Written answers

Monday, 11 July 2005

  • Solicitor-General

    • English Wine

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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 EU...

    • European Court of Justice

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list each item of UK legislation which has been or is being subjected to legal challenge in the European Court of Justice (a) on the grounds of an alleged...

      Fraud Convictions (Essex)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been convicted of fraud in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each year since 1997.

      Laptop Computers

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in the Law Officers' Departments in each year since 1995; how many...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2005, Official Report, column 600W, on the Serious Fraud Office, when he will place the guidance which governs implementation of the...

      Police Officers (Speeding Prosecutions)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions of police officers for speeding there have been in each of the last three years.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Stipends

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if the Church Commissioners will make it their policy to withhold the payment of stipends to clergymen and...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Election Pilots

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission will issue guidance to local authorities with regards to...

    • Individual Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Electoral Commission has conducted into the effect of individual...

      Welsh Assembly

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Electoral Commission will make a statement on the Government's plan to amend the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Sports Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to reduce the burden of administration on sports bodies for which she is responsible.

    • Drinks Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to raise awareness of the implications for responsible drinking of the Office of Fair Trading's ruling on...

      Young People (Sports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on competitive sports for young people.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress towards digital switchover.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the switchover fromanalogue to digital television to take place in the Border Television region; and if she will make a...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on digital television coverage in Swansea East.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many applications for Local Digital Service Programme Licences there have been in the past five years; and how many were (a)...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to change the number of (a) Local Digital Service Programme Licences, (b) National Digital Service Programme Licences...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of households affected by restrictive covenants that prevent external satellite dishes on...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy to support the use of integrated reception systems to provide digital services in multiple dwelling units; and...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to offer incentives to landlords to update communal reception arrangements to integrated reception system...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from charities in respect of the distribution of National Lottery grants.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been provided from National Lottery funds to support the development of (a) netball, (b) tennis, (c) football, (d) rugby...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the likely impact on (a) public health, (b) education and (c) the environment of abolishing...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made with the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of amateur sports clubs which might have to pay more to operate as licensed premises following...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of public houses which may lose their license as a result of failing to meet the (a) deadlines...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from the Local Government Association on the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with trade associations representing companies involved in the retail of alcohol who are or will be...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from the (a) Local Government Authority and (b) individual licensing authorities about the...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the number of applications for licences under the Licensing Act 2003 received by licensing authorities by 30...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from Action with Communities in Rural England on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on village...

      G8 Summit (Tourism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that visitBritain maximises the tourism opportunities arising from holding the G8 summit.

      The Market for Art" Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department expects to respond to the Sixth Report of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, HC 414, Session 2004–05, on...

      The Market for Art" Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with manufacturers and installers of play equipment on the implementation of the play programme for England...

      Culture and Commerce Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure representatives of European trade unions are invited to the Conference on Culture and Commerce, being organised by...

      Opera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take further steps to make opera more accessible to wider audiences; and if she will make a statement.

      Osborne Estates Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what conditions she expects to be met before supporting measures to repeal the Osborne Estates Act 1902.

      Public Sector Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions her Department has had with the Treasury on releasing public sector spectrum to the market; and if she will make...

      Radio Station (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport if she will provide support for a radio station for Chorley; and if she will make a statement.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was allocated to Sport England by her Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) Government region and (b)...

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Hampshire have been prosecuted for not having a television licence in each of the last five years.

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a television licence will be required for television-on-mobile devices.

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many prosecutions for failure to pay the TV licence fee there have been in each year since 2000.

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in the Mid-Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency are in receipt of the free television licence for over 75-year-olds.

  • Prime Minister

    • Advertising

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Bills

      To ask the Prime Minister what criteria are used by him in selecting Government bills that he will co-sponsor; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Bills

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list bills that he has (a) sponsored and (b) co-sponsored in each session since 1997.

      English Wine

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners and receptions which he hosts during the EU presidency at which hospitality involving wine is...

      France

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made to the French Government on the issue of public statements regarding British cuisine; and what representations he has received on this...

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Prime Minister when (a) he and (b) his Office first became aware (i) of Home Office research into the number of people illegally in the country and (ii) that the research had made an...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1288, what evidential basis there was for Sir Richard Dearlove's assessment of United States...

      Voting Record

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has voted in (a) divisions on the floor of the House and (b) deferred divisions in each session since 1997.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bird Scarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what regulations are in place on the use of audible bird scarers by farmers; (2) what her Department's policy is on...

    • Car Audio Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions were made in relation to waste from car audio systems under (a) Regulation 97 of the Road Vehicles...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to protect (a) whales, (b) dolphins and (c) porpoises in coastal waters.

      Dog Microchips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the percentage of dogs in England which have not been micro-chipped; if she will initiate a campaign...

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department takes to promote English wines.

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality...

      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 down the figures...

      Food Subsidy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what subsidy was applied to food production in (a) the UK and (b) the EU in each year between 1999 and 2004, broken down by...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consequences hazardous waste producers face if they do not register by the 16 July deadline; and if she will make a...

      Hedgehogs/Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether there is a correlation between the decline in the hedgehog population and the...

      Hill Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure the economic survival of hill farmers in England.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the introduction of identity cards for her Department.

      Llancloudy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1643W, on Llancloudy, if she will ensure that no route for...

      Marine Noise Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether marine noise pollution was discussed at the recent International Whaling Conference; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Department has to make recycling facilities more readily available; and if she will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling points there are in each local authority in Essex per 1,000 population; and how many there were in each of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling points there are in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      Rural Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many jobshave been created in rural areas in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) agricultural and (b) non-agricultural.

      Seal products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy (a) to ban the importation of seal products into the United Kingdom and (b) to press for a...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to increase the number of native trees planted by the Forestry Commission; how many trees have been...

      UK-produced Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued on the minimum acceptable proportion of the UK's food needs which should be sourced from...

  • Defence

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list letters received by (a) him and (b) other Ministers in his Department from hon. Members during the period 1 February to 5 May; and how...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list occasions during the period 1 February to 5 May on which (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department stated in written parliamentary...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department spent on organising or sponsoring conferences in each of the last five years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects British troops to return to the UK when the British area of responsibility in Iraq is ready to hand over to Iraqi forces if the US...

      Medal Citations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how individuals can obtain details of citationsaccompanying medals awarded to deceased relatives.

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future role of (a) the Meteorological Office headquarters in Exeter and (b) the weather stations in (i) Aberdeen, (ii)...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the strategic review of the Meteorological Office production network.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the residential properties his Department's Ministers are entitled to use as part of their duties.

