost to business of introducing childcare vouchers, with particular reference to small and medium sized companies.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Treasury of introducing childcare vouchers over the next three years; and from what budget this cost is to be met.

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of allowing self-employed people to present a certificate from an Ofsted-registered child carer at the end of each tax year in...

      Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which company administers the electronic vouchers element of the salary-sacrifice childcare vouchers scheme; and which computer systems are used for that...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) external advisers, (b) academics and (c) consultants (i) his Department and (ii) the Valuation Office Agency have consulted on council tax revaluation.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, in the last three years broken...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reported deaths in hospital there were from clostridium difficile O27 in each of the past five years.

      Hypothermia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the excess winter mortality rates were in terms of (a) numbers and (b) percentages in (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) England, (iii) Scotland, (iv) Wales,...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have so far committed to private finance initiative schemes; and what the future financial projections for PFI initiatives are for...

      Rural Banking Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures the Government is taking to encourage banks to maintain banking services in small rural communities.

      Ryscar House, Blackpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the closure of Ryscar House, Blackpool will have on the number and accuracy of working tax and child...

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to ban accountancy, law and other firms from charging contingency fees for selling tax avoidance schemes.

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the role of KPMG, PwC, Ernst and Young and Deloitte in devising and selling tax avoidance schemes.

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a general anti-avoidance rule to curb tax avoidance.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in HM Revenue and Customs to handle (a) tax credit complaints, (b) telephone calls about tax credits and (c) compensation for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of tax credit appeals against overpayment have been upheld to date; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many appeals against...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he received from the (a) Inland Revenue and (b) external IT suppliers about the timescale for the introduction of the new tax credits...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people had in-year recovery of excess tax credits in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; and what the total value of excess payments was...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14, by the Paymaster General, on tax credits, whether he has accepted in full...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14, by the Paymaster General, on tax credits, whether changes to the tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 22 June 2005, Official Report, columns 801–14, by the Paymaster General, on tax credits, whether changes to the tax...

      Tesco (VAT Avoidance)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take action against Tesco for selling CDs and DVDs on the internet in relation to VAT avoidance.

      VAT (Condoms)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the annual cost of exempting VAT on condoms; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Arson Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many arson attacks there were on schools in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) each London borough in each of the last five years for which...

    • Behaviour Improvement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the local education authorities that have received funds under the Behaviour Improvement Programme; and how much each has...

      Behaviour Improvement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets have been set for the Behaviour Improvement Programme.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirement there is for schools to make their anti-bullying policy available to (a) parents and (b) prospective parents.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to schools on appropriate sanctions to deal with bullying.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 990W, on bullying, if she will place in the Library a copy of the work...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her Answer of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 993W, on bullying, if she will place in the Library a copy of the effective...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Anti-Bullying Alliance is accountable to the Department for its use of its Government grant.

      Drug Awareness and Prevention (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers who specialise in drug awareness and prevention are employed in schools in Southend West constituency.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make extra provision available for 16 to 19-year-olds claiming the education maintenance allowance who live in London to reflect...

      Educational Buildings (Sprinkler Systems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to make the fitting of sprinkler systems in educational buildings mandatory.

      Essex Schoolchildren

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children of school age in Essex are not attending either a state school or a private school.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by her Department on public procurement of food in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1623–24W, on foster care, what assessment she has made of the reasons...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities in England have received a reduced further education funding allocation in the 2005–06 settlement.

      Key Stage 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of work related learning at Key Stage 4 takes place (a) in the classroom and (b) in work placements.

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many competitions have been held by local education authorities to find alternative providers for new schools; and what the...

      Parliamentary Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to promote (a) knowledge of and (b) interest in parliamentary Government through schools.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to answer the Question reference 5018 tabled by the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on 13 June.

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will announce the funding regime for 16–19 years capital projects.

      School Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what circumstances a local education authority may pay fees on behalf of a pupil attending an independent school.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to fund the full cost of meeting the recommendations of the School Meals Review Panel.

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 370W, on student numbers, what plans her Department has to produce...

      Taxis

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

      University Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has undertaken into (a) the length of time graduates take to find employment following graduation and (b) the starting...

  • Health

    • Adverse Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical device-related adverse incidents in 2004 were reported to have (a) 2, (b) 3 and (c) 4 causes.

    • Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations have been made to her Department by (a) chief executives and (b) chairs of strategic health authorities on the role of Alliance...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the prevalence of the prescription of antibiotics for viral infections.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS in England in a year of treating (a) prostate, (b) mouth and (c) facial skin cancer.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work from external...

      Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the hospitals which (a) have introduced liquid-based cytology and (b) are scheduled to introduce liquid-based cytology over the next year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the percentage of the population with no decayed, missing or filled teeth, broken down by (a) age and (b) social class, in each year...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on waiting lists for NHS dentists in Milton Keynes.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to recruit dentists in (a) Greece, (b) Portugal, (c) Germany, (d) Spain and (e) India; and what intermediary...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on general dental practitioners in Milton Keynes over the last three years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the cost of running the Milton Keynes dental access centres in the last three years; and how much capital expenditure there was on setting...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated (a) by NHS general dental practitioners and (b) at dental access centres in Milton Keynes in each of the last three years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in the Hertford and Stortford constituency had live Personal Dental Services contracts by 1 June.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed with diabetes in London was in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts provide psychotherapy support for those affected by domestic violence.

      Edgware Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1503W, what further work is necessary; when she expects a decision to be taken; and if she...

      Health Care Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which health care acquired infections are subject to mandatory reporting; when that reporting commenced; which are not subject to mandatory reporting; and...

      Health Care Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to include acinetobacter bacteraemia within the mandatory surveillance systems for hospital acquired infection; and if she will make a...

      Health Care Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) wards and (b) beds in (i) East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and (ii) West Hertfordshire NHS Trust were isolated owing to...

      Health Care Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died as a result of (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital-acquired infections in hospitals in (i)East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to reduce waiting times for routine MRI scans; (2) what representations she has received on waiting times for routine MRI...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list all known strains of MRSA; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to amend the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989 to include HIV in those conditions exempted from charging.

      NHS Patients (Overseas Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been treated in hospitals overseas in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Staff (Assault)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other NHS staff have been the victims of offences of violence suffered in the course of their employment in each...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total budget for supporting patients' forums is for the current financial year; and what the total budget for supporting community health...

      West Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Budget)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice has been given by her Department to the West Hertfordshire NHS Trust concerning measures to alleviate its budgetary deficit; and if she will...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality involving wine...

    • Olympics 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial estimate has been made of the total economic benefit to the UK of hosting the 2012 Olympics.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Car Servicing and Repair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent surveys have been carried out by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies into car servicing and repair; and what the...

    • Coal Reserves (South Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the size of the remaining coal reserves in South Wales; and what assessment he has made of the economic viability...

      Colitis/Crohn's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been provided for research into (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease by the Medical Research Council.

      Colliery Spoil Heaps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many fires have occurred on former colliery spoil heaps since 1980, broken down by (a) former National Coal Board and (b) private tips.

      Colliery Spoil Heaps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who is responsible for monitoring the condition of (a) former National Coal Board and (b) private colliery spoil heap.

      Corporate Social Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce guidelines on corporate social responsibility for business similar to the guidelines introduced recently by the...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it would require primary legislation to privatise the authority for issuing export licences.

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's strategy is for helping UK exporters to penetrate new markets in (a) India and (b) China.

      Gas Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many days' supply of (a) long range, (b) medium range and (c) short range strategic gas reserves there is; and how this figure is...

      Mines Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what (a) financial support and (b) technical assistance his Department has given to Mines Rescue Services Ltd. in respect of (i)...

      Official Receiver

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to whom the Official Receiver in his role as an Officer of the Court is accountable.

      Post Office, Bank and Retail Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) local post offices, (b) local bank branches and (c) independent retail shops have closed in the last 10 years in (i) Birmingham,...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being taken to encourage the use of renewable energy in Lanark and Hamilton East constituency.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential for energy generation from tidal power.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being taken to (a) promote and (b) encourage the use of renewable energy in Lancashire.

      Science Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what real-terms percentage increase he expects in the science budget in each of the next three years.

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what current level of state aid has been authorised by the European Commission for each country.

      Textile Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect of imports from textile companies from China on the future of the textile industry in England.

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on UK involvement in the creation of the new Infrastructure Consortium for Africa.

