Written answers

Wednesday, 20 July 2005

  • Solicitor-General

    • Parliamentary Question

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) formal job titles and (b) grades were of the officials involved in drafting the parliamentary answer to Baroness Ramsey (HL2172); and from which...

    • Serious Fraud Trials

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the reasons are for deciding that serious fraud trials should not be decided by jury.

      Attorney-General (Publications)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list the publications issued by the Attorney-General's office in each of the last seven years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in the Law Offices in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees in each year;...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Housing Portfolio (London)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what plans the Church Commissioners have to sell off their remaining housing portfolio in London.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing further incentives for biofuel production.

    • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether feed-based sources of BSE continue to be a problem.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total UK carbon emissions were for (a) commercial buses, (b) other commercial vehicles, (c) cars, (d) trains and (e)...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual volumetric change in UK carbon emissions attributable to (a) aviation and (b) road vehicles was for each of...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the available EU Emissions Trading budget she estimates will be taken up by the aviation sector by 2040.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what percentage of UK carbon emissions aviation was responsible in (a) 1990 and (b) 2000; and what estimate she has made...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures toavoid the unintended presence of genetically modified organisms in other products her Department has taken,...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in establishing a liability regime in respect of GM crops.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what margin of buffer zone, in miles, she estimates is necessary to guarantee zero cross-contamination of non-GM crops by GM...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what weight her Department gives to (a) environmental and (b) human health considerations in determining its policy on the...

      Hydrology (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the seven outlets which drain into rivers in Lancashire, broken down by river.

      Pollution (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) air quality and (b) noise quality management areas there are in (i) St Albans and (ii) Hertfordshire; and how...

      Pollution (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of poor air quality on the structure of historic buildings in St. Albans; and what...

      Reach

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to discuss REACH during its EU Presidency; and if she will make a statement.

      Severn Trent (Ofwat Inquiry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will investigate the transparency of the recent Ofwat inquiry into Severn Trent.

      Severn Trent (Ofwat Inquiry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with Ofwat on its investigations into Severn Trent.

      Sewage Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties in Essex are not connected to the public sewer system.

      Sewage Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements there are on sewerage companies to accept delivered waste from cess pools and septic tanks for disposal at...

      Sewage Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sewage sludge has been licensed for disposal on farms in the Maldon District; and if she will make a statement.

      Sewage Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tests have been carried out on sewage sludge at Sheepcoates Farm, Great Totham, by the Environment Agency; and if she...

      Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what identified hazards the proposed sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations address that are not addressed by the Safe...

      Sustainable Development Action Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has provided to Government Departments regarding the drawing up of their sustainable development action plans.

      Sustainable Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the criteria applied by the Sustainable Procurement Taskforce to purchases by Government Departments.

      UN Environment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to support the transformation of the United Nations Environment Programme into a world environment...

      Warm Front Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the targets are for the number of properties to be improved by the Warm Front programme in (a) 2005–06, (b)...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what proportion of households in the Wessex Water supply area use metered water.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the obligations and requirements in relation to water abstraction licensing of water mills that derive power directly...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many gallons of extra water will be needed to supply the 7,000 extra new homes planned in St. Albans; and if she will...

  • Leader of the House

    • Management Consultants

      To ask the Leader of the House what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies...

  • Wales

    • Older People (Quality of Life)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with relevant Ministers on measures to improve the quality of life for older people in Wales.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the further devolution of legislative powers to Wales.

      Out-of-hours GP Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Secretaries on the cross-border implications of improvements to the out-of-hours GP services...

      Cross-border Health Issues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Health Secretary on cross-border health issues.

      GDP Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Secretary for Economic Development on levels of GDP in Wales.

      National Assembly (List Members)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to introduce legislation affecting the position of list members in the National Assembly for Wales.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the future of post offices in Wales.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are in adult education in each London borough per 1,000 population.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people she expects will be participating in apprenticeship schemes by the end of August; and if she will make a statement.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate her Department has made of the number of children in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley schools who have been victims of...

      Consultants

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

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will make a decision on schools to be awarded the current round of Targeted Capital Funding.

      English Wine

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

      Enterprise Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the (a) funding and (b) availability of the proposed business schools courses for 12 to 18-year-olds.

      Film Making

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants her Department has made to film-makers in the past three years; what the object of the films were; and what amounts were given.

      Langland Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to receive Sir Alan Langland's report on higher education and access to the professions; and when the Government expect to...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 841W, on mathematics, how many pupils sat for advanced extension awards in...

      Ministerial Meetings/Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many meetings she has had with hon. Members since the general election; and what the purpose of each meeting was.

      Ministerial Meetings/Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many constituencies (a) she and (b) her Ministers have visited since the general election; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration...

      Pupil Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how many children in Hornsey and Wood Green attend school outside the constituency.

      School Attendance (Milton Keynes)

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

      School Attendance (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children who live in Milton Keynes attend a school in another local authority; and how many children in each school in Milton...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to encourage all schools to show all existing and all new pupils the clip from Jamie Oliver's programme...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills how many school children in Hornsey and Wood Green (a) receive free school mealsand (b) pay for schools meals, broken down by school.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school children in Sheffield, Hallam are eligible for free school meals; and what the take-up was in each year since 1997.

      Schools (Violence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of school staff who have been victims of physical violence from students in (a) London and (b)...

      Secondary Education (Wellingborough and Rushden)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on secondary education in Wellingborough and Rushden.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will establish a commission to examine the funding of undergraduate education and different schemes for the repayment of graduate...