      Premature Voluntary Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) private soldiers of each Army regiment and corps have left under Premature Voluntary Release terms in each of the last...

      Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average waiting time was for military personnel attending the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak to be given an appointment with a...

      Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average time taken to process a military patient through the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak was in the last period for which...

      Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the longest time taken for the result of a blood test for a military patient to be processed by the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak...

      Scottish Infantry Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow much funding has been allocated for the recruitment of soldiers to the Scottish Infantry Regiments in 2005; what strategies have been employed to...

      Scottish Infantry Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new soldiers have been recruited in Scotland since January; what targets were set; and if he will make a statement.

      Scottish Infantry Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the levels of recruitment to the Scottish Infantry Regiments in 2005; and if he...

      Shackleton Planes (Hearing Loss)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from veterans who claim to have been affected by hearing loss as a result of flying in Shackleton planes; and what...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what considerations he took into account in deciding to stop targeting the Trident nuclear deterrent.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bulgaria (EU Accession)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the outstanding areas of concern relating to Bulgaria's accession to the European Union.

    • Common Foreign and Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the development and capability of the Common Foreign and Security Policy; and if he will...

      Departmental Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Department spent on organising or sponsoring conferences for each of the last five years.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to improve the regulatory environment in the EU during the UK presidency.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to propose changes to the EU Services Directive during the UK presidency.

      Government Wine Cellar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many bottles of (a) blue chip list wines, (b) fine wines, (c) reception or drinking wines and (d) spirits and liqueurs were...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Iran's pursuit of a nuclear program.

      St. Helena's Chapel (Istanbul)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether his Department plans to lease the churchyard of St. Helena's chapel in Istanbul to a commercial organisation; (2)...

      UK Consular Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the capacity of consular services to assist stranded UK travellers in the event of a major...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent policy of British consulates in (a) India and (b) Jamaica in respect of visa...

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reasons for the length of time taken to process (a) the visit visa applications of relatives...

  • Transport

    • A380 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those UK airports that will be able to handle the A380 aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aircraft Noise (Twickenham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average noise level above the Twickenham area for London Heathrow take-offs and landings (a) excluding and (b) including Concorde has been in...

      Blue Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the theft of disabled persons' Blue Badges; (2) if he will make it his policy to set up a national register of...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money will be allocated to each local authority to cover the cost of the concessionary travel fare scheme for pensioners.

      Consultation (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations he consults when considering transport issues affecting the north-west region.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on private sector investment in the Crossrail project.

      Driving Licences (Eye Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of issuing restricted driving licences to people with retinistis pigmentosa.

      Driving Licences (Eye Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of introducing a restricted driving licence to drivers who marginally fail the mechanical 120 degree test resulting from...

      Driving Test Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) passes and (b) failures of motor car driving tests there were in each test centre in Worcestershire in each of the last five years.

      Hastings to Bexhill Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received opposing the proposed Hastings to Bexhill Link Road; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what extra security measures will be put in place to deal with increased traffic through Heathrow as a result of a fifth terminal being built.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the noise insulation scheme will be applicable to Kingston as a result of the fifth terminal being built at Heathrow.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the revenue that will be generated by the expansive shopping arena planned for the fifth terminal at Heathrow.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping premises for which his Department has responsibility with identity card readers, with particular...

      Lancaster Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what objections his Department has made to Lancashire county council's proposals to build a link road to the motorway south of Lancaster.

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the size of the UK merchant marine was by (a) tonnage and (b) number of ships in each year between 1994 and 2004.

      Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) officers and (b) seamen were serving in the merchant marine in each year between 1994 and 2004.

      Motorway Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of households east of the M1 between junction 10 and junction 11 adversely affected by noise, broken down by...

      Night Flights (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many nights there were disruptions or delays sufficient to cause an increase in flights above the scheduled number taking off between 23.30 and...

      Parking Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) appeals against parking penalty charge notices and (b) successful appeals there were in each local authority in England in the last five...

      Pensioners (Free Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost of providing a free bus pass for pensioners that can be used on all bus services in England.

      Pensioners (Free Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost of extending the pensioner free travel scheme to cover journeys by light-rail.

      Public Highways (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on levels of expenditure on (a) maintenance and (b) repair of public highways by highways authorities between 2003–04...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure public transport vehicles are equipped with forced air ventilation systems.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the health and safety requirements are for ventilation on public transport; and whether public transport vehicles are required to have forced air...

      Rail Passengers Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) procedures and (b) selection criteria he used when making appointments to the Rail Passengers Council.

      Rail Passengers Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of representation of the interests of passengers in the north-west in the Rail Passengers Council.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train operators have access agreements on the East Coast Main Line.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Scottishbusiness community on proposals for road pricing.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) daily volume of traffic on the A127 between the M25 and Southend and (b) capacity of the A127 was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) daily volume of traffic on the A13 between the M25 and Southend and (b) capacity of the A13 was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed camera tickets have been challenged in each year since 1997 in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend; and how many were successful.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department is undertaking into accidents around speed camera sites.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statutory instruments have been sponsored by his Department since 1997.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many certificates of non-compliance have been issued to companies and groups failing to meet their tonnage tax training obligations; and how many...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies or groups have been required to make higher rate payments for failing to meet their obligations since the tonnage tax was introduced.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies have submitted training commitments for his approval since the tonnage tax was introduced.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies have been allowed to make tonnage tax payments in lieu of training; what the total amount of such payments has been; and to whom...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies or groups made returns to him during the tonnage tax regime during the last full year for which figures are available on (a)...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the minimum training obligation is for a company or group to qualify for tonnage tax exemption.

      Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on (a) road transport infrastructure needs and (b) rail infrastructure needs in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex.

      Transport Infrastructure

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

      Untaxed Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales have been convicted of driving without a road-tax licence in each of the last...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the problems with the Child Support Agency computer system to be resolved.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Child Support Agency's internal audit; and who carries out the agency's internal...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give permission to pension scheme trustees eligible for the financial assistance scheme to start paying some pension to scheme...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing times for housing benefit claims are in each (a) London borough, (b) local housing authority in the North East and...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to help existing long-term claimants of incapacity benefit.

      Maternity Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of the maternity grant was for each year between 1995 and 2002.