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the (a) progress and (b) impact of his Department's aid to countries affected by the tsunami.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government is taking to assist non-governmental organisations, with particular reference to Oxfam, who have been charged...

      BBC Journalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been awarded to BBC journalists through the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Department for International...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to employ Iraqis in development work in that country.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in the reconstruction of (a) schools and (b) hospitals in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the multilateral organisations providing aid and assistance to Iraq to which the UK Government have contributed since...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the contracts won by UK firms since January for reconstruction work in Iraq, broken down by value.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the joint Israeli-Palestinian development projects that have received UK Government funding in the past five years.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the progress of debt relief to Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on aid to Sierra Leone.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will rank EU member states by size of aid to (a) sub-Saharan Africa and (b) the 15 poorest sub-Saharan countries, expressed in...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the consequences of famine for the Zimbabwean economy.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the manpower levels of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force are; and if he will make a statement.

    • Combat Vehicles (Manufacturing Capabilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities the UK has to manufacture (a) manned and (b) unmanned vehicles with stealth characteristics.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

      Marine Noise Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent representations he has received on the effects of marine noise pollution in UK waters generated by the activities of UK defence forces,...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) estimated cost and (b) outturn cost of building and furnishing the Meteorological Office's Headquarters in Exeter was.

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Meteorological Office has (a) sought and (b) received in (i) loans and (ii) one-off financial support from his Department in each of the...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much revenue was generated from customers in the public and private sectors by (a) the weather centres in (i) Aberdeen, (ii) Belfast,...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been provided by the Government to fund the Meteorological Office's National Programme in each year since 2000.

  • Transport

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding the issuing of draft orders for the proposed upgrade of the A21.

    • EU Working Hours Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to the EU on ensuring that the implementation of working hours restrictions in the transport sector is monitored in...

      HGV Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of constructing heavy goods vehicles (HGV) crawler lanes along appropriate stretches of the M1 motorway coupled with...

      Large Vehicle Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the effectiveness of the Large Goods Vehicle and Passenger Carrying Vehicle Hazard Perception Test; and if he...

      Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1554W, if he will estimate the amount of public sector finance spent on construction of...

      Motorcycle Parking (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on increasing the number of parking bays in London for motorcycles.

      Out-of-town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on traffic levels of the (a) expansion of out-of-town shopping centres and (b) reduction of local post...

      Press Officers

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

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken by the Highways Agency to evaluate the environmental impacts of route improvements to the A21.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the effect of his recent announcement on road pricing on existing schemes in place on toll (a) roads, (b) bridges and...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he gives to the Highways Agency on assessing road improvement schemes associated with accident block spots.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personal injury collisions, including collisions involving fatalities, occurred at the site of each fixed speed camera in the Worcester...

      Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK citizens are employed as seafarers on UK registered ships, broken down by (a) officers and (b) crew.

      Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many seafarer officers (a) have been trained and (b) are in training, since the introduction of the tonnage tax.

      Tonnage Tax Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the minimum requirements are for a company to take part in the tonnage tax scheme; what the mechanisms are for checking compliance; and if he will...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when people paying 34 per cent. of their income to the Child Support Agency for the upkeep of two children will have their contributions...

    • Sign Language and Lip-speakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much financial support the Government have provided for (a) sign language interpreters and (b) lip-speakers in each year since 1997.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Antiques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the non-furniture antiques classified by his Department as an asset.

    • European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the projected (a) gross and (b) net UK contributions to the EU budget for each year are in the period 2006 to 2013 with (i)...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of ballot rigging in the Iranian election; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration his Department has given to providing support to the Hand in Hand Centre for Jewish and Arab Education in Israel.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of damage caused to projects funded by the European Union in Gaza and the West Bank as a...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the contribution of joint Jewish-Arab educational projects to peace-making between Israeli and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the threat posed by Hezbollah to the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the compliance with Security Council Resolution 1559 of (a) Hezbollah and (b) Syria.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the threat posed by Hamas to the prospects for Abu Mazen fulfilling commitments on security, economic...

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to facilitate a British Council presence in Moldova.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will intercede in the cases of the Saharawi activists held in Moroccan jails.

      Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1081W, what assessment he has made of the reasons that damages...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the postponement of Palestinian elections.

