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Written answers

Monday, 10 October 2005

  • Solicitor-General

    • Army Prosecution Authority

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many times the Attorney-General (1) has intervened in cases being investigated by the Army Prosecution Authority in each year since 1996; (2) has intervened in...

    • Alcohol Sales (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions were brought by the Crown Prosecution Service in Southend against (a) nightclubs and (b) public houses for supplying alcohol to under-aged...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many letters to the Law Officers from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service in London have not been proceeded with because of the unwillingness of witnesses to give evidence in each...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidelines on Government policy on domestic violence the Crown Prosecution Service followed before making its decision to drop criminal charges relating to an...

      Handcuffs (Exports)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what action is to be taken in response to the report submitted to the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office by HM Revenue and Customs into large hiatt handcuffs; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list UK-based law firms that have been involved in legal cases in which all proceedings are complete in support of claims by foreign nationals against Her...

      Military Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on European Court of Justice case C-61·03 OJ C132 vol. 48, of 28 May, on the decommissioning of military nuclear waste.

  • Defence

    • Security, Terrorism and the UK" Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has read the report, Security, Terrorism and the UK", jointly published by the Economic and Social Research Council and Chatham House.

    • Aarhus Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on UK participation in the Aarhus Convention as it applies to freedom of information obligations in environmental affairs of...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's latest estimate is of the (a) complement, (b) displacement and (c) cost of the future aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces (Overseas Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) servicemen and (b) servicewomen serving in the UK armed forces are from overseas; what nations are represented in each of the services; in...

      Armed Forces Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list UK armed forces units hatted for potential deployment with (a) EU and (b) NATO units.

      Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects Bowman to be fully operational.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department has spent on military aid to Colombia in each of the last five years.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions the Defence Export Services Organisation has provided advice to UK companies on the selection of agents in the last 12...

      European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the work plans of the European Defence Agency are; what its cost has been to date; and if he will make a statement on its future.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the treaty basis is for those elements of the European Defence Agency that have already been established.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those elements of the UK defence industry duplicated by other EU defence industries; what the role is of the European Defence Agency in...

      Fuel Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Department's expenditure on fuel was in each of the last 10 years.

      Independent Assessor of Military Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons he did not allow the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints access to the Army records of 11 and 12 July 2004 North Belfast...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has made to the Iraqi Government concerning the pursuit of those guilty of the fatal attack on six British military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have served in Iraq to date; and how many were deployed there on 1 January and 1 July.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) ordnance and (b) weapons systems which have been intercepted on or in the vicinity of the Iraq/Iran border by (i) coalition forces,...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what computerisation or IT failures have occurred in projects managed by (a) his Department and (b) the various branches of the armed forces in each year...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has developed in the event of failure to secure agreement with the United States on technology transfer on the...

      Local Government Finance Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's representations to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the review of local government...

      Military Deployment (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the regular armed forces are serving in Northern Ireland.

      Military Personnel (Medals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel who have served (a) in Operation Telic in Iraq and (b) in Afghanistan since 2001 have been awarded a medal; how many eligible...

      National Service Conscripts Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to introduce a national service conscripts medal.

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK Government has paid Atomic Weapons Establishment Management Limited in each of the last 20 years.

      RAF Pilot Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of training a pilot (a) through and (b) by direct entry to the Royal Air Force.

      RAF Saxa Vord

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) trade union and (b) local consultation will take place on proposals to close RAF Saxa Vord; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on plans for call-out of reservists in support of operations in Afghanistan.

      Surface Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2005, Official Report, column 1540W, on surface fleet, which ships he expects will be available (a) on active service...

      TA/Cadet Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of each unit of the (a) Territorial Army and (b) cadet forces in Milton Keynes is; and if he will make a statement.

      Tain Air Weapons Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours the Tain Air Weapons Range was in use for training operations in 2004.

      Tain Air Weapons Range

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sorties were undertaken using the Tain Air Weapons Range in 2004 by (a) RAF aircraft and (b) non-RAF aircraft.

      Trident Nuclear Missile System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has held with the US Administration on purchasing a replacement for the Trident nuclear missile system.

      Trident/Vanguard Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a decision has been taken to replace the Trident D5 missiles and 4 Vanguard class submarines.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tests have been conducted on the Typhoon's weapons systems on the Gripen; and when he expects weapons testing on the Typhoon to be completed.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the decision by the Greek government to purchase the F-16 on the export potential of the Typhoon.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on missile integration for the Typhoon.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance the Government are providing to the Ugandan Government for training of soldiers in peacekeeping and protecting civilian populations in...

      UK Military Advice/Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training courses held in the UK the UK has provided to military personnel from overseas in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) country of...

      UK Military Advice/Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) extent and (b) impact of the UK's human rights training of foreign military personnel; and if he will make a...

      University Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes are planned for the operation of university air squadrons, with particular reference to flying instruction.

      University Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of university air squadrons in (a) making a risk assessment of potential pilots and (b) providing a link between...

      University Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role university air squadrons play in recruiting personnel to the Royal Air Force.

      University Air Squadrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of pilots entering the Royal Air Force since 1997 have passed through university air squadrons.

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what websites come under his Department's responsibility; and what the (a) cost and (b) number of visitors to those sites was in 2004–05.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Artists' Resale Right Regulations 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Design and Artists Copyright Society on the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2005; and when the...

    • Bank Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) social effects of increasing the number of bank holidays.

      Business Practice (Wage Labour)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to monitor the business practices of United Kingdom-based international corporations abroad, with particular reference...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect of the closure of nuclear power stations on UK carbon emissions for each of the next 15 years.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to ensure future offshore oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure are suitable for carbon sequestration.

      Charity Stamp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will encourage the Royal Mail to introduce a charity stamp, sold over the counter at a higher price than normal, with the surplus...

      Community Safety Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the status of the Community Safety Unit within his Department.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of the bids made for contracts...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total floor space area is of buildings (a) owned and (b) leased by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what he has identified as the most significant sustainable development impacts in relation to the operation of the estate of his Department.

      Departmental IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what computerisation or IT failures have occurred in projects managed by his Department in each year since 1997; what the contracted cost of...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of (a) copying paper and (b) paper for printed publications used by his Department in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what date his Department expects to implement in full the targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure...

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many vehicles for which the Department is responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what change there has been in road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions from his Department against a baseline year of 2003–04.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what change there has been in road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions from his Department against a baseline year of (a) 2003–04...

      Departmental Water Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry at which of his Department's sites he has identified opportunities for significant water savings.

      Departmental Water Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what change there has been in water consumption by his Department between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2005.

      Departmental Water Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what change there was in water consumption by his Department between 2002 and 31 March 2005.

      Departmental Water Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at which non office sites on his Department's estates he has identified opportunities for significant water savings.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what estimate he has made of the number of televisions which will be disposed of as household waste following the transfer to digital transmission.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets he has set for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve those targets.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what targets he has set for improving energy efficiency in his Department; and how he intends to achieve these targets.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has come from renewable sources in each year from 1997.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has come from renewable sources in each year since...

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Grocery Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many representations his Department has received in 2005 from (a) members of the public and (b) individual companies on (i) Tesco's market...

      Industrial Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases were brought against each local authority dealt with by industrial tribunals in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Matched Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1088W, on matched funding, how much of the funding came from the Government in...

      Patent Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many patent applications have been subject to secrecy orders in each of the last 10 years; and how many have subsequently been declassified.

      Petroleum/Oil Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effects on competition in petroleum retailing of adopting a refiner importer system for oil stocking...

      Petroleum/Oil Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received relating to compulsory stocking arrangements for oil and petroleum.

      Petroleum/Oil Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of a not-for-profit agency to administer oil storage obligations; and if he will make a statement.

      Phoenix Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants have been made to (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West from the Phoenix Fund.

      Post Offices (Hemel Hempstead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of local post offices in Hemel Hempstead constituency.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) non-departmental public bodiesand (b) executive agencies within the remit of his Department have regional offices based on the...

      Retailer Code of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has (a) commissioned, and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of the Retailer Code of Practice.

      Service Liberalisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consultations his Department has had with (a) other EU member states, (b) the European Commission and (c) the European Trade...

      Service Liberalisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that future UK submissions for EU offers to the World Trade Organisation will be subject in advance to...

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the occasions since 1 May 1997 when the Government have been challenged in European Courts over state aid; and which cases the...

      Statutory Paid Holiday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) UK business and (b) worker productivity of increasing the minimum amount of statutory...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will...

      Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average most favoured nation tariff (a) applied by the EU on imports from and (b) applied on EU exports to each of its significant...

      Telephone Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what facilities his Department has to deal with telephone inquiries in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

      Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment has been made of the likely impact Ofcom's proposed changes to (a) the 0870 number range and (b) 0845 numbers could have...

      Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action...

      UK Tyre Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK tyre manufacturers have relocated to bases in (a) Eastern Europe, (b) China and (c) South Korea in each year since 1997.

      Unwanted Text Messages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what facilities are available for people to report unwanted text messages advertising goods and services.

      Utility Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.

      Utility Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual spending by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has been on (i) water and sewerage services and (ii) electricity use in...

      Video-conferencing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many video-conferencing units are installed in (a) his Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have...

      Watermark Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has joined the Watermark project.

      Welsh Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how he intends to implement Paragraph 3.12 of the White Paper, Better Governance for Wales" (Cm 6582), in respect of any Bill he introduces in...

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what relative priority the Government places on financial support for wind energy options as compared with (a) other renewable options...

  • Scotland

    • European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b)...

      Media Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Department has spent on external media relations in each of the last 12 months.

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's policy is for dealing with and responding to correspondence received in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

    • Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b)...

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many special schools there are in Wales (a) in total and (b) in each constituency.

      Telephone Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what facilities his Department has to deal with telephone inquiries in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the UK is providing for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms he plans to put in place to ensure aid agreed at the G8 Summit directly benefits the African people.

      Aid Conditionality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what operational guidelines for departmental staff have been introduced to give effect to the policy set out in the publication...

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) has...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii)...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help provide humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced people of eastern Burma.

      Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Consultants

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

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many consultants have been employed by his Department to investigate reproductive health issues in each of the last 10 years for...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down...

      Debt Relief (Less Developed Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether poor countries which receive debt relief are expected to remove impediments to domestic and foreign private investment;...

      Debt Relief (Less Developed Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the adjustment of gross assistance flows by poor countries is taken into account when granting debt relief to them.

      Debt Relief (Less Developed Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what announcements his Department has made in respect of funds (a) pledged, (b) committed and (c) actually spent or delivered to...

      Debt Relief (Less Developed Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) press and (b) ministerial announcements his Department has released in each month of the last two years in which funds...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the websites that come under his Department's responsibility; what the cost was of each in the last year for which...

      El Salvador

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      European Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total level of support under the 8th European Development Fund was to (a) Zimbabwe, (b) Namibia, (c) Nigeria, (d) Co(r)te...

      Gleneagles Summit Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements have been put in place to ensure that targets set in the G8 Gleneagles communique" are (a) monitored and (b) delivered.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the estimated number of HIV positive people is in each country in sub-Saharan Africa; what percentage of the population this...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projections his Department has (a) made and (b) received of the number of children in sub-Saharan Africa infected with HIV in each...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his latest estimate is of mortality rates from AIDS in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department is funding to encourage use of prophylactics in the sex industry in places of high HIV incidence; and if...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness in the African population of sexually transmitted diseases, with particular...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports his Department has received on the progress of the joint funded Department for International Development/Medical Research...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) projects operating in the Palestinian Territories being (i) funded and (ii) partially...

      Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote parliamentary scrutiny in developing countries of the terms and conditions of aid...

      Parliamentary Scrutiny

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

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government are providing to the peace initiative in northern Uganda led by Betty Bigombe.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reasons allocated development aid is being withheld from the Government of Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to facilitate economic regeneration in northern Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been allocated to education and training programmes in northern Uganda in each of the last three years.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial, (b) material, (c) personnel and (d) other aid the UK Government (i) pledged, (ii) committed and (iii) delivered...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Boards of Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list Government Departments which have boards of directors; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total expenditure saved was in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many cars the Government Car Agency has, broken down by the form of fuel used.

      Hampton Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether all proposals from the Hampton Review will include comprehensive race equality impact assessments.

      Ministerial Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans there are to replace cars in the ministerial fleet with cars which use alternative fuel technology.

      Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many complaints the Parliamentary Ombudsman has received from hon. Members in the last 12 months, broken down by constituency; (2) how...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 112W, on private finance projects, what total value of assets and liabilities for...

      Recycled Tyres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the policy of the Government car service is on using recycled tyres on its vehicles; and how often this policy is reviewed; (2) whether...

      Strategy Unit Drugs Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the reasons were for withholding parts of the Strategy Unit Drugs Report; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Cleaners' Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what discussions have taken place between House officials and MITIE Cleaning and Emprise Services regarding...

    • Explanatory Notes

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make explanatory notes to bills available online in PDF format; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make the Official Report available online in PDF format; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliament Website

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will list the publications on the Parliament website that are available in (a) PDF, (b) HTML and (c)...

      Parliament Website

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps he is taking to increase the availability of PDF documents on the Parliament website.

      Parliament Website

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost was of the parliamentary website in the last year for which figures are available; and how many...

      Recycling

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to introduce recycling bins for glass and plastic material in communal...

      Recycling

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proportion of disposable cups and take-away containers purchased from the catering outlets in the...

  • Transport

    • A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the inspector's report into the A3 Hindhead improvement scheme.

    • A303

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for further dualling of the A303.

      A47 Soke Parkway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made with regard to the introduction of whisper-quiet road surfacing on the A47 Soke Parkway in Peterborough.

      Blackwall Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on the wider road network of the Blackwall tunnel refurbishment; and if he will make a statement.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total investment in quality bus corridors has been in each Passenger Transport Area in each of the last five years.

      Changing Development Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the local authorities who are members of changing development partnerships.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that London firms are given key roles in the development of Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on Brent residents of Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether a full cost benefit analysis has been made of the case for a Crossrail station at Woolwich; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Croydon Tramlink (Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list offences recorded by the British Transport Police occurring on the Croydon Tramlink System for each year since the inception of the...

      Disused Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the disused sections of railway track where agreement has been reached that they should be reopened for passenger traffic.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 127W, on EU discussions, if he will make a statement on the measures to be...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 127W, on EU discussions, if he will make a statement on measures to be introduced under...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 127W, on EU discussions, if he will make a statement on measures to be introduced under...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 127W, on EU discussions, if he will make a statement on measures to be introduced under...

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 127W, on EU discussions, if he will make a statement on measures to be introduced under...

      European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      Free Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will introduce free local bus travel for (a) pensioners and (b) disabled persons.

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was contributed by the General Lighthouse Fund to navigational aids in the territorial waters of the Republic of Ireland in 2004–05; and...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for the provision of navigational aids in...

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made with negotiations with the Irish Government on the cessation of payments from the UK General Lighthouse Fund for...

      Graduated Driver Licensing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Graduated Driver Licensing scheme.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will review the security arrangements in place at Heathrow airport for which his Department is responsible in the light of the recent...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the last on-the-ground measurements of noise from aircrafts using London Heathrow airport were taken.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the London Heathrow airport standard instrument departure and arrival routes pass over the Twickenham constituency.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many helicopter movements there were in the air space above the London borough of Brent in each year since 1997; (2) how many helicopter...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) environmental and (b) price impacts on residential properties of low flying helicopters in the Dollis Hill area...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the rules governing helicopter flights above residential areas in South-West London; and what measures are in place to...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the national co-ordination within the Highways Agency; who is responsible for a national technological strategy for the...

      Intelligent Speed Adaptation System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Intelligent Speed Adaptation system.

      Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue from light dues has been collected from ships calling at ports in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d)...

      Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the European Commission regarding compatibility of the light dues tax with European law.

      Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the European Commission regarding the light dues tax.

      London Gateway Port Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the London Gateway port development, with particular reference to channel dredging and traffic, on...

      M3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to resurface the area of the M3 between junctions 12 and 13 with a noise-reducing material.

      M60

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in ascertaining the reasons for flooding on the M60 between Denton and Hollinwood, Oldham.

      Media Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Department has spent on external media relations in each month of the last year.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to start trials on the M42 motorway of using the hard shoulder for regular traffic; over what period such trials are to be carried out;...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many safety refuges are in place on motorways in England and Wales; how many are in the course of construction; how many more are planned; and in...

      Multi-Modal Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) each of the multi-modal studies that have been published since May 1997 and (b) such studies which are still in progress; and what...

      National Street Gazetteer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) duties and (b) powers local highway authorities possess in relation to the National Street Gazetteer; what information he collects on the...

      Pensioners (Free Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the total additional cost of introducing free travel for pensioners will be in 2006–07; (2) what the cost to passenger transport...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, columns 250–51W, on the private initiative, what total value of assets and liabilities...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects to make an announcement on the award of the new Integrated Kent Franchise; (2) when the Integrated Kent Franchise will begin;...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the performance of South East trains (a) since November 2003 and (b) over an equivalent period under the previous...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the environmental effects of increasing the carriage of freight on rail.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by the rail industry on improving rail safety in each year since 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers (a) died and (b) were seriously injured while travelling by rail in each year from 1976.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for medium-scale rail schemes since the winding-up of the Strategic Rail Authority.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of correspondence since 1 January between his Department and Network Rail with regard to railway embankment...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions for (i) vandalism and (ii) trespass on railway lines in London by (A) adults and (B) juveniles there...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether requirements to tackle overcrowding are included in the Integrated Kent Franchise.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport what discussions he has held with the oil and petroleum industries on the effects of low-level exposure to petrol fumes on the incidence of road accidents.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of exposure to petrol fumes on the incidence of road accidents; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) died and (b) were seriously injured in road accidents in each year from 1976.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the number of road fatalities in Forest of Dean constituency in each of the last five years; what the average number for...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department provides for local authorities regarding the siting of (a) speed bumps and (b) chicanes.

      Roads (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will allocate sufficient funding to the Mayor of London for a scheme for improvements to the north circular at Henley's corner, Brent street and...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has collated in relation to the change in the number of serious accidents at speed camera sites.

      School Crossing Attendants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many school crossing attendants there were in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on UK participation in the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention of the International Labour Organisation; what...

      South Hampshire Light Rapid Transport System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects to make a decision on the South Hampshire Light Rapid Transport System; (2) when he expects to announce a decision on the South...

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what benchmark he has established for the current cost of street works to measure changes that will arise from the introduction of permits; how this...

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2005, Official Report, column 934, on roadworks, if he will make a statement on the method by which Halcrow concluded...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has undertaken on the removal of Thames Link spoil by barge.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2005 , Official Report, column 2399W, on the tonnage tax, (1) for what reasons no prosecutions have resulted...

      Traffic Management Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the Traffic Management Act 2004 on the Government objectives of (a) improvement to access to...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what progress he has made in considering the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Strategy submitted to his Department on 4th April; (2) what...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the relationship is between the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and the Rail Passengers Council North West.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used to select the members of the Rail Passengers Council GB; and what the process was for their selection.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure that (a) issues affecting disabled passengers and (b) regional issues are dealt with effectively by the...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department took to ensure an appropriate regional spread in the membership of the Rail Passengers Council GB.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport where each member of the Rail Passenger Council GB (a) lives and (b) works.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) the regional passenger councils, (b) other groups and organisations representing passengers and (c)...

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria will be used for the approval of schemes for the Transport Innovation Scheme.

      US Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the dates when UK (a) territory and (b) airspace has been used for the transport of persons held as prisoners by US civilian or...

      Vehicle Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of cars owned in (a) Brent East, (b) each London borough, (c) London and (d) England in each year since 1997;...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which agency is responsible for the administration of the courts.

    • Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many trials in the Crown court lasted for a duration of nine months or more in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Electors

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many EU citizens are entitled to vote in local elections in each London borough; and what percentage of the total...

      Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent research has been conducted into juries' deliberations.

      Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether (a) the trial judge and (b) the Court of Appeal is permitted to inquire into alleged impropriety by a jury.

      Legal Aid Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which 12 barristers received the most money from the (a) criminal legal aid budget and (b) civil legal aid budget in each of...

      Legal Aid Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which was the most expensive case for the (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid budget in 2004–05; how much was paid by...

      Magistrates (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) whether there is a shortage of magistrates to administer justice within the County of Bedfordshire; and if she will make...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the average opium production in Afghanistan on 1 January (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what he attributes the increase in opium production in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with their international partners on the co-ordination of the fight against the Afghan...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the funding allocated by the UK Government to combat the drugs trade in Afghanistan over the last three years has been spent.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Defence Secretary on the deployment of troops to Afghanistan during 2005 to tackle the...

      Biocontamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to his answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 734W, on bio-contamination, if he will list the Government...

      Common Fisheries Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals have been advanced under the UK presidency of the EU, for the reform of the common fisheries policy; and what...

      Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy on the development of the Council of Europe.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Cyprus regarding the occupied part of the island; and if he will make...

      EU Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) state and (b) EU aid (i) has been authorised and (ii) has been calculated as required to modernise the Bulgarian...

      EU Advisory Committee for the Co-ordination of Fraud Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the representatives to the EU Advisory Committee for theCo-ordination of Fraud Prevention; when the group last...

      EU Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) role and (b) duties of (i) the Security Office of the General Secretariat of the Council and (ii) the European...

      European Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      General Lighthouse Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Department for Transport regarding the cessation of payments from the UK general...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the status of negotiations with Spain on the future of Gibraltar.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official report, column 877W, on Iraq, if he will make a statement on the development of...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Israeli security wall.

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Lebanon; and if he will make a statement.

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards Moldova, with particular reference to Romanian accession to the EU.

      Services in the Internal Market Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market from (a) business...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the peace process; and if he will make a statement.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government regarding (a) the application to join the EU and (b) Cyprus; and...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to support the establishment of democracy in Uzbekistan.

  • Minister for Women

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many letters to her Department from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Neglect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action is taken by her Department to monitor the enforcement of legislation in respect of animal neglect cases; how many...

    • Animal Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the European Commission proposals to prohibit the use of tallow as a fuel to run plants which...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve the protection of badgers from (a) baiters and (b) farmers.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which have been withheld relating to the BSE...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken in response to suggested scenarios for reducing carbon emissions set out in the 22nd...

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to help reduce clear up costs for local authorities by encouraging manufacturers,...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the G8 plan of action on climate change contains legally binding provisions on participating Governments.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in the enforcement of cross-compliance standards under the Common Agricultural...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in the modulation of funds from the first to the second pillar of the Common...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in the reduction of intervention rates under the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress in the decoupling of subsidy and production under the Common Agricultural Policy; if...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has undertaken of different policy options for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the establishment of a cap on the level of support given to any single recipient of subsidy under the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare to respond to...

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost wasof the Countryside Agency's (a) Land Access and Recreation Project, (b) Commission for Rural Communities...

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the projected costs are of implementing the Countryside Agency's 2004 Diversity Review recommendations.

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Countryside Agency's 2004 Diversity Review.

      Countryside Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Countryside Agency's (a) staff, (b) publications, (c) research, (d) incidentals and (e) total budget...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the websites that come under her Department's responsibility; what the cost was of each in the last year for...

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely impact on carbon dioxide emissions in the next decades of the expansion of energy...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set on improving energy efficiency; and how she intends to achieve these targets.

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are employed in the Environment Agency's customer service team; and what the (a) employment and (b) other...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the media budget of (a) the Environment Agency and (b) Environment Agency retail is in 2005–06; and if she will...

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects authorisation to be given for a start to be made on a flood defence scheme for the Cliffe Cell in Lewes.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bankruptcies there have been among farmers in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Fishing Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the (a) size of the fishing fleet, (b) number of people directly involved in the (i) catching sector and...

      Fly-tipping (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) incidents of fly-tipping were reported and (b) prosecutions were made as a result in (i) the county of...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the fox population in London for each year since 1997.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the responsibilities of Operation Gangmaster will be transferred to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority established...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work her Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings her Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12 months in that capacity.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the meetings at which her Department has been represented about the delivery of sustainable development...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the additional cost to small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK of complying with the European...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether small businesses in the UK are required to maintain a register of their disposal of electrical waste to comply with...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance the Government have issued to waste producers on the implementation of the Hazardous Waste Regulations; and...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation the Government conducted with waste producers in assessing the environmental benefits of the procedures...

      Household Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total UK household waste in each year between 1997 and 2005; what percentage was (a)...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department provides to local councils on the implementation of the Cleaner Neighbourhoods and Environment Act...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the annual tonnage of litter collected in England in 2004–05.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of removal of litter by local authorities in England in 2004–05.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the former nuclear reactor site at the proposed 2012 Olympic Park last received an environmental assessment; and if she...