      Synthetic Phonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 1026W, on Synthetic Phonics, whether she is in a position to announce the...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate her Department has made of the number of school staff who have been victims of physical abuse from students in (a) Ribble...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1634–5W, on teacher recruitment, what proportion of teachers were...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have been employed in Ribble Valley schools in each of the last five years.

      Youth Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation arrangements are in place to assess the (a) quality and (b) effectiveness of the alternative provision available to young...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Coal Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many coal mines closed in each financial year since 1975.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many consultants were employed by his Department in each of the last three years; and what their names were.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon dated 10 December 2004 regarding Carnaby Kitchens.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to revise the legislative position on controls on arms brokering to ensure that UK citizens are unable to exploit a legal...

      Departmental Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Range 3 officials in his Department progressed to Range 4 in each of the last four years for which figures are available, broken down...

      Departmental Purchasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the...

      Discrimination Law Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will set out the remit and timetable of the Discrimination Law Review.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of electricity generated to meet demand was contributed by each mode of generation in the last period for which figures are...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account he took of the report of ASE management consultants on the privatisation of the Export Control Organisation in determining...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of the Export Control Organisation.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish the findings of the Peer Review on the methodology for calculating fuel poverty figures for England.

      Home Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance is given to staff in his Department who wish to work from home, broken down by grade.

      Industry and Parliament Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total public sector financial support was for the Industry and Parliament Trust in each year from 2001–02 to 2006–07; and...

      International Trade Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average salary was of International Trade Advisers employed by the regional development authorities in the last period for which...

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to promote the uptake of liquid petroleum gas (a) in petrol stations and (b) among consumers.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many petrol stations in England sell liquid petroleum gas.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the extent to which UK manufacturing job losses can be prevented through better regulation.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many claims for vibration white finger have been submitted in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) the United Kingdom registered as being under the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 July to Question reference 9089, which Ministers agreed that the Department would negotiate the strategy with the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many deceased claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from (a) Beresfords solicitors and (b) all solicitors have been rejected or...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Union of Democratic Mineworkers has been paid in fees for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) claims and (b)...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) deceased chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) claims and (b) total COPD claims have been registered by the Union of...

      Miners' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the European Directive on Investment on the Department's role in relation to the (a)...

      Miners' Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current value of the Investment Reserve Fund in the (a) Miners' Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme is.

      Newspapers and Magazines (Distribution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress he has made in promoting agreement between retailers and publishers with regard to the future distribution of newspapers and...

      Non-agricultural Market Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Government's position on the Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of nuclear power stations; what proportion of electricity carried across the National Grid is...

      Ofgem (Social Action Plan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response he will make to the conclusions on prepayment meter users in the Public Accounts Committee's recent report on Ofgem's Social...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what offices regional development agencies have outside the UK; and what the cost of each was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Rental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was paid by his Department in rent on (a) 1 Victoria Street, (b) 10 Victoria Street, (c) Kingsgate House and (d) 151 Buckingham...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many days the Department has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Small Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small arms were exported by G8 countries to (a) Sudan, (b) Uganda, (c) Democratic Republic of Congo, (d) Zimbabwe, (e) Ivory Coast,...

      Spam Emails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of spam emails to UK business in the last period for which figures are available.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the special advisers to his Department; what the area of expertise of each is; and what the employment cost of special...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will reverse the decision to reduce the expenditure UK Trade and Investment allocates to export development; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicle Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) trucks and (d) bus and coaches were built in the UK in each of the last three years; and how many people are...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications have been made to his Department in connection with the proposed development of the Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the coast of...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the relative efficiency of each mode of electricity generation.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many wind farms are in operation in Scotland; what plans there are to build more wind farms in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the recent Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations at Doha.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from and when he next plans to meet UK and foreign business representatives regarding the...

  • Minister for Women

    • Institutionalised Sexism

      To ask the Minister for Women what guidance her Department has recently issued to organisations in the public sector on combating institutionalised sexism.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Mail Services

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the provision of parliamentary mail services.

  • Defence

    • Airlift Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what type of aircraft (a) constitute the airlift capacity and (b) are planned to constitute the airlift capacity in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015;...

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme as it applies to servicemen and women who have experienced hearing loss.

      Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) state schools and (b) independent schools have (i) army, (ii) sea and (iii) air cadets.

      Counter-insurgency Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons he has drawn from past counter-insurgency campaigns overseas on the effects of announcing in advance timetables for the withdrawal of forces.

      Critical Manning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the critical manning groups which have been identified in each of the three services; and what the shortfall against requirement was in...

      Defence Assistance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total cost of the Defence Assistance Fund was for each of the last four years; how much of that funding in each year was used to promote...

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Fire Study Recommendations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which recommendations made in the Fire Study 2000 have been implemented to date.

      Headquarters Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the co-location of headquarters land.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to monitor the prevalence of noise-related hearing loss among servicemen and women serving in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Iraqi government on testing for Iraqi citizens who have been exposed to depleted uranium ammunition deployed by the...

      Japanese Internees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will apologise to Professor Jack Hayward and others for the distress caused by maladministration in the development and announcement of the ex...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management...

      Royal Navy Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships have been (a) decommissioned and (b) mothballed in each of the last 10 years.

      Sollis Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Sollis Project.

      Sonar 2087

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels are due to be fitted with Sonar 2087; and by what dates.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Trafalgar and (b) Swiftsure-class submarines are (i) operational and (ii) non-operational; and for what reasons each non-operational submarine...

      Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the top four reasons provided in exit surveys in the (a) Naval Service and (b) Royal Air Force for personnel leaving were; and what proportion of...

      TA Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum qualification is for a Territorial Army private soldier to be called up for deployment.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the planned in-service date will be for each Type 45 Destroyer; (2) whether it remains his intention that eight Type 45 Destroyers will be...

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK war graves there are in (a) Singapore, (b) Malaysia, (c) Hong Kong, (d) Burma, (e) India, (f) Pakistan and (g) Thailand; what the cost was of...

      War Graves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the War Graves Commission in (a) Europe, (b) Asia and (c) the Middle East.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost of consultants employed by the British Library was in each of the past five years.

    • British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average length of contracts awarded to consultants at the British Library was in each of the past five years.

      British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultants have become permanent members of staff of the British Library following the end of their contract in each of the...

      British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the added value made to the British Library by consultants employed by them in each of the past five years.

      British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff are employed by the British Library in (a) Boston Spa, (b) St. Pancras and (c) Colindale.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which village halls and community centres have benefited from Lottery funding in the Hertford and Stortford constituency since 1997.

      Olympics 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the implications are of the successful bid to hold the 2012 Olympic Games in London for the (a) workload and (b) staffing levels of...

      Olympics 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assurances the Government have given to the International Olympic Committee of financial guarantees for the London Olympics in the...

      Young People (Summer Activities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, columns 550–51, to the hon. Member for Worsley (Barbara Keeley), on young...

      Youth Development Sport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to sporting schemes and youth development through sport in (a) Teesside and (b) Middlesbrough...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Airwave System

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the evaluation he has made of the Airwave system in advance of a decision on Firelink.

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the remit and membership of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force.

      Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.

      Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether occupied Crown property is exempt from council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition of (a) composite hereditament and (b) hereditament is used for council tax purposes.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the penalties are for non-payment of council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 298W, on council tax, what the percentage second homes council tax discount levied by the local...

      Council Tax/Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what circumstances Travellers in unauthorised developments may be liable for business rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Purchasing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years;...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what evidence the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick), based the comment in his letter of 1...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total cost of establishing the proposed regional Fire Control Centre for south-east England.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent cuts in the number of fire engines at Euston and Bethnal Green and the closure of Manchester Square...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to conclude the procurement process for Firelink.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list representations he has received on the Firelink Project.

      Group 4 Securicor

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by his Department and any public body or agency for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor in the past year; and...

      Gypsy/Traveller Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the Gypsy and Traveller sites that have benefited from a refurbishment grant since the scheme was introduced, broken down by (a) date, (b) cost,...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many press officers the Department and its predecessors employed in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Regional Emergency Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role chief fire officers will have in signing off the safety case for the introduction of regional emergency control centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Housing Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the recommended investment strategy is for each regional housing board for 2006 to 2008.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recompense for legal costs is available to individuals investigated by the Standards Board for England; and if he will make a statement.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints investigated by the Standards Board for England in each of the past three years have related to elected councillors.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints to the Standards Board for England about (a) Labour, (b) Conservative, (c) Liberal Democrat, (d) Independent and (e) other parties'...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department has undertaken research into the average cost of defending oneself in an investigation undertaken by the Standards Board for England.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people the Standards Board for England employs; and in what capacity each person is employed.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are eligible for investigation by the Standards Board for England.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of complaints made to the Standards Board for England have been about (a) elected representatives, (b) members of police authorities, (c) members...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average time was for a case referred to the Standards Board for England to be resolved in each year since its inception.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what training investigating officers in the Standards Board for England receive in local government before starting employment; and how long such training lasts.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of investigations officers employed by the Standards Board for England have previously worked in local government.

      Thurrock Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total cost has been of the Thurrock Development Corporation; and if he will make a statement; (2) when the chief executive of the Thurrock...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press the Afghan administration to take steps to prevent people associated with making substantial income from the...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on the development of the justice sector in Afghanistan; and if...

      Bill Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Bills were sponsored by his Department in each Session since 1979.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Government have been consulted by either party regarding Iran's proposed assistance with the training and...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the extension of the nationality and entry into Israel law (temporary order) prohibiting residents or citizens of Israel...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government on the (a) apprehension, (b) imprisonment and (c) current restrictions...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his latest assessment is of the measures the Palestinian Authority is taking to prevent terror attacks being launched...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his latest assessment is of the progress made by the Palestinian Authority in implementing the recommendations of the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to tackle the trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe since the enlargement of the EU in 2004;...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made on the introduction of no-fly zones in Darfur.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2005, Official Report, column 1583W, on Uzbekistan, what response the Uzbek Government made to...

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) Commonwealth and (b) other countries have reciprocal measures in place with the United Kingdom to allow British...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy to support the creation of a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which non-governmental and voluntary organisations the British Embassy in Harare relies for monitoring and intelligence on...

  • Home Department

    • African Child Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children from Africa have been killed in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in respect of persons with a known disability.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been detained under Immigration Act 1971 powers in each of the last five years; at what stage of the asylum...

      Consultation (Faith Communities)

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

      Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has established the mechanism to monitor the use of new sentences under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 in order to assess the...

      Departmental Report (Production Cost)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total production cost of the Home Office Departmental Report 2004–05 was.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 382W, on domestic violence, if he will make it his policy to extend the...

      Fraud Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the Department has made with the second phase of its project, begun in November 2004, to explore the benefits, feasibility and...