      Medical Assessment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from which towns and villages in Amber Valley claimants attend medical assessment centres in (a) Derby, (b) Chesterfield, (c) Mansfield and (d)...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he was first contacted by the parliamentary ombudsman in relation to her inquiry into complaints about occupational pensions; and when he...

      Pension Scheme Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ask the pensions regulator to instruct trustees of all pension schemes winding up either to keep all records or to forward them to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service (Offensive Language)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to discourage the use of offensive and obscene language in the civil service.

    • Civil Service (Welsh Speakers)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what review the civil service has undertaken of the (a) numbers and (b) location of Welsh speakers employed by the Government and Government...

      Civil Service Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent representations he has received on reforming the civil service; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work...

    • Education Projects (Great Lakes and Horn of Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's involvement in education projectsin the (a) Great Lakes and (b) Horn of Africa regions.

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether it is Government policy to support an extension to the Hib disease vaccination programme in Gambia beyond 2007.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing...

      Tibet

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

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) who the British representative is on the executive board of the United Nations Population Fund; (2) whether the UK...

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol/Drugs-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which the primary cause was (a) alcohol and (b) illegal drugs there were in (i)Southend and (ii) Essex in each of the last 10 years for...

    • Bedfordshire (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from personal taxation in the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department has spent on organising or sponsoring conferences in each of the last five years.

      Corporation Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the potential mobility of corporations on the yield of corporation taxes to the Exchequer.

      Corruption (Procurement)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the definition is of general interest as used by his Department in the draft regulations to implement Article 45 of the EU procurement directive...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of voting age were (a) registered to vote and (b) resident in each ward in each constituency in each region in 2001.

      Flexible Service Delivery Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the implications of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs flexible service delivery programme for employment levels within...

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of increases in fuel duty on those (a) on low incomes and (b) without access to alternative modes of...

      Green and White Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Green and (b) White papers his Department has produced since 1997; and if he will list these in date order.

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the figures for capital expenditure on health in the nations and regions included in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis include those...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping Revenue and Customs premises with identity card readers.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the timing of the Identity Cards Scheme Gateway 1 review was decided; and whether the timing has been revised in the last 12 months.

      Men:Women Ratio

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current ratio between men and women is aged (a) 20 to 65 years and (b) 65 years and over; and what the equivalent figures were for (i) 1976 to...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he met representatives of the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation during his visit to China in February; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministers (Tax Treatment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what ways the income tax treatment of Ministers differs from the tax treatment of individuals receiving comparative pay and emoluments in the private...

      Ministers (Tax Treatment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of the imputed rent for tax purposes on official residences provided to Government Ministers in each of the last 10 years.

      Ministers (Tax Treatment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Ministers who have residences provided by the Crown are taxed on the value of those residences on the basis of benefits in kind.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he was first contacted by the Parliamentary Ombudsman in relation to her inquiry into complaints about occupational pensions; and when he completed his...

      Oil Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of oil price changes on items made from by-products of oil.

      Perinatal/Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rates of (a) perinatal mortality and (b) infant mortality in each primary care trust were in (i) the Southend area, (ii) Essex and (iii) England...

      Petrol Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of duty was on a litre of unleaded petrol in each month since 1997.

      Public Sector Spectrum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in assessing the potential to release public sector spectrum to the market; and if he will make a statement.

      Random Audits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-assessing taxpayers were selected for random audits in the 2004–05 financial year; how many such audits were carried out; what the cost...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the business plan for meeting Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs efficiency savings for 2005 to 2008.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated revenues for the lorry road user charging project are; and what proportion of the estimated revenues for the project are expected...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disclosures of (a) direct tax and (b) VAT avoidance schemes have been made under the 2004 rules; and how many promoters of such schemes have made...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his estimate is of the time needed to resolve the problems identified in the Ombudsman's report in the administration of tax credits; and if he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ask Revenue and Customs to contact everyone who has been overpaid tax credits as a result of official error to inform them that that...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the accuracy levels for processing tax credit claims were in each year since 2000–01; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the calculation of overpayments of tax credit takes into account (a) pension contributions and (b) charitable contributions; and whether this...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the advice given by (a) the Inland Revenue to the Government and (b) EDS to the Inland Revenue about system problems relating to the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what comparison he has made of error rates for payments of the (a) working families tax credit and (b) the child and working tax credits; how the error...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many open days have been held by the Inland Revenue in the last 12 months for staff and volunteers of independent advice services providing assistance...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to delay the transfer of the families who currently receive their child tax credit through Jobcentre Plus, but whose awards are due to be...

      Travel Concessions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will abolish the taxation applied to employer-provided travel concessions.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to harmonise the VAT imposed on new builds and renovated properties.

      Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people are not in employment, education or training, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) local authority (i) in total and (ii) as a...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business and Industry Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage the supply of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills for young people for business and...

    • Crèche Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what crèche facilities are provided by his Department; and at what cost to (a) the Department and (b) employees in 2004–05.

      Cut and Sew Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions officials of his Department have had with the Ministry of Defence about the cut and sew contract.

      European Charter for Researchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on UK plans to implement the European Charter for Researchers.

      Export Control and Non-Proliferation Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library a copy of the Report by ASE Consulting into privatising the Export Control and Non-Proliferation Directorate;...

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports have been published by the Measurement Advisory Committee in each year since 2001.

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) remuneration and (b) expenses are received by members of the Measurement Advisory Committee.

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the terms of reference of the Measurement Advisory Committee are; and if he will make a statement.

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total (a) running costs and (b) expenditure of the Measurement Advisory Committee have been in each year since 2001.

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current work programme of the Measurement Advisory Committee is.

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the criteria for membership of the Measurement Advisory Committee is; and how its members are selected.

      Measurement Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Measurement Advisory Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the 20 medical companies who have received the most in fees under the Miners Compensation Scheme for chronic obstructive...

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place between his Department and IRISC in relation to eliminating fraud under the Miners' Compensation Scheme...

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what training has been provided for officials on avoiding fraud under the Miners' Compensation Scheme in each year since 1999.

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the top 20 solicitors in terms of (a) fees paid, (b) claims registered and (c) claims outstanding for (i) chronic obstructive...

      Miners' Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role Ministers had in the decision to allow the Union of Democratic Mineworkers to process compensation claims directly under the coal...

      Petrol Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to reduce the price of petrol.

      Petrol Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average price per litre of (a) unleaded petrol and (b) leaded petrol was in (i) Great Britain and (ii) the United States, together...

      Public Telephone Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many public telephone boxes are in use.

      Pyramid Selling Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons his Department has continued to use the Companies Acts and the Insolvency Act 2000 to wind up companies operating pyramid...