      Petrol Vapour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of vapour recovery systems in petrol stations.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, columns 242–43W, on the private finance initiative, what total...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding (a) councils in England, (b) Birmingham and (c) Solihull have received to support recycling in each year...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) schools and (b) LEAs run recycling programmes for (i) cans, (ii) glass and (iii) paper.

      Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of increased acidity on ocean chemistry and biology.

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action has been taken to stop untreated sewage overflowing into the Thames since August 2004.

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the location of sewage overflow pipes that flow into the Thames.

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume of sewage discharges from each sewage treatment worksin north west London was in each of the last 10years.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ask the European Commission to bring forward proposals to scrap the existing EU law regarding surveillance policy...

      Shopping Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of free plastic shopping bags given away in England between 1997 and 2005; and if...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what parts of her Department's estate will not be covered by the commitments set out in the Framework for Sustainable...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to provide the delivery of sustainable development within government; and what progress has been...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what she has identified as the most significant sustainable development impacts in relation to the operation of her...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements her Department has in place to report publicly on its key sustainable development impacts.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on what action relating to sustainable development is (a) required and (b) undertaken by her...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of the bids made for...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies came from renewable sources in...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual spending by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies was on (i) electricity and (ii) on water and sewerage...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in water consumption by her Department between 2002 and 31 March 2005.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at which non-office sites on her Department's estate she has identified opportunities for significant water savings.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of copying paper used by her Department in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 was from recycled sources;...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2003–04 and 2004–05 was from recycled...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has put in place to ensure that her Department meets the targets to ensure that all copying paper brought...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she has put in place to ensure that her Department meets the targets set by the Department to ensure that all...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has joined the Watermark project.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date her Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets to ensure that (a) all copying paper brought...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her Department's main suppliers of (i) copier paper, (ii)stationery, (iii) envelopes and (iv) paper for...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the role is of the Sustainable Development Commission; how and by whom its members are appointed; what the scientific...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1765W, on the Sustainable Procurement Task Force, what role...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 255W, on taxis, what estimate she has made of the cost of...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her Department's refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months;...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to fund the maintenance of the central point of expertise on timber.

      US Warship Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Hartlepool-based ghost ships.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many video conferencing units are installed in her Department and in each agency of the Department; what percentage of...

      Water (Charges/Leakage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to provide financial assistance to people on low incomes in Essex to pay their water charges.

      Water (Charges/Leakage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 13W, on water leaks, if she will meet Thames Water to discuss...

  • Prime Minister

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the President of Afghanistan on the illegal drug trade.

    • Aviation and Aircraft Fuel

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he raised with his colleagues in the G8 taxation of aviation and aircraft fuel.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to ensure that (a) hon. Members and (b) representatives of civil society are able to participate in the continuing dialogue on climate change...

      Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list management consultants employed by his Office in each of the last three years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister what his Office's policy is for dealing with and responding to correspondence received in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff were employed by his Office on (a) 1 May 2004 and (b) 1 May 2005.

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his office has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by his Office; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b) information was partly...

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister what criteria are used to appoint members of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister whatthe total expenditure saved was in each of the last three years in his Department as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the five management consultancies which received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years and the total...

      Media Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office has spent on external media relations in each of the last 12 months.

      Muslim Faith (Meetings)

      To ask the Prime Minister what the outcome was of his meeting with Muslim faith representatives on Tuesday 19 July.

      Opinion Surveys

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by his Office in the last 12 months; if he will place copies of the results of each...

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list each occasion when he has exercised the Royal Prerogative since 1997.

      State-owned Ministerial Quarters

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list alterations made to state-owned ministerial quarters funded from public funds since 1 May 1997.

      Telephone Inquiries

      To ask the Prime Minister what facilities his Office has to deal with telephone inquiries in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

  • Home Department

    • Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the estimated cost of identity cards.

    • Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1242W, to the hon. Member for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson) on identity...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of privacy-enhancing technologies in the context of the UK identity cards system.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what alternative technical architectures his Department has considered for the identity cards scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department has received from chief information officers of other Government Departments and agencies on the identity cards...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he expects the identity card system to help to reduce the number of illegal immigrants residing in the UK.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of times the identity card database would be used in order to secure the effective and efficient...

      Police Force Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent HM inspectorate of constabulary report on police structures.

      Extended Licensing Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the law and order implications of extended licensing hours.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the process for removing failed asylum seeker families.

      Welsh Police Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) police authorities in Wales and (b) the Police Federation in Wales on the possible amalgamation...

      Intercept Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his policy on the use of intercept information in criminal proceedings.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent guidance his Department has issued on the amount of time spent by police officers on the beat.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

      Operation Minstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the techniques used in Operation Minstead by the Metropolitan police to obtain voluntary DNA samples from...

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to prevent the sale of alcohol to people aged under 16 years.

      Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total advertising expenditure of his Department was in 2004–05.

      Antisocial Behaviour Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was claimed in (a) taxi fares and (b) hotel bills by the head of the antisocial behaviour unit in the last financial year.

      Anti-terrorism Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals have been issued with (a) derogatory and (b) non-derogatory control orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act...

      Communication Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the revised draft of the acquisition and disclosure of communication data code of practice.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) the Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible spent on advertising in 2004–05,...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his policy that mutual recognition and approximation of laws as provided for in Articles III-269 and III-270 of the Treaty...

      Food Procurement

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

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what incentives will be put in place to encourage people to apply for an identity card in advance of their passport coming up for renewal.

      Identity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis is for the statement on page 8 of the document, Identity Cards Scheme Benefits Overview", that the ability for the police to...

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the street price of illegal drugs in the last two years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have been fined for employing illegal immigrants in each year since 1997.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been found within UK borders in each year since 1997.

      Marriage Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the number of bogus marriages in the UK in each year since 1997; and what proportion of marriages this...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the unit cost of a passport in each of the next 10 years if the Identity Cards Bill is not passed by Parliament; and if...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether external contractors will be involved in the introduction of facial and fingerprint biometrics in passports; and if he will make a...

      Police (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police cells have been taken out of action in Lancashire since 1997.

      Policy Costings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative party policies his Department has (i)undertaken, (ii) co-ordinated in the previous...

      Press Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the Department's press office; and how many press officers have been employed in each year since 2002.

      Racist Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of racist assaults which took place in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Schengen Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list each element of the Schengen acquis to which the UK has acceded, with the(a) dates of accession and (b) the date on which...

      Stolen Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment how many passports were stolen in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by police force area; and how many...

      Terrorist Attack (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it took the emergency services to reach each of the underground trains attacked on 7 July; and how long it took to reach the bus...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the arrangements at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, with particular reference to children being held there.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of benefit fraud in (A) Essex, (B) Southend and (C)...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many convictions for benefit fraud there were in each year since 1997.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps (a) he has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce benefit fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the Child Support Agency's internal audit recommended that risk mitigation plans be (a) kept up to date and (b) actioned...

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in circumstances where a parent with care moves to a non-EU country, whether the parent without care is required to (a) continue paying child...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage in each year since 1997.

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with the examination boards on the implications of the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act...

      Employment and Income (Forest of Dean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of levels of (a) employment and (b) income in Forest of Dean constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason pension funds for which the employer is solvent but winds up the scheme without funding it beyond the Minimum Funding...

      GCSE Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many students were exempt from the oral section of GCSE foreign language examinations due to a disability in each of the last five years.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Doncaster, North constituency are in receipt of incapacity benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women received incapacity benefit in the Elmet constituency in the last period for which figures are available.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are receiving industrial injuries disablement benefit; and how many are in Pembrokeshire.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the recommendation by the Select Committee on Work and Pensions in February that Jobcentre Plus...

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the financial position of Forest of Dean district council pension scheme.

      Operation Gangmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many investigations into second stage processing have been carried out by Operation Gangmaster since its establishment; (2) how many...

      Operation Gangmaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of Operation Gangmaster since the introduction of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been unclaimed in pension credits in each year since they were introduced.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many state retirement pensioners there are in Doncaster, North.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to (a) enable women to build up their own entitlement to a pension, (b) encourage the provision of private and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 682W, on pension scheme records, what requirement there is on former trustees...

      Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment his Department has made of (a) the sustainability and environmental impacts of private finance initiative (PFI) projects...

      Policy Costings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative party policies his Department has (i) undertaken, (ii) co-ordinated in the previous...

      Private Finance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1076W, on private finance projects, what the total value of assets and...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to ensure that bodies within the responsibility of his Department comply with the requirements of the Race...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) copying paper and (b) paper for printed publications used by the Department in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list his Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports in each case...

      SMS2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the introduction of the SMS2 system on staff and customers.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the environmental impact against sustainable development criteria of bids made for contracts awarded by his...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to provide the delivery of sustainable development within Government.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps have been taken by his Department to review its arrangements for public reporting of sustainable development impacts.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements his Department has made to report publicly on its key sustainable development impacts.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people in Dudley, North were unemployed in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the change in...

      Unemployment Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of providing unemployment benefits for adults who have previously been in care in the last year for which...

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change there has been in (a) road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and (b) incidence of single occupancy car commuting in his...

      Watermark Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has joined the Watermark project.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated by accident and emergency departments in (a) Essex, (b) the Southend-on-Sea Hospital Trust and (c) the Basildon Hospital...

    • Acute Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of patients in acute hospitals who (a) have written care plans and (b) are allocated a named nurse; and if...

      Aimspro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many multiple sclerosis sufferers have been treated with Aimspro on a trial basis; and what assessment has been made of the effects; (2) for...

      Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time of the ambulance service to emergency calls from locations in each London borough was in the last period for which figures...

      Avian Flu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) advice and (b) resources her Department is giving to London health authorities to prepare for a potential avian influenza epidemic; and if she...

      Blood Donation (Castle Point)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many people from Castle Point have given blood in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number ofcarers who have received an assessment of their needs.

      Community Pharmacies (Castle Point)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community pharmacies in Castle Point have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which stakeholders have been consulted in the development of the proposed new framework for continuing care funding.

      Deaf/Blind Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services are available for those with deafblind disabilities within Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement; (2) what intervenor...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered national health service dental hygienists there are in each London borough.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources she has allocated to the pilots for the new NHS dental contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pilots are taking place for the new NHS dental contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what limit she has set on the number of new patients an individual dental practice can take as part of the pilots for the new NHS dental contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in Castle Point have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of an NHS dental check-up in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are registered with an NHS dentist in England, broken down by local authority area.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of a national health service dental check-up in Southend in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the staffing level against establishment in the dental workforce in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point and Rochford Primary...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered national health service dentists there are in each London borough.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been registered with an NHS dentist in each primary care trust in England in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total floor space area is of buildings owned or leased by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies.

      Departmental Conferences

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

      Departmental Contractors

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual expenditure was by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies on (i) electricity and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether her Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if she will make...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the websites that come under her Department's responsibility; what the cost was of each in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Diagnostic Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of diagnostic scans in the NHS she expects will be carried out by independent sector providers by 2008; (2) pursuant to her oral...

      Diagnostic Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnostic scans were carried out in the Essex Health Authority area in each of the last five years.

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many direct payments have been made in each year since their introduction, broken down by local authority.

      Drug Addicts (Hemel Hempstead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of drug addicts in the Hemel Hempstead constituency; and how many are in a treatment programme.

      Drug Treatment (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential and (b) in-patient specialist drug treatment rehabilitation places are available in Essex.

      Drug Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many random controlled drug trials her Department has undertaken in each of the last 10years.

      Drug Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of patients whose health has been adversely affected because they received the placebo during controlled drug...

      E111 Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to reform the E111 scheme.

      East Midlands Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will take steps to investigate the response times of the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

      Elderly Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will establish an inquiry into the care of elderly inpatients in the NHS.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets she has on improving energy efficiency within her Department; and how she intends to achieve these targets.

      English Wine

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

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department plans to take to ensure companies that sell vitamin and mineral supplements know what products they will continue to be allowed...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered national health service general practitioners there are in each London borough.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners there are in (a) Castle Point and (b) Canvey Island; and what estimate she has made of the likely number of retirements...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP appointments were missed by patients in (a) Suffolk, (b) West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust, (c) West Suffolk Primary Care Trust and (d) Central...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people (a) requested and (b) received an appointment to see a general practitioner within 48 hours in the Castle Point and Rochford Primary...

      Glutaraldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of (a) the extent to which Glutaraldehyde is used in the cleaning of medical equipment in the NHS, (b) the take-up of...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what work her Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months; and what meetings the Minister has attended in the last 12...

      Gynaecologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered national health service gynaecologists there are in each London borough.

      Hazardous Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the cost to the NHS of implementation of the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.

      Head Lice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of head lice in school children in London there were in each year since 1997.

      Health Bodies (Interim Appraisals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the merits of mutual recognition of Scottish Medicines Consortium, All Wales Medicines Strategy Group and National...

      Health Care Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of progress by the Health Care Commission (HCC) on dealing with complaints; and what estimate she has made of whether the HCC...

      Health Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to combat health tourism; what assessment she has made of the impact of these measures; and what further measures she...

      Hip Replacements (Castle Point)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a hip replacement was in the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.

      Hospital Services (Reconfiguration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Minister of State, during her visit to Hammersmith hospital on 20 July, held discussions regarding (a) reconfiguration of hospital services in...

      Human Genetics, Fertility and Tissue Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to follow the recommendations of the Select Committee on Science and Technology's Fifth Report and create a new Human Genetics,...

      Independent Living (State Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received state assistance to live independently in their own homes in each year since 1997.

      London Health Authorities (Financial Position)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest financial position is of each (a) London health authority and (b) London primary care trust.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the range and adequacy of maternity services in London; and if she will make a statement.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken to increase short-term capacity for maternity deliveries in hospitals in the South West London Strategic Health Authority area.

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to expand the number of places for graduate fast-track medical students; and if she will make a statement.

      Medicine Disposal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of the disposal of patients' regular prescribed medication when they are admitted to hospital.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of providing mental health services for adults who have previously been in care in the last year for which figures...

      Mifepristone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has received regarding adverse effects associated with mifepristone; what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence decisions are sufficiently resourced to ensure rapid...

      Neonatal Care (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been made available for neonatal care in the Essex Health Authority area in each of the last five years.

      NHS (Spare Capacity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned to assess the amount of spare capacity within the NHS.

      NHS Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant posts were vacant in the NHS in England on 31 March in each of the past five years; and what assessment she has made of (a) trends in...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many registered national health service nurses there are in each London borough; (2) how many registered national health service midwives there...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses are employed in the Essex Health Authority area on (a) permanent and (b) temporary contracts.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent nursing vacancies there are in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire strategic health authority.

      Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners/Opticians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered national health service ophthalmic medical practitioners there are in each London borough.

      Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners/Opticians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ophthalmic opticians there were in each London health authority in each year since 1997.

      Out-of-hours Care (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was to the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust of providing out-of-hours care to patients in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to monitor the number of overseas nurses employed by the NHS in England.

      Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial deficit was for the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust for the last financial year.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered national health service physiotherapists there are in each London borough.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior physiotherapy posts were (a) established and (b) staffed in the NHS in Essex in the last 12 months.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the NHS trusts which have vacancy freezes affecting physiotherapy posts, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Pregnancy Termination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of (a) doctors and (b) nurses suffering (i) stress and (ii)other mental health problems as a result of their...

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether targets for pressure sore reduction were met in the last financial year.

      Private Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have paid privately forsome portion of their diagnosis or treatment since 2000.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of copying paper used by her Department in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 was from recycled sources; and how much...

      Registered Nursing Care Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received registered nursing care contributions in each year since the payment was introduced, broken down by area.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies came from renewable sources in each year since 1997.

      Solpaflex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the drug Solpaflex became available on national health service prescription; and if she will make a statement; (2) what information she has...

      Special Care Baby Units (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies had to be moved between hospitals to access a special care baby unit in the Essex Health Authority area in each of the last five years.

      Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent posts for (a) speech therapists and (b) occupational therapists were vacant (i) 12, (ii) 24, (iii) 36 and (iv) 48...

      Suffolk West Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Suffolk West Primary Care Trust on salaries and wages for (a) general and senior managers, (b) nurses and midwives and (c)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of bids made for contracts awarded by her...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements her Department has in place to publish reports on their key sustainable development impacts.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to assist the delivery of sustainable development within Government and what progress has been made on her Department's...

      Toxic Chemicals in Newborn Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned on the possible presence of toxic chemicals in newborn babies; and if she will make a statement.

      Video Conferencing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) her Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in hospitals within the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority for a person referred by a general...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for those referred for treatment by GPs in (a) each London primary care trust and (b) each London health authority was in...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between general practitioner referral and hospital treatment in the (a) Essex Health Authority area and (b) Castle Point...

      Ward Temperatures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines her Department has issued to hospitals regarding the maximum temperature allowed on wards for the welfare of staff and the comfort of patients.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was allocated for the provision of affordable housing in each of the Northern Ireland constituencies in each of the last five years.

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many emergency calls have been received by the ambulance services in each of the last five years.

      Areas of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that all qualifying areas of special scientific interest in Northern Ireland are declared by 2010 in relation...

      Areas of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the amount of funding required by the Environment and Heritage Service to meet its target (a) of completing the...

      Areas of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was requested by Environment and Heritage Service for work on the areas of special scientific interest programme in the budget...

      Arson Attacks (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many arson attacks there were on schools in Northern Ireland in each of the last four years.

      Bomb Squad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Police Service Northern Ireland and (b) Army personnel were working within the bomb squad in Northern Ireland on the last day for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was spent on the eradication of bovine tuberculosis in Northern Ireland in the financial year 2003–04; and how much was...

      Child Protection Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the governance arrangements are for child protection services between trusts, boards and the Department of Health, Social Services and...

      Computer Crime

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

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) names and (b) numbers of management consultants employed by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      Councils (Employees/Assets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time people are employed in each of the 26 councils within Northern Ireland.

      Councils (Employees/Assets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) estimated cost and (b) insurance value of the assets held by each district council in Northern Ireland are.

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what land his Department (a) is offering for sale, lease-back or similar disposal and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months; and what the...

      Education (Appointments/Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the appointments of principals over the past five years, broken down by (a) sector, (b) school type, (c) Education and Library...

      Education (Appointments/Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding he allocated to each of the Education and Library Boards for (a) 2005–06 and (b) the three previous financial years; and...

      Education Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent per head per child in the (a) primary and (b) secondary education sector in Northern Ireland in (i) 2004, (ii) 2000 and (iii)1995.

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many educational psychologists were employed in the (a) Southern and (b) South Eastern Education and Library Boards in (i) 2004 (ii)2000 and...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for an assessment to be undertaken by an educational psychologists in the (a) Southern and (b) South Eastern...

      Electricity Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has held with Northern Ireland Electricity regarding the level of electricity charges in Northern Ireland.

      Electricity Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the recent assessment published by the Electricity Regulator in Northern Ireland of the price of electricity in...

      English Language Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines his Department issues to Education and Library Boards regarding the provision of English as an additional language support.

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Family and Child Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding arrangements for family and child care services in Northern Ireland.

      Farmers (Bankruptcies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many bankruptcies of farmers in Northern Ireland there were in each of the last 15 years; what percentage of the total number of farmers...

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many flags have been removed by Police Service Northern Ireland officers in each police district in Northern Ireland in each of the last...

      Flats above Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in encouraging the use of flats above shops in Northern Ireland.

      Fostering Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much a foster family in Northern Ireland received for each child fostered in each of the last five years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many freedom of information requests have been (a) received and (b) refused by each Northern Ireland Department since the introduction of...

      General Grant Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding the Government have provided to each district council in Northern Ireland through the resources element of the general grant factor.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many GPs in Northern Ireland have been struck off the medical register in each of the last five years, broken down by region or board.

      Heart By-pass Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were waiting for a heart by-pass operation on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the most recent estimate is of the level of hidden homelessness in Northern Ireland.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes the Government have made to the eligibility of homeless people for accommodation in Northern Ireland since 2000.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency beds there were in Northern Ireland hospitals in each of the last three years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average daily cost of (a) an intensive care and (b) a high dependency bed in Northern Ireland was in the latest period for which...

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals are employed by Invest NI.

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what staff costs have been occurred by Invest NI in each year since it was established.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much each district council in Northern Ireland has budgeted to spend on landfill for 2005–06; and what the expenditure was in (a)...

      Learndirect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of the learndirect network in Northern Ireland.

      Library Book Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many books were borrowed from each publicly funded library in Northern Ireland in 2004–05.

      Lifeguards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what requirements he is introducing on those council areas that do not provide emergency life savers along their beaches.

      Loan Sharks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to assist those who are victims of loan sharks, with particular reference to those whose cases have passed through the...

      Management Consultants

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

      Mobile Phones/Laptops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) laptops have been issued to (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) officials in Northern Ireland...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support he is providing for people diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will be applied in full by the Northern Ireland Health Service.

      NHS (Agency Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to reduce the use of agency staff in the national health service in Northern Ireland.

      Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average charge per week for persons in nursing homes in Northern Ireland was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Nursing Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many private care home beds there are in each Northern Ireland constituency.

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which parades in Northern Ireland require a Police Service of Northern Ireland presence.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of pensioner households in Northern Ireland are in receipt of pension credit.

      Planning Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review Planning Policy Statement 1.

      Planning Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the timetable for the introduction of new planning legislation arising from the Reforming Planning Consultation conducted in November...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he last met representatives from unions to discuss the closure of post offices in Northern Ireland.

      Premature Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many infants have been treated in each premature baby unit in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      Psni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestants and (b) Roman Catholics have applied to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the past four years; and...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many radiographers have been employed in the NHS in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve rail services in Northern Ireland.

      Road Fund Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of current levels of evasion of the road fund tax in Northern Ireland.

      Royal Victoria Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the bed capacity is of the Royal Victoria Hospital.

      Urology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time for an initial urology outpatient assessment is at each trust in the Province which...

      Urology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time is for in-patient surgery in the urology specialty within each trust in the Province...

      Victims of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) paramedics, (b) ambulance staff, (c) nurses, (d) prison officers and (e) fire officers have been victims of offences of violence in...

      Water Service (Overpayment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action will be taken by the WaterService to recover the overpayment made to a contractor for laying a pipe.

  • Treasury

    • London Olympics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of new jobs which will be created in London as a result of hosting the 2012 London Olympics.

    • 7 July Bombings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to London's economy of the bombings on 7 July; and if he will make a statement.

      Automatic Banking Machine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from banks about fees for automatic banking machines; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will take steps...

      Automatic Banking Machine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the banking and the financial services industry about cash machine charges; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Birth Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage change in the number of births in each strategic health authority area in London has been over the last five years.

      Budget Document Cost

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of producing the summary leaflet Budget 2005, Investing in Our Future: Fairness and Opportunity of Britain's Hard-working Families; how...

      Burmese Goods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at which (a) ports, (b) airports and (c) other entry points imports of goods from Burma enter the UK; and by what means of transport.

      Capgemini Contract

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the projected cost of Capgemini's contract to deliver the external routing interface component system for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs was at the...

      Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) carers and (b) young carers of school age there are in (i) Suffolk and (ii) the parliamentary constituency of Bury St. Edmunds.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he forecasts the net change in civil service staffing levels to be by April 2008.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments of tax credits in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date, have been (i)disputed and (ii) written off; and...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his Department's policy is for dealing with and responding to correspondence received in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic; (2)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an estimate has been made of the number of appeals likely to arise following the council tax revaluation process; and what funding has been...

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff costs of the Crown Estate's Communication Department were in 2004–05.

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate spent on (a) public relations and (b) corporate hospitality in 2004–05

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of Crown Estate charges on the Scottish economy; and when he last discussed this with the Crown Estate.

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate has raised from dredging works in each of the last 10 years.

      Crown Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2005, Official Report, column 1568W, on the Crown Estate, why this information is not collected.

      Departmental Contractors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what websites come under his Department's responsibility; and what the (a) cost and (b) number of visitors to those sites was in the last 12 months.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies came from renewable sources in each year from 1997.

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's forecasts are for the (a) UK rebate and the (b) net UK contribution to the EU under (i) the original Commission proposal for the next...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the statistical robustness of the methods used by Eurostat to estimate and allocate extra-regio shares of...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the implications of the inclusion of extra-regio shares of off-shore GDP in the current EU budget proposals for (a) the UK net...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his Department's forecasts or models showing contributions to and receipts from the EU for each of the member states which joined in 2004...