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work undertaken with communities to tackle gun crime.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will modify ministerial statements, public documents and answers to parliamentary questions which refer to the privacy protection...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce an amendment to modify the Identity Card Bill so that personal information from the national register associated with...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the identity card will be a (a) contact and (b) contactless card.

      Identity Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1458W, on identity fraud/theft, what definition (a) he and (b) the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making with the proposed introduction of the National Offender Management Service.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the umbrellas purchased by the Passport Agency in the summer of 1999 for use by customers have been retained by the agency.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 911W, on passports, what the reasons are for the increase in the average unit...

      Payroll Giving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to advertise and promote recent changes to the Payroll Giving Grants programme.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths in police custody occurred in (a) West Yorkshire police authority and (b) the UK in each year since 2001.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department gives to police forces on the employment of interpreters (a) from the National Register of Public Service...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 144W, when the Metropolitan Police commenced checking the list of names; how...

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where the information about convicted prisoners in pre-sentence reports originates.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the proportion of ethnic minority staff in public prisons were at 1 July.

      Retina Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of retina identification where a person is wearing contact lenses.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 790W and 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 791W, what the reasons were...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people remanded into custody were given community penalties in each of the last five years; (2) how many convicted but...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Service Computer System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost has been to date of the computer system Xhibit used by the Court Service in Lincoln; whether she plans to...

    • Data Protection Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will introduce legislation to modify the Data Protection Act 1998 so that (a) the enforcement powers of the Information...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance is given to (a) the Crown Prosecution Service and (b) the Court Service with regard to participation in safety...

  • Transport

    • A14 (Kettering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2005, Official Report, column 612W, on traffic statistics, what options the Highways Agency is considering for...

    • Aviation (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints his Department has received about (a) night flights, (b) aircraft noise and (c) aircraft pollution in each year since 1997, broken...

      Bus Lanes (Motorcycles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will amend his Department's Local Transport Note 1/97, Keeping Buses Moving to take account of schemes which allow motorcycles to use bus lanes.

      Container Handling Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects there to be a shortfall in the UK's container handling capacity in (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07.

      Delayed Traffic Light Phasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of delayed traffic light phasing on (a) traffic management, (b) pedestrian safety, (c) noise pollution and...

      Departmental Purchasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last...

      Departmental Staff/Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Staff/Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the targets that his Department has set for itself during the next 12 months.

      Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how long the hydrogen fuel cell buses pilot scheme has been running; what the cost is; when the pilot is due to end; and what estimate has been...

      Investment Priorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about his priorities in investment over the next year.

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the light rail schemes which have commenced construction since 1997.

      Lorry Road User Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects a Lorry Road User Charge to commence operation in the UK.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the (a) M1, (b) M18 and (c) M62 motorways between London and Hull will be devoid of roadworks; (2) how many stretches of motorway on the...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in the last 12 months concerning the rules and restrictions which are in place in respect of motorway service...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why fencing is being erected adjacent to the northbound carriageway of the M1 motorway, north of Junction 11 where the motorway abuts open fields.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 motorway was closed between junctions 34 and 35 on 7 July; for how long the motorway was closed; and on whose authority it was...

      Moving Vehicles (Music Volume)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation to control the playing of loud music from a moving vehicle; and if he will make a statement.

      Passenger Transport (Fuel Consumption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average fuel consumption in miles per gallon per passenger was for (a) commercial buses, (b) trains and (c) UK airlines for typical load...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many extra (a) bus routes, (b) train services, (c) community bus services and (d) other forms of public transport provision have been provided in...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any feasibility study has been done (a) by his Department and (b) bodies working in conjunction with the Department on the practicality of...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Israeli government concerning security on public transport systems.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to award freight grants to encourage hauliers to place more freight on rail.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to increase investment to the Coventry and Nuneaton Rail Line.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of railway in England will be closed in the next (a) three and (b) five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Association of Train Operating Companies on congestion charging for rail travel.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken by his Department to draft regulations following primary legislation was in 2004–05.

      Renewables Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to apply the Renewables Transport Fuel Obligation; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Haulage Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Road Haulage Forum has met in each year since its establishment.

      Roads Budget (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central funding Milton Keynes unitary authority has received for its roads budget in each year since 1997.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days the Department has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to change the process for awarding the franchise held by South West Trains.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed related accidents occurred in (a) each of the three years before and (b) each year since the introduction of the speed camera at the...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers have been penalised in the North Wales Police force area in each of the last three years as a result of detection by (a) fixed and (b)...

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the possible effects on the UK economy of a requirement for beneficiaries of the tonnage tax to employ only UK officers...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to use (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and (b) motor insurance databases to reduce the number of uninsured drivers.

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2005, Official Report, column 613W, on Vehicle Registration, what changes there have been to the requirement or option...

      Yellow School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the yellow school bus pilots on traffic congestion.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children in Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children of school age in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK live in a family where...

    • Consultants

      Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which consultants have been employed by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Consultants

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

      Coventry Area Pathfinders (IT Problems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the IT problems in the Coventry area Pathfinders have been resolved.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising in the last three...

      Departmental IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's IT projects are categorised as red light; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much staff time, and at what grade, has been spent at relevant assessment panels and moderating meetings in (a) 2003–04 and (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Union Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many trade union learning representatives there are in his Department.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the time periods after which publications are removed from his Department's website.

      Disability Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have been registered for disability allowance in the Mid-Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency in each year since 1997.