      Renewable Energy Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will extend support and incentives available to renewable energy producers to include carbon capture and abatement schemes.

      Renewable Energy Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will increase funds available to support the development of carbon capture and abatement technologies in the UK.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the energy mix wind power contributes to UK energy supply; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Delivering Race Equality"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken towards the improvement of services for older people specified in Delivering Race Equality".

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those attending accident and emergency departments were not registered with a GP in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS region.

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce the number of agency staff working in the NHS.

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department is taking to reduce the NHS's use of agency and bank nurses.

      Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) under the age of 18 and (b) over the age of 18 were admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problems in each of the last 10 years for...

      Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) binge drinking and (b) other alcohol-related emergency cases there were in hospitals in (i)England and (ii) Southend in the last period for...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance trusts have trained their staff in the use of clot-busting drugs.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances are on call in Lancashire (a) on weekdays, (b) at weekends, (c) between 10 pm and 6am during the week, (d) between 10 pm and 6 am on...

      Anti-psychotic Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adverse reaction reports were received through the yellow card reporting system for (a) all anti-psychotic drugs, (b) traditional anti-psychotic...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget provision she has made in her Department for supporting breastfeeding in (a) the 2005–06 financial year and (b) the 2006–07...

      Cardiac Care (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained medical (a) doctors and (b) nurses specialising in cardiac care there are in Southend hospitals.

      Cardiac Care (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cardiac-related emergency cases have beentreated in hospitals in Southend in each year since 1997.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to prevent the spread of Clostridium difficile in hospitals in England.

      Connecting for Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what instructions have been issued by Connecting for Health to suppliers to develop stand alone versions of their application which are not reliant on the...

      Conscientious Objection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to paragraphs 3.11 to 3.16 of the Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003–04, relating to...

      Consultants' Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has fully funded the NHS for the costs its has incurred from implementing the consultants' contract; and if she will make a statement.

      Category A Patients (Mortality Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of Category A patients were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to increase the provision of dentistry services in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat orthodontic treatment is available on the NHS; and what the charges are for each type of treatment.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to improve NHS dentistry in the Southend area.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists undertaking NHS work there are in (a) Essex and (b) Southend Primary Care Trust; and if she will list the practices which are taking new...

      Disability Equality Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that all NHS staff receive disability equality training; how many trusts provide such training; and how many strategic...

      Doctor Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants, (c) junior doctors, (d) staff grade and (e) associate specialists were employed in NHS hospitals in...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the stages in the registration of domiciliary care providers are; and what standard is required at each stage.

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England and (b) each region have (i) met and (ii) not met the required standard at each stage in the registration of domiciliary...

      Carers Equal Opportunities Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms she is developing with the National Assembly for Wales Government to assess andshare good practice in the implementation of the...

      Carers Equal Opportunities Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms will be put in place to assess the impact of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004.

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) doctors and (b) nurses in support of (i) assisted suicide and (ii)voluntary euthanasia.

      Food Poisoning (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning there have been in each local authority in the west midlands in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many full-time equivalent general medical practitioners there were in each primary care trust in London on average in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2004,...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are practising in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex; and what the size of the patient list at each practice is.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there have been in the Southend primary care trust area in each year since 1997.

      General Social Care Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the General Social Care Council measures the impact of its codes of practice on (a) the recruitment of social workers and (b) service users.

      General Social Care Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate (a) her Department and (b) the General Social Care Council has made of the number of (i) domiciliary care workers, (ii) outreach workers,...

      Healthcare and Associated Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 104W, on healthcare and associated infections, what the terms of reference are for the...

      Healthcare and Associated Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will introduce legislation to combat healthcare-associated infection; and if she will make a statement.

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been referred to the Healthcare Commission in each month since July 2004; and in respect of how many complaints the Healthcare...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people in the Burton constituency infected with hepatitis C; how many people in the constituency have been...

      Human Embryos (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the three additional purposes for which human embryos may be used in research as contained in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research...

      Liver Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for a liver transplant.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with malaria in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight strategic health authority area in each of the last five years, broken...

      Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the capital budget of the Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust is for (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c) 2007–08; and how...

      Medical Centres (Attendance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances at (a) walk-in centres and (b) minor injuries units there were in each quarter since September 2002.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of students on medical courses offered by institutions outside the UK who undertook their clinical training in...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of male to female first year medical students has been in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency does not break down the 'No established link to device' category causes of...

      Mental Health (Southend)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical doctors there have been in mental health facilities in the Southend, West constituency in each year since 1997.

      Misuse of Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what penalties are laid down for misuse of records by (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) agency NHS employees with access to patient records.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time has been for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to issue guidance on cancer treatments once they have been licensed by...

      National NHS Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision will be made for NHS patients wishing not to have their data recorded on the proposed national NHS database.

      New Hospital (Maldon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a site has been identified for the construction of the new hospital in Maldon, Essex; and what the latest date is on which she expects the...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the study into the most appropriate organisational form for NHS Direct outlined in the Department's Implementation Framework for Reconfiguring the...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health within what period she expects an NHS trust which is in deficit to bring its budget into balance.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been allocated to hospitals in Southend in each year since 1997.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the health expenditure per head of population in Southend, West constituency has been in each year since 1997.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has given (a) the West Suffolk Hospitals Trust and (b) the Suffolk West primary care trust about how to deal with its...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1610W, what the latest available information in her Department is on NHS Trust deficits in...

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the fitness for purpose of the IT system at NHS Logistics; and what assessment she has made of the requirement for a...

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the last significant restructuring of the management of NHS Logistics was.

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what growth occurred in the supply of goods by NHS Logistics, including the share of the NHS consumables market each year since 1997, broken down by (a)...

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS Logistics management has been asked by her Department to prepare a business plan relating to future expansion.

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether NHS Logistics management has prepared a business plan relating to future expansion; (2) what the market growth target for NHS Logistics is.

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation has been undertaken with stakeholders on the future provision of each category of products used by NHS bodies but not supplied by NHS...

      NHS Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has fully funded the NHS for the costs its has incurred from its commitment properly to contribute to its staff pensions; and if she will make...

      NHS Supplies Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the business case for inviting companies to submit bids to provide the NHS supplies service.

      NHS Supplies Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis bidders to provide the NHS supplies service were accepted for the shortlist who may now be invited to negotiate.

      NHS Supplies Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether potential bidders to run the NHS supplies service have been advised that they require a new IT system.