      EU Public Procurement Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Office of Government Commerce has made of the implementation of the EU Public Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC by other EU countries;...

      EU Public Procurement Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27th June 2005, Official Report, column 1291W, on the Public Procurement Directive, how many responses, including confidential...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on arrangements countries wishing to leave the euro might adopt in terms of the currency they use.

      Floor Space

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequerwhat the total floor space area is of buildings owned and leased by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases information was (a) wholly exempted, (b)...

      Game Rearing Farms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answers of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 387W, and 16 June 2005, Official Report, column 553W, from the Secretary of State for...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servant posts have been cut in the implementation of the recommendations of the Gershon review.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of the cost savings made under the recommendations of the Gershon report has been in each month since the report's publication.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made towards the savings identified in the Gershon review.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what regulations and guidance determine the number of occasions in each year when Gift Aid claims may be made by each charity; and what the average...

      Home Accident Surveillance System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanism the Office of National Statistics has put in place to replace the previous work undertaken by the Home Accident Surveillance System.

      Home Owners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many home owners there were in the UK in each year since 1979.

      Hong Kong Tax Rebate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why HM Revenue and Customs is unable to waive interest penalties with regard to the Hong Kong tax rebate.

      Illegal Arms Shipments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations the Government are making into allegations of illegal arms shipments to the Democratic Republic of Congo by UK-based firms; and if he...

      Imf

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the UK has taken to encourage improved accountability of the International Monetary Fund to (a) governments and (b) parliaments of developing...

      Income and Corporation Taxes Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs to business in the year 1 April 2004 to 30 March 2005 of the changes to schedule 28AA Income and Corporation Taxes...

      Infant Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many infant deaths there were in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and what the rate per 10,000 population was in each year.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have applied for conditional exemption from inheritance tax in the last 12 months; and how this tax relief is being amended to take into...

      Irish Light Dues Subsidy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the Irish light dues subsidy counts against the public sector borrowing requirement; (2) what representations he has received from the...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been generated from the landfill tax, from landfill sites within the county of Bedfordshire in each year since 1997.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how much increased revenue from business taxes will accrue to the Treasury due to the 2012 Olympics.

      Media Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department has spent on external media relations in each of the last 12 months.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many patient deaths MRSA has been recorded as a contributing factor in (a) the King George hospital, Ilford, (b) Whipps Cross hospital, Leytonstone...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many patient deaths MRSA was recorded as a contributing factor in Kingston hospital in each of the last five years.

      Myeloma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people suffering from myeloma in London in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much surplus existed within the National Insurance Fund for the last period for which figures are available; what plans his Department has to...

      Non-oil Gross Value Added

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology was used for estimation of the trend rate of growth of non-oil gross value added.

      Non-oil Gross Value Added

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish for each quarter since Q1 of 1997 the estimate of trend growth of non-oil GVA over the current cycle (a) before and (b) after the ONS...

      Non-oil Gross Value Added

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the standard errors on the estimate of trend non-oil GVA growth used to underpin chart 4.1 of the Treasury publication Evidence on the UK...

      Non-oil Gross Value Added

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the estimates for each quarter since Q1 of 1997 of (a) actual non-oil gross value added, and (b) non-oil gross value added if it had...

      Opinion Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12 months; if he will...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest available figure is for the public sector pension liability; and by how much it has changed since 1997.

      Petroleum Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many points of collection there are for petroleum fuel duty; and what percentage of the total collected in 2004–05 came from (a) the top 10 and...

      Pfi

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2005, Official Report, column 571W, on the Private Finance Initiative, what the total value of assets and liabilities...

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which his Department is responsible create the minimum of environmental...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to introduce a planning gain supplement; whether primary legislation will be required; and what...

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population of (a) the parliamentary constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire and (b) Bedfordshire local education authority has been in each year since 1997.

      Property Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residential property sales were recorded in the most recent year for which figures are available in the (a) £110,001 to £120,000, (b)...

      Property Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total sale value of newly-built residential properties in the United Kingdom was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Property Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was raised in the most recent year for which figures are available from refurbished residential properties in the United Kingdom.

      Public-Private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on measures being taken by his Department to ensure the definition of public-private partnerships contracts as public works...

      Rail Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in the rail sector in Doncaster, North.

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is being taken...

      Saulet & Co.

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Land Transfer Returns Certificates will be issued for the balance of development no.401908146MZ, which Saulet & Company applied for on 25 May 2005.

      Scottish Constituencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy to provide statistics relating to Scottish constituencies in terms of (a) Westminster and (b) Scottish Parliament boundaries.

      Security Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department and public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor in...

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce tax incentives for the installation of solar energy capacity in domestic dwellings; and if he will make a statement.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average level of stamp duty charged on a Right-to-Buy council property is.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent (a) representations he has received from and (b) meetings he has had with (i) the Law Society Stamp Duty Complaints Group and (ii)others...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints he has received about the Stamp Duty Office in each quarter since 1 December 2003.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Stamp Duty submissions are waiting to be processed at the (a) Manchester and (b) Newcastle offices; and what plans he has to improve the service.

      Stamp Duty Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls have been taken on the Stamp Duty Office Helpline in each quarter since 1 December 2003; what the average time taken to answer a call was in...

      Stamp Duty Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken by the Stamp Duty Office to process submissions was in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average...

      Stamp Duty/Renovation Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on challenges to the (a) stamp duty exemption scheme and (b) business premises renovation allowance under state aid rules.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps have been taken by his Department to review its arrangements for public reporting of its sustainable development impacts; (2) what progress...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been represented regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what remit relating to sustainable development is (a) required and (b) undertaken by the bodies for which his Department is responsible; and if he will make...

      Swiss Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on the operation of Swiss banks with London offices.

      Swiss Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulatory systems are in place to ensure the good governance of Swiss banks operating in the UK; and what systems are in place to ensure they are not...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further legislation the Government plan to bring forward to tackle tax avoidance.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax avoidance schemes have been notified to Revenue and Customs to date under Part 7 of the Finance Act 2004 and related regulations; (2)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants there have been in the parliamentary constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire since the scheme began broken down by those (a)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has instructed HM Revenue and Customs to suspend efforts to reclaim overpayment of tax credits until the families involved have been able to make...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of tax credit payments made to people with awards whose incomes were in excess of (a) £50,000, (b) £52,000, (c) £55,000...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many hours of overtime have been worked by staff in the tax credit office in each of the last four years; and what the cost of this overtime was;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost per minute is to callers using the Inland Revenue tax credits telephone helpline; what payment is made to Revenue and Customs by British...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter dated 22 June 2005 from the hon. Member for Nottingham, North regarding the overpayment of tax credits to Mrs. L. and...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many instances of teenage pregnancy there have been in Suffolk in each of the last eight years, broken down by local authority area.

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to fund the maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will make a...

      Video-conferencing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many video-conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these...

      Water, Sewerage and Electricity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there was in water consumption by his Department between 2002 and 31 March 2005.

      Water, Sewerage and Electricity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at which non-office sites on his Department's estates he has identified opportunities for significant water savings.

      Water, Sewerage and Electricity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) water and sewerage services and (ii) electricity in each year from 1997.

      Watermark Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the departmental sites included in the Watermark project.

  • Education and Skills

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of A-level examiners are drawn from the university sector.

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to introduce an A star grade for the A level qualification.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations the Government have received from schools seeking its support in how to deal with bullying.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of cases of bullying in secondary schools in each London borough in each year since 2001.

      Child Care Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage recruitment into the child care sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size in (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) upper schools in Bury St. Edmunds constituency has been in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of the bids made for contracts...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what have been identified as the most significant sustainable development impacts in relation to operation of her Department's estate.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what parts of her Department's estate will not be covered by the commitments set out in the framework for sustainable development on the...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2003–04 and 2004–05 was from recycled sources;...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has put in place to ensure that her Department meets the targets set by DEFRA to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; and what (i)...

      Education (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance her Department is (a) giving and (b) plans to give during the next 12 months to schools in Bedfordshire local education...

      Education (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on special needs education provided in Bedfordshire.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of per capita funding for 16 to 18-year-olds (a) in colleges and (b) in schools over the next 10 years; and if she will...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the levels of funding for (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) further and (d) higher education in Forest of Dean.

      Education Outside the Classroom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to publish the manifesto for Education Outside the Classroom.

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many educational psychologists she expects will qualify during the 2006–07 academic year.

      Fire Safety (School Buildings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to publish proposals for new guidance on fire safety in school buildings.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the number of foster carers needed to provide placement choice for children; and if she will make a statement.

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of adequacy of funding for (a) allowances, (b) fees, (c) training and (d) management and support costs for...

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to enable foster carers who make themselves available throughout the year to care for children to be paid fees for 52...

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will allocate increased funds for foster care services.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils aged 16 to 18 have been educated in (a) further education colleges and (b) sixth forms in schools, in England since 2000,...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to assist recruitment and retention in further education colleges.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect of differential rates of pay between further education colleges' staff and school sixth form...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her policy on further education colleges charging employers for training staff in NVQ level 1 and level 2.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what (a) work her Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months and (b) meetings that Minister has attended in...

      Head Lice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she has allocated resources to schools to tackle the prevalence of head lice among pupils; and if she will make a statement.

      Headteachers' Staffing Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the length of time needed for head teachers to complete their staffing structure reviews.

      Headteachers' Staffing Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance and advice is available to head teachers to complete their staffing structure reviews.

      Higher Education Initial Participation Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under what circumstances students whose domicile is (a) non-UK and (b) unknown are included in the Higher Education Initial Participation...

      House Building (Skilled Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what joint assessment her Department has made with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the number of additional skilled workers who...

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) state secondary schools and (b) city academies offer the International Baccalaureate.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to widen the availability of the International Baccalaureate in the state sector.

      Key Stage 2 Spelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2005, Official Report, column 1399W, on Key Stage 2 spelling, if she will revise marking guidelines for...

      Leadership Incentive Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her plans are for replacing the Leadership Incentive Grant when it finishes next year.

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to use the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games to encourage school children in London to take up sport;...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State forEducation and Skills what estimate she has made of the annual cost of looking after the children of adults who have themselves previously been in care in...

      Music Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost to those people who have to contribute to the study of a musical instrument at school is.

      NPQH Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many head teachers and senior teachers have completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme; how many...

      Overcrowded Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact on education of overcrowding in housing in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Part-time Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research she has conducted on the financial situation of part-time students; (2) what research she has conducted on the impact...

      Positive Activities for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has published on the impact of the Positive Activities for Young People programme on youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

      Prince's Trust Team Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent funding changes have been made affecting the Prince's Trust Team Programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible create the minimum...

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1076–77W, on private finance projects, what total value of assets and...

      PSE Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many personal, social, health and citizenship education advisors there are in each London borough.

      Pupil Funding (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita pupil funding in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools was in each London borough, in the last year for which...

      School Buildings (Out of Term Use)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school buildings and sports fields was used during the school holidays in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were eligible for free school meals in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each London borough in the last...

      School Repairs (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the requirement for school building repairs in each London borough; and what the costs are estimated to be...

      School Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is issued by her Department to head teachers on the development of school rules.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of schools hold annual sports day; and if she will make a statement.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of schools have no grassed play areas in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of schools offer lessons in (a) tennis, (b) swimming, (c) cricket, (d) rugby, (e) football, (f) netball and (g)...

      School Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of whether there is a link between pupils who move school often and social and economic deprivation.

      Sen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils with special educational needs live more than three miles away from the (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special school...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many days were lost due to sickness among (a) teachers and (b) head teachers at (i)primary and (ii) secondary schools in each of the...

      Special Needs (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to special needs provision in Milton Keynes in each of the last five years.

      St. John's Secure Unit, Tiffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the closure of St. John's Secure Unit in Tiffield, Northamptonshire would necessitate repayment to the Treasury by Northamptonshire...

      Sustainable Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on her Department's sustainable development strategy.

      Sustainable Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent steps have been takenby her Department to review its arrangements for public reporting of its sustainable development impacts.

      Sustainable Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements her Department has in place to report publicly on its key sustainable development impacts.

      Teach First Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop out rate was among (a) newly qualified teachers and (b) teachers within the Teach First scheme in the last period for which...

      Teacher Bursaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will offer trainee teachers in the post-16 sector bursaries commensurate with those available to prospective school teachers; and if...

      Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if she...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many truancy sweeps have taken place within the Bedfordshire local education authority in each year since 1999; how many children were...

      Unskilled Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of economically inactive adults without a level 2 qualification; and if she will make a statement.

      Video Conferencing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) her Department and (b) each agency of her Department; what percentage of offices have...

      Vocational/Academic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend existing vocational education schemes; what plans she has to implement new strategies to deliver the necessary...

      Vocational/Academic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment the Department has made of the impact of (a) graduate apprenticeships, (b) vocational certificates of education and (c)...

      Voice Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions she has had with the Teacher Training Agency on the role of voice training in the training of teachers; and if she...

      Watermark Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has joined the Watermark project.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the websites that come under her Department's responsibility; what the cost was of each in the last year for which figures...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many youth clubs were available in (a) England, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Doncaster North in each of the last 10 years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what proportion of invoices were paid on time by the Audit Commission in the most recent year for which figures are available; (2) what percentage of the...

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many local authorities have been certifiedby the Audit Commission as applying the best value code of practice in local authority service contracts. (2)...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the results of his Department's investigation into the monitoring of the best value code of practice in local authority service contracts.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects the Audit Commission to publish the final key lines of inquiry for the corporate assessment of councils under the comprehensive performance...

      Canvey Island (Gas Importation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will call in for public inquiry any planning application to reactivate Canvey Island liquid natural gas importation facility.

      Coalfield Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans there are to extend the national coalfield housing agenda to include former National Coal Board housing estates in areas of high housing demand.

      Core Cities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition his Department uses of the term core cities.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's policy is for dealing with and responding to correspondence received in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

      Council Housing (Right to Buy)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average (a) house price value and (b) cost to the purchaser was after the discount of a right to buy council property in England in (i) 1997 and (ii) the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average (a) band D council tax bill and (b) council tax per dwelling was in (i) England, (ii)Solihull and (iii) Birmingham in each year since the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much revenue was raised from council tax in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in (i) 1997–98 and (ii) 2004–05; and what the projected level...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the real terms percentage change in average band D council tax in England has been in each year since the introduction of council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made of the effect of the council tax revaluation on average council tax bills in London.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made of the effect of the council tax revaluation on the revenues to be raised from the additional levy to be charged on...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total floor space is of buildings (a) owned and (b) leased by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many publications his Department has produced in each year since 1997.

      Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what websites come under his Department's responsibility.

      Disabled Access

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of his Department's buildings are accessible to disabled people.

      Disabled Employees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage of disabled employees in his Department is.

      Empty Properties (Suffolk)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister howmany empty properties there have been in each local authority area in Suffolk for each of the last four years.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets he has set for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve these targets.

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      European Contractors

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

      Extended Home Ownership Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people he estimates will be eligible for his Department's extended home ownership programme in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Deaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths there have been in dwellings in each London (a) constituency and (b) borough in each year since 2000.

      Fire Deaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths have occurred in dwellings in (a) Richmond-upon-Thames borough and the (b) the Royal borough of Kingston-upon-Thames since 2000.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the fire and rescue services building control performance handbook will next be updated; and what key performance indicators he plans to include.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures are in place to ensure advice from consultants on fire risk assessments under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is (a) competent, (b)...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to use third party accreditation schemes for fire protection contracts under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; and if he will make...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to update guidance to fire and rescue services on the operation of electrical equipment on the fire ground.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people have been employed in the fire services in England since 2000, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) gender; and if he will make a statement.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the cost of the proposed regionalisation of fire control.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his plans for reform of fire services in the (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (b) South West Hertfordshire constituency.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many deliberate fires have been recorded in (a) Richmond-upon-Thames borough and (b) the Royal borough of Kingston-upon-Thames since 2000.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases information was (a) wholly exempted, (b) partly...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many requests his Department has received to date for information under the environmental information regulations.

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) expenditure and (b) administration costs of each Government office for the regions were in each year since their creation; and what the estimated...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government are taking to prevent speculative sales of green belt land.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months and (b) meetings his Department's Green Minister has attended in the last 12...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings at which his Department has been present regarding the delivery of sustainable development across Government as co-ordinated by the...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of providing homelessness services for adults who have previously been in care in the last year for which figures are available.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will establish further Working Future pilot schemes to assist homeless people into employment, with particular reference to London.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless (a) 16-year-olds and (b) 17-year-olds have been placed in bed and breakfast accommodation in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets his Department has set with respect to new levels of house building within (a) the Bury St. Edmunds constituency and (b) the East of England.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many housing schemes approved by local authorities in the most recent year for which figures are available were comprised of (a) 13 housing units, (b) 14...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent estimate he has made of the amount raised per year by licensing fees for homes in multiple occupation.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses his Department has planned should be built in (a) the county of Bedfordshire, (b) South Bedfordshire district, (c) Mid-Bedfordshire district, (d)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what responsibilities he has to ensure the implementation of article 217 of the Housing Act 2004.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average monthly rent for (a) a room in a shared house, (b) a one bedroom dwelling, (c) a two bedroom dwelling and (d) a three bedroom dwelling in each...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) of 29 June 2005, Official Report, columns...

      Invoice Payment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of invoices were paid on time by his Department in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      IT Failures

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what computerisation or IT failures have occurred in public sector projects managed by his Department in each year since 1997; what the contracted cost of the...

      Local Government Employees (Political Activities)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government expects to publish its conclusions on the consultation on the code of conduct for local government employees and restrictions on political...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what wage data and calculations the area cost adjustments are based.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 315W, on local government finance, what the recommended levels of cash reserves were for each...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much in (a) revenue support grant and (b) specific grants in (i) cash and (ii) real terms has been provided to the City of York in each year since 1997–98.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding local authorities in England received from central Government during the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many complaints the local government ombudsman has received about each London borough in each year since 1997; (2) how many cases the local government...

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints he has received regarding the operation of the current local government ombudsman.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the surplus or deficit was of the local government pension scheme for (a) Suffolk county council and (b) each local authority area within Suffolk in each of...

      London Fire Emergency Control Room

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the London fire emergency control Room at Canary Wharf meets the Government's resilience criteria; and if he will make a statement.

      Opinion Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12 months; if he will place...

      Overcrowding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Office has made of the health effects of overcrowding in housing.

      Overcrowding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the consultation on overcrowding standards.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of (a) copying paper and (b) paper for printed publications used by his Department in (i)2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05 was from recycled...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list his Department's sites which are included in the Watermark project.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what date his Department expects to implement in full the targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; and what (i) the name of each paper...

      Parish/Town Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) consultation and (b) advisory documents were sent to parish councils in the parliamentary constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire by his Department in each...

      Parish/Town Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications for the abolition of (a) parish councils and (b) town councils he has received from district and unitary authorities in each of the past 10...

      Planning Development Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money was allocated for planning development grant in each year since its introduction; and what the estimated budget is for (a) 2005–06, (b)...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 124W, on the private finance initiative, what total value of assets and liabilities for each of...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to make the private finance initiative process more accountable and transparent in terms of...

      Private Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what legal requirements private landlords have to meet in relation to (a) electrical safety, (b) hygiene levels and (c) structural soundness of the property they...

      Railways (Fire Regulations)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the railway stations and premises which are covered by the Fire Precautions (Sub-Surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989.

      Regeneration (Wolverhampton)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Department on regeneration projects in (a) the City of Wolverhampton and (b) constituency of Wolverhampton South East since 1997.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much public funding each regional assembly has received in each year since their creation; and what the estimated levels for 2005–06 are.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers the West Midlands Regional Assembly has to amend, delete or review (a) Green Belt designation, (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty designation and...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the role of the West Midlands Regional Assembly is with regards to waste and incineration policy.

      Regional Planning and Housing Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to complete the merger of Regional Planning and Housing Boards; and if he will make a statement.

      Residential Sprinklers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of recommendations arising from the survey into low-cost residential sprinklers; and over what timescale he expects to implement the...

      Section 106 Planning Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he has received on the operation of section 106 planning agreements in London in respect of local authorities receiving payments in lieu of...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many working days were lost due to sickness absence in his Department in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is Government policy to reduce the number of registered social landlords with fewer than 1,000 units in management.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many dwellings have been built (a) by local authorities, (b) by housing associations and (c) in total in each year since 1990, broken down by number of bedrooms.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money has been allocated to improving heating and insulation standards in social housing in each year since 2000, broken down by expenditure incurred by...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority homes were under tenant management in (a) England and (b) Greater London in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      South London Family Housing Association

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking in response to the Audit Commission's recent inspection report on the South London Family Housing Association; and in what circumstances...

      Standards Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of Standards Board investigations in each London borough was in each year since 1999.

      Standards Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases were reported to the Standards Board for England in each year since 1999 by each London borough.

      Supermarkets (Planning)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department will take to ensure that the forthcoming guidance notes accompanying PPS6 will ensure competition and choice for consumers in the...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the payments made to Hertfordshire from the Supporting People programme in each financial year since 1997; what payments he expects will be made...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual spending by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services has been in each year since...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what change there has been in road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions from his Departmentagainst a baseline year of (a) 2003–04 and (b)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been identified as the most significant sustainable development impact in relation to operation of the estate of his Department.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what steps he is taking to assist the delivery of sustainable development within Government; (2) what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made (a) of the environment impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of the bids made for contracts awarded by...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of electricity used by buildings in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies came from renewable sources for each year since 2003–04.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reduction there has been in water consumption by his Department between 2002 and 31 March 2005.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister atwhich non-office sites on his Department's estates he has identified opportunities for significant water savings.

      Tees Valley Coastal Arc

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what kinds of development the designation of Redcar as part of the Tees Valley Coastal Arc is intended to (a) encourage and (b) discourage.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government expects to publish its review of planning regulations for mobile phone masts.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations the Government have received from companies holding 3G telecommunications licences relating to planning regulations for mobile phone masts.

      Telephone Inquiries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what facilities his Department has to deal with telephone inquiries in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish Gaelic.

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will ensure that notice is given to the hon. Member for Thurrock of the day that the Order making the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation the local...

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005 to questions 12498–501 and 12507, what office space area has been sought to accommodate the Thurrock Development...

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005 to questions 12498, 12499, 12500, 12501 and 12507, where the strategic plans referred to in the reply are available for...

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005 to questions 12498–501 and 12507, on what date the interviewing and selection procedure for the appointment of the...

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005 to questions 12498–501 and 12507, which (a) local and (b) regional partners have been involved in the preparation of...

      Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005 to questions 12498–501 and 12507, when he expects the Corporation's second capital project to be announced; and if he...

      Timber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department's procurement policy includes timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if he will make a statement.

      Timber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is being taken to...

      Timber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to fund the maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) his Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Chess

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on official recognition of chess as a sport.

    • Commemorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list anniversaries for which her Department has begun planning commemorations for (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and...

      Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the consultation papers her Department has published since 1997.

      Contractors

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

      Creative Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on Creative Partnerships in each year since their creation.

      Creative Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the beneficiaries of the Creative Partnership programme, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Cultural Connections Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport what the purpose is of the Cultural Connections website; and if she will make a statement.

      Cultural Connections Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people work on the Cultural Connections website.

      Cultural Connections Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport how many hits the Cultural Connections website has had in each month since its creation.

      Cultural Connections Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Cultural Connections website has cost in each month since its creation.

      Culture Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on Culture Online in each year since its creation.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many households do not have access to digital television in (a) the constituency of Bury St. Edmunds, (b) Suffolk, (c)...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the schedule is for the switchover to digital transmission in each region.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of households that will not be able to receive a digital television signal after the analogue...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that provision is made to help blind and partially-sighted people during digital switchover with (a)...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will announce the regional targets for digital terrestrial television coverage.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provisions have been made for households in Bedfordshire that will be unable to receive a digital signal by 2008; and if she will...

      Dollis Hill House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) public and (b) Lottery funds have been made available for the restoration of Dollis Hill House; what assessment she has made of...

      Film Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list films which have been made with public funding assistance since 1997.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly...

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the implications of the events of 7 July for London's hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012; and if she...

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the effects on costs of security for the 2012 Olympics of the events in London on 7 July; and if she will...

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what security is planned for the 2012 London Olympics; and if she will make a statement.

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received regarding the opportunities for Bedfordshire to play a role in the 2012 London Olympic games; and...