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance there were in Wrexham in each year since 1997, broken down...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what measures are in place to ensure that those on housing benefit are not discouraged from returning to work; (2) what assessment he...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether IT systems used to administer housing benefit by local authority departments, local Jobcentre Plus offices and his Department are able...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on costs of the introduction of the local housing allowance across England; and if he...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients were subject to the single room rent restriction on 1 April.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether housing benefit paid to council tenants is funded from (a) social security funds, (b) local authority funds and (c) central Government...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the countries to which incapacity benefit claimants may move and continue to receive their benefit; and in which...

      Medical Examination Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to close medical examination centres; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Examination Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list medical examination centres in the UK.

      Medical Examination Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria have been used in deciding the programme of closures of medical examination centres.

      Medical Examination Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of closure of the medical examination centre in Bolton on the residents of Bolton South East...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the merits of reducing the lower earnings limit to bring more low-paid workers into the National...

      Newtown Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will reverse the decision to close his Department's office in Newtown, Powys; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were entitled to pension credit in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; how many are currently entitled; and what estimate he has made of...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes have started winding up in each year since 1997.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many stakeholder pension schemes have been opened in each year since 2002.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the expenditure on national insurance rebates for those contracted out of the (a) State Earnings Related Pension...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the cost of state second pension payments in 2026 if no new rights are accrued from 2006 onwards; (2) if he will...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of retirement pension awards made in each of the last five years that were subsequently found to be...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of active stakeholder pension schemes in existence.

      Press Officers

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

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reform the Social Fund.

      Taxis

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

      Vaccine Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments have been made for adverse reactions to vaccines for (a) hepatitis B, (b) polio, (c) MMR, (d) tetanus and (e) influenza in...

      Vibration White Finger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue guidance to staff handling claims for reduced earnings allowance in respect of PD A11 (vibration white finger) to take account...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households there were in North East Milton Keynes with at least one person aged 75 years or over receiving the winter fuel payment in...

      Work Disincentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the disincentives to work that existed within the benefit system in 1997.

  • Treasury

    • Boundary Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population aged 18 years and over was at the last Census in each constituency agreed by the Boundary Commission as part of the current round of...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applications there have been for the new child trust fund nationally since its introduction; and how many children are eligible to receive...

      EU Directive 2001/17/EC

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on EU Directive 2001/17/EC.

      GDP (North-East)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the GDP per head is in (a) England, (b) the North East region, (c) the Tees Valley sub region and (d) Hartlepool.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average wage is in Beverley and Holderness.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of his Department's IT projects are categorised as red light; and if he will make a statement.

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of theExchequer what the total population was of each of the counties surrounding London in each year since 1975.

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population of (a) Stroud District and (b) Gloucestershire was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his plans for the red diesel rebate will affect the position of charter angling boats; and if he will make a statement.

      Registrar General

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications were received by the Registrar General during the period 1997 to 2004 in response to the concession announced on 21 April 1993 whereby...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 16 May requesting a meeting with the appropriate Minister to discuss the...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs are engaged in the handling, processing and analysis of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) returns; and what...

      Suicides

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) male and (b) female suicides there have been in each year since 1975.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been in receipt of the incorrect level of working tax credit, broken down by constituency; how many of these could not have been...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people have been waiting for an appeal relating to their tax credit payments in each month since 2002; (2) what the total number of appeals...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of the overpaid tax credit awards in 2003–04 he expects to be rectified; and if he will make a statement; (2) what proportion of the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of over-payment of tax credits are awaiting a decision in the Chorley constituency.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if HM Revenue and Customs will send all customers who have received an overpayment, a letter setting out (a) the total amount they owe, (b) the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the largest annual income for a household in receipt of tax credits was in the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the development of rural road networks in Africa.

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to withhold aid from any regime in Africa on the grounds of their political policies.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how he plans to ensure that UK aid and debt relief is directed to those who need it most in Africa.

      African Health Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many health workers were recruited from Africa by the respective G8 countries in each of the past 10 years for which records are...

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of the G8 countries are willing to sign the proposed international Arms Trade Treaty.

      Court of Auditors

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for International Development what the status is of (a) investigations and (b) court cases resulting from ineligible expenditure referred to in paragraph...

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much debt is owed by each developing country; (2) who the top 20 creditor nations to the developing world are; and how much...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of EU development assistance in the Democratic Rupublic of the Congo; and if he will...

      Departmental Purchasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what aid his Department gave to Equatorial Guinea in 2004–05; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will make a...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what agreements the G8 countries reached during the Gleneagles summit on promoting the sale of fair trade goods.

      G8 (Africa/Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the $25 billion in new money for development for Africa committed at the recent G8 meeting will be paid by (a) the UK and...

      G8 (Africa/Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the $25 billion in new money for development for Africa agreed at the recent G8 meeting is planned to be allocated to (a)...

      G8 (Africa/Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the $3 billion aid package for the Palestinian Authority agreed by the G8 is intended for (a) Gaza and (b) the West Bank.

      G8 (Africa/Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the $3 billion aid package for the Palestinian authority agreed by the G8 is being contributed by the UK; and how it is to...

      G8 (Africa/Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures have been taken to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of aid promised to the Palestinian Authority...

      G8 (Africa/Palestine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions took place in advance of the G8 summit between members of the G8 and the Palestinian Authority in respect of aid to...

      Gender Equality (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of the funds pledged during the Gleneagles Summit will be used to promote gender equality in Africa; (2) what...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of gross domestic product was allocated to aid to developing countries in each of the last 30 years.

      Health Care (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the Government's policy is on charging user fees for healthcare in developing countries; (2) what discussions he has had...