      NHS Supplies Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of whether additional warehouse capacity that may be required for the expansion of the NHS supplies service provided by NHS...

      NHS Supplies Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specifications for IT equipment have been laid down for potential bidders to run the NHS supply service.

      NHS Suspensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) medical and (b) non-medical clinical staff who were suspended from work pending a fitness-to-practise...

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to increase public awareness of organ donor programmes.

      Paddington Basin Health Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public money has been spent on developing the Paddington basin health campus project, broken down by the date on which the costs were incurred;...

      Patient Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has conducted into NHS patient choice in the provision of primary medical services; and if she will make a statement.

      Patients' Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the ability of new primary care trust-based patients' forums to monitor the London Ambulance Service as a pan-London body;...

      Photodynamic Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received about the development of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer in the NHS; when and from whom each...

      Prescription Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to conduct a review of the cost-effectiveness of prescription charging.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation would be required to enable mergers of existing primary care trusts; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts in England did not meet their enhanced services floor (ESF) in 2004–05; what reasons have been reported to the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita funding for primary care trusts in (a) West Sussex, (b) Kent, (c) Durham and (d) the East Riding of Yorkshire was in each of the last...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to merge primary care trusts; and what (a) discussions she has had and (b) representations she has received on this issue.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions her Department has had with representatives of (a) patient groups and (b) professional organisations on the implementation of the...

      Psoriasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of the NHS drug budget that was allocated to treating psoriasis in the last year for which figures are available.

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of extra-care tenants died in (a) their extra-care home and (b) in hospital in the last period for which figures are available; (2)...

      Sexually-transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) gonorrhoea, (b) syphilis, (c) Chlamydia and (b) thrush have been diagnosed in each primary care trust in London in each of the last...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with skin cancer in London in each year since 1997.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many cases of skin cancer linked to exposure to the sun have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the Government have received regarding circumstances when smoking does not have a negative effect on public health.

      Sterilisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sterilisers for decontaminating surgical instruments were (a) over 16 years, (b) 11 to 15 years and (c) 10 or less years old in NHS hospitals in...

      Trans Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will introduce legislation to control trans fats in food products; (2) if she will take steps to ensure that food labelling includes details...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 123W, on waiting time targets, whether the Department has agreed local delivery plans with...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for an appointment at a drug rehabilitation clinic in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and if she will list the clinics...

  • Home Department

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of London's Operation Scrap-it; what plans his Department has for further funding of the project; and if he will...

    • Alcohol (Under-age Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many successful prosecutions were brought against shops and off-licences for sales of alcohol to persons under 18 years of age in...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been made under the provisions of section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 since the Act came into...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crack house closure orders, (b) housing injunctions for antisocial behaviour and (c) demoted tenancies have been issued under...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been breached in (a) Pembrokeshire and (b) the Dyfed Powys police force area during each year since...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued since inception, broken down by(a) London borough and (b) local authority in Essex.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of antisocial behaviour orders since their introduction have been issued to under 16-year-olds from (a) two parent...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) the county of Bedfordshire and (b) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Chelmsford local authority area in the last two years for which figures are...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last six months asylum detainees have been transported to and from Yarl's Wood and Oakington Detention Centres...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the grounds were for an order for deportation made against Anastancia Zulu, a Zimbabwean national detained at Yarl's Wood Detention...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those applying for asylum in the UK who had their application fast tracked during 2004 were detained for the duration of their...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications were received from Eritrean nationals in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03, (d)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are appealing against refusals.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications have been made in Scotland since January; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence his Department has collated on the treatment of people whose applications for asylum in the UK are refused and who are returned...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's use of internal flight alternative as a reason for refusal of asylum applications.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guarantees have been received by his Department that returned Darfuri asylum seekers will not be at serious risk of torture or...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what evidence he relies on to formulate a view that a country can take back asylum seekers without persecution; and how often such a...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of alerts from the automatic number plate recognition system have been false positives; and what proportion related to (a)...

      Clear-up Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to define the clearance of a crime for the purposes of reporting statistics on clear-up of offences by police forces...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) female and (b) male offenders have received community penalties in each year since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 6 April, ref 1064462, from the hon. Member for Birmingham Ladywood.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 22 March 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. N....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 10 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Zeinab...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality will reply to the letter dated 10 May from the hon. Member for Banff...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the members of the Review of the Law Relating to Bribery and Corruption team to meet.

      Criminal Justice Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions under section 141A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 have taken place in each of the last...

      Criminal Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people of school age have been found guilty of committing a crime in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the...

      Criminal Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal cases were prosecuted in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

      Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which individuals and organisations were consulted in drawing up the criteria for referral to the Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder programme.

      Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what access to advocacy is provided to people in the Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder programme (a) prior to referral and (b) while on...

      Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will stop the deportation to Zimbabwe of Timbha Mqubeli, Home Office reference No. T1053486.

      Domestic Violence (Haringey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were reported in the London borough of Haringey in each year since 1995; how many fatalities were...

      Dovegate Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department whether the Director General ofthe National Offender Management Service visited Dovegate Prison on or around 6 August 2004.

      Local Government Employees (Assault)

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

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to visit Hammersmith and Fulham.

      EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) education services, (b) health services, (c) publicly-funded housing, (d) benefits, (e) employment protection and (f)...

      European Police College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what courses (a) are and (b) will be made available at the European Police College.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries his Department has had discussions regarding the extra-territorial aspects of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2004.

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many air weapon offences have been committed in England and Wales by (a) 14, (b) 15, (c) 16, (d) 17-year-olds and (e) those over 18 years...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been carried out on the effects of the provisions relating to air weapons in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; and on...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded by the police in which (a) a firearm was alleged to have been used and (b) an identified firearm other than an...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded by the police in which a firearm was alleged to have been used, broken down by (a) crime and (b) firearm used...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been killed by firearms since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many air weapon offences have been committed in England and Wales by persons aged (a) 14, (b) 15, (c) 16, (d) 17 and (e) over 18 years...

      Firearms Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been carried out on the effects of recent changes in air weapon legislation in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; and what...

      Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department will take to encourage those taking part in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to remain in Scotland...

      Homophobic Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homophobic assaults there were in London in each year since 1997.

      Homophobic Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homophobic hate crimes there have been since recording began, broken down by London borough; and if he will make a statement.

      Hunger Strikers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to deal with hunger strikers in detention centres.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the recently announced figures for people estimated to be illegally in the country included dependants; and what methodology was used...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's Complaints Audit Committee produced in 2004; and how many complaints were made...