      Shell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet representatives of overseas community organisations to discuss concerns about the social and environmental...

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK expects to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of the United Nations are full or partial democracies; and how many there were (a) 10 years ago and (b) 20...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visit visa applications made in July 2004 have yet to be finally concluded, including appeal proceedings; and if he...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the length of time taken by the British high commission, Islamabad to process a visa application...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Administration of Estates (Small Payments) Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will raise the current threshold of £5,000, set under the Administration of Estates (Small Payments) Act 1965, for...

    • Asylum Seekers (Legal Aid)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the review which the Legal Service Commission has announced on legal aid services provided to...

      Asylum Seekers (Legal Aid)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans her Department has to evaluate the new funding arrangements for legal aid services on asylum and immigration issues...

      Asylum Seekers (Legal Aid)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost was of legal aid for asylum and immigration cases in each year since 1997.

      Court Apparel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will issue guidance to the courts regarding acceptable dress for barristers appearing in court in order to discourage...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether it is her intention that decisions on means-testing for criminal legal aid can be made on the day of the relevant court...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to introduce a test for compliance with means-testing for criminal legal aid similar to that used for civil...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to give solicitors responsibility for (a) processing claims for legal aid and (b) obtaining documentary...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the operation of the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland.

    • Driving Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what qualifications are required to be an examiner of those who are approved driving examiners; and what plans he has to review those requirements.

      Driving Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the driving test pass rate for each test centre in Northern Ireland was in each of the last five years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the average time taken by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to process housing benefit applications in Northern Ireland was in...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civilians are employed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and in what categories of employment.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were excluded from schools in each education and library board area as a result of violence or threatening behaviour in each of...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to improve safety on school buses in Northern Ireland.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children use education and library board buses on average each day.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many accidents involving children on education and library board buses occurred in each of the last five years.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of the removal of the policy of three for two seating on school buses by education and library boards.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of a no-standing on school buses policy by education and library boards.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the use of sign language in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been allocated to help schools and colleges in Northern Ireland employ tutors in the use of sign language.

  • Home Department

    • Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which members of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs have an expertise in (a) schizophrenia, (b) neurology and (c) toxicology; and...

    • Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he has restricted the investigation of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs into only the stronger varieties of cannabis.

      African Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many African boys he estimates have disappeared in the United Kingdom since September 2001.

      Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving the firing of (a) an air pistol and (b) an air rifle were recorded in each of the last five years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Essex Police Authority Area; and how many have been breached; (2) how...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance his Department has issued to magistrates in England and Wales in respect of applications for antisocial behaviour orders;...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.

      Assaults (Race/Religion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Muslims, (b) Sikhs, (c) Jews, (d) Christians and (e) Hindus who were victims of an unprovoked...

      Assaults (Race/Religion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of assaults, in which race was assessed as a factor, were of (a) white European, (b) white British, (c) African-Caribbean...

      Asset Recovery Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was recovered under the asset recovery scheme in each police authority area for (a) each year since inception and (b) as a...

      Asset Recovery Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was recovered in criminal assets by the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1997; and how much was distributed to the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last six months escorted detainees from Yarl's Wood Detention Centre have refused to board aircraft in pursuance...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been accepted into the UK since 1997; and how many of these were (a) Nigerian, (b) Algerian, (c) Iraqi, (d)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on UK immigration policy on Kurdish asylum seekers and refugees from Turkey.

      Ball Bearing Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were for the illegal use of ball bearing guns in public places in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) in England and...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many house burglaries there have been since 1996; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) his EU counterparts and (b) senior police officers on tackling (i) child prostitution and (ii)...

      Cigarette/Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to prevent the sale of (a) cigarettes and (b) alcohol to underage consumers, with particular reference to...

      City of London Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in the City of London Police in each year since 1994; and what projections there are for numbers of...

      Clear-up Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average clear-up rate for (a) murder, (b) assault and (c) burglary in (i) England and (ii) Wales has been in each year since 2001.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there are, broken down by police force area; and what the expected number in each area will be...

      Convention Against Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government intends to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask Mr Ken Sutton to inform him when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sunderland, South of 13th May regarding...

      Crack Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack houses in Lancashire have been closed in the last five years.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in each London borough in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004, listed in descending order of number of crimes.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most common form of crime committed by young people of school age was in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people of school age have been the victims of crime in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many areas have been designated under section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 in (a) each London borough, (b) England and (c)...