      Health Care (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he expects user fees for healthcare in developing countries to be addressed at the G8 summit.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of British emergency aid in the aftermath of the Iranian earthquake in Bam.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list Bills sponsored by his Department in each Session since 1997.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what sums have been allocated to fight malaria in (a) Kenya, (b) Burundi, (c) Ethiopia, (d) Malawi and (e) Eritrea, with particular...

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what budget has been allocated to fund the provision of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in Africa in 2005–06; and for how...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK Government aid has been allocated to the treatment of (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) tuberculosis and (c) malaria in Malawi in each of...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list non-governmental organisations in Malawi that seek to reduce poverty to which his Department has allocated funding in...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what agreements were reached at the G8 summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goal to reduce by half the...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what agreements were reached at the G8 summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goal target to reduce by...

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what agreements were reached at the G8 summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to deal...

      Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action has been taken by his Department to address the food shortage in Niger.

      Npad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which African Union countries have had their country reviewed under the Africa Peer Review Mechanism of the New Partnership for African...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent measures have been introduced to facilitate the reform of Palestinian security forces.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in coordinating stronger ties between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in order to address Palestinian...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what cooperation his Department has received from members of the Arab League in alleviating poverty in the Palestinian Territories.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of Israeli proposals to provide transport links between the West Bank and Gaza.

      School Twinning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills establishing a scheme to twin schools in this country with...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days the Department has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the number of displaced Somalis crossing the border into Kenya to escape fighting; and whether his...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the use of British aid in Sri Lanka following the tsunami.

      Statutory Instrument Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the statutory instruments sponsored by his Department since 1997.

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the activities of the United Nations Population Fund on rates of abortion and...

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list countries represented on the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund.

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's funding for water and sanitation projects; and what proportions of this funding are...

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which water and sanitation projects funded by his Department in the financial years (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 were (i)...

      World Bank and IMF

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote oversight of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund by the parliaments of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • 999 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many emergency 999 calls were made in Northern Ireland in the last five years, broken down by emergency service.

    • Acute Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average bed occupancy rate for each acute hospital in Northern Ireland was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Audiology Goods and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce direct referral of patients in need of a hearing aid from GP to audiology clinic.

      Cancer Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was spent on cancer research in Northern Ireland in the last 10 years.

      Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of each consultation exercise carried out by Northern Ireland Government Departments in the last five years.

      Costello Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) the Department of Education and (b) each education and library board plans to spend in (i) the 2005–06 financial year and...

      Dla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are in receipt of the high rate mobility component of disability living allowance, broken down by (a) constituency, (b) council...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in Northern Ireland in (a) 1995–96, (b) 1996–97 and (c) 2004–05.

      DRD Retail Planning Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the timescale for public consultation on the Department of Regional Development's Retail Planning Policy document.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the recently announced £12.5 million education funding will be allocated to the (a) pre-school, (b) primary school, (c)...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time equivalent posts for educational psychologists there are in (a) each education and library board and (b) Northern Ireland;...

      Emergency Services (Attacks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks have been recorded on members of each emergency service in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      English Language Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will assess the adequacy of English as an additional language support in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland.

      Hospital Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many telephone calls were received each week on average by each of the hospitals in the Province in the last period for which figures are...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency unit beds there are in hospitals in Northern Ireland; how many (i) nursing and (ii) other...

      Message in a Bottle Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce to Northern Ireland the Message in a Bottle Scheme used in Scotland.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the report of the departmental study group on the impact on churches and others opposed to gambling of reliance of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are in receipt of state retirement pensions in each (a) constituency, (b) council area and (c) postcode area in Northern Ireland.

      Personal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what response he plans to make to the report submitted by the inter-departmental group on personal care to the Northern Ireland Executive on 8...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many typist posts there were within the Police Service Northern Ireland on 1 January; and how many are anticipated to be required at (a) 1...

      Pupil Expulsions/Misbehaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were (a) suspended for a time and (b) permanently expelled from a school in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years,...

      Pupil Expulsions/Misbehaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were responsible for (a) bullying of a pupil, (b) physical attack on staff and (c) verbal abuse of staff in each school in the...

      Reasonable Chastisement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what timetable he expects to be followed for legislation to amend the law on reasonable chastisement in Northern Ireland; whether he expects...

      Replica Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many crimes have been committed in each of the last three years where replica firearms have been used.

      Residential Addresses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residential addresses there are in each (a) constituency, (b) council area and (c) postcode area in Northern Ireland.

      School Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to review arrangements for school governance in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken to process and determine an application for a statement of special educational needs was in (i)...

      Speech/Occupational Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many established full-time equivalent posts there are in each health and social services board for (a) speech therapists and (b)...

      Super Output Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the super output areas (SOAs) in North Belfast that are in the top 10 percent. of most deprived SOAs in Northern Ireland.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the unemployment rate in Northern Ireland was in each of the last 10 years.

      Water Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Government's proposals for reform of water rates in Northern Ireland are intended to be revenue-neutral.

  • Health

    • Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry" Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to respond to the Health Select Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2004–05, on the Influence of the Pharmaceutical...

    • Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 201W, on adverse drug reactions, what the comparable figures for (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c)...

      Adverse Drug Reactions (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of bed days lost due to adverse drug reactions in (a) 50 to 64-year-olds, (b) 65 to 74-year-olds and (c) over...