      Licensed Premises (Violent Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 764W, on Licensed Premises (violent crime), when he expects the statistics...

      Live8 Concert (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the commissioner for the Metropolitan police regarding the use of police officers from other forces to help...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the size of the black market in methadone in the UK.

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank each London borough Metropolitan Police Service by (a) number of officers, (b) number of crimes, (c) number of cases detected...

      Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the pension and other benefits packages offered to new police constables joining the Metropolitan police in London are.

      Miscarriages of Justice (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on recouping the costs of bed and board incurred during imprisonment from the compensation moneys paid to...

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 766W, on missing children, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of motoring offences in (i)Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales in each of the...

      Mr. Crispen Kulinsi

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will defer the enforced return of Mr. Crispen Kulinsi (Home Office ref K1188546) to Malawi pending consideration by his Department of...

      Murder Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the murder rate per 1,000 of the population in (a) the constituency of Southend, West and (b) England and Wales was in each of the last...

      Nazi War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department's information held on alleged Nazi war criminals includes information on any persons who were formerly detained in the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) trucks, (d) motor cycles, (e) push bicycles and (f) horses are operated by Lancashire police.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet a cross-party delegation from Northamptonshire, including hon. Members, to discuss funding for the county police force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to remove the floor damping scheme for police authority grant funding for 2006–07 and beyond.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued to the Probation Service on the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

      Prisoners (Deportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in London are held awaiting deportation having completed their sentences.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison staff were diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis in the last year for which figures are available; and how many staff died...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken following the recommendation in 2004 of HM Inspectorate of Prisons that the female centre at HMP Durham be closed...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places there were in prisons in London in each of the last five years.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken in the last two financial years to improve the health and safety of staff at probation hostels in England and Wales.

      Religious Premises (Vandalism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acts of vandalism on (a) synagogues, (b) mosques, (c) churches, (d) temples and (e) Gurdwaras were reported in each of the last...

      School-age Children (Protection from Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that children who are taken out of schools do not become victims of crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collects on the average sentence imposed for similar crimes in different police and courts' service areas; and for which...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been raised from speed cameras in each of the last five years; how much of this money has been retained by road safety...

      UK Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been refused UK citizenship based on an insufficient standard of English in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      UK-US Data Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether UK data on criminal convictions are made available to United States customs and immigration agents; and on what basis.

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals in England and Wales have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in relation to failing to register their vehicles in...

      Victims of 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) Southend, West constituency, (b) Essex, (c) Greater London and (d)...

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the victims of serious crime can take to prevent the perpetrators of such crimes from coming near their homes while on (a)...

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have commissioned research into the efficiency of the worker registration scheme; and how many people have registered...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial penalties have been imposed on the contractors for (a) Hassockfield, (b) Medway, (c) Rainsbrook and (d) Oakhill secure...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fees are paid by the Youth Justice Board for a bed in (a) a local authority secure children's home, (b) secure training centre and (c) a...

      Young People (Secure Training Centres)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the young people admitted from each secure training centre to hospital in each of the last four years had been involved in...

      Young People (Secure Training Centres)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions young people have been admitted to hospital from each secure training centre in each of the last four years.

      Young People (Secure Training Centres)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the young people admitted to hospital from each secure training centre in each of the last four years were admitted due to (a)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken down by media type in the...

    • Aston Down

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his decision to order an environmental impact assessment on Aston Down; and what representations he has received on the matter.

      Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who gave the approval for Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder to commission an area planning consultation from the Beyond Green consultancy on the area around...

      Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the members of the (a) Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder Board and (b) North East Regional Housing Board are; if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Canal Boats

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how moving canal boats which are a primary residence will be assessed for council tax purposes under the council tax revaluation.

      Community Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the private sector makes a contribution to the (a) costs and (b) salaries of his Community Housing Task Force.

      Community Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people have left the Housing Task Force since its inception; and how many of them have gone into the private sector.

      Community Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) councils, (b) registered social landlords and (c) private sector investors are charged for the services of his Department's Housing Task Force.

      Community Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances the Housing Task Force advises councils to announce tenant ballots ahead of schedule.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many consultants and tenants' advisers consulted by councils on housing options have recommended against transfer; and to which councils.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department keeps a list of consultants for councils considering their housing options; and what criteria determine which consultants are on the list.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has paid in gap funding and to how many registered social landlords taking over council housing.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the number and value of council housing properties transferred to (a) registered social landlords and (b) arm's length management...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assumed national council tax figure was used by central government in each year since the introduction of the council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the council tax for a band E house in (a) each London borough and (b) each local authority in Essex is; and what the comparable figures for each of the last...

      Departmental Requests

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance produced by his Department for its staff on handling (a) written parliamentary question requests,...

      Development Tariffs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the South East Regional Assembly's proposals for development tariffs across the South East.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many refuge places for victims of domestic violence there are in England; how many (a) women, (b) children and (c) men stayed in them in the last year for...

      English Wine

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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...

      E-projects (Funding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of the Environment and Community Online Residents E-Services project has been in each year since it was established.

      Fire-related Deaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths in dwellings in (a) Southend and (b) Essex there were in each year since 1997.

      HMOs (Licence Fees)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his Department's most recent estimate is of the sum which will be raised from houses in multiple occupation licensing fees; and what methodology was...

      Home Assessment Ratings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes in the (a) public sector and (b) private sector have standard assessment procedure ratings that fall into the (i) 0–20, (ii) 20–40,...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were (a) accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, (b) found to be unintentionally homeless but not in a...

      Household Projections (South-east)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his timetable is for publication of household projections for the South East.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what(a) legislation and (b) other safeguards are in place (i) to protect public open space and parkland from housing development in the urban environment and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the zone agent is for West Sussex in the key worker living scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has received from the Regional Housing Board on the amount of affordable housing needed inWest Sussex (a) in 2005 and (b) over the next 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many key workers in West Sussex he expects to benefit from the (a) Social Home Buy and (b) New Build Home programmes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many first-time buyers in West Sussex he expects to benefit from the First Time Buyers Initiative.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in West Sussex he expects to benefit from the Key Worker Living Scheme.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much public sector land the Government have released for housing in West Sussex in the last five years; and how much further such land he plans to release.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition he uses of the term affordable housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many house (a) demolitions and (b) completions there were in (i) the public sector and (ii) the private sector in the last 10 years.

      Local Authority Contractors

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to local authorities in England.