      Criminal Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force retained from the recovery of proceeds of crime in the last year for which figures are available.

      Criminal Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice and support his Department has given to police forces that have underperformed in recovering the proceeds of crime.

      Criminal Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of reasons for difference in performance of police forces in recovering the proceeds of crime.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many judicial review actions against the Criminal Cases Review Commission have been resolved without a final decision in court.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many judicial reviews against the Criminal Cases Review Commission have been upheld by the court.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of cases referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, result in acquittal.

      Criminal Justice Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 have taken place in each of the last five...

      Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Devon and Cornwall constabulary to conclude its investigation into the inquiry by Surrey Police into the four deaths at...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of dispersal orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Drink-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 755W, on drink-driving, how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the responses to his consultation on proposed offences for drivers causing deaths.

      Emergency Call Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time was to an emergency call to the police in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Employees (Assault)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in the railway industry have been the victims of offences of violence suffered in the course of their employment in each...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal firearms have been confiscated since 1997.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government are taking to stop vigilante groups selling illegal firearms; (2) what steps the Government are taking to...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) automatic weapons, (b) shot guns, (c) revolvers and (d) rifles have been confiscated in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans the Government has to introduce a statutory definition of lethality in relation to the definition of a firearm as a...

      Firearms Amnesty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms were handed in to the police during the last amnesty.

      Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support his Department will make available to migrants under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme who wish to apply for more...

      Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to include students at universities overseas taking courses conducted in...

      G8 (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, by county force for England and Wales, the number of police officers that will be seconded to cover the G8 conference in...

      G8 (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from (a) England and Wales and (b) Surrey he expects will provide support at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles; and what...

      Gating Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to lay an order before Parliament implementing section 2 gating orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths were caused by gun crime in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Operation Trident; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking (Ministerial Meeting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of the inter-ministerial meeting on human trafficking which took place in February; and when he...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding its plans to include radio frequency identification chips in its...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the latest estimate is of costs of (a) processing applications and enrolment, (b) producing cards, (c) database design, (d) producing...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate (a) the revenue from the expected fees from cardholders, (b) the revenue from fees charged for data access, (c) financial...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) revised global figure and (b) estimated margin of error is for the cost of the identity card scheme under the different...

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount of fines imposed on those convicted of selling alcohol to minors was in (a) 1984, (b) 1997 and (c) 2004.

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions there have been in (a) Essex and (b) Southend under the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985 in each year...

      Jamaican Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the number of Jamaican criminal gangs operating in the UK; what discussions have taken place with the Jamaican...

      London Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) budget and (b) expenditure of the London Probation Service was in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.

      Metropolitan Police (Compensation Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in compensation by the Metropolitan Police Authority in each year since 1997.

      Mr. Thomas Maguire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the enhanced disclosure application for Mr Thomas Maguire will be completed.

      North Wales Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the employment status of Mr Peter Bolton, Assistant Clerk to the North Wales Police Authority.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has given on the standard of evidence that would be required to initiate a prosecution for an offence of using...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of fraudulent applications for passports and (b) the number detected in each of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) lost, (b) stolen and (c) unavailable passports in circulation in the UK in each of...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims for lost passports the Passport Agency has received in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 167W, on passports, if he will waive the fee for nationality payable by those...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to raise people trafficking with his EU counterparts during the UK presidency.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to tackle institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has held with local authorities regarding the Police Reform II White Paper, Building Communities, Beating...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's contingent liability is for the potential cost of failure of the Airwave contract; what assessment he has made of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries occurred in police custody in London in each of the last five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost to public funds, including national insurance contributions and pension contributions, of employing a (a) community...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was contributed to the Metropolitan Police by each London borough through the Metropolitan Police precept in each of the last three...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of efficiency savings his Department has required Hertfordshire constabulary to find in each year...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's definition is of a police officer.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the powers of the police in relation to illegal raves on private land.

      Police

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected funding for prison education for (a) male young offenders, (b) male adult offenders, (c) female young offenders and (d)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many designated education hours were lost in the Prison Service in 2003–04 due to staff shortages.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 170W, on prisons, on what grounds the Prison Service is appealing the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the private finance initiative contracts that exist between prisons and Jarvis plc.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates there are in each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in England and Wales, broken down by (i) parliamentary...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of work opportunities in prisons.