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures are planned to provide benefits from the 2012 Olympics for (a) hoteliers, (b) businesses and (c) residents of areas...

      London Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contingency plans her Department has for overspend on the Olympic games.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on management consultants in each year since 1997.

      Museum Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which museums receive public funding, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what value of National Lottery grants were allocated within each Westminster constituency in Scotland in each year since...

      Notting Hill Carnival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money the Government have spent on the Notting Hill Carnival in each year since 1992.

      Opinion Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy to end the sale of school and community playing fields.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport how many community and school playing fields have been sold in each year since 1997.

      Private Finance Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2005, Official Report, column 583W, on private finance projects, what total value of assets and...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) books, (b) DVDs, (c) video cassettes, (d) computer games and (e) audio books have been available in library service stock...

      Library Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was collected in public library fines in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Library Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue the library service has generated from (a) late book returns, (b) DVD loans, (c) video cassette loans and (d) computer...

      Regional Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will review the number of regional casinos to be developed in the initial pilot scheme.

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport (1) what the role of regional cultural consortiums is in delivering her Department's policies; (2) what targets the regional cultural...

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the composition of each regional cultural consortium is.

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the performance of the regional cultural consortiums.

      Regional Cultural Consortiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual administrative cost of each regional cultural consortium was in 2004–05.

      Reserve Art Collections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether works of art in national museums and galleries not on display are covered by government indemnity in the event of loss or accident.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many school children took part in some form of school sport in the last period for which figures are available; (2) what...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue the fines from unpaid television licences generated in 2004–05; and to which departments the revenue is allocated.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many unpaid television licences there were in each year since 1997.

      The Valletta Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to bring into force the operational guidelines of the European Convention on the Protection of Cultural Heritage 1992...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to encourage and promote tourism in Bedfordshire.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects on tourism in London of the bombings on 7 July 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment has been made of the effect that the bomb attacks committed on 7 July have had on London's tourism industry; (2)...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on airline travel for officials in each year since 1997.

      Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what access Brent residents will have to sporting facilities associated with the Wembley stadium; and if she will make a statement.

      Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the transport infrastructure around Wembley Stadium; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • A12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have received from Suffolk County Council for the improvement of the A12 between Ipswich and Lowestoft.

    • A40: Headington Roundabout

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why traffic lights have not been installed on the A40 at the Headington roundabout.

      Adult Literacy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of adults in the United Kingdom who are illiterate.

      Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any proposals from the French Government that the French should become directly engaged in the United Kingdom project to construct two...

      A-Levels: General Studies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the total GCE A-level entries and passes by candidates in England broken down by age and by gender (a) including General Studies, and (b) excluding...

      Armed Forces: Ammunition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has met all the requirements for the provision of training ammunition to regular, reserve and cadet units in the past 12 months; if...

      Asian Tsunami

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial support they have given Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives for reconstruction following the tsunami; whether the full amount pledged has been...

      Asian Tsunami

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether aid in response to the tsunami is reaching all affected sections of the community in Indonesia and Sri Lanka; and what evidence they have to support this.

      Asian Tsunami

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sufficient assistance is being given to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to set up a tsunami early warning system; and when they expect such a system...

      Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recent death of Debbie Storey, a sufferer from an autistic spectrum disorder: (a) what plans they have to ensure that all healthcare...

      Cabinet Office: Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent by the Cabinet Office on consultants in each of the past five years.

      Cabinet Office: Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Cabinet Office spent on taxis in each of the past eight years.

      Cabinet Secretary: Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Sir Andrew Turnbull in his capacity as the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service has met— (a) Mr John Boyle OBE; (b) Mr Nigel Doughty;...

      Care Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking in response to the Office of Fair Trading report Care homes for older people in the UK published in May 2005 to (a) protect those who...

      Centre for the Measurement of Government Activity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the United Kingdom Centre for the Measurement of Government Activity will start operating.

      Children in Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they monitor the regularity of visits by social workers to children in care.

      Children in Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children in local authority care have no allocated social worker.

      Children: Family Court Proceedings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that children involved in family proceedings are encouraged to attend court and have a full say in the formal arrangements...

      Children Leaving the United Kingdom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they keep a record of children leaving the United Kingdom; and what steps are made to trace children who have not returned to the United Kingdom after a month.

      Children's Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of children's homes have regular visits (at least once a month) from an independent visitor.

      Children's Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are addressing the concerns of inspectors at the number of staff in independent children's homes who lack skills, experience and training.

      Children's Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the staff vacancy rate in children's homes in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; (d) Northern Ireland; and (e) in total.

      Children's Literacy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What policies they are pursuing to encourage children to read, and be read to, outside the classroom.

      Children's Workforce

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of encouraging volunteers to enter the children's workforce; and whether they will consider this as part of the present children's...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total level of annual expenditure by central Government and their Agencies on combating, mitigating and adapting to climate change.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have discussed their proposals for the reform of the common agricultural policy with Frau Merkel of the German Christian Democratic Union Party; and,...

      Community Energy Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total expenditure on the community heating project since its inception; and what is the projected expenditure to the end of the current spending round.

      Community Hospitals: General Practitioner Beds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which community hospitals with general practitioner beds, listed by primary care trust, have been opened in England during the past five years; and Which community...

      Community Renewables Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made a decision on the future of the Community Renewables Initiative.

      Community Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider the introduction of compulsory one-year community service work experience schemes for young people between the ages of 18 to 21.

      COTES Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the letter from the Lord Whitty to the Lord Skelmersdale of 7 April, what was the result of the public consultation on the proposed COTES regulations.

      Council Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Yvette Cooper, on 20 June (HC Deb, 840W), whether the reduction...

      Council Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will respond to the Audit Commission report Financing Council Housing and its recommendations. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated...

      Council Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Audit Commission report Financing Council Housing, what proportion of the 18 per cent. of housing authorities in receipt of subsidy under the...

      Council Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Audit Commission report Financing Council Housing, whether the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting's regulations are wholly...

      Council Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Audit Commission report Financing Council Housing, whether they plan to ensure that rent income is spent locally to upgrade council housing rather...

      Council Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the statement in the Audit Commission report Financing Council Housing that "while housing rents are rising in real terms in all areas,...

      Countryside Stewardship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers are still awaiting delivery of the Rural Land Registry maps to enable them to complete their applications for the entry-level scheme under...

      Crossrail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated out-turn cost, including financing of Crossrail.

      Department for Education and Skills: Voluntary Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sum from the Department for Education and Skills' total expenditure was spent on voluntary bodies in 2003–04 and 2004–05; and what sums are...

      Department for Transport: Road and Rail Cost Effectiveness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they measure the cost effectiveness of road and rail improvements; and which improvements are typically the most cost effective.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals are currently on secondment to the Department for Work and Pensions; in each case, what is the position held; and from which organisation or...

      Department of Health: Missing Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of (a) stolen, and (b) missing or lost equipment from Department of Health property and sites in each of the past five years.

      Department of Health: Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals are currently on secondment to the Department of Health; in each case, what is the position held; and from which organisation or company the...

      DTI: Meetings with Helen Liddell

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 29 June (WA 25–26), what subjects were discussed between each individual and the right...

      DTI: Meetings with Helen Liddell

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 18 July (col. WA 186), whether they will place a copy of the meeting notes between the Secretary...

      Elections: Service Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many meetings have taken place between the Ministry of Defence and the Electoral Commission since the 2005 general election; and what was the outcome of any...

      Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Bob Collins, Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, applied for the post or was headhunted; what was the role of the Irish...

      European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will conduct a full regulatory impact assessment on the proposed European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods, prior to...

      European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What communication they have had to date with the European Union Public Health Commissioner over the proposed European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health...

      European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their view of the benefits of a notification system as opposed to a prior approval process for health claims under the proposed European Union Regulation...

      European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits to public health have been identified under the proposed European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods.

      European Union Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims Made on Foods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have received from the European Food Safety Authority over the criteria for prior approval of health claims under the proposed European Union...

      Extended Schools Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the voluntary sector will play in the recently announced Extended Schools Initiative; and What extra funding (a) per local authority and (b) per school...

      Financial Services Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the reforms to the Financial Services Authority, recommended by the independent Financial Services and Markets Tribunal, will be implemented.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take in the light of the finding that half of investment claims processed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme take longer than...

      Food Safety Promotion Board

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the religious balance of the Food Safety Promotion Board, one of the cross-border implementation bodies.

      Foster Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of children in foster care have regular access (at least once a month) to an independent visitor.

      Foster Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are seeking to improve the consistency of supervision of foster carers.

      Foundation Primary Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many foundation primary schools there were in 1999; for each subsequent year, how many applications there have been for such status; whether those applications...

      Gershon Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to implement the recommendations of the Gershon review regarding the restructuring of Government departments.

      Government Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts worth £500,000 or more were awarded by the Department of Health on a single tender basis in each of the past five years; and what were the...

      Government Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts worth £500,000 or more were awarded by H M Treasury on a single tender basis in each of the past five years; and what were the main...

      Government Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts worth £500,000 or more were awarded by the Department for Work and Pensions on a single tender basis in each of the past five years; and...

      Government Departments: 0870 Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the recommendations of the Central Office of Information on the need to avoid using 0870 and other premium charge telephone numbers for the public to obtain...

      Gulf Veterans: Mortality Data

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Drayson on 19 July (WS 75), whether illness and mortality data for 1990–91 have been compared with data during...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the regional funding available for local authority and registered social landlord Gypsy sites, as mentioned by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage local authorities in whose areas there are Gypsies living on unauthorised sites to develop official sites either alone or in...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date local authorities have to produce the first housing needs assessment covering the needs of Gypsies and Travellers, under the Housing Act 2004; and...

      Gypsy and Traveller Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What budget has been allocated to the Gypsy and Traveller Unit; and how this is split between London and the three regional government offices.

      Healthcare Commission Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take in response to the finding of the Healthcare Commission Review that a quarter of patients are not being seen by their general...

      Healthcare Professionals from Developing Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many doctors, nurses and other staff working in the private health sector are from developing countries; and Whether guidelines exist for the private health...

      Hepatitis C and HIV Inadvertent Blood Infection: Payment Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reconsider their refusal of financial help for Mrs Sue Threakall, the widow of a haemophilia patient who died from hepatitis C infection...

      Herceptin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that Herceptin is available to treat all patients with Her2 positive breast cancer; and What is the average time lag between the...

      High-Speed Rail Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the consequences and costs of increasing the barrier closing time from 30 seconds to 1.5 minutes for level crossings on the high speed rail network.

      HIV/AIDS: G8 and UK Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will be taking to ensure that the agreement at the G8 summit to treat all those suffering from HIV/AIDS by 2010 is fulfilled by all those...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Spring Departmental Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the spring departmental report 2005 of HM Revenue and Customs is satisfactory; and whether the Report gives the information which the Attorney General...

      HM Treasury: Departmental Purchasing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What goods or services H M Treasury purchased during 2004–05 from (a) Exchequer Partnership plc, (b) Partnerships UK plc and (c) Robson Associates, showing...

      HM Treasury: Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals are currently on secondment to H M Treasury; in each case, what is the position held; and from which organisation or company the individual is...

      House of Commons Medal Collection

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 10 February (WA 128), whether there is now a date when the specimen of the medal issued for the 2004 Iraq operations supplied by...

      House of Lords: Cleaning Contracts

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Which Committee of the House and which officers of the House are responsible for the award of cleaning contracts; and whether cleaners' wages and conditions form...

      Housing: South-East England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of new homes to be built in the south-east of the United Kingdom over the next 20 years.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much public money has been spent to date on the identity card scheme.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any consultants have been employed to date to work on the identity card scheme; if so, whom; and how much public money has been spent on such consultancy work.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What biometric details are included in (a) passports, and (b) identity cards (where issued), of each country in the European Union.

      Illegal Immigrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish their plan to remove the 350,000 to 500,000 persons they estimate to be in the United Kingdom illegally.

      Illegal Immigrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their estimates of the number of persons illegally in the United Kingdom relate only to heads of households or include dependants.

      International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, where a charge which might fall within the competence of the International Criminal Court against a member of the British Armed Forces has been dismissed...

      Iraq: C130 Hercules Crash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has completed the investigation into the cause of the loss of the C130 Hercules and its crew in Iraq on 30 January; and, if so,...

      Iraq: Development Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking on the irregularities concerning the Development Fund for Iraq reported by the auditors KPMG.