      Local Authority Pension Funds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely shortfall in local authority pension funds under the (a) Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2004 and...

      Local Authority Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the targets that his Department sets for local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Motorway Advertisements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning constraints apply to the (a) size and (b) location of advertisements adjacent to motorways.

      Oil Firing Technology

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to raise professional standards among oil fired heating installers by means of the oil firing technical association scheme.

      Oil Firing Technology

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Oil Firing Technical Association Scheme was last reviewed; and when the next review is scheduled to take place.

      Planning Policy Guidance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he expects to publish his revision of Planning Policy Guidance 3; (2) which national planning policy documents the Government are seeking to revise or...

      Private Rented Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the (a) regional and (b) local variation in availability of private sector rented accommodation.

      Safer Stronger Communities Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money has been allocated to each Hampshire local authority from the Safer Stronger Communities Fund.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the forecast availability of (a) council and (b) registered social landlord social housing is in each year to 2010, broken down by Government Office region.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by each council in Northern Ireland on clearing abandoned vehicles in each year since 1997.

    • Auction Marts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of auction marts within Northern Ireland.

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what precautionary measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus to Northern Ireland.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cattle herds in Northern Ireland were placed under movement restrictions as a result of bovine TB during (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 in each...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of Child Support Agency (CSA) cases in Northern Ireland were being calculated under the new system for CSA payments on 1 July.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was spent within the delivery element of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the last year for which figures...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days Department of Agriculture and Rural Development staff took off as sick leave on average in the last year for which figures are...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what salary is paid to the (a) Permanent Secretary and (b) each of the Deputy Secretaries within the Department for Agriculture and Rural...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed within the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development; and what the total wages bill was in 2004–05.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) passes and (b) failures of driving tests there were in each of the test centres within Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated to each education and library board to implement the Taskforce Group report proposals on dyslexia for (a)...

      Education and Library Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will apply equality impact assessments to the recently announced changes in expenditure by the education and library boards, with...

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the recently announced additional funding of £12.5 million to education is to be divided between education and library boards; for what...

      Electricity Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average amount spent by a household in Northern Ireland on electricity was in the last two years.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

      Public Sector Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's house building target is for the South Antrim constituency in the public sector over the next five years.

      Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the use of synthetic phonics in the teaching of reading in Northern Ireland's schools.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost has been to date of the review of post-primary education, including the (a) Burns and (b) Costello report; and if he will make a...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses were received by the Department of Education in its consultation on admissions criteria; when he expects the analysis of...

      Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what improvements are planned for the sewerage infrastructure of the Laurelvale and Tandragee area.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the provision of speech therapy support to children with special educational needs at Belvoir Park Primary School...

      Staff Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department of Education has spent on implementing its policy of staff development and performance review.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teachers are employed in (a) Catholic maintained schools and (b) non-Catholic maintained schools; and what the average gross salary...

      Transfers Tourist Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his response of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 92W, on the Northern Ireland Transfers Tourist Board, if he will break down...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what waste management options have been placed before councils by the Government.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Claim Management Companies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which claim management companies are adhering to the Claims Standards Council's...

    • Claim Management Companies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she has taken to assess the effectiveness of the self-regulation of claim management companies.

      Conditional Fee Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to reform the rules governing the procedure for conditional fee arrangements.

      Contingency Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) carried out into the (i)effectiveness and (i) impact of contingency fees.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 26 May, reference 184373–1.

      Criminal Defence Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of costs on average were claimed in applications for costs by the Criminal Defence Service in each of the last...

      Election Turnout

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average turnout in (a) local, (b) general, (c) Welsh Assembly, (d) Northern Ireland Assembly, (e) Scottish Parliament,...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on administering the criminal legal aid system in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many civil legal aid contracts awarded in each of the contract rounds since the enactment of the Access to Justice...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1331–2W, on legal aid/salaries, what the reasons were...

      National Archives

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward legislation to make it an offence to place forged documents in the National Archives.

      Police Stations (Duty Solicitors)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to change the number of duty solicitors at police stations.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's policy is on all postal vote elections; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Record Office

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) integrity and (b) authenticity of documents held in the Public Record Office; and if...

      Taxis

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research she has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated into the effect of individual registration on the electoral roll.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academic Research (Commercial Exploitation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many spin-offs from English universities there were in each year between 1994 and 2004; and what proportion of the total income of...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what governance arrangements will be used for new 16 to 19 academies; (2) whether the new 16 to 19 Academy based on Brunel...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) who has been consulted by (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council on plans for a 16 to 19 Academy based on Brunel...

      Access to Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources she has set aside for the Access to Learning Fund for each year between 2005 and 2008.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what restrictions on adopting children apply to people who are overweight.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions she has had with (a) the Association of Colleges, (b) unions representing staff in the further education sector and...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used for appraising adult education colleges.

      Advertising

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

      Aim Higher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding will be for Aim Higher in 2006–07.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated by the Learning and Skills Council to apprenticeships for (a) 16 to 18 and (b) over 19-year-olds in...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce an additional apprenticeship facility for young people who cannot meet the learning requirement of the full...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the drop-out rate for apprenticeships; and what causes she has identified.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school leavers are expected to take up apprenticeships in 2005–06 in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of modern apprenticeships and their successor schemes have been in each year since their introduction.

      Bursaries (EU Students)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice the Office for Fair Access is seeking in respect of the obligations of institutions to make bursary provision available for EU...

      Chemistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students sat A-level chemistry in (a) 2005 and (b) 1997.

      Children's Workforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the position of educational psychologists will be under the proposed qualifications framework within the new children's...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to reply to the letter to her dated 1 June 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to R.M. Cawley.

      Degree Awarding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the number of private sector companies that will be granted degree awarding status as a result of recent legislation...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department is carrying out into dyslexia; and how much was spent by her Department on such research during each of the...

      Education

      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) the local authority...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 160W, which geographical areas receive an area cost uplift in the funding...

      Enterprise Education

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Education and Skills what progress has been made in integrating enterprise elements into GCSE courses on (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) English, (d)...

      Enterprise Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) overall and (b) per school funding allocation for enterprise education for each year between 2005 and 2008 is.

      Enterprise Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected (a) number and (b) proportion of secondary schools offering enterprise education (i) in 2004–05 and (ii) over the...

      European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to her Department.

      Examination Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who is responsible for assessing the consistency of standards across time for (a) the national tests at seven, 11 and 14 years and (b) GNVQs.