      Public Protection Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Multi-agency Public Protection Panel Arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

      Shooting

      To ask the Secretary of State (1) for the Home Department whether he plans to review the guidelines on the shooting of foxes and ground game at night; (2) whether he plans to introduce an age...

      South Wales Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there are in South Wales Police H Division; and if he will make a statement.

      South Wales Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in police numbers in South Wales Police H Division since 1997.

      Stolen Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of cars stolen in England and Wales for sale in foreign countries since 1990.

      Tetra

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities are not using Tetra.

      Transsexual Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will publish guidelines on the treatment of transsexual prisoners.

      Vehicle Registration/Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what range of penalties is available for conviction of individuals who fail to register their vehicles in their name.

      Violent Crime Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the provisions of the Violent Crime Bill relating to replica guns include the sale of (a) such guns and (b) plastic ammunition from...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many volunteers have been (a) recruited and (b) identified by the Experience Corps since its inception; and of those how many (a) have...

      Weapons (Possession/Amnesty)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been convicted of the possession of an illegal weapon in each London borough since 1996; (2) how many people have...

      Weapons (Possession/Amnesty)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many weapons have been handed in to police in the High Wycombe area under the recent amnesty; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of provision for young offenders; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) young offenders are in prison; and how many on average were in prison in each category in each of the...

  • House of Lords

    • 10 Downing Street: Employees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of Mr Adair Turner's employment in 10 Downing Street; and what are his responsibilities; and What are the terms of Mr Nick Lovegrove's...

    • 10 Downing Street: Lord Birt's Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the nature, timescale and estimated cost of the repairs to the Lord Birt's office at Number 10 Downing Street; and what alternative office accommodation...

      Absence from Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the average yearly rates of absence from work on account of sickness for each year since 1990 for the following (a) the United Kingdom economy as a...

      Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many former civil servants or political advisors that have left 10 Downing Street in the past three years are subject to restrictions on their activities...

      Annual Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the weight of each of the annual reports of Government departments issued recently; how many copies of each were printed; and how much recycled material...

      Asylum Seekers: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unaccompanied children are detained in centres for asylum seekers.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why evidence collected under the Krebs trial of badger culling is not currently in the public domain; and whether they intend to publish the findings of the trial.

      Biometric Readers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there is a difference between the regulatory impact assessment on the Asylum and Immigration Bill which estimated the cost of installing iris scan biometric...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) a British subject under the British Nationality Act 1981, other than by connection to the Republic of Ireland, or (b) a British protected person who...

      Cabinet Office: Communication Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many press officers and other communication professionals were employed both full time and part time by the Cabinet Office in each of the past eight years.

      Cabinet Office: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals were employed full-time by the Cabinet Office in each of the past eight years.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Rural Development Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of rural development support from the common agricultural policy they estimate will be taken up by schemes targeted at (a) countryside stewardship;...

      Criminal Justice Inspectorates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the tour of the United States by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, and the invitation she received to carry out prison inspections in Canada, has altered...

      Ethiopia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take, during their presidency of the European Union, to help ensure that the will of the Ethiopian people is observed, following the...

      EU: China Arms Embargo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, during their presidency of the European Union, they will resist attempts to weaken the European Union's arms embargo against China; and whether they will...

      Europe: Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many regulations have been made by the European Economic Community, the European Community and the European Union respectively, applicable to the United...

      Extradition Act 2003: Babar Ahmad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in considering extradition to the United States in the case of Mr Babar Ahmad they will give full weight to (a) the conclusion of the Bow Street magistrate...

      Food and Drink Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual tonnage of food imported into the United Kingdom from countries outside the European Union; what types or groups of food form this total; where...

      Fraud Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which fraud trials would have fallen within the 15 to 20 trials a year that the Attorney-General proposed should be heard without juries for each of the past five...

      Guantanamo Bay: Jamel Abdullah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not so far taken up with the United States Government the cases of Mr Jamel Abdullah and other former British residents, detained at Guantanamo Bay...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of the external routing interface component system being introduced by HM Revenue and Customs.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the processing of employers' 2004–05 returns of employees' tax and national insurance records was satisfactory.