      Alcohol-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 728W, to the hon. Member for Southend West, (Mr. Amess) on hospitals (alcohol-related...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned to determine more cost-effective ways of treating Alzheimer's disease in addition to that being undertaken by the...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulances there are in Lancashire; and if she will make a statement; (2) how many ambulances are operated by Lancashire ambulance trust;...

      Arm's Length Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arm's length bodies have been (a) established and (b) dissolved by her Department since 30 November 2004.

      Arm's-length Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff (a) by headcount and (b) by full-time equivalent, were employed in the arm's length bodies contained in her Department's review of arm's...

      Bed Occupancy Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average bed occupancy rate for each acute hospital in England was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Broadmoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people with Asperger's Syndrome are resident at Broadmoor; (2) how many people diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome have left Broadmoor in...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out by her Department into the effectiveness of Anastrozole in treating breast cancer.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is taking to expedite approval of cancer treatments.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS facilities in England which test for Chlamydia (a) exclusively use the nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), (b) use NAAT alongside other...

      Clinical Decisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the conclusion of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Citizens' Council on the account to be taken...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total level of financial provision by the NHS in England is for future liabilities in respect of clinical negligence; if she will estimate what...

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have settled claims out of court for operations that resulted in the patient becoming permanently disabled in each of the...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the EU Clinical Trials Directive on (a) the (i) administrative burden involved in undertaking and (ii) cost...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1344–45W on Clostridium difficile, what the first date was on which Clostridium...

      Commission for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has initiated a review of the powers available to the Commission for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence following the recommendations in the...

      Complementary Medical Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish for consultation proposals for the statutory regulation of complementary and alternative medical practitioners.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances letters signed by hon. or right hon. Members and sent to her on behalf of constituents are answered by e-mails sent by customer...

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharge patients there were in hospital in the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area; and...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units there are in England which specialise in the care of people with early onset dementia; and where they are situated.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what inspection procedures are in place for the work of dentists who undertake NHS work.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the percentage of (a) adults, (b) children and (c) the total population registered with (i) a general dental services dentist and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of NHS dental care in Rotherham.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time was for (a) a digital hearing aid assessment and (b) the routine supply of a digital hearing aid to wearers of...

      Drugs Blacklist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which drugs are blacklisted from NHS prescriptions; what the reason is for the inclusion of each on the list; and when each drug was blacklisted.

      Drugs Blacklist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether generic substitutes are available for those drugs that are blacklisted from NHS prescriptions; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs Blacklist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library her Department's guidance to pharmacists about the blacklisting of drugs from NHS prescriptions ; and if she will make a...

      Drugs Blacklist

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which drugs have been removed from the NHS prescription blacklist in each year since 1997.

      Elderly Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the number of people who have had to sell their homes to pay for their long-term elderly care since 1997.

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department was consulted by Oxford primary care trust about its decision to expand a pilot scheme offering free morning-after pills to...

      General Nursing Council Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the General Nursing Council Inspector has ceased to visit hospitals.

      Health Bodies (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place between the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group and the...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at which sites the Health Protection Agency operates; how many full-time equivalent staff work at each site; what the specialisms of the agency are at...

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of overall funding to improve eating habits in 2005–06 is allocated to improving children's diets; and how much she plans to...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hip replacement operations were performed in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.

      Illicit Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made by the (a) Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and (b) her Department of the amount of medicine purchased by...

      Illicit Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made by the (a) Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and (b) her Department of the amount of undetected counterfeit...

      Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the organisations and individuals consulted before the consultation on the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service was issued; and...

      Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the consultation document on the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service have been produced; at what cost; and if she will make a...

      Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations were sent copies of the consultation document on the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service; how many were sent to each; and if...

      Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the head of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service to be appointed; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been allocated to mental health services for people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years or over as part of the National...

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a compromise agreement was signed by Mersey Regional Ambulance Service and their Chief Executive prior to her departure from the organisation.

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to collect information on the number of MRI scans carried out in the County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority area.

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the care offered to those with myasthenia gravis.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures she has put in place to ensure the safety of commercial cloth laundering services supplying NHS maternity wards with communally...

      National Infection Control Manual

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish a national infection control manual.

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on NHS hospital neonatal care has been in each of the last eight years.

      Neonatal Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to introduce mandatory neonatal testing for cystic fibrosis in all English hospitals.

      NHS Staff Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish Counter Fraud and Security Management Service figures on the number of prosecutions of persons alleged to have assaulted a member of...

      No Secrets Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 107W, on No Secrets Guidance, what data are being collected by the Commission for Social...

      Osteoporosis Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the availability of treatments for osteoporosis following publication of the National Institute for Health and...

      Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy considerations underlay the abolition of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.

      Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat steps she plans to take to promote partnership working between NHS trusts, patient representatives and the voluntary sector to develop a patient-led NHS.

      Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent employees there are at the Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority centre in the City of Newcastle; and what plans she has for the...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by each primary care trust in (a) Essex and (b) Greater London on NHS prescriptions in each year since 1997.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of (a) a national health service prescription and (b) a private prescription was in each year since 1975.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget deficits of London primary care trusts were in 2004–05; and what the projected budget deficits are for 2005–06.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the number of children currently being prescribed Ritalin.

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to publish the findings of its investigation of pharmaceutical companies...

      Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to alleviate the financial deficit of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

      Single Assessment Process/Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work is being undertaken by her Department to ensure that the Single Assessment Process and the Supporting People programme complement each other in...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who fell ill as a result of second hand smoke in (a) Huddersfield, (b) the West Yorkshire primary care...

      Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time taken is to process an application for registration with the General Social Care Council.

      Stroke Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition her Department uses for data collection purposes of specialist stroke service.