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19 July (WA 214), who has been consulted about the relocation of the headquarters of the Irish Language Agency;...

      Level 3 Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their estimates of the total number of (a) officially recognised level 3 qualifications awarded nationally, and (b) level 3 qualifications awarded by...

      LM Glasfiber

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14 July (WA 180), what was the subsequent outcome of the contact between officials of the...

      Looked-after Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that all councils are aware of the number of looked-after children in their area.

      Looked-after Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they maintain a register of people, other than the child's parents, who look after children; and, if so, what guidelines are presented to individuals on...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether arrangements are in place to ensure that when the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, the Lord Birt, meets clients of McKinsey and Company Incorporated, any...

      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,...

      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,...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Birt has met the Director General of MI5 in his capacity as the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since his appointment as the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, the Lord Birt has met any official or employee of Ofcom acting in an official capacity.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 11 July (WA 125), whether they will publish a list of those government papers that the Lord Birt...

      Maldives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Maldives should continue to be classified as a middle income country, given that this re-classification occurred before the tsunami.

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for the Northern Ireland Office; and, if so (a) how...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Cabinet Office Ministers have (a) attended; and (b) spoken at conferences and seminars organised or held by McKinsey and Company Incorporated in each of...

      McKinsey and Co: Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list all items of correspondence between the Prime Minister's Private Office and McKinsey and Company Incorporated since January 2001 relating to...

      Medical Research: Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where records of a patient who has given valid consent to participation in a long-term research project, and who dies unexpectedly, will subsequently be stored;...

      Mental Health Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of funding provided by the Department of Health for mental health services in England and Wales for 2002, 2003 and 2004; and of that funding how...

      Mental Health: Suicide Risk Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statutory guidance is made available by the Department of Health to Mental Health Trusts in England and Wales for suicide risk assessment conducted before a...

      Middle East: Women's Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage the promotion of women's rights in the Middle East.

      Middle East: Women's Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage the United States to work co-operatively to promote women's rights in the Middle East, in particular with Saudi Arabia.

      Motorcyclists: Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fixed penalty notices were issued in England and Wales in each of the past five years to motorcyclists for (a) inappropriate or excessive speeding; (b)...

      National Firearms Licensing Management System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for the implementation of the National Firearms Licensing Management System in the Police Information Technology Department of the Home Office;...

      National Insurance Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage and number of working age adults (by gender) they estimate will be paying national insurance in 2010 and in 2020 because they will be above the...

      National Insurance Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage and number of working age adults (by gender) they estimate in 2010 and in 2020 will be (a) economically inactive and (b) in full time education and...

      National Statistician: Appointment Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When applications for the new National Statistician will be invited; whether external consultants will be involved; if so, whether they have yet been appointed;...

      Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of Network Rail's £21 billion of debts has been underwritten by the Government.

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average take-home pay for an English dentist with a predominantly National Health Service workload, taking into account practice expenses.

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the annual costs of the Keeping in Touch scheme; and how this scheme differs from the Returning to Dentistry campaign.

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take in response to the finding of the Healthcare Commission Review that 58 per cent. of National Health Service dental practices are...

      NHS: Amputations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 7 July (WA 117), whether, in collecting information at national level of instances of wrong limb amputations,...

      NHS: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking, in view of a recent survey of junior doctors by the British Medical Association, to ensure that junior doctors do not leave the...

      NHS: Suicides after Discharge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients with mental health problems have committed suicide within 72 hours of discharge from a National Health Service hospital in England and Wales...

      NHS: Welfare of Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensure that National Health Service staff with responsibility for children receive regular and effective supervision

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the salary scales of all chief executives of cross-border implementation bodies are under review; and, if so, when the review will be concluded.

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19 July (WA 213), whether the six implementation bodies established by the United Kingdom and Ireland are...

      North/South Language Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19 July (WA 220) concerning funding of Ulster Scots culture, what they mean by "due respect".

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19 July (WA 220) about recruitment to the Northern Ireland Civil Service, what is the "merit principle"; and...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19 July (WA 221) concerning promotions in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, what is meant by "substantive...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have decided to fill the vacancy for chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; if so, when they made this decision; when...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have decided to fill the commissioner vacancies on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; if so, when they made this decision; when they...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Regarding the posts of chief commissioner and commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, how many candidates applied for the posts; how many...

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis recent appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission reflect the community in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they give to the recently appointed Chief Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they interpret the term "merit" as used in the appointment of members to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      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) concerning the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, whether an...

      Northern Ireland: Belfast Security Barriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What form the review on the removal of the security barriers at Chichester Street, Belfast, is taking; why it has been prolonged; and whether, pending the outcome...

      Northern Ireland: Child Death Review Protocol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 5 July 2004 (WA 57), what progress has been made on the development of a regional child death protocol in...

      Northern Ireland: Funding for Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for funding the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has received this year for activities related to the annual 12 July...

      Northern Ireland: Funding for Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure received (a) the applications, and (b) the business cases for funding festivals in West Belfast,...

      Northern Ireland: Funding for Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to reorganise the method of allocating funding for festivals in Northern Ireland; if so, when the process will start; and when it will...

      Northern Ireland: Funding for Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a sum of money was set aside for the annual 12 July celebrations activity in 2005 by the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure; if so,...

      Northern Ireland: Organised Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they estimate to be the total value of organised crime in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998; and what value they estimate for (a) fuel processing and...

      Northern Ireland: Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 6 July (WA 106–107) and 13 July (WA 152), whether the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Policing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the police commander in the east Belfast district command unit is required to seek authority for the deployment of police and military assets in the Short...

      Northern Ireland: St Louis Order Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What other locations were considered before they took the decision on 21 May 2004 to purchase premises for a centre for children with autism from the St Louis...

      Norwich: Motorway Connections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to provide a continuous link by dual carriageway between the City of Norwich and the motorway network of the United Kingdom; and, if...

      Ofcom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff are (a) employed at Ofcom; and (b) were employed by the five previous regulators at the time of their replacement by Ofcom in 2003.

      Office for National Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Office for National Statistics last year changed the basis upon which it measured the effectiveness of the National Health Service.

      Online Gambling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they still wish "to see Britain become a world leader in the field of online gambling", as stated in paragraph 133 of the 2003 Department for Culture,...

      Peers: Letters Patent

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the "rights, privileges, pre-eminences, immunities and advantages" bestowed upon Peers in their Letters Patent.

      Pension Funds: Trustees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for their proposal that half of trustees of pension funds must be member-nominated by 2009.

      Pension Protection Fund: Valuations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the recommendation of the board of the Pension Protection Fund for a legislative change to require all eligible pension schemes to provide...

      Pensions: Compensation Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When compensation payments to employees and former employees of insolvent companies, whose pension schemes have been wound up, will commence.

      Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hazel Blears, on 5 July (HC Deb, 398W), why the precept has risen between 1997–98...

      Prison Officers: Working with Young People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they ensure arrangements are in place to enable prison officers working with children to undertake the new seven-day training for staff working with children.

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to permit the use of proceeds from crime, which have been frozen by the courts, to be used to pay for the defence of those charged in respect...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of the House: In the light of the letter from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to Members of the House indicating that correspondence should be...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether she will bring forward proposals to introduce a mechanism whereby the Government answer Questions for Written Answer, submitted by Members of the House...

      Railways: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the decision to transfer responsibility for United Kingdom railway safety from the Health and Safety Executive to the Office of Rail Regulation,...

      Railways: Sewage Discharges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of passenger trains in the United Kingdom discharge sewage on to the track; and how many tonnes of raw sewage are estimated to be discharged every...

      Religious Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether exceptions to the provisions of the Equality Bill forbidding religious discrimination and harassment in the provision of educational opportunities are...

      Rent Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local authorities (a) have introduced rent restructuring for local authority tenants; and (b) propose to introduce rent restructuring in the next three years.

      Rent Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the legal basis for rent restructuring for local authority tenants; and when was their latest policy statement on its introduction.

      Rent Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an overall assessment of the effect of rent restructuring on availability of affordable housing in the areas where the policy has been...

      Residential Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and how they expect to repeal the "liable relatives" rule following the commitment to do so made in April 2004 as part of the proposed changes to residential...

      Road Safety Improvements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have recent estimates of (a) the lives likely to be saved by; and (b) the cost of (i) individual road safety improvements; (ii) types of improvements;...

      Road User Charging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to introduce road user charging for all motor vehicles.

      Royal Air Force: Logo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs were incurred in changing the Royal Air Force logo, including the fees paid to the firm that gave advice about the changes and the costs of new base...

      Royal Air Force: Logo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Royal Air Force logo was changed.

      Royal International Air Tattoo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the safety arrangements for the Royal International Air Tattoo, held at RAF Fairford, in the light of the manoeuvre conducted by a Typhoon...

      Royal Mail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have delayed announcing the terms of reference and the inquiry team to review the future of Royal Mail.

      Royal National Lifeboat Institution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they will have with local authorities regarding the continuing contribution of local authorities to the funds of the Royal National Lifeboat...

      Royal Navy: Counter-narcotics Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What standing naval commitments in the Caribbean and the north Atlantic are to be routinely tasked with counter-narcotics operations from November 2005 to May 2006.

      Rural Payments Agency: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons are currently employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to monitor and inspect compliance with the Single Farm Payment scheme.

      Safeguarding Children: Chief Inspectors' Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to prevent a repetition of young people with a history of abusing children being placed in a dormitory with younger children as described in the...

      Schools: Missing Afro-Caribbean Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18 July (WA 198), what evidence the Metropolitan Police Officers have found to indicate that...

      Schools: Missing Afro-Caribbean Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many African-Caribbean (a) girls, and (b) boys between the ages of four to seven have gone missing from schools in London during each year since 2000; and How...

      Schools: Missing Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish quarterly statistics of all children who go missing from schools in the United Kingdom.

      Secondary Schools: 15 Year-old Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What, at the start of the current school year, were (a) the total number of students aged 15; (b) the per cent in the age group obtaining the equivalent of level 2...

      Sinn Fein: Judicial Review Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What applications for judicial review have been initiated by Sinn Fein since 2000; which were rejected; which had costs awarded against Sinn Fein and how much; and...

      South Yorkshire: Coalfields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial assistance has been provided for the regeneration of the South Yorkshire coalfield; and from what sources.

      South Yorkshire: Unemployment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what proportion unemployment has fallen in the county of South Yorkshire, covering Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, (a) in 2004, and (b) since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the by the Lord Adonis on 14 July [HL Deb, col. 1313], what are the terms of the review of special educational needs which was promised...

      Special Needs Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) How many teachers in England are trained to use Braille each year; (b) how many such teachers are employed by each education authority in England; and (c) what...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What protest they have made to the government of Sudan following the complaint by Mr Kofi Annan that the estimated 10,000 mainly Sudanese humanitarian aid workers...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will institute a regular system of reporting to both Houses of Parliament of the accounts of African Union monitors of air attacks, beatings, rape and...

      Supermarkets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effect of increased concentration in the supermarket sector and of practices in that sector on (a) the viability of the...

      Tax Returns: Filing Dates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Inland Revenue proposes to alter its filing dates, in view of the decision to bring forward the Companies House filing date.

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 11 March 2002 (WA 46–47), whether they will publish in the same form the top rate of direct...

      University Access Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the numbers of students (a) of all ages, and (b) aged 17 who enrolled on internally assessed (i) university access courses in further...

      Vat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19 July 2004 (WA 14), whether they will update the table showing standard VAT rates and...

      War Pensions: Smoking-related Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider recognising smoking-related disease as a war pensionable condition in line with the governments of New Zealand and Australia.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the procedure in cases of bullying and harassment against directors and the chief executive of Waterways Ireland.

      Young Offender Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the personal officer is being promoted in young offender institutions.

      Young Offender Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to relieve the distress experienced by boys and girls when they first arrive at young offender institutions.

      Young Offender Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase the staffing ratios in young offender institutions.

      Young Offender Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to reduce the number of 16 and 17 year-olds inappropriately placed in young offender institutions despite attempts by the Youth Justice...

      Young Offender Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether children with severe or chronic mental disorders are placed in secure settings.

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office, in compiling its country information report on Zimbabwe for 2004–05, consulted the Advisory Panel on Country Information.

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place a copy of the Home Office country information report on Zimbabwe for 2004–05 in the Library of the House, together with the Foreign...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 July (WA 238), whether specific instructions have been given to immigration officers...

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