      Homicides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis statistics for England and Wales, initially recording homicides between 1997–98 and 2002–03 at 5,853, now record 5,314 homicides; and...

      Homicides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the primary causes of the 20 per cent rise in recorded homicides in England and Wales between 1997–98 and 2003–04; and whether similar...

      Housing: Design for Manufacture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many £60,000 homes they expect to be built by 2010 under the first-time buyers initiative Design for Manufacture competition.

      InterTradeIreland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the religious make-up of the staff of InterTradeIreland.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, the Lord Birt, is, or has been, present at discussions on political matters as well as official ones.

      McKinsey and Co.

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

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the past five years Mr Ian Davis, managing director of McKinsey and Company Incorporated, visited 10 Downing Street; on each occasion what...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for any executive non-department public body or...

      Ministry of Defence: Strategic Capabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What strategic capabilities the Ministry of Defence will seek to develop in the United Kingdom in the next decade.

      National Insurance Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase national insurance contributions.

      National Offender Management Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the National Offender Management Service has decided not to enter into any strategic partnership for services to be supplied uniformly throughout England and...

      National Savings and Investment: Competition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why private sector undertakings are not allowed to compete on equal terms with National Savings and Investment by providing consumers with other tax-free products,...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been appointed to the Northern Ireland Civil Service without open competition since 2000.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From what source the Northern Ireland Parades Commission obtains legal advice.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any forms, files or information have been disclosed without authority from the Northern Ireland Parades Commission since 2002; and, if so, when such...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which body the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has paid for legal advice in each year since its creation; and how much has been paid.

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to abolish or reconstruct the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.

      Northern Ireland: Autistic Spectrum Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 8 June (WA90–91) and 14 June (WA119), whether they will indicate how, in Northern Ireland, they...

      Northern Ireland: Autistic Spectrum Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What co-ordination is being developed among trusts, boards and the Northern Ireland Office to address issues pertaining to autistic spectrum disorder on a...

      Northern Ireland: Autistic Spectrum Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a legal obligation to provide an applied behavioural analysis, otherwise known as the Lovass approach, for children with autistic spectrum...

      Northern Ireland: Continence Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken by the Northern Ireland Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety since the publication of Good Practice in Continence...

      Northern Ireland: Prison Early Release Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the movements and activities of prisoners who obtained early release under the terms of the Belfast agreement are monitored; who determines if and when a...

      Northern Ireland: Knife Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a knife culture in Northern Ireland; and, in each year from 2000 to 2004 (a) how many murders or injuries have been the result of a knife attack;...

      Northern Ireland: Newspaper Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a requirement in Northern Ireland for government-funded newspapers to be non-political, non-sectarian or community based publications; and whether...

      Northern Ireland: Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the per capita cost of maintaining the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in terms of the Police Ombudsman's budget set against total number of serving...

      Northern Ireland: Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the per capita cost of a criminal conviction in Northern Ireland in terms of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's budget set against the total...

      Northern Ireland: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 22 June (WA 182), whether there is a serial claimant culture in Northern Ireland; and to what extent local...

      Police Vehicles: Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to chief constables to prohibit the testing of police cars in the early hours of the morning at speeds of up to 80 miles per...

      Prisons: Religious Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, for each of the prisons planned or under construction in England and Wales, they will state the area to be provided for the chaplaincies; and whether they...

      Railways: Oxford to Bicester Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the estimated cost savings to be made in (a) infrastructure costs; (b) train hire; and (c) train operating costs, by reducing the number of services from...

      Sellafield

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the written question number 471, concerning the Sellafield nuclear plant, submitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of...

      EU: Treaty of Nice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Upon which clauses in the Treaty of Nice the European Union relies for the following initiatives (a) European Union space programme; (b) Fundamental Rights Agency...

      EU: Treaty of Nice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under which clauses in the Treaty of Nice the European Court of Justice made a recent ruling that the Community has power to decide on judicial procedures in...

      Uzbekistan: Land Rover Defenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions they have reached on the origin of Land Rover Defender vehicles used in the massacre of protesters in Uzbekistan in May; and what action they are...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asylum seekers and refugees from Zimbabwe are being held in the United Kingdom for deportation or exclusion to Zimbabwe; and whether those returnees will...

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