      Fingerprint-scanning Systems (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings (a) she and (b) officials from her Department have held with companies providing or seeking to provide fingerprint-scanning...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges in England have received (a) a reduction and (b) a percentage increase in their funding of less than...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools entered pupils only for the lower tier GCSE mathematics examination in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils sat GCSE examinations in (a) mathematics and (b) additional mathematics in each year since 1995.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have sat A Level examinations in (a) mathematics and (b) further mathematics in each year since 1995.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the English universities which have (a) closed and (b) announced the closure of their mathematics department in the last...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many higher education institutions in England have informed the Office for Fair Access of the possibility that on clearing they may (a)...

      Office for Fair Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what disciplinary options are available to the Office for Fair Access in respect of upheld complaints from the public that levels of support...

      Police Officers (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools employ police officers (a) through the Safer Schools Partnership and (b) outside the Safer Schools Partnership.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of prisons in England and Wales that are providing adequate (i) literacy,...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards the target to increase the ratio of research and development across the economy to 2.5 per cent. of...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what real-terms percentage increase she expects in research investment by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in each of the...

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 471W, on bullying, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of...

      Science Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the shortfall in science-qualified graduates against the requirements of industry in each of the last five...

      Skills Shortage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the skills shortage in (a) the East of England and (b) Hertford and Stortford constituency.

      State Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) state boarding schools there are and (b) pupils were educated at state boarding schools in the last year for which figures are...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) average and (b) maximum amount of support available for (i) full-time and (ii) part-time students in academic years (A)was in...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 23 June 2005, Official Report, column 1169W, on further and higher education, what the estimated cost of grants...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total value of student loans outstanding has been at the end of each year between 1993–94 and 2003–04.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are in teacher training colleges in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) outer London, (d) inner London and (e) England; and what...

      Training and Enterprise Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what legal action has been taken against the liquidators of training and enterprise councils by her Department; and what assessment she has...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how much has been raised from student tuition fees in each year since their introduction.

      UK Skills Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made on the link between the UK skills base and productivity growth and if she will make a statement.

      UK-Israel Joint Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the joint academic and research programmes involving the UK and Israel which have received UK Government funding since 2000.

  • House of Lords

    • Common Agricultural Policy: Rural Development Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What money United Kingdom farmers will receive under the rural development schemes in 2006, compared with the England rural development programme.

    • Armoured Vehicles: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date it was envisaged that training for tanks and armoured vehicles by the Landmark Training consortium would begin; and on what date it is envisaged that...

      Armoured Vehicles: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps were taken to ensure that the costings involved in providing training for tanks and armoured vehicles by other procurement strategies are directly and...

      Armoured Vehicles: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that training for tanks and armoured vehicles by other procurement strategies is at least as sufficient, timely and efficient...

      Cabinet Office: Sponsorship of Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual budget and the number of employees of each public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office for each of the past five years.

      Care Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will amend the national minimum standards for care homes to state explicitly that fresh drinking water must be available at all times to residents in...

      Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000: Section 61

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to implement Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 which abolishes the sentence of detention in a young offender institution.

      Driving: Mobile Telephones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many successful prosecutions there have been since December 2003 for the offence of speaking on a hand-held mobile telephone while driving; and how many fines...

      European Constitutional Treaty

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

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the role of the Lord Birt as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser includes offering advice on the role and structure of H M Treasury.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 June (WA 159), which organisations the Lord Birt has met since his appointment as the Prime...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From which departments the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, has had access to government papers; and Whether the Prime Minister's strategy...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, the Lord Birt, had access to the two Iraq dossiers prior to their publication in September 2002 and February 2003.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings of the Cabinet the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, has attended; and for what purpose.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, last met (a) the Secretary of State for Transport; (b) the Permanent Secretary of the Department...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many hours on average per week the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, the Lord Birt, spends on official business in Number 10 Downing Street.

      McKinsey and Co.

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

      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,...

      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...

      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...

      National Schools Competition Framework

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the partners involved in the development of the National Schools Competition Framework; and Which national governing bodies of sport were consulted in...

      Neonatal Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been undertaken to evaluate the link between the use of positive touch and improved outcomes for sick and premature babies; and What plans they...

      NHS: Suspensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many National Health Service consultants are currently suspended from duty, or excluded from work (a) in total; (b) following visits or inspections by the...

      NHS Estates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 27 June (WA 7), which individual items were sold to the former management of Inventures; and how much was paid...

      NHS: Land Use and Sales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the land sold off by the National Health Service since 1997 has (a) been built upon for housing; (b) been built upon for other purposes; (c) received...

      NHS: Land Use and Sales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the land owned by the National Health Service has not been built upon.

      NHS: Information Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 28 June (WA 19) (a) what mechanisms are in place to identify an attack on the information systems of the...

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they attach to addressing the problems of overweight and obesity at primary care level; what plans they have to increase the number of points...

      Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a physical education, school sport and club links survey was commissioned for 2004–05.

      Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005: Control Order Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the several hundred terrorists stated by the Prime Minister in a Woman's Hour broadcast to be on the streets of Britain are now subject to constraints...

      Prisons: Educational Materials Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for educational equipment and materials for the current year in HM Prison Service.

      Prisons: Staff Training Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for staff training for the current year in HM Prison Service.

      Privacy: Data Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to ensure that individuals affected by breaches of privacy caused by mistakes made by (a) government and other public bodies; and (b)...

      Public Order: Illegal Raves

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the police have up-to-date and adequate powers to deal effectively with the activities of those involved in organising illegal raves.

      Racially Motivated Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the extent of reported and recorded racially motivated incidents against people of Chinese origin in the United Kingdom.

      Schools: Financial Capability Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will now consider making teaching of personal financial management in schools, currently discretionary, compulsory.

      Sea Fishing (Restriction of Days at Sea) Order 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Secretary of State may, under Article 4(2)(b) of the Sea Fishing (Restriction of Days at Sea) Order 2005, allocate "further days" of absence from port to...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 15 June (WA 135), what their reasons are for not publishing the number of special advisers serving...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What interim information is available on excess tax credit payments and overpayments in 2004–05.

      Turkey: Religious Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make representations to the government of Turkey supporting the re-opening of the Greek Orthodox Christian seminary on the island of...

      Turkey: Religious Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Turkey over the treatment of the congregations and churches of the Syrian Orthodox Christians in that...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make a formal complaint against Zimbabwe in the United Nations and at the G8 summit.

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are operating a de facto moratorium on the forcible return of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe.

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