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she takes to control taxi use by officials in her Department.

  • House of Lords

    • A518

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will install traffic calming systems on the A518 between Weston-upon-Trent and Uttoxeter in Staffordshire; and, if so, what form such systems will take.

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What most recent statistics they have to indicate when abortions take place most often in terms of (a) the marital status of the woman; (b) the age of the woman;...

      Abortion Act 1967: Section 4

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When it first became necessary for a physician with a conscientious objection to abortion, who intends to rely on Section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967, to refer a...

      Anti-social Behaviour: "Respect Agenda"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to implement their "respect agenda".

      Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 12 July (WA 137), what would be the estimated cost of providing information to the public about...

      Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What records are kept about the detention of asylum seekers under statutory powers.

      Dentistry: Central Vacancy System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the central vacancy system for new dentists was established; how much the system costs each year; how information on vacancies is passed on to new dentists;...

      Department for Transport: Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts exist between the Department for Transport and the Transport Research Laboratory; and in each case, what is the nature of the contract; what is...

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will issue a replacement driving licence on the basis of a telephone application if the owner purports to have...

      General Practitioners: Treatment of Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of points currently available for assessing practice remuneration under the existing general practitioner's contract; how many of those...

      Great Heck and Upton Nervet: Vehicle and Train Collisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of recent crashes involving vehicle and train collisions at Great Heck and at Upton Nervet; how these costs are broken down between insurance...

      Hepatitis C Inadvertent Blood Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applicants to the Skipton Fund for patients infected with hepatitis C as a result of National Health Service treatment with blood or blood products have...

      Hepatitis C Inadvertent Blood Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent representations they have received from Mrs Sue Threakall, the widow of a haemophilia patient who died from hepatitis C infection contracted from...

      Homicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9 June (WA 96), why constabularies with responsibility for Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow,...

      Honours Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the announcement of the new chairs of honours committees, when they expect to publish the names of the members of these committees.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any proposal to cap the charges for identity cards would be consistent with HM Treasury guidelines that costs should be recovered in full and that the...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government What they plan to achieve by HM Treasury's study of the costs of the identity card scheme.

      Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they propose to do about the 900 inheritance tax returns which are still outstanding after three years.

      Intermediate Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy towards the provision of intermediate care in general practitioner beds in community hospitals; and Which community hospitals, listed by...

      Justice and Community Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the conclusion of their consultation on Inspection Reform: Establishing an Inspectorate for Justice and Community Safety, how many responses were...

      London: Terrorist Attacks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many minutes elapsed after each of the four explosions in London on 7 July before it was established that radioactive material had not been released into the...

      London: Terrorist Attacks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance has been provided by the United Kingdom's partner security and intelligence agencies in the relevant European Union member states to the...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government On how many occasions since his appointment the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, the Lord Birt, has met the chief executive of the National Health Service; and,...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government Further to the letter of 5 October 2001 published by the Cabinet Office setting out the terms of the Lord Birt's contract as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser,...

      McKinsey and Co.

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

      National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What internal indicators the Department of Health will use to measure the implementation of the Children's National Service Framework; and whether the development...

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to publish details of the new contract for National Health Service dentists.

      NHS: Ownership of Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total acreage of land owned by the National Health Service in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 22 June (WA 179), whether the one member of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to publicise the changes to personal and workplace pensions, which come into force on 6 April 2006

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Pensions Commission was not required to include an integrated analysis of all categories of savings, rather than just pension savings, in its report of...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government How many employers made refunds of tax to HM Treasury following refunding of pension contributions from pension funds to employers in connection with pension fund...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to persuade more companies to automatically enrol workers into pension schemes in companies where group personal or stakeholder pensions already...

      Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long the Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit has existed; and what plans they have for its future.

      Racially Motivated Incidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any concerns about the level of racially motivated incidents and crimes against people of Chinese origin in Wigan, Glasgow and Northern Ireland;...

      Railways: Level Crossings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum speed at which a train can approach a level crossing on the high speed network; what is the estimated stopping distance and time required to...

      Road Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to each police force in England and Wales regarding the enforcement of existing laws to tackle (a) inappropriate or excessive...

      Road Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Association of Chief Police Officers or the Chief Superintendents Association of England and Wales regarding the problem of...

      Road Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a strategy to tackle the problem of (a) inappropriate or excessive speeding; (b) the use of illegal number plates; and (c) the fitting of illegal...

      Rural Maps

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the written Answer by the Lord Bach on 29 June (WA29), whether the quality assurance checks covered all of the input; and what level of correction was...

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 10 January (WA 19–20), when they intend to publish their policy document Grey Squirrels in...

      Tax Credits

      asked her Majesty's Government Why, in 2003–2004, 1.9 million tax credit awards resulted in the overpayment of benefits and 719,000 awards in underpayments.

      Tax Credits: Helpline

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they employ 3,200 civil servants to administer the Government's tax credit helpline.

      Tax: E-commerce

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount of tax they estimate was lost during the last financial year due to e-commerce.

      Vat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to prevent non-European Union retailers selling products valued at under £18 to United Kingdom consumers without charging VAT.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will address the different levels of vehicle excise duty paid by United Kingdom registered lorries and non-United Kingdom registered lorries during...

      Wales: Governance

      asked Her Majesty's Government What criteria must be satisfied before the Secretary of State for Wales will "refuse to lay a draft Order in Council before Parliament" (Better Governance for...

      Working Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to transfer the administration of working tax credits from employers to HM Revenue and Customs